September 24, 2012

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Miracles

I. Introduction A. The miraculous assumptions of Christianity are a major stumbling block to its critics. This anti-supernatural view was pretty well summarized by the philosopher, Spinoza in the 17th century: Miracles are violations of natural laws. Natural laws are immutable. It is impossible for immutable laws to be violated. Therefore, miracles are impossible. B. […]

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September 24, 2012

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Fascism

Introduction A. When most people think of fascism today they think of an egomaniacal fuehrer, or possibly an ideology that was defeated in WWII and more recently espoused by uneducated skinheads. The most common, but largely false and simplistic answer given to the question, What is fascism? is: The extreme right wing of the political spectrum, […]

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September 19, 2012

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Mormonism

The cult of Mormonism was founded by Joseph Smith on April 6, 1830 in Fayette, NY. It was known as The Church of Christ. Later, the church became officially known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1834. According to the LDS Church, Joseph Smith was visited by God the Father and God the […]

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September 19, 2012

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Christianity and Culture

by J. Gresham Machen This address on “The Scientific Preparation of the Minister” was delivered September 20, 1912, at the opening of the one hundred and first session of Princeton Theological Seminary. It is found in the Princeton Theological Review, Vol. XI, No. 1, 1913, p. 1. One of the greatest of the problems that has agitated the […]

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September 19, 2012

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The Biblical Flood: New Thoughts, New Questions

A flood of great proportions is described in Genesis 6-9. The text never indicates that it was anything other than a historical event. The Flood, and, or Noah, the builder of the Ark, are mentioned 7 more times in the OT. These passages are Gen.10:1,32; 11:10; I Chron. 1:3; Isa. 54:9; and Ezek.14:14,20. The NT also assumes that […]

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September 4, 2012

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Existentialism

Existentialism as a philosophy, or world and life view, is largely a 20th century phenomenon. It is the very antithesis of Christian belief in that it asserts the total autonomy of man. Hence it is one of the most virulent forms of humanism. It spread rapidly because its adherents often convey its message in more […]

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August 3, 2012

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Demon Possession

There are many reasons why the subject of demon possession is a relevant subject of interest among Christians. Some of these are: A. The popularity of eastern mysticism and religions, i.e. the New Age Craze. B. The current romantic view of Native American Indian culture and their animistic religion. (No this is not politically correct!) C. The […]

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July 31, 2012

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Divine Election and Predestination

Divine election and predestination are doctrines taught in the Bible, yet most believers avoid these topics like last week’s leftover fish. It is commonly believed that these subjects are better left to theologians with too much time on their hands. The mere mention of election and predestination strikes fear in the hearts of some, anger in others. When Christians discuss […]

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July 26, 2012

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The Conversion of the Mind

by Bill Crouse (Note this article originally appeared in the Journal: REFORMATION & REVIVAL. Summer, 1994.) One effect of global, high-tech communication on this shrinking planet is the increased exposure we have to other lands, peoples, and worldviews. Today students on major university campuses will likely encounter professors who teach their subjects from vastly different […]

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July 25, 2012

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A Primer on Occult Philosophy

by Bill Crouse Today the tentacles of occult philosophy embrace every area of our society. Police departments request psychics to solve crimes.  College students are addicted to fantasy games (Dungeons and Dragons) which introduce them to the world of the occult  through role-playing.1 Well-known science fiction writers mask occult doctrines in their works through pseudo-scientific language.2 Colleges and universities offer […]

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