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Our Problem: Illusion or Reality?

Our Problem: Illusion or Reality?

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference What’s our problem? No, seriously. What’s wrong with us? Maybe nothing’s wrong with us. Sure, it seems like something’s not right with humanity, but maybe it’s just an illusion. There are modern naturalists/materialists who say consciousness and free will are human illusions. They’re not the only ones who place common-sense human experience in doubt. “Christian Science” (which is neither) teaches that evil is unreal, and that our only real…

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Did God Make This Huge Mistake?

Did God Make This Huge Mistake?

My column, “Christianity: Not part of a menu of nice ideas” was published in this morning’s Daily Press. Here’s another view on the same issue.* A Pew Forum poll in 2008 found that about seventy percent of religiously-affiliated Americans believe there are many ways to God. Fifty-seven percent of people who attend evangelical churches think so. Here’s how it might look for one of them, “Anthony,” as he was just beginning to think through what that really means. I think…

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A New Earth, an Old Deception

A New Earth, an Old Deception

Book Review Richard Abanes takes a thorough and critical look at Eckhart Tolle’s latest book, in his 2008 Bethany House book, A New Earth, An Old Deception: Awakening to the Dangers of Eckhart Tolle’s #1 Bestseller. It’s a study primarily aimed (through most of its length) toward Christian believers, drawing on Christians’ shared trust in the Bible as a trustworthy revelation from God. As such it could well be an invaluable resource for Christians who may find Tolle attractive, like…

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A World of Stone, A “New Earth,” or Something Better?

A World of Stone, A “New Earth,” or Something Better?

There‚Äôs a growing realization that materialism and the rational, empirical worldview that comes with it has reached its expiration date. So says Daniel Pinchbeck, in a NY Times Magazine article entitled “The Final Days” by Benjamin Anastas. Pinchbeck wrote an “alternative-culture bestselle4,” 2012, The Return of Quetzalcoatl. He is part of a movement that looks to the Mayan calendar as an indicator that the world will come to an end—or some kind of major spiritual revolution—on December 21, 2012. Anastas…

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New Age “Evolution”

New Age “Evolution”

Here’s a good example of how not to marry science with a worldview: the so-called Evolutionary Manifesto. There are lessons here for Christians who want to understand origins both in relation to the teachings of science as well asto alternate religions. This Evolutionary Manifesto is not the product of science, but of a New Age-oriented worldview; yet its author seems to accept evolutionary theory as fact. It’s a rather unique version of evolutionary theory, however: At the heart of the…

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“Many Paths To What You Call God”

“Many Paths To What You Call God”

A close friend of the family brought this up: another video of Oprah Winfrey as theologian. The video begins with Oprah in dialogue with an unidentified woman representing Biblical Christianity (as far as I can tell). Note the use of language here. Oprah says, There are many paths to what you call God. Her [another unidentified guest’s] path might be something else, and when she gets there, she might call it The Light. Her loving and her kindness and her…

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“We Honor All Faiths”

“We Honor All Faiths”

Christ Church Unity, Kansas City, MO, says, “We honor all faiths.” This affirming and inclusive statement stands near the heart of a minor social movement: the Complaint Bracelet (“21 days to a complaint-free life”), invented by the church’s pastor, Rev. Will Bowen. Bown has been featured on The Today Show and Oprah, and, more than 5.5 million people have reportedly worn one of these bracelets. I found out about it from a friend of the family who is wearing one…

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The Cross: Not One of the Universe’s “Nice” Ideas

The Cross: Not One of the Universe’s “Nice” Ideas

Dallas Willard writes in The Divine Conspiracy (p. 335), “God,” Paul said, “makes clear the greatness of his love for us through the fact that Christ died for us while we were still rebelling against him” (Rom. 5:8). The exclusiveness of the Christian revelation of God lies here. No one can have an adequate view of the heart and purposes of the God of the universe who does not understand that he permitted his son to die on the cross…

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