Rob Bell – What Is the Bible?

I have just finished reading Rob Bell’s latest book, titled What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything. I really loved it and I think every evangelical should read it. The book does not say anything new, nor does the author claim to do so. It merely presents at a popular level what theologians and Bible scholars have said about it in the last hundred years.

You may ask, what is then so important about it? Here is my answer.Read More »

5 Things I Wish Conservative Christians Understood About Muslims

Source: 5 Things I Wish Conservative Christians Understood About Muslims

This is a great text, worth reading. And, no, Corey does not have to also talk about the differences btween Islam and Christianity. That is common sense for anbody who has a brain. But, in a (conservative/fundamentalist and Islamophobic Western) context in which only the differences are emphasized, there is a great need for irenic spirits who also underline the communalities rooted in our being created in the image of God (yes, both Christians and Muslims) and in our monotheistic faiths, whether we beleve we worship the same God or not.

Rowan Williams – On The Benedict Option: a new monasticism for the 21st century

Source: The Benedict Option: a new monasticism for the 21st century

Finally a serious analysis of Dreher’s book on the so-called ‘Benedict option’, in fact, in my opinion, a fatalistic, and possibly extremely damaging, call for withdrawal of committed Christians from social involvement, after the continuous series of defeats they have registered in the foolish ‘cultural wars’ they have fought as they tried to revive of ‘gloriously’ defunct Christendom. Which resembles with the similar social withdrawal of the original ‘fundameentalists’ at the end of the 19th century. Am I the only one who is worried by this similarity?

Here are just a few signidicant quotes from Rowan Williams:

‘Given that the greatest moral dramas of 20th-century America were to do with civil rights and foreign war, Dreher’s perspective here is worrying. He assumes, laudably, that the new Christian communities will have some concern for the marginal and needy but anything like a broader social ideal does not figure largely.’

‘What is left most worryingly vague is how such groups might maintain a level of self-criticism, and how they would handle issues around authority and management of conflict. Benedict has a fair bit to say about this, and Dreher shows he is aware of it and of the problem of alienating a younger generation by excessive exclusivism.’

The Benedict Option is unsettling. It confronts the prevailing consensus about how far the majority is willing to make room for principled dissent and public argument – yet at the same time shows a rather dispiriting lack of confidence in public argument.’

‘…[the book] fails to note the irony of advocating what it does in a climate where liberal triumphalism has already been shaken by a very un-Benedictine set of influences, through the resurgence of populist conservatism and protectionism. And neither restating liberal nostrums nor Dreher’s “strategy of hibernation” – to borrow a phrase from Adorno – seems an adequate answer to this.’

American Theocracy in the Making – May God have mercy!

This is dangerous. These people are trying to re-establish Christendom, either overtly or covertly – what Wallnau calls ‘Jehova sneaky’.

Whe I hear these people complain about the Muslims plotting to take over the West, it makes me wonder if, in fact, they have learned these perverse ways from the American Religious Right.

Doru Costache – Christianity at the Crossroads


Fr. Doru Costache

Note: This short text, on the perseccution of Christians in general, and the maartyrdom of the Coptic Church in particular comes from one of my favourite Orthodox theologians, the Romanian Fr. Doru Costache, who serves now in Australia. In the context of the present hysteria, especially in the US, on how they, poor good Christians (who brough foolish Trump to power), are persecuted by the secular world, which does not understad how precious they are, I believe the common sense gospel words in this text have to be heard more largely than on the academic website where they were published. Of course, I do this with the kind permission of Fr. Costache, to whom goes my gratitude.

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14 April 2017 © AIOCS Doru Costache

No, you do not have to expect me to say that the current circumstances are new and that these days Christians must take some unprecedented action or to abolish their past. Neither should you expect me to say something like Christianity being in need of a radical reform today more than yesterday. My interest is in pointing out the need to retrieve something that we seem to have lost in history: our capacity to discern the times and assess our circumstances in a genuinely traditional manner. But let me be more specific.

Just recently, on Palm Sunday, our sisters and brothers of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt have been once again the object of hate attacks on the part of their non-Christian neighbours. And the day before more Christians have been put to death in Syria. And the day before that more Christians have been put to death elsewhere. And days before that a Catholic priest was slaughtered during the celebration of the eucharist in France. And I hear of cases of Christians harassed by their non-Christian neighbours in some parts of Sydney. All this because they, indeed we, are Christian.Read More »

Rachel Elizabeth Asproth – Things Christian Women Hear about Women


Rachel Elizabeth Asproth

April 19, 2017

Last night, Sarah Bessey (we’re fans!) began a conversation about the strange, sexist, abusive, and toxic things Christian women are told on a regular basis. We’ve been leaning into the conversation and doing our best to keep a record of the profound and heartbreaking stories women and male allies are sharing. We’ve collected some of the most powerful tweets so far in a list, and we’re inviting our audience to follow the ongoing conversation happening on Twitter under #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear.

If you have a relevant story or experience, please join the conversation yourself or share in the comments below.

1. “You can teach the women and children, you just can’t teach the men.” –Charlie Grantham

2. “You are an amazing leader! You’d make an excellent pastor’s wife someday!” –Sarah Bessey

3. “Women are too emotional to be leaders and pastors. It would never work.” –Jesse HarpRead More »

How Patriarchy Silences Women (Rachel Elizabeth Asproth)

Source: How Patriarchy Silences Women (Rachel Elizabeth Asproth)

Scot McKnight shares today this post on patriarchy by Rachel Elizabeth Asproth. Here is a summary:
1. Patriarchal History Questions the Importance of Women’s Existence
2. Patriarchal History Minimizes Women’s Contributions
3. Patriarchal History Pigeon-Holes Women
4. Patriarchal History Is Hyper-Focused on Female Sexuality

Șnurul și pedagogia neagră în România

Source: Șnurul și pedagogia neagră în România

 

Ma intreb cu obstinatie citi dintre evanghelicii din Romania sunt, de fapt, promotorii, pe fata sau in secret, ai ‘pedagogiei negre’ de care vorbeste aici Dan Alexe. Desigur, zice-se, cu argumente ‘din Scripturi’, caci atunci cind cineva nu are scrupule morale, saau este ignorant cu sistema si intentie, Sctiptura poate fi utilizata penttru a ‘justifica’ orice ineptie.

The Errors of Inerrancy: #6 Inerrancy obscures Jesus with the Bible – The PostBarthianThe PostBarthian

[The Errors of Inerrancy: A ten-part series on why Biblical Inerrancy censors the Scriptures and divides Evangelicals.] 6. Inerrancy obscures Jesus with the Bible John Calvin said that the Bible is similar to eyeglasses that allow us to see Jesus. If the Bible may be compared to eyeglasses, then Biblical Inerrancy may be compared to smudges and scratches on these eyeglasses, or eyeglasses with bad prescriptions. In other words, Inerrancy does not allow us to see Jesus better, instead it cripples our vision of Jesus, and prevents us from seeing Jesus rightly. These metaphorical scratches and smudges on our eyeglasses (to follow Calvin’s analogy) cause us to obsess over the imperfections in our eyeglasses and distract us from seeing Jesus through them. Therefore, the sixth Error of Inerrancy is that Biblical Inerrancy obscures Jesus with the Bible.  Precisely how does Biblical Inerrancy obscure Jesus with the Bible? T.F. Torrance provides an excellent answer to “Protestant fundamentalism” in his book, Space, Time and Resurrection that answers this question. I’ve summarized and adapted T.F. Torrance’s answer in the following four points:  #1. Biblical Inerrancy does not make a proper distinction between the Bible and Jesus. #2. Inerrancy denies that the Bible is a witness to the life of Jesus. #3. Inerrancy  instead asserts that the Bible contains […]

Source: The Errors of Inerrancy: #6 Inerrancy obscures Jesus with the Bible – The PostBarthianThe PostBarthian

The Errors of Inerrancy: #5 Inerrancy reduced the Biblical Authors into Ventriloquist Dummies – The PostBarthianThe PostBarthian

The Errors of Inerrancy: #5 Inerrancy reduced the Biblical Authors into Ventriloquist Dummies

Source: The Errors of Inerrancy: #5 Inerrancy reduced the Biblical Authors into Ventriloquist Dummies – The PostBarthianThe PostBarthian

The Errors of Inerrancy: #4 Inerrancy denies that the Bible contains scientific errors – The PostBarthianThe PostBarthian

In this fourth installment in the Errors of Inerrancy, the dangers of denying the Bible contains scientific errors has been explained. The example of the Phoenix as an emblem of our resurrection, demonstrates how we may rightly interpret the Bible in the way it was intended to be interpreted. And, the threefold error of denying the Bible contains scientific errors demonstrates that it is impossible to understand the Bible when its true context is rejected a priori by our modern biases. This error is multiplied when scientific errors in the Bible are used to censor and correct modern science.

Source: The Errors of Inerrancy: #4 Inerrancy denies that the Bible contains scientific errors – The PostBarthianThe PostBarthian

The Errors of Inerrancy: #3 Inerrancy Censors the Bible’s Capacity for Error – The PostBarthianThe PostBarthian

In this post, I will explore how the Bible may have a capacity for error that even extends to its theological and religious claims, and why it is an Error of Inerrancy to deny that the Bible has a capacity for error, and to explain how this Error of Biblical Inerrancy censors the Bible.

Source: The Errors of Inerrancy: #3 Inerrancy Censors the Bible’s Capacity for Error – The PostBarthianThe PostBarthian

The Errors of Inerrancy: #2 Inerrant Original Autographs are a Tautology of Biblical Inerrancy – The PostBarthianThe PostBarthian

The hypothetical and so-called Inerrant Original Autographs are an unprovable tautology of Biblical Inerrancy, that do not inform of the historical nature of first sources of the Bible, but rather inform us what is the absolute minimum requirements that these first sources of the Bible must have been in order to affirm Biblical Inerrancy. So Inerrant Original Autographs are a result of Biblical Inerrancy, not a support for Biblical Inerrancy. And in the end, if the true sources of the Bible were absolutely dissimilar to Inerrant Biblical Autographs, then our Bibles would remain unchanged! So therefore as G.C. Berkouwer once said, the Inerrant Original Autographs are “foreign to the world of Scripture”, and may be safely disregarded in any orthodox doctrine of inspiration of the Bible.

Source: The Errors of Inerrancy: #2 Inerrant Original Autographs are a Tautology of Biblical Inerrancy – The PostBarthianThe PostBarthian

The Errors of Inerrancy: #1 The Church has never possessed an inerrant Bible – The PostBarthianThe PostBarthian

The Errors of Inerrancy: A ten part series on why Biblical Inerrancy censors the Scriptures and divides Evangelicals

Source: The Errors of Inerrancy: #1 The Church has never possessed an inerrant Bible – The PostBarthianThe PostBarthian

Is It Too Late for Russell Moore to Say Sorry? | Christianity Today

Southern Baptist leader’s critiques of Trump and his supporters are having an impact beyond the election.

Source: Is It Too Late for Russell Moore to Say Sorry? | Christianity Today

There is more trouble in the Southern Baptist empire. Russell Moore dared to challenge the shameless Trump supporters in SBC, and they are now taking revenge. No surprise there. It’s just the usual thing since the fundamentalist coup d’etat in SBC, a few decades ago.

Russell Moore, Evangelical Leader, Faces Backlash For Anti-Trump Comments : NPR

Russell Moore, who presides over the political arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, called out religious right figures who supported Trump notwithstanding his “serious moral problems.”

Source: Russell Moore, Evangelical Leader, Faces Backlash For Anti-Trump Comments : NPR

The Southern Baptist Convention is turning quickly into Trump Baptist Convention. And Moore’s days in it are numbered, it seems. A real pity!

Kevin Giles, Grudem, Ware and Eternal Generation – Jesus Creed

Monogenēs once more. Kevin Giles Following the 2016 Evangelical Theological Society annual conference in San Antonia where Dr. Bruce Ware and Dr. Wayne Grudem publicly announced that they had […]

Source: Kevin Giles, Grudem, Ware and Eternal Generation – Jesus Creed

Kevin Giles again about the Trinitarian ‘heresies’ of Wayne Grudem and the rest of his fundamentalist bunch. This time of ‘the doctrine of the eternal generation of the Son’.

Andrei Gaitanaru – Initiafrica pentru familie

Andre Gaitanaru a publicat recent, pe platforma Contributors, un text foarte consistent, legat de initiativa asa-numitei Aliante pentru Familie, privind modificarea Constitutiei in sensul definitiei familiei ca uniunea intre un barbat si o femeie.

Redau mai jos citeva fragmente semnificative din acest text, care incearca sa sugereze necesitatea unei dezbateri reale, pe argumente, in legatura cu aceasta initiativa (sublinierile cu aldine imi apartin).

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Proiectul de modificare a modului în care este definită familia în cadrul Constituției, susținut de mai multe Biserici creștine, a fost o greșeală. Nu susțin acest lucru în pofida faptului că sunt ortodox, ci tocmai pentru că sunt unul sau, cel puțin, pentru că încerc să fiu unul. Ceea ce înseamnă că mă străduiesc să cunosc pe cât pot de bine tradiția Sfinților Părinți ai Bisericii și să o interiorizez prin intermediul vieții bisericești. …urmărind chestiunea schimbării modului în care familia este definită în Constituție, am ajuns treptat la concluzia că Inițiativa a pornit de la o îngrijorare legitimă pentru modul în care Creștinismul înțelege lumea, dar a sfârșit prin a acționa pe coclauri străine acestuia.

Pot creștinii să impună la nivelul Constituției o definiție a familiei și a căsătoriei conformă antropologiei creștine? Dacă ne grăbim să spunem că da, ar trebui să ne întrebăm atunci de ce nu mergem ceva mai departe. De ce, de pildă, creștinii ortodocși nu ar cere scoaterea în afara legii a celorlalte culte. În fond, conform Ortodoxiei, la noi este învățătura cea dreaptă. Celelalte confesiuni sunt, ca atare, mai mult sau mai puțin heterodoxe. Iar alte culte sunt de-a dreptul erezii. Câtă vreme avem majoritatea, de ce să nu impunem restrângerea conceptului de „cult” conform învățăturii ortodoxe? Avem o lege a cultelor?! A se slăbi! O modificăm și pe ea. Sau putem să o luăm invers. Ce s-ar întâmpla dacă creștinii ar fi minoritari în România, iar o majoritate atee ar decide să adauge în Constituție faptul că Dumnezeirea este o plăsmuire a minții? Ce ne-ar mai putea proteja în acel context? Singura noastră pavăză ar fi tocmai canonul constituțional care filtrează prin intermediul legilor sale deciziile majorității din cadrul unei democrații.Read More »

Klaus Iohannis, despre disputele privind modificarea Constitutiei in legatura cu definirea familiei: Nu am acuzat Biserica / E nevoie de o discutie calma si onesta – Hotnews Mobile

Source: Klaus Iohannis, despre disputele privind modificarea Constitutiei in legatura cu definirea familiei: Nu am acuzat Biserica / E nevoie de o discutie calma si onesta – Hotnews Mobile

Ce mi-ar placea sa cred ca aceste declaratii de bun simt vor pune capat noii isterii care a cuprins mediile fundamentaliste de la noi, evanghelice, ortodoxe, si de alte ‘secte’. Ma tem insa ca nu se va intimpla. Cind masele isterizate se pornesc (stirnite fiind de oameni cu interese oculte, cu care cei lipsiti de discernamint rezoneaza imediat), sunt greu de oprit pina nu vad singe (metaforic vorbind; deocamdata).

Sper sa nu avem dreptate, Vom vedea miine, la mitingul programat de citiva lideri evanghelici cu mintile infierbintate, nu intimplator (cine stie, prcepe), la Oradea.

Iuga vs Iohannis – Baptistii romani intre penibil si ridicol

viorel-iuga

Avertizare: Aceasta postare nu este despre baptistii romani, ci despre liderii lor actuali. Eu am trait eclesial mai bine de douazeci de ani intre baptisti si va asigur ca intre ei sunt o multime de oameni decenti si vrednici de respect. Unii dintre ei chiar mi-au ramas buni prieteni si dupa plecarea, din pricini strict teologice, din aceasta confesiune. Cred ca niciodata baptistii in special, si evanghelicii in general, nu au avut intre ei mai multi oameni educati si cu inalte competente intelectuale si profesionale. Din pacate, asfel de persoane sunt mai deegraba marginalizate in biserici si, din aceasta pricina, prea putin active in alegerea liderilor. Iar rezultatul il vedem acum. Mare pacat! Poate, totusi, invatam ceva de aici.

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Ziua de astazi a prilejuit un dialog indirect intre Viorel Iuga, presedintele baptistilor romani, dar si al Aliantei Evanghelice, si Klaus Iohannis, presedintele Romaniei, un dialog din care obrazul baptistilor de la noi, si asa destul de zbicit in ultima vreme, a iesit si mai crapat. Cred ca este mult de cind baptistii nostri n-au avut la conducerea lor o personalitate mai stearsa, dar in acelasi timp mai plina de sine si de inchipuita, ca acum, ceea ce spune multe despre starea ingrijoratoare a celei mai vechi confesiuni evanghelice e la noi. Dar sa vedem mai intii faptele (pentru mai multe detalii, vezi AICI).

Recent, Iuga publica pe contul sau da Facebook un mesaj violent adresat presedintelui Iohannis, in care il ameninta ca daca nu se pronunta asa cum ii dicteaza el in privinta definitiei familiei, atunci isi va scoate enoriasii in strada, pentru schimbare, inclusiv a lui Iohannis.Acum, daca va temeti ca baptistii ar putea incerca o lovitura de stat, e cazul sa va linistiti. Cei mai multi dintre ei sunt oameni seriosi si cu mintea intreaga.

Iata afirmatiile lui Iuga (ipsissima verba):

‘Dacă nu ieşiţi dumneavoastră să vă exprimaţi pro creştinism, vom ieşi noi să ne exprimăm pro schimbare, inclusiv a dumneavoastră.’Read More »

Franklin Graham sets us straight | Religion News Service

(RNS) Nobody gives a rip about Donald J. Trump’s taxes, he assures us. And how does he know that?

Source: Franklin Graham sets us straight | Religion News Service

 

As you can see, foolish Franklin Graham does it again.

“But Mark,” you’re asking, “how does Franklin know that nobody gives a rip about about Donald J. Trump’s taxes?”

Believe me, he knows. Because even though the media talked about it, he knows that nobody gives a rip that the head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association pulls down seven figures a year.

In the Beginning, The Gospel: Al Mohler vs. Andy Stanley

Scot McKnight on Jesus and orthodox faith in the 21st century

Source: In the Beginning, The Gospel: Al Mohler vs. Andy Stanley

There is trouble, again, in Southern Baptist ‘paradise’. Fundamentalist bully Al Mohler chastises Andy Stanley for putting Jesus before Scripture, and thus, undermining Mohler’s obsession, the dubious and confusing concept of innerancy. Well done, Andy!

Southern Baptists Adopt Controversial Resolution on Israel – EthicsDaily.com

By: Brian Kaylor Southern Baptists at their annual meeting adopted a pro-Israel resolution deemed by some Arab Baptist leaders as unbiblical and harmful to their peacemaking efforts.

Source: Southern Baptists Adopt Controversial Resolution on Israel – EthicsDaily.com

A new act of political prostitution and blatent injustice in the Southern Baptist Convention.

Shame, Paige Patterson!

The Gospel Coalition and how (not) to engage culture | Religion News Service

The ministry blocks dissenters and ignores journalists who might ask difficult questions. This is not engaging culture, but evading culture.

Source: The Gospel Coalition and how (not) to engage culture | Religion News Service

Jonathan Merritt on the pathologies of tehe Gosle Coaliton. Here is a good quote:

‘You can’t transform a culture while you’re browbeating, rebuking, name-calling and gagging. That’s not a recipe for cultural engagement, but rather cultural enragement.’

Dan Lungu – Cum sa uiti o femeie – eBook

Dan Lungu - Cum sa uiti o femeie

Fiindca v-am oferit in  postarile anterioare linkuri pentru versiunile electronice la doua dintre cele trei romane romanesti din ultimii ai (daca nu cumva dintotdeauna) ale caror actiuni sau subiecte sunt legate de contextul comunitatilor evanghelice de la noi, iata si linkul la prima destre acestea, romanul lui Dan Lungu, Cum sa uiti o femeie, a carui actiune se petrece pe fundalul general al unei biserici evanghelice din Iasi.

Cum sa uiti o femeie (editie noua) (eBook)

AUTOR: Dan Lungu
COLECTIE: FICTION LTD
PRET:
12.53 RON
DOMENIU: Literatura romana
ISBN EPUB: 978-973-46-2032-6
ANUL APARITIEI: 2011
FORMAT: ePub (Adobe DRM), PDF (Adobe DRM)

Gasiti AICI linkul la care puteti comanda aceasta carte, care in acest moment nu mai este disponibila un  format tiparit, cel putin cea cu coperta cartonata.

Good News – Franklin Graham’s Moscow Summit Cancelled

Franklin Graham & Hilarion Alfeyev
Franklin Graham & Hylarion Alfeyev

M o s c o w — It was unofficially announced in Moscow on 19 May that the “World Summit in Defence of Persecuted Christians”, planned by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in conjunction with the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian government, has been cancelled or at least postponed. The summit intended to gather 1.000 Christian leaders from as many as 150 countries in Moscow from 28 to 30 October 2016.

Vitaly Vlasenko, Director of External Relations for the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists, attributes the decision to the preponderance of other issues burdening the ROA. According to him, Patriarch Kirill’s decision to meet with Pope Francis in Havana on 12 Feb. has caused major discord within the ROC. Consequently, Russian Orthodoxy needs all the resources it can muster to prepare for the global “Holy and Great Synod” scheduled for the Greek-held portion of Crete from 16 to 27 June. This gathering of the heads of all autocephalous (independent) Orthodox churches has been in preparation since 1961 and is touted to be the most significant gathering of Byzantine churches since the Second Council of Nicaea in 787!Read More »

Interviu Teodor Baconschi – Est-Vest, renaştere şi debandadă spirituală – fragmente

Theodor Baconschi

Am selectat mai jos citeva fragmente dintr-un foarte interesant interviu acordat de Teodor Baconschi lui Cristian Patrasconiu pentru platforma LaPunkt. Sper ca ele va vor motiva sa citi intregul interviu, care poate fi accesat la linkul de mai sus.

Avem de-a face, desigur, cu o perspectiva conservatoare si ortodoxa, asumata in mod deschis de autor. Ceea ce nu inseamna insa ca aceasta il scuteste de anumite interpretari partizane si subiective, desigur, inevitabile in orice demers intelectual cinstit.

Enumar, in fuga, citeva dintre acestea:

  • perspectiva exclusiv negativa asupra procesului de secularizare in Europa
  • invinuirea exclusiva a protestantismului pentru acest ‘flagel’
  • cresterea prezentei musulmane in Europa privita preponderent ca o amenintare
  • atitudinea implicit critica fata de papa Francisn, pus in contract cu ‘ultimul papă conservator, Benedict al XVI-lea’

si la acestea as putea adauga si altele, dar va las s-o faceti voi insiva.

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Societatea românească e un mozaic de fracturi. Aveam, la 1900, un retard istoric de cel puțin 100 de ani față de Occident (evident, e o apreciere pur estimativă). Aproape un secol mai târziu, când a căzut comunismul, eram, iarăși, una dintre cele mai sărace țări de pe continent. Deși ne-au ajutat să ne dezvoltăm, tranziția democratică și integrarea euro-atlantică n-au făcut decât să ne așeze întru-un sistem de referință care ne-a agravat complexele de inferioritate. Pe acest fundal dislocat, regăsirea tradiției precomuniste, cu o Biserică Ortodoxă liberă, s-a făcut adesea formal și zgomotos, fără creșterea organică de care au nevoie procesele istorice firești. Am intrat în mileniul trei cu povara acestor handicapuri. Prin urmare, nu putem încă avea o atitudinea critică față de Occident: nu l-am trăit pe dinăuntru. Dacă ne socotim ca parte integrantă a lui, ne ies oricând la iveală reminiscențele comuniste și orientale. Dacă îl respingem, nu prea avem ce să punem în loc. Avem, cum s-a spus, o modernizare lipsită de modernitate. Am copiat, în loc să asimilăm. Cu alte cuvinte, în loc să spunem ce e greșit amenajat ”la ei”, ne sar în ochi propriile defecțiuni de parcurs.Read More »

A Plea for Christian Common Sense and Healthy Skepticism: An Antidote to Gullibility and Hysteria

Source: A Plea for Christian Common Sense and Healthy Skepticism: An Antidote to Gullibility and Hysteria

Roger Olson, one of my favourite evangelical theologians, speaks about ‘Christian’ hysteria and the common sense that is necessary to debunk it.

he ends his article with a question: ‘What’s our current hysteria? How should it be handled?’

What about ‘Norwegian’ hysteria?

Dr. David M. Scholer – 10 Reasons Why Men Should Not Be Ordained For Ministry :-)

handsome priest

Warning: This is only for people who have a sense of humour. Definitely NOT for fundamentalists and misogynists.

Here are ten solid reasons why NOT 🙂

10. A man’s place is in the army.

9. For men who have children, their duties might distract them from the responsibilities of being a parent.

8. Their physical build indicates that men are more suited to tasks such as chopping down trees and wrestling mountain lions. It would be “unnatural” for them to do other forms of work.

7. Man was created before woman. It is therefore obvious that man was a prototype. Thus, they represent an experiment, rather than the crowning achievment of creation.Read More »

Benjamin L Corey – 5 Reasons We So Blindly Support Israel in Spite of the Truth or Biblical Ethics

mary-joseph-israeli-soldiers

Over the course of time I’ve noticed a troubling trend: it’s *almost* impossible to have a reasonable discussion with fellow Christians who believe we are called to give unwavering support the modern secular nation state of Israel.

This of course, has led me to try to figure out why this is the case. Why do so many Christians reject basic facts about Israel? Why do so many of us have an aversion to believing truth on this issue?

As your list-maker-in-chief, I have a few ideas as to why this seems to occur. So, here are my 5 reasons so many of us irrationally support Israel– in spite of truth or biblical ethics:

1. Bad theology regarding Israel has led us to become victims of our own confirmation bias

2. We don’t listen to Palestinian voices– not even our Christian brothers and sisters in Palestine

Read More »