John Dickson defends the message of Easter. . .
In recent years the Easter slogan that "Jesus died for the sins of the world" has been ridiculed beyond belief. Richard Dawkins, former Oxford University professor and author of The God Delusion, scoffs that "it is vicious, sado-masochistic and repellent". And, in a daring piece of historical commentary, he insists it was not even taught by Jesus himself, but was invented later by the apostle Paul. We should therefore "dismiss the idea as barking mad. If God wanted to forgive our sins, why not just forgive them?"
HT: Murray Campbell
He says he's not surprised by the findings But he thinks many people believe in a metaphorical interpretation of the resurrection, rather than taking the story literally. IAN PEARSON : Many Australians, although certainly not a majority, would see Jesus as metaphorically real, or his resurrection as metaphorically real, but would expect that the bones of Jesus would be found in Palestine.
When I was at university authors like Francis Schaeffer, Os Guiness, Colin Chapman and James Sire were constant companions as I wrestled with what I believed as an evangelical Christian in the midst of the confusion of competing worldviews.
Today some of the alternatives have changed, but the challenge remains. Now a new generation has to understand the competing systems of belief; work out what they believe and why; and communicate the unchanging gospel in a relevant way to their culture.
Bayard Taylor has written a user-friendly guide for anyone facing the challenge of responding to the worldviews on offer today. The book is both comprehensive and readable. Ideal for college students or anyone asking the ultimate questions in life.
Here's the blahblahblah website. You can download sample chapters and listen to some audio. Even better, buy the whole book. Even better buy a few and hand them around.