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Has Science Buried God?

planet-between-stars-hd-wallpapers-73228-3566236In an interview with El Mundo magazine, the late Physics Professor Stephen Hawkins remarked: “Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation.Many, like Hawkins, argue against Christianity by using the “God of the Gaps” argument. Evolutionary Biology Professor Richard Dawkins describes this argument as his “central argument” in his book “The God Delusion”.
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Does the Bible Condone Slavery?

According to the UN’s International Labour Organisation (2017), around 29.9 millionshackles people across the world are victims of forced labour, which is the equivalent of just over half the population of England. Of these, 16 million are thought to be in the private economy, 4.8 million in the forced sexual exploitation and 4.1 million are in state-sponsored forced labour including mandatory military conscription and agricultural work1. These statistics are harrowing, and modern slavery is without doubt one of the greatest injustices facing our global society today. And as a Christian, I am thus faced with an unsettling question: doesn’t the bible condone slavery?
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What Does it Mean to be Human?

crowd“What a piece of work is man, How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty, In form and moving how express and admirable, In action how like an Angel, In apprehension how like a god, The beauty of the world, The paragon of animals. And yet to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me; no, nor Woman neither; though by your smiling you seem to say so.” …so ponders King Hamlet, in Act II of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Shakespeare artistically captures some of the awe and curiosity many feel when considering the human form. But what does it truly been to be “human”?
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What Would God Say About Feminism?

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the first women in the UK obtaining the right tofeminist-2923720_960_720 vote. None can deny that the movement of feminism has changed the world like no other movement in history. The word “feminism” usually encompasses a broad range of political, ideological and social movements that unite under the goals of political, social, economic and personal equality and liberty for women. Throughout its history however, feminist campaigns have come up against opposition from all sides- from political and legal obstacles, to opposing social movements, to culturally-engrained sexism and discrimination. However, in the eyes of many, one of the greatest historical enemies of feminism in the West, and especially in the UK, has been the archaic, patriarchal, socially-deaf, and often down-right sexist, Evangelical Christian Church.
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What Should We Make of Spiritual Experiences?

Daniel“Sometimes I get powerful spiritual experiences. I sometimes see visions of angels, sometimes I fall to the ground or shake uncontrollably”
I wonder how you would respond if someone said the above statement to you. Within my social circles, people’s views on spiritual experiences vastly range from the celebratory to the ridiculing, and almost everything in between. In the hospital, most of my irreligious medical colleges would see experiences like that above as definitive symptoms of psychosis or acute confusion, which ought to be treated as pathological or ignored as benign eccentricities. My more conservative Christian friends and colleagues would usually view this sort of statement with curiosity or suspicion, and would often jump to concluding social hype and atmospheric manipulation was responsible. Some however, would remain cautiously open to a supernatural explanation. Meanwhile, my friends from more charismatic church backgrounds would often view these sorts of experiences as common place and a reason to celebrate, as God’s Holy Spirit meets someone in a personal and powerful way.
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Is Life Fulfilment Possible?

“I can’t get no satisfaction, ‘cause I try and I try and I try…” So sang the Rolling Stones in why-success-is-the-best-revengetheir 1965 hit “Satisfaction”. There are a few things that united almost all human minds. I believe one of these is the deep seated, fundamental, powerful desire and striving we all have for life fulfilment. A 2016 study by the Metrus Institute found that nearly every respondent reported harbouring a desire to be fulfilled1. But is life fulfilment actually possible?
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Depression and Christianity

In the UK, 1 in 4 people suffer from a mental illness1, of which the most common mental disorder is mixed anxiety and depression1. Between 8 and 12% of the population experience depression in any one year1, and sdownloaduicide remains the single most common cause of death in men under the age of 352.

Depression is something that affects virtually everyone either directly or through friendships and relationships. However, it is a topic hardly ever mentioned in the public sphere- whether secular media, church settings or social situations. Therefore, many people find depression confusing and difficult to talk about at best, and stigmatised and tabooed at worst.
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Creation vs. Evolution

evolution_fish_feet_looking_863125If there’s one topic I’m asked about over all others, it’s along the lines of “Hasn’t evolution disproved creationism?” The creation/evolution debate is one of the most intense, dramatised and media-driven apologetics debates I have ever come across. It is very different to most other debates in that rather than being characterised by scholars pitting new research, quotations and intellectual-sounding arguments and rebuttals against each other, the creation/evolution debate is commonly characterised by uncompromising extreme views, personal insults towards protagonists’ intelligences, and confident lay-person involvement rarely seen in academic discussion. Read More…

Why Is God Hiding?

When I was in my early teenage years, I regularly attended church with my family. However, I believed that Christianity was a false belief system based on wishful thinking, fear of death, and Man-searchinga certain level of passionate propaganda propagated by talented and engaging orators.  And the reason for my scepticism of Christianity, and religion in general, stemmed largely from the question posed in the title of this article: If God exists, why is He Hiding?

As a teenager religious sceptic, I found that my church and parents could never give me satisfactory answer to my questions such as: “Why doesn’t God make Himself more obvious?”, “Why does God seem so silent and hidden?” or “Why doesn’t God just show up and reveal Himself today?”.
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  1. When do you have time to write all this? God has given you areal gift and you are using it amazingly. May he bless you and continue to use you. John and Margaret ( who send you birthday cards from time to time 😀😀)

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