How should a Christian view environmentalism?

The answer to the question above is given by the site in no obscure terms: "At the same time, the earth we inhabit is not a permanent planet, nor was it ever intended to be. The environmental movement is consumed with trying to preserve the planet forever, and we know this is not God's plan. He tells us in 2 Peter 3:10 that at the end of the age, the earth and all He has created will be destroyed..."

Charles Darwin and Asa Gray Discuss Teleology and Design

by Sara Joan Miles, Eastern College

If Thomas Huxley earned the title of "Darwin's bulldog," then Asa Gray should be remembered as "Darwin's dove." Whereas Huxley enjoyed a good fight in his defense of Darwin's theory, Gray sought to mediate and bring sides together around a common understanding of "good science." As Darwin's strongest and most vocal scientific ally in the United States, Gray recognized the scientific importance of Darwin's efforts for the growing professionalism of biological researchers. But as an orthodox Christian, a Presbyterian firmly devoted to the faith expressed in the Nicene Creed, he saw in Darwin's theory both evidence for his philosophical commitment to natural theology and support for his opposition to the idealism advocated by Louis Agassiz and the naturphilosophers in both Europe and America. Indeed, Agassiz's advocacy of Platonic forms as a basis of biological understanding (e.g., "A species is a thought of the creator"1 would be a major source of American opposition to Darwin's theory.

1800s Preterism: Common Sense Interpretation

In The Universalist and Ladies' Repository, a book published in the 1800s, presents an early opinion on Preterist eschatology: "We give one specimen, from a late publication, of the adoption of our method of interpreting several prophetical passages : — ' Christ's second coming was at, or about the time of the destruction of Jerusalem, A. D., 70. This we can easily prove, for Christ said positively, "verily I say unto you, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the son of man coming in his kingdom" (see Mat. xvi. 28,) the same declaration is recorded by Mark, ix. 1, and by Luke, ix. 27 ; thus there can be no mistake in this testimony, but we will proceed with more : — in Matthew, chap, xxiv, he describes the signs that were to precede his coming, and he told hem, taken they saw these things, that they might know that his coming was near — even at their doors."

Some Thoughts on the Post-Bubble World

by John Evans

Narrative-realism, Preterism, and the relevance of scripture

by Andrew Perriman

I recently came across - I guess my ears were burning - a brief discussion initiated by Stephen Murray about the difference between a ’narrative-historical’ or ’narrative-realist’ approach to biblical interpretation and classic Preterism. The question is pertinent, so I will attempt here to outline what I understand by a narrative-realist hermeneutic and how it compares with Preterism, with some final thoughts on how a historical reading can still provide the basis for a dynamic and transformative dependence on the living Word of God.

Israel Policy Forum: Hebron Horros

A second [Israeli] soldier wrote: “The thing that…affected me emotional...was when we had just arrived in Hebron. I was on guard duty, when suddenly, from one of the small streets, a settler girl shows up and shouts at me very urgently: ‘Soldier, soldier, come quickly, there's an Arab here who's attacking a girl.’ I got very alarmed and advanced with my weapon cocked. The scene that unfolded was of an Arab with his two children. He’s trying to protect them from another settler girl who's throwing stones at them. I blow my fuse and start screaming at her...She’s screaming back that they are Arabs and should be killed…and the father, poor guy, says, with helpless eyes, ‘We're used to it, we've been here a long time now, it's alright.’ "

Project Liberty Tree is pleased to announce the 2008 Election Sermon!

The 2008 Election Sermon will be delivered at the state capitol in Helena, Montana at 2 P.M. on Friday, November 21, 2008. The 2008 Election Sermon will be presented by Peter Marshall, author of The Light and the Glory and From Sea to Shining Sea. The title of the 2008 Election Sermon will be:
America: A Divine Experiment in Self-Government. This event is free and open to the public.

The Great Samaritan Story

by Virgil Vaduva
Stop me if you heard this one: there is this Samaritan, and he walks into a bar and says, “Is anyone here indebted to the Temple in Jerusalem? If you are, I’ll write you a blank check, just come and see me...the next one is on me.”

Obama: Conservator in Chief

By Dick Morris And Eileen McGann

While the Democrats and Barack Obama won big yesterday, even coming close to a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, Obama will find their options substantially constrained by reality. Their handicap is the financial condition of the nation they'll inherit. Think of a trustee or conservator of a bankrupt company. Those who fear a radical Obama miss the point of the lack of maneuverability of the next president. Behind the mortgage crisis looms the credit-card crisis, the student-loan crisis and the car-loan crisis. Sweating this mess out of the system will take two years of zero growth or contraction.

The Christian Right and the Palin Trap

As the election draws to a close and the rhetoric intensifies, I believe it necessary to sound a warning call to my Christian brothers who are voting for McCain precisely because of Sarah Palin. I believe this is a huge mistake. And while I must confess, I am entertained at the thought of the Christian Right getting the wool pulled over their eyes again, I believe the conscience of the Church is of much more importance.

The Power of Biblical Social-ism

by Virgil Vaduva
The recent article by Jim Wallis on “Faith Priorities” really prompted me to think about some of the important issues raised by Wallis, which are really issues that come up often in every election cycle. They are especially highlighted this year because of the economic downturn the world is experiencing as a result of the melting financial markets. It is also a good time for me to yet again try to promote what I believe to be a Biblical way of living, the kind of active social living which Jesus would have liked his followers to pursue and promote.

A Brief Critical Analysis of Beyond Creation Science: Some Preliminary Concerns

by Samuel Frost
The following article will be a bit technical, but I will try to explain definitions as best I
can as I go along. This response to an issue that has been clouding up the horizon, in my
opinion, for some time and has not yet been adequately answered from a Biblical Preterist

My Personal 'Faith Priorities' for this Election

by Jim Wallis

In 2004, several conservative Catholic Bishops and a few megachurch pastors like Rick Warren issued their list of "non-negotiables," which were intended to be a voter guide for their followers. All of them were relatively the same list of issues: abortion, gay marriage, stem cell research, etc. None of them even included the word "poverty," only one example of the missing issues which are found quite clearly in the Bible. All of them were also relatively the same as official Republican Party Web sites of "non-negotiables." The political connections and commitments of the religious non-negotiable writers were quite clear.

Apostasy Watch: Planet Preterist

Every so often, my interview with Brian McLaren makes it on some blog or website that has some bone to pick either with me or with McLaren himself. This time, it's a hit on our "dislike" of Israel: What is emerging in the modern Church? In America - historically Israel's greatest friend - there is a growing dislike of the Jewish state among certain Christian groups. This follows a downturn in interest in Bible prophecy teaching in U.S. churches.

Why did John the Baptist send disciples to question Jesus?

I was recently puzzled by what on the surface seems to be a contradiction regarding the account of John the Baptist sending disciples to question Jesus about his role as Messiah.

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