A Roman Catholic scholar and former philosophy and religion professor has released a new book that defends Mormonism as "one of the youngest branches on the Christian tree," and claims that Christians can learn from the Mormon religion.
Stephen H. Webb, former 25 year professor of religion and philosophy at Wabash College and author of the book, Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can Learn From the Latter-day Saints, told The Christian Post that, among other things, "Mormon theology teaches us to think of matter in new and creative ways."
"Traditional theology teaches that matter is lifeless, without the soul it's just dead weight," Webb explained. But this view is not inherent in the Christian faith, he argued, "it took a long time until Christians started accepting this idea of matter." more >>
The complicated relationship that Millennials have with organized Christianity has been the subject of a viral spoken word performance, a highly dissected CNN Op-Ed, and is the fear of many a mega-church pastor. Its latest iteration is a book, specifically Addie Zierman's recently released memoir, When We Were on Fire: A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love, and Starting Over.
In a title that Publishers Weekly just named one of its Best Books of 2013, Zierman describes her childhood and teenage years growing up in an evangelical subculture that observed the annual student prayer gathering See You at the Pole, memorized the Bible verses at the AWANA kids' club, and shared the Gospel internationally as a mime on a Teen Mania missions trip. As the book progresses and the author enters adulthood, Zierman juxtaposes her youthful passion with her 20-something struggle to find where her own convictions lay.
Originally drafted for MFA thesis, Zierman said that part of what she hoped the book would accomplish would be "to normalize [wrestling and struggling with one's faith] in a way I don't think it has been normalized." more >>
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The new film "Ender's Game," based off the book by Mormon writer Orson Scott Card, may carry some Christian themes, and one reviewer claims it mimics the biblical story of Joseph.
The film "parallels directly Joseph's dealing with this brothers," Robert Hamel, assistant professor of Theatre Arts at Westmont College and a Lutheran pastor for 29 years, told The Christian Post in an interview on Thursday. Hamel compared the character Ender's crisis of conscience to Joseph's decision to feed the very same brothers who once sold him into slavery. more >>
While speaking in a recent interview with celebrity chef Rachael Ray, Fox television host Bill O'Reilly defended previous comments he made when he said the Holy Spirit guided him in the title of his most recent nonfiction book, Killing Jesus, which documents the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus.
O'Reilly, host of Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor," told Ray on her daytime talk show "Rachael" that his previous comments regarding the Holy Spirit were in-line with his Christian faith, and atheists had misinterpreted his comments.
"Catholics and Christians believe there's an interactive God," O'Reilly told Ray, adding that this God "pays attention to all of us, and that's [where] the inspiration you get comes from. So I just said that on '60 Minutes.'" more >>
C.S. Lewis is arguably one of the greatest Christian thinkers and authors of all time, and his impact on our modern understanding of Christianity has helped many grow closer to the Lord.
1) Chronicles of Narnia
The Chronicles of Narnia is Lewis' epic and life's work much in the same vein of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. The imagery of Christ through Aslan the Lion is quite evident along with the crucifixion type scene in the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. more >>
Maryann Macdonald is the author of "The Christmas Cat," which arrives just in time for the holidays. The story tells the tale of a cat believed to have been present at the birth of Jesus the Christ, and Macdonald spoke with The Christian Post to explain why she wanted to tell this particular story and what she hopes readers will take away from it.
Christian Post: How did you come upon this story? What inspired you to write this tale?
Maryann Macdonald: Leonardo da Vinci's "La Madonna del Gatto," which depicts Mary, Jesus, and a small cat. When I wrote the story, I was hoping that the editor would be able to find an illustrator who had a freehand like da Vinci, and the editor managed to find this woman (Amy June Bates) who had that. My daughter said, 'In certain places, the animals almost have a Disney-esque quality to them.' more >>