aqosicfi.cf Do you think that finding life elsewhere in the universe threatens Christian faith? In that sense, finding a weird bacterial species on Mars would be equivalent to finding another weird bacterial species on earth.
When we get into rational life, however, interesting questions emerge. I do not believe that the possible existence [of other rational life] would threaten our unique relationship with God. If you believe in angels, as I do, then you already believe there is more than one intelligent creature in the Cosmos, and they have of course helped, not harmed our relationship with God.
However, I think there are possible tensions with our belief in the Incarnation and how we are saved through it. But I hope that the perceived tensions turn out not to be too severe, and that extraterrestrial life exist. After my teenage years, I went from having some sort of belief in God to being an agnostic. But I never jumped all the way into atheism, really for two philosophical reasons. One was that I had a very strong sense of moral realism, and the other was the belief that my will exists and is free, and both of those are hard to explain and understand in a purely materialistic universe.
Sweden is a very secular country.
Then, during my senior year, I started wearing my confirmation cross again. I started believing in God in some vague way, and at the same time I was given C. I read and really enjoyed it, then went ahead and ordered myself The Abolition of Man , also by C. And likewise, there are some things that are objectively good. By this time, I had left Caltech and begun my Ph. I think another thing that made me very primed was a love of The Lord of the Rings from a very early age, which is a remarkably Christian book.
Being well-primed, I got through about half the book before acknowledging that I believed what C. Lewis believed. A year later, my brother gave me G.
When I walked into a Catholic church and went to Mass for the first time after I moved back to Cambridge, Massachusetts, it was an incredible sense of homecoming, which really reminded me of what I had been reading in Chesterton—the sense of adventure and homecoming all at once. I think that was ultimately what cemented it, that combination of intellectual conversion through reading Chesterton and others with that very strong sense of peace and homecoming when I actually did go into a Catholic church.
It takes a lot of energy to be the sole carrier of your Christianity, and in my case Catholicism. You constantly have to remind yourself or are reminded that this is not the norm. I do notice whenever I go to a Catholic university or to Catholic conferences how energized and peaceful I feel, which has opened my eyes to how much energy it takes to constantly be in a secular environment—which is what the natural sciences are today. I heard a very interesting lecture from Peter Harrison , a historian of science and religion, about the shift from the beginning of the modern scientific project, which had a very strong theistic motivation.
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Such a claim is both personal, a commitment by each member of our community, and institutional, a corporate aspiration that has guided this institution from its founding. Putnam, Robert D. Main articles: Origins of Christianity and Apostolic Age. Introduction The church and its history The essence and identity of Christianity Historical views of the essence Early views Medieval and Reformation views Modern views The question of Christian identity The history of Christianity The primitive church The relation of the early church to late Judaism The relation of the early church to the career and intentions of Jesus The Gentile mission and St. It refers to the loss of Christianity's monopoly on values and world view in historically Christian societies. There is only one universal God: Allah.
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Home Worship. The Theology and Place of Music in Worship. Music is a gift of God and part of the created order.
From its inception, "when the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy" Job , to its consummation, when "every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them" will sing to the Lamb on the throne Rev. Of all the musical instruments that may be employed in the praise of God, the human voice has priority.
Other instruments are to be used primarily in the service of the singing of God's people. Reformed theologian Karl Barth points out that singing is not an option for the people of God; it is one of the essential ministries of the church: The Christian church sings. It is not a choral society. Its singing is not a concert. But from inner, material necessity it sings. Singing is the highest form of human expression What we can and must say quite confidently is that the church which does not sing is not the church.
And where The praise of God which finds its concrete culmination in the singing of the community is one of the indispensable forms of the ministry of the church. The congregation is always the primary choir.
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The role of professional or volunteer choirs and musicians is to aid the whole people of God in their worship. While anthems or vocal and instrumental solos may be offered, they do not have to be. To paraphrase Luther, the First Commandment forbids all false gods. The First Article shows us who the true God is.
He is the Father, the almighty maker of Heaven and Earth. In confessing the Creator as Father we are not speaking by analogy or metaphor. The First Article is preached through the lens of the Second Article. In concise poetic prose, Luther tells us who Jesus is and what He has done to become our Lord.
He is true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and true man, born of the Virgin Mary. With clarity and utter simplicity Luther summarizes the Chalcedonian confession of the two natures in Christ, rendering it preachable! What has this Christ done? He has purchased and won me, lost and condemned person, from all sins, death, and the power of the Devil, not with gold or silver but His holy blood and innocent suffering and death.
Luther is not bound to one picture of the atonement but brings together the Biblical motifs of ransom purchased and victory won. He is demonstrating how the work of Christ is to be preached not as a theoretical transaction framed by the Law, but as an evangelical necessity of the Christ who actually reconciles humanity to God and God to humanity by dying under the condemnation of the Law on a Roman cross. The redemption accomplished in the Second Article is delivered in the Third Article as the Holy Spirit calls lost and condemned persons-dead in trespasses and sins-to faith in Christ through the Gospel.
The Third Article teaches preachers how this Gospel can never be left in the rear-view mirror. It is always and ever proclaimed anew, just as sin, death, and despair are never absent on this side of the Resurrection. Conversely, a sermon which does not absolve is not a Christian sermon!