Posts Tagged ‘Belief’

Doomsday cult leader held 400 followers prisoner in Fiji Comments 0

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Reverend Esther, the leader of a South Korean doomsday cult, has been arrested for allegedly holding some 400 followers captive in Fiji. Esther, whose legal name is Shin Ok-ju’, is the founder of the Grace Road Church. The church has a corporate branch called the GR Group. Esther was arrested with three other cult leaders Read more

Tolerance of others’ faiths comes through understanding Comments 0

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Here’s a question for you. To what degree do you understand the key principles of the world’s major religions? Judaism. Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism? And how did you develop that knowledge? Through school? Your parents? The media? Your church, perhaps? Or maybe through your own research? I’ll put up my hand and say that Read more

From sceptics to shruggers: The six different kinds of lapsed Catholics Comments 0

Friday, November 20th, 2015

A recent poll, which Fr Lucie-Smith has blogged about [recently], suggests that 40 per cent of the British don’t believe that Jesus was a real historical figure. Here is another depressing statistic from the US: 79 per cent of Catholics who lapse, do so before the age of 23. I learnt this from the blog Read more

There are 3 kinds of Christians that outsiders respect Comments 0

Friday, November 7th, 2014

There are three kinds of Christians that outsiders to the faith respect: pilgrims, activists, and artists. The uncommitted will listen to them far sooner than to an evangelist or apologist. So says Philip Yancy in the HuffingtonPost. He says he decide to write his book Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News? after reading Read more

Sunday Assembly not anti-god Comments 0

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Those responsible for bringing the Sunday Assembly to New Zealand are keen to dispel any preconceived negative ideas people may have about their movement. Just like any church service, there is singing, service sheets and meaningful readings. But unlike others, the Sunday Assembly is a godless congregation focussed on inspiring guest speakers. “We don’t say Read more

New atheist church opens its doors in Christchurch Comments 3

Friday, September 26th, 2014

The Sunday Assembly, commonly know as the atheist church, has arrived in Christchurch. Sunday Assembly Christchurch will formally launch on Sunday September 28th, 2014. Sunday Assembly is a church without god but it is not necessarily anti god. Sunday Assembly was founded in London in January 2013, and since then it has exploded across the world Read more

Bad attitudes theists have towards atheists Comments 0

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Norman Vincent Peale, who wrote The Power of Positive Thinking, once said, “The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” It’s hard to honestly face criticism, but it’s the only way we can grow as human beings, since we are notoriously good at deceiving Read more

Faith, tattoos, and evangelisation Comments 0

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Tanksley has five tattoos, three of them with faith themes. A Greek Chi-Rho symbol can be found “hidden” on the inside of his left arm where the arm bends. The tattoo represents a time before Christianity was accepted and followers had to keep their faith a secret. Tanksley believes many still hesitate to express their Read more

Choosing to believe Comments 0

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

“You believe in God? Jesus!” The irony was lost on my friend. The only funny thing he’d picked up on was that I could believe in God. I get it. As a leftie, organic pasta, and free-the-gay-whale type, people tend to think I’m atheist. At a stretch, I’m middle class enough to be a casual Buddhist Read more

Mealamu – Being a Christian means having a relationship with God. Comments 0

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

In a recent interview in the New Zealand Herald, All Black, Keven Mealamu was asked how big a part faith played in his life. “It’s always with you,” he replied. “I’m Catholic. Go to church whenever I can. When we were on tour in Italy I stopped into a church with a couple of the other boys Read more