The First Church of Christian Gnosticism

![“Artim:](“http://assets.americanvision.org/mediafiles/artim-20090803-gnostic-christians-gnosticism-worldy-carnal-spiritual-god-man-wisdom-knowledge-bible.jpg" ““Artim:") Not long ago, I received an email from a woman who asked me if I could direct her to some information that refutes Gnosticism. She wrote that a friend of hers “ claims to be on an extraordinaril [...]

The Private-Zoo Factor

![“ArtIm:](“http://assets.americanvision.org/mediafiles/artim-20090728-culture-christian-religion-church-society-humanism.jpg" ““ArtIm:") There are numerous Christians who believe that a personal, private faith is all the gospel requires. Os Guinness described this as “The Private-Zoo Factor,”[1] a religion that is caged so that it loses its wildness. When true Ch [...]

Selective Condemnation

![“Article](“http://assets.americanvision.org/mediafiles/article-image-2009jun02.jpg" ““Article”) Paul Hill, convicted of murdering abortionist John Britton and his bodyguard in 1994, considered himself to be a twentieth-century John Brown. Brown, if you recall, was the self-appointed avenger of God who was fond of quoting Hebrews 9:22: “All things are by the law [...]

A Defender of Homosexuality Responds (Caution: Some Adult Material)

![“Article](“http://assets.americanvision.org/mediafiles/article-image-2009may11.jpg" ““Article”) I received a lengthy response to my May 4, 2009 Blog article, “Penguins, Dog Vomit, and Human Sexuality.” Instead of the usual name-calling, foul language, unprintable comments, and just plain vileness, the emailer’s response was measured and thoughtful. I suspect th [...]

Beyond Good and Evil

![“Article](“http://assets.americanvision.org/mediafiles/article-image-2009may04.jpg" ““Article”) “It can’t happen here!” How many times have we heard this claim? But it can happen here. Many will tell you that it is happening here. It seems that almost on a daily basis we are losing our God-given rights. Some even make the case that there is a direct assault on [...]

Screening of Collision in Dallas

![“Article](“http://assets.americanvision.org/mediafiles/article-image-2009mar25.jpg" ““Article”) For a few months now I have been working with a group of producers in the development of the film Collision: Is Christianity Good for the World (Christopher Hitchens vs. Douglas Wilson). This is one of the most unique debate presentations I have ever seen. While I ha [...]

Not Willing to Go Far Enough

![“Article](“http://assets.americanvision.org/mediafiles/article-image-2009mar24.jpg" ““Article”) There is no doubt that Francis A. Schaeffer broadened the appeal for biblical world-and-life view Christianity with his popular writing style and activist philosophy. Schaeffer’s popularity was extensive enough that he was recognized by the secular media as the “Guru [...]

Old Calvinism is Now the New Calvinism

![“Article](“http://assets.americanvision.org/mediafiles/article-image-2009mar23.jpg" ““Article”) “Calvinism is back,” so says David Van Biema in the March 22, 2009 issue of Time magazine. Calvinism is listed as one of “10 ideas changing the world Right now.” It’s third on the list. When most people hear the word “Calvinism,” they bite down only on the gristle of [...]

The Collision of Worldviews

![“Article](“http://assets.americanvision.org/mediafiles/article-image-031609.jpg" ““Article”) You may have read that “the latest American Religious Identification Survey shows that the number of those who believe in no religion at all has almost doubled in the last 18 years, rising from 8 percent to 15 percent since 1990.”1 Then there’s the article that appeared [...]

Are You a Schizophrenic Christian?

![“Article](“http://assets.americanvision.org/mediafiles/article-image-031009.jpg" ““Article”) Worldview conferences are springing up all over. This is a good thing. We’ve moved from Immanuel Kant’s philosophically formulated _Weltanschauung_1 to James Orr’s “view of the world”2 to Abraham Kuyper’s “life-system” to the Dutch Reformed “World-and-Life-View” to simp [...]

Where the Logic of Unbelief Leads

![“Article](“http://assets.americanvision.org/mediafiles/article-image-030909.jpg" ““Article”) R.C. Sproul writes that “God’s existence is the chief element in constructing any worldview. To deny this chief premise is to set one’s sails for the island of nihilism. This is the darkest continent of the darkened mind—the ultimate paradise of the fool.”1 Arguing with [...]

Going Through Life with Vicodin and a Cane

At the center of every world view is what might be called the “touchstone proposition” of that world view, a proposition that is held to be the fundamental truth about reality and serves as a criterion to determine which other propositions may or may not count as candidates for belief.[1] “Apologetics” does not mean saying you’re sorry for being a Christian. Christian [...]

Is Christmas a Celebration of Losing?

![“Article](“http://assets.americanvision.org/mediafiles/article-image-122308.jpg" ““Article”) When error comes, it always rides in on the wings of truth.[1] Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971), Premier of the former Soviet Union, described a time in the Communist republic’s history when a wave of petty theft was sweeping through the government-owned plants. To c [...]

What Einstein and Hitler Had in Common

![“Article](“http://assets.americanvision.org/mediafiles/article-image-112508-b.jpg" ““Article”) American Vision gets a great deal of mail. Much of it is unsolicited. Most of it is interesting and helpful. A few pieces are downright goofy. Consider the catalog from Global Vision Worldwide that I recently rediscovered. The people at Global Vision: Advance reveren [...]

The World is Not Controlled by the Devil

![“Article](“http://assets.americanvision.org/mediafiles/article-image-111908-b.jpg" ““Article”) When error comes, it always rides in on the wings of truth.[1] Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971), Premier of the former Soviet Union, described a time in the Communist republic’s history when a wave of petty theft was sweeping through the government-owned plants. To curta [...]

Religious Toleration & the End of Morality

![“Article](“http://assets.americanvision.org/mediafiles/article-image-111108-a.jpg" ““Article”) Nearly every social commentator appeals to the conservative Christian community to be tolerant of other religious traditions. After all, we live in a religiously pluralistic society. The assumption is that religion is a benign choice, little different from picking one [...]

Why We Lose

Many Christians are still locked into the conviction that the Bible speaks to a very narrow slice of life. Of course, all Christians believe that the Bible has some very specific things to say about prayer, Bible reading, worship, and evangelism. But many Christians are not convinced that the Bible has some very definite things to say about civil government, the judicial system, economics, indebte [...]

Don't Let Critics Make the Rules

Critics of the Bible begin with the premise that they know more about the geography and times of the Bible than those who actually lived during the history of the period. Dogmatic claims are often made based on incomplete archeological evidence. This has been happening for a long time. How many years have we heard there was no mention of David outside the Bible? In 1987 archeologist Kathleen Kenyo [...]

One Man's Common Sense is another Man's Nonsense

We saw in yesterday’s article “Whose Common Sense?” that the call for a Common Sense approach to apologetics is naïve and counterproductive. Competing worldviews are not “willing to work inductively, from particular facts to general conclusions” unless both sides agree (maybe) on the starting point of inquiry. Of course, establishing the starting point is the fundamental problem, the very thing th [...]

Whose Common Sense?

For some time now I have been receiving emails from a belligerent atheist. Some of his emails are so vile that to describe them in general terms would be enough to offend you. Atheists are like a tube of toothpaste. The harder you squeeze them to be consistent with their operating assumptions, the more they spill what is really contained deep in their God-hating soul. Jesus described it this way: [...]