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As I continue to read and learn about the Emerging Church, there’s a question that keeps running through my mind: Why do I have to reject classical Christianity to embrace more significant worship, a more authentic Christian life, and a deeper relationship with God? The church has practiced these things for 2000 years.
John Hick takes a realist approach about the world to the question of pluralism in his article "Religious Pluralism and Salvation." All religions are responses to an objective Reality, not merely human activity. Both the differences and similarities in religion motivate Hick. He understands the differences to be irresolvable, none being a superior expression of the ultimate truth of the Divine. Yet he perceives a common thread throughout all religions: the central concern being moral transformation and realignment with the Divine.
James Sire describes naturalists as monistic materialists who deny the existence of immaterial entities and their ability to act in this world. Though naturalism can be characterized in broader term, which I will address briefly later in this paper, Sire's characterization is really of materialism. Ontological or metaphysical naturalism is defined in The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy as the view that everything is composed of natural entities constructed of properties as the sciences allow.
Is Oprah’s religion (ala Eckhart Tolle) compatible with Christianity and the Bible? This brief article isn't an exhaustive analysis of Eckhart Tolle's work but a brief evaluation of that question. This question has been brought to STR a number of times. Oprah claims the answer is yes. And surprisingly, more than a few Christians think the answer is yes. But even a cursory reading of Tolle makes it obvious the answer can only be no, and that he is actually teaching Hinduism, not Christianity.
Brian Fleming’s film, The God Who Wasn't There, described by a reviewer on the front cover of the DVD as “provocative.” That’s putting it mildly. From the very first moments, event before the film in media interviews, Flemming jumps right in to a film that is less documentary than a autobiographical polemic. By his own admission, this is essentially Flemming’s story of how he came to renounce Christianity. At the end we witness Flemming’s visit to his Christian
Hume offered this challenge in "Of Miracles" in Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion.