Showing posts from January, 2014

Secularism & Spiritualism (2): Leave Your Shoes And Mind At The Door

"Has anyone provided proof of God's in-existence? Not even close. Has quantum cosmology explained the origin of the universe? Or Why it is here. Not even close. Have the sciences explained why our universe seems to be fined tuned to allow for the existence of life. Not even close. Are Physicists and biologists willing to believe in anything so long as it is not religious thought. Close enough. Has rationalism and moral thought provided us with an understanding of what is good, what is right, and what is moral? Not close enough. Has secularism in the terrible 20th century been a force for good? Not even close to being close. Is there a narrow and oppressive orthodoxy within the thought of the sciences? Close enough. Does anything within philosophy or the sciences own the claim that religious belief is irrational? Not even in the ballpark. Is scientific atheism a frivolous exercise in intellectual contempt? Dead on"... - David Berlinski, The Devil's Delusion: Atheism …

Secularism & Spiritualism (1): From Oprah to Chopra And All The Dawkins' In Between

 "God spoke, but that was a long time ago; we wanted certainty, we wanted it now. For this, only reason and rationalism would do; but that was not enough, we wanted to see. So we went into the senses and found the empirical; but that isn't what we really meant by seeing. We really meant we wanted to feel. So we found a way to enter feeling into the picture; truth was framed into a scene. But the scene was left up to interpretations because scenes are not absolute; so the story was told as an art form. But the reader did not like it because he was not the author. So he read the story while he sat in a reconstructed - deconstructed cubicle, to make of the story whatever he wished. But what does one do with the long reach of the empiracle? The best way was to find a way between the empiracle and the satirical and end up with God again. The only difference was that God could not be the story teller; and we still needed God. So we became God..."  - Ravi Zacharias

It is intere…

A Manifesto Continued: The Bible, Fact of Fiction?

I often find it interesting at the University that I attend, to drop by the sections of the bookstore to see what the latest texts in classes with names like "History of Christianity" or "Founders of Christianity" are (regardless whether I'm in the class or not). While at the moment I attend a secular academic institution, I find it very interesting the very one sided bias that is revealed on the shelves I pass by.

As a side note, I also find it interesting that if I were to take a class in any religion... Islam or Buddhism for example, those classes would be taught by at the least a practicing Muslim or Buddhist. Some classes could very well be taught by Imams, monks, or priests of said religion. However, if I sign up for a class on Christianity what do I get? Usually an agnostic professor, potentially an apostate and 'former Christian', and almost 100% of the time a secular skeptic. Just something to chew on...

Recently while buying textbooks I neede…

A Manifesto To The Thinking Christian (2)

"If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth  the writing." - Benjamin Franklin

There's a very interesting trend that happens in the media every few years, a trend that our secular society loves to exploit. This trend is what I like to call the "Christian discovery controversy". What I mean by that are the sensational claims that pop up by "scholars" and "historians" every now and then about the "true" nature or identity about the "historical Jesus".

We know the ones... the fragment of the supposed Gospel of Jesus' Wife that was "discovered" last year, a scrap of parchment dating from the 3rd century found in Egypt that referred to Jesus being married. Or how about the Gospel of Judas that made headlines in 2006. And of course I can't go very far without mentioning Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code from 2003, a piece of fiction written…

A Manifesto To The Thinking Christian (1)

"One must dig deeply into opposing points of view in order to know whether your own position remains defensible. Iron sharpens iron." - Francis Collins, director - Human Genome Project

I think one of the major problems that has arose within the church over the last generation is the general lack of ability to think(1), specifically a lack of concern for theology. My passion for theology has really challenged me to dive head-first into doctrine and theological construct. Namely, why do I believe what I believe?

It was only very recently where I truly started to question my faith (in the right way(2)) in order to figure out why I believe what I believe. Christianity is not a world view based on blind faith, the evidences for the basis of biblical Christian belief are all around us; but we can only see them if we're wiling to look for them. This is one of the reasons why we have documents like the gospel of Luke. Simply put:

"Therefore, since I myself have carefully inv…

God: Using The Force (2): Rob Bell

"When we talk about God, we're talking about the straitforward affirmation that everything has a singular, common source and is infinitely, endlessly, deeply connected." - Rob Bell, What We Talk About When We Talk About God. pg. 118

Now I didn't intend to write this series in two parts (1). When I wrote the original post about God being a 'force' or energy I was honestly putting down some thoughts I had after listening to two people discuss Buddhism.

However, tonight I found myself thumbing over an online copy of Rob Bell's recent book What We Talk About When We Talk About God and surprisingly, this exact topic came up. Now I could write a whole series on Rob Bell (author of Velvet Elvis(2)and the recent controversial book Love Wins(3)) and his theological ideas alone, but for the moment I want to stick to the topic.

This book interests me, first, because Love Wins had such a huge impact in the world of Christianity and this recent writing has somewhat s…

God: Using The Force (1)

"If you live gladly to make others glad in God, your life will be hard, your risks will be high, and your joy will be full."

I recently overheard a discussion between two people in public the notion of Buddhism; specifically the idea of karma within Buddhism. What I found interesting was a statement made about a perspective that the one individual in this discussion had on God. Namely, that it didn't matter specifically whether you believed that God was a being and a person, or that God was a force or an energy.

This poses a very interesting question in the discussion of God. Does it matter whether we think of God as a power or force rather than a being and a person? Does it matter that God is a being rather than a force? This is something that I have thought about in the past, specifically in conversation with followers of Bahai, but have not given much thought to recently.

I thought it would be interesting to put some of my thoughts on this subject down in writing...