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Your truth? My truth? The truth?

No one likes to be lied to. Without truth there can be no trust. But what is truth? Does it really exist? Well, think about it for a moment. It’s actually impossible to say “truth does not exist” without at the same time making a truth claim! Try to deny that truth exists, and you’ll only end up proving it does. But how do you determine if some particular thing is true? Is something true if it feels true? No.…

Cancel Culture…in Amersham?

We live at a tricky time. Expressing what you believe, on any number of social, moral or political issues, can quickly lead to your marginalisation or even cancellation. Scary though that prospect may be, it is as of nothing compared with the fate you could have suffered in England 500 years ago, simply for holding different beliefs from the King or the Church. A monument off Station Road in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, UK, records the ‘cancellation’, by execution, of eleven local…

Climate Change

“I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is.” Stirring words from Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Our world is in peril. We are facing more frequent and more intense droughts, storms and heat waves. Sea levels are rising, glaciers are melting…

Charles Darwin and the Origin of Species

In the BBC series ‘Great Britons’ in 2002, Charles Darwin was listed as the 4th greatest Briton ever to have lived. In his contribution to the series, BBC correspondent and atheist Andrew Marr stated: “We have many local heroes; we have only one world changer. His name is Charles Darwin.” In a similar vein James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, stated, “Charles Darwin will eventually be seen as a far more influential figure in the history of human…

How to Find Peace with God

Inner peace. Illusive, fleeting, easily disturbed. How to obtain it? How to maintain it? Meditation, drugs, religion, yoga, romance? Endless options, mixed success. But there’s another kind of peace that you need. Objective rather than subjective; fixed rather than variable.; eternal rather than fleeting. Think about it this way. The opposite of peace is war. Ever since humanity first raised its fist to God in the garden of Eden by wilfully disobeying His law, the whole human race has been…

The DaVinci Code – A Christian Response

Dan Brown, author of best-selling novel “The DaVinci Code’, claims to know the truth about the greatest cover-up in human history. Though the information he discloses already existed in older non-fiction books such as ‘Holy Blood Holy Grail’ (Dell, 1983) and ‘The Templar Revelation’ (Simon & Schuster, 1998), it took what ‘The Boston Globe’ called a ‘dazzling performance’ by this previously almost unheard of American novelist to introduce this conspiracy theory to the wider world – first in print and…

Postmodernism – Explained and Exposed

“What’s true for you may not be true for me,” encapsulates the postmodern idiom fairly well. Despite its recent origin, postmodernism currently dominates Western 21st Century media, academia, politics and much of ‘the church’. Statistics reveal that a majority of young people in the West hold to the following ‘truth’; “There is no such thing as absolute truth.” A thing may be cool, OK or workable, but to say it is ‘true’ implies something else is ‘false’, a judgment call…

The Bible Validates Itself

The Bible needs no external authority to validate it. Scripture is self-authenticating and bears the unmistakable stamp of divine authorship, as John Parkinson explains: In our pluralistic age we often hear the Bible described as merely another source of divine inspiration alongside the sacred texts of the Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs. It is also argued that the Bible makes its own claim to be the word of God and that therefore the claim cannot be valid. Why should anyone…

Few Sophisticated People Believe the Bible – Here’s Why.

Psychologist, author and Harvard professor Steven Pinker is one of the world’s leading atheists. In his book, Enlightenment Now (Penguin, 2018), he says: “Few sophisticated people today profess a belief in heaven and hell, the literal truth of the Bible, or a God who flouts the laws of physics.” Pinker is undoubtedly correct, and I say that as a person who believes in heaven and hell, in the literal truth of the Bible and in the miracles recorded in Scripture. Stung by Pinker’s smear,…

No, Mr Dawkins, Faith is Not “Belief without Evidence”

Faith is anathema to outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins, who scornfully describes it as “blind trust, in the absence of evidence, even in the teeth of evidence”.1  Without evidence, faith is silly; with evidence, faith is superfluous. Game, set and match to atheism? Not so fast. When Christ appeared alive in a room in Jerusalem, two weeks after his resurrection, he faced skepticism from ‘doubting Thomas’, a disciple who had made clear he wasn’t about to believe in any kind of miraculous resurrection without evidence.…

How Do You Know You Are Saved?

Ask people who claim to be saved how they know they are saved, and you’ll receive a wide variety of answers. Some say “I just know”. If that’s your answer, may I kindly ask you exactly how you know? Without a valid basis for this ‘inner-knowing’, all you are really saying is “I know because I know”! You wouldn’t speak like that about your bank balance, or your employment contract, or your house insurance – how much less about your eternal destiny. Let’s be clear, “I just…