This ministry’s literary journal January edition has been released and is ready for reading online or download. A Kindle edition is also available. A synopsis is below. Go right on ahead to read the whole thing here: http://literaryapologetics.com/ To download the January edition of Literary Apologetics.Mag in the format you prefer, please visit: http://literaryapologetics.com/download-january-2011-edition/204.html ———————————— …
Category: literary apologetics
George MacDonald was the literary and spiritual forbear of many 20th century Christians, the most prominent perhaps being C.S. Lewis who cited Phantastes as ‘baptizing his imagination.’ This Christmas, pick up the other notable work by George MacDonald, Lilith, at a huge discount- for just $5.95 plus shipping!
Buy it soon as quantities are limited.
If you did want to pick it up on Amazon.com, it is listed at $11.66 as of this writing.
To see all of ACM’s books, including a number of Christian classics go here.
I am very pleased to announce that our first edition of Athanatos Christian Ministry’s newest endeavor, Literary Apologetics.Mag, has been released as of yesterday, Nov. 1st, 2010.
The website is: http://literaryapologetics.com/
The basic purpose of the magazine is to deliberately and intentionally cultivate a perspective within the Church that acknowledges the important role of the arts in our culture in shaping viewpoints and- and this is important- seeks to participate and emphasize the arts (rather than withdrawing from them, or condemning them).
You can read the current edition online by going to the link above or you can download the magazine in several editions, including a digital book version (epub) and in a print ready pdf, by going here.
A few weeks ago, James Jay Lee stormed the Discovery Channel network. There was a man who understood the power of video. In his screed, published online, he decried the shows “encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants and the false heroics behind those actions.” Instead, he argued, Discovery should push “programs encouraging human sterilization and infertility.”
James Jay Lee was in a desperate spot. He knew that the fate of the planet hung in the balance. The earth, literally, needed saving. The people who knew this best were actually fueling the death of the earth. He wrote: “You MUST KNOW the human population is behind all the pollution and problems in the world, and YET you encourage the exact opposite instead of discouraging human growth and procreation. Surely you MUST ALREADY KNOW this!” (Emphasis his)
And how did Mr. Lee come to this startling revelation? In other online writings he indicated that he had been ‘awakened’ by Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.”
I was recently invited to submit articles for consideration in a mag called Christian Video Magazine. I was delighted to take them up on the offer. My first article was published today in their August edition.
Interestingly, our online apologetics conference presenter Robert Velarde also appears in this edition. Check his article out. It’s worth it.
“He has set eternity in the hearts of men…” So begins chapter three, verse eleven, of the book of Ecclesiastes. I bet everyone sometimes falls into the habit of thinking that the only real things are those things we grasp with our five senses, but I would also wager that we have all experienced the angst and restlessness that shows that our rat race lives cannot provide us all the satisfactions we need. Christianity would offer another interpretation for that unsettled feeling: it is homesickness.
Athanatos Christian Ministries is launching an book club. The year long membership delivers one book a month for just $10 a month- including shipping! The books selected continue to influence Christian thought and provide useful insight for apologists in particular, Christians in general, and readers of all stripes, as they grapple with Truth. The list includes both fiction and non-fiction and the authors span centuries and countries.
To learn more and sign up click here.
Current line up (subject to revision)
(In no particular order)
* G. K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy | Amazon Link | Buy Direct
* Blaise Pascal’s Pensees | Amazon Link | Buy Direct
* George MacDonald’s Lilith | Amazon Link | Buy Direct
* Simon Greenleaf’s Testimony of the Evangelists
* Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov
* Martin Luther’s Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
* John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs
* William Paley’s Natural Theology
* The Apologies of Justin the Martyr
* John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress
* David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
I try mightily to keep myself from having unexamined beliefs. I turned one up, though, in the last month or so, no doubt because of the writing contest and online apologetics conference I was working on. The writing contest, for example, is labeled as a Christian writing contest. I began to think about how an endeavor like writing, or any endeavor at all, could justify being termed ‘Christian’ and realized I had never really thought about it much before, and had rather accepted the presumptions that had been handed down to me. I hate it when I do that! Even if the presumptions are right!
However, what I turned up when I began my examination may surprise the reader. In Evangelical circles, the Christian sub-culture is a constant temptation and Christianese the prevailing language, which I myself attack in this post warning about Christianese and shibboleths. There is a silly sense within Christendom that you can slap the label ‘Christian’ on front of something and you’ve sanctified it. The truth usually is that it’s merely been rendered more marketable within the Church.
The reader would be wrong if he thought that the presumption handed down to me was the one I just described, however.
God has chosen to operate through people and tangible, physical stuff like sound waves (the Word), water (baptism), and bread and wine (the Eucharist). (Some will object to baptism and the Eucharist, but at least people and the Word should be conceded). To attack such things in the name of spirituality is to attack that which the Spirit is actually using. In fact, this line of attack sounds an awful lot like Gnosticism, which considers matter inherently corrupted and only the spiritual things pure.
As a quick, pointed example, the accusation that the Christian community abhors all things concerning sex isn’t an entirely fabricated. There are indeed Christians who will talk about sex as though it were some base, physical act that only serves to get in the way of spiritual pursuits. But God made us as sexual beings, and marriage was God’s way of creating godly children (Mal. 2). One gets the idea for some Christians that God permits people to have sex, but only reluctantly- so we should try very hard not to enjoy it and participate in it only as duty requires. Yea, compare and contrast that with the Song of Solomon, why don’t you!
Readers of this blog know that I have an interest in Antony Flew, having even had the honor of corresponded with him. Click here for a list of posts I’ve written regarding Dr. Flew. The short story below may be understood better by some if you read this particular post of mine where I discuss …