Time & Trifels

Time & Trifels

There’s nothing like visiting a building that is nearly one thousand years old to put things into perspective. I can be impatient. If I have an idea to do something, I want to do it now*, even it could easily wait. Communication is now immediate; Amazon delivers overnight, and buildings can go up in a matter of weeks – but of course, it was not […]

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The ‘problem’ of the four gospels

Gregory Thornbury writes about the apparent ‘problem’ of the four Gospel accounts: Whenever someone raises a question about the truthfulness of the Bible, ask yourself first whether or not the same question would bother any other scholar about any other figure in history. How many biographies are there of George Washington, for example? Is this in itself a concern about the historicity of the life […]

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Review: The Grace Effect – Larry Taunton

The Grace Effect How the power of one life can reverse the corruption of unbelief By Larry Taunton Published by Thomas Nelson, Kindle Edition   It is interesting to note that God gave us a story instead of a systematic theology, and a person instead of an argument. Larry Taunton runs the Fixed Point Foundation, best known for running debates, though to be honest, I […]

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Bonhoeffer’s prayer for new year, 1945

This morning at church we sang a setting of a poem that Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in Berlin prison for the new year of 1945. In four months time he would be martyred, 23 days short of the Nazi surrender. Von guten Mächten Von guten Mächten treu und still umgeben, behütet und getröstet wunderbar, so will ich diese Tage mit euch leben und mit euch gehen in […]

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Who wrote the gospels?

Dr Michael Kruger discusses the evidence for gospel authorship: HT Blogging Theologically

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Wurmbrand: Atheism can be the passage from false religion to spiritual truth.

I’m currently reading The Answer to the Atheist’s Handbook by the late Richard Wurmbrand, who was a Romanian pastor (I understand he was formerly a Jewish atheist?) imprisoned under the communist regime, and who went on to found The Voice of the Martyrs. It’s a fascinating book, not least because of the context in which was written. This is no piece of apologetics responding to the […]

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Reviews: ‘The Christ Files’ by John Dickson & ‘Finding the real Jesus’ by Lee Strobel

Finding the real Jesus: A Guide for Curious Christians and Skeptical Seekers by Lee Strobel Zondervan – Kindle Edition Strobel is one of the best known figures in Christian apologetics, with his best-seller “The case for Christ”, which retold his journalistic journey from Atheism to Christianity. In this book Strobel again employs his methods of interviewing someone on a particular, popular objection. I found this a […]

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The folly of Jesus-Mythicists

It really is frustrating to see how many self-declared rational people abandon historical methodology when it comes to the issue of Jesus’ historicity (really it’s special pleading). James Hannam has a well written four-part series of posts which show the bankruptcy of the Jesus Myth claims. He goes into more detail, but this quote is worth highlighting:  It is telling that in spite of their […]

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Why we love men in capes

I’ve often enjoyed Mark Meynell’s book reviews and suggestions (the breadth and veracity of his reading is rather astounding) and appreciate his helpful ‘questions to ask of…‘ guides (all found at his blog Quarentia). He has a particular interest in exploring culture, and I think exemplifies a healthy approach to it. So, it was with great interest that I downloaded his latest offering Why we […]

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Some fascinating shots of the Titanic

Having recently read a book about the musicians on board the Titanic, I was very interested in these pictures: I’m told (if I recall correctly – and a family member can correct me if I’m wrong) that my great-great-grandfather – who was a baker around Sadlers Wells when Gilbert and Sullivan were in their hey-day – had a ticket for the Titanic, but was persuaded […]

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Review: The band that played on – Steve Turner

The Band that Played On: The Extraordinary Story of the 8 Musicians Who Went Down with the Titanic By Steve Turner Hardcover, Thomas Nelson 2011   Anyone who has seen films or read books about the Titanic will recall the ship’s band which played as it sank. In this book Steve Turner focuses on these eight musicians. He explores the various claims regarding what they […]

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Review: The Jesus Inquest – Charles Foster

The Jesus Inquest: The case for and against the resurrection of the Christ by Charles Foster Kindle Edition, Thomas Nelson 2011 My Amazon review: Charles Foster is a barrister,  part-time Crown Court judge and teaches Medical Law and Ethics at the University of Oxford. In this book he uses two characters, X and Y, who argue opposing sides of the case of the resurrection of Jesus. […]

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