Here is a hefty critique of Pluralism as a Religious Philosophy, by Tim Keller & Charles Garland – read the full piece here.
In its pure form Pluralism is a fact. It’s not an opinion or a belief or a religion. In other words, not every one believes the same things. We live in a society that’s very diverse, not just ethnically, but also religiously. But when pluralism starts to become a philosophy, when it starts to become a religious dogma, then it becomes a different animal. And that’s what I want to call relativism — or religious relativism, philosophical pluralism. It goes by different names but that is the dogmatic religious assertion that all religions are basically the same, that no one knows the truth about God. And no one can know the ultimate truth about God in a way that invalidates other peoples’ religious opinions and the belief that it’s arrogant to say that you have the truth religiously and it is arrogant to try to persuade other people to believe what you believe religiously. That’s relativism, philosophical pluralism. And I would say that’s the default belief of most people you run into in our city.– whether they’re religious or not, most people think about religion that way.
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The real triumphs of the Gospel have not been when the church is strong in a worldly sense; they have been won when the church is faithful in the midst of weakness, contempt, and rejection.
- Lesslie Newbigin, The Open Secret (62)
“…If I live the life I’m given, I wont be scared to die.”
From The Once And Future Carpenter by The Avett Brothers
We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
- C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
How about a quick construction update on the REO Town venue?!?!
As you can see below, after initial demolition, trees are arriving to green up the new lot which should be completed soon. Fine grading and concrete will be finished up on site by next week and then will come the landscaping followed by the asphalt. To complete the exterior work, the fencing and light poles will go in hopefully by December 1st. *Though everything is weather dependent at this stage of the game, the initial progress is stellar!