Camus, Absurdism, and the Faith of the Church

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Albert Camus was a French philosopher whose literary output included essays and novels.  Recently, I read his book, La Chute (The Fall), adding to my list of The Stranger, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays, and The Plague.   The Fall is unusual in that it is a monologue of a man to…
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Overcoming Evil without Being Overcome

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To be a disciple of Christ means that we are engaged in a battle against evil.  A central tension in the plot of the Gospels is Christ’s battle with the devil and the human opponents who represent him or defend his cause (see the confession at Caesarea Philippi in Matthew…
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Witnessing and Division in the Church

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The Church is divided.  This is not news.  Especially since the Reformation,  the Church has not been able to speak with one voice.  In America there exist hundreds of denominations and independent churches that can boggle the mind. How does this fact affect our witness?  Doctrines vary from one church…
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Symbolism and Orthodoxy

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Years ago, I happened to be in a Quaker meetinghouse.  I was astounded at what should not have surprised me.  The building contained no Christian symbols, pictorial or otherwise.  Banners were hung in the fellowship area, but not one of them included a Christian symbol.  This experience reminded me that…
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An Overall Idea

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Americans do not live in a culture with an overall idea.   One might object by saying that we have freedom and the Constitution as causes worthy of our united respect.  But, neither is any longer compelling in our society. The organs of government must make great efforts to keep the…
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The Sacred Obscure Amidst the Secular

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The Advent and Christmas seasons are astir with secular activity, not the least of which is the commercial.  Santa and his reindeer, busy elves, gift buying, snowmen, snowflakes, the Grinch, candy canes and many other holiday fixtures overwhelm the biblical story of Christmas. Drive or walk down any neighborhood, and…
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The Misuse of the Word Eternal

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The word eternal in reference to the universe means a system of never ending and never beginning time, or it can mean timelessness, that is, reality outside time where clocks don’t tick.  In the latter sense God is eternal.  In relation to the flow of time, God has no beginning…
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To Be Like God

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Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  For this deed, they were thrown out of the Garden of Eden.  The serpent was the one who told Adam and Eve that if they ate of this fruit, they would be “like…
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The Promise

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Last time, the topic was our aspirations in life, especially a yearning for God to fulfill our lives.  Writers, like Feuerbach and Freud, have criticized Christianity for representing wish-fulfillment.  Freud called belief an illusion. We desire eternal life, but fulfillment is not possible.  God does not exist; He is merely…
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Our Aspirations

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We all have dreams and hopes for our lives.  These aspirations may change as we mature, but we always have them.  The deepest of these aspirations has to do with our relationship with God and the hope that is grounded in Him. How does this idea pertain to atheists?  Even…
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