The King James version of the Bible is being appropriately celebrated as a great and influential literary achievement, says Donald Feist, of Dunedin. But he questions its religious relevance today and its effectiveness in feeding Christian faith in the 21st century.
Faith and reason
It is a question that refuses to go away. How can the God of Love allow such suffering as witnessed across the globe and, closer to home, in Christchurch? David Bernhardt explores the conundrum.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the most influential book in the English-speaking world, writes Ian Harris.
Alex Gale reflects on morals and the word "no".
A new humanist "Bible" is not a patch on the real thing, says Ian Harris.
Alex Gale ponders the uniqueness of mankind.
Recent predictions of the end of the world have come to nought. What does this say about Christianity and the business of apocalyptic prophesying? Peter Sara shares his thoughts.
Ian Harris explores the vexed issue of modern Christianity and sexuality.
Too many Christian communities are focused upon building beautiful churches rather than putting resources into the mission of Jesus, says Lance Bardwell.
Love and marriage might go together like a horse and carriage, but why on Earth did the Royal wedding have to resort to a mystifying ceremony devised in 1662, wonders Ian Harris.
In the wake of Easter, how should we understand the persistent preoccupation with life after death? Mark Smith has some ideas.
Stripped of its apocalyptic end-of-the-world images, Revelation is politically, economically and socially relevant to every age, suggests Ian Harris.
Faith and reason"Apocalypse" and "Revelation" are two sides of the same coin, and after recent events in Japan their root meanings are especially relevant, says Ian Harris.
Most people have beliefs or a philosophy, but it is faith - "the substance of things not seen" - that answers the most pressing questions, suggests Mark Buckle.
Last week's memorial service in Christchurch showed the value of public liturgy in our secular, multifaith society, says Ian Harris.
Murray Grimwood wonders what kind of "religion" demands such fervent allegiance to concepts and creeds such as "infinite growth" and "GDP".
St John's Gospel provides an example of how a fresh interpretation of Christianity can rejuvenate and spread the faith. Something similar is required today, writes Ian Harris.
In the wake of the anguish and despair of the Christchurch earthquake, Stu Crosson offers reasons for hope.
Ian Harris explores why people have increasingly opted to remove themselves from traditional congregations, but have chosen to remain committed, if questioning, Christians.
Iain Chambers (ODT 21.1.11) drew attention to the interface between science and theology, mentioning a number of distinguished scientists who have contributed to the debate. Some argue from the...