ThoughtLetters filed under Worldviews & Thoughtforms

Isn’t Morality Just a Matter of Personal Opinion?

Volume 27 • No. 4 • July-August, 2017 Download PDF

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What About Yoga?

Volume 25 • No. 5 • September-October 2015 Download PDF

Posted in 2015, By Topic, By Year, ThoughtLetters, Worldviews & Thoughtforms

Open Letter to An Ex-Christian

Volume 23 • No. 5 • September-October 2013 Download PDF

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Altered States of Consciousness

Volume 23 • No. 4 • July-August 2013 Download PDF

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Five Problems with Agnosticm

Volume 23 • No. 1 • January-February 2013 Download PDF

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Spotlight on Spiritualism, Shamanism, and Animism

Volume 22 • No. 1 • January-February 2012 Download PDF

Posted in 2012, ThoughtLetters, Worldviews & Thoughtforms | Leave a comment

Do Tolle’s Teachings Pass the Test?

AREOPAGUS PROCLAMATION Volume 21 • No. 3 • May-June 2011 Download PDF

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Why Whatever Won’t Work

AREOPAGUS PROCLAMATION Volume 21 • No. 2 • March-April 2011 Download PDF

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Is Your Worldview Viable?

AREOPAGUS PROCLAMATION Volume 21 • No. 1 • January-February 2011 Downlaod PDF

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What’s the Verdict on Spiritual Formation?

by Daryl E. Witmer QUESTION: What exactly is Spiritual Formation? On its face, spiritual formation seems to refer simply to the growth and development of one’s spiritual life and awareness. In this sense, spiritual formation is the common ambition of all religions, not just Christianity. But in a more formal sense, and in a strictly […]

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Why Is Christian Doctrine Exclusivist?

by Daryl E. Witmer Perhaps the simplest answer to the question above is: “Because Christian doctrine is true, and all truth is exclusivist.” If something is true, then it’s opposite must be ‘excluded” as false. Another answer: “For the same reason that all religions either directly or implicitly hold that their teaching and position is […]

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Enemy Strategies

by Richard B. Keyes Dick Keyes is director of L’Abri MA, a residential study center in Southborough, Massachusetts. See http://www.labri.org/ mass/home.html. The original L’Abri was founded in Switzerland by the late Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer in 1955 – fifty years ago last month. Mr. Keyes is a graduate of Harvard University, an author, and a […]

Posted in 2005, By Topic, By Year, ThoughtLetters, Worldviews & Thoughtforms | Leave a comment

What if the Cosmos is all that There Is?

by  Daryl E. Witmer Are you a materialist? Materialism (the philosophy) suggests that “physical matter is the only reality, and that everything-including thought, feeling, mind, and will, can all be explained in terms of matter and physical phenomena.” Or perhaps you prefer the term naturalist. You believe that all can be explained in terms of […]

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Monism Exposed!

compiled by Daryl E. Witmer MONISM – defined as the view that reality is a unified whole and that all existing things can be ascribed to, or described by, a single concept or system. It is the doctrine that mind and matter are reducible to the same ultimate substance or principle of being. PANTHEISTIC MONISM […]

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Hardball Skepticism

Responding to objections from three seasoned skeptics Richard B. Keyes Dick Keyes is director of L’Abri MA, a residential study center in Southborough, Massachusetts. See www.labri.org/branch_mass_intro.htm. L’Abri was founded in Switzerland by the late Dr. Francis Schaeffer in 1955. Mr. Keyes is also an author and lecturer. Since 1997 he has served as an AIIA […]

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An AIIA Quote Forum

Compiled by Daryl E. Witmer an-thro-po-cen-tric – adj. 1. Regarding human beings as the central element of the universe. 2. Interpreting reality exclusively in terms of human values and experience. Somewhere recently I read the testimony of an individual whose family had narrowly escaped serious physical harm. In a spirit of gratitude, the writer concluded […]

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Debunking Humanism, Responding to the Naysayers – Part 3 of a three-part series

by Daryl E. Witmer In the current series, AIIA is responding to three contemporary challenges leveled at the truth-claims of Christianity. This month we critique the doctrine of humanism and freethinking, as articulated by (and in) three of humanism’s own defining documents. One major proponent of humanist thinking today is the Council for Secular Humanism […]

Posted in 2000, By Topic, By Year, ThoughtLetters, Worldviews & Thoughtforms | Leave a comment

Presupposing Prophetic Failure, Responding to the Naysayers – Part 2 of a three-part series

by Daryl E. Witmer In the current series, AIIA is responding to three contemporary challenges leveled at the truth-claims of Christianity. This month we critique Bible Prophecy: Fulfillment or Failure?, by Tim Callahan, ©1997 Millennium Press, ISBN 0-9655047-0-0, 274pp. Tim Callahan impresses me as a rather reasonable and likable kind of guy. We probably couldn’t […]

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A Tragic Farewell, Responding to the Naysayers – Part 1 of a three-part series

by Daryl E. Witmer In this series, AIIA responds to three contemporary challenges leveled at the truth-claims of Christianity. This month we critique Farewell to God: My Reasons for Rejecting the Christian Faith, by Charles Templeton, ©1996 McClelland & Stewart, ISBN 0-7710-8422-6, 256 pp. In recent years a notable number of books have been released […]

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Who Knows What to Believe Anymore?

by Daryl E. Witmer One day in the early Summer of 1999 I was on my way from the Parsonage to the church when I came upon a smiling, middle-aged neighbor lady who greeted me pleasantly. I chatted with her for a bit, and then mentioned that I hadn’t seen her in church recently. Suddenly […]

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On Pantheism

Compiled by Daryl E. Witmer WHAT IS PANTHEISM? God = All and All = God “Pantheism \Pan’ theism\, n. [Pan- + theism.] Any doctrine, philosophy, or religious practice that holds the universe [cosmos], taken or conceived of as the totality of forces and/or matter, is synonymous with the theological principle of God.” -Universal Pantheist Society […]

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54 Questions for the Not-Yet-a-Believer, Part 2 of a two-part series

by Daryl E. Witmer, AIIA Executive Director In order to be fair in the debate about matters of faith, it’s not just the Christian who must be called to the witness stand. Even those who dispute or who otherwise persist in voicing skepticism about Christianity have some questions to answer. In fact, considering the evidence, […]

Posted in 1999, By Topic, By Year, ThoughtLetters, Worldviews & Thoughtforms

54 Questions for the Not-Yet-a-Believer, Part 1 of a two-part series

by Daryl E. Witmer, AIIA Executive Director In order to maintain objectivity in the debate about matters of faith, it’s not only the Christian who must be called to the witness stand. Even those who dispute or are otherwise skeptical about Christianity have some questions to answer. In fact, considering the evidence, it may very […]

Posted in 1999, By Topic, By Year, ThoughtLetters, Worldviews & Thoughtforms

The Problem with Best-Selling Spirituality

by Andrew D. Witmer Andrew Witmer is a graduate of Taylor University in Upland IN. He is the son of Daryl and Mary Witmer. Since 1998 Andrew has worked for Mars Hill Audio in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he recently produced, with former National Public Radio senior editor Ken Myers, an audio-documentary on best-selling spirituality literature. […]

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On Tolerance & Ethical Relativism

Another AIIA Quote Forum – compiled by Daryl E. Witmer, AIIA Executive Director “When I asked my daughter Katie (15 years old): ‘What is one of the names you fear being called at school?’ she replied, ‘Intolerant!’” -Josh McDowell, Tolerating the Intolerable, Josh McDowell Ministry, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ International “Jesus was […]

Posted in 1998, By Topic, By Year, ThoughtLetters, Worldviews & Thoughtforms | Leave a comment

Assumptions & Presumptions in the Search for Truth

by Daryl E. Witmer, AIIA Executive Director What follows are actual excerpts from an e-mail exchange that I shared with Nelson (name changed to assure anonymity) late last Fall. I have known Nelson personally for many years. We have had numerous conversations about matters of faith. I have responded to many, many of his questions. […]

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Relativism, Tolerance, & Christian Truth

An Interview with Richard B. Keyes This month we continue a three-part series of never-before-published interviews with AIIA’s three Resource Associates, each of whom have training, experience, and expertise in a particular area of apologetics. Richard Keyes is the director of L’Abri in Southborough, Massachusetts (49 Lynbrook Rd 01772 508-481-9101), which he and his wife, […]

Posted in 1997, By Topic, By Year, ThoughtLetters, Worldviews & Thoughtforms | Leave a comment

On Applied Kinesiology

Early this year I received correspondence from a good friend in North Carolina. About one month earlier it seems that he had received a letter from an individual suggesting that he try an Applied Kinesiology (AK) experiment. My friend decided to forward the letter here, along with an accompanying paper distributed by Computer Central Clearinghouse […]

Posted in 1996, By Topic, By Year, ThoughtLetters, Worldviews & Thoughtforms | Leave a comment

On Relativism

To some, the subject of relativism sounds extremely boring. Others tend to associate it with Albert Einstein, confusing the philosophical thoughtform of relativism with the scientific theory of relativity. Here at AIIA, we are inclined to believe that relativism is very possibly the most pressing and potentially destructive deception of our time. Which is one […]

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On the Complications of New Age & Old Eastern Thought Systems, Why a Larger Circle Can Never Legitimately Be Drawn Around Historic Christianity, Part III

This is the third and final segment of a three part mini-series of 1994 Proclamation articles particularly addressed to those of you among our readers who are of an Eastern religious, dialectic philosophical, or New Age spiritual persuasion. If you missed either of the first two issues, we’d be glad to mail them to you-free-upon […]

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On the Complications of New Age & Old Eastern Thought Systems, Why a Larger Circle Can Never Legitimately Be Drawn Around Historic Christianity, Part II

This is the second in a three part mini-series of 1994 Proclamation articles particularly addressed to those of you among our readers who are of an Eastern religious, dialectic philosophical, or New Age spiritual persuasion. If you missed the January issue, we’d be glad to mail it to you-free-upon request. In response to last month’s […]

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On the Complications of New Age & Old Eastern Thought Systems, Why a Larger Circle Can Never Legitimately Be Drawn Around Historic Christianity

This opening 1994 mini-series of Proclamation articles is particularly addressed to those friends among our readers who are of an Eastern religious, dialectic philosophical, or New Age spiritual persuasion. Some of you have visited in my home, others of you have corresponded with me privately, and still others whom I have never even met receive […]

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Did Christianity Evolve? Why There Are Skeptics

An ancient burial cave was recently excavated in Jerusalem. One casket had a name carved on it: “Joseph, son of Caiaphas”.  Immediately biblical scholars took notice. The high priest in Jesus’ day was named Joseph, often called Caiaphas. Could these be the remains of the man who handed Jesus over to the Romans? Many archaeologists […]

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Some Observations on “A Course in Miracles”

I believe that it was in 1987 when I first heard about A Course in Miracles. Someone had loaned me a copy and I gave it a brief, cursory, reading. Since then I’ve been following the growing influence of this book in the Western world with great intrigue. Two years ago I purchased a copy […]

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A Checklist for the Honest Skeptic

People who believe in God are known as theists. People who believe in more than one God are known as polytheists. People who believe that God and nature are one–that somehow God is the grass, the moon, and the stars–are known as pantheists. But in this piece I am addressing those of you among our […]

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On the Case for Absolute Truth

The most disappointing and disturbing news to surface in a long while is noted on pages 83-85 of the 1991 Barna Report’s What Americans Believe. According to OmniPoll, an annual tracking survey conducted by the Barna Research Group of Glendale CA in January of 1991, a full 66% of Americans now deny that there is […]

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On the new Age-Occult Connection

On Monday morning, August 26, 1991, residents of Waterville, Maine, opened their morning newspaper to find a column by Bill Cripe entitled “New Age Advocates Are Entering the World of the Occult.” Bill’s extremely articulate column, “Looking Up”, appears biweekly in the Central Maine Morning Sentinel. On August 26, Bill wrote that the one thing […]

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