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Are Christians Really….? 6

posted by Scot McKnight

This is the chp some of you are waiting for. In this chp, Brad Wright examines the big one: Are Christians loving?  And I’m going to depart from normal custom and give the results first: When it comes to measures […]

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Are Christians Really….? 6

posted by Scot McKnight

When it comes to marriage, sex, domestic violence, abortion, crime, substance abuse and everyday honesty, how do Christians stack up? Some of you were asking Wednesday about “non-churchy” behaviors, well, here are some numbers. These are the questions Brad Wright […]

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Are Christians Really….? 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Are evangelical Christians poor, uneducated, Southern and white? (Not that anyone has anything against any of the groups.)  This is the question Brad Wright asks and probes in the 4th chap of his excellent new book, Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites…and […]

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Are Christians Really….? 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Are today’s youth abandoning the Church? Is there cause for alarm? Or is the condition with youth in the church today about the same as always?  These are questions that many people are asking and many people are also answering […]

Are Christians Really….? 2

posted by Scot McKnight

What we think they know and what is true are often at odd, sometimes in ignorant bliss though. This observation alone encourages us to get it right by finding evidence for what we know, or conforming what we know to […]

The Challenge of Adam 5 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

I am currently reading a book by David N. Livingstone, Adam’s Ancestors: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Human Origins. David Livingstone is Professor of Geography and Intellectual History at Queen’s University, Belfast and this book reflects both of his […]

What Role Naturalism? 2 – Insights from Thomas (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Last Friday and Saturday Francis Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies at Baylor University, posted an essay describing his journey through the concepts of intelligent design, philosophical naturalism, and Christian philosophy. Beckwith has been no stranger to controversy the […]

The Blue Social Model and the Kingdom of God

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is a very serious critique of the mainline by Walter Russell Mead, and I offer it to you for conversation. It was sent to me by a friend, an Episcopalian priest, and one who observes that too many today […]

Barna Ventures into Mainline Study

posted by Scot McKnight

A new study from George Barna on Mainline churches…. Since the 1950s, however, mainline churches have fallen on hard times, declining from more than 80,000 churches to about 72,000 today. The growth among evangelical and Pentecostal churches since the 1950s, […]

The Age of the Spirit – Sacrament and Mission (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

We are moving from an age of belief to an age of the Spirit. We are open to the Spirit and pray for the work and power of the Spirit.  An Age of the Spirit doesn’t mean laissez faire anything […]

Faith and the Future 4 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Today’s post wraps up our brief series on Harvey Cox’s new book The Future of Faith. The last several chapters of the book, and in fact various passages throughout the book,  present some of Cox’s thoughts on the future of […]

Faith and the Future 3 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

The central portion of Harvey Cox’s new book The Future of Faith lays out the New Perspective on The Church – which is no longer new. It is broad brush summarized as follows: Jesus taught and enacted a kingdom vision. […]

Atheist Delusions 6

posted by Scot McKnight

David Bentley Hart, a historian of ideas, Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies , examines “faith and reason” to provide historical context for what has happened with New Atheists. The New Atheists, he contends, propagate a myth […]

The Bigger, the More Conservative (theologically)

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is a fascinating new Barna study. How true is this to your experience? (Any suggestions about how to measure “orthodox biblical response”?) “On all 9 of the belief statements tested, attenders of large churches were more likely than those […]

A Painful Letter and Request

posted by Scot McKnight

I got this letter last Friday, July 3d, as a comment on a post and I want to post it today to generate a conversation. What is your advice? Dear Scot, I’m not a Christian and don’t intend becoming one. […]

World Christianity and America 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Mark Noll, in his new and paradigm-challenging book, The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith, argues that American Christianity’s influence in world Christianity cannot be explained adequately by the colonialism theory. Instead, he argues that […]

World Christianity and America 4

posted by Scot McKnight

I don’t know if you have heard this, but many have charged missionaries with colonialism and with connecting the gospel to consumerism, mass communication, materiaism, individualism, and capitalism that damages native cultures.  In Mark Noll’s new book, The New Shape […]

World Christianity and America 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Does counting missionaries help? In Mark Noll’s new book, The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith, the implication is that counting tells us some important things: the prominence of Protestant missionaries and the especially high […]

The Church in Europe: Imminent Demise?

posted by Scot McKnight

It is common to make two claims today: 1. That the Church in Europe is in a steady decline and heading toward distinction extinction. The dearth of births to Christians — Italy’s birth rate is at 1.28 while 2.1 is […]

World Christianity and America 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Mark Noll, professor at Notre Dame and America’s foremost church historian (or at least close), has a new book called The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith, and the book explores how American Christianity has […]

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Our Common Prayerbook 30 - 3
Psalm 30 thanks God (vv. 1-3, 11-12) and exhorts others to thank God (vv. 4-5). Both emerge from the concrete reality of David's own experience. Here is what that experience looks like:Step one: David was set on high and was flourishing at the hand of God's bounty (v. 7a).Step two: David became too

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Theology After Darwin 1 (RJS)
One of the more important and more difficult pieces of the puzzle as we feel our way forward at the interface of science and faith is the theological implications of discoveries in modern science. A comment on my post Evolution in the Key of D: Deity or Deism noted: ...this reminds me of why I get a

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Almost Christian 4
Who does well when it comes to passing on the faith to the youth? Studies show two groups do really well: conservative Protestants and Mormons; two groups that don't do well are mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics. Kenda Dean's new book is called Almost Christian: What the Faith of Ou

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Let's Get Neanderthal!
The Cave Man Diet, or Paleo Diet, is getting attention. (Nothing is said about Culver's at all.) The big omission, I have to admit, is that those folks were hunters -- using spears or smacking some rabbit upside the conk or grabbing a fish or two with their hands ... but that's what makes this diet

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