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 The Five Great Mysteries of the Christian Faith

http://www.reclaimingthemind.org/blog/2012/08/the-five-great-mysteries-in-the-christian-faith/

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Why believe in Christianity over all other religions?

http://carm.org/why-believe-in-christianity-over-all-other-religions

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Jesus, Zoroaster, Buddha, Socrates & Muhammad

The Life, Death and Teaching of Jesus Compared with Other Great Religious Figures

http://irr.org/jesus-zoroaster-buddha-socrates-muhammad

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An FAQ on Christianity for the Unbeliever

http://pjmedia.com/blog/an-faq-on-christianity-for-the-unbeliever/?print=1

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Christians are SO narrow minded!

http://www.bethinking.org/truth-tolerance/you-christians-are-so-narrow-minded.pdf

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Is Belief in Jesus Necessary?

http://www.equip.org/articles/is-belief-in-jesus-necessary-/

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Jesus of Nazareth:

Is Jesus’ Hometown (Nazareth) a Myth?

http://www.normgeisler.com/articles/Bible/Reliability/2012-IsNazarethAMyth.htm

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A Test: Do you have the True Jesus?

http://carm.org/do-you-have-the-true-jesus

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Historical Epistemology: What Can We Know About Jesus?

http://chab123.wordpress.com/2012/10/05/historical-epistemology-what-can-we-know-about-jesus/

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Ancient Evidence for Jesus from Non-Christian Sources

http://www.probe.org/site/c.fdKEIMNsEoG/b.4223639/k.567/Ancient_Evidence_for_Jesus_from_NonChristian_Sources.htm

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Christianity & Logic:

Does logic really count in our attempt to understand reality?

http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/all-truth-gods-truth-sproul/?vm=r&s=1

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Loving Wisdom

Christian Philosophy of Religion

http://www.paulcopan.com/articles/pdf/Loving-Wisdom_Chapter-10.pdf

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Thou Shall Not Kill: Does God Violate His Own Commandment?

http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/notkill.html

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The Christian Apologetics Search Engine

http://www.google.com/cse/home?cx=005436962526459497738%3Anktistqgjuw&hl=en

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Is it possible to appear Christian for a while but never actually be born again?

http://blogs.christianpost.com/confident-christian/are-you-a-counterfeit-christian-part-1-12892/print.html

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http://blogs.christianpost.com/confident-christian/are-you-a-counterfeit-christian-part-2-12934/print.html

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Did the divinity of Jesus emerge slowly after many years of embellishments?

http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/did-the-divinity-of-jesus-emerge-slowly-after-many-years-of-embellishments-6/

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Christianity & Science:

The Supposed Warfare Between Christianity and Science

http://www.apologeticalliance.com/blog/2012/09/the-supposed-warfare-between-christianity-and-science/

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The Historic Alliance of Christianity and Science

http://www.reasons.org/blogs/reflections/the-historic-alliance-of-christianity-and-science

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Christianity Is a Science-Starter, Not a Science-Stopper

http://www.pearceyreport.com/archives/2005/09/post_4.php

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Only 15 Percent of Scientists at Major Research Universities See Religion and Science Always in Conflict

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110921115923.htm

[Wouldn't  that   depend   on   which   religion ?]

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Epigenetics Offers New Solution to Some Long-Standing Theological Problems:

Inherited Sin, Christ’s Sinlessness, and Generational Curses Can be Explained

http://www.normgeisler.com/articles/theology/2010-EpigeneticsSolvesTheologicalProblems.htm

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A Special Thanks-GIVING Edition of ASND

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Rabbi breaks 1,000 TV sets [in] preparation for the Messiah.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4158924,00.html

[We presume he means the  Jewish   Messiah .]

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Homosexuality:

Declaration On The Torah Approach To Homosexuality

The Torah Declaration is a public statement signed by Rabbis, Community Leaders, and Mental Health Professionals

http://www.torahdec.org/Default.aspx

[For those  completed   Jews  (aka Christians) who don't know, the Jewish Rabbi  Yeshua  (aka Jesus) of Nazareth  supported the above-cited Rabbis explicitly  vis-a-vis the Torah.]

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British comedian and actor Ricky Gervais told CNN’s Piers Morgan on Thursday that telling a child that [homosexuals] will go to hell is ‘child abuse.’

http://www.christianpost.com/news/ricky-gervais-says-its-child-abuse-to-tell-children-gays-will-go-to-hell-69756/print.html

[It used to be rare for anyone -- including show business people -- to call  Jesus   Christ   and   His   apostles  "child abusers,"  but apparently that's Ok now.]

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Worship & Church:

Newsweek’s cover story… encourages Americans to ‘forget the church’ and just ‘follow Jesus.‘”

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevinwax/2012/04/02/christianity-in-crisis-a-response-to-andrew-sullivan/

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How do we look away from the failings of the church today?  Today’s church is overburdened with vile politics, hate, racism and misappropriation of funds, etc.           Why should I associate with the church…?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDmQ9KCz_-s&feature=share

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“There are reasons the writer of Hebrews admonishes us not to follow ‘the habit of some’ by neglecting to [worship] together.”

http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/worship-as-a-body

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WHY [CHURCH] NON-ATTENDERS ARE TOXIC

http://www.christianity.com/11646945/?p=0

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The Truth About Men & Church

“In short, if a father does not go to church, no matter how faithful his wife’s devotions, only one child in 50 will become a regular worshipper.”

http://www.touchstonemag.com/archives/article.php?id=16-05-024-v

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Barack Obama:

From an ASND post about Barack Obama’s “Faith“…

[ Matters of faith are not matters about facts  and  matters of politics are not matters of faith  ( idiot   conservatives  always  confuse the two ) .   Matters of faith  are  about   feelings  while  matters  of  politics  are  solely   about   matters  of  fact . ]

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From another ASND post about Barack Obama’s “Faith”

Tax hikes for rich ‘[coincide] with Jesus’s teaching.’

http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/obama-i-pushed-dodd-frank-and-health-care-reform

[So, for that matter,  does   virtually   every   other   one   of   Barack   Obama's   policies .]

[Thank GOD For Barack Obama.]

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The Chronicles of Narnia:

 ‘Dawn Treader’ producer Mark Johnson [says that]… ‘resurrection exists in so many different religions in one form or another, so it’s hardly exclusively Christian.’

http://abcnews.go.com/CleanPrint/cleanprintproxy.aspx?1292036449062

[Thank you, Mr. Johnson, for doing  your   homework . ]

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Aslan symbolises… for me Mohammed, Buddha and all the great spiritual leaders and prophets over the centuries.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1335586/Liam-Neeson-upsets-Narnia-fans-claiming-Aslan-Mohammed-Christ.html

[By Joe,  I think   he's got it . ]

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“Prophecy”:

“… Christians loosely organized by radio broadcasts and websites, independent of churches [are] convinced by their reading of the Bible that the end of the world will begin May 21, 2011.”

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9KGU9C00&show_article=1

[Maybe  that group  finally  gets it right .   I mean,  John Boehner  is the  anti-Christ ,   right ? ]

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Harold Camping’s false prophesies, the Left Behind fiction series and the voluminous other silliness notwithstanding (except they are with standing — considerable standing, in fact — at least in evangelicalism), how many of us have bothered to do any  real homework  on the  biblical  “rapture?”   Hmm?

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Clooney: Christian Ministries Key to Helping in Sudan

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2012/March/Clooney-Christian-Ministries-Key-to-Helping-in-Sudan-/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+delicious/gqlf+%28Christian+Headlines+Top+Headlines%29

[Why did he have to go and give Christians the credit there?  Why couldn't he just gloss over that irrelevant detail, like the mainstream media always does (notice where, and only where, that part of the story was published)?]

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… what would a comprehensive and detailed movie version of the Bible be rated? One prominent Christian filmmaker, Phil Cooke, believes it would be given a strong ‘R’ rating – maybe even an ‘X’ (NC-17).

http://m.global.christianpost.com/news/would-a-comprehensive-film-on-the-bible-get-an-x-rating–69652/

[Do you supposed Mr. Cooke doesn't know that ratings are based on what are actually shown and said, not what is merely depicted?]

[ASND wonders.]

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Christianity & Money

Poll: Americans see Christianity, capitalism clash

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2011-04-21-Christian_Capitalism_20_ST_N.htm

[ Completely   true .    Christians live in  perpetual   truth   denial  about everything.]

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1 in 4 Americans can’t think of recent positive contribution by Christians

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_16432579

[ You know ,   come  to  think  of it,  I   can't   either .]

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Covetous battle cries for class resentment and even greater coercive wealth redistribution through an ever expanding big government do not resemble traditional Christianity.”

http://www.charismanews.com/culture/32159-wall-street-protest-stirs-christian-controversy?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page=

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European Evangelicals Say Debt Crisis is a Moral Not Economic Issue

http://global.christianpost.com/news/european-evangelicals-say-debt-crisis-is-a-moral-not-economic-issue-59462/print.html

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Jesus would not have been among [the occupiers] to support their purpose or their approach, and the evidence for this is obvious.  The devil (so to speak) is in the details.”

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/10/occupy_wall_street_occupy_christianity.html

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Unequally yoked

The OWS movement does not align as well with the Bible as some suppose

http://www.worldmag.com/printer.cfm?id=18920

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The Christian “Sabbath”:

Researchers point to certain lifestyle behaviors as a possible explanation for the difference.”

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/06/110627183946.htm

[Gotta be the  Saturday   thing .     No   doubt  about it.]

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Shroud of Turin:

“… the exact shade, texture and depth of the imprints on the cloth could only be produced with the aid of ultraviolet lasers – technology that was clearly not available in medieval times… [and] the iconic image of the bearded man must therefore have been created by ‘some form of electromagnetic energy’…  And in case there was any doubt about the preternatural degree of energy needed to make such distinct marks, the Enea report spells it out: ‘This degree of power cannot be reproduced by any normal UV source built to date’… [and] the marks were not made by paints, pigments or dyes and that the image was not ‘the product of an artist.’

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/8966422/Italian-study-claims-Turin-Shroud-is-Christs-authentic-burial-robe.html

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/scientists-say-turin-shroud-is-supernatural-6279512.html

[My question: Why didn't they re-date the fibers since that was the main criticism of the Shroud from the last series of tests?]

[Go figure.]

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Scientists are in agreement that no paints, pigments, dyes, or stains have been discovered that could have made the image of that battered man.  Furthermore, the substance forming the image sits on top and does not penetrate the cloth.   This amazing finding only adds to the mystery.

http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2012/07/22/the-shroud-of-turin-the-mystery-that-science-and-technology-will-someday-solve/?singlepage=true

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The Credibility of the Miracles of Jesus

http://www.4truth.net/fourtruthpbjesus.aspx?pageid=8589952909

How Christian universities are unique, and how they can stay that way.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/article_print.html?id=95517

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Growth of Christianity in Iran ‘Explosive’

http://www.christianpost.com/news/open-doors-growth-of-christianity-in-iran-explosive-71946/print.html

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… heresies… are what flourish in the vacuum that’s left by institutional Christianity’s decline.

http://www.npr.org/2012/04/14/150437554/heretics-the-crisis-of-american-christianity

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Francis Schaeffer – A Christian Manifesto

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fF90CGcsyM

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Sex Sells, Even in Christian Bookstores

http://www.christianpost.com/news/sex-sells-even-in-christian-bookstores-74831/print.html

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Former white supremacist sheds hate and embraces Christianity

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/former-white-supremacist-sheds-hate-and-embraces-christianity/2012/07/02/gJQAkfb0IW_print.html

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Can a Loving God Hate Someone?

http://www.equip.org/articles/can-a-loving-god-hate-someone/

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Debate: Jesus Christ — Son of God or Apocalyptic Prophet?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJmKxTB7Twg

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Lecture notes from Dr. Robert Koons’ Western Theism course (Phl 356; 1998) and Contemporary Christian Philosophy course (Phl 327, 2000) at the University of Texas at Austin, Spring 1998.

http://www.leaderu.com/offices/koons/menus/lecture.html

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What Are Spiritual Gifts?

http://www.frame-poythress.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/PoythressVernWhatAreSpiritualGifts.pdf

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Christian [spiritual] warfare is not a form of terrorism, it is a form of counterterrorism.

http://archive.org/details/OnTheNatureOfSpiritualWarfareAndAPleaToTheChurch

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The Mark[s] of the Christian

http://www.ccel.us/schaeffer.html

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The Reformation:

Martin Luther : Reluctant Revolutionary

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni1gupkGAW0&feature=player_embedded

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Luther and the Reformation

http://s3.amazonaws.com/ligonier-static-media/uploads/attachments/store_product/5861/STUDYGUIDE_LutherReformation.pdf

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Martin Luther

Lessons from His Life and Labor

http://dwynrhh6bluza.cloudfront.net/resources/documents/5519/Luther_biography_20121029.pdf?1351475257

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God’s Answer to “How Should I Live with Disability?”

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2012/11/18/gods-answer-to-how-should-i-live-with-disability/

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Are insults and satire “un-Christian”?

http://www.tektonics.org/lp/madmad.html

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The Five Great Mysteries of the Christian Faith

http://www.reclaimingthemind.org/blog/2012/08/the-five-great-mysteries-in-the-christian-faith/

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So, is the “Kingdom of God” here now (since Jesus has already come) or will it not arrive until sometime later (since Jesus promises to return)?

Kingdom

http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/kingdom/

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A Tale of Two Kingdoms

http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/tale-two-kingdoms/

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The Kingdom is Now

http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/the-kingdom-is-now/

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The Kingdom Inaugurated

http://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/kingdom-inaugurated/

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A Look at “The Reign of God” in the Bible

http://chab123.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/an-overview-of-the-reign-of-god-theme-in-the-bible/

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Already: Decisively and Irrevocably Free, Not Yet: Finally and Perfectly Free

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/taste-see-articles/already-decisively-and-irrevocably-free-not-yet-finally-and-perfectly-free

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ALREADY AND NOT YET

http://reformed-theology.org/ice/newslet/dit/dit11.97.htm

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The Kingdom of God: Already but Not Yet

http://www.enjoyinggodministries.com/article/the-kingdom-of-god-already-but-not-yet-part-i/

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http://www.enjoyinggodministries.com/article/the-kingdom-of-god-already-but-not-yet-part-ii/

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“Christ announced the arrival of the Kingdom, he did not merely offer it.”

http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/dispensationalism.html

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What about all those references “dispensationalism”?

http://www.reformed-theology.org/ice/newslet/dit/index.htm

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In Praise of Denominations

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2012/12/28/in-praise-of-denominations/print/

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Divorce:

The Christian Divorce Rate Myth

http://www.crosswalk.com/family/marriage/divorce-and-remarriage/the-christian-divorce-rate-myth.html

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[Christians] who seriously practice [their] faith… have a divorce rate markedly lower than the general population.

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2012/09/25/factchecker-divorce-rate-among-christians/

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