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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“Christianophobia” and “Secular Fundamentalism” Amongst Christians

“Christianophobia” and “Secular Fundamentalism” Amongst Christians

Jim Jordan at Moral Science Club says, It is our own [Christians’] folly that we worry that non-Christians will be offended by Christian expressions of faith. This hesitancy in Christians, me included, reveals a stubborn habit that it is somehow better to say or do nothing than point someone to Christ. Again we think it uncharitable that we pray in public or wish someone a “Merry Christmas”. It’s as if “Christianophobia” is a plague that Christians display almost as much…

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PsycPORT.com: Traumas can lead to spiritual growth

PsycPORT.com: Traumas can lead to spiritual growth

PsycPORT.com | Traumas can lead to spiritual growth: It is arguable that Post-Traumatic Growth is a central theme to the book of Job, and it is a tale that is highly regarded by Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Another side of trauma–not to over-simplify it, not to ignore the pain or the damage many experience in trauma, but to show that it’s not one-sided: There is, however, a flip side to trauma that mental health professionals only recently have begun to…

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“Myth is truth (p < .05)"

“Myth is truth (p < .05)"

Here’s today’s Language Log’s explanation for why science journalism is often so weak, as they have noted several times there (and I’ve mentioned more than once). …Science journalism is generally simpler, since the scientific equivalents of political parties are usually too diffuse and too weak to call a publication effectively to account for unfairness. In fact, most of the time there aren’t any powerful voices at all to call you to account if you write something wrong or foolish about…

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iPod Users: Give Yourself a podBible For Christmas!

iPod Users: Give Yourself a podBible For Christmas!

It uses the magisterial English Standard Version (New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs) and it works on just about any iPod except shuffles. And it’s free! It’s the podBible, from podBible.org. I really appreciate what Brendan Ross, the developer, has done for all of us. I’ve been using podBible for several months. It’s surprisingly readable (just text, no audio files), and of course it’s marvelously portable. So even though I can’t call it my gift to you, I’ll at least let…

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Opinion: Holding classes hostage to social and political dogmas?

Opinion: Holding classes hostage to social and political dogmas?

Here’s a question asked by Jeff Johannsen on the Orange County Register’s online opinion page, regarding the James Corbett incident. Do we really want a homogenous Christian theocracy in this country? The answer is no. The question I have for Mr. Johannsen is how he thinks holding to Constitutional separation of church and state–as it is currently interpreted by the courts–would present that risk. I’m afraid he is making the same mistake made by other Corbett supporters: not thinking through…

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