Oxford Christian apologist Vince Vitale recently released a book he co-authored with theologian Ravi Zacharias that deals with suffering, why it exists and how Christians can explain it.
Vitale recently spoke with The Christian Post about the book, titled Why Suffering?: Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn't Make Sense, where he discusses how suffering can shape someone's future and identity, and the existence of evil in the world. He also addresses skeptics who might call God evil for creating people in a world where they are destined to suffer and die.
"We might be tempted to think that it's always wrong to create someone in an environment in which we know that they will suffer significantly," said Vitale. "And that might be the claim that the atheist or the person who's skeptical of God makes. They might say God has to either not exist or be evil because otherwise he would never create someone in an environment in which he knew they were going to suffer." more >>
The Church of England has for the first time in its history appointed a woman bishop, breaking centuries of tradition that had defined the position as exclusive to men. The Rev. Libby Lane was announced on Wednesday as the new Bishop of Stockport, with her consecration ceremony scheduled for January.
"I am grateful for, though somewhat daunted by, the confidence placed in me by the Diocese of Chester. This is unexpected and very exciting. On this historic day as the Church of England announces the first woman nominated to be Bishop, I am very conscious of all those who have gone before me, women and men, who for decades have looked forward to this moment. But most of all I am thankful to God," Lane said, responding to the news.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, praised the news and said that he is "delighted" that Lane was chosen for the position. more >>
Pope Francis sent ripples around the world Wednesday when he suggested that pets and other animals have a place in heaven, which is in stark contradiction to conservative Catholic teaching that animals don't have souls. Seeking to console a young boy who recently lost his dog, Pope Francis assured him during his weekly address that he would be united with his pet in heaven.
"One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God's creatures," the Pope said, according to Italian news sources.
Theologians, however, argued that Pope Francis' words should not be taken as a doctrinal statement, as he had spoken casually. more >>
Does Christianity oppress women? What is feminism? Those are just some of the questions a female apologist tackled during a recent discussion examining the need for women to actively engage with the discipline of defending their faith.
Online video ministry One Minute Apologist posted a series of short takes with Dianna Newman, director of admissions at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, North Carolina, and a member of the school's apologetics team. Newman also is listed among the speaking team for the International Society of Women in Apologetics.
In her discussion with One Minute Apologist founder and host Bobby Conway, pastor of Life Fellowship, Newman is presented with a series of questions that include: What Is Feminism?, Does Christianity Oppress Women?, What Is The Greatest Issue Women Apologists Face?, among others. more >>
North Carolina megachurch pastor J.D. Greear, author of the new book Jesus Continued, disagrees with cessationists who would argue that the mighty presence of the Holy Spirit are confined to the past. The Summit Church Raleigh-Durham pastor believes God's spirit can still be experienced in ways similar to the Apostles' encounters in the book of Acts.
Greear told The Christian Post that while he understands that the Apostles were "different" from the believers of today in that God gave them the authority to write the New Testament Scriptures and to build up the early Church, "You cannot convince me that the only book that God gave us with stories of people walking with the Holy Spirit and pursuing the Great Commission – the book of Acts – is filled with stories that have nothing in common with our experience; I just can't see that."
To those who would believe that the Holy Spirit working in the early Church has somehow ceased to work among today's Christ followers, Greear poses "Amazing Grace" hymn writer John Newton's question: "Is it possible that which was that was so essential to the life of the Church and the believer in the first century has become irrelevant to us today?" more >>
The 80-million strong global church body known as the Anglican Communion may be ripped apart by recent debates over homosexuality and female ordination, according to its leader.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the Anglican Communion, recently stated that current controversies within the Communion may lead to at the least a temporary fracturing.
In an interview with the United Kingdom publication the Times, Welby said that the global church body may experience "a sort of temporary separation." more >>