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John Loftus’s Bad Reasons for Not Going To Church, and a Few Good Ones For Going

John Loftus’s Bad Reasons for Not Going To Church, and a Few Good Ones For Going

John Loftus, the affable hat-wearing atheist who loves to poke quasi-informed fun at Christians, posted this on Facebook yesterday: Except for extremely rare circumstance I don’t go to church. For one thing, I don’t need to be reminded to be good. For another, I find a deity who commands people to worship him egocentric, regardless of whether he deserves it or not. For yet another reason, I can get more things done by actually doing something rather than by praying. Then…

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Forgiveness, Not Revenge!

Forgiveness, Not Revenge!

Forgiveness, not revenge, is the Christian way. Forgiveness, as in [Rwanda]https://www.thinkingchristian.net/posts/2009/04/as-we-forgive-stories-of-reconciliation-from-rwanda/(https://www.thinkingchristian.net/posts/2009/04/as-we-forgive-stories-of-reconciliation-from-rwanda/), in Pennsylvania, in a warrior’s broken heart. Definitely not revenge, as in the outrageous “Christian militia” actions reportedly taking place in the Central African Republic.

Why Forgive?

Why Forgive?

Continuing our exploration of forgiveness and forgiving, today I intend to go straight to the heart of the matter: why should we even consider forgiving—especially those who have done great harm? I will begin with something that may seem to be off the topic, but I think it helps us get to the answer. I was reading N.T. Wright’s The Challenge of Jesus a couple of weeks ago. Wright is an historian of the first century, and it was his…

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What About Forgiveness?

What About Forgiveness?

David Ellis raised an interesting question with respect to forgiveness and restoration in Rwanda: why would I want to forgive someone who killed members of my family? How does that come to be considered a desirable thing to do? I offered a brief answer in that discussion thread, but I didn’t do it justice. It is as complex a subject as one could ask for, dealing as it does with the depths of human relationships under their greatest stress. A…

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Catherine Larson Chat Transcript

Catherine Larson Chat Transcript

Transcript, with links added, of the April 30 chat with Catherine Claire Larson, author of As We Forgive: Stories of Reconciliation From Rwanda (reviewed here). ************ [Tom G] Good evening, Catherine, and welcome to Thinking Christian! [Catherine Larson] Thanks Tom, I’m really glad to be joining you tonight! [Tom G] It’s a privilege to have you here. We can wait a few moments, I think, and see who else may join in. [Catherine Larson] That sounds good. I’ll stand by……

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As We Forgive, Part 3

As We Forgive, Part 3

Book Review For many readers, Rwanda in 1994 may seem like a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Genocide, thankfully, is probably very far removed from your experience, as it is from mine. What then do you and I do with a book like As We Forgive: Stories of Reconciliation From Rwanda? I can’t go into details here because of sensitivity toward a non-family member, but just last night an issue of deep betrayal and hurt arose…

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As We Forgive, Part 2

As We Forgive, Part 2

Book Review It is said that light shines brightest in dark places. I wrote last Saturday about Catherine Claire Larson’s book As We Forgive: Stories of Reconciliation From Rwanda. It is probably both the darkest and the brightest book I have ever read. Before I proceed, let me remind you: Next Thursday evening at 9:00 pm EDT, here on this blog, you will have the opportunity to meet Catherine and interact with her in an online chat. I urge you…

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As We Forgive: Stories of Reconciliation From Rwanda

As We Forgive: Stories of Reconciliation From Rwanda

Book Review “One of the most haunting things about living in Rwanda after the genocide is that killers still walk among the survivors.” (From page 249.) I have just experienced one of the most remarkable books of my life: As We Forgive: Stories of Reconciliation From Rwanda, by Prison Fellowship senior writer and editor Catherine Claire Larson. Next Thursday evening at 9:00 pm EDT, here on this blog, you will have the opportunity to meet Catherine and interact with her…

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