Top Pages for 2007

Top Pages for 2007

Here are the most popular Thinking Christian blog posts of 2007, based on number of times they were visited: 1. The Golden Compass Series — Many other websites linked to these posts, so several of them were near the top in popularity. 2. Book Review: Kingdom Triangle by J. P. Moreland 3. The Beauty of Christ: Introduction to my “Beauty” series, also represented with other posts below. 4. Christianity: Top Ten Misconceptions 5. The Beauty of Explanation: The Human Condition…

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How To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

How To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Can you keep your New Year’s resolutions in 2008? Have you tried in past years? How did you do? Most of us give up long before January ends. It’s surprisingly difficult, isn’t it, to make a decision about our personal habits and stick with it. Can we actually improve ourselves? The answer is no, we can’t. That may come as a surprise to some readers of a Thinking Christian blog, for you may think that Christianity is about improving ourselves:…

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Pagan Christianity?

Pagan Christianity?

Book Review Frank VIola and George Barna say the post-apostolic Church Fathers, Augustine, John Calvin, Martin Luther, Jonathan Edwards, and John Wesley and others like them were desperately wrong. They were wrong, not in their doctrines, but in their church practice, which was far off track–and very harmfully so. That’s quite a serious list of leaders to stand against. “Quite so,” the authors might say; “but we are standing with Jesus Christ and the New Testament authors.” Without a doubt…

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“Suspicions and Evidence”

“Suspicions and Evidence”

From MikeGene at Telic Thoughts: The debate about evolution and intelligent design eventually comes down to demands for evidence. Yet evidence is simply data that are interpreted in the light of previous experience and belief. What’s more, evidence comes in different flavors. For example, the type of evidence that might be used to guide a police investigation may not suffice as “evidence” in the context of a court room trial. In fact, an investigator is likely to look at the…

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Equal-Text Bible in a Year Plan

Equal-Text Bible in a Year Plan

Here’s an entirely different Bible-in-one-year plan, designed to give you the same amount of reading every day. It’s based on page numbers, not chapters and verses, and it’s customizable to your Bible. It works best with straight-text Bibles; study Bibles with their varying amounts of text on each page won’t give you an equal amount of reading each day. It’s my own “invention” using Microsoft Excel. It’s not fancy, and it’s not elegant programming, but it works! You just need…

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“Revolutions in Worldview”

“Revolutions in Worldview”

From Between Two Worlds, with help from commenters on that post, several very intriguing items for reading: Andrew Hoffecker has edited a collection of essays called Revolutions in Worldview: Understanding the Flow of Western Thought. Related stuff available online for free: A publisher’s resource page Large portions of the book An entire book by Vern Poythress on Christianity and science (One of the Poythress chapters is also in the Hoffecker book.) So much to read, so little time! Technorati Tags:…

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What Does “Faith” Mean?

What Does “Faith” Mean?

“Can I Just Define ‘Faith’ However I Please?” Michael Patton asked this question at the blog of Reclaiming the Mind Ministries. We’ve discussed the definition of faith here before; there were even comments saying that Christian should be held to the dictionary definition of faith (whatever that may be, whichever dictionary one might choose to use). Patton’s explanation puts the answer at the heart of long-standing Christian thought. Here’s part of it: Starting with Luther and developed further by Melancthon…

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