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March 2018
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

Should robots have rights?

Astonishing as it may seem, some people believe that robots should have rights. Yes, I really mean it. They think that the up-and-coming generation of ‘intelligent machines’ that will do the housework, weed the garden and politely attend to your every wish should be treated with proper respect. In May 2017, the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs issued a draft report making recommendations relating to laws that should be passed in respect of ‘intelligent machines’. In this they accept the possibility that man-made devices may, one day, become self-aware. As such, they are calling for ‘new rules which focus on how a machine can...

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March 2018
Articles > Historical

My top ten Puritan authors – Joel Beeke

Anthony Burgess (d. 1664) Recently, my favourite Puritan to read has been Anthony Burgess, vicar of Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, from 1635 to 1662. In my opinion, he is the most underrated Puritan of all time. I once asked Iain Murray why Burgess was not included in the nineteenth-century sets of the works of the best Puritans. He responded that Burgess was the greatest glaring omission from those reprints. In 15 years (1646–1661), Burgess wrote at least a dozen books, based largely on his sermons and lectures. His writings reveal a scholarly acquaintance with Aristotle, Seneca, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther and Calvin. He made judicious use of...

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March 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Same gender love

‘The soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David’ (1 Samuel 18:1); ‘your love to me was extraordinary, surpassing that of a woman’ (2 Samuel 1:26). In China’s past, close female friends sometimes bound themselves to each other in friendship by means of a voluntary contract called Laotong — a contract in which they vowed to be sisters for life. These vows were often formalised and sealed with a small religious ceremony in a Chinese temple. In Chinese thought, such friendships were to last for eternity. Marriage, children, distance, illness or age would not erode the commitment of friendship each had made to...

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Bold, Somali believers
March 2018
Africa > Eastern Africa > Somalia > World Mission

Bold, Somali believers

Nicole James reports from Sweden In the Scandinavian country where they are growing up, many young Somalis encounter Jesus through their classmates and friends, according to long-term OM worker Bertil, who facilitates a global network of Somali believers. ‘We see some young people who are really coming up strong in the Lord’, he declared. Her story Manaar*, a 21-year-old Somali woman, first heard about Jesus from a classmate. Wanting to know more, she read the Bible, comparing it with the Qur’an. ‘In the Qur’an there is no love. In the Bible there is the love of Christ’, she concluded. When Manaar became a believer, word quickly...

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February 2018
Articles > Youth Features

Salvator Mundi

On 16 November 2017, the world held its breath and then celebrated, as it always does, that so much money could be paid for a single painting. The painting was Salvator Mundi — ‘The Saviour of the World’ — attributed to the great renaissance master, Leonardo da Vinci. I say attributed, because there is no definite proof that Leonardo painted this picture, and the experts are still divided. Wrong reasons But, all the same, it seemed the whole world held its breath that day and wondered how much it would be sold for; and, as usual, held its breath for the wrong reasons and celebrated...

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February 2018
Articles > World Mission

Door-to-door evangelism

I am an evangelist working with Outreach UK and also in an itinerant capacity. My passion and desire is to train and equip Christians in one-to-one evangelism, particularly door-to-door outreach. Many churches and Christians shy away from door-to-door. However, I believe this method is both biblical (Mark 16:15; Acts 5:42, and possibly Acts 20:20) and an effective means of sharing the gospel with unbelievers. In my opinion, the church has surrendered the doorsteps to the cults — the Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses and others — who are continuingly active on the doors, peddling a false gospel, leading people into error and false assurance. Christians have the...

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February 2018
Articles > Personal view

PERSONAL VIEW: Was Eden a Garden Temple? (2)

The fate of the earthly creation is bound up with the life of Adam. As long as Adam stands, the world stands; when Adam falls, the world falls. It’s therefore not incredible or fantastic to see Adam as the priestly mediator between God and his earthly creation. The world has its relationship with God in and through Adam. Consequently, when Adam disobeys, the whole world is defiled by human sin and human death. Sin ravages the earth (environmental exploitation, abuse of animals, wars, etc.) and the soil is desecrated by millions of dead human bodies. The world is transformed into one vast, stinking, planetary graveyard...

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February 2018
Articles > Guest column

Benjamin Morgan Palmer

In writing about Christians and slavery (Guest column, ET January 2018), I suggested that men and women from an earlier era were, like us, people of their time. Therefore, cultural and social factors affected their view of many things, including slavery. So, we should not judge them by 21st century standards. Some were eminently godly Christians, even though they defended slavery. We can understand why some today find that hard to accept, since slavery is wrong and the slave trade wicked in the extreme. In an attempt to explain this apparent contradiction, I offer this brief sketch of one such man, Benjamin Morgan Palmer. Pastor...

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