My stuff. This section contains the things that matter to me. Some are important, others are just interesting.
Honest: Deadly honesty matters to me. Nothing on this site is a lie, and as much as is humanly possible, nothing on this site is inaccurate or even skewed.
Unbiased: I also made great efforts to be unbiased. What I don't know, I tell you I don't know. What I got from somewhere else, I tell you where I got it. When the general consensus of scholars would be against me, I let you know.
I wanted to give you—and I believe I did give you—an accurate, well-rounded, and scholarly site. I wanted to make it story-based, the way history ought to be.
If you're a Christian, I wanted to make you feel history matters because it's your own history. I wanted you to feel a part.
I believe I succeeded.
But in this section is …
I'll still be deadly honest, and I'll still be unbiased. Here, however, I'm going to tell you more than the facts. I'm going to tell you the conclusions I've drawn from an honest look at history, at life, at God, and at the Christianity around me.
There's My Story, and then there's …
Jesus said that the world would know the Father sent him because of Christian unity (Jn. 17:20-23). Teaching on the Church is basically completely lost to American Christianity. Biblically, our growth as Christians and our testimony to the world hinges on the Church and the unity of the Church.
I'm breaking this section up into links. I'll be working on getting the pages on the Church up throughout March.
The true Gospel is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes (Rom. 1:16). The righteousness of God will be revealed in it. This means it will produce righteousness by its own power in every believer.
Not just any righteousness, but the righteousness of God. Not a pretend righteousness, but a righteousness that reaches the hands, feet, lips and heart.
The Gospel of Jesus is heavily compromised in much of the world in order to fill pews and obtain money. (Sorry, the truth isn't always very palatable.)
I was born again in an Evangelical church (Assemblies of God denomination), and when I look for brothers and sisters, I look first in Evangelical churches.
However, Evangelicals don't care very much what the Bible says. They just say they do. They claim, "the Bible is my sole rule for faith and practice." In real life, though, that's almost never true—not in any practice nor in any article of belief.
See also sola fide (faith alone).
The Nicene Creed (or its sister, the Apostles Creed) is quoted in all liturgical churches (Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopal, Anglican, some Presbyterian, and others) every week. As far as I know, not one of them believes it!
The doctrine of the Trinity taught by the council of Nicea (Nicaea)—and contained in the Nicene Creed—is forgotten. I've never met anyone who knows it.
Oops, I forgot the Orthodox churches! They still hold to the Nicene view of the Trinity. They're basically the "Catholic" church of the Mid and Far East.
Historians know about the Nicene doctrine of the Trinity. They talk about it when they write about the apologists (mid to late 2nd century). They also blame (of all things) Origen and Eusebius Pamphilius for holding it. They don't seem to realize that it's the view espoused by the Council of Nicea.
I believe Christians should be the most honest people on earth. I believe we should be the most fearless because we are the most protected. Proverbs says the righteous are as bold as a lion (28:1).
Nature will always proclaim the majesty of God, never take away from it.
It can't because it's his creation.
This link is just an introduction to a vast and complex subject. It's not for the weak of heart. However, it's a lot better for you to hear this news from me—a whole-hearted believer in God and his creation—than from someone attacking your faith.
I also have a blog called Creation by Evolution.