"I believe. Help Thou my unbelief." Except in this case, without the "I believe." And without "Thou."
For former Hollywood Adventist Church pastor Ryan Bell, 2014's motto could well be "Help my unbelief." Bell published an article New Year's Eve on The Huffington Post announcing that he would live a year without God. His plan was to eschew Christian sacred texts and instead look to non-religious thinkers for insight in a new season of unbelief.
Six in ten Americans (60%) say that “humans and other living things have evolved over time,” while a third (33%) reject the idea of evolution, saying that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time,” according to a new Pew Research Center analysis.
This weekend a Flickr user called Maryland Route 5 posted a stunning photograph of the interior of the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church. In his description, he said he had never been inside an Adventist church before, but he was greatly impressed by the Christmas service he attended, and by the "enriching spiritual experience" he found there.
His post said:
Watch a behind-the-scenes video by cast members of Miracle at Gate 213, including Academy Award-Winner Louis Gossett Jr., Grammy Award-Winner Deniece Williams, and Days of Our Lives super couple Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes.
The Adventist Church's religious liberty arm, the Public Affairs and Religious Liberty department, released a public service announcement video in concert with COMFILMS (www.comfilms.com) entitled "Discrimination Destroys People."
Accompanying the video came the following description:
"In 1893 the Seventh-day Adventist Church has founded the 'International Religious Liberty Association' (IRLA). This NGO promotes religious liberty for all people to this day. In 1901, the Adventist Church has installed the department 'Public Affairs and Religious Liberty' (PARL) to defend and promote religious liberty."
"This film clip deals with the universality and indivisibility of religious liberty and has been produced in six languages for the church's internal Religious Liberty Day in January 2014 by young Adventists together with COMFILMS."
Picture the scene: Pastors at a conference meeting are discussing Beyond The Search (2012), the $2.5 million outreach film series produced by Adventist Media Network, Australia. "I wish I could be more positive, but the seekers I’ve played it to don’t really get a clear message," says one. "It assumes quite a lot of knowledge and the film’s argument isn’t really coherent." Another says, "I’ve found some people like it, but most don’t find it very entertaining." One senior pastor says, "My Bible worker took it to a guy who saw NASCAR racing on the front cover, b
I grew up in a white, middle-class, fundamentalist Protestant community. As a result I learned to think of God as my Father, and Jesus as my savior, like a fairytale prince in shining armor or the ultimate boyfriend. As an undergraduate in Religious Studies, I encountered other ways to relate to the Divine and I discovered feminist Christianity.