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Posts Tagged ‘Intellectually Based Faith’

The Manhatten Declaration

In Christian Education on 25 November 09 at 6:40 am

The Manhattan Declaration


Reframing Human History | Christianity Today

In Christian Education on 23 September 09 at 3:11 pm

This link takes you to a book review written by Kate Kirkpatrick.

The book:

Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies (Yale University Press)

by David Bentley Hart

Hart, a visiting professor of theology at Providence College, begins by looking at the New Atheist phenomenon, lambasting Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Daniel Dennett et al. for their carelessness with and rhetorical manipulation of philosophy, theology, and history. But that is quickly left behind; in the book’s second half, we begin to see the Orthodox theologian’s real intent: to offer a counter-narrative of religion’s role in human history.

Reframing Human History | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction

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Pastor Mark Driscoll

In Christian Education, Life and living on 8 August 09 at 11:57 am

One of AMiA’s newest consecrated Bishops, Doc Loomis shared this video on Facebook and I just wanted to pass it along.  Members of my family have fallen prey to the “prosperity” gospel at times and Mark’s perspective is important.  So much of what Joel proclaims is Truth; we are children of an amazing God, our hope and faith in His power and authority and grace is well founded, He desires to bless us [though not in the way we might “want” or think we “deserve”], …   And yet Joel is wrong to equate “victory” with health, wealth and joyful relationships.  In fact, as Mark clearly points out, this definition of “victory with Christ” would paint a picture of Christ  Himself as a failure.  One other thought:  Another extreme and false position is also possible.  One can accept sin and pain and poverty as one’s “lot in life” and stop striving to live fully in God’s will, to develop His giftings and serve His people, allowing others to see the Christ alive and working within them.  Are wealth and prosperity and good health sinful in and of themselves?  Of course not!  But when they become idols or goals which are elevated to higher importance than following Christ, they hinder our walk with Him.  When they become a measure of our “victory”, they blind us to the real victory of  knowing and sharing the love of Christ.     Watch the video — and share your thoughts.

Do Hard Things

In Christian Education, Life and living on 31 March 09 at 10:36 am
do_hard_things_study_guideDo Hard Things - The Rebelution

Do Hard Things - The Rebelution

I have been using this text as the basis for our High School Sunday School Class at All Saint’s Anglican Church in Newport/Morehead City, NC. The ideas resonant with me and I have plans to offer a modified version to our adults. Beware the Myth of Adolescence!


Rejecting the Bible

In Christian Education, Life and living on 8 December 08 at 12:06 pm

As one who is wholeheartedly sold out to Jesus and who spiritually and  intellectually believes the Bible is the inspired word of God, I am troubled by the growing rejection of Scripture as Truth, as relevant to our culture, and as worthy of study.  It seems that many in the mainstream are even blaming problems in society on “fundamentalist’s” use of the Bible to address the culture, as evidenced in a Newsweek article which Albert Mohler referenced in a recent blog.

Disappointingly, Newsweek editor Jon Meacham offers an editorial note that broadens Newsweek’s responsibility for this atrocity of an article and reveals even more of the agenda:  “No matter what one thinks about gay rights—for, against or somewhere in between —this conservative resort to biblical authority is the worst kind of fundamentalism,” Meacham writes.  “Given the history of the making of the Scriptures and the millennia of critical attention scholars and others have given to the stories and injunctions that come to us in the Hebrew Bible and the Christian New Testament, to argue that something is so because it is in the Bible is more than intellectually bankrupt—it is unserious, and unworthy of the great Judeo-Christian tradition.”

Well, that statement sets the issue clearly before us.  He insists that “to argue that something is so because it is in the Bible is more than intellectually bankrupt.”  No serious student of the Bible can deny the challenge of responsible biblical interpretation, but the purpose of legitimate biblical interpretation is to determine, as faithfully as possible, what the Bible actually teaches — and then to accept, teach, apply, and obey.

As a Christian, who does not consider himself intellectually bankrupt, it is not possible for me to remain silent in the face of attacks which strike at the very heart of my faith and worldview.  I stand by my conviction that true education and wisdom is not possible outside a Christian worldview.   I acknowledge that Scripture has been misused and misrepresented, that Christians are often their own worst public relations enemies, diplaying an overly judgemental and angry persona.  However, the accumulated works of faithful Christians [ Saints — past and present], provides ample support for an intellectual, historical, spiritual, …  arguement for accepting the Christian Bible as the authoritative Word of God.  I suppose this must be a starting point in defending “the faith” to this culture.

Look for future posts which outline my reasons for accepting Scripture as authoritative and divinely inspired.

For now — I appeal to historical evidence —

The Holy Bible is the best documented, best selling, most read, most quoted,  most life changing, most translated, most cherished, … book ever known —  in the entire history of mankind.  For anyone to reject it lightly, because it contradicts some lifestyle or behavior or opinion, well — that would be intellectually negligent.   So, when a rigorous study of the Bible is really performed, what do we see?   More on this later 🙂   Perhaps — the reader would like to provide some comments based on their experience with the Bible.  I would love to hear how you relate to the Scriptures.