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How We Forgot the Holiness of God
May 20, 2014 - Drew Dyck laments the fact that, for many in our permissive culture, there is a "hole" in our holiness. When asked to define God most
modern Christians would (correctly) say "Loving," "Merciful," or "Compassionate." If Isaiah the prophet were present he would probably add "Terrifying."
We lack a practice of personal holiness because we've lost a theology of divine holiness. When we neglect a part of God's nature, we shouldn't be surprised
when that same attribute goes missing in our lives.
He adds that we will not reach perfection this side of eternity, but God has a higher standard than we may accept for ourselves:
"Be holy," God says, "because I am holy" (Lev. 19:2).
"Just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do" (1 Pet. 1:15).
- Source: Christianity Today
"God's Not Dead"
Mar 20, 2014 - See the trailer for this excellent movie that opens in theaters on Friday, Mar. 21!
'God's Not Dead' hits theaters, asks: 'Will you fight for your beliefs?' - One News Now
Atheist 'Mega-Churches' Take Root Across US, World
Nov. 11, 2013 - Some three dozen "atheist mega-churches" have begun meeting in the United States and in other countries on Sundays. Their services include
many of the same things Christian churches do: rousing music, an inspirational talk and some quiet reflection.
One of these groups had its first meeting in Los Angeles last Sunday. It is called "Sunday Assembly," and their motto is, "Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More."
The founders of the movement, British duo Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, are currently touring the U.S. and Australia to help launch more of these non-religious
inspirational groups. Jones got the idea for the concept when he attended a Christmas carol concert six years ago. He said there were things about the event that
he loved, but the focus of it was something he didn't believe was true. The early success of the movement corresponds to new studies that show that many Americans are
drifting away from organized religion.
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released a study last year that found 20 percent of Americans say they have no religious affiliation, an increase from
15 percent in the last five years.
According to Pew researchers this category also included a high percentage of people who said they believed in God even though they had no ties with organized religion.
- Source: ABC
Sarah Palin: 'Angry Atheists' Wage War Against Christmas - NewsMax
British Atheist Richard Dawkins Explores Sin and Morality in New TV Series
Oct. 18, 2012 - Richard Dawkins is doing a three-part series on British television entitled 'Sex, Death And The Meaning Of Life.' It
will explore "what happens if we leave religion behind?" It examines the argument that "religion's absolutist moral codes fuel lies and guilt."
And it will seek to answer, "Can science bring understanding in the face of death, help us tell right from wrong, or reveal the meaning of life?"
- Source: Christian Post
Christian Apologist 'Eastwooding' After Richard Dawkins Refuses Debate - Christian Post
Billboard calls Jesus 'Useless Savior'
Aug. 19, 2012 - New billboards say:
CHRISTIANITY: Sadistic God; Useless Savior; 30,000+ Versions of "Truth" Promotes Hate, Calls it "Love"
The American Atheists group is planning a billboard campaign in the host cities of the upcoming Republican and Democratic conventions. One billboard
message attacks Christianity, and another attacks Mormonism. David Silverman, president of the group said that they focus on the presidential
- “Allowing our judgment to be clouded by sheer silliness is unacceptable. We want to show the
people of our country the foolishness of mixing religion with politics.”
- Source: WND
- Atheists claim Ground Zero cross sickens them - WND
The Resurrection: A Bridge Between Two Worlds
July 12, 2012 - Former atheist Alister McGrath says
He believes that if he had read C.S. Lewis or many other Christian writer's books when he was younger that he could not have resisted
the reasonableness of believing in Christ. He quotes Lewis's great one-liner: "I believe in Christianity as I believe the sun has risen,
not just because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
- A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere."
This long article is filled with reasons to believe. For him, the Resurrection of Jesus was the ultimate proof.
- Source: Alister McGrath - Christianity Today
Evidence of 'God particle' found
July 2, 2012 - Scientists working at the The Large Hadron Collider, say they have evidence that the so-called "God particle" exists, but they have not
actually observed it yet. In the scientific world the elusive particle is known as the Higgs boson.
- The phrase "God particle," coined by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman, is used by laymen, not physicists, more as
an explanation for how the wonders of the subatomic universe work than how it all started.
- Source: USA Today
- The 'God-Particle' and God - Dennis Prager
Atheists lose another case at Supreme Court
May 17, 2011 -
The lawsuit was brought by Michael Newdow, who had also tried to ban the reference to God in the Pledge of Allegience.
A federal judge dismissed the suit out, ruling that the atheists lacked the necessary legal standing to persue it.
- The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up an atheist challenge to the use of the phrase, "So help me God,"
at the conclusion of the presidential oath of office during a president-elect's inauguration.
- Source: Jewish World Review
Author Hawking says God not needed for creation
Sept. 2, 2010 - Famous British physicist and mathematician Stephen Hawking says in his new book, "The Grand Design," that those who understand the universe and why it behaves the way it does do not need to believe there is a God who caused its creation.
- "The Grand Design," which the publishers call Hawking's first major work in nearly a decade, challenges Isaac Newton's theory God must have been involved in creation because our solar system couldn't have come out of chaos simply through nature.
- Source: Yahoo
- Religious leaders hit back at Hawking - CNN
- No Need for God? Stephen Hawking Defies Divine Creation - Albert Mohler - Crosswalk
New militant atheists want to 'destroy religious faith'
Feb. 4, 2010 - At a lecture for the Institute for Faith & Culture, Oxford University Professor John Lennox complained that the new militant athiests are not only anti-God, but they are also against those who believe in God.
Lennox also questioned athiesm's position on morality.
- He warned that Dawkins' views on a morality based on genetics were highly dangerous: "No good or evil – 'we dance to dna's music'. No blame. This is very serious – and many of our young people are being taught this. 'If God does not exist, everything is permitted'."
- Source: Inspire magazine
The Shack — The Missing Art of Evangelical Discernment
Jan. 28, 2010 - Paul Young's The Shack has now sold more than 10 million copies. Unfortunately, Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, reminds evangelicals that it is confusing and even heretical in places.
- Source: Albert Mohler- Crosswalk
Reframing Human History
Sept. 23, 2009 - Kate Kirkpatrick gives us a review of David Bentley Hart's Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies.
Theologian Bentley Hart explores the current athiest culture and then examines key events of history to dispute the way they interpret them. He exposes Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and others for their manipulation of philosophy, theology, and history.
Hart complains that athiests reduce Christianity to "bloodthirsty crusaders and sadistic inquisitors."
- But they ignore the fact Christianity has produced the highest ideals of humanity. Never before the 2,000-year-old religion were slave and free, man and woman, rich and poor, Jew and Gentile welcomed in equal measure and with immeasurable love.
- Source: Christianity Today
Author: Atheism, intelligence don't mix
Feb. 2, 2009 - Author and evangelist Ray Comfort has written a new book, You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence but You Can't Make Him Think. He debunks the popular idea that athiests are more intelligent than other people.
- He believes the rise of an aggressive "evangelistic" atheistic movement is a "symptom of moral decline."
"The darker a nation gets, the more it hates the light," he said. "The more a nation throws itself into sin, the more it's going to hate righteousness."
- Source: WorldNetDaily
Nov. 21, 2008 - Just in time for the Christmas season, some of the boldest anti-Christian attacks ever are appearing. These include:
1 - Violent demonstrations against churches and Christian orgainzations
- after the passage of the Prop 8 Marriage Amendment in California.
2 - Anti-God signs on busses
- The American Humanist Association has bought ads on Metrobuses in the District of Columbia that say, "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness' sake."
- John Kelly - The Washington Post
- Humanists Launch Godless Holiday Campaign - American Humanist Association
3 - "Imagine No Religion" Billboards
- The Freedom From Religion Foundation recently put up a billboard with the message "Imagine No Religion." The organization advocates the separation of church and state. This is their first billboard with this message in the state, but they have a goal of displaying its messages in every state that permits billboards.
- Athiest group's first billboard in state up in Rancho Cucamonga - Inland Empire Daily Bulletin
- Controversial 'Imagine No Religion' billboard removed in Rancho Cucamonga - - Inland Empire Daily Bulletin
Court upholds discount on In God We Trust license plates
Nov. 18, 2008 - The State of Indiana has decided not to charge a $15 administrative fee for their "In God We Trust" license plates.
- The move has been a hit with Hoosier motorists. In God We Trust plates, which also feature an American flag logo, now adorn nearly a third of all passenger vehicles registered in the state and are slightly more popular in Lake and Porter counties.
- Source: The Times Online
Questions About God
These are some of the questions that are asked about this topic. Search the links section to find helpful teaching and resources from Christian apologists.
- How can I know God exists?
- Is God the Creator?
- Who created God?
- Why does God allow sin and suffering?
- Why Does God Allow Suffering? - Handling Christianity's Toughest Challenge - Lee Strobel - CRI Archives
- Why does God allow innocent people to suffer? - ChristianAnswers.net
- Audio: Why Would A Loving and All-Powerful God Allow Suffering? - What If We're Right? - Radio archives - Ron Graff and Brian Hoerning
- How could a good God send anyone to Hell?
- Video: Erwin McManus on Hell - Out of Ur
- Video: Mark Driscol on Hell - Out of Ur
- How could a righteous God allow a sinner to go to Heaven?
- Does God know me or care about what happens to me?
- Can I know God?
- Got Life?
- Have You Heard Of The Four Spiritual Laws? - Campus Crusade For Christ
Articles on Theistic Apologetics - Apologetics.com
- Twenty Arguments For The Existence Of God - Peter Kreeft & Ronald K. Tacelli
Arguments For The Existence of God - God4Truth.net (Southern Baptist – North American Mission Board)
The Big Bad Wolf, Theism and the Foundations of Intelligent Design - A Review of Richard Dawkins', The God Delusion, (Bantam, 2006) - by Peter S. Williams (MA, MPhil)
God - Catholic Encyclopedia
- Christian Answers.net - Web Encyclopedia - God
Establishing A Theistic Worldview - Gerard A. Figurelli- The Center For Christian Apologetics
A Case For Theism - Skeptical Christian
Answering Athiest Arguments - Skeptical Christian
There Is One God - Stand To Reason
Lee Strobel - Investigating God
- Web Encyclopedia - God
- Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
- A global ministry that seeks to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cultural influencers throughout the world.
- Wikis With "God" Articles
There are a number of user-edited Internet encyclopedias, known as "wikis." These may be very helpful, but because of the input of multiple editors, they may be incorrect. Go to any of these wikis and do a search for "God" or any other topic.
- Wikipedia - General interest - May have non-Biblical point of view.
- Theopedia - Traditional, evangelical, Protestant point of view.
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