Foreignpolicy.com reported that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, and so did Wikipedia.1 No doubt this indicates a trend. But how is this growth achieved? [Read more…]
Examining atheism from the vantage point of Christianity motivates a Christian to ask two questions. First, “what would I gain if I convert to atheism?” Second, “is there any value to the benefits stockpiled from atheism?”
What would I gain if I convert to atheism?
Thankfully, the “Creed” penned by the English poet and music journalist Steve Turner reflects the panoramic voice of an atheist whose godless worldview mandates an embrace of relativism: [Read more…]
I am privileged to be one of the general editors of the upcoming Dictionary of Christianity and Science (Zondervan, April 2017). Paul Copan, Tremper Longman, Michael Strauss, and I–along with our excellent team at Zondervan–have endeavored to create a reference work that tackles the most important terms, concepts, people, and debates at the intersection of Christianity and science, from an evangelical perspective. Over the next few weeks I’ll be featuring sneak-preview excerpts from the dictionary, available exclusively here at the CAA blog.
The first excerpt, appropriately enough, is our entry on the conflict thesis–the mistaken idea that Christianity and science are, and always have been, locked in a battle to the death where only one will emerge victorious. This canard lurks in the background of numerous discussions between Christians and atheists on the topic of science. It is a myth long dispelled by historians of science but still promulgated in popular culture. Jonathan McLatchie, the author of this piece, does a fine job deconstructing it. [Read more…]
Many skeptics claim that the resurrection of Jesus originated from pagan myths about “dying and rising” gods—commonly called the “copycat theory” of Christianity. James G. Frazer popularized this view in his book The Golden Bough (1914), though more recently, others have followed in his footsteps.
Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism, India’s contribution to the world, teach that our thoughts and actions have consequences, namely rewards or punishments. Goodness leads to rewards and bad thoughts and actions lead to pain and suffering. This, in a nutshell, is Karma.
On the other end of the religious spectrum is Historic Christianity that teaches the virtual opposite – Grace. The dictionary definition of grace is mercy, clemency or pardon. [Read more…]