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Eid El Fitr: Loving Our Muslim Neighbours at the End of Ramadan

Next Thursday marks the end of the Muslim fast of Ramadan and the festival of Eid El Fitr. We asked Andrew Reid, who with his family, spent 11 years serving in Egypt, to explain what the festival means. I knew Eid El Fitr was getting close when Mt Pasta-Rice-Oil appeared. My office in Cairo was behind a shopping mall. During the final days of Ramadan, fatigued shoppers emerged with shopping trolleys overflowing with pasta, oil and rice, delicately manoeuvring them to the car before Mt Pasta-Rice-Oil erupted onto the footpath. On Eid morning, the muezzins replaced the usual dawn call...

History’s Biggest Hoax? Women as Resurrection Witnesses

When I was in year one, one of my classmates bought to class a packet of highlighter pencils. I had never seen anything like them before. They were the brightest, boldest, most spectacular shades of pink, yellow, green, and blue I had ever seen. They made his workbook light up like a treasure chest of jewels in a dark room. I wanted them. And so, when he wasn’t looking, I gathered up his pencils and swiftly shoved them into my school bag. I felt a sense of guilt of course, but my desire to have them was greater than my...

History’s Biggest Hoax? How Historians Think About the Resurrection

Is there any good historical evidence for the claim that Jesus rose from the dead? A lot of people think the main source we have which attests to the resurrection—the Bible—is so hopelessly biased that it holds no historical value.  But this is a myth. In modern historiography, there are a number of criteria that scholars use to assess the trustworthiness of a source. And when we apply these tools to the question of Jesus’ resurrection, it paints a very different picture to what we might expect. We’ll briefly look at three important criteria. Is there any good historical evidence...

History’s Biggest Hoax? What the Resurrection Means for Us

‘For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally...

4 Different Types of Arguments Christians Should Use in the Public Square

There was a time when people in the West held to Christian morality as the default norm. It was seen as ‘self-evident’ and obvious. Whether it was universal human rights, loving others, or caring for the marginalised, such morality was by and large accepted as the gold standard. There was a time when people in the West held to Christian morality as the default norm … these days, that’s less and less the case. But these days, that’s less and less the case. As our society moves away from a Christian-ish view of morality, some Christian moral viewpoints are now...

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