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by Peter Chattaway
There are other moral questions posed by the end-times worldview. As Christian ethicist David Gushee points out, the Left Behind series capitalizes on “the most passionately held fears and suspicions of a certain strain of American evangelical Christianity.”
Gentry's seventh, eighth and ninth objections to Hyper-Preterism (Full Preterism) involve an inclination to reject the Full Preterist understanding of the resurrection (as spiritual in nature, NOT physical). Obviously, the starting point in an examination of this issue involves an evaluation of the resurrection of Christ Jesus Himself, for verily "...Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep." (1 Cor. 15:20).
Hi, everyone. My name is Mike Beidler and I … am a future preterist. Until early 2000, I was firmly entrenched in pre-tribulation dispensationalism. It was about that time that my best friend, a devout Roman Catholic, challenged me to defend the pre-tribulation rapture viewpoint using Scripture. Fancying myself fairly knowledgeable in all things Bible, I took his challenge to heart with a smug smile on my face.
His travel ban lifted, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat toured West Bank towns Monday but skipped the devastated Jenin refugee camp, apparently to avoid possible heckling. Also, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered defeat when his party voted overwhelmingly to oppose Palestinian statehood.
by Albert Persohn
An Irish priest who has repeatedly stated he does not believe Jesus Christ was the son of God has resigned. Reverend Andrew Furlong, who was ordained in the Anglican Church of Ireland in the early 1970s, has said he has held his unorthodox beliefs for more than 30 years. An article from Furlong's website notes: "A starting-point is to observe...that John the Baptist, Jesus and his disciples all believed that the world was about to end, they expected a major intervention by their God...it did not happen, the world is still here, they were mistaken."
Joel Miller, of WorldNetDaily slams fundamentalists for being ignorant and for contributing to the irrelevance of the Church: "Christians are commissioned by Christ to turn the world on its head, to make disciples of the nations. But we don't make disciples any more – we make bare-bones converts and send them to bare-bones churches where they get bare-bones doctrine. We get people into heaven by the skin of their teeth and consign them to uselessness in expanding the kingdom while on earth. "
UC Berkeley administrators are reviewing how an English course focusing on the plight of Palestinians received approval for next fall even though it discourages conservative students from enrolling.
The English R1A reading and comprehension course, titled "The Politics and Poetics of Palestinian Resistance," states in its course description that "conservative thinkers are encouraged to seek other sections" -- a violation of the university's Faculty Code of Conduct.
According to the course description, the class "takes as its starting point the right of Palestinians to fight for their own self-determination."
Most U.S. high school seniors have a poor grasp of the nation's history, and their knowledge hasn't improved in seven years, says a Department of Education report out Thursday.
At a time when the United States is at war in Afghanistan and under terrorist threat, seniors' ''truly abysmal scores'' on the 2001 U.S. History Report Card are alarming, said Diane Ravitch, historian and education professor at New York University and a member of the test's governing board. It's especially grim considering how close these students are to voting age, she said.