Friday, April 20, 2018


A Muslim Student's View on Justice and Mercy

Elmi Habib candidly presents his views on the two most important subjects.

  • 12 April 2018
  • Author: Guest Blogger
  • Number of views: 30

by Elmi Habib—

Muslims and Christians both believe in the afterlife but their views are surprisingly different. This includes the respective compositions of heaven and hell and the criteria by which people get to one or the other (or both). In this article my young Muslim friend Elmi provides ample information on the Islamic view on this subject. Following one personal conversation we enjoyed I asked him to provide sources for his assertions, and here was the result. I thought it was so interesting that I asked him if I could post this in the blog, to which he agreed. Later we engaged in a few rounds of discussion on the article via Facebook messaging which I have copied and pasted into the comment section.  As a biblical Christian I disagree with Elmi, but I appreciate my discussions with him because we go deep into the given subject and we are willing to go beyond mere politeness without forsaking mutual respect. We realize that we can't both be right but we mutually accept those terms for the sake of their non-politically-correct honesty. Thanks for the great discussions, Elmi!

*Elmi is a student at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Will the Real Jesus Please Rise Up?

11 Reasons Why It's Logical to Believe the Real Jesus Rose from the Dead.

  • 10 April 2018
  • Author: Scott Cherry
  • Number of views: 24

by Scott Cherry

In the 1st century the Christian faith mushroomed throughout the Roman Empire despite waves of persecution against Christians. Unlike Islam, it spread without military force or any sort of violence perpetrated by Christians for three whole centuries. It was literally unstoppable, but why?! Because it was credible, and thousands of average people believed it even though they had nothing to gain and everything to lose during those three centuries. There is no other logical way to explain the growth of Christianity but that Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to the disciples and "more than 500 brethren at one time". (1 Cor. 15)

Surah 4:157 Cannot Be True

If Jesus was replaced, then WHO rose from the dead?

  • 10 April 2018
  • Author: Scott Cherry
  • Number of views: 34
by Scott Cherry

In this article I will talk about a famous event of history without naming the person to whom it is attributed. At least for a while. 
The event is a resurrection, or THE Resurrection. In theory, a resurrection is when a dead person comes back to life. THE Resurrection is when a particular dead person was purported to have come back to life. But who? Was it the Buddha? Was it Muhammad? How about Achilles? Could it be Osiris? Abraham Lincoln? Or maybe Superman?

A Confucian Debate on Human Nature: Mengzi vs. Xunzi

Is human nature basically good or bad, and why do we even think about this stuff?

  • 19 February 2018
  • Author: Scott Cherry
  • Number of views: 338
It seems to be part of human nature to ask, What is human nature? It is a question that has been common to every people of every age, and has been a preoccupation of religion and philosophy alike.  For the Chinese it has been predominantly viewed through the lenses of Confucianism. But, although a dominant Confucian lens emerged, there have been more than just one. The predominant lens was that of the philosopher Mengzi (Mencius) of the fourth century B.C.  He was not the founder of Confucianism; that was Kongzi (551-479 B.C.), more popularly known as Confucius in the West. But Mengzi was a self-avowed follower of Kongzi and what he called “The Way”.  Perhaps he could be called the “Augustine of Confucianism” in terms of status. As we shall see, however, the two figures had diametrically opposed views on human nature.

The Case for Libertarian Christianity

Should Conservative Christians Expect Government Regulation of Morality?

  • 31 January 2018
  • Author: Guest Blogger
  • Number of views: 425
by Christian J. Ledford
a Political Science student at UM Dearborn and contributing writer for the University's Michigan Journal

In thinking of Christianity and its requirements as a belief system, what immediately come to mind as overall principles? Faith? Love? Purity? In addition to these simplified concepts, I would add one that perhaps supersedes the others: 
choice. Although Christianity is predicated, of course, on repentance from sin and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the fact that underlies all Christian dogma is choice.  

Sidestepping slightly into the realm of politics, what is the political ideology of choice? What political ideology emphasizes freedom and human liberty above all else? Libertarianism. Simply put, libertarianism is the ideology of liberty, the rightwing belief that the government should be minimized to its smallest possible size and scope, only large enough to protect its citizens’ natural rights of life, liberty, and property.