Tag Archives: Religion

Myth as Fiction

yggdrasilWe don’t look for any truth other than that which can be proven through facts and experimentation. There is no physical evidence that God exists, so some take the approach that since it can’t be proven that He does, then he automatically doesn’t. Right or wrong in this illustration, even the theist views things in this same way.

This is most clearly shown when it comes to myth. Continue reading

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Defining Myth

urban-mythDefining mythos is a little more tricky than defining logos. The idea of myth is loaded with negative connotations, especially for the religiously minded individual. So I am going to try to be as thorough as possible to make clear what the word actually means and what I am saying and not saying. Let me be perfectly clear: the definition of myth is going to be controversial to some. My plan is not to stir the pot and offend sensibilities. I want us to be on the same page as we move on into the meatier part of our discussion of these two ideas. Continue reading

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Defining “Logos”

6a00e008d62947883400e5535a7acd8834We are going to begin by defining our terms, and we are going to start by defining the least controversial of the two: logosContinue reading

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Book Review: Theology from Exile Volume II: The Year of Matthew

There seems to be a major push within modern religion to bring those of faith, no faith, little faith, and other faiths all together under one roof to worship a vague notion of some distant sky God. The book Theology from Exile is an attempt at a liturgy for just this sort of group. It is a commentary based on the Revised Common Lectionary, which is an ecumenical liturgy following the Christian calendar, and is aimed at primarily Protestant consumption. This commentary, on the contrary, is not for protestants, but for Universalist congregations. Continue reading

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Book Review: Evolution’s Purpose by Steve McIntosh

ImageI love reading books dealing with science, philosophy, theology, and religion. And when the opportunity arose to review a book looking at evolution from a philosophical perspective, I was more than excited. And Steve McIntosh’s Evolution’s Purpose did not disappoint.

The book starts off kind of slow, as he gives you a brief overview of Integral Philosophy and a sort of history of worldviews. Integral theory, as it is also called, is an emerging area of discussion that seeks to bring together the best aspects of pre-modern, modern, and postmodern worldviews into an all-encompassing view of the world, its purpose, and what it means and where it is headed. Continue reading

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Social Justice or Spiritual Regeneration

The web is abuzz with the recent comments made by Glenn beck in regards to churches that preach “social justice” and “economic justice.”  His assertion that these are “code words” for communism and Nazism have ignited a debate on a topic that the modern church has been mired in for at least 100 years.  The debate became in vogue again when the Emergent Church flashed on the scene and called Christians to show that they were Christians by not only what they believed but also by what they did.  Brian McLaren championed the call to couple “orthopraxy” with our orthodoxy.

The debate as a whole is one that, as Albert Mohler states, all “serious-minded” Christians need to consider.  I agree wholeheartedly.  If we really want to understand our faith and really want to see ourselves as a part of historical Christianity, we must come to terms with where we stand in the debate.  Historically, sadly, these are the sorts of things that have divided the church.  And they are threatening to again, thanks to Glenn Beck, Jim Wallis, and the Christian community as a whole. Continue reading

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Fleeing Youthful Passions

Growing up in church, I heard message after message on the verse where Paul tells Timothy not to let the church look down on him because he is young.  He tells Timothy, rather, to set an example of Godliness before the church.  But no real explanation was made as to how he was to do this.  In fact, the part about setting an example was treated as second rate to the part about not letting old people look down on the youth group cuz they do stuff that the old people may not completely agree with cuz it looks different from the way they do things and have done things for a really long time.

Then, on Sunday, when Pastor Darin was speaking on some stuff in 2 Timothy, I came across this little verse:

Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22 TNIV)

This is the stuff that I rarely, if ever, heard preached on in youth group.  How to set an example of Godliness for those of older generations.  Continue reading

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Global Warming and Human Responsibility

It’s all over the news again: that super-divisive topic of Global Warming.  This week, evidence was presented that showed that there had been no warming since 1895.  And the Snowpocalypse has not helped prove Global warming either.  Then again, there are those claiming large snowfalls DO prove Global Warming.  So, the deniers are in full swing and, as a result, Scientists and pundits and lobbyists are fighting again about whether or not humans are responsible. Continue reading

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It’s Not Just “Them”

As I have been considering the lack of Spirit within the Emerging Church conversation, I have taken some time to check out some of the Emerging websites that I used to frequent and I have noticed something really interesting: there’s absolutely nothing going on.  One of the sites hasn’t had a new post since at least the beginning of November.  And that site used to be pretty cool and had a lot of interesting stuff on it, but if you look back over the archived homepages, you find less and less content until today when…well…there’s nothing new.

I think this is symptomatic of the greater issue within the movement of the lack of the Holy Spirit playing an active role.  But I’ve noticed the same trend, in a generalized sense, within the Christian community as a whole.  It seems the edginess of Gospel presentation is just gone.  Continue reading

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Two Years After Emerging

If you have been reading me for any length of time, you will remember that, back when I was in my last year of college, I did a series of posts and wrote a paper on the Emerging Church.  In particular, I focused on environmentalism as being one of the only similarities among the various flavors of emergence (you’ll have to highlight it to read it as it just so happens to be entirely in black, which is the same color as my background for some reason).  At that point, I pretty much dropped all talk of the Emerging Church from my blog.  I continued to read the books and blogs, but talking about it only garnered criticism and my wife and I being banned from a Calvinist message board for my refusal to stop studying the group. Continue reading

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