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Inclusivism in the CRCNA? Think Again

Someone said, "Jesus loves everyone and so there are no lost people." Another person said, "I work with members of [name of religion] and they are among some of the nicest people that I know. How dare you say they are in darkness?" What do we do with such statements?

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The Basis of Mission Strategy: Theology or Social Sciences?

Not long ago, the leader of a large school of missions said, "We view all missions' practice through the lens of the social sciences." Knowing the context in which this was spoken would tell this observer that: The social sciences like anthropology and sociology are becoming the main drivers of mission theory and practice The social sciences have largely eclipsed solid theological thinking about mission theory and practice. If this sounds alarmist, then we can roll the clock back to 1993 when Professor Rommen of the Trinity School of Theology wrote an article called "The De-Theologizing of...
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"Building Bridges of Understanding": Good, bad or indifferent?

With noble intentions XYZ person or group of persons proposes to engage in friendly dialogue with a member or members of religion "Q." The stated objective is often to become "dialogue partners" in order to eliminate prejudices and to come to understand the other. It is also designed--so the idea goes---to attempt to bring the other to understand and possibly embrace their religion. As you might observe from the way that the introduction is structured, a Muslim could engage a Christian--for instance-- or a Christian could engage a Muslim, with both hoping to draw the other towards their...
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Who is the Living God?

The gentleman and I chatted about politics, the majority religion here, self-appointed prophets, and the greatest question of all, namely 'Who is the living God?" The gentleman tried to furnish answers from the Qur'an which talk about Allah as the "ever-living, and the sustainer of all things." Yet, I pressed on for more clarity, as in reality there are two possible answers to the question as the law of non-contradiction would not allow a yes answer to both answers. a. There are persons or gods who are described as "the living god" and in reality are quite dead. b. There are persons or gods...
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Is creationism an area of ecumenism? Does God belong in science?

We often find people differentiated into categories of scientist or non-scientist when discussing evolution, as if evolution was science, and special creation was not science. But there are many people working in science who do not hold to evolution, and yet are scientists, some with a PhD in science, or M.Sc. or BSc. Does an ecumenical attitude allow respect for these scientists, or is our ecumenical approach limited to "churchy" practices, or theological beliefs? If we follow A. Kuyper's (and other's) beliefs that all of creation belongs to God, then is it not true that science also belongs...
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Ecumenical and interfaith approaches to the Genesis Flood story

Recently, we have heard about a new movie about "The Flood" being produced. From all accounts, it will be quite innacurate, produced by those who do not regard scripture as accurate. The production of such a movie by non-christians for general public consumption, will still have influence on the perception of unbelievers and christians alike on what the story of the flood really is. How do we as Christians get involved in discussions where literalists and "genre-ists" have different views about Genesis 1-11? How do YEC and OEC people examine these issues together? or must they simply build a...
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