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Seek God Sensibly: On His Own Terms

Seek God Sensibly: On His Own Terms

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…

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Ten Turning Points: Wrap-up

Ten Turning Points: Wrap-up

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference Ten turning points have made all the difference—not just for some religion, not just for some people, but for all of reality. It’s time now to wrap up this series with a summary. This has been a series with a mixed purpose. I had been wanting to summarize the story of history viewed through the lens of its most crucial events. I ended up doing it with a small…

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Ten Turning Points: What’s So Special About Special Revelation?

Ten Turning Points: What’s So Special About Special Revelation?

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference What’s so special about God’s special revelation? There’s much to be said, but I want to close this week’s study with just two words: knowledge and relationship. Knowledge We can know. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of that. Through God’s special revelation, the Bible, we know where we came from, what we’re here for, what life is all about, what’s behind our basic problems, what it takes to…

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Ten Turning Points: Progressive Revelation

Ten Turning Points: Progressive Revelation

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference God is always revealing himself. He has been doing so since (at least) the dawn of humanity. As I’ve written earlier in this series, he has done so not by dropping a book in anyone’s lap. We have a book now, but it didn’t come floating down from heaven, and it wasn’t dug up complete from under Jerusalem. God delivered what we were ready for, a bit at a…

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Ten Turning Points: God’s Special Revelation

Ten Turning Points: God’s Special Revelation

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference We saw last time that God has revealed himself to everyone to some extent through general revelation. The knowledge we can gain that way is limited, however. Our knowledge of God is always bound to be limited, of course: he is far beyond our comprehension. We can’t know God exhaustively, we can’t know God as God really is and we cannot fathom a fraction of what we do know…

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Ten Turning Points: God’s General Revelation

Ten Turning Points: God’s General Revelation

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference God is a relational God, a Trinity from all eternity, who has put relationships at the center of his creation. He is a God of glory, and a God of truth and of justice, as we have seen earlier in this series. He has never failed to have a revelation of himself in his creation, especially to us whom he created in his image. From before the creation of…

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Is It Rational to Believe in Spiritual Battle? (Part 2)

Is It Rational to Believe in Spiritual Battle? (Part 2)

Polls consistently show that most Americans believe in the existence of a devil. (Though I haven’t checked, I expect that number would be lower in other Western countries.) Belief in a devil is less frequent than belief in a God, and less respectable in many quarters. It’s controversial when a politician attributes some good event to God; how much more if he or she blamed Satan for something bad! There are some very good reasons for this, but there is…

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