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Darwin and the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

Deism is alive and well. It exists in the Church, amongst members of the public, and is still to be found in intellectual circles. I have lost count of the number of conversations I have had with people, some of whom are religious and some who are not, where the idea of God that they ascribed to was very definitely the God of Deism.

by Rev Dr Russel Moffat

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The Believing Brain

Linked here is a review of Shermer’s popular book “The Believing Brain” by Eugene A Curry. It is excellent: everything one would hope for in a critical review. It is fair, balanced, informative and penetrating in its analysis.

by Rev Dr Russel Moffat

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The Battle for the Truth

In a recent article in the Spectator (31st March) entitled the “Democracy Delusion,” Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas, raise many important and disturbing issues. Focussing on the work of Andres Sepulveda one of the world’s most infamous election-rigging specialists, the article demonstrates very clearly the challenge that democracy faces in our contemporary world through manipulation of the digital revolution.

by Rev Dr Russel Moffat

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Theology In the Public Square

It was interesting and exciting to hear Tom Wright interviewed on a Spectator Podcast recently regarding his latest book - Paul: A Biography and for a review of that book to appear in the latest edition of the Spectator magazine (24th of March). The review is very good and the podcast superb (a link to it is found below). Wright comes across very well indeed. He sounds personable, erudite, passionate and persuasive…everything we would want in a public intellectual, especially with regards to the Christian faith.

by Rev Dr Russel Moffat

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Return to the Creed

Another book I would recommend as essential reading for the contemporary Church in the project of renewing Jerusalem in the 21st Century is “The Creed: What Christians Believe and Why it Matters” by the Roman Catholic scholar Luke Timothy Johnson. He argues that for Modernity, it is the Christian Creed that most offends the “Cultured Despisers” of our age.

by Rev Dr Russel Moffat

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The Making of the Christian Mind in the 21st Century

Darwin Day has recently been celebrated by Humanists and Secularists across the globe and acknowledged no doubt, by some Christians too! Darwin came to Edinburgh in 1825 to study medicine, following in the footsteps of his Father and Grandfather. The capitol of Scotland was at that time a bustling and flourishing place receiving the accolade of the “Athens of the North.”

by Rev Dr Russel Moffat

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