"I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
There is a growing trend among Christians that claims this promise from Genesis 12 has expired that it is no longer valid. There are others in the Evangelical world, myself among them, who would rather stake our future and the future of our nation on the unchanging word of God.
It was this desire to bless Israel and publicly communicate our support of this resilient and remarkable nation, which gave birth to the recent "Christians in Solidarity with Israel" trip hosted by the National Religious Broadcasters. more >>
"What happens to people who kill themselves?"
"Do Christians automatically go to hell if they take their own life?"
"Is suicide the unpardonable sin?" more >>
Apologist and former atheist Lee Strobel, who launched a series of books that began with The Case for Christ published more than a decade ago, recently released an answer book to frequently asked questions about Christianity.
The Case for Christianity Answer Book includes questions such as: Does the Bible contradict what we've learned from science? If God is loving, why does he allow tragedy and suffering? Is there solid evidence that Jesus really rose from the dead? Can you have doubts and still be a Christian?
Strobel, a former award-winning legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, is a best-selling author of more than 20 books and serves as Professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University. more >>
Pat Robertson, host of "The 700 Club," said on Wednesday that he believed Robin Williams may still be alive if he had known God.
"You see these very popular people in the media who commit suicide like Robin Williams recently and you say, 'What is the deal with him? What happened?' You find people who are at the top of the game in music and they're strung out on drugs. What happened? What was their God?" Robertson said during the show.
Williams committed suicide at his home on August 11; he previously battled severe depression and spent time in rehab. His wife revealed days later that her husband was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease, which some believe may have contributed to the depression that ultimately cost him his life. more >>
Can you imagine a television program airing in America that portrayed Muhammad as a foul-mouthed pothead? Given that earlier this year ABC canceled Alice in Arabia—a show about an Arab-American who goes to live with her grandparents in Saudi Arabia—because CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) complained that the show relied on stereotypes of Muslims, it seems highly unlikely. Yet Black Jesus –the latest reminder that Christianity is the only major religion it is universally permissible to denigrate—began airing August 7 on Adult Swim.
Why did this show make it past the network censors while a similar show about Muhammad never would have? Probably for the same reason P*ss Christ—a 1987 photograph of a crucifix submerged in the "artist's" urine—was exhibited in the Stux Gallery in New York and won an award for visual arts from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. And the same reason Madonna could perform her single Live to Tell wearing a crown of thorns while suspended from a giant cross. In America, mocking Christianity has gone from being considered a sign of poor taste to the mark of artistic courage.
Although Megan Kelly was nearly "crucified" for affirming that Jesus was white, this series takes the issue of Jesus' ethnicity to the point of absurdity. Black Jesus began as a series of shorter skits on YouTube, where its antics fit well with the millions of hours of similarly amateurish material. The show has one joke: a black man in Compton dresses in robes suitable for a middle school play and calls himself Jesus. He's a nice enough guy, but he spends his days drinking forties, smoking joints, and dropping the f-bomb. And if you don't think that's just hilarious, then according to Robert Lloyd of the Chicago Tribune, you are an uptight religious fanatic who needs to relax. Lloyd writes: more >>
I recently had an exchange with a Duke Divinity School student regarding many of things I've written at the Acton Institute over the past 12 years. The student said this about me:
When it comes to speaking comfort to power and castigating the most vulnerable in our society, there is perhaps no public theological voice more eager than that of Anthony Bradley's. His body of work is a textbook in blaming the victim and reducing problems to pathology.
Not only had the student actually not read most of the things that I have written but the comment exposes something that Jonathan Haidt explains well that I've talked about before: ideological "tribalism." more >>