The release of Kanye West’s gospel album “Jesus is King” last year was one of the biggest events in music and pop culture worldwide. The release of any new music from Kanye garners a lot of attention anyway being one of the biggest and most influential contemporary musicians today. What made the release of this album such a phenomenon is that it was in some sense the culmination of his very public transformation from Yeezus to a servant of King Jesus.
The Christian world has warmly received this once improbable addition to Christian music. In a way, he is fulfilling his mission of being here “to convert atheists to believers” by making millions of people around the world, including non-Christians say, “Jesus is King.” Many have reviewed the album and commented on what their favourite songs are. My favourite song is the final track “Jesus is Lord.” It is probably the least talked about track and I have heard no one call it their favourite. I will explain why I love it and why it is the most important song on the album. Continue reading “Yes Kanye: “Jesus is Lord””
Over the last couple of years, I have thought and written a lot about Christian music. One of the most important realisations I have come to over this period is Christian music has to be good music. I know. This is not exactly a shocking revelation. However, when you begin to think about the overall quality of contemporary Christian music, there isn’t really much quality control going on. Continue reading “Christian Music and Good Music”
Justin Gill over at Common Thought has written an interesting article titled “Gospel Allegiance”, Kanye West, & Pharisees. It discusses what we are to make of Kanye West’s very public conversion. Continue reading ““Jesus is King” says Kanye West?”
There are things thing we rather easily accept as true even though we find them confusing or irrational. The Trinity, proponents argue, is the greatest example of such paradoxical truths. This really resonates with believers for whom the creator is by definition beyond the creature’s comprehension. Even if you are not a Christian, you have to admit it is a reasonable argument to say you are simply describing reality even if it seems counterintuitive. When presented in this sort of manner, I think the Trinity is far more rationally formidable. With that said, there are still serious problems with logical arguments for the Trinity. Continue reading “The Trinity, Truth and Logic (Part II)”
To put it mildly the Trinity is a difficult concept to grasp. To say there is one God and that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are equally God, and equal to one another, yet are different from one another clearly stretches logic. This is something that even Trinitarians implicitly admit when they call the Trinity a “mystery”, that is, a theological truth beyond human logical comprehension. Even though they will heartily affirm it, the overwhelming majority of Trinitarian Christians cannot make sense of it. Most believers tend to avoid it altogether often out of fear of flirting with heresy if they press the matter just a little further. It is therefore unsurprising that both Christian and non-Christian critics tend to primarily attack the rationality of it.
I am a Christian who does not believe in the Trinity but I do not find the logical argument against the Trinity that convincing. I do still think it is a serious problem with the doctrine, especially combined with other problems, but I personally do not think it is the most potent standalone argument against the Trinity. In my view, there are better theological arguments, which I am going to address in two parts. In the first part I want to explore the weaknesses of the logical attack and in the second part how to strengthen it. Continue reading “The Trinity, Truth and Logic (Part I)”
In Christian thought, the concept of a worldview has proved very useful, especially in broadly comparing and contrasting other religious and philosophical schemes. One thing that is generally assumed about worldviews or implied when the concept itself is being discussed is that they are rigid, rather inflexible constructs. If they do undergo change, it is drastic change where the worldview is undermined and then an entirely new worldview is adopted. Given the purpose of a worldview as an overarching, ready to use heuristic for making sense of the world, it is perfectly understandable why they should be stable and resistant to change. However, I think worldviews are more flexible and dynamic than we realise. Continue reading “An Elastic Worldview”
On Christmas day we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. For much of the world it is time for people enjoy themselves and rest even if they have no particular allegiance to the Christian faith. Yet we must remember that the person who this holiday is about was was persecuted as an infant by the political establishment (Matthew 2:1-18.) The first Christmas was not spent in comfort and the same is true today for many of our brothers and sisters today who believe in the child that was born. Continue reading “Something to Remember this Christmas”