The German philosopher Hegel, in writing about analytical thought, said that conversations should pose a thesis, engage an antithesis, and then resolve into synthesis. That approach works fine when dealing with matters of opinion or preference, but it is not effective in dealing with issues of truth.Read more
The reasoning of these experts brings to mind the concept of a panacea, something that has always fascinated me - the idea that there is a simple explanation and simple solution for a complex problem. Although history has proven that panaceas seldom live up to their expectations, politicians and activists often use them to hoodwink a trusting public. They imply that complex problems can be resolved with simplified solutions.Read more
Sadly, Grudem's hyperbole follows a well-established historical pattern among American evangelicals.Read more
There was plenty of analysis but there were no remedies to move the White Church from paralysis. Just to speak of the Cathedral as one of the "White Churches"; can the new Dean and Board do a little part of "What the White Church Must Do" and remove the Confederate Windows? "What The White Church Must Do" may be too much to do; we may well ask "When Will the White Church Do Must"?Read more
Although the declining proportion of white Christians is due in part to large-scale demographic shifts -- including immigration patterns and differential birth rates -- this chart also highlights the other major cause: young adults' rejection of organized religion. Young adults are three times as likely as seniors to claim no religious affiliation (34 percent versus 11 percent, respectively).
What's the broader implication of this generational pattern?Read more
Hours before the Krakow trip, Fr Jacques Hamel an elderly priest had been brutally killed in France by Islamic extremists while celebrating Mass.Read more
Now, that's about what we do. What is it that we don't do? Well, we don't look in our wallet or purse and congratulate ourselves on the other cards we haven't lost. We don't call American Express and tell the person on the other end of the line, "Hey, I just want you to know that I haven't lost my American Express card!" We don't go around with a smug self-satisfied expression showing people what we still have.Read more
(1) The existing "Instruments of Unity" (the Archbishop of Canterbury, Lambeth Bishops Conference, Primates meetings and Anglican Consultative Council) are not only irrevocably broken, they are at odds with each other, and
(2) the Archbishop of Canterbury has, by his silence and passivity, made things worseRead more
You need to know that there was not one day in my 43 years that I did not recognize how offensive my behavior was to God. Looking back, I can honestly say that the wedge that I placed between God and myself was one of my greatest sufferings. What kept me away from the church was my stupidity and guilt. You gave me the truth and I rejected that truth.Read more
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