CultureWatch

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

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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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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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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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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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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When Our Media Elite Discuss Jesus

Mar 12, 2007

There was a rather atrocious discussion about Jesus on Melbourne’s ABC radio on March 9, 2007. Of course silly discussions about Jesus take place all the time, but as I happened to be listening to this particular one, it is

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What’s Wrong With the Ten Commandments?

Feb 28, 2007

Political conservatism and religious conservatism tend to go together. Not always. Not completely. But there does tend to be a connection. It can be said that secularists tend to align themselves more with the left side of politics, while those

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Love and Hate in an Age of Tolerance

Feb 22, 2007

A poster which has recently been displayed outside of some Australian churches has caused a fair bit of controversy. The large outdoor posters feature the words, “Jesus loves Osama”. A Baptist church in Sydney, for example, displayed the poster, only

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A review of Fabricating Jesus. By Craig Evans.

Jan 11, 2007

IVP, 2006.

At the very heart of Christianity is Christ. Remove Christ, and you no longer have Christianity. Thus those wanting to attack Christianity concentrate their heaviest firepower on Christ. And we have seen plenty of examples of that recently.

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Yoko Ono, Forgiveness and Faith

Dec 9, 2006

On December 8, 1980, John Lennon was gunned down by a deranged fan, Mark Chapman. Still at the prime of his life at 40 years of age, it was a great tragedy for many millions of people, especially Yoko Ono,

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Atheist Rage and Venom

Dec 3, 2006

I have mentioned before Richard Dawkins’ new book, The God Delusion. While familiar with some of his earlier work, I have yet to fully read this latest offering from the Oxford scientist, evolutionist and atheist. Until I do, I

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