Christian History

Responding to Criticisms of Christianity

"Hardly any comment thread on this blog is without someone blaming Christians and Christianity for war, slavery, oppression, sexism, intolerance, or whatever else is evil.  Bring up the value of Lutheran theology and you can count on accusations that Luther is responsible for Hitler and the Holocaust. So how should Christians respond to such criticisms?" - Gene Veith

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Christian Persecution and the Origins of Religious Freedom

Tertullian "asserted that it is a 'fundamental human right, a privilege of nature, that every man should worship according to his own convictions.' He was the first to argue for religious toleration as a general principle and, in so doing, coined the phrase 'freedom of religion' (libertas religionis)." - IFWE

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The Roots of Postfundamentalist Evangelicalism (and Fundamentalism)

"One thing that I perhaps should mention is that evangelicalism (and fundamentalism) is the sum of reactions to the Enlightenment. In this sense, both movements are reactionary, but with turtle-like reactions of decades to a problem now centuries old." - Don Johnson

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Do We Really Need to Keep Singing Hymns?

"Everyone thinks they have something to say and will scratch and claw to build a platform to say it. Another bestselling author can rise in the time it takes to froth a Latte. And they’re gone before you finish your cup. Rich, thoughtful, timeless truths are so hard to come by. How do we cut through the fog? Give me something ancient. Something that has stood the test of time. I want some of that." - Church Leaders

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Mourning Bastille Day

"French radicals inspired by secular, Enlightenment philosophy, wanted to expunge all religious influence and replace it with 'reason.' This ideal was exemplified at Notre Dame, where revolutionaries removed Christian symbols and replaced them with 'Goddesses of Reason'....All clergy were ordered to declare allegiance to the state rather than the church." - Breakpoint

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Five “Fake News” Stories That People Believe about Early Christianity