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Really Recommended Posts 10/11/13- Worldview, Wilberforce, and World [Religions]! Plus some more!

postDear readers, this week I stumbled across a collection of posts I had prepared some months ago for your reading, but had forgotten to actually share! I have now rectified that error by placing the following posts before you for your reading pleasure. Check ’em out, and as always, leave a comment to let me know what you thought!

Dallas Willard – The Nature and Necessity of Worldviews (Video)– An hour-long presentation by the late Dallas Willard on worldviews. He provides some good insights into what makes up a worldview and the applications thereof.

William Wilberforce, Hannah More, and Their Legacy in Public Education– A wonderful but brief historical post reflecting on the impact of Wilberforce and the More sisters upon education today. Christian lives lived.

C.S. Lewis: A Life, by Alister McGrath – Book Review– I haven’t hard the opportunity to read this biography by Alister McGrath, but this review at least quenched some of my thirst by providing a great overview and discussion of the work.

Listening to Young Atheists: Lessons for a Stronger Christianity– What are young atheists saying? Whatever it is they are telling us about religion is quite instructive, because it allows Christians to shore up their defenses and counter the distortions atheists have about Christianity. Most importantly, it seems that Christians are viewed as insincere and unconcerned with the way their beliefs should inform their lives. Read this post and get some valuable takeaways.

Allah is not Jehovah– I found this post to be remarkably insightful. There are some who have been trying to synthesize Christianity and Islam. The fact is that these two faiths are mutually contradictory on a number of points. This post by the “Valley Girl Apologist” outlines 21 major differences between Islam and Christianity.

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About J.W. Wartick

J.W. Wartick has an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. His interests include theology, philosophy of religion--particularly the existence of God--astronomy, biology, archaeology, and sci-fi and fantasy novels.

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2 thoughts on “Really Recommended Posts 10/11/13- Worldview, Wilberforce, and World [Religions]! Plus some more!

  1. In the article Listening to Young Atheists I was struck by the problematic question asked of them: What led you to become an atheist? (Think of how you might respond, for example, to being asked by a police officer, When did you stop beating your spouse? to see why and how it’s a problematic question guaranteed to produce problematic ‘answers’.) The question assumes one started as a believer, presumably in some version of Christianity, rather than as an atheist who may have been subjected to familial and social teachings about the local religion to which influential people in the atheist’s earlier life claimed membership, only to later reject that religious affiliation on a personal level for a variety of reasons. The question assumes membership, so its skews any answers that are forthcoming.

    Nevertheless, I pushed on and read Allah is not Jehovah only to find the same assumption hard at work! Point #11 about Original Sin tells us that the Qur’an states that all people are born true Muslims – innocent, pure, and free! The blame for ‘turning’ into someone other than a follower of the one true faith – meaning from the islamic perspective a practicing non believer (like being a christain!) – is the excuse that It is family and societal influences that persuade you to “forget” your true Muslim nature! Families, I guess, are damned if they do and damned if they don’t! What’s incompatible about that?! (I’m speaking to accommodationists and faitheists everywhere who assure us that there’s simply no problem with religious compatibility if one is tolerant and sophisticated enough to be open minded and just move along…)

    I found it somewhat ironic that these two articles revealed the same religiously biased thinking hard at work producing ‘answers’ that are nothing more than costumed assumptions masquerading as knowledge and that actively works to divide people into Us and Them camps based on these kinds of assumptions. Furthermore, these kinds of assumptions show us why the claim of division is between ‘believers’ and ‘non believers’ is entirely fictitious and paints a false portrait of reality.

    Posted by tildeb | October 11, 2013, 9:39 AM
    • Well considering that the article about listening to young atheists explicitly states in the subtitle that they are talking to people who left the faith… I’m not sure why you are so surprised. The sample was those who had left Christianity.

      Posted by J.W. Wartick | October 11, 2013, 4:41 PM

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