Author: MikeHeiser

Want to Know Why It’s Important for Christians to be Informed about the Paranormal and Spiritual World?

Short answer: Because the demise of real Christianity in the West (Europe and America), is being replaced by theological flim-flam and all sorts of occulture. (This is part of the reason why I object to Christians baptizing that stuff; “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”). Longer answer: This important new book — and this important review of that book — is your answer: The Myth of Disenchantment: Magic, Modernity, and the Birth of the Human Sciences Basically, we have moved into a post-modern, post-Christian world. The transition is well underway. That doesn’t mean most people believe in nothing, or that the West is now secularized. It means a return to mythic thinking (which never went away in modernity, and which was a major part of postmodernism and will continue into the future). Understanding claims of the paranormal and “spiritual stuff” will be crucial to ministry in the future. Rather than run from the matrix of new-old ideas, we need to become fluent in them. Rather than caricature them, we need to see how deep their roots actually are, and how strongly they appeal to the West, which is losing its soul. I would also add these two titles for serious readers: The Re-Enchantment of the West: Volume 1 Alternative Spiritualities, Sacralization, Popular Culture and Occulture The Re-Enchantment of the West, Vol 2: Alternative...

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I Guess I Have to See The Shape of Water

The recent movie The Shape of Water won the Academy Award for best picture this past weekend. Like most of the country, I wasn’t watching. However, it appears I’m going to have to see it. Its plotline sounds a little too familiar. In case you’re not familiar with the film, it’s about a captured amphibious fish-man (think creature from the black lagoon and you’ve got it). You can read the plot at the Wikipedia link, but basically the fish guy and a mute woman who loves him have sex and escape the government bad guys and live happily ever after (she...

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The Big Story of the Bible: Part 2

This is Part 2 of a guest series by Dr. Ronn Johnson.   What is the Bible’s Big Story? Part 2 Dr. Ronn Johnson In my opening post I recommended that locating the Big Story of the Bible can be difficult, and that simply being more fluent in the Bible does not solve the challenge. I should also add that I do not think this is anyone’s direct fault. No one is conspiring to keep the Story hidden. Maybe the modern Sunday sermon shares some of the blame, however: we are dropped into a text and then guided, often...

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The “Book of Og”

I recently got an email requesting that I comment on something called “The Book of Og.” I’m not sure what is being claimed about this book. You can be sure, though, that this book is NOT a book that goes back to the biblical period (i.e., the OT time period when Og was taking a beating). If someone is selling a book claiming such a “discovery” (and its consequent “translation”) buyers are getting ripped off. Here are a few pages from a couple of scholarly works on this book in case anyone is interested.1 Reeves on sources for a...

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