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Contesting Christianity: Wrapping Up

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Well, we have come to the end of my ten-part series. What a journey it’s been! I hope that it has been informative and has made you think about which arguments can or should be used to defend Christianity, and which should be left aside. But to wrap up this series, I’d like to share a few more thoughts about how to think about beliefs in general.Continue Reading

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Contesting Christianity: Setting the Stage

This past weekend, I had two Jehovah’s Witnesses come to my door. I immediately told them (twice!) that I wasn’t interested, but they somehow kept their foot in the door by not letting me get a word in edgewise. Certainly they were polite, but their persistence was annoying for someone who clearly wasn’t interested. But this is just one example of the influence that religion can have over people’s lives. These JWs go door-to-door all over the world with a massively coordinated workforce of volunteers.Continue Reading

Faith Versus Deeds

You know, it’s sort of strange how I don’t usually get much out of my daily devotions until I set down the Bible and walk away. I mean, that sounds impossible, but it’s true. I always sit down and read what I need to, do what I need to, and then say, “Well, that was nice,” and walk away. Then, as I sit down at the computer here, things start popping out in my mind that I just read, sometimes revealing some really good stuff.

That’s what just happened about thirty seconds ago. I was trying to think of something to write here today, and something hit me. I’ve heard this sort of truth before, but not exactly in this context or application, and it was pretty cool to think about. You see, I’ve been reading Colossians 1 and doing an inductive Bible study on that, and in that chapter it deals a lot with the supremacy of Christ. Today I was marking down every time the word “all” or “every” was used, and it was used quite a few times. But I got to thinking about that, and how the text was basically saying that Christ was supreme over all. My mind chewed on that for a little bit, and then came up with the conclusion that it meant that, were the choice between Christ and a Christian, one should choose Christ.

Have you ever had one of those arguments inside your head? It’s almost strange how it works,…Continue Reading