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Is Jesus of the Gospels simply recycled ancient myths? There is a reason the ancient historical accounts of the life of Jesus of Nazareth do not start with the phrase, “Once upon a time….” On the face of it, the authors did not appear to be writing fairytales for future generations, but rather detailed accounts of the extraordinary events in the life of a particular Jewish carpenter who actually changed the course of history.
In May of this year, a scientific paper was released that fanned the flames of the evolution/intelligent design debate to new intensity. It documented the discovery of an elegantly structured, beautifully preserved fossil of a haplorrhine, an ancient primate thought to be ancestor to both modern-day lemurs and “higher” primates, including human beings.
As a Christian ambassador, your biggest challenge may be making sense of the problem of evil. Surprisingly, though, evil is actually evidence for God, not against Him. The wave of best-selling atheist books has forced followers of Christ to confront an age-old objection: the problem evil, considered by some to be the strongest evidence against the existence of God.
Christianity and Postmodernism—The “Emerging Church” [Author’s note: Most of what follows builds upon what was discussed in “Truth Is a Strange Sort of Fiction: Parts I - IV” found in previous issues of Solid Ground. To make the most out of what follows, it might be best to review those thoughts before you begin. Read part 4 here.]
Postmodern Self-Destructs [Author’s note: Most of what follows builds upon what was discussed in “Truth Is a Strange Sort of Fiction: Parts I - III” found in the last three issues of Solid Ground. To make the most out of what follows, it might be best to review those thoughts before you begin. Read part 3 here.]
Opening teaser: Postmodernism is on a crash course with Christianity. In fact, we’ve already collided. Here’s how to sort through the wreckage.
If you genuinely believe there is no truth, can you still be a Christian? [Author’s note: Most of what follows builds upon what was discussed in “Truth Is a Strange Sort of Fiction: Part I” found in the last issue of Solid Ground. To make the most out of what follows, it might be best to review those thoughts before you begin.]
Knowledge and Truth Would you die for truth? Of course you would. Multitudes do everyday. Or more precisely, they die because they don’t have truth.
For some, ethics is nothing more than a social contract to insure survival. Compliance is the highest good, breaking ranks the greatest evil, regardless of the issue. This may make sense on television, but it doesn’t work in the real world.
“Everyone loves a conspiracy.” — Robert Langdon, Harvard Religious Symbologist, The Da Vinci Code I never thought it would happen. There I was, at a dead standstill in the middle of the 405 in Los Angeles traffic, and I didn’t care. The gridlock could continue all day as far as I was concerned.