Top Seven – December 2017

Seven of the best articles we’ve come across in the last couple of weeks:

  • Marshall Segal‘Why Do You Have A Phone?’ – Desiring God.
    “Our phones used to be a means to relationship, a means to work, a means to ministry. The iPhone suddenly made the means an end — or perhaps better, a means to me.”
  • CT – How Alvin Plantinga Paved the Way for Christian Philosophy’s Comeback’ – Christianity Today.
    Leading Christian philosopher and 2017 Templeton Prize winner Alvin Plantinga reflects on over 50 years of defending the reasonableness of belief in God.
  • Mustafa Akyol – Does Religion Make People Moral?’New York Times
    Journalist Mustafa Akyol acknowledges that man-made religions do not guarantee moral behaviour.
  • Sam Hailes – ‘Paradise Lost: How Channel Four’s Eden turned into a living hell‘ – Premier Christianity.
    Channel 4’s social experiment designed to create ‘utopia’ goes horribly wrong.
    “From the 20th century’s experiments with communism to today’s humanist idealism, history is littered with failed attempts to create paradise. It only proves that there is something corrupt at the heart of the human condition, and it stems from the original Eden.”
  • Brendan O’Neill – ‘Questioning gender fluidity is the new blasphemy’The Spectator.
    Questioning the ideology of transgenderism is the new blasphemy, according to Brendan O’Neill.  He profiles the British institutions, including the current Conservative government, which have recently accepted the dogma of the transgender movement.
  • Mark Galli – ‘Evangelical Distinctives in the 21st Century’ – Christianity Today
    Is contemporary evangelicalism in crisis? A helpful account by Mark Galli of the historic evangelical movement.
  • Scott Sauls – ‘Goodbye Moral Majority. Let’s be a love-driven minority’ – The Gospel Coalition
    Scott Sauls discusses the idea that Christians have most influenced society not as a moral majority but as a “life-giving, love-driven minority.”

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