Monday, April 21, 2014

Believing in the Resurrection?; Western education and Boko Haram; NYC councilman Dromm-true marriage supporters not welcome...more

Believing in the Resurrection?
...I wonder how many of these millions of Chinese Christians doubt Christ’s bodily resurrection? A Religion News Service article suggests Christians are divided over the resurrection. It contrasts a twenty something Canadian Evangelical youth pastor who believes with 82 year old Episcopal Bishop John Spong who infamously does not:

Spong’s Bible studies were enormously popular, attracting 300 people to each session, he said. His congregations grew as a result.
“When people hear it, they grab on to it,” Spong said. “They could not believe the superstitious stuff and they were brainwashed to believe that if they could not believe it literally they could not be a Christian.”

The article doesn’t mention that Spong lost over 40 percent of his membership while bishop of New Jersey. I’ve been to some of his events, which tend to be all elderly people...

Archbishop of Wales: Fundamental action needed to combat climate change
In his Easter sermon at Llandaff Cathedral, Dr Barry Morgan called on worshippers to make changes to their way of life to protect the planet...

Nigerians Mark Easter Amid Mourning and Fear
With little to celebrate, Nigerians marked Easter Sunday with heightened security against a spreading Islamic uprising, mourning the deaths of at least 75 bomb blast victims and fearful of the fate of 85 abducted schoolgirls.

The homegrown terrorist network Boko Haram on Saturday claimed responsibility for last week's rush-hour explosion at a busy bus station in the capital, Abuja, and threatened more attacks.

"We are the bombers ... yes we are the bombers; if you really want to know who did it, let me tell you now, it was Shekau that did it," leader Abubakar Shekau boasts in a new video...

A Little Learning is a Dangerous Thing
Question: What does Boko Haram, the Nigerian terrorist organization, have in common with Western educators? Answer: Both think that Western education is sinful. Fortunately, Western educators will not burn down your church or school with you inside as Boko Haram does to those who persist in their Western ways. Unfortunately, the type of education provided by Western educators will leave you totally unprepared for the likes of Boko Haram.

Roughly translated, “Boko Haram” means “Western education is sinful.” So there’s little doubt about where it stands. But in what way can it be said that Western educators believe the same thing? I don’t know if any educators have actually declared that Western education is sinful, but it’s not unfair to say that contemporary educational theory in the West is built upon a rejection of traditional Western education. Beginning with Rousseau’s Emile (1762), Western intellectuals began to challenge the Judeo-Christian view of the child and along with it traditional ideas about how children should be educated... Excellent!

True marriage supporters ‘not welcome’ in New York: councilman
A New York City councilman has effectively told traditional marriage supporters they are “not welcome” in the Big Apple.

In response to Chick-fil-A’s proposed plans to expand their business and set up restaurants in several locations, including New York City, Councilman Daniel Dromm told the Huffington Post that the fast-food chain would not be welcome in the most populous city in the country.

“We don’t need bigots coming to New York City,” Dromm told HuffPost. “They are not welcome here unless they can embrace all of New York’s diverse community, including the LGBT community.”...


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