Browse: THEOLOGY

Final Report of the WEA Independent Bible Translation Review Panel

2013-04-29
The independent Panel’s mandate was to "review SIL’s translation practices, setting boundaries for theologically acceptable translation methodology particularly in Muslim contexts, and suggesting how to practically implement these recommendations."
by Milton Acosta, Old Testament / Donald Fairbairn, Early Christianity and Historical Theology / Atef Gendy, New Testament / Ida Glaser, Biblical and Islamic Studies / Rob Haskell, Systematic Theology /
Views: 1480

Great Commission Utilitarianism

2009
According to Darrow Miller, "philosophic pragmatism" determines that something is valuable if it is functional; it is good if it works! Unfortunately, many Christians have, perhaps unconsciously, denied the biblical virtues of truth, beauty and goodness for utilitarianism. Great Commission Utilitarianism refers specifically to a prevailing Christian view of work and wealth. Work is separated from God's purpose and viewed as a necessary evil, or even a curse. Wealth is detached from God's glory and is part of God's intentions for families, communities and even nations.
by Darrow L. Miller
Views: 1698

The Lordship of Christ Over All of Life


The first of our DNA Core Beliefs is the Lordship of Christ. As pastor Barry Seagren says in this powerful sermon, "This is one of those things that no [sincere Christian] can object to. No one believes in the Lordship of Christ over half of life. But it is not as straightforward as it may seem. Why not? Because in Western culture there is a dichotomy, a sharp division which has affected us deeply."
by Barry Seagren
Views: 2049

John 1 Incarnation


by Dawn Ministries
Views: 1647

Bases Científicas de la Clonación y Cuestiones Éticas

1999
Desde hace años, la ciencia-ficción consideró la idea de la clonación humana como un tópico sobre el que construir historias, generalmente tétricas. Esos relatos eran vistos como una pura fantasía, nadie consideraba posible echar marcha atrás el "reloj celular" para transformar una de nuestras células en un embrión. La obtención de Dolly sorprendió tanto a profanos como a expertos, aunque la clonación a partir de células no diferenciadas llevaba años perfeccionándose. Las primeras barreras que se pusieron para considerar la clonación humana técnicamente posible han venido derrumbándose una tras otra sólo un año después de Dolly. Clonaciones con ratonas y vacas empiezan a no ser ya noticia. A la vista de todo esto, cada vez parece más creíble que pueda ser técnicamente posible clonar seres humanos. Los cristianos hemos de ser vigilantes en el respeto hacia los seres humanos en cualquier etapa de su vida. Niños o ancianos deben ser especialmente protegidos. Dentro de ese esquema debe considerarse el desarrollo embrionario como el primer tramo de la vida (en algunos aspectos el más decisivo). Hay que evitar la torpeza de que la sensibilidad se mida con una regla: cuanto más pequeño es el ser, menos sensibilidad nos despierta. Es un error no ver en un embrión humano más que una, cuatro, treinta y dos o varios cientos de células y olvidar que allí está originándose una persona como nosotros. Debe evitarse el juego con los orígenes de la vida humana. Los cristianos hemos de mantener la consideración de la persona como ser único e irreemplazable. Cada ser humano es una creación única, que no puede ser sustituida por una fotocopia.
by Pablo de Felipe Fernández
Views: 1754

Guerra Espiritual

1998
Una reflexión crítica sobre las nuevas formas de espiritualidad y los métodos evangelísticos utilizados.
by José de Segovia, Julián Mellado y Esteban Rodemann
Views: 1988

La Homosexualidad

1993
En nuestro análisis del tema, partiremos del concepto de sexualidad con sus diferentes manifestaciones para proseguir con una exposición sucinta de la homosexualidad a lo largo de la historia, un apartado sobre las causas del fenómeno homosexual, un análisis exegético de los textos bíblicos relativos a la homosexualidad, con algunas conclusiones, dejando para el final las consideraciones de tipo pastoral. Quedan fuera del propósito de este trabajo las consideraciones de tipo legal.
by José M. Martínez
Views: 1867

Changing Genes: A Christian Approach to Human Genetic Testing and Therapy

April 1998
The EFC's discussion paper on genetics, Changing Genes: A Christian Approach to Human Genetic Testing and Therapy, was released in April 1998. Changing Genes outlines several biblical principles that apply to genetics and includes a short primer on genetics, explaining things like what DNA is and how it works. Changing Genes raises questions about how to respond to new genetic technologies and outlines some legal and societal concerns about the future of genetic testing. The paper ends with practical suggestions on how to minister to those who have genetic diseases.
by The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
Views: 1875

God’s Earthkeepers

1995
A discussion of environmental issues, drawing on Christian perspectives of God's creation, produced by the EFC Social Action Commission and William Van Geest. Includes study sections appropriate for personal or group purposes.
by William van Geest
Views: 1755

On Swearing


by Thomas Schirrmacher
Views: 1588

Dutch Reformed Philosophy in North America: Three Varieties in the Late Twentieth Century


A striking development in Christian scholarship with roots in Europe has taken place in North America in the past generation or two. This scholarship may be largely unknown in Europe, but it may be of special interest there. I am referring to the unfolding of Dutch Reformed philosophy.
by Thomas K. Johnson
Views: 1604

Missions: a Human Right or an Infringement of Human Rights?


by Thomas Schirrmacher
Views: 1706

Medical Killing - An Evangelical Perspective

2003
Evangelicals are unconditionally opposed to active euthanasia. Indirect euthanasia is seen as simply belonging to the risks inherent in any medical intervention. Passive euthanasia is accepted if used if used in order to save the dignity of the saving and is seen as merely ceasing to interfere with an irreversible dying process. The basis of evangelical ethics is the Bible supplemented by science and experience as a kind of natural law. Even though natural law comes under Biblical revelation, its acceptance is the reason for the similarity of the Evangelical and the Roman-Catholicism position of Evangelicals. Evangelicals stress the necessity of a better counseling and investment for the deadly ill patient.
by Thomas Schirrmacher
Views: 1554

The Protester, the Dissident, and the Christian

2012
by Thomas K. Johnson
Views: 1678

Character Formation: A Forgotten Theme of Comenius‘s Didactics

2011
The goal of this brief study is to present Comenius’s notion of character formation as it is outlined primarily in his didactic writings, and to show its relevance for contemporary practice in relation to moral education. Jan Amos Comenius was a Czech 17th century Brethren bishop, philosopher and educator who is celebrated especially for his timeless didactic principles, which earned him the epithet “the teacher of nations.” The sub-goal of this paper is to explain why Comenius’s concept of moral education has been neglected in Czech modern Comeniological research biased by communist ideology.
by Jan Hábl
Views: 1666

Sabbath, Work, and the Quest for Meaning

2011
by Thomas K. Johnson
Views: 1750

Education and the Human Quest

2011
The following lecture on the philosophy of education was given in a secular university for a pedagogical conference. The contents of the lecture arise directly from the understanding of general revelation which is an organic part of the classical Protestant faith.
by Thomas K. Johnson
Views: 1495

Oberammergau: Passion Play Problems 2010

2010
The decennial Passion Play season at Oberammergau will soon come to an end.
by John Warwick Montgomery
Views: 1556

Putting Rumours to Rest

2010
Everyone knows that malignant gossip at the expense of others is incongruous with love, and it is for this reason the New Testament, in an old Luther translation, warns about someone who “secretly maligns” and spreads “malicious gossip.” Slander is not reconcilable with the character of the church of Christ, and it truly destroys all sense of community in the family, at work, and in society.
by Thomas Schirrmacher
Views: 1459

May a Christian Go to Court?

2010
Is the use of some kind of conflict resolution tied to legal process sensible and justified (e.g., witnesses, defence, judges, independent appraisers, mediators, legal transcripts)? Many Christians object, at least in theory, to going to court or to using the methods of a constitutional state. They object all the more that Christians go to court against each other or use the methods of the constitutional state in connection with Christian activities or churches.
by Thomas Schirrmacher
Views: 1476
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