Christian Denominations: A Comprehensive Guide

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Christian denominations are a defining feature of Christian History.

Also, Christianity is the dominant religion of the world with the most number of adherents by far.

As of 2020 there are few halfway decent guides on the internet that explain Christian denominations.

This post changes that.

This page covers everything you need to know about the major branches of Christianity including:

  1. What is, and is not, a Christian denomination
  2. A very brief history of Christianity
  3. The birthplace of most major Christian denominations
  4. A solid introduction to the major denominations and their unique features

And more.

Best of all? It is completely free to read and share.

Enjoy.

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Perfect Bible Reading Plan For Busy Professionals in 2020

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Most one-year Bible reading plans require you to read 3-4 Chapters everyday without missing a single day. This is a recipe for disaster.

In this post I share with you a reading plan that is flexible and easy. I’ll explain why it’s so great, and I share some simple (but super effective) tips to start building a daily habit of reading the Bible.

This plan is perfect for anyone who has (almost) no time to spare or has really struggled to make Bible reading a daily habit.

This Bible reading plan really works and, best of all, you can start using it right now.

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The Limitations of Digital Minimalism

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Digital Minimalism

Digital minimalism is an attempt to tackle something that I think almost everyone today can sympathise with; how much time social media and big tech suck out of our lives.

Love it or hate it, no one can deny the fundamental presence of big tech in our modern lives.

If you’re one of the people who has shifted over time from off-handed comments about how much time we spend on social media, to becoming legitimately concerned that it is negatively affecting other aspects of your life, then you’re not alone.

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Scientific American: 15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense [Debunked]

In 2002 Scientific American published a lengthy article challenging numerous, supposedly ‘popular’ creationist arguments.

But are the arguments really the best ones he could find?

How well do their responses stand up to the challenge?

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Why Atheism Fails

What is atheism?

If you ask an atheist this question most often they will carefully explain to you that atheism is ‘a lack of belief in God’.

They’re very sensitive about this.

A lack of belief is not the same thing as non-belief. To claim God ‘does not exist’ is an absolute statement, and one which is virtually impossible to prove deductively.

So the atheist will simply say they ‘lack belief’ and will say this is mostly because of a ‘lack of sufficient evidence’ (agnosticism).

Some atheists are happy to flat-out deny the existence of God and explicitly deny He exists, but most do not.

In practise however, virtually all atheists live life as if God does not exist and harbour a characteristic antagonism towards religious belief.

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A Dialogue with Natasha Crain on Evolution

Have you heard of Natasha Crain?

She’s the author of an excellent blog dedicated to empowering Christian parents to raise their kids with a good, solid foundation in Christian apologetics.

Mrs Crain has a great blog and has written some great articles about everything from how to teach your kids to think critically, to the potential warning signs and consequences of raising your kids on a watered down faith.

A lot of people assume teaching their kids apologetics would involve some kind of formal event: Dad comes home from work with his suit and briefcase, loosens the tie (only slightly), then sternly gathers the children and announces, “Kids, it’s time to talk about…apologetics… but it doesn’t have to be like this!” – Natasha Crain

It’s a brilliant blog, which makes mine look like a cheap soap-box. It has a lot of really great, readable information and some of the big hitters in apologetics such as Dr J Warner Wallace for example have openly endorsed and featured her work.

Scanning through Mrs Crain’s posts I stumbled upon this one:

4 Key Points Christian Kids Need to Understand About Evolution

I’m very interested to know where other Christian’s, especially big hot-shot apologists, stand on evolution. How you see Genesis, and the relationship between the Bible and science says a lot about how you view scripture, in my experience. So naturally I was intrigued to get some insight into one of my new favourite bloggers’ perspective on this vital issue.

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Atheists claim to believe in science but…

Editors note: In my last post I took issue with yet another random internet thing I found, and explained what was wrong with it. This post I thought I would go on the offensive. This post is my own little random internet thing, please enjoy.

Atheists claim the intellectual high ground. Atheism is not shackled by the crushing bonds of outdated superstition and religious nonsense. Atheists are clever, sensible people who believe in science, and trust the evidence.

Atheists don’t have blind faith, this is just for silly fundamentalist Christians and creationists.

Or so they would like you to think.

The truth is atheists claim to believe in science, but they actually believe…

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Christian Creationists (Do Not, Actually) Reject Science, but they do Believe in Miracles

So I came across yet another anonymous placard and my knee jerk reaction was to write another point-by-point response to its nonsense.

Except that most points have a similar theme and are, to some extent, true (not all of them). The points on this list, more or less, describe events recorded in the Bible.

This placard is deriding Christians simply for accepting what the Bible says is true, basically.

The reasons this post is ridiculous are a little more general.

Oh by the way here’s the placard:

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An Introduction to Creationism

What Is Creationism?

Creationism or, Biblical Creationism, states that God created the world from nothing in six days as stated in Genesis chapter 1.

According to Christians the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God, the one and only God who exists outside of time (because He created time).

Of course it’s no secret that within Christianity there are many different interpretations of the Bible and what it says.

But in general if you’re a Christian then, hopefully, you believe the Bible is true.

That means the whole Bible, including the very first part. This should not really be a particularly controversial thing right?

What’s wrong with Christians believing in their own Bible?

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