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The Dogmatically Self-Assured Reza Aslan

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Book Review

I’ve been doing some work recently on the theory that Jesus Christ was a legendary figure, so I thought I should read Reza Aslan’s Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Plenty of other people have been reading it. It’s a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and has been named one of the year’s best books by Good Housekeeping, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Bookish, according to its Amazon web page.

I’ll say this much for it: it’s a well-crafted tale. …

 

How Jesus’ Not Having Faith In God Affirms His Deity

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Did Jesus Have Faith In God?

I was looking over my bookshelf the other day when Fulton Oursler’s The Greatest Faith Ever Known caught my eye. I’ve never read it (like too many other books I own), but I know it’s about the apostle Paul. And it got me wondering: didn’t Jesus have the greatest faith ever known?

No, he didn’t, at least not according to the …


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How real was Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

It never occurred to me, when I wrote my Touchstone article on the Jesus-legend theory, how many readers would find it hard to understand Jesus’ sacrifice as being truly genuine. Recently Andy wrote,

it is inconceivable to me how an infinite being could “sacrifice” anything – if Jesus was God allmighty, and he knew that he was, then he was never in any real danger and didn´t sacrifice anything. To “sacrifice” means to give up something valuable – but what has he …

 

I don’t understand indifference toward Jesus Christ

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Of all the possible ways to think about Jesus Christ, the one that baffles me most is indifference. He is the most remarkable character in all history and literature, and for that reason alone he deserves a close look. I don’t think that’s disputable. Obviously there’s debate as to whether he’s an historical character or a fictional one. The thing is, though, either way, he stands out above all the rest.

He stands out in the eyes of the other major religions. As Craig Hazen …


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Something Different About This Philosopher

Monday, September 8th, 2014

A philosopher came through the university, explaining the purpose of life, the way to happiness, the answer to the question of immortality, and the truth about right and wrong, good and evil.

He spoke plainly. He avoided argument except over his right he speak; for he spoke on his own authority, and as if speaking for God himself: “It is true because because God says so, and I speak for God. My words are attested by the power of my works. Search the Scriptures and …

 

Jesus, Authority, and Knowledge

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Jesus Christ  came to inaugurate a new Kingdom entirely under his own authority. Inevitably this produced a clash: one does not simply claim authority as king where another is already enthroned. Jesus’ Kingdom was “not of this world,’ yet even so it got him crucified.

On the surface it sounds like a classic political power struggle. Take a closer look, though, and you’ll find that Jesus’ authority challenge was like no other. If you’ve never seen this, you’ve never understood Jesus Christ.

Authority Structures: Government, …


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Seek God Sensibly: On His Own Terms

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Is there a God? How would we know?

Among atheists today there is a sizable subset who think that if God is real, he ought to be detectable through science. I can see the appeal in thinking that, since science tells us so much about the world. Even better, it has ways to adjudicate factual disputes, especially when it’s possible to employ very careful measurement and control of variables.

Ironically, those are exactly the factors that make science a poor way to detect the reality …

 

Do You Think About God As He Truly Is?

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

If these questions don’t challenge you to the depth of your intellect, you’re not thinking of God as God really is:

Read through the list, and then I’ll explain more of what I meant by that.

When God created space, where did he put it? Where did God get the idea of energy and matter? When God caused the beginning of the created order, what gave him the idea of “beginning”? Where did beauty come from? What processes and methods did God use to create …


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Good News in Jesus Christ!

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

The other day Shane Fletcher and I were talking briefly about what the Gospel really is. He said he’d like to know better. So would I, in many (many!) ways. It’s so multifaceted!

What is this good news in Jesus Christ?

The Gospel comes from root words meaning “good news,” which it really is, centered in Jesus Christ. At the heart of it all is this: God’s love for you and me, and all the world. We, like all others, have rejected his love …

 

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