Category Archives: Christianity

Is Christianity a List of Dos and Don’ts?

A few of Jesus’s many commands can be kept, even without faith.
For example, no one has ever sued me for my tunic, so Jesus’s command to give such a person my cloak as well has never been a problem for me. However, the
command to stop worrying has been a problem. So has the command to love my
neighbor as myself, to guard against hypocrisy, to get rid of all bitterness, and to do everything without complaining or arguing.

As it stands, it is simply impossible to check off these and
the other New Testament commands in the way one checks off items from a to-do
list. To consistently do these things and, more to the point, to be shaped in heart and mind in such a way that doing these things becomes natural, a person must have faith. This kind of faith is not mental assent to a doctrine, even a
doctrine about God, nor is it a belief that God exists and that everything will work out in the end. It is not that these things are wrong; it is that they are not what Jesus and his early followers meant when they spoke of faith. Continue reading

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Religion Is Not an End in Itself

That is analogous to telling someone in Iowa that to get to the intersection of Forest Drive and Hicks Avenue in Annapolis, Maryland they must go east. It’s not that it isn’t true; it just isn’t very helpful. Continue reading

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Do We Need a Religionless Christianity?

“Do the people really not know that one can do as well or better without “religion”—if only it weren’t for God himself and his word?” Continue reading

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Christmas Is Really Act 2

Can’t get enough of Christmas? You’ll love the prequels and sequels. It is the season for prequels and sequels. Mary Poppins is the big sequel this year. It’s the first year since 2012 that there hasn’t been a hobbit or … Continue reading

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The Story We’re In Isn’t About Ease and Security

Until Christians understand why they’re here, they will not understand what they should be doing. Continue reading

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The Heart’s Creed Is What Really Matters

The two best-known creeds of the Western Church are the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed. The Nicene Creed dates from 325 and represents the Church’s unified response to an ongoing controversy about the divine nature of Christ.  The Apostles’ … Continue reading

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Is There a Christian Way to Think About Kavanaugh?

The country is like a volcano that is ready to erupt. Smoke is billowing. If the eruption comes, it won’t matter if one is a man or a woman, a Democrat or a Republican, a Conservative or a Progressive, everyone … Continue reading

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Are You a Person of Peace?

What criteria are used in selecting people for leadership positions in our workplaces, government offices, and churches? Leaders must be smart people who operate from a wide-ranging knowledge base and who reason well. They must also be tough people who … Continue reading

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Why a Dose of Awe May Be All the Medicine You Need

There is a not-so-new but surprisingly effective aid for treating many social, personal, and spiritual problems: awe. If you’re stressed out, worried about money, or breathlessly short of time, you need to get your mind blown. Recent science suggests that … Continue reading

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Everyone Loves a Winner

Everyone loves a winner. Or hates a winner. It depends how he or she won. Ashley Thomas, a researcher in cognitive development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard, has found that even very young children have a predilection … Continue reading

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