In the final two years of his life, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote several letters from Tegel prison to his friend Eberhard Bethge in which he spoke of the need for what he referred to as a “religionless Christianity.” “I shall not come out of here a homo religiosus!,” he declared vehemently in a note dated November 21, 1943. “My fear and distrust of ‘religiosity’ have become greater than ever here. The fact that the Israelites never&nbs
I’ve been to the One project three times, in Atlanta, Seattle, and Chicago. However, I haven’t attended since retiring from the White Estate three+ years ago. Though I didn’t find the One project splendid in every way as did my good friend William Johnsson (see "the One project: Why I'm Mad"), neither did I find it the hotbed of iniquity described by some of our Adventist brothers and sisters.
The village atheist was never a threat to people of faith. He—and it was always a he—never amounted to being more than a gadfly. That was the case with Robert Ingersoll, the 19th-century master of the craft, and Richard Dawkins of the 21st century has not been any more successful. People are not ideologically threatened by their enemies, be they religious or secular.
The following open letter, has been sent to newly-appointed Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division (SID) President Dr. Solomon Maphosa and other top leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination after several months of silence on the matter of SID Commucation Director Paul Charles' ongoing employment.
I really appreciated most of the thoughtful, honest answers Jean Sheldon gave during her Spectrum interview, "Making Sense of a Vengeful God," just as I appreciate Jean herself. I know her to be an excellent teacher and a wise, loving, caring, and thoughtful person. I live in the same community as she does. The other day I offered a ride to a college student escaping campus for an afternoon. When I found out he was a senior theology student, I asked him who his favorite teacher was.