Category: literary apologetics
|May 25, 2010||Posted by Anthony under Blog, Christianity and Culture, General, literary apologetics, morality, movie reviews, Secular Humanism, theism|
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.
|May 13, 2010||Posted by Anthony under apologetics, Blog, Christianity and Culture, creation, Jesus, literary apologetics, Love, morality, spirituality, theology|
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!
|May 6, 2010||Posted by Anthony under Blog, literary apologetics|
If anyone has wondered where I am- I’ve been working on the final details for the online apologetics conference: http://onlineapologeticsconference.com/ It starts tomorrow morning (Friday, May 7th) and goes until Saturday. I speak on Saturday… on Harry Potter, Phillip Pullman, Carl Sagan, etc.
|April 27, 2010||Posted by Anthony under apologetics, literary apologetics|
|April 26, 2010||Posted by Anthony under Antony Flew, apologetics, atheism, Blog, Christian Short Stories, Jesus, literary apologetics, Love, philosophy|
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 […]
|April 19, 2010||Posted by Anthony under apologetics, atheism, Blog, Christianity and Culture, General, literary apologetics|
A few years ago I published a post contending that the Church needs to create apologetics positions within congregations, but kept the post private and pass word protected. It was originally intended to be read by a narrow audience, so keep that in mind as you read it. You can read it here.