Empty Vessel Religion

Empty VesselOn day two of the Canadian Rockies Theological Conference Dr.  Uwe Siemon-Netto continued to unfold the “religions” people are turning to in order to fill their emptiness.

He spoke a lot about various forms of “Spiritism” led by Allan Kardec and others like Timothy Leary (psychologist and drug experimenter) and Ron Hubbard (Church of Scientology).

These movements benefit from a Christianity that has often failed to ground people in the faith. In South America Spiritism has even influenced many countries where Roman Catholicism allowed for the merging of often contradictory belief systems (syncretism). Continue reading

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The Me Generation

me me me generationI’m attending the Canadian Rockies Theological Conference this week in Canmore, Alberta. The primary guest speaker is Dr. Uwe Siemon-Netto.

His opening presentation addressed what he considers to be the key problem of today’s society: the “Me Generation.” He says that it is a form of narcissism  that has become “a religion that places the ME at the altar and then attempts to kneel in front of it.”

We see this “Me” attitude in people not signalling when changing lanes, “selfies” and in the incredible amounts of abortion. Continue reading

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Tertullian

TertullianI just finished reading Tertullian’s book, The Apology. It’s not a long read, but it is a challenging one since it is written in an ancient style we are not familiar with.

Wikipedia describes Tertullian in this way: Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus, (c. 160 – c. 225 AD), was a prolific early Christian author from Carthage in the Roman province of Africa. He was a notable early Christian apologist and a polemicist against heresy.

Tertullian is perhaps most famous for his use of the term Trinity and giving the oldest exposition of a Trinitarian theology. However, he wrote his trinitarian formula after becoming a Montanist (a recognized early church heresy). As a result, he was never canonized by the Catholic Church since several of his later teachings directly contradicted the actions and teachings of the apostles. Continue reading

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