Christian Articles Archive

The Mesmerizing (Mis)information Maelstrom

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This article first appeared in Christian Research Journal, volume 34, number 02 (2011). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS The Information Age has arrived with many benefits, but it also has a darker side. Technology capable of delivering information both conveniently and rapidly—electronic mail, texting, and the Internet—has […]

Michael Nostradamus

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Michael Nostradamus was a sixteenth century French astrologer and physician. His Centuries (an assortment of brief rhymed prophecies called quatrains), have been interpreted as prediction of the French Revolution, the Second World War, and many other events ranging over half a millennium. Nostradamus is perhaps the most respected occult prophet of all time. In Italy, […]

Discernment in an Age of Information Overload

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This article first appeared in Christian Research Journal, volume 33, number 03 (2010). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS In our age of information overload, Christians must learn to discern between good and evil, right and wrong, truth and falsity. The need for discernment becomes particularly […]

A Thief in the Night: The Christian Ethic at the Heart of The Hobbit

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This article first appeared in Christian Research Journal, volume 35, number 06 (2012). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS The director Peter Jackson is making J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic fairy tale, The Hobbit, into a film. Three films, to be precise. Tolkien’s son, Christopher, guardian […]

On the Obligation of Blessing “Abraham’s Seed”

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This article first appeared in the Practical Hermeneutics column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 34, number 05 (2011). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/ “Now the LORD had said to Abram: ‘Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that […]

Genuine Temptation and the Character of Christ

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This article first appeared in the Viewpoints column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 30, number 04 (2007). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/ The writer of Hebrews assures us that in Jesus Christ “we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, […]

What The Walking Dead Can Teach Pro-Lifers

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This article first appeared in Christian Research Journal, volume 34, number 04 (2011). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Season One of AMC’s The Walking Dead is gory, brutal, and not for the faint of heart. Yet I’m fascinated by it and think Christian apologists may want to give […]

Christ’s Cleansing of the Temple: Can Mark and John Be Reconciled?

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This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 32, number 4 (2009). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/ In his book Jesus, Interrupted, Bart Ehrman, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, posed the following as the […]

Brave New Gadgetry: Technological Discernment and the Family

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This article first appeared in the Viewpoints column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 32, number 01 (2009). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org  The commercial cell phone didn’t exist until 1983. Neither did the World Wide Web, which began its ascent to cyber-dominance in 1993. The television has […]

Problems with the Gold Plates of the Book of Mormon

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This article first appeared in Christian Research Journal, volume 34, number 02 (2011). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS, or Mormons), claimed that after both God the Father and Jesus Christ visited him […]