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  • Pessimistic Existentialism (pt. 4)

    from R.C. Sproul Feb 12, 2009 Category: Articles

    Here we see the vivid contrast between pessimistic existentialism and Christianity. Christianity also features a ringing call to courage. The most frequent negative prohibition found in the New Testament comes from the lips of Jesus--"Fear not!" This command is given so often by Christ that it almost seems like a greeting. One gets the impression that virtually every time Jesus appears to His disciples, He begins the conversation by saying, "Fear not." Keep Reading
  • Pessimistic Existentialism (pt. 3)

    from R.C. Sproul Feb 11, 2009 Category: Articles

    European films, such as those of Ingmar Bergman, Antonini, and Fellini have communicated some of the motifs of existentialism. The "theater of the absurd," a phenomenon that began in France in the 1950s and came to Broadway in the 1960s, was another vehicle of existentialism. The theater of the absurd gained prominence with Samuel Beckett's play, Waiting for Godot. In this play, two vagrants pass the time while waiting for the unidentified Godot. But Godot never arrives. Godot is a thinly veiled characterization of God. The idea is that modern man lives in the absence of God. He waits for God, but God never shows up. Keep Reading
  • Pessimistic Existentialism (pt. 2)

    from R.C. Sproul Feb 10, 2009 Category: Articles

    Our dilemma is this: We are caring persons living in a world that doesn't care. We cannot look above the universe or outside the universe to find someone who cares. There is nobody out there; there is nobody home in heaven. Dr. James Montgomery Boice tells the story of an amateur mountain climber who fell over the side of a steep precipice which dropped off to a cavern thousands of feet below. One lone scraggly bush clung to the face of the cliff and the climber desperately grasped it to keep from plunging into the abyss. But the bush was not strong enough to bear his weight and began slowly to work lose from its roots. In sheer terror the climber screamed to heaven, "Is there anyone up there who can help me?" Suddenly a sonorous bass voice was heard from the clouds. "Yes, I can help you. But you must trust me. Let go of the bush." The climber stole a glance downward and then looked again toward heaven. He exclaimed, "Is there anyone else up there who can help?!" Keep Reading
  • Pessimistic Existentialism (pt. 1)

    from R.C. Sproul Feb 09, 2009 Category: Articles

    "Man is a useless passion." These words penned by the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre provide the model of modem existentialism. In this simple statement are found the most basic elements of a modern theory of man. It is a bottom-line judgment, a grim conclusion to the question, "What's it all about?" Keep Reading
  • New Series on DVD

    from Karisa Schlehr Feb 08, 2009 Category: Articles

    In addition to the more than twenty series already available on DVD, we have several new collections now available. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Amos

    from Keith Mathison Feb 07, 2009 Category: Articles

    Amos prophesied at a unique time in the history of the divided kingdom. He preached to an affluent society that was deeply involved in false worship and in the mistreatment of the poor. These wealthy and powerful Israelites were confident and secure. Into the midst of this complacent society comes Amos, declaring that Israel has broken God's covenant. There are a number of very good commentaries on Amos, and the following are five of the best. Keep Reading
  • Total Surrender

    from Kevin Smith Feb 06, 2009 Category: Articles

    Gary Thomas, in his book Seeking the Face of God, makes this statement: "Christian health is not defined by how happy we are, how prosperous or healthy we are, or even by how many people we have led to the Lord in the past year. Christian health is ultimately defined by how sincerely we wave our flag of surrender." What he is saying is this: a major way to measure our spiritual health is to determine how surrendered we are to God. I believe that many of our greatest struggles in living a healthy, productive Christian life come to us because of our unwillingness to surrender fully to God. Keep Reading
  • Hero of Heroes

    from Robert Rothwell Feb 05, 2009 Category: Articles

    Unfortunately, it is not too long before we discover that our heroes are just as flawed as we are. History is filled with details of great men and women who succumbed to their flaws and temptations. Regrettably, we find this is true both of the heroes of the kingdom of this world and the heroes of the city of God. Those of us with more than a passing interest in historical theology cannot read too far before the flaws of the greatest theologians in church history come into sharp focus. Keep Reading
  • The Gospel of the Gospels

    from Daniel Hyde Feb 04, 2009 Category: Articles

    Quick. What are the Gospels? Time is up. Did you answer: "The Gospels are the biographies of Jesus Christ?" When we read the Gospels as biographies only, we basically look at them like trees apart from the proverbial forest. There is a better way to read and hear them. The Gospels are biography, but they are theological interpretations of the life of Jesus Christ with the purpose of proclaiming the coming of the king of Israel and the inauguration of His kingdom over all the earth. Keep Reading
  • The Witness of Matthew

    from R.C. Sproul Feb 03, 2009 Category: Articles

    In the history of biblical studies, we have seen in the last two centuries the rise of so-called "higher criticism." So much of higher criticism is fueled by skepticism with respect to the reliability of the biblical texts. Since orthodox Christians stand opposed to many of the arguments of higher critics, they sometimes overlook valuable insights that can be gained through critical analysis of the text. Some of these analyses can be very helpful to our endeavor of seeking an accurate understanding of the Bible. Keep Reading

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