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Five Ways Science is Spiritual

Advent may be a good time to think about the spirituality of science. Genuine science is not really secular, but spiritual. Think about its spirituality. Here are five spiritual dimensions of science: Mystery Science proceeds

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Is History Linear or Cyclical?

        It is not accurate to say the Bible gives us a linear, not cyclical, worldview or view of history. Scripture combines both. God’s redemptive revelation breaks the cycle of pagan worldviews

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Only a Natural Cycle!

When war killed the land and the people were slain, and governments raged, then I heard this refrain: “It’s only a natural cycle.” When economists saw how their ways harmed the weak, from the left

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Five Signs of Hope in the New Year

I see five promising signs of hope as the world enters 2015. Also a few maybes. Any optimism must be tempered by the now-present reality of climate destabilization. Already climate change is extinguishing vulnerable species,

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Do Christians Fall Asleep?

Having been brung up on the King James Version of the Bible, I was familiar with such verses as these: “After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the

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Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad Economics

The paperback edition of The Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology has just been released by Oxford University Press (524 pp.). The original hardback was published in 2010. This is a marvelous book, and I am

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Jonathan Edwards: Shadows or Realities?

I’m reading a remarkable little book, Images or Shadows of Divine Things, by Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758). It was edited by the noted Harvard historian Perry Miller, and was one of Miller’s earlier books (Yale University

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It’s All About Economics

My visits to Haiti (2009, pre-earthquake, and again this year) have prompted me to think more deeply about the relationship between the gospel and economics. Most of Haiti’s problems are economic. True also in many

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Where Are the Reformers?

The world is a mess. Where are the reformers? Americans are frustrated with what is variously called “gridlock” or “dysfunction” in Washington. We face boat-loads of other problems and issues, from obesity (of all things!)

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The World Is Getting Safer

The world is a getting safer. For centuries, violence has been subsiding. Really? Most people find this hard to believe. But consider evidence presented by Stephen Pinker in his fascinating book, The Better Angels of

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How We Vote

If you live in the United States—or anywhere else, for that matter—you may have noticed that a major Presidential election is looming. So let’s ask: Why do people vote the way they do? Whom you

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