Creation Ex Nihilo: Worldview Implications (Samples)

 From time to time I run into people who believe that God is part of the world, or the world is part of God.  This is pantheism – something movies like Avatar and religions like Eastern mysticism teach.  Others believe that God and matter are co-eternal (Mormons, Greek mythology, etc.) or that good and evil… Continue reading Creation Ex Nihilo: Worldview Implications (Samples)

In (the) God (of Deism) We Trust

It is no secret that many of America’s influential founders and leaders weren’t Christians, but deists.  Much more could be said about that statement, but I simply want to point our readers to a book that chronicles American religion – specifically the movement from Christianity and deism to atheism between 1700 and 1900.  Without God,… Continue reading In (the) God (of Deism) We Trust

Deism is not Christianity

This is a great section of Pascal's Pensees.  Here he explains that deism is not Christianity (a point that most Americans don't understand - specifically in the political realm).  I'll also quote Peter Kreeft's commentary on Pascal's statement. "And...they [unbelievers/skeptics] take occasion to blaspheme against the Christian religion, because they know so little about it.  They imagine… Continue reading Deism is not Christianity

The Creator/Creature Distinction, Missions, and Church Planting

 Most Christians probably haven't thought how the biblical distinction between the Creator (the triune God) and creation (the universe and everything in it) has a lot to do with missions, evangelism, and even church planting.  Read this section in Chris Wright's The Mission of God, where he shows how a the Creator/creature distinction has much… Continue reading The Creator/Creature Distinction, Missions, and Church Planting

The Jefferson Bible: American Religion

I'm sure many have heard about the Jefferson Bible of the early 19th century.  This is the (in)famous edition of the NT that has all the miracles and supernatural events snipped out.  In his own words, Thomas Jefferson said "it is a paradigma of his [Jesus'] doctrines, made by cutting the texts out of the book and… Continue reading The Jefferson Bible: American Religion