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Bill Muehlenberg's commentary on issues of the day...

Another Gospel, Again

May 27, 2007

I really should stop being surprised. But I guess hope springs, and clings, eternal. Every time I see an article in the mainstream media about Christianity, I foolishly hope that perhaps at least one of them might actually represent something

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Nothing New About “The Secret”

May 23, 2007

Not bad for a get rich quick scheme: peddle some old myths, repackage and cleverly promote them, and get Oprah Winfrey to gush about it, and there you go: instant success, fame and fortune.

Pretty good for an Australian single

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Secular Religion

May 22, 2007

In numerous posts here I have argued for the religious nature of secular humanism. Of course to do so unleashes the ire and venom of aggrieved secularists. As they go out of their way to attack religion, it of course

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The Reason for the Religious Right

May 16, 2007

The recent passing of Jerry Falwell, the so-called founder of the Religious Right in America, raises a few issues that need to be addressed. Having just done an interview about him with a secular radio station, it might be worth

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Longer Life, Better Life, Eternal Life

May 3, 2007

There was an interesting news item in today’s Australian (and other media outlets) about a new scientific breakthrough which may add extra years to human life. According to the reports, a team at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in

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The Trouble With Hate Crime Legislation

May 2, 2007

As has already happened in Western Europe and Canada, and some American states, the US as a nation is now on the verge of passing “hate-crime” legislation. The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act is set to be

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Worldviews and the Problem of Evil

Apr 20, 2007

All worldviews have to wrestle with the problem of evil. New Agers, secularists, atheists and theists all must come up with some sort of account of it. Indeed, any worldview worth its salt has to look not only at the

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Putting Theos Back Into Theology

Apr 19, 2007

At the heart of theology, as the term implies, is God. Theology is simply the study of God. So God should be the focus of everything we do and think as believers. As such, theology should be at the centre

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Coming To Terms With Evil

Apr 18, 2007

In some ways it is unwise to speak too soon about such tragedies as took place in Virginia yesterday. Way too many questions remain unanswered, and the grieving process must be allowed to do its full work. Silence and prayers

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Rhetoric, the Bible, and the Believer

Apr 18, 2007

It is always a delicate matter when believers speak out on any issue, whether to fellow believers, or to non-believers. Most discussions or arguments on controversial subjects give rise to heated debates, plenty of emotion and lots of passion. There

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Open Season on Christianity

Apr 7, 2007

Not a day goes by when the Christian faith is not being bashed, pilloried, mocked, attacked and dragged in the mud. It has become a full time occupation, a major sporting event, for many of our secular elite, especially in

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Were the Early Christians Pacifists?

Mar 23, 2007

A short answer to this question would be ‘yes’. End of article. But as with many historical issues, the proper answer in fact is much more nuanced. ‘Yes and no’ would be a more accurate response. While

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Another Theophobic Assault

Mar 18, 2007

Terry Lane does not like the fact that religion will influence people, and he wants religious MPs to ‘fess up. The Sunday Age columnist and resident atheist said in his latest article that it is a bad thing to have

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Time to Trim the Bible?

Mar 15, 2007

The war against Biblical Christianity continues to hot up. This time the prestigious journal, Nature, has weighed into the battle. In its 8 March, 2007 issue, it carried a “news item” about an attempt to understand how “religious violence”

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God, Judgment, and this World

Mar 12, 2007

Most media outlets carried the story over the weekend of the radical Muslim cleric who told his followers that the nation’s drought was caused by Australians’ lack of faith in Allah. His comments were quickly condemned by many, including

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