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The Areopagus Update – Oct/Nov 2017 Newsletter

Posted: Monday, October 9th, 2017

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“Why a Reformation Was Necessary Then… and Now

by Jefrey D. Breshears

I returned a week ago from our Areopagus-sponsored Reformation History Tour. As anticipated, it was an inspiring experience as we visited many of the key sites associated with this momentous period in Christian history – Wittenberg, Worms, Geneva, Zurich, Canterbury, Oxford and Cambridge universities, Edinburgh and St. Andrews, and many others where committed Christians worked so passionately and fearlessly to restore their vision of New Testament Christianity despite great opposition from the established church of their day.

Being there, it not only expanded and enriched my historical consciousness of this transformative era but further emphasized just how informed, how equipped, and how engaged we need to be regarding the great challenges facing us currently in America.

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The Benedict Option: A Necessary Preface

Posted: Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

by Jefrey D. Breshears

In the course of reading reviews and listening to comments over the past couple of months regarding Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option, it has occurred to me that some kind of Preface needs to precede any kind of thoughtful and focused discussion of the book. In particular, there are three basic questions that should to be addressed in order to clearly understand Dreher’s thesis and his seminal arguments. Unless there is a consensus agreement on these issues, any discussion and debate on the relative merits of the book are probably futile.

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Ten Myths–and Ten Truths–About Atheism

Posted: Friday, April 14th, 2017

The following is a collection of informal responses to an op-ed piece published by the atheist advocate Sam Harris in the LA Times on December 24, 2006 tat was sent to me by a lingtime friend with whome I had been out of touch for many years. When we reconnected, we foudn that we were on the opposite sides of most issues, although he doesn’t subscribe to all Harris’s points. We had exchanged several e-mails prior to his sending me this piece, so you catch us here in mid-flight. Some comments will be clearer when you know that my friend’s father was a very successful scientist. Hopefully, you will enjoy the “conversation”–and perhaps gain some new insights as well. — Bruce Phillips

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The Salvation Process

Posted: Friday, April 14th, 2017

Spiritual salvation is a two-phase process that begins with the spiritual phenomenon of conversion and continues through a life-long process of transformation (or “spiritual formation”) related to Christian discipleship.

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Deconstructing “The DaVinci Code”

Posted: Friday, April 14th, 2017

The Da Vinci Code is the kind of book that serious scholars tend to dismiss as unworthy of comment. If only it were true. Based on dubious scholarship and replete with factual errors, questionable assertions and crackpot conspiracy theories, the book is impressive for all the wrong reasons.

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Christian and Eastern Spirituality: The Fundamental Differences

Posted: Friday, April 14th, 2017

Today, many Christians are dissatisfied with mere religion and are searching for a deeper spirituality, a direct and intimate relationship with God. Unfortunately, many shy away from the discipline of meditation because they associate it with Eastern religions or New Age metaphysics.

In fact, meditation (or contemplative prayer) has always been an integral part of Christian spiritual formation. It is simply the listening phase of the internal dialogue with God. Through meditation we learn to relax our bodies and clear our minds of distractions in order to hear the subtle and quiet voice of God within us: “Be still and know that I am God” [Psalm 46:10].

Christian meditation differs from Eastern meditation in four basic ways: (1)Theology, or our fundamental beliefs about God; (2)Psychology, or understanding of human nature; (3)The Christocentric focus; and (4)The ultimate goal. The following briefly summarizes these fundamental differences.

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Building a Core Library: 50 Recommendations

Posted: Friday, April 14th, 2017

The following books are recommended for Christians who want to build a systematic and substantive core library that includes some of the best Christian works in 7 key areas: (1)Biblical Studies; (2)Christian History; (3)Christian Apologetics; (4)Christian Spirituality; (5)Christian Life and Discipleship; (6)Church Life; and (7)Eschatology. All of these books are highly recommended, as is the sequence in which they are listed within each category. Also included are several reference books that are marked with an asterisk (*).

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The Origins of Cultural Marxism and Political Correctness (Part 2)

Posted: Friday, April 14th, 2017

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The Frankfurt School, The Founding Agenda

In 1923 Felix Weil organized a week-long symposium, chaired by the aforementioned Georg Lukacs, in Frankfurt, Germany in which they laid out a vision for a Marxist think-tank and research center. Ironically, like Friedrich Engels (Karl Marx’s longtime collaborator and benefactor), Weil was the son of a wealthy capitalist, but he had converted to Marxism as a Ph.D. student while studying under the political philosopher Karl Korsch at the University of Frankfurt. Following the conference, Weil secured the financing to erect a building and fund the salaries for an institute that would have the academic status of a university. The original name for the center was the Institute for Marxism (Institut fur Marxismus), but for public relations purposes the directors decided to give it a more generic name, The Institute for Social Research (Institut fur Sozialforschung). Since then, the ISR has usually been known simply as “the Frankfurt School.”

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The Origins of Cultural Marxism and Political Correctness (Part 1)

Posted: Friday, April 14th, 2017

In his book on the American Civil Liberties Union, Alan Sears of the Alliance Defending Freedom writes that one of the great myths of the 20th century is that the ACLU started out as a good, patriotic, pro-liberty organization that unfortunately strayed off-course. The truth, however, is that when we look at its history the evidence shows something quite different. From the beginning, the ACLU had a subversive agenda: to undermine the foundations of traditional American culture through the manipulation and exploitation of our legal system.

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The Dark Side Of The Reformation

Posted: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

An Article by Dr. Jefrey Breshears

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The Reformation Wall in Geneva, Switzerland

(Excerpt from the introduction)

….However, there was another, darker side of the Reformation era that is often overlooked. The century- and-a-quarter between 1525-1650 was an exceedingly turbulent period in Europe and Britain as numerous bloody and destructive wars raged between Catholics and Protestants – all fought, of course, in the name of the Prince of Peace. For while the Reformation sparked a great deal of intense religious zeal, it also ignited a firestorm of religious bigotry and persecution that generated an unprecedented degree of social and political chaos that shattered the fragile unity of European civilization. Along with positive developments such as the breakup of the Roman Catholic religious monopoly, the emergence of fresh new religious movements that brought spiritual renewal to millions, the reevaluation of antiquated political dogmas such as “royal absolutism” and the “divine right of kings,” and the eventual acceptance of religious tolerance, the excesses of the Reformation inadvertently produced a secular reaction that contributed to the rise of religious skepticism and humanistic rationalism throughout Europe and Britain.

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