Progressive Christians, or those who believe in evolution, are "more dangerous to Christianity than the atheists" are, says Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham. He made the argument in response to criticism that his insistence on Young Earth Creationism is driving believers away.
"Apparently they call this sort of thing 'Progressive Christianity.' I guess that means 'evolving Christianity' – whatever the secular world believes about where they came from, you accept that as infallible and then change their assumed fallible Word of God to fit! So sad," Ham wrote on Facebook Friday, as he was responding to a critical post written about him in the "Unfundamentalist Christians" blog about his upcoming debate with "The Science Guy" Bill Nye in February.
The blog, which expresses its beliefs in Jesus Christ and the Bible but rejects some traditional teachings on subjects like hell and homosexuality, argued on Thursday that young people are not dismissing the Bible because they are being taught evolution, but because people like Ham are "telling them what it (the Bible) says and means, rather than letting them seek that out for themselves." more >>
Atheists have rallied together to offer support for a former pastor embarking on a "year without God" after he lost the jobs he held at Christian institutions.
Ryan Bell, a former Seventh Day Adventist pastor, announced via the Huffington Post on New Year's Day that he would spend 2014 "[trying] on atheism," meaning he would "live as if there is no God."
"I will not pray, read the Bible for inspiration, refer to God as the cause of things or hope that God might intervene and change my own or someone else's circumstances," Bell wrote. more >>
The Church of England recently clarified its move to offer alternatives to phrases such as "repent" of one's sins and "reject the devil" in baptism services after it was accused of "dumbing down" the official text.
The church body said in a statement Saturday that a 2011 motion requesting for additional materials with "culturally appropriate and accessible language" "would not replace or revise the current Baptism service but would be available for use as alternatives to three parts of the service."
The motion had been proposed by a group of clergy from the Diocese of Liverpool who felt "they were losing touch with congregations at important moments," such as baptisms. They felt a "tension between understandability and historic theological reference in our rites" especially when unchurched persons, such as godparents, were involved. more >>
A North Carolina church will soon hold a men's conference featuring a retired general, a former NFL player, and a former professional wrestler among its honored guests.
The Men's Ministry at Shady Grove Wesleyan Church of Colfax will host the "Triad Area Wide Men's Summit" on Saturday from 12-6 pm.
Quakers have made their own parody of Ylvis' viral video "What Does the Fox Say?" with "What Does George Fox Say?" which outlines Quaker doctrine and biblical themes.
As "What Does the Fox Say" compares the mysterious fox to animals with well-known sounds like the cat (meow), the dog (woof), and the cow (moo), "What Does George Fox Say" presents the tenets of a lesser-known Christian denomination. The Quaker version includes the same crazy sounds which Ylvis' video suggests for the fox, but adds subtitles to educate viewers about what Quakers believe.
"The Lord does not dwell in these man-made temples, but rather in people's hearts," says the video caption, as dancing Quakers make the crazy animal sounds featured in Ylvis' video. This line, along with many others in the video, articulates the central Quaker doctrine of the "Priesthood of All Believers" (1 Peter 2:9 "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation."). more >>
A recently released report from Pew Research has found that six in 10 Americans believe that evolution is how the species came to be.
Pew's Religion & Public Life Project released results Monday that showed 60 percent of respondents stating belief that humans have evolved with time, versus 33 percent who believe that humans have existed in their present form since the beginning.