We know God by experiencing him

Weighing the faith

In the endless debates about Christianity it is common to subject the church to a cost-benefit analysis. On one side of the ledger we tally up the positive impacts the faith has had: hospitals, orphanages, universities, etc. On the other side we tote up the wars, the witch-hunts, and other unhappy what-have-yous.From this analysis we expect to decide if Christianity is worth believing. If it tilts positive, then yes. If negative, then no.Since the relative value of the items in each … [Read more...]

To the ends of the earth

'The Expansion of Christianity'

In The Expansion of Christianity, a slim volume that is part of the IVP Histories series, Timothy Yates tracks the spread of Christianity from the earliest period of the faith through the twentieth century. In his sweep, he hits all the major missionary efforts and players, everyone from Patrick of Ireland to David Livingstone and Albert Schweitzer.As a survey, I found the book useful and rewarding, but I also personally found some of the material theologically troubling. I was, for … [Read more...]


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