What should Christians do about the hostile environment they increasingly face? In a Christian Post interview, professor George Yancey talks about his new book written for fellow Christians, Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias.
Christianophobia exists among a powerful elite subculture in the United States, University of North Texas sociologists Yancey and David Williamson wrote in So Many Christians, So Few Lions: Is There Christianophobia in the United States? While that book was written in an academic voice, in Hostile Environment, Yancey writes as a Christian speaking to fellow Christians, and offers some guidance on how Christians should respond to that anti-Christian hostility.
In an email interview with CP, Yancey said he appreciated the opportunity to speak from the heart to fellow believers about how he thinks Christians should respond to Christianophobia. more >>
Correction: Friday, June 5, 2015: An article written on Monday, June 1 said that pastor Ronnie Floyd of Cross Church was the pastor of the Duggar family who stars on TLC's "19 Kids and Counting," but Floyd informed CP on Thursday, June 4 that the family are not members of Cross Church. The Duggar family identifies as Independent Baptists and attends church in a nondescript storefront near their home.
Ronnie Floyd, originally believed to be the pastor of the Duggar family following incorrect reports from People magazine, says the recent allegations that Josh Duggar molested five girls as a young teenager can be forgiven.
Floyd, who serves as senior pastor of Cross Church in Rogers, Arkansas, addressed the recent reports that accuse Josh Duggar, now 27, of molesting five young women when he was 14. more >>
If young adults do not hear about sex and sexuality in the church, they will hear about it somewhere. The worst thing that the church can do is to ignore the topic.
As an undergraduate at a men's college, I am constantly bombarded with the culture's view on sex. Guys see how many times a week they can "score" as though sex were a sport and women the ball being tossed around. Once, a drunken classmate of mine, walking toward his room with a girl he had just met at a party, told me, "Don't worry, bud. You'll get there one day." The implication, of course, was that I would one day have the exciting opportunity to "hook up" with a stranger.
Sadly, in spite of my Christian upbringing, no one ever told me what was wrong with the hook up culture. In fact, sex before marriage was encouraged by much of my Christian family and by the unanimous agreement of my Christian friends, who both mentioned preventing unwanted pregnancies, but never voiced the option of abstinence. What is worse, I never heard about the topic of sex in church. It was not until my involvement with a Christian campus ministry that I heard someone speak against premarital sex using biblical teaching. more >>
Editor's note: The following is a chapter from When God and Science Meet: Surprising Discoveries of Agreement. Published by the National Association of Evangelicals, the book has 12 authors total, discussing areas of agreement between science and Christianity. You can get a free download or order hard copies at the NAE website.
Strong statements have described Christianity as the fountainhead of modern science. Equally strong statements have called it the greatest opponent of scientific progress. Neither is adequate. Instead, the best historians offer a complicated picture for which the key words are negotiation, compromise, maneuvering, accommodation and rethinking.
In the Middle Ages, theologians like Thomas Aquinas taught that God was separate from the world and that experience (not just thought) was necessary to discover what God had done in creation. Yet these positive steps were matched by negatives. The strong influence of Aristotle meant that medieval theology viewed nature as an emblem for higher realities and that it favored reasoning by deduction over learning based on experience. Yet an enduring gift from the Middle Ages was the powerful idea of "God's Two Books" — knowledge from Scripture and knowledge about the physical world both come from God and therefore cannot be contradictory. more >>
Transhumanism, by definition, is a worldwide cultural and intellectual endeavor that has the end objective of transforming humanity by developing and extensively providing technologies that significantly enhance the intellectual, physical and psychological capacities of human beings. During much of the transhumanist movement, advocates of Christianity have rightly opposed supporters of transhumanism because of ideological differences. But the time has come for Christians to embrace transhumanism.
Much of the distress about transhumanism by Christians in the past surrounds its proponent's vocal Atheistic attempts to define the prefix "trans" in ways that advocate individual enhancement through technological means to become "post" human. Many of these perspectives tend to lend themselves to the narcissistic hubris associated with Nietzschean self-actualization that forsakes the needs of the whole of humanity in exchange for self-glorification and exclusive personal gain. Anyone, with even the slightest sensitivity to past events in world history, can appreciate why those who advocate peace and justice would not want to support such behavior. It is understandable then, why Christians have appropriately reacted with caution and concern.
And while certainly such trepidations are not without legitimacy, there is larger concern that should be considered. Mainly that, by not embracing transhumanism, Christianity may be "throwing out the baby with the bathwater." That is because the aforementioned interpretation of transhumanism is not the only or legitimate understanding of what the movement is or could be in the future. more >>
You know the hour is late when God uses a gay atheist to bring a sobering wake-up call to the Church, but that's exactly what happened after Ireland, traditionally a bastion of Catholicism, voted to redefine the marriage.
The gay atheist was Matthew Parrish, and on May 27th, the Spectator posted his article entitled, "As a gay atheist, I want to see the church oppose same-sex marriage."
Parrish was grieved over the Catholic Church's response to Ireland's vote, feeling that it was weak and almost apologetic, like someone arriving late to a major cultural revolution and saying, "Oh my. I guess times have changed. We'll have to do better with social media in the future." more >>