Notepad Apologetics, Short Lesson #2: Is Christianity a Historic Oppressor?

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In my prior post I offered suggestions on the question of religious pluralism. The present post is a short “notepad” response to the charge that Christianity is guilty of oppressing women and people of color for centuries. My response:    1. Acknowledge wrong: When Western Christians have imposed themselves on native peoples, held slaves, or held women back from full …

Notepad Apologetics, Short Lesson #1: Are All Religions True?

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  This series of posts will give you immediate direction for apologetic conversations. Remember that “apologetics” is the discipline of defending a position, in this case Christianity. First issue: Religious Pluralism Objection to Christianity: Christianity has no monopoly on the truth. Other religions are just as valid. My response:      1. Affirm what I can. What’s true in Islam? Mormonism? …

Walking Away from the Faith, Part 5: Biblical Sexuality

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This will be an impossible post. To say something about the increasingly complex subject of sexuality in a short blog is, perhaps, foolish. Here is my attempt: Young Christians such as Mary in my prior post who have friends that identify as queer, or who are queer themselves, often leave the church with a sense of having been betrayed. Most …

Walking Away from the Faith, Part 4: The Queer Exit

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In the old days, sex education for young people in the church focused on boundaries: how far one could go with a partner without actually sinning. These days, things are more complicated, to say the least. Consider Mary, a 17-year old Christian high school student. Her friend group at school includes a mix of Christians, quasi-Christians, agnostics, atheists and one …

Walking Away from the Faith, Part 3: Suggestions from the Pros

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I have the arduous privilege of working in the arena of higher education where young people regularly come and go from the church. Mostly go, actually (they leave). Of a plethora of studies and literature out there about the millennial “exodus” from the church, here are three articles that may be of interest: Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) Pew Research …

Walking Away from the Faith, Part 2: Angry at “The Church”

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Prior post: misunderstanding the “perfection” of God leads to disappointment Research institutions such as Barna Group and Lifeway (as summarized in CT) tell us that the church dropout rate for young people age 16-24 is more than half. Some young adults return to the church later on, when they start families. Some never return at all. Those of us in campus …

Endorsements (and two full reviews) for Faith Unexpected

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Rick Mattson has written a book about struggling people who have an authentic and sometimes messy encounter with a delightful and disturbing and wooing God.  Whatever your faith background or orientation, you will be inspired and encouraged by these real life and powerful stories! – Dr. Rick Richardson Director of Academic Programs, Church Outreach Initiative and Research Wheaton College and …

Faith Unexpected: Full Description

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Faith Unexpected: Real Stories of People Who Found What They Never Imagined How did Pentagon military strategist Donald Wellington find faith in God? Not the way you’d expect – not through attending church or reading the Bible. In fact, Donald discovered faith in ways that he never expected. Or Deedra Reyes, Hopi Native American girl – how did she find …