What is evangelicalism?

Scot McKnight and his book Jesus Creed

Scot McKnight wrote over at Jesus Creed about as clear and concise a definition of Evangelicalism as I have ever found. Evangelicalism is a sub-movement in the Protestant church defined by a emphasis on four core beliefs: 1.  –  The centrality of the Bible as the ultimate word of God, 2.  –  The centrality of the atoning death of Christ. 3.  –  The centrality of the need for personal conversion to those two principles 4.  –  The centrality of an active mission to convert others and to do good works…

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From Whence Does Morality Come?

Epictetus Morals book from 1716

One issue that has been discussed at length through the ages is morality. Questions such as what is moral? Where does morality come from? And why it is important have been hotly contested for as long as man could conceive of morality. Epictetus, a second century stoic philosopher wrote in 135 CE the following: “The first and most necessary topic in philosophy is that of the use of moral theorems, such as, “We ought not to lie;” the second is that of demonstrations, such as, “What is the origin of…

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Maintaining Religion in the Age of Reason

Sistene Chapel Michael Angelo painting

During the last decade we have seen in America a growing divide between the religious and the scientific community. We have seen books written by atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and the like with titles that speak of God as a delusion and a scourge on humanity. We have religious conservatives consistently battling to put their belief of creation into the science classroom to combat what they see as a competing theory of why we are here on the earth. This is fueled in part by the rise…

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The Five Pillars of Islam

Muslims in prayer

The Five Pillars of Islam are the basics of the Religious tenets of all Muslims that are faithful to the religion. The first is belief. The rest are works or actions designed to make one’s life acceptable to God, or Allah as called in Arabic. 1. There is no god except Allah; Muhammad is the messenger of Allah 2. Prayer is to be offered five times a day. 1. between dawn and sunrise 2. between midday and mid-afternoon 3. between mid-afternoon and sunset 4. after sunset 5. between nightfall and…

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Why is there no looting in Japan?

There is a growing conversation among westerners asking the question of why there is no or little looting in Japan after the massive 9.0 earthquakes and tsunami. Contrast their calmness and order with the anarchist aftermath in New Orleans after Katrina, Haiti Chile who suffered their own tragic earthquakes, and one must ask the question of why. What is the difference, how can we develop some of those same attributes? Various people have posited various positions such as racial homogeneity, their culture of respect and honor, and their culture of…

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Lent, a Time For Remembrance

Christ in the Wilderness

If you are Catholic, or mainline protestant, or if you know somebody who is, chances are you realize that last week began the forty days preceding Easter called Lent. As are many of our traditional religious holidays (Holy Days) the purpose of Lent is to remember the Biblical story of the forty days and forty nights that Jesus of Nazareth fasted prior to his impending death. Western Christians celebrate lent in the forty days preceding Good Friday and Easter which commemorate of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Mainline traditional…

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Who is God?

Who is God Graphic

I once heard a Buddhist monk say the following: “God is shorthand for talking about everything all at once” Dairyu Michael Wenger consider the following: God sustains us, therefore God is the air we breath God is the ocean that brings the rain God is mountains we find so beautiful God is valleys where we grow our food. God is rain that waters our crops God is sunshine that warms our faces God is procreation that gives us family God is death that recycles life God is lightning that electrifies…

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What do Atheists Believe?

The thinker

Many Atheists will say they believe in the primacy of science for explaining the world. It might be more correct to say that atheists are really doubters of established traditions, favoring instead looking for new explanations of the world through new methods and technologies. Some high profile atheists, or “Evangelical Atheists” such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens spend their lives writing books and debating with believers attempting to convince them that the beliefs of yesteryear have been disproved by scientific theory and should be discarded by the wayside along with…

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