A lot of christians struggle with the idea of biological evolution because it seems to leave God out of creation. But I think evolution points to God, if we consider some of the findings of neuroscience and psychology.
This community-based social enterprise has something to teach christians.
There are many Wild Rumpus organisations in the world, but this post is about Wild Rumpus in Wollongong, Australia.
North Haven on the NSW mid-north coast, from the top of Big Brother mountain. The reason for showing this photo will become apparent in the post. Photo (c) John Naylor and Google.
Christians hold three different views on who gains acceptance with God. I have looked at what the Bible says in detail at Can only christians be saved?, but here I want to think about some other aspects of the question.
So far I have looked at two doctrinal issues in this series – Three different views of the Bible and three different ways to read it and Three different views of social justice and the gospel – and each time I have concluded that the truth lies between the two more polarised views.
It probably won’t surprise you, then, to find that I think it is the same with the vexed subject of hell and judgment.
The dictionary defines an extremist as “a person who holds extreme political or religious views, especially one who advocates illegal, violent, or other extreme action.”
Search for photos tagged as “extremist” (as I did for this post) and the majority of the photos are of Americans protesting against their government, especially their President. The one I used is one of the milder and least extreme!
But ask Americans what actions they think are “extremist” and you’ll get some interesting, and perhaps surprising, answers.
I concluded my previous post on DNA and evolution with this comment:
“DNA is fundamental to all life. As christians we can see it as part of the way God has set up the universe. So we should be willing and interested to learn what it tells us about life. I think what we learn is exciting.”
I want to explore that idea a little more. (I’m wondering if this might be one of the most important topics I’ve tackled here.)
Difficult Issues series
I have been researching family history for several years now, and have recently had my DNA tested to identify possible genetic matches – people who are related to me, perhaps as distant as 5th cousins – to try to make some breakthroughs in a difficult search.
This has opened up an interesting new world for me, with some interesting implications for christians.
Difficult issues series
It is one of the most central teachings of christianity that Jesus died to save us from our sins. But it has come under scrutiny in recent years – from believers, who want to understand and explain it better, and from non-believers who attack it as barbaric and illogical.
There are many approaches to understanding. Let’s see if we can unravel them a little.
Difficult issues series
Christians are often seen as conservative – about their beliefs, about politics and about ethics.
The old joke asks “How many christians does it take to change a light bulb?” And of course the answer is: “Change???”
So how do we know when to hold on to what we’ve got, and when to let go and embrace something new?