But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 1 Peter 3: 14-16
This year has seen some changes in the United States. Just this summer we saw two screwed up guys with guns walk right up to places with people and gun them down. We are starting to see the candidates for President of the United States line up and campaign for the White House and some, like Donald Trump, are stirring animosity among the religious
“Financial prosperity is a byproduct of seeking God,” says Creflo Dollar, the American televangelist who recently asked viewers for $60 million dollars so that his ministry can purchase a private jet. Comedian and political commentator John Oliver recently addressed this and other scandals from “prosperity gospel” preachers,
In much of Christian culture, a lot of attention gets paid to the need for people to reach a moment of decision and place their faith in Jesus, to be “born again.” This isn’t surprising. After all, beginnings matter, and birth is essential. Jesus Himself used birth as a metaphor during his conversation with Nicodemus early on in
Modern liberals assume that “secularism” is (or should be) the underlying default of humanity. This view is expressed clearly by Charles Taylor’s “subtraction theory” of secularization, which is “the view that secularization simply removed religious elements to reveal a ‘secularity’ that had been
Religion is political.
Of course, those who live in the modern West read that assertion with suspicion. We must begin by painting a picture of our cultural climate with broad strokes, sketching the details at a later point. Religious conservatives fear the rise of “secularism” that conflict with society’s so-called
In the 1988 John Carpenter movie They Live, a man discovers the world around him is not what it appears to be. Viewed through a pair of special sunglasses, the world becomes black and white, literally. Hideous faces are revealed, belonging to a race of aliens, only visible with the glasses on, who have integrated themselves into our society, using
In light of the recent Planned Parenthood videos, abortion and the practices benefiting from it have been re-launched into another public debate. This is, yet again, another debate in the long history of abortion that spans from the ancient Near East (the Code of Hammurabi, the Assyrian Code of Assura, and the Old Testament) to our (post)modern
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