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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
  • 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
  • Secularism: Ignoring the Eternal (pt. 4)

    from R.C. Sproul Jan 29, 2009 Category: Articles

    Such a standpoint cannot be found in the New Testament. The Christ of Scripture was profoundly concerned with this world. This world was the site and purpose of the Incarnation. The God of heaven so loved this world that He sent His Son to redeem it. This is the world God created. This is the world God is redeeming. There is no other theater of God's redemptive action than this world. There is a profound sense in which we are called to be secular people. Keep Reading
  • Secularism: Ignoring the Eternal (pt. 3)

    from R.C. Sproul Jan 28, 2009 Category: Articles

    For secularism, all life, every human value, every human activity must be understood in light of this present time. The secularist either flatly denies or remains utterly skeptical about the eternal. He either says there is no eternal or if there is we can know nothing about it. What matters is now and only now. All access to the above and the beyond is blocked. There is no exit from the confines of this present world. The secular is all that we have. We must make our decisions, live our lives, make our plans, all within the closed arena of this time--the here and now. Keep Reading
  • Secularism: Ignoring the Eternal (pt. 2)

    from R.C. Sproul Jan 27, 2009 Category: Articles

    Historically, the word secular is a positive word in the Christian's vocabulary. The church has always had a good view of that which was regarded as secular. In the Middle Ages, for example, men were ordained to a specific role in the priesthood that was called the "secular priesthood." These were men who had responsibilities which took them out of the institution of the church to minister in the world where there were specific needs requiring the healing touch or the priestly mission of the church. Keep Reading
  • Secularism: Ignoring the Eternal (pt. 1)

    from R.C. Sproul Jan 26, 2009 Category: Articles

    Students of history realize that no society can survive, no civilization can function, without some unifying system of thought. All societies are made up of different people, different jobs, different values, and different classes. In a broad sense, all societies are melting pots. Keep Reading
  • Abortion: The Moral Issue of Our Day

    from R.C. Sproul Jan 21, 2009 Category: Articles

    On January 22, 1973 the Supreme Court came to a verdict in the case of Roe v. Wade, the case that legalized abortion. This case is still as controversial today as it was in 1973 and continues to be in the forefront of our day. Keep Reading

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