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Category Archives: Orthodoxy
So we’re finally coming in to land in this series on the Bible. In this penultimate post I’d like to cover off a few remaining ideas and draw some of the strands together. Multiple perspectives Last time I mentioned that … Continue reading
or, Whose orthodoxy is the right one? There’s been a lot of talk recently about whether Islamic State militants are truly Islamic. They of course claim to be the true representatives of Islam, but mainstream Muslims argue that I.S. absolutely … Continue reading
When I was a new Christian there were a lot of things I desperately wanted to know the answer to. And I thought that if I read lots of Christian books and listened to lots of sermons and talks, I’d … Continue reading
So last time I was appealing for courtesy and kindness in our dealings with those who we disagree with, even those we see as our ‘enemies’. Even when nothing short of God’s Truth is at stake, we need to speak … Continue reading
This picks up on some comments on the previous post, around the nature of orthodoxy. So this time within the vaguely Lenten framework I want to look at giving up orthodoxy – or rather letting go of an unhelpful misconception … Continue reading
One of the foundational ideas for this blog is that of ‘stages of faith’ – the spiritual journey, or the life-cycle of faith. Part of this idea is that we gradually outgrow and move on from old ways and understandings … Continue reading
I might (appropriately enough) be committing grave heresy – even blasphemy – in saying this, but I wonder if Christ has always been more on the side of the heretics and blasphemers than that of the Guardians of Orthodoxy, Correct … Continue reading
Rob Bell was never a darling of the Ultra-Cons, but with Love Wins he’s fallen over the edge of their abyss, never to return. In this book Bell dares to explore and question the received biblical teaching on hell, what it might be and who might (and might not) go there, and to come up with some rather different ideas from the standard evangelical view. He also dares to question the received wisdom on how people get ‘saved’ and what this means anyway. Continue reading