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

Pantheism and Biblical Christianity

Jan 9, 2010

In the famous painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo there is the memorable scene of the creator God extending his finger to the outstretched hand of the newly formed Adam. The imagery makes clear that Adam

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The Worldview of Avatar

Jan 7, 2010

In terms of amazing techniques, stunning visual imagery, and incredible special effects, Avatar is certainly a winner. While the blockbuster film may be breaking box office records, and is the most costly film ever made, there are other considerations needed

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Parliament of the World’s Religions

Oct 22, 2009

Very soon the Parliament of the World’s Religions will meet here in Melbourne. The week-long event (Dec. 3-9) will be attended by many thousands of people from around the globe. According to their website, this Parliament is “the world’s largest

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The Gospel According to Oprah

Jun 18, 2009

Who is the number one promoter of New Age philosophy in the world today? Is it Eckhart Tolle? Rhonda Byrne? Dan Brown? Marianne Williamson? Nope. The numero uno New Age evangelist is by far Oprah Winfrey. When Oprah says jump,

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Will the Real Gospel Please Stand Up?

May 18, 2009

I recently bought two books I did not want to buy. I hate dishing out hard-earned money on books I consider barely worth stealing (at least one of them!). But because both books are such mega-sellers, I had to break

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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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Decoding the Code

May 18, 2006

Fans of Dan Brown’s bestseller will be pleased to know that The Da Vinci Code film is fairly faithful to the book. It’s a pity though that neither the book nor the film are faithful to history or to the

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The Gospel According to Dan Brown

Apr 26, 2006

With over 40 million copies sold worldwide, translated into 44 languages, and a blockbuster film due out in mid-May, The Da Vinci Code has made Dan Brown a very wealthy man. But a whirlwind of controversy has surrounded his novel,

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