Questions about Faith

Mark Burnett’s Bible TV Series: Epic Adventure.  The Survivor producer and his wife, actress Roma Downey, have produced an exhilarating take on classic stories about the epic struggle of the centuries between good and evil.  Powerful depictions; gripping scenes.  Well worth seeing by skeptics, searchers, and the faith-filled alike.  (Short op-ed)

Who Said That?  “Neither a borrower nor a lender be.”  “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  “Money is the root of all evil.”  “God helps those who help themselves.”  Who made these statements?  Learning who actually said them – and, in some cases, what they really said and meant – might surprise you.  (Short op-ed)

Jesus is Coming May 21?  We read it in the Washington Post.  “Save the date!” say the billboards.  That’s also our wedding anniversary.  Maybe we should invite him.  (Short op-ed; by Rusty Wright and Meg Korpi)

Americans Flunk Religion 101.  Think you know a lot about religion?  Pew Research Center says many atheists and agnostics know more about world faiths than do believers.  I once flunked an important faith question and learned that what you don’t know might hurt you.  (Short op-ed)

Freudian Slip:  The father of psychoanalysis had some compelling personal reasons for disliking Christianity.  What belief barriers and faith factors might have influenced him? (Probe radio series transcript.)  Italian

Mel Gibson’s Passion Film Ignites Passions.   Is Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ anti-Semitic?  Did Jewish people kill Jesus?  Are all Jewish people guilty of his death?  (Short op-ed)

When the Good Guys Don’t Win.   Though nice guys don’t always finish last, they don’t always finish first.  How to cope when your dreams don’t come true, or when life hammers you in spite of your best efforts.  (Magazine article)

Hope for a World Gone Bad.  Life can be messy.  Maybe you’ve felt like giving up.  Here are some reasons for hope.  (Magazine article)

7 Questions Skeptics Ask.  How we can “be prepared to give an answer.” (Probe radio series transcript.)  Spanish  Portuguese  French

Heaven is for Real, movie claims.  Colton Burpo says that at age 3, he went to heaven, saw Jesus, heard angels sing, and met both his deceased great grandfather and his miscarried sister.  The best-selling book about him is now a major motion picture.  Is heaven for real?  (Short op-ed by Rusty Wright)

90 Minutes in Heaven movie: There and back again?  What’s it like to die and go to heaven?  Don Piper believes he knows.  A horrendous 1989 auto accident left him battered, bloody, and – according to four Emergency Medical Technicians – dead.  Yet 90 minutes later, he was alive.  He says he visited heaven’s gates, heard celestial music, met deceased friends and family, saw streets of gold, and sensed God’s presence.  Was his heavenly experience real?  (Short op-ed)

The Shack movie: God and your tragedy.  When your personal tragedy strikes – and it will – is God good?  Millions wrestle with that question.  The Shack, a bestselling novel and now a movie, uses fanciful fiction to help people process age-old intellectual and emotional struggles about evil, suffering, and divine character.  (Short op-ed)