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Culture and Christianity: Adjusting Doctrine to Suit Culture
Christianity is a religion founded on the concept of orthodoxy, or "right belief." What this means is that being a Christian is contingent on believing the "right" things, even if you don't always behave in the right way. At the same time, though, Christianity's success at spreading around the world lies with its ability to adapt to local cultures.
Faith, Religion, and Self-Critique
Many religious believers come off as arrogant in their dealings with others. This arrogance, when not simply a basic personality defect, is often a consequence of their absolute conviction that they couldn't possibly be wrong in what they say or believe. This failure to even consider self-reflection and self-criticism is not only self-destructive, but dangerous for all those nearby as well.
Turnover in the Clergy: Why Don't Clergy Keep Their Jobs? (Book Notes:
What sort of relationship is a pastor or minister supposed to have with their congregation? One might assume that the pastor is supposed to be a spiritual leader, but in many churches a small group of laity are ultimately in control; as a consequence, they go through pastors at a rapid pace. There is little job security for pastors in some denominations.
Popularity of the Apocalypse
It seems that the most popular Christian fiction books today (and they are fiction, something that readers don't always seem to keep firmly in mind) are about an apocalypse in the future. This isn't a fad or a fluke: apocalyptic books have been massively popular with Christians for years. They seem to enjoy reading about an apocalypse that never comes.
Ego & Uniqueness
Quite a few Christians insist that Christianity isn't a religion, it's a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The fact that Christianity, even as lived by such Christians, perfectly fits just about any definition of religion doesn't matter. So why do they make this claim? Perhaps they fear that classifying Christianity as a religion prevents it from being special or unique.
Christianity Defending Capitalism
Is Christianity a religion of the poor, the downtrodden, and the less fortunate among us or is it rather a religion for the rich, the very fortunate, and multinational corporations? Many may be forgiven for thinking that Christianity is more about the former than the latter, but there are many ministers and priests who see it as their duty to defend capitalism, corporations, and the free market.
Who Are You Calling Evil?
Religious language is common in politics - it gives voice to many shared ideas, ideals, and values. Religious language communicates in a manner that more secular arguments are unable to achieve. Unfortunately, religious language also divides in a manner that secular arguments are unable to manage.
Politics of Christianity
Elaine Pagels is a well-known researcher into early Christian history and beliefs - her book The Gnostic Gospels (1979) has become a standard work on early Christian Gnosticism. Her ideas are not, however, just limited to early Christianity. She also has a lot to say about Christianity as it has manifested today, not all of it positive.
Christianity's Similarities with Hinduism
Everyone knows that Christianity grew out of Judaism and, therefore, naturally has a lot of similarities to it. Less well known are the similarities that Christianity has to other religions. The question is, are these similarities simply coincidences or are they indications of a closer relationship - perhaps evidence that Christianity has borrowed from these other religions?
Demons and Humans: Irrational Belief is Praiseworthy in Christianity
Many Christians think it right to provide evidence to nonbelievers of the existence of their god. If a person believes based on good evidence, though, is that praiseworthy? Demons have 'good evidence' of God's existence - would Christians praise them for this? Of course not. Belief based upon evidence is not valued in orthodox Christianity.
Christianity and Sexuality: Treating the Body as Evil
It is arguable that Christianity's most negative impact on Western society has been through it's treatment of the human body and sexuality. The extremely negative depiction of sex has caused all sorts of problems, and although things are better today than in the past, we are still living with the legacy.
This Christianity FAQ will cover a wide variety of information about Christianity and Christians: history, theology, theologians, beliefs, denominations, traditions and more.
Is Gambling a Sin? is Christianity a Gamble?
Is gambling a sin for Christians? There's a lot of debate about this question in Christian circles, and not all Christians agree on whether there is something wrong with gambling in itself or if it is only a problem when done to excess. Why should atheists care? Because the answers to this question carry interesting implications for Christianity as a whole.
Christianity vs. Democracy - Is Christianity Compatible with Democracy?
Is Christianity compatible with democracy? Some Christians claim Christianity is required for democracy, but history tells us a very different story.