Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Two Reviews

Collision: Well first off this is not really a debate but more of a documentary on several debates. It switches from venue to venue, following a theme or question not a particular debate. The overall question that is brought up again and again (did they repeat the same debate each night?!?) is the basis for morality. Hitchens, the atheist, has a well developed morality but claims it does not come from God but was passed on by evolution. And somehow this evolutionary morality applies to all people in all places. He repeated goes back to the OT story of Israel whipping out the Amlikites & claims this genocide shows God is really wicked. Murder is wrong because evolution says so?!? To which Wilson consistently & rightly replies "Why do you care?" How can an atheist have universal binding moral principles for all people? Wilson says in one clip that Hitchens is getting into the theist's car  and driving it into a tree!
Taking the Thesit of Christian's morality and judging them by it! Which is fine if you admit you got morality from God in the first place.

It is excellent & I highly recommended it - only drawback is that it is a bit too long (90 min) and at times the editing is jumpy & disconnected. The viewer cannot always stay wit hthe editing. the editing might be a bit too 'cool.' The movie really makes me want to watch a full debate between these two without any editing.

Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller is really one of the best books I have read this year. Here are sonme quotes:

“The human heart takes good things like a successful career, love, material possessions, even family, and turns them into ultimate things. Our hearts deify them as the center of our lives, because, we think, they can give us significance and security, safety and fulfillment, if we attain them.”

"We think that idols are bad things, but that is almost never the case. The greater the good, the more likely we are to expect that it can satisfy our deepest needs and hopes. Anything can serve as a counterfeit god, especially the very best things in life.”

"We never imagine that getting our heart's deepest desires might be the worst thing that can ever happen to us."

"If we are not willing to hurt our career in order to do God's will, our job will become a counterfeit god."

What then is an idol? “It is anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give.”

How to beat an idol: "Jesus must become more beautiful to your imagination, more attractive to your heart, than your idol...If you uproot the idol and fail to 'plant' the love of Christ in its place, the idol will grow back."

"The idol of success cannot be just expelled, it must be replaced. The human heart's desire for a particular valuable object may be conquered, but its need to have some such object is unconquerable.

How do you tell if you have idols?

1. Look at your imagination. What do you think about in the privacy of your heart?
2. Look at how you spend your money. Patterns of spending reveal idols.
3. Look at what you are really living for. What is your real–not professed–god?
4. Look at your most uncontrollable emotions. When you pull your emotions up by the roots, you will often find your idols clinging to them.

This is a nice short book packed with profound Biblical truth.  I think it would make a great sermon series..........

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