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0153. AIDS: Reaping the Whirlwind
by Michael McKenzie. Christian Research Journal, 1993:summer:p.8. With 13 million people infected worldwide and 1 million in the United States, the AIDS virus has provoked a variety of extreme opinions -- reflecting not only values but also political agendas. Michael McKenzie offers a balanced Christian perspective on AIDS and the ethical issues it raises. Also available in plain text format.

0154. Book Reviews: Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit
by Al Gore, (Houghton Mifflin, 1992. Christian Research Journal, 1993:summer:p.41 ("Book Review"). Also reviewed in this issue of CRJ:
Lord, I Need a Miracle, Benny Hinn, (Thomas Nelson, 1993). Also available in plain text format.

0155. Scientology: From Science Fiction to Space-age Religion
by John Weldon. Christian Research Journal, 1993:summer:p.20. Both a psychological theory and a religion, Scientology appeals to a wide spectrum of people, including many with Christian backgrounds. Can its psychological, philosophical, and theological claims be validated? Is Scientology truly compatible with Christian faith, as it maintains? John Weldon takes a hard look at this powerful and controversial religious movement. Also available in plain text format.

0156. In the Wake of Waco
by Ronald Enroth. Christian Research Journal, 1993:summer:p.46("Viewpoint"). Ronald Enroth reflects on lessons to be learned "In the Wake of Waco." Also available in plain text format.

0157. Whither the Watchtower?: An Unfolding Crisis for Jehovah's Witnesses
by David A. Reed. Christian Research Journal, 1993:summer:p.24. Not since Armageddon failed to materialize in 1914 have Jehovah's Witnesses faced a crisis comparable to that which Frederick W. Franz has left them. The recently deceased Watchtower president based the Society's claims to legitimacy on a prophetic scenario that is rapidly running out of time for fulfilment. David Reed explains. Also available in plain text format.

0158. Can A Christian Be 'Demonized'?
by Brent Grimsley and Elliot Miller. Christian Research Journal, 1993:summer:p.16. Traditionally, evangelicals held that Christians cannot be inhabited by demons. But in recent years, as awareness of spiritual warfare has increased, the belief that Christians can be "demonized" has won wide acceptance. Can this belief -- and the associated practice of casting demons out of believers -- be scripturally justified? Brent Grimsley and Elliot Miller examine the evidence. Also available in plain text format.

0159. Oneness Pentecostals and the Trinity
by Gregory A. Boyd, (Baker Book House, 1992). Christian Research Journal, 1993:fall:p.43 ("Book Review"). Also Reviewed in this issue of CRJ:
Trinity and Process: A Critical Evaluation and Reconstruction of Hartshorne's Di-Polar Theism Towards a Trinitarian Metaphysics, Gregory A. Boyd (Peter Lang Publishing, 1992). Also available i n plain text format.

0160. Enter The Dragon? Wrestling With The Martial Arts Phenomenon. Part One: The Historical-Philosophical Backdrop
by Erwin de Castro, B. J. Oropeza and Ron Rhodes. Christian Research Journal, 1993:fall:p.24. T'ai-chi ch'uan. Karate. Tae kwon do. From the silver screen to the local YMCA, these and other martial arts have been embraced and glorified by Westerners -- many Christians included. Should this be a matter of concern? de Castro, Oropeza, and Rhodes provide the necessary background for discernment. Also available in plain text format.

0161. Philosophical Problems With Moral Relativism
by Francis J. Beckwith. Christian Research Journal, 1993:fall:p.20. One reason people object to having the morality of others "forced" on them is they assume there are no universal morals. Thus we frequently hear retorts like, "If you don't like Beavis and Butt-Head change the channel!" As Francis J. Beckwith explains, this approach to ethics is hopelessly flawed. Also available in plain text format.

0162. News Watch: Children of God Revamp, Baptist Battle over Freemasonry
by Joe Maxwell. Christian Research Journal, 1993:fall:p.5 ("News Watch"):
"Children of God Revamp Image, Face Renewed Opposition"
"Baptist Battle over Freemasonry Erupts Anew" Also available in plain text format.

0163. Was the New Testament Influenced by Pagan Philosophy?
by Ronald Nash. Christian Research Journal, 1993:fall:p.16. "The concept of the Logos (i.e. Word) in John's gospel was borrowed from Greek philosophy." "The apostle Paul derived his abhorrence of the flesh from Plato." With assertions such as these, college professors have long assaulted belief in the New Testament's uniqueness and authority. What can Christian students do? They can start with reading this article by Ronald Nash. Also available in plain text format.

0164. Book Reviews: Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old
Christian Research Journal, 1994:winter:p.43 ("Book Reviews"
Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old
(1) and Perfect Health: The Complete Mind/Body Guide, (2) by Deepak Chopra, M.D., (New York: Harmony Books, 1993,1992)
1994? by Harold Camping, (Vantage Press, 1992). Also available in plain text format.

0165. In Debate with Evolutionists
by Rachel D. Ramer. Christian Research Journal, 1994:winter:p.7 ("Witnessing Tips"). Rachel D. Ramer suggests that Christians debating evolutionists should look beyond the subjects under debate to detect the fallacies which often underlie the evolutionists' arguments. Also available in plain text format.

0166. The Lost Beauty of Truth
by Ken Myers. Christian Research Journal, 1994:winter:p.46 ("Viewpoint"). In a culture where "God is dead," can truth remain alive for long? Ken Myers laments "The Lost Beauty of Truth" and calls for new approaches to apologetics. Also available in plain text format.

0167. Enter the Dragon? Wrestling with the Martial Arts Phenomenon: Part Two: A Christian Assessment
by Erwin de Castro, B.J. Oropeza, and Ron Rhodes. Christian Research Journal, 1994:winter:p.24. In a culture increasingly penetrated by non-Christian religious elements, the Christian's task of discerning which activities are acceptable for participation can be daunting. Many North American Christians have discovered that this is the case with the martial arts. In this helpful analysis, de Castro, Oropeza, and Rhodes identify the key areas of concern and offer guidelines for discernment. Also available in plain text format.

0168. The Masonic Lodge and the Christian Conscience
by John Weldon. Christian Research Journal, 1994:winter:p.20. Recently the Southern Baptist Convention concluded that, although the Masonic Lodge has unchristian religious elements, Christian involvement with Freemasonry should be left to individual conscience. In response, John Weldon first confirms that the Lodge is a non-Christian religion and then asks how any Christian's conscience could condone such involvement. Also available in plain text format.

0169. Was the New Testament Influenced by Pagan Religions?
by Ronald Nash. Christian Research Journal, 1994:winter:p.8. Were such Christian distinctives as the death and resurrection of Jesus, the New Birth, the Lord's Supper, and baptism actually borrowed from pagan mystery religions? Many liberal scholars and professors have maintained that this was the case -- thus attacking the very heart of Christianity's truth claims. In this fascinating study, Ronald Nash demonstrates the impossibility of this thesis. Also available in plain text format.

0170. The 1993 Parliament of the World's Religions. Part Two: The Fundamentalism of Tolerance
by Elliot Miller. Christian Research Journal, 1994:winter:p16. The 1993 Parliament of the World's Religions issued a resounding appeal for religious tolerance. In fact, several speakers suggested that the one kind of religion that humanity cannot afford to tolerate in the 21st century is an intolerant religion. But what was meant by "tolerance"? Elliot Miller shows why this "fundamentalism of tolerance" may be the most dangerous fundamentalism of all. Also available in plain text format.

0171. News Watch: Special Report: What is Betty Eadie Hiding?
by Richard Abanes, Paul Carden and Joe Maxwell. Christian Research Journal, 1994: winter:p.7 ("News Watch"):
"A Special Report: What Is Betty Eadie Hiding?"
"Questions Persist about Opus Dei" Also available in plain text format.

0172. What Think Ye of Rome? Part Three: The Catholic-Protestant Debate on Biblical Authority
by Norman L. Geisler and Ralph E. MacKenzie. Christian Research Journal, 1994:spring/summer:p.24. Roman Catholics and Protestants agree that the Bible is the infallible Word of God. But Catholics embrace church tradition as equally authoritative, and that has led them to affirm doctrines that Protestants -- who hold that the Bible alone is infallible -- reject. What arguments to Catholics cite in support of their view, and how might Protestants respond? Geisler and MacKenzie supply the answers. Also available in plain text format.

0173. The Buddha and What He Taught: Part One in a Four-Part Series on Buddhism in North America
by J. Isamu Yamamoto. Christian Research Journal, 1994:spring/summer:p.8. The name Buddha is universally familiar as the founder of one of the world's major religions. But there are many conflicting beliefs about the Buddha's true identity and teachings -- even among his own followers. Although the details of the Buddha's life are often shrouded in myth, it is possible to identify his core teachings and the character of his mission. This J. Isamu Yamamoto does as he begins a four-part series on Buddhism in North America. Also available in plain text format.

0174. Sentiment as Social Justice: The Ethics of Capital Punishment
by J. Daryl Charles Christian Research Journal, 1994:spring/summer:p.16. Capital punishment is frequently spoken of in the media as a throwback to less-enlightened times, as was slavery. Is a barbaric lust for retribution behind the death penalty's continuing popular support, or are there sound judicial, ethical, and biblical reasons for retaining and more strictly enforcing it? J. Daryl Charles defends the latter view. Also available in plain text format.

0175. The Worldwide Church of God: Acknowledging the 'Plain Truth' about the Trinity?
by Alan W. Gomes. Christian Research Journal, 1994:spring/summer:p.29. Also available in plain text format.

0176. Book Review: Jehovah's Witnesses -- Proclaimers of God's Kingdom
Reviewed by David A. Reed. Christian Research Journal, 1994:spring/summer:p.43 ("Book Reviews")
"The Message" Also available in plain text format.

0177. Should Christians Join in Interfaith Communion?
by Elliot Miller. Christian Research Journal, 1994:spring/summer/p.47 ("Viewpoint"). Also available in plain text format.

0178. News Watch: Controversy After Waco; Troubling Trends in Cults
by Richard Abanes and Joe Maxwell. Christian Research Institute Journal, 1994:spring/summer:p.5 ("News Watch"):
"Controversy Still Smolders a Year After Waco Disaster"
"Cult Watchers See Troubling Trends" Also available in plain text format.

0179. Witnessing through Computer Bulletin Boards
by Eric Pement. Christian Research Journal, 1994:spring/summer:p.7 ("Witnessing Tips"). Veteran cult-watcher and BBS "sysop" Eric Pement offers sage advice on "Witnessing though Computer Bulletin Boards." Also available in plain text format.

0180. Is Science a Help or Threat to Faith?
by J.P. Moreland. Christian Research Journal, 1993:fall:p.46 ("Viewpoints"). Is science a threat or a help to faith? J.P. Moreland evaluates four distinct approaches Christians take to the relationship between science and Scripture. Also available in plain text format.

0181. Answering the Arguments for Abortion Rights. Part Two: Arguments from Pity, Tolerance, and Ad Hominem
by Francis J. Beckwith. Christian Research Journal, 1991:winter:p.27. Francis J. Beckwith refutes several of the most common and popular pro-choice arguments. Also available in plain text format.

0182. Book Reviews: Understanding Jesus, Understanding the Trinity, etc.
by Robert M. Bowman, Jr., Elliot Miller and Hendrik H. Hanegraaff. Christian Research Journal, 1991:winter:p.36 ("Book Reviews").
Understanding Jesus and Understanding the Trinity, Alister E. McGrath (Zondervan Publishing House -- Academie Books, 1987, 1988)
Your Child and the New Age, Berit Kjos (Victor Books, 1990) The Origins and Teachings of Freemasonry, Dr. Robert A. Morey (Crowne Publications, 1990) Also available in plain text format.

0183. Who is Behind the Jesus Seminar?:
"The Seventy-Four 'Scholars': Who Does the Jesus Seminar Really Speak For?" Christian Research Journal, Book Reviews Column: Fall 1994: page 32, by Craig L. Blomberg. "Jesus only spoke 20 percent of the words attributed to Him in the Gospels, New Testament scholars now say." With headlines such as this, the national media have heralded the recent publication of The Five Gospels, a book by the "Jesus Seminar." Have new findings overturned the faith of orthodox Christians? No, replies the author. Also available in plain text format.

0184. The False God and Gospel of Moral Government Theology
by E. Calvin Beisner. Christian Research Journal, 1994:fall:p.20. Also available in plain text format.

0185. What Think Ye of Rome? Part Four: The Catholic-Protestant Debate on Papal Infallibility
by Norman L. Geisler and Ralph E. MacKenzie. Christian Research Journal, 1994:fall:p.24. Also available in plain text format.

0186. The Arrival of Theravada: Southeast Asians Bring Their School of Buddhism to America
Part Two in a Four-Part Series on Buddhism in North America, by J. Isamu Yamamoto. Christian Research Journal, 1994:fall:p.10 Also available in plain text format.

0187. Book Reviews: Summary Critique New Age Bible; Notable Recent Releases
by H. Wayne House, Paul Carden, Marian Bodine and Rich Poll. Christian Research Journal, 1994:fall:p.46 ("Book Reviews"
A Summary Critique: New Age Bible Versions, G. A. Riplinger (A. V. Publications, 1993) "Notable Recent Releases" Also available in plain text format.

0188. News Watch: Where Are They Now? A Televangelist Update
by Perucci Ferraiuolo and Paul Carden. Christian Research Journal, 1994:fall:p.7. Also available in plain text format.

0189. Discussing the Bible with New Agers, Part One
by Elliot Miller. Christian Research Journal, 1994:fall:p.9 ("Effective Evangelism" Also available in plain text format.

0190. The Case Against Christianity Revisited
by Michael Martin and Stephen Parrish. Christian Research Journal, 1994:fall:p.49. "Viewpoint" Also available in plain text format.

0192. An Evening with Rodney Howard-Browne
by Julia Duin. Christian Research Journal, 1995:winter:p.43. South Africa's "Holy Ghost bartender," Rodney Howard-Browne, is bringing laughter and confusion to churches around the world, mocking those who question his "anointing" and intimidating his critics with threats of damnation. Also available in plain text format.

0197. Operation Rescue: Debating the Ethics of Civil Disobedience. Two Opposing Views
by Francis J. Beckwith and Paul Feinberg. Christian Research Journal, 1995:spring:p.32. As the years since abortion was legalized in America multiply into decades, the number of unborn infants killed escalates to mind-boggling proportions. Exasperated by the slowness and uncertainty of the political process, many pro-life advocates have embraced civil disobedience to combat abortion. Can such defiance of the law be reconciled with biblical injunctions to obey "every authority instituted among men" (1 Peter 2:17)? Francis J. Beckwith and Paul Feinberg argue for opposing answers to this question. Also available in plain text format.

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