- May 25, 2020
The 62-year-old Chinese shopkeeper had waited nearly his entire adult life to see his dream of building a church come true — a brick house with a sunny courtyard and spacious hall with room for 200 believers.
It’s a well-kept secret of societies where Christians and Muslims rub shoulders that conversions from one faith to the other happen with sometimes surprising frequency. Muslims who embrace Christianity face special challenges, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, as a story from Lebanon about the time Jihad met the Virgin illustrates.
After eking out an existence for 10 years after being abandoned by his family at age 6, Kenyan Charles Mully said, “I was completely hopeless. I felt I was rejected by society. I needed something better. But I felt wanting to commit suicide, wanting to take my life away.” But “through a man who invited me to his church, I heard the word of God and through the spirit of God and through the Lord Jesus Christ, it changed completely my life.”
The Doxacon conference, put on by a team of local science-fiction and fantasy fans, incorporates a Christian worldview while looking at topics within the genres. Several talks at the event aimed at parents and children continued this conversation, focusing more explicitly on what themes and examples of goodness to look for in good fiction and fantasy – and how to know if something is worthwhile or should be put back on the shelf.
Philosopher Alvin Plantinga, who has argued that Christian philosophers should let their religious beliefs influence their academic research and that the evolutionary theory is compatible with religious belief, has won the prestigious $1.4 million Templeton Award.
In a joint statement Catholic and Orthodox leaders called Europe to embrace its religious roots in this difficult time for the Old Continent. “We believe that Europe needs more than ever the breath of faith in Christ and the hope that it provides,” they wrote. “If you are cut off from your roots, you will come adrift.”