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 […]

So what are we to make of salvation? Is there only one way it can be understood or is the grace of God more accommodating than that which is practiced by humans? Certainly, it seems that inclusivism and exclusivism as understood within the Roman Catholic Church may go some way towards offering a model between […]

As we come to the end of this mini-series on the world of Genesis and natural disasters, we ask the question (again): So why do natural disasters occur on earth? Well, the most interesting and sensible answer I have heard to this question was given on a television programme ‘Tsunami – Where was God?’ in […]

Can natural disasters ever be considered a result of the Fall? I am not quite certain where the idea came from – possibly my early education at the hands of the nuns in catechism – or later as a ‘born again’ at college? But somewhere along the line I came to the conclusion that earthquakes, […]

‘Is it fair to subject humans to temptation if they are judged on the decisions they make?’ ‘…until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the holy people of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom.’ Daniel 7v22 In this series, we have considered a range of issues related to the exercise of freewill. […]

Wouldn’t the world be happier if everyone was programmed to respond to God’s loving advances and not commit evil? Think of a world where freewill has been removed. A world in which humans do not act in response to anger, lust, revenge, selfish desire, greed etc. Sounds great but is this a loving world? After […]

‘Why does God give people freewill if he knows they will misuse it and do evil things in the world?’ One explanation of how evil comes to exist independently of God and the world is advanced by Augustine of Hippo who, before converting to Christianity in the fourth century, lived a thoroughly immoral and decadent […]