The New Atheist Crusaders and their Unholy Grail

The New Atheist Crusaders and their Unholy Grail: The Misguided Quest to Destroy Your Faith By Becky Garrison Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2007 Review by Carl McColmanAs I hope readers of my blog have figured out by now, I rather like atheists. Not that I agree with them, but I admire their willingness to be honest about their doubts and dislikes when it comes to religion in general (and Christianity in particular). Just like the fool in the king's courts of old, every religion needs a … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Indeed, I wonder if the emphasis of some Christians on the Bible being literally true is because they are concerned to say it's really true. There is a colloquial use of the world "literally" today in an emphatic sense. We have all heard someone say about an angry person, "He literally blew his top" or "He literally exploded." Does this mean his body came apart? Well, of course not. But we all understand what is meant: the person got very angry. Interestingly, "literally" is here used in a … [Read more...]

I John 4:18

There is no need to be afraid. — Matthew 10:31 Courage! It’s me! Don’t be afraid. — Matthew 14:27 Stand up, do not be afraid. — Matthew 17:7 Do not be afraid; only have faith. — Mark 5:36 Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. — John 14:27Yes, that's Jesus talking. And when he wasn't encouraging people to be fearless, others — even his critics — were acknowledging that he himself was afraid of no one, "because human rank means nothing to you" (Mark 12:14).If there's one thing I'm attra … [Read more...]

The New Inquisition?

A pastor in California prohibits his congregation from using teaching materials by popular evangelical teacher Beth Moore because of her advocacy of contemplative prayer. Click here to listen. … [Read more...]

Pagan Christianity?

Pagan Christianity? Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices Revised and Updated By Frank Viola and George Barna Carol Stream, IL: Barna (An Imprint of Tyndale House Publishers), 2008 Review by Carl McColmanFor years now, Neopagans have been joking (and griping) about how Christianity often appears as little more than a pagan ripoff. To find support for this claim, one need look no further than the marked similarity between many Catholic saints and pre-Christian deities (such as the Celtic … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Like an ancient galleon that has spent ages at sea, Christianity is encrusted with customs and attitudes acquired on its voyage through the centuries and it is making the tragic mistake of confusing the accidents of theological and cultural history with eternal truth. — Richard Holloway, Doubts and Loves: What is Left of Christianity … [Read more...]

Genesis/Galatians

One of my favorite coyotes, Phil Foster, has challenged me thusly: Quick, Carl - a blog entry on the relationship of Christianity, agnosis and sexuality. Begin with Song of Songs. Or, to paraphrase Genesis, male and female - and God saw that it was good. My first thought is that this big topic could go in all sorts of directions. … [Read more...]


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