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The Five Great Mysteries of the Christian Faith
Why believe in Christianity over all other religions?
Jesus, Zoroaster, Buddha, Socrates & Muhammad
The Life, Death and Teaching of Jesus Compared with Other Great Religious Figures
How the Christian Revolution Remade the World
Why every serious American reader should get Tom Holland’s book Dominion
“[I]t’s perfectly legitimate for Christians to claim we can prove Jesus is God; the Bible is God’s revealed Word; and Christianity is the only true religion.”
An FAQ on Christianity for the Unbeliever
Christians are SO narrow minded!
Is Belief in Jesus Necessary?
Jesus of Nazareth:
Is Jesus’ Hometown (Nazareth) a Myth?
A Test: Do you have the True Jesus?
Historical Epistemology: What Can We Know About Jesus?
Ancient Evidence for Jesus from Non-Christian Sources
[BTW, not that it matters, but since everyone is so fond of drawing (and gazing at) pictures of Jesus, the question is a fair one to ask: How did Jesus actually appear?
Unfortunately, many descendants of Anglo-Saxons in the West ethnicize a 1st century Galilean Jew to appear in imagery just like they do.
While we will never know (in this life) how Jesus actually did (and apparently still does) appear, He almost certainly did not appear anything like an Anglo-Saxon.]
Christianity & Logic:
Does logic really count in our attempt to understand reality?
Christian Philosophy of Religion
Thou Shall Not Kill: Does God Violate His Own Commandment?
The Christian Apologetics Search Engine
Is it possible to appear Christian for a while but never actually be born again?
“[M]any believers [in the divinity of Christ , w/o which belief no one is a true Christian]… see [the decline in church attendance in the U.S.] as not the demise of true faith, but [the demise] of ‘cultural Christianity.’ And, they add, good riddance to it. The reasoning goes like this: False believers who went to church because it was the social thing to do are now leaving since faith is no longer advantageous [to them by way of cultural approval]. [Only] True believers remain [in churches], and are now easier to distinguish within the wider culture… [But] While Christianity is certainly more than a set of theological beliefs and the custom of sincere worship practices, it can never be less [i.e. true Christianity can never be defined merely by church attendance w/o accompanying intellectual assent to essential Christian doctrines , such as the divinity of Christ]. So, just getting people back in church is not merely an ‘instrumental‘ [i.e. societal] good… [It is also a theological good because] It is the devil’s goal to get people to embrace Christianity not because it’s true, but for some other reason… True Christianity will change how people think, behave and relate to each other. As a result, Christianity often reforms a society, rescuing the oppressed, establishing justice, innovating goodness and beauty, and building [beneficent] cultural and political institutions… These good things result because Christianity is true, and because people really believe and live out of a framework of creation, incarnation, forgiveness, restoration, and resurrection.”
[While all those cited points in that last essay are true, the author actually errs in the original article (not cited above). He conflates and confuses mere church attendance with true Christianity, contradicting the very good points he makes elsewhere in the very same article.]
Did the divinity of Jesus emerge slowly after many years of embellishments?
Christianity & Science:
The Supposed Warfare Between Christianity and Science
The Historic Alliance of Christianity and Science
Christianity Is a Science-Starter, Not a Science-Stopper
Only 15 Percent of Scientists at Major Research Universities See Religion and Science Always in Conflict
[Wouldn’t that depend on which religion ?]
Epigenetics Offers New Solution to Some Long-Standing Theological Problems:
Inherited Sin, Christ’s Sinlessness, and Generational Curses Can be Explained
Rabbi breaks 1,000 TV sets [in] preparation for the Messiah.
[We presume he means the Jewish Messiah .]
Declaration On The Torah Approach To Homosexuality
The Torah Declaration is a public statement signed by Rabbis, Community Leaders, and Mental Health Professionals
[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.]
“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.’”
[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.]
Worship & Church:
“Newsweek’s cover story… encourages Americans to ‘forget the church’ and just ‘follow Jesus.‘”
“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…?“
“There are reasons the writer of Hebrews admonishes us not to follow ‘the habit of some‘ by neglecting to [worship] together.”
Why [church] non-attenders are toxic
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.”
[Now for something *completely* different…]
What Should You Wear To Church? A Handy Guide For Each Denomination
“… 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.”
[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?]
Clooney: Christian Ministries Key to Helping in Sudan
[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)?]
“… 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).“
[Do you supposed Mr. Cooke doesn’t know that ratings are based on what are actually shown and said, not what is merely depicted?]
Christianity & Money:
Poll: Americans see Christianity, capitalism clash
“1 in 4 Americans can’t think of recent positive contribution by Christians”
[ You know , come to think of it, I can’t either .]
“Covetous battle cries for class resentment and even greater coercive wealth redistribution through an ever expanding big government do not resemble traditional Christianity.”
European Evangelicals Say Debt Crisis is a Moral Not Economic Issue
“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.”
The OWS movement does not align as well with the Bible as some suppose
The Christian “Sabbath”:
“Researchers point to certain lifestyle behaviors as a possible explanation for the difference.”
[Gotta be the Saturday thing . No doubt about it.]
The Shroud of Turin:
“Using a new X-ray technique called ‘Wide-Angle X-ray Scattering‘ to examine a sample of the linen, Liberato De Caro of Italy’s Institute of Crystallography of the National Research Council and his colleagues determined in peer-reviewed research the shroud could be around 2,000 years old… [which] appears to contradict a 1988 carbon-dating study that suggested the fabric was only about 700 years old… The scientist believes that carbon dating, a method of age determination that analyzes radiocarbon decay, is not always reliable with fabric, explaining why the 1988 study’s conclusion may be incorrect.”
“… 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.’”
[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?]
“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.”
How Christian universities are unique, and how they can stay that way.
Francis Schaeffer – A Christian Manifesto
Former white supremacist sheds hate and embraces Christianity
Can a Loving God Hate Someone?
Debate: Jesus Christ — Son of God or Apocalyptic Prophet?
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.
What Are Spiritual Gifts?
“Christian [spiritual] warfare is not a form of terrorism, it is a form of counterterrorism.”
The Mark[s] of the Christian
Martin Luther : Reluctant Revolutionary
Luther and the Reformation
Lessons from His Life and Labor
God’s Answer to “How Should I Live with Disability?”
The “Kingdom of God”:
A Tale of Two Kingdoms
The Kingdom is Now
The Kingdom Inaugurated
A Look at “The Reign of God” in the Bible
Already: Decisively and Irrevocably Free, Not Yet: Finally and Perfectly Free
ALREADY AND NOT YET
The Kingdom of God: Already but Not Yet
“Christ announced the arrival of the Kingdom, he did not merely offer it.”
In Praise of Denominations
The Christian Divorce Rate Myth
“[Christians] who seriously practice [their] faith… have a divorce rate markedly lower than the general population.”
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.’ “
[Thank you, Mr. Johnson, for doing your homework . ]
“Aslan symbolises… for me Mohammed, Buddha and all the great spiritual leaders and prophets over the centuries.“
[By Joe, I think he’s got it . ]
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 . ]
From another ASND post about Barack Obama’s “Faith”…
“Tax hikes for rich ‘[coincide] with Jesus’s teaching.’”
[So, for that matter, does virtually every other one of Barack Obama’s policies .]
[Thank GOD For Barack Obama.]