With inclusivism defined, let us turn our attention to the major criticism that is levelled against it. Interestingly, it is a criticism that comes from within the Church itself for it is Christian exclusivists who have the greatest problem with inclusivity. The exclusivist argues that accommodation of these faith groups (without placing a requirement on […]

Continuing our series on the reasons why christians believe God places His Holy Spirit within them, we consider the issue of God’s Holy Spirit as  Person. This was hinted at in the last post in which we considered the christian belief that the Holy Spirit inhabits people and influences them to understand God’s plan. Namely, how […]

In previous posts we have considered whether God living in the person in an ethereal way can be explained by human psychosis, wishful thinking or perhaps God’s Holy Spirit? As we have seen, the root of this problem lies in the believer’s understanding of what is going on – for example, the Christian who prays for food and […]

For many people, the question of God living within humans is problematic because whatever debate follows is all too easily sidetracked by examples of people who declared they heard from God only to go on to commit violent acts and crimes. A classic example of this being serial killer Peter Sutcliffe – nicknamed the ‘Yorkshire […]

In the last two posts we considered how the only difference between believers and non-believers is the issue of experience – or put another way, whether the person can attest to having experienced God in some tangible way that convinces him or her of this reality in terms of what can be physically, spiritually, mentally […]

  A few years ago I devised a course (The ‘Tough Questions Forum) for believers and non-believers with the intention of helping them to explore their differing perspectives about God, the world and suffering – five sessions considering natural disasters, moral evil, God’s existence, other religions and death and illness. Interestingly, one outcome that was […]