The American Religious Purpose of Life

I just read a piece somewhere that said most Americans believe in God (better to say "believe in [a] god," I think).  The piece also said many of these same Americans believe in reincarnation, UFOs, witches, and mystical encounters with some divine spirit.  In other words (as Wells and Horton have said before), Americans approach religion …

Our Way, Right Away: Finding God

 In David Wells' great book, The Courage to be Protestant, he discusses the inherent neo-paganism in American religion.  "The assumption that we all have a natural access to the sacred is as old as the oldest forms of paganism."  This, writes Wells, is the assumption of many Americans, that we can get to God our …

Boice on Church and America

Here's a great excerpt from J. M. Boice in Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Grace? (Wheaton: Crossway, 2001), 27. "Evangelicals speak of 'taking back America,' 'fighting for the country's soul,' 'reclaiming the United States for Christ.'  How?  By electing Christian presidents, congressmen, and senators, lobbying for conservative judges, taking over power structures, and imposing our …

Politics, Religion, and Hart

I confess: I'm not bent towards politics in the least.  I vote, obey the government best I can, and pray for those in authority over me.  I wore the Green willingly for six years, and I have read stuff by Thomas Paine, Dwight Eisenhower, and a just few more such American political figures.  But that's …

Bavinck and Certainty (II)

Moving on in the booklet, The Certainty of Faith, we note how Bavinck talks about science and certainty.  He briefly praises science for giving us so many benefits and insights into the universe.  Then, he states: "But although it may have a lot to offer to our senses and understanding, it leaves the heart unsatisfied.  …

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