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Tag: Gnosticism

Infatuation with the ‘New’: A Defense of the Old

While getting preparing the release of my collection of letters from Antony Flew for release on Kindle, I was re-reading the comments on Amazon for Flew’s  book There is a God.   One of them reminded me of a topic that has been gnawing on me for awhile.

One comment said:

There is not a single argument Flew offers that is even remotely original. In fact, it is largely composed of re-hashings of the “fine-tuning” design style arguments already offered by a myriad of thinkers.

Another said,

“It offers essentially nothing new to the standard litany of intelligent design arguments–kalaam … continue reading...

By Popular Demand, On Love

This was posted some time ago elsewhere and I wanted it on this blog for reference sake.


Thanks to all who commented and read my last note. It was suggested that I hadn’t yet proposed any solutions to the crisis in the Church. It is true, I hinted at it, and suggested that a study on Love with the same thoroughness that we approach many other doctrines would both highlight problems and offer solutions. In this note, I again only ‘hint.’

Here are some concepts that I think would quickly rise to the top of such a study.

1. The … continue reading...

They Hyper-Defense of God: Reprise

Yesterday’s post talked about the ‘hyper-defense of God.’  What I wanted to confront was the sort of insistence on giving God credit for things that the place of the individual human, and the Church in particular, has in carrying out God’s plan.  I gave as an illustration the fact that salvation is by grace alone through Christ- ie, accomplished by the power of God- and yet Paul can say elsewhere that he ‘saves’ people.

Yesterday, I wanted to build towards addressing the notion that God expresses his love for us, and we express our love for God, without reference to … continue reading...

Congregations and their Facilities and Love

Today I posted a blog entry at a companion site proposing specific ways in which churches can exhibit love.  These ideas involve setting up the congregation’s property in a way that is designed to do just that.

The two ideas I mentioned are… using ‘spare’ land to grow food to give to the needy and other purposes and build low income housing right on the congregation’s premises.  I discuss and to an extent defend these ideas there, and don’t worry, I’ve got more ideas coming down the pike.  You may comment on those ideas here or there.

What I … continue reading...

The Liturgy and the Nature of Man and Reflections for the Church

In confirmation class in 7th and 8th grade my pastor taught us physical positions that we could pray from.  Keeling, prone, hands high, etc.  The idea was that humans are peculiar.  It isn’t enough to give mental assent to something, but rather for full effect we need to commit our bodies, too.  Not putting our bodies ‘through the motions’ actually detracts from the reality as the mind experiences it.  This is really anti-gnosticism and it is an important truth about the human being.  CS Lewis in the Screwtape Letters accurately characterized humans as amphibians- both physical and spiritual, and God … continue reading...

Book Review: Water for Your Soul, Living in Baptism Every Day

A review of Glenn Borreson’s Water for Your Soul: Living in Baptism Every Day. Available on Amazon.com

Product Description
WATER FOR YOUR SOUL is your spiritual invitation to experience how Christian baptism can give meaning, shape, and new excitement to your whole life as a believer.

  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Infinity Publishing (February 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0741444370
  • Web Page: Water and the Word


Full Disclosure: Pastor Borreson is the pastor at the church I used to work at.
Water for your Soul’s 110 page book is divided into 31 2-4 page vignettes on baptism: its purpose, its function, its… continue reading...

A Review of C. Vaughn Doner’s book “The Late Great Evangelical Church”

I have in hand C. Vaughn Doner’s book “The Late Great Evangelical Church: How an Age-Old Heresy is Killing the Modern-Day Church and How it Can still be Saved.” It is set to be released soon, but you can pre-order it through their website and it is listed on Amazon.com: The Late Great Evangelical Church

Doner aims to diagnose the ailments of the Evangelical church and comes to the conclusion that Gnosticism is the chief culprit. Gnosticism was repudiated by the early church but Doner argues that it was actually re-introduced by many church fathers via Plato and Philo and … continue reading...