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What Peterson shares with Pelagius - UnHerd
Pelagius has received a bad press throughout Christian history as the ultimate intellectual baddie, the arch heretic, the theological boogieman. But, to many people at least – even today – his teaching sounds exactly like what they imagine mainstream Christianity to be. God has given us the moral rules, says Pelagius, and the freedom to keep them. So keep the rules, and no excuses. And those that keep the rules will go to heaven and those that don’t will go to hell.
christianity  culture 
yesterday by since1968
Moved by the Spirit: the phenomenal rise of Pentecostalism - UnHerd
Pentecostalism began in the USA, and beyond, as a religion for the poor, for the underprivileged and the otherwise unwelcomed. By and large it has retained that perspective. And that is one of the undeniable factors behind the movement’s huge global growth. While, in a sweeping generalisation, Charismatics have tended to reflect a slightly more prosperous, middle-class background, Pentecostal believers are particularly dominant in some of the world’s poorest regions. It has a message that clearly resonates with the poor.
religion  culture  christianity 
yesterday by since1968
Jason Thornton - Acts 2018 - Lesson 4 - Build and Improve (Senior Sunday)
Memorial Drive Church of Christ
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Matthew 22:34-39; Galatians 6:2; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a; John 16:33; 1 Peter 3:15; Joshua 1:9; 1 John 1:9
memorial_drive_mp3  mp3  christianity 
4 days ago by tdjones
Ancient heresies become new again
The decline of the prestige of Christianity raises the question of what will replace it. No culture can live without a philosophy which gives structure and meaning to social institutions and to individual lives. The alternative is nihilism, whose wintry bleakness makes it an unwelcome guest at the dinner table.So what, then?One answer comes from Pope Francis. Ever since he was elected in 2013, he has fingered two ancient Christian heresies, Gnosticism and Pelagianism.So what lessons can fans of the Pope – anyone, really – take from his analysis of Gnosticism and Pelagianism? Hundreds and hundreds of years of history amply demonstrate that they have failed to bring salvation, to bring happiness to the world. They don’t explain the world as it is and they lead to “a self-centred and elitist complacency, bereft of true love”.What’s the alternative? The Beatitudes, says Pope Francis. Perhaps it is time to take closer look at the time-tested power of Christianity to transform lives for the better.
Christianity  philosophies  pope 
5 days ago by thomas.kochi
Criticism of Christians and Chick-fil-A Has Troubling Roots - Bloomberg
Slightly strained caution: authors critical of Christianity need to be careful they're not unfairly targeting people of color.
demographics  christian  christianity  bloomberg 
7 days ago by mjs

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