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UNESCO HAS CAST OUT CHRISTIANITY.

By Paul Merkley.

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The official website of  UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) explains that the body “was created in order to respond to the firm belief of nations, forged by two world wars in less than a generation, that political and economic agreements are not enough to build a lasting peace. Peace must be established on the basis of humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity.” Continue Reading »

VLADIMIR REDIVIVUS.

VLADIMIR REDIVIVUS:

The Theological Foundations of Putin’s Foreign Policy.

By Paul Merkley.

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A Pilgrim’s Progress.

Two interlocked themes dominated the official press releases that accompanied Russian President Vladimir Putin’s’ two official visits to Jerusalem (April 28, 2005 and June 27, 2012.) One is the congruity of the cause of Israel with the cause of Civilization; the other is Putin’s conviction that his own sensitivity to Israel and her defense follows from his self-identification as a Christian believer. (en.kremlin.ru/events/president, April 28, 2005; “English Pravda.ru, June 27, 2012.) Continue Reading »

UTOPIA IS NOT COMING

UTOPIA IS NOT COMING:

The Legacy of Shimon Peres (1923-2016.)

By Paul Merkley.

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September 13, 1993.

All journalistic commentary on the passing of Shimon Peres led with his role in developing and promoting the Oslo Accord.  Continue Reading »

My preference is not to use the theological labels “Arminian” and “Calvinist,” but I feel the need to respond to Christian academic philosophers who apparently cannot get through the week without attacking the beliefs of their Calvinist brothers and sisters in Christ. It seems conservative Christians are fair game if they do not meet the standards of Arminian thinking.

Last month I read a tweet about the research of a Houston Baptist University professor whose academic mission is to prove “what is wrong with Calvinism.” Dr. Jerry L. Walls went to Princeton Seminary, Yale Divinity School, and has a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

His dedication to his mission includes video lectures on his website and You-Tube where he explains the blunders of those who fail to embrace the enlightened ground of Arminianism.

Yes, Arminian professors have every right to turn a blind eye to important issues dear to conservatives such as opposition to abortion and assisted-suicide and the defense of religious liberty. Such professors are free not to instill in their students the importance of uniting with other conservatives to oppose dangerous trends in culture. If they want their students to feel smug in their perceived theological superiority, so be it. It’s called academic freedom. And, certainly, there is nothing surprising about being a cheerleader for Arminianism in liberal circles.

But why all the anti-Calvinism at an evangelical university? What is so threatening about Calvinism that obsesses Arminian professors to the point that they will throw their Calvinist brothers and sisters under the bus?

In today’s hostile climate for Bible-believing Christians, is it helpful to consume a lot of intellectual energy undermining the platform of Calvinists such as Albert Mohler who provides excellent biblical analysis on today’s culture? Even if the Arminian assault is not directed specifically at Mohler or another defender of Bible Christianity, does it not still help liberalism?

In the bigger picture of principalities and power, how many Bible-believing Christians really care about the so-called Arminian-Calvinist debate?

If it makes any difference, I ask these questions as a non-Reformed person. If you are looking to label me, think D.L. Moody proto-fundamentalism.

Let us park what appears to be theological arrogance and let liberals do their own work of tearing down conservative Christians.

 

MUHAMMAD AND NIETZSCHE

MUHAMMAD AND NIETZSCHE

 

MUHAMMAD AND NIETZSCHE

By Paul Merkley.

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The Flight from Church.

When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? Luke 18: 8b.

In the wake of the nerve-wracking catastrophe of 9/11 a pall of anxiety set in  – causing  some to imagine that a dramatic increase in church attendance was on the horizon. It did not happen. Instead, the mind of the world has become more escapist and more frivolous by the day. Continue Reading »

THE CURRENT CONFRONTATION  BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM:

 

By Paul Merkley.

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Some Historical Perspective
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There is no escaping the conclusion that before Islam began bringing Christians to their knees throughout most of the Middle East in the 7th and 8th centuries most of them had lost vital interest in their inherited faith. Continue Reading »

POPE FRANCIS’ DEVOTION ON BEHALF OF RELIGION.

By Paul Merkley.

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On July 26, two Muslims slit the throat of a French Roman Catholic priest, the Rev. Jacques Hamel, 85, while he was saying Mass before a typically small group of locals in his village church. Continue Reading »