Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Simplicity of Barth’s faith

The simplicity of Barth’s faith is beautifully illustrated in an incident described by J. M. Boice:

“Several years before his death the Swiss theologian Karl Barth came to the United States for a series of lectures. At one of these, after a very impressive lecture, a student asked a typically American question. He said, ‘Dr. Barthbarth in chair, what is the greatest thought that has ever passed through your mind?’ The aging professor paused for a long time as he obviously thought about his answer. Then he said with great simplicity:‘Jesus loves me! This I know. For the Bible tells me so’ ” - Foundations of the Christian Faith.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Confound it!

In keeping with the presumed folly of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, God has chosen the so-called foolish ones of the world to confound the wisdom of the wise, the weak to confound the strong, the trivial and contemptible, the things that are not to bring to nothing those that are, in order that it may be manifest that no flesh can glory in His presence (1 Corinthians 1.18, 26–29).

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Sharia reasoning about jihad!

In his excellent book, "Arguing the Just War in Islam", John Kelsay bluntly states, “Those who wish to argue that Islam has nothing to do with the attacks of 9/11 or with the tactics of Iraqi ‘insurgents’ will find no comfort here.” Indeed, the “facts are plain” that the militants in question identify themselves as Muslim and use Sharia reasoning about jihad to justify their actions. Unless one is willing to ignore the statements of the militants themselves, one cannot deny the central role of Sharia reasoning in the acts of violent Muslim extremists.

The Story!