I met a friendly man today who, learning of my religiosity, asked me about my views on science and faith. It was a good chat, not too long, and remained wonderfully amicable. The man was, by global and local standards, wealthy, educated and articulate. At least some of the time, such a demographic can tend… Continue reading possibility and surrender
I’ve always had a soft spot for soteriological Inclusivism, the theory of Christian ultimate salvation (sometimes expressed in different ways) that holds that some can or may be saved apart from an explicit congnitive act of conscious belief in Jesus. Exclusivism insists on a personal response to the Gospel, but most forms of exclusivism make exception for those too young… Continue reading gospel response
You’ve heard it before: “Is God the same as Allah?” or “Is Allah the same as the God of the Bible?” You’ve also probably heard both simple ‘yes’ answers and possibly simpler ‘no’ answers. My response would be to answer with a question: “Is ‘god’ the same ‘god’ as ‘god’? Words are incredibly slippery little… Continue reading is ‘god’ the same ‘god’ as ‘god’?
Even given the doctrine of God’s self-disclosure or revelation, and given the Wesleyan Quadrilateral (Scripture, Reason, Tradition and Experience)… You will never, in your lifetime, know everything about God. Or… see the doctrine of ineffability.
Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? (Galatians 4:8-9) There is… Continue reading knowing God
Before we knew that galaxies tend to form the familiar fractal shape, we perhaps should have rightly expected this from the persistence of this pattern in the parts of nature we do observe. Indeed, I’m curious if we will observe a fractal pattern in sub-atomic phenomena at some point in the future (or if we… Continue reading parallel
I’ve long held the view that God doesn’t always get what God wants/wills/desires. It seems fundamentally basic to me. Because, there is more than one way to be omnipotent. By way of analogy, take my non-omnipotence… my mere potency. I possess the ‘ability’, or ‘power’ or ‘potency’ to do this or that thing. I am,… Continue reading lamb power
James Chastek points out that the authors of Scripture were not constructing a body of ‘evidence’ for God, but rather relating their testimony of things they were witnesses to. He remarks, “Christ, for one, was chiefly interested in making sure that he would have continual witnesses on earth, not that there would be any careful… Continue reading for all
I preached my first sermon at my summer placement at Ponsonby Baptist today. After the service, I met a young Muslim man from Bahrain. He was in the country seeking asylum, and said he wanted to come to church because Christianity was similar to Islam. I agreed – there is much that Islam and Christianity… Continue reading muslim at church
The reason coin: Theism has an idea of what a god is. It then turns to look at the world and finds its idea more or less confirmed. Atheism has an idea of what a god is. It looks at the world and finds its idea more or less unconfirmed. Theism and atheism are two… Continue reading reason coin & revealed christ