Charlie Van Dyke
Opinion by Amy-Jill Levine, special to CNN

(CNN) – It was once said, “religion is designed to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable.”

Jesus’ parables – short stories with moral lessons – were likewise designed to afflict, to draw us in but leave us uncomfortable.

These teachings can be read as being about divine love and salvation... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
By Lee Davidson | Religion News Service July 9

A new online essay by the LDS Church says its Book of Abraham is inspired scripture but perhaps not a literal word-for-word translation of ancient Egyptian papyrus scrolls by the faith’s founder, Joseph Smith.

The article says it is possible that the papyri merely served as a catalyst for revelation ... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Know The Bible?
Posted June 27, 2014 by Charlie Van Dyke in The Good Books
Christian professor Dr. Kenneth Berding is warning that biblical illiteracy is at a tipping point, with countless believers ignoring the Bible and failing to understand or apply its contents to their lives.

Berding, who teaches New Testament studies at Biola University in La Mirada, California, said he’s seen students coming into his classroom in re... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
By Mike Wade

Remember the game show “To Tell the Truth?” The celebrity panel had to tell who the real person was from the other two imposters. Edith Ann’s famous line? Lily Tomlin’s character would sit in that huge rocker and issue a nice slobbery raspberry after saying “and THAT’S the truth!” We’ve all watched enough Law & Order enough to know... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Camels And The Bible
Posted February 27, 2014 by Charlie Van Dyke in The Good Books
Opinion by Joel Baden, special to CNN

(CNN) – It’s been a rough 2014 for the book of Genesis.

First a Noah’s Ark discovery raised a flood of questions, then there was the much-hyped debate over life’s origins between Bill Nye the Science Guy and creationist Ken Ham.

And now this: a scientific report establishing that camels, the basic mode of t... read more
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