Christian Converser: Is the State clamping down on Christians in NZ?

First published on Christian Converser At the end of June, a well known Christian activist group in New Zealand failed in a legal challenge to the removal of their charitable status (registered with various government agencies). The revocation of this status is said to be due to their involvement in political advocacy, which is generally… Continue reading Christian Converser: Is the State clamping down on Christians in NZ?

Christian Converser: US Theocracy Movement Gets A Boost [3]

First published on Christian Converser As outlined previously, the shift towards Dominionism / theocracy gained considerable momentum during the term of the Trump presidency and the lingering effects continue to the present day, not least because Trump is likely to seek a second term of office and has never ceased campaigning. Previous Republican presidents, however,… Continue reading Christian Converser: US Theocracy Movement Gets A Boost [3]

Christian Converser: US Theocracy Movement Gets A Boost [2]

First published on Christian Converser Along with the previous post in this series expounding the many problems that the current direction of the SCOTUS is creating, it’s time to take a fresh look at the impetus for theocracy and the divisions between different groups of orthodox / conservative Christians along theological and political lines. This… Continue reading Christian Converser: US Theocracy Movement Gets A Boost [2]

Christian Converser: US Theocracy Movement Gets A Boost

First published on Christian Converser Recent decisions by the US Supreme Court intentionally push North America further in the direction of a theocracy. As explained in previous posts in this blog, the current ideal of theocratic government is strongly intertwined with the significant following that dispensationalist theology has gained in the US since the mid-19th… Continue reading Christian Converser: US Theocracy Movement Gets A Boost

Christian Converser: Against Gun Idolatry – David French

First published on Christian Converser David French has written another informed commentary about the gun violence situation in the US, and here we see again the contrast between New Zealand and the American nation, and our different heritages. French sees the key problem as it happens in America today as being one of gun idolatry,… Continue reading Christian Converser: Against Gun Idolatry – David French

Christian Converser: David French’s Take On Critical Race Theory

First published on Christian Converser Critical Race Theory (CRT) has become the latest conservative evangelical bogeyman in the American church ever since the Trump Administrations, whereby a relatively obscure and mostly unknown set of concepts (outside of the legal profession, where it has been taught at academic level for some decades) suddenly attained a very… Continue reading Christian Converser: David French’s Take On Critical Race Theory

Christian Converser: America Stumbles Towards Theocracy

First published on Christian Converser The big news in the USA in the last few weeks has been the possibility of the conservative-dominated Supreme Court repealing current federal abortion law (Roe v Wade). This is far from an open-and-shut case for theologians, despite the widespread support for this direction from conservative evangelicals in the US… Continue reading Christian Converser: America Stumbles Towards Theocracy

Christian Converser: Ecclesiastical Polity: Diversity In Structure & Governance [2] – Episcopal / Presidential / Apostolic Leadership Structure

First published on Christian Converser Carrying on from the first part of this series with a change of title, polity varies a lot between different churches. The early church in the New Testament appears to have had a congregational type of polity. There is not enough detail there to confirm this and there are naturally… Continue reading Christian Converser: Ecclesiastical Polity: Diversity In Structure & Governance [2] – Episcopal / Presidential / Apostolic Leadership Structure

Christian Converser: Recap: Governance and Accountability [3]

First published on Christian Converser So if we take a closer look at megachurch theology it turns out there is, indeed, a specific branch of it as such. That is, there are theologies that are specifically related to megachurches. Much of this comes from a recently deceased gentleman by the name of C Peter Wagner,… Continue reading Christian Converser: Recap: Governance and Accountability [3]