Volume 44:Issue 2
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04 From the President: The Menace of Modern Materialism
by Hank Hanegraaff
06 Effective Evangelism:
Witnessing to a Wayward Child by Nicole Howe
08 No Mindful Matter: The Explanatory Failure of Scientific Materialism
by Melissa Cain Travis
Philosophical Apologetics: It is one thing to have an insufficient materialist explanation for phenomena such as the origin of life and objective value and meaning. It is quite another to be forced by one’s worldview to rule out the existence of things that seem to be obvious and essential facets of our lived experience — such as mind and free will.
14 Myself Am Hell: Rebellion and Gratitude in Milton’s Paradise Lost
by Stephen Mitchell
Cultural Discernment/Cultural Apologetics: In our day, the legitimate creaturely desire for free agency has swollen into desire for absolute autonomy. John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost explores the relationship between the demand for absolute autonomy and acedia, a vice that cripples the characters’ lives by depriving them of the sense that a divine goodness sustains their being. A remarkably pertinent work of literature.
20 To the Cancel Culture: “We Respectfully Decline” — When Believers Are Told What We May or May Not Say, Polite Refusal Is Called For
by Joe Dallas
Cultural and Theological Discernment: Cancel culture, with its emphasis on silencing viewpoints it finds offensive or dangerous, pressures the modern church to stop expressing essential biblical positions. When Peter and the apostles were forbidden to teach or preach in the name of Jesus, they simply replied, “We ought to obey God rather than men.”
28 For Our Lamps Are Going Out: Gaslighting in the Age of Social Media
by Anne Kennedy
Cultural and Theological Discernment: Gaslighting is a useful umbrella trope for understanding different kinds of damaging online behavior. Gatekeeping, tone policing, outright lying, and the demand to “do better” all constrain members of online communities through fear rather than love. Only by a renewed embrace of the objectivity of Scripture married to a biblical definition of love can Christians return to the sober reasoning of honest discourse.
34 Falun Gong: How the West Was Won
by Lindsey Medenwaldt
New Religious Movements: Based on a mix of Buddhist and New Age principles, adherents of Falun Gong believe their teachings and practices are the sole path to apprehending the meaning of the universe and becoming Gods or Buddha. While the movement is persecuted in China, it grows in the West, and Westerners are being swayed without realizing it.
Is It True That There Are Good Non- Christians? by Clay Jones
44 Postmodern Realities
Martyr of Science? A Reflection on the Anime Dr. Stone by Harrison Dulin
46 Ask Hank
What Are the Basic Beliefs of Buddhism? by Hank Hanegraaff