Thursday, September 9, 2010

Linkorama 9/9/10

INTERNATIONAL BURN A QURAN DAY: In my post on Francis Chan I talked about some people who call themselves radical Christians and go and do things that defy understanding. Here is a terrible example of this. A church in the US is holding a special function on 9/11 to burn the Quran. It is so sad and shameful that a belief-system based on love can be distorted to such an extreme by some misguided souls. There is international hue and cry over the event and bomb threats have been issued against the church, but the saddest thing of all is that this is just a small congregation of about 50 people whose pastor has hit upon a scheme to gain publicity and possibly some new members. As I shook my head in shame and disgust, I suddenly had another thought - what would be our response if we heard about an International Burn the Bible day.......

GROUND ZERO MOSQUE IMAM REGRETS CONTROVERSY: The arguments on both sides of the Ground Zero mosque debate are still flying fast and the latest news is that the imam who brought up the idea says he would not have suggested it had he known how much controversy it would create. After much thought, I think there is an element of provocativeness about this idea as well and maybe the plan should be changed into some sort of a house of prayer for all people...

THE GENEROSITY DILEMMA: Another connection to the post on Chan. This article describes generosity as a philosophy and not as a numerical entity or activity.If you are not generous, you’ve never really experienced the Gospel. If you feel guilty about how little generosity you show, you don’t understand the Gospel. (HT: Z)

WHO MADE GOD: In this review of the book 'Who made God' by Edgar Andrews, I came across this quote which I think is a good way to understand how our ideology can be insidiously changed without our realising it, rather like the Seinfeld effect. The default worldview of unchurched people in the Western world is practical atheism, and this view is vigorously promoted by the public mass media and in schools, colleges and universities ... often under the guise of an all-embracing theory of evolution. One result is that many nominal Christians have distanced themselves from the Bible because they fear it has somehow been disproven by ‘science’ and is no longer intellectually defensible. Equally, non-Christians dismiss the Bible as irrelevant. As a scientist, I have written Who Made God? to correct this thinking and to demonstrate that a biblical worldview makes more sense of ‘life, the universe and everything’ than does atheism or even general theism. The style of the book is deliberately entertaining to engage and retain the reader's attention, whatever their present viewpoint might be.

STUFF YOU MAY HEAR AT AN ABORTION CLINIC: In this video, the clinic employee (doctor or nurse, I'm not sure) says a few interesting things. It is amazing how the truth can be distorted....

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