Christianity Today for the Modern World

Welcome to Christianity Now: An online monthly Christian publication devoted to articulating the Christian message, showing its continual relevance in a pluralistic, postmodern world. Critical Christian theology, testimonies to faith, dialogues on secularism and religion, and cultural examinations.

Introduction to Spiral Dynamics
Jonah and the Story of White American Christianity by Chase Tibbs
No More Martyrs by Ben Tapper
How to Practice Lectio Divina
God's Not Dead and the Unbelievers: Very Different Movies That Are Exactly The Same by Micah Wimmer
Charlottesville and Christianity: Our Complicity and Its Challenge by Micah Wimmer
Loving, Leaving, and Returning to Scripture by Chase Tibbs
Posthumanism and Religion by Jacob Vangeest
Introduction to Spiral Dynamics
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Spiral Dynamics: Exposition & Diagnosis

"‘Spiral dynamics’ is a psychological model intended to decipher these broad patterns of behaviors and motivations. The model categorizes these patterns into stages, beginning from the least complex stage where biological drives determine wholly the content of consciousness, to the most complex, where biological drives have nearly vanished due to the prominence of concepts and the effects of socialization."
Introduction to Spiral Dynamics
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Spiral Dynamics: Exposition & Diagnosis

"‘Spiral dynamics’ is a psychological model intended to decipher these broad patterns of behaviors and motivations. The model categorizes these patterns into stages, beginning from the least complex stage where biological drives determine wholly the content of consciousness, to the most complex, where biological drives have nearly vanished due to the prominence of concepts and the effects of socialization."
God's Not Dead and the Unbelievers: Very Different Movies That Are Exactly The Same by Micah Wimmer
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God’s Not Dead and the Unbelievers: Very Different Movies That Are Exactly The Same

" Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel once wrote that there are no proofs for the God of Israel, only witnesses. For him, faith is not something to be deduced, but something that we intuit, not a piece of knowledge, but an attitude towards life that allows us to perceive the grandeur of existence, standing in awe of that which is beyond our grasp. When we talk about our belief, we must perceive this wonder inherent to our world, becoming witnesses of a God who we cannot prove, but only believe in."
Loving, Leaving, and Returning to Scripture by Chase Tibbs
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Loving, Leaving, and Returning to Scripture

"The adventure that is our relationship with the Bible is not something to be conquered, nor boasted about. Rather, I wholeheartedly believe the Scriptures can provide for us a lifelong partner for this human endeavor of pursuing, and being pursued by, the Divine."
How the rise of identity politics indicates the decline of religion

How the rise of identity politics indicates the decline of religion

"We may have all the abstract and technological prowess in the universe, but if we lack soul, we’ll lose the spark of divinity, and perhaps ourselves. Religious conceptions just might be the key to resolving the disparities between groups and individuals while safeguarding the distinction between the two."

After the Exit: Reflections on Losing Religion

After the Exit: Reflections on Losing Religion

"The largest growing religious demographic in the US is “none,” which isn’t necessarily atheist but not explicitly religious either. The loss of our traditionally religious life doesn’t spell the end of the numinous all together. Rather, it represents the gain of an intellectually vibrant and diverse culture that isn’t afraid to be different."

Introduction to Walter Brueggemann

Christianity Now Guide to Walter Brueggemann

"Brueggemann is best known for his insistence that the Old Testament promotes an alternative imagination, challenging and confounding the ideology of both Pharoah’s Egypt and America’s imperial hegemony. Moreover, Brueggemann is a legendary homiletician, a purveyor of all things political and a part time comedian (well, not exactly, but he does have a ripe sense of humor)."
Christianity Now Guide to Paul Tillich

Christianity Now Guide to Paul Tillich

"Tillich, in an intellectual climate that opposed and discouraged such a goal, emphasized the need to show the meaning of Christian faith more than almost any other theologian of recent years."

It’s the modern world…

It appears that the modern world can get along quite well without God. With the advent of the sciences, many mysteries of the world have been explained. No longer do we live consumed by a fear of demons or in unquestioning awe of power hungry gods.

We have access to more information than any era of human history and, in no small part due to this accumulation of knowledge, the question of religion seems to have been answered in favor of secularism. Yet contrary to many Christians, we affirm that this has the potential to be a beneficial conclusion. It shows us that, in a postmodern world, the truth of any matter is no longer determined by appeal to authority necessarily, but by the weight of evidence involved. While many fret about the jettisoning of Christianity from public life, we believe that when public policy reflects neutrality toward religion, freedom and equality abound, making this a unique opportunity for persons of faith to review and restate their deepest yearnings and convictions in ways previously unimagined, in ways that may often surprise, comfort, and wound.

…why Christianity Now?

So why Christianity Now? Is there any purpose for Christianity today? How might religion function in our era of knowledge and facts: without demons below or heaven above; without a ruling priestly class; without a single interpretation of anything; without a first-century worldview; without a being sitting in space looking down to help a praying man find a parking spot while observing with indifference the inability of many to earn a living wage, looking upon police brutality towards people of color with unflappable equanimity?

Christianity Now because there are deeper things for which religion, at its best, stands. Because there is an inexhaustible mystery of life. Because there is an awareness, by many people, that existence may have a deeper meaning. Because there is a call of conscience which demands of many an unconditional devotion to humanity as such: to our neighbors, because they are humans: to all of creation simply because it has been declared “very good.”

Christianity Now because many feel alienated from themselves, others, and the world. Because Christianity’s message – in this world of alienation, deceit, suffering and, all too often, hopelessness – is about the power of love, the liberation of truth, and the hope that new ways of living are, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, still possible.

Join us as we attempt to understand our situations in the world anew, in light of a thoroughly modern understanding of Christianity.