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

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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Christian Persecution and the War of Worldviews

May 10, 2015

Exactly 75 years ago today Dutch citizens woke to the sounds of airplanes overhead, gunfire, and Nazi paratroopers landing in Amsterdam. This was the beginning of five hellish years of Nazi occupation. And plenty of other European cities experienced the

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World Religion Day

Jan 14, 2012

You may not have known it, but tomorrow is World Religion Day. The aim seems to be for everyone to get along in one big happy religious family, since at bottom religions have so much common ground. For those who

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The War of Worldviews

Aug 18, 2010

H.G. Wells could write about The War of the Worlds, in which Martians and earthlings battled for supremacy. But the real battles today really come down to a war of worldviews. Competing worldviews and ideologies are battling it out,

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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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Brave New Worlds

Nov 17, 2007

The report this week that scientists have now cloned embryos from adult monkeys takes us ever closer to the possibility of human cloning. Overcoming this hurdle does make the prospect of human cloning all the more certain. Thus it really

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On Other Worldviews

Jul 30, 2007

We live in a pluralistic world, with a plurality of ideas, philosophies, beliefs and religions. How are we to treat these various belief systems and worldviews? Just how should the believer interact with those of differing faiths, or no faith

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The Clash of Worldviews

Jun 7, 2007

Ideas have consequences, and worldviews matter. If we happen to have a bad worldview, it will lead to bad results. For example, Hitler picked up the bad ideas of Darwin and Nietzsche, and the world experienced some really bad consequences.

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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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On Choosing a Religion

Apr 26, 2016

This title may seem a bit odd, and there would be some good reasons for that I suppose. Firstly, most people – in the West at least – are likely more concerned about what sort of coffee they might buy

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Whither Singapore’s Soul?

Nov 18, 2015

It may be rather odd to speak about the soul of a nation, but I refer here to the religious and ideological makeup of this amazing nation-state, and how it might fare in years to come. It is a unique

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The Significance of the Mosque

Mar 28, 2014

Mosques are appearing all over the West. Is this something to be applauded – an indication of healthy multiculturalism at work? Or is it something to be concerned about – another example of creeping sharia and stealth jihad? To properly

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Idolatry and Interfaith

Apr 8, 2013

The interfaith movement is all the rage at the moment. And as biblical Christians we should not be surprised at this. The attempt to water down the distinctiveness of the Christian faith has long been occurring, but today especially the

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Easter and Sacrificial Love

Mar 30, 2013

Every once in a while we will hear amazing tales about sacrificial love. These moving episodes can often involve a person making the ultimate sacrifice for a loved one, family member, or relative. We are all moved by these acts

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