“Convert them or kill them!”

We are all aware of the atrocities committed by the Islamist terrorist known as the Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL). Two American journalists have been beheaded. Thousands of Iraqi Christians have been displaced; many have been crucified, beheaded, and tortured. In my judgment, it is only a matter of time before ISIS targets American interest throughout the world. War seems inevitable. Fear and hate abound.

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Scientific Discovery & Theological Reflection

Some Christians live in fear and suspicion of science as if scientific discovery and theological truth are natural and mortal enemies. This is especially true of Christians whose intellectual formation is primarily based in the 20th century conflict between modernism and fundamentalism. Most fundamentalists require a literal reading of Genesis 1 that insists on a six day creation and a young earth. Any other interpretation is considered heretical. As I wrote in my previous blog, a literal interpretation of Genesis 1 is not only unnecessary, but it also defies the original context of the creation narrative. To my mind, for Christians to reject scientific discovery is to reduce faith to mere superstition.

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Gungor, I’m With You

Before seeing the social media controversy about Gungor’s posts I had never heard of Michael Gungor. After reading a few remarks on Facebook I decided to read his posts. Gungor does not strike me as a dangerous heretic who denies the integrity of the inspired Scripture. Rather, the posts strike me as an inquisitive and conscientious inquiry into the Faith. In fact, Gungor’s posts sound a lot like conversations I’ve had with my sons as they were going through college.

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Reflections of an Ecumenical Pentecostal