I received a series of text messages from my 33-year-old daughter, Rebecca, who is also the mother of three. I asked her permission to share a lightly-edited version of them: Changing the subject. Have you seen “Cuties” on Netflix yet? It’s the film that has been so controversial. I watched it last night. It was so horrible. I’m still depressed about it.
According to a new Pew Research Center survey, 80 percent of teenagers (ages 13-17) whose parents are evangelical Christians have maintained that religious identity, while 81 percent of teens from Catholic homes share their parents’ religious views.
In a sweeping survey of thousands across 34 countries, the Pew Research Center wanted to discover whether people felt that you needed to believe in God in order to be moral. The results varied depending on economic development, education and age, with higher percentages in emerging economies holding to the importance of theism.
When I first came to Christ, I wondered how we can “know” if God exists and whether any religion is the right one. I have spent the last four decades seeking answers to those questions. Let me share three discoveries I’ve made.
Throughout his book Knowing God, J.I. Packer clarifies that God must be known on His own terms. Too often, the God Christians claim to know is One made in our own image. We must know the God revealed in Scripture and clarified by proper theology.
Throughout the years, many have turned to H. Richard Niebuhr, who classically outlined the various responses that could be made in light of the interplay between Christ and culture, with such famous typologies as “Christ Against Culture,” “Christ of Culture” and “Christ Above Culture.” Yet what Niebuhr actually explained is how two authorities—namely Christ and culture—compete with each another.