What price do you pay to follow Jesus? Five hundred years ago, the people of Europe whispered of a mysterious ‘Garden of Eden’ across the seas. It was a distant utopia better known as the Spice Islands, the home of cloves and nutmeg. In London and Paris, these intoxicating spices were worth their weight in… Read More The Price We Pay To Follow Jesus
Religion causes all the violence—just look at the Crusades. Have you heard this before? It’s a claim that many critics of Christianity make. In summary, it goes something like this: For hundreds of years, Popes declared ‘holy war’ and sent religious fanatics marching to the Middle East. They went there to colonise, and they slaughtered… Read More Religion Causes all the Violence—Just Look at the Crusades
Fewer and fewer people today know the Bible. But if there’s one verse that’s still commonly quoted, it’s, “Judge not, and you will not be judged”. These are the words of Jesus. And what people normally mean when they repeat them is, “It’s not your place to judge my moral choices. It’s 2019—everyone should be… Read More “Don’t Judge”—What Jesus Really Meant
Religion has fallen on hard times across the West—at least in the media, the major universities, and our other culture-shaping institutions. But there’s one form of religion today that’s praised and promoted widely, and that’s the religion of human rights. Human rights might be secular. But to the secular, they couldn’t be more sacred. In… Read More The Christian Roots of Human Rights
Let’s be honest: it’s all too easy to highjack Jesus and make him the pin-up boy for our cause. Depending on your flavour he’s the middle-class moralist, the enlightened guru, the hellfire preacher, the social justice warrior—and the list grows every year. The reason Jesus keeps getting a rebrand—the reason he simply refuses to go… Read More Ten Reasons Jesus is the Most Influential Person in History
You’ve probably heard the accusation: the Bible contradicts itself. More evidence—if we needed it—that the Bible was written by simple people in a much simpler era. In fact, there’s a group called the Reason Project who claim to have found five hundred such contradictions in Scripture. So does their accusation stand? On closer inspection, most… Read More Does the Bible Contradict Itself?
Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. We all know the tune. But how much confidence can we actually have that anything the Bible records is true? Many skeptics of Christianity are adamant that the Bible is not a reliable source of history. If they’re right, then as followers of… Read More Is the Bible Historically Reliable?
You’ve probably heard it suggested that the Bible we read today is nothing like the original, given how many times it’s been copied through the centuries. Surely this has provided too much opportunity—so the argument goes—for people to copy it poorly. Or worse, to tamper with it to suit their own agenda. This makes for… Read More Has the Bible Been Tampered With?
Once upon a time, the Bible was a trusted book. Today many people hold it in suspicion, and feel that to believe Scripture is to take a leap of faith into the dark. What a curious turn of events. Peter, one of the Bible’s authors, said, “We were not making up clever stories when we… Read More What Makes the Bible Unique?
For some in the West, Islam is a synonym for terrorism and oppression. Others seem to believe that Muslims deserve a free pass, and special immunity from criticism. I’ll admit upfront that I’m biased too. I love my Muslim friends, and I have a deeper interest in Islam than any other world faith outside my… Read More How Islam Points to Jesus