The rate of religious observance among American Jews has dropped precipitously over the past two decades, to the point where more than one out of every three Jews is thoroughly secularized, according to a new survey.
Chapter 15 of Alister McGrath's book A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology is entitled "An Emergent Creation and Natural Theology." This chapter presents some rather interesting ideas.
First McGrath returns to Augustine - not to his cosmology or science, but to his view of God's creative power.
He had the Holy One of Israel in his house, reclining at his table. The Prophet that Moses had foretold was sharing dinner with him. The Lord of glory, the Resurrection and the Life, was speaking with him face to face. The great climactic moment of history he claimed to be living for had arrived. It should have been a deliriously wonderful, breathtaking honor for Simon to host the Messiah.
Desiring God and Crossway have partnered together to create some interesting new products. They have recently released three small group studies which combine lessons on DVD with book-format study guides. I will provide a brief description of each and then share my thoughts on the series:
The trial of a trouser-wearing woman which will determine if the defendant receives 40 lashes for indecent clothing, has been delayed in Sudan. The defendant tells the BBC that if she is to receive lashes, she will want it made very public.
Dr. Francis Collins, President Obama’s choice to head the National Institute of Health, has been met with much resistance from certain quarters of the scientific community. Sam Harris, a prominent atheist, recently expressed his own resistance to the idea of Dr. Collins heading the NIH in a recent New York Times Op-ed piece, “Science is in the Details.”
One of the roots of Christian Hedonism as I have pondered it for the last forty years is C. S. Lewis. Reading Alan Jacobs’ biography, The Narnian has underlined the influence Lewis has had on my thinking.
Here is a striking sentence about Lewis’s lifelong pursuit: “Lewis’s perpetual task both as a defender of Christianity and as an advocate of medieval literature is to call people to delight” (p. 190).