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  • Pluralism and Relativism: “It’s All Relative” (pt. 3)

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

    One of the most controversial issues of our day is that of abortion. It is tearing this country apart politically, economically, socially, and in every other way. Legislation is pending in every statehouse over the question of abortion. The issue is not whether or not it is all right to have an abortion if a person is subjected to rape or if the mother's life is in danger. Those are moral questions that theologians and students of ethics work with. The issue today is over the question of abortion on demand. Keep Reading
  • Pluralism and Relativism: “It’s All Relative” (pt. 2)

    from R.C. Sproul Feb 20, 2009 Category: Articles

    In the twentieth century, the buzz word that replaced evolution was relativity. We are all aware of the changes in our lives that have been brought about by the scientific revolution based on Einstein's theory of relativity. This is the atomic age. Our lives have been changed by the threat of nuclear war as well as by new possibilities of power from nuclear energy that exist as a result of Einstein's work. Keep Reading
  • Pluralism and Relativism: “It’s All Relative” (pt. 1)

    from R.C. Sproul Feb 19, 2009 Category: Articles

    As missionaries attempting to understand the way of thinking in our culture, we must turn our attention to twin topics under the umbrella heading of secularism--pluralism and relativism. Let us think once more of the high wall we examined earlier, the wall representing the line of demarcation separating the present time from the eternal world. It is the barrier to the transcendent realm of unity, the wall that confines and restricts us to this time and this place. Keep Reading
  • 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

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