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

Christianity and Religious Syncretism

Dec 2, 2009

This week the Parliament of the World’s Religions (PWR) meets in Melbourne. Thousands of delegates from all over the world are expected to attend this week-long conference. People from all religions, and even atheists, will be in attendance.

While there

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The Fight for Religious Freedom

Jul 17, 2009

All around the Western world the freedoms which in so many ways arose out of the Judeo-Christian worldview are slowly being challenged or stripped away. Religious freedom is especially coming under attack. Here in Victoria the proposal to remove religious

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Hate Crimes and the Religious Left

May 12, 2009

Christians know that in this world they will suffer persecution and tribulation. Jesus promised this would happen to all true followers of his. But one of the more ominous warnings that Jesus gave was that this persecution would often be

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Christian Mass Murderers (Or Clueless Wonders)

Aug 2, 2015

There is absolutely no question that the Nazis were mass murderers. And there is absolutely no question that groups like Planned Parenthood are mass murderers. Both have slain their millions. Both are guilty of crimes against humanity, and both are

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Faith, Foundations, and National Survival

Dec 4, 2012

A nation cut adrift from its own history and identity will not long last. The traditions, beliefs, values and heritage of a nation can be undermined through neglect, revisionism and direct attack. Those seeking to overthrow a culture know they

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Yet Another Vicious Wolf

Oct 4, 2012

“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will

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Atheist Follies

Apr 14, 2012

The atheists are in town, and the lamestream media is quite happy to give them a free run. If a Christian convention were in town, it would either be ignored by most of the media, or a hatchet job would

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Preaching in Schools

Mar 2, 2012

Consider this headline to an opinion piece in today’s Age: “Religious classes in state schools must be about teaching, not preaching”. The Melbourne academic also informs us that “A liberal society should protect children in public schools from indoctrination

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Interfaith Gone Wild

Jul 19, 2011

Several religious press releases have just been uncovered which believers should be aware about. They alert us to ancient developments in attempts at interfaith dialogue between God’s people and those of other faiths. One covers activities in the Old Testament,

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God, Providence and Natural Disaster

Feb 3, 2011

The broad issue of God and his providential rule over his creation is a major theological topic. And with yet another national disaster occurring – cyclone Yasi in Queensland – even more questions arise as to God’s relationship to the

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Progressive Christianity

Jan 23, 2011

It took me less than five seconds to decide whether or not to keep a flyer I found in my mailbox. The 12-pager came from a local Uniting Church, and was full of descriptions about activities it was offering. This

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On Co-belligerency

Sep 2, 2010

Simply defined, co-belligerency is working with someone who you would normally not associate with, or might even be at war with, as the term implies. You may be quite opposed to another person’s beliefs, or creeds, or stances, but you

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How Not to Think About Easter

Apr 1, 2010

I was flabbergasted last night when a television show about Easter appeared – one which had absolutely nothing to do with Easter. Indeed, the most amazing – and pathetic – thing about this program was that it was produced by

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On Progress and Human Goodness

Mar 30, 2010

A core feature of the Enlightenment project was the twin concepts of optimism and progress. Modernism’s infatuation with science led to the idea that human and social perfectibility could eventually be achieved. Education and knowledge were viewed as the keys

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The World is Coming to an End

Feb 9, 2010

Most cultures and religious traditions have as part of their beliefs and overall worldview the idea that the current world will in one fashion or another come to an end. There are various apocalyptic scenarios out there, some more negative

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