History

Experience the “Fizz of Energy” from Christian History: An Interview with Stephen Backhouse – Christian Article

What do you know about the growth and impact of Christianity from the apostles to the present day, not only in the Western world but also globally, including the development of Eastern Orthodox and Armenian Christianity, as well as considering Christianity in Latin America, Southeast Asia, the Baltic and Slavic states, and India? And why is it important to have this knowledge? Bible Gateway interviewed Stephen Backhouse, author of the Zondervan Essential Companion to Christian History (Zondervan, 2019). [Read the…

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What Galileo Had to Do with the Divorce of Science and Faith – Christian Article

The Seeds of Divorce The dispute between the church and Galileo sowed the seed for the apparent divorce between science and faith. The dispute was about the theory of the universe, presented by Nicolaus Copernicus (1473–1543) in 1543, that the sun was at the center of the universe. This theory was in opposition to the Aristotelian view promoted by the church, that the sun and other planets were in orbit around the earth. Galileo favored the Copernican model because of…

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4 Prayers to Pray When You’re Sorrowed – Christian Article

This article is part of the 4 Prayers to Pray series. Read 2 Samuel 18:31–33 and Pray O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and most merciful God, in whose hands are life and death, who gives and takes away, casts down and raises up, look with mercy on the affliction of your unworthy servant, turn away your anger from me, and speak peace to my troubled soul. Grant me the assistance and comfort of your Holy Spirit, that I may…

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The Messy-yet-Instructive Culture Surrounding the Canons of Dort – Christian Article

Serious Theological Debate It’s easy for us to look back at previous centuries and see their own blindspots. So for example when we talk about the Synod of Dort, 1618 to 1619, we can look back and see that they shouldn’t have been threatening to kill each other over these doctrines and they shouldn’t have been threatening to imprison each other—the country was on the brink of civil war over these issues. As is often the case, it was theological…

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The Protestant World of Shakespeare – Christian Article

By E. J. Hutchinson It is a monstrous waste of time to try to convince oneself, rocking anxiously back and forth in one’s pajamas, that William Shakespeare was a Roman Catholic—or a Protestant. It is difficult to imagine a more efficient way of destroying literature and the experience of literature than by turning it into a confessional team sport. As W.H. Auden says in The Dyer’s Hand, “The integrity of a writer is more threatened by appeals to his social…

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10 Things You Should Know about Reformed Theology – Christian Article

This article is part of the 10 Things You Should Know series. 1. Reformed theology celebrates the glory of God. The heart and soul of Reformed theology is the glory of the triune God (Ps. 96:3; John 17:1). For this reason, it is often called “God-centered” theology. B. B. Warfield said, “The Calvinist, in a word, is the man who sees God. . . God in nature, God in history, God in grace. Everywhere he sees God in His mighty…

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The Horror of Us Is God’s Judgment on America – Christian Article

**This article contains spoilers for Us.** Jordan Peele’s latest horror film, Us, is a multi-layered narrative that, for some, is a complex Hitchcock-esque masterpiece that demonstrates Peele’s excellence as a writer and director. For others, it is disappointing at worst, and confusing at best. Whether you enjoyed it or not, Us is filled with layered themes of social mobility, comparative economic philosophies, and equity that critique who we are as a nation and people, and from where we’ve come. The…

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Brief Encounter(s) | c y b e r f i z h – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); I want to talk about brief encounters. Not ‘Brief Encounter’ the 1945 classic British film scripted by Noel Coward and starring Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson. But the brief encounters we experience and that Jesus experienced in the gospels. Brief and potentially life changing. They may not be romantic, like the classic film, but they certainly can touch deep feelings. Brief, rollercoaster encounters, just like the roller coaster music by Rachmaninov, the theme music…

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Does Christian Education Need to be Reclaimed? – Christian Article

Signs of Life Does the Christian intellectual tradition of education really need to be reclaimed? On the surface, Christian thinking about education is much in evidence. If academic writing about education indicates a Christian intellectual tradition, then publishers issue hundreds of new books, journal articles, and curricula every month. It would be impossible to attend all Christian academic, professional, or family conferences about education which are convened all over the world, every week of the year, to say nothing about…

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Cylons with Soul | c y b e r f i z h – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); In the wake of the success of ‘Star Wars’ in the late 1970’s another science fiction franchise that made an impression on me as a young boy was ‘Battlestar Galactica’. Drawing upon theories of lost civilisations and humans on Earth being descendants of space travellers, the original story of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ was essentially a reinterpretation of ‘Frankenstein’. The mechanised creations of humanity known as Cylons, turn upon their makers whose surviving remnants then seek…

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The Recipe for Good Pastoral Theology – Christian Article

An Underrated Theologian Spurgeon isn’t always thought of as a theologian. He’s thought of as a popular preacher. In reality, he was a theologian. He read books of theology avidly. He was reading six books of theology a week. He was studying the Scriptures in the original languages. You can see that in his sermons. He doesn’t show it off, but it comes out. You can see that he has been reading. He was an avid student of Scripture and…

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How Education Can Bring Renewal to the Church – Christian Article

A Sign of Turnaround Sometimes the story of Christianity in the modern world since 1500 seems to be one of long decline. However, there have been powerful renewals of faith and church life in those centuries, too. What led Charlemagne, king of central Europe around AD 800, to send to Northern England for Alcuin, a scholar, who would go on to lead a renewal of learning in his court which eventually transformed Europe? What prompted scholars of Scripture like Martin…

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How Biblical Doctrine Makes Us Beautiful – Christian Article

God’s Glory Shining The Reformation was intimately tied to beauty, goodness, and human flourishing because the Reformers were seeing—through Scripture—God’s glory shine. And as God’s glory is made known, it’s in that light that we are saved. It’s in that light of God’s glory that human lives flourish. It’s in seeing the beauty, goodness, and the truth of God that we come more fully alive. When God is glorified, humans will be fulfilled, satisfied, and find joy and what they…

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Why Pastors (and All of Us) Should Read the Puritans – Christian Article

Acknowledging Sin The Puritans have influenced me in huge ways throughout my life. I was nine years old when I first came under conviction of sin. I felt my sinfulness, went to my dad’s bookcase, and I scanned all of his Puritan books. I saw The Life and Death of Mr. Badman by John Bunyan. I thought, Well, I’m a bad boy, so I better read that book. So, I made my way through it. I find that the Puritans…

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