Monat: Dezember 2006

Big mistake?

Richard Dawkins has been at it again. This time, in a Guardian blog article, he uses controversy on the age of the Earth and on the evolution theory’s compliance to the second law of thermodynamics as a reference to point out, how large the supposed error of the evolutionists is, from a creationist perspective. But, Mr. Dawkins, what’s really new about that? There’s no need to resort to lengthy explanations about isotope age measurements and entropy. We always knew it: One side postulates the existence of an almighty God, the creator of the universe, who, on top of it all, is interested in our lives and will one day judge us based on how we were living. The other side claims such a being doesn’t exist. One of the two is obviously wrong. How could there possibly be a greater discrepancy between the two?
In fact, thinking about it, in light of the magnitude of difference created by believing (or not believing) in the existence of God, Dawkin’s magnitude of error of merely factor 460,000 pales and turns out to be completely trivial.
But, what if you’re the one who is wrong, and there is actually a God? Think about the magnitude of difference that really makes — not just in theory, but for you, personally.

What Really Unites Pentecostals?

The major hallmark of Pentecostalism is — tada! — the prosperity gospel. Who’da thunk? Well, Ted Olson certainly does think so:

But for now, as the Pew Forum survey shows, Pentecostalized Christianity is nearly synonymous with the prosperity gospel. So while we listen to our brothers and sisters, we also need to proclaim biblical truths that counter the "health and wealth" message. The spiritual gift most needed in the 21st century is the gift of discernment 1 Cor. 12:10.

While I agree on the importance of discernment, I’m kind of missing it in this article. First of all, it seems hard to generalize the Pentecostal movement on a global scale. The article does admit that, but then, in conclusion, comes back to such a generalization. Second, I find it kind of hard to focus on one single aspect and declare this "the thing that really unites Pentecostals" — especially when this is just the aspect that would exclude a lot of folks (including me) from the Pentecostal fold.
No, Mr. Olsen, I do not agree.

Über Christoph

Christoph Fischer (* 1978) ist Pfarrer der Evangelischen Landeskirche in Württemberg auf der Pfarrstelle „Erlöserkirche“ in Albstadt-Tailfingen.

Christoph ist verheiratet mit Rebecca. Gemeinsam haben sie drei Töchter.