Not So Blind Faith

The evangelists for atheism—Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the gang—like to contrast science and reason with what they call the “blind faith” of religion. There may be some religious folk whose faith is unquestioning, but the most faithful people I know are also among the most clear-sighted and probing, and critics who see only caricatures and stereotypes might do well to have their own vision checked…

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Transformed by Simplicity of Heart

“The Christian Discipline of simplicity is an inward reality that results in an outward life-style.” So writes Richard Foster about the spiritual discipline of simplicity. Over the years calls to live simpler lifestyles have challenged us to give up all attachments to this world whether they be possessions, relationships, or some other things. Is that surrender of worldly things the key to sim…

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Which Translation Should I Use?

There are many who would say that there are no interpretations to be made in the Scripture. “Just read the words on the page, and do what they say” is a saying that typically accompanies this mindset. But what many don’t realize is that we’ve made an interpretation even before we’ve opened our Bibles. We made it at the bookstore when we picked out our favorite translation. Wikipedia (source of all knowl…

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Faith and Magic

The Harry Potter novels, and other stories of their kind, have been hugely popular for lots of reasons: they’re well written, the characters are engaging, the plots are compelling, and they invite people into all sorts of fantasies and adventures. And not least, in the center of it all is the perennial appeal of magic. Magic is fascinating because it has to do with power and control. Harry and h…

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How Are There So Many Different Interpretations?

2 + 2 = 4 This, a formulaic approach to things, is how we like the world to work. There is no way that anyone could look at the equation and decide that the answer is 5, or 3, or 100. The answer to the question “What is two plus two?” will always be four. No questions. So why is it then that when two people sit down and read the same passage from the scriptures, they can come away with such rad…

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