Archaeology supports accuracy of John's Gospel

June 3rd, 2011

Archaeology can tell us a lot about the world of first century Palestine, where Jesus lived, and this is a great help in understanding the New Testament. But can it tell us much about one of the most basic questions of all: are the New Testament gospels accurate accounts of Jesus’ life, based on eyewitnesses?

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Our brains and religious belief

May 31st, 2011

New scientific studies suggest it is ‘natural’ to believe in God. What are christians to make of this?

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Jesus and Islam

May 28th, 2011

Today the Sydney Morning Herald reported (in “He’s not the son of God, just the support act“) that a Sydney Islamic organisation, MyPeace was beginning a campaign “to educate non-Muslims about Islam”. The paper featured the slogan “Jesus: a prophet of Islam”, which will soon be seen on billboards and buses around Sydney. Other billboards […]

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Good news?

May 27th, 2011

Mark summarises Jesus’ initial teaching this way (Mark 1:14-15): Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” The ‘good news’ or ‘gospel’ here clearly relates to the coming of the kingdom of God on […]

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The western world is dying?

May 25th, 2011

John Carroll is Professor of Sociology at La Trobe University in Melbourne, and a secular humanist. He believes secular humanism has failed western society and he has something useful to say to believers about how we communicate to postmodern people.

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Keeping to tradition is retro!

May 24th, 2011

It seems to be traditional to commence a blog with a slightly idealistic explanation of what you hope it’s going to be about. And who am I to fight tradition? I have spent almost 50 years as a “christian” (a word with too many connotations for me these days), and I seem to have not […]

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