A Brief History of Dispensationalism (Periscope Video)

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0:00 Introduction
1:57 Definition of “dispensation”
4:46 Defining dispensationalism – Views of the Millennium
11:50 Defining dispensationalism – 2 distinctive features of dispensationalism
15:16 Precursors to classic dispensationalism
18:08 Classic dispensationalism
26:00 Progressive dispensationalism; book recommendations
28:43 Covenant theology, progressive dispensationalism, New Covenant theology (comparison)
37:46 Tendencies within dispensationalism
46:15 Question: number of dispensations
47:38 Closing remarks

Recommended books related to dispensationalism and its history:

A Brief History of Christian Fundamentalism (Periscope Video)

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0:00 About this lecture
1:48 3 friends ride a rollercoaster …
4:47 Fundamentalism – a definition
6:52 Evangelicalism – characteristics
11:55 3 Modern challenges to evangelical belief
18:34 Fundamentalist beliefs – The “Five-Point Deliverance”
21:14 Fundamentalist beliefs – The Fundamentals (1910–1915)
22:37 What is a fundamentalist? – Laws’ definition
23:57 Effects of fundamentalism
28:28 The rise of Neo-evangelicalism
31:02 Terms used today
33:08 Recommended resources
32:54 Fundamentalism in Canada and Britain
33:29 My “surprise”

Recommended resources mentioned in this video:
George Marsden, Fundamentalism and American Culture
Douglas A. Sweeney, The American Evangelical Story
Videos by Dr. Ryan Reeves:
The Rise of Evangelicalism

CORRECTION: At 24:40 I mention the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches (GARBC). Of course this group separated from the Northern Baptist Convention, NOT the Presbyterian Church!

Infographic: Protestant Christianity

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Anglican-turned-Catholic G. K. Chesterton once said, “The Reformer is always right about what’s wrong. However, he’s often wrong about what is right.”

You may or may not agree with Chesterton regarding Protestantism. But since it is the most diverse of Christianity’s five major branches, you’ll probably conclude some Protestant churches have been more right about what is right than others.

I created this infographic to show both the unity and diversity within Protestantism, and to convey some of the modern trends within it (for example, the impressive size of the Pentecostal church). Click on the image to view the full-size version. Use the following code to embed:

<a href="http://wp.me/p48RbJ-qN"><img src="http://twenty-onecenturies.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Protestant-Christianity-Infographic.png" alt="Protestant Christianity Infographic" width="600" height="1470" /></a><br/><a href="http://twenty-onecenturies.com">Explore more Christian history at Twenty-OneCenturies.com.</a>

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(If you see anything on the infographic that you feel should be corrected, please leave a comment below or email chris@twenty-onecenturies.com. Thanks.)

Christians Debate War (video)

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Christians have historically divided into two main opinions on the topic of war and violence:

  1. Those in the pacifist tradition have held that no form of violence is compatible with the faith, following the example of Christ himself, and New Testament commands such as “Love your enemies” and “Repay no one evil for evil” (Matthew 5:44; Romans 12:17).
  2. Those in the just war tradition have held that while the Bible teaches Christians to practice nonviolence within personal relationships, it allows room for the use of violence under certain circumstances, if the conflict in question meets certain criteria, that is, if there is just reason to inflict violence. Advocates of this view cite the writings of Augustine, Aquinas, and other thinkers in the church’s history for support.

The following debate was held on March 28, 2014. It involved four scholars: two pacifists (David Bercot and Dean Taylor) and two just war advocates (Dr. Peter Kreeft and J. Daryl Charles), who take turns explaining and defending their views:

What are your views on war? How should Christians apply the Bible’s teachings to war? Leave a comment below …