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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



Richard Dawkins Loses Debate Against Former Anglican Head Rowan Williams

Feb. 3, 2013 -
The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, defeated prominent atheist professor, Richard Dawkins ... as a vote taken at the conclusion of the debate ruled that religion does have a place in the 21st century.
An audience of about 800 people at the University of Cambridge voted 324 to 136 that William's case was more reasonable than Dawkin's views.

Williams argued that Christianity promoted community building, compassion, friendship and inclusion. He said that the convention of human rights would not be what it is without the history of philosophical, religious debate.

Dawkins said his main concern was simply whether religion was true. He considers it a phony substitute for an explanation, which seems to answer the question until you examine it and realize that it does no such thing. In his view, these false explanations hinder the process of discovering real explanations.

Source: Christian Post

Making Disciples Today: Christianity Today's New Global Gospel Project

Dec. 2, 2011 - Christianity Today is beginning what they call the Global Gospel Project (GGP). It will hopefully be used by evangelical churches everywhere as "resources for a full-orbed discipleship of heart, mind, soul, and strength." It will foster discussion groups in participating churches over a five-year period of time to answer the pertinent questions of our time from a biblical perspective. In so doing, it aims to re-educate Christians about the content of their faith. It will have have seven emphases that they believe will be helpful to all evangelical churches:
Biblical
Broadly evangelical
Set in the local church
God-centered
Question-driven
Global
Joyful
Source: Christianity Today


Richard Dawkins Again Refuses Debate With Christian Apologist William Craig
Sept. 29, 2011 -
Many believe that Craig’s upcoming “Reasonable Faith” tour in the U.K. is intimidating Dawkins, who refuses to engage on a one-on-one talk with the leading Christian apologist, famous for his revival of the Kalam cosmological argument which asserts that God caused the universe to first exist.
Dawkin's excuse is that he was willing to debate a dignitary such as a bishop or a cardinal, but Craig was not a worthy opponent.
Source: Christian Post

Christianity taking over planet?

Dec. 31, 2010 - According to the book "Megashift," by Jim Rutz, evangelical Christianity is the fastest-growing faith on Earth.
Rutz makes the point that Christianity is overlooked as the fastest-growing faith in the world because most surveys look at the traditional Protestant denominations and the Roman Catholic Church while ignoring Christian believers who have no part of either.
Rutz claims there are 707 million "switched-on disciples" in this exploding "church," and that if present trends continue, the entire world will be composed of such believers by the year 2032.

Western Christianity is no longer the primary source of missionary activity. Non-Western evangelicals now outnumber Westerners by seven to one! They are nearly invisible to Western observers because they are not associated with the institutional churches at all. In fact, for the most part, they meet in secret, and their evangelism is often validated by miracles.

Source: WorldNetDaily
Jim Rutz: The 'Megashift' of the Worldwide Church - CBN
Caution/Balance: Megashift or Megaslip - Let Us Reason
Ed. note: It is difficult to confirm many of the claims of this book/movement, and it could lead to the unbiblical conclusion that these new evangelicals will usher in the Millennial Kingdom without the well-known prophecies of the End Times being fulfilled first. We should watch this trend prayerfully and evaluate it biblically.
See Ron's Blog: Evangelism and Prophecy

Evangelist thanks atheists for anti-Christmas billboard

Dec. 1, 2010 - The American Athiests group spent $20,000 for a billboard in New York that says, "You KNOW it's a Myth. This Season, Celebrate REASON!" Evangelist/ apologist Ray Comfort says that he thanks the athiests for encouraging people to reason, think and talk about Christmas.
Comfort is the author of several books about atheism and evolution, including "You Can Lead An Atheist to Evidence, but You Can't Make Him Think," "Nothing Created Everything," and "God Doesn't Believe in Atheists."
Source: WorldNetDaily


The Shadow of the Antichrist

July 24, 2010 - Read this review of Christianity Today Book Award-winner—Stephen Williams, In The Shadow of the Antichrist: Nietzsche's Critique of Christianity. The book is helpful to understand Friedrich Nietzsche and his books, including The Anti-Christ. It is also a critique of Nietzsche's anti-Christian views.
Source: Books and Culture

Atheism Aside: Peter Hitchens' Journey to Faith

July 23, 2012 - Peter Hitchens, a famous British journalist,former Marxist and athiest, has become a Christian. His brother Christopher is an outspoken American athiest and author of the book,God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.

In response, Peter has just released his book, The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith. The brothers are being called "The Battling Hitchens brothers." Their grandfather was a devout Baptist.

Peter writes that his return to Christianity was a slow process. It was motivated in part by fear of God's judgment. When he studied Rogier van der Weyden's painting "The Last Judgment," he was impressed with the terror on the faces of those who were being condemned to Hell.

"They've obviously just heard the last trump," Peter said. "And one of them was actually vomiting with fright."
Peter admits he was afraid, but quoted the Scripture, "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom."
Source: CBN
The Last Judgment Polyptych - Web Gallery of Art



"Burning Down The Shack"

June 7, 2010 - Author James De Young's new book, "Burning Down The Shack," explains that the underlying message of "The Shack" is the heretical idea of "universal reconcilliation."

De Young is a New Testament language and literature professor at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He has earned degrees from respected seminaries including Dallas Seminary, Talbot Theological Seminary and Moody Bible Institute.

In addition, and possibly most important, De Young is a former longtime colleague of Paul Young, and was his Portland-area neighbor when Young wrote "The Shack."
According to WorldNetDaily, De Young's book gives a chapter-by-chapter evaluation of more than 15 heresies within "The Shack."
Source:WorldNetDaily

Faithful Presence

May 17, 2010 - A new book by James Davison Hunter, To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World, introduces a serious debate about whether or not our efforts to transform culture is effective. He emphasizes the need for "faithful presence," a personal faith and social network of fellow-believers that acts out Christian beliefs without dependence on political and legal approval. He questions some of the teachings of Charles Colson and Andy Crouch, so Christianity Today includes responses by both of them as well. This will be a worthwhile discussion for a long time.

Hunter is professor of religion, culture, and social theory at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America and The Death of Character: On the Moral Education of America's Children.

Source: Christianity Today
More than Faithful Presence - Charles Colson
Hunter and I Agree on Culture Making (He Just Seems Not to Know It) - Andy Crouch
Synopsis of the chapters of To Change The World - Hunter's Website

Ardor and Order
The charismatic renewal has disappeared like yeast into bread dough.

May 13, 2010 - David Neff says that the intensity of the Charismatic Movement has diminished since its origin 50 years ago, but that it has made a lasting improvement in the body of Christ. He disagrees with analysts who say that the movement fizzled.
It is more accurate to describe it the way Jesus pictured the kingdom of God: like yeast that spreads through bread dough. You can hardly identify it as a movement anymore, but it has changed the way most churches worship.
Source: Christianity Today

Pick Your Battles, Atheists: The Mother Teresa Stamp

Feb. 19, 2010 - by Chuck Colson
Colson says that most people admire the life and work of Mother Teresa. Her loving service to the destitute people of Calcutta is an inspiration to all.
Which makes it all the more incredible that the Freedom From Religion Foundation is going after her now. The Foundation is arguing against an upcoming stamp planned by the U.S. Postal Service honoring Mother Teresa. And if it is issued, they're promising a boycott.
Foundation spokeswoman Annie Laurie Gaylor complains that "Mother Teresa is principally known as a religious figure'" and should therefore not be honored on a U.S. stamp. She ignores the precedent of other stamps like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Father Flanagan, and even the Virgin Mary.
Source: Crosswalk

Christian Leaders Issue 'A Call of Christian Conscience'

Nov. 21, 2009 - The Manhattan Declaration, a bold new declaration, signed initially by 125 evangelical, Catholic, and Orthodox leaders, calls for Christians to adhere to three primary convictions, even if this requires civil disobedience.
Charles Colson, who helped draft the declaration, said the statement brings Christian leaders together on the issues of abortion, marriage, and religious freedom in the face of growing pressure.
Source: Crosswalk
The Manhattan Declaration: Defending Life, Marriage, and Freedom - Crosswalk
The Manhattan Declaration - Be a part of Christian history! - Ron's Blog

"If You Build It, They Will Come" Ecclesiology

May 20, 2009 - S. Michael Craven quotes Michael Spencer: “There are three kinds of evangelical churches today: consumer-driven megachurches, dying churches, and new churches whose future is fragile.”

Megachurches (2000 attendance/week) are not necessarily "consumer-driven," but many of them are.

Driven in large part by the belief that mere church activity produces spiritual growth, the consumer-driven model—aka seeker-sensitive—tends toward the maxim: just get ’em in the door!
The average member of such a church is not growing spiritually. Craven suggests that we stop watering down the Word, begin equipping the saints, and obey Christ's command to take the Gospel to the non-believers.
Source: Crosswalk

Christianity: Declining or Growing?

Easter, 2009 - The secular media made its annual attack on Christianity last week, led by Newsweek' Cover story: The Decline and Fall of Christianity in America. Fox News joined Christian commentators on the issue all week, and publicized a new book called "God is Back: How the Global Revival of Faith is Changing the World." The book was written by Economist editor John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge, who leads the newspaper’s Washington bureau. The debate brought out these facts:
- The number of Americans who claim no religious affiliation has nearly doubled since 1990, rising from 8 to 15 percent.
- The percentage of self-identified Christians has fallen 10 percentage points since 1990, from 86 to 76 percent.
- The number of people willing to describe themselves as atheist or agnostic has increased about fourfold from 1990 to 2009, from 1 million to about 3.6 million.
- Fewer people now think of the United States as a "Christian nation" than did so when George W. Bush was president (62 percent in 2009 versus 69 percent in 2008).
- However, rumors of the death of Christianity are greatly exaggerated.
- Formal, liturgical Christianity is in decline but charismatic Christianity is growing.
- Early American Freedom of Religion produced competition among denominations, resulting in a succession of waves of evangelization.
- The American religious model is spreading around the world.
- A third of Americans say they are born again.
- There is a movement towards a more conservative and 'evangelical' outlook among Christians.
- Growing churches are using all the tools of modernity, from megachurches to radio and television to spread the word.
- World-wide Christianity is growing rapidly.
- In Communist China, the underground church has grown from 3 million when the missionaries were expelled, to more than 100 million today!
- A 2006 poll in once-atheist Russia discovered that 84% of Russians believed in God while only 16% considered themselves atheists.
- Five of the world’s ten biggest megachurches are in South Korea.
- There is even an upsurge of Evangelical Christianity in Europe.
The End of Christian America - Newsweek
God is Back - By John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge - Fox Forum
Newsweek -- The End of Christian America - Albert Mohler
Are We A Christian Nation? - Jane Chastain – WorldNetDaily
Is Christianity Really Declining in America? - Video interview with one of the authors of "God is Back" -CBN
Newsweek Editor Welcomes Easter with the 'End of Christian America' - Newsbusters
Christianity Is No Longer Americans’ Default Faith - George Barna (Jan. 12, 2009)
Has Christian America Come to an End? - Pastor Mark Driscol - Fox

Top Scholars Confirm Truth of Christianity

Dec. 26, 2008 - Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of The Christian Film & Television Commission says that Christianity has been shown to be true and “intellectually sound.” He cites the work of many top scholars, historians and experts, and says:
“These people are wonderfully astute thinkers, investigators and writers. They have refuted all of the important lies, half-truths and silly comments against Jesus, His apostles, the Bible, and Christianity made by non-Christians and even by some allegedly former Christians.”
Source: NewsMax

Review of "DOUBT"

Nov. 12, 2008 - Read the Movieguide review about the movie. Extreme caution is recommended because of it's subtle anti-christian theme.
This is a battle between conservative, traditional religion and progressive, so-called tolerant, religion. Although DOUBT has many Christian elements in it, the point of the movie is to cast doubt on true religion, especially traditional, conservative, biblical Christianity.
Source: Movieguide.org

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Early Christian Creeds


The Apostles' Creed

The Nicene Creed






Questions And Links For Christianity

These are some of the questions that are asked about this topic. Click on the links to find helpful teaching and resources from Christian Apologists.

Will all mankind eventually be saved?
Will all mankind eventually be saved? - ChristianAnswers.net

What about the heathen who have never heard?
Is God biased? Is it fair to save only some? - Christian Answers.net
What about the heathen who have never heard? - Campus Crusade for Christ in Great Britain
Dreams of Isa - (Muslims converted by dreams and visions about Jesus)
What about Those Who have Never Heard the Gospel? - Christian Think-Tank
What about those who have never heard? - What If We're Right? - Radio program
Books by Don Richardson
Peace Child and Eternity In Their Hearts

Am I good enough to go to Heaven?

Is there a literal Heaven and Hell?
Search for "hell" on CRI site - Christian Research Institute
Using the Doctrine of Hell in Witnessing - Douglas Groothuis
Why Should I Believe In Hell? - Hank Hanegraaff
Abandon Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here - Hank Hanegraaff
Search for "hell" in "WebBible™ Encyclopedia - ChristianAnswers.net
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How can I experience forgiveness?
(Accepting Christ/ Being born-again)
How Hard Is It To Become A Christian? - What If We Are Right? - Radio Program

Would God forgive a great sinner? (Could my sins be greater than God would forgive?)
What is the “unpardonable sin”?
How does sin become “unforgivable”?
- ChristianAnswers.net
"Would God forgive a great sinner?" - What If We Are Right? Radio program

What is baptism?

Can I lose my salvation?

What does it mean to be “sanctified”?



Christianity Links

Access Research Network
A non-profit organization dedicated to providing accessible information on science, technology and society, especially on controversial topics as genetic engineering, euthanasia, computer technology, environmental issues, creation/evolution, fetal tissue research, and AIDS.
Michael J. Behe
Phillip E. Johnson
William A. Dembski
Steven Meyers
Answers In Genesis
Extensive website reflecting the teaching and ministries of founder Ken Ham. Information is available about their "Creation Museum" in Cincinnati and Answers Magazine.
Apologetics.com
Apologetics: A Reasoned Defense of Christianity
Southern Baptist – North American Mission Board
Apologetics Study Bible
Biola University - Christian Apologetics Program
Biola offers a Master of Arts degree in Apologetics. They also conduct certificate programs for their popular "Defending The Faith" lecture series, and support the peer reviewed journal, Philosophia Christi. Dr. Craig Hazen leads the outstanding faculty of this department.
Catholic Encyclopedia: Apologetics
The Center For Christian Apologetics

ChristianAnswers.Net
A mega-site providing biblical answers to contemporary questions for all ages and nationalities with over 45-thousand files.
Menu - Bible and Theology Questions
Eden Communications / Films For Christ - Lowell Wallen, President, Executive Director, Paul S. Taylor
Christian Research Institute (CRI)
Home of the "Bible Answer Man" radio program with Hank Hanegraaff. Publisher of the "Christian Research Journal." They have a large searchable database with helpful articles on all aspects of apologetics.
Discovery Institute - Center for Science and Culture
Among other things, this organization supports research by scientists and other scholars developing the scientific theory known as intelligent design.
Access Research Network
Michael J. Behe
Phillip E. Johnson
William A. Dembski
International Society For Complexity, Information, and Design
Origins
Institue For Creation Research (ICR)
ICR was founded in 1981 by Dr. Henry Morris, co-author of The Genesis Flood, which began the "young earth" concept. ICR Graduate School offers an advanced degree in science education. ICR publishes Acts & Facts magazine and the Days of Praise daily devotional, conducts a daily radio program, and maintains the Museum of Creation and Earth History in San Diego. Leadership is now provided by Morris' sons, John and Henry III.
Lifeway Article Repository on Apologetics
Koinonia House
Find a wealth of useful information from Chuck Missler. His unique approach and insights make him one of the most popular teachers of our time. The new website includes audio files. Selected articles from Personal Update, read by 100,000 subscribers, are also available.
Prophecy Central's Creation Section
Interesting connections between Creation, The Flood, and Prophecy
Reasons To Believe
Biblical creation teaching from the perspective that astronomy and other scientific disciplines prove that the earth and Universe are billions of years old. Dr. Hugh Ross is President and Director of Research.
Skeptical Christian
Stand To Reason
This is the website for "Stand To Reason" radio show and host Greg Koukl. Koukl and other faculty members offer lectures and seminars geared towards helping Christians gain practical tools they need to make a difference in their world.
Lee Strobel - Investigating Faith
James Sundquist – Abrahamic Faith
To Every Man An Answer
This is a live call-in radio program that answers your questions about the Bible and the Christian faith.
Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
A global ministry that seeks to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cultural influencers throughout the world.





Multimedia

Christianity on YouTube






Wikis

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 "Christianity" or any other topic.

Wikipedia - Christianity
Theopedia - Traditional, evangelical, Protestant point of view.
Conservapedia
CreationWiki
WikiChristian

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