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Articles - mainly links to Christianity Today archives & The BGEA


Comparative Religion

Scholar Tech - For Student Bible Scholars

Christians in Science (UK)

American Scientific Affiliation(US)

Affiliation of Christian Geologists

The Design Debate

Searching for a Blueprint

Philip E. Johnson

Robert Pennock

The Making of a Revolution

Michael Behe

The Gift of Science

Debunking Darwin?

Inherit The Monkey Trial


Links to RZIM Just Thinking Archives

The Logic of Sesame Street  .   (Fall 1992)

Bring Me the Books      (Spring/Summer 1994)

They Want Their Own Canon      (Winter 1994)

Excerpts from: Can Man Live Without God        (Fall 1994)

The Complexity of Contextual Communication    (Winter 1995)

...Why Evil?  .   (Fall 1995)

Keep the Faith .    (Spring/Summer 1996)

RZIM Europe: A Firsthand Report            (Winter 1997)

Blaise Pascal: Reasons of the Heart           (Fall 1997)

Questions I Would Like to Ask God          (Winter 1998)

Facing God with Faces of Falsehood          (Winter 1999)

New Beginnings: My Vision for Canada .        (Fall 2000)

Just Thinking Chronological Index


Links to Terry Mattingly's On Religion Archives

May 29, 1996                               Franklin Stands Up

November 25, 1998                     Walking with C.S. Lewis

July 29, 1998                                Ship of Fools: Laughing or crying?

January 7, 1998                            Japan's lady in white

January 14, 1998                          Japan II -- We are the world

October 27, 1999                         Harry Potter -- Is he safe?

November 3, 1999                       Harry Potter and free will, Part II

December 1, 1999                        Yes, there is a St. Nicholas

March 15, 2000                           The gospel according to Grisham

August 9, 2000                             Sir Alec Guinness, convert 

August 23, 2000                           When did J.S. Bach find time to pray? 

August 30, 2000                           Meet the new Barbie, same as.....  [Britney Spears article]

November 15, 2000                     God and man, and The Simpsons  

Archives - Archive of his columns from 1995 - 2002.

Terry Mattingly 's Website - Homepage of the religious columnist.


Terry Mattingly's Other Works

Leigh, Lewis & Letterman

Tacky Cloth

Watching the Grass Grow

Train up a Child

Terry Mattingly's Other Works Archive


A Editorial :

 The Lesson of Karla Faye Tucker 

(Short samples from the above link)

...The death penalty as it is practiced in this country is unfair and discriminatory... Race, class, and geography are the best predictors of who will get the death sentence for first-degree murder. If the victims are white and the perpetrators are poor minorities who commit their crimes in one of a handful of mostly southern states, their chances are greatest of receiving the death penalty...

The legal resources available to poor people are woefully inadequate. The American Bar Association (ABA) cites examples of lawyers being assigned to murder cases who had just passed their bar exam or had no previous criminal trial experience, and instances where the defense attorney is paid only $800 per case with as little as $500 for expenses. "In case after case," an ABA report concludes, "decisions about who will die and who will live turn not on the nature of the offense the defendant is charged with committing, but rather on the nature of the legal representation the defendant receives." This unconscionable situation was exacerbated by get-tough-on-crime laws passed by Congress in 1996, which curtailed postconviction appeals and withdrew federal funding from organizations that support postconviction proceedings...

Even worse than inadequate defense is the execution of the falsely convicted. According to a study entitled In Spite of Innocence (1992), at least 23 innocent people have been executed in this century. And since 1972, 69 people wrongly convicted have been released from death row—21 of them since 1993...

The death penalty does not deter. Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, the number of executions and the death-row population have grown significantly. Yet the murder rate has remained essentially the same. In fact, a majority of the states that practice capital punishment have higher murder rates than those that don't. And the U.S. murder rate is anywhere from five to twenty times that of other industrialized nations without the death penalty.

The death penalty does not deter, because murder often happens in the heat of the moment. And those who premeditate murder are willing to take the risk they won't get caught...

...However we learn to apply these biblical themes... it seems clear that the death penalty has outlived its usefulness. It has not made the United States a safer country or a more equitable one. The potential of life imprisonment without parole and other protective measures, however, offer better options for the state, which must continue to deal with 20,000 murders each year.

Good Question/Directions Column

A Cracked Code

What Bible Version Did Jesus Read?

You Must Be Born Again—But at What Age?

Cloaked in Mystery

Doubting Thomas's Gospel

A Little Wine for the Soul?


Links to Frequently Asked Questions

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Why are there so many questions about God that no one seems to have the answers to? see Response.

Does the Bible say that it is wrong to have a Christmas tree? see Response.

Is it true that the name Easter is pagan in origin? see Response.

Why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25 when the Bible doesn't mention the date of Christ's birth? see Response.

Is it true that women are not valued very highly in the Bible? see Response.

Is it all right for a Christian to believe in astrology and discover God's plan for his or her life through a horoscope? see Response.

What guidelines should I follow in finding a church? see Response.

I just committed my life to Jesus, but why should I go to church? see Response.

Some sincere people tried to convince me to join their religious group to be saved. How can I tell if they are right? see Response.

How can I recognise a religious cult? see Response.

Is there anything wrong with living with my boyfriend if we plan to be married someday see Response.

Where should I begin in my Bible reading? see Response.

Why is it that when I read the Bible, I don't seem to understand it? see Response.

How can you be so sure there is a God, since science hasn't proven His existence? see Response.

Why does God allow suffering in the world? see Response.

Is the King James Bible the only reliable Bible? see Response.

Does a person have to become emotional and cry to truly receive Christ as personal Saviour and Lord? see Response.

Aren't there many good religious writings and religions that can show us the way to know God and experience eternal life? see Response.

Can you explain the Trinity to me? see Response.

How can the Bible be correct about the world being created in just six days? see Response.

How can I grow in my spiritual life? see Response.

Which day are we supposed to keep as the Sabbath? see Response.

Does God reveal things through dreams and visions? see Response.

How can we say that someone is sinning, if Jesus said we are not supposed to judge others? see Response.

Looking for Answers?

JFB Commentary - Stuck on a part of The Bible?  This commentary gives a line-by-line explanation/commentary of  The Bible.

Bible Dictionary - Find out the origins of words, people and places in The Bible.

Ask a Geologist - Questions on archaeological issues?  Dinosaurs?   Biblical earthquakes & floods?   Email your questions to this website & get a response!

Bible Contradictions and Other Bible Difficulties


"Perhaps you have seen them -- those lists of alleged "Bible Contradictions". They're frequently posted to newsgroups, and can be found on a number of web sites. Do they prove the Bible to be flawed? Do they present valid observations and arguments? And if so, what does that mean?"

Countering Contradictions -- 143 Contradictions Answered

"This extensive list contains messages initially posted to a public mailing list. The collected answers used to be available at a web site which has since disappeared. Thus I have made an offline version available for downloading."

2002 Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion - The Nuremberg Project

The journal is posting on its Web site previously unpublished documents from the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal—starting with a 120-page report, "The Nazi Master Plan: The Persecution of the Christian Churches" (PDF format).

"Important leaders of the National Socialist party would have liked to meet this situation [church influence] by complete extirpation of Christianity and the substitution of a purely racial religion," the OSS said in 1945, according to the report (which was prepared by the U.S. Office of Strategic Services, a precursor of the CIA).

Nuremberg Project editor Julie Seltzer Mandel tells The Philadelphia Inquirer, "A lot of people will say, 'I didn't realize that they were trying to convert Christians to a Nazi philosophy.' … They wanted to eliminate the Jews altogether, but they were also looking to eliminate Christianity."



Installment No. 1 - Posted: Winter, 2001

July 6, 1945 - "The Nazi Master Plan: The Persecution of the Christian Churches"

Part I (11,890 KB)

Part II (10,431 KB)

Part III (8,017 KB)

Part IV (10,392 KB)

A document prepared by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Research and Analysis Branch. Courtesy of which holds the original document.



Claire Hulme and Dr. Michael Salter

PDF Version

The Nuremberg War Crimes Trials brought 22 Nazi officials to court in 1945-46.


Teen Advice/Teen Interest

Campus Life Feature - Why Believe The Bible?

Thank God for Our Bibles

Why I Do Not Think the King James Bible Is the Best Translation Available Today - by Daniel B. Wallace, Ph.D.

...the Greek text which stands behind the King James Bible is demonstrably inferior in certain places. The man who edited the text was a humanist named Erasmus. He was under pressure to get it to the press as soon as possible since (a) no edition of the Greek New Testament had yet been published, and (b) he had heard that some monks were just about to publish their edition of the Greek New Testament and he was in a race to beat them...  

The Bible Code - A Review

...When I first heard about this "Bible code" the immediate question that came to mind was "which Bible?" There are at least 3 possible ones...  

Author: Secret Bible Code Predicted 9/11 (excerpted from old Netscape News link)

Michael Drosnin, author of "The Bible Code" and the new "Bible Code II: The Countdown," claims to have cracked a secret code in the Bible that can be used to predict dire events, reports The Associated Press.

Skeptics abound. The pious skeptics insist that the codes demean God and his Word by treating him as a secretive magician. Besides, such code-busting violates the Bible's own ban on soothsaying, notes AP.

The smart-aleck skeptics ran Drosnin's computer program on Tolstoy's "War and Peace" and found in that classic novel the exact World Trade Center code words that Drosnin found in the Bible.

Visions of Jesus: A Critical Assessment of Gerd Lüdemann's Hallucination Hypothesis

Gerd Lüdemann's provocative hypothesis that early Christian belief in Jesus' resurrection was the product of hallucinatory experiences originally induced by guilt-complexes in Peter and Paul is assessed and contrasted with the traditional resurrection hypothesis in terms of the usual standards of hypothesis testing: explanatory power, explanatory scope, plausibility, ad hoc-ness, accord with accepted beliefs, and superiority to rival hypotheses.

Our Lifeline

"Don't Marry a Goofy Girl"

Looking for God on the Big Screen

"You're So Narrow-Minded"


Another look at 'Peanuts' religion

This time, it's the Chicago Tribune's religion columnist, Steve Kloehn, who recounts his favourite "Peanuts" strips that touched on religion. "Though Schulz was a faithful Christian himself, a prominent lay preacher in the Church of God, he never shilled for the church or beat readers over the head with his own beliefs," Kloehn notes.

The End of the Peanuts Parables

Week of February 14, 2000

Was Charles Schulz a Secular Humanist?

A Believer's To-Be List

Care Enough To Share

But They're So Different

Ask Christian History

Dangerous Myth-Conceptions

The Last Deist

What's a Heaven For?

My Spice Girl Moment

I Didn't Mean to be Rude

Tiffany Brissette - She played the role as the child robot 'V.I.C.I.' on Fox's 1980's successful show, "Small Wonder" which had a popular run from 1985-89.  Tiffany later received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the prestigious Westmont College in California, and has become heavily involved with children and young adults as a counsellor in San Diego, California. Has been a missionary, youth counsellor and vocalist at the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church in San Diego, California.  This isn't as well known in the UK, as it is in the US, but I remember watching it on HTV during Weekday mornings!

Campus Life Teen Advice     


Other Links of Interest

An even higher calling awaits Rev. Gregory Ingham

From Davey & Goliath to Homer and Ned

Harry Potter - Review - ....The creator of the Harry Potter books is a Christian. "She regularly attends church. Her version of faith is indirectly reflected in Harry...  

Religion on the Final Frontier

Alpha Brits Are Coming

100 years of C.S. Lewis



Baptist Surfer - "A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it." (Chesterton)

About Baptist Surfer

Statement of Faith

What Baptists Believe

The Ten Commandments

Steps to Peace with God


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