What Counts, Your Good Deeds Or What You Believe?

Some branches of Christianity believe that you secure a place in heaven by doing good deeds.  Others, especially some Biblical literalists, say it is what you believe that counts. Doing good deeds does not count.  This debate popped up in a couple of places in recent days.  My recent posts about the emerging church prompted a reader to…
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Why Hide The Gospel?

I’ve been discussing something called the “emerging church”. It is a post-modern phenomenon that is attracting people away from traditional churches. It surprises me how much resistance there is to looking anew at the scriptures.  Many people are proud, perhaps self rightous, about their refusal to reconsider their views on how to worship, what the…
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The Facebook Church

In yesterday’s blog, I discussed some of the characteristics of the emerging chruch.   They include a level hierarchical structure, fluidity of dogma, informality and tech saviness.  There are additional characteristics that make EC match up with cultural trends. When we look at the Christian religion and its followers, one thing is universal. God and Jesus…
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The Church’s Enemy Is Not Satan

Freethinkers like myself tend to think the great struggle about faith is the one between ourselves and believers.   Perhaps a more intense struggle is among groups within the faith.  In many other posts,  I have referred to the decline of interest in the tradition church by young people and the declining attendence in general.  While some of that…
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An Unholy Alliance

We’re seeing many stories these days about Republicans taking over the U. S. House and the President’s popularity falling.   Conventional wisdom is that this is happening because of the unpopularity of the health care reform legistlation. It may be health care or it may be the pendullum.  When a party takes power, the enthusiasm of its supporters begins to drop almost immediately. As soon…
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