Welcome to the mad house :-)

Hello, you’re all warmly welcome to my progressive Christian blog!

Hallo, ihr seid alle herzlich willkommen zu meinem progressiv christlichen Blog!

 

 

My interests encompasses many fields like science, philosophy, theology (progressive Christianity), ethics, politics, the never-ending war on injustice everywhere (and even women at times :-)   ).

Meine Interessen umfassen viele Felder wie Naturwissenschaft, Philosophie, Theologie (progressives Christentum), Ethik, Politik, den immer währenden Krieg gegen Ungerechtigkeiten überall (und manchmal sogar Frauen :-) ).
I’ll inevitably raise much more questions than provide firm answers.

 Ich werde unvermeidlich viel mehr Fragen aufwerfen als feste Antworten liefern.

 

On this regularly updated page I will give the most important and relevant posts I have ever written.

Bei dieser regelmäßig aktualisierten Webseite werde ich die wichtigsten und relevantesten Posten angeben, die ich je geschrieben habe.

 

I truly hope you’ll appreciate it!

Ich hoffe echt, dass ihr es geniessen werdet!

 

On progressive Christianity

The central message of Jesus

Faith and the New Atheists

Christmas tale in my homeland

Easter tale in my homeland

 

On this page, you can find my critical thoughts on militant atheism, also called the New Atheism or Anti-Theism.

 Bei dieser Webseite könnt ihr meine kritischen Gedanken über militanten Atheismus finden, der auch Neuen Atheismus oder Anti-Theismus genannt wird.

 

 

Interviews

Here are all INTERVIEWS I had the great honor to perform.

Hier befinden sich alle Interviews, die ich (auf Englisch) mit einem großen Vergnügen führen konnte.

 

Biblical Scholar and historian Mike Licona about the resurrection: Did Jesus leave his grave behind?

Sociologist and historian David Marshall about militant atheism: The Truth about the New Atheism.

Progressive Evangelical theologian Peter Enns about inerrancy: Renewing the Evangelical mind: an interview with Peter Enns

Philosopher Jerry Walls about Calvinism:  Predestined to eternally suffer? An interview with philosopher Jerry Walls

Christian movie maker Kevin Miller responsible for the film Hellbound? concerning universal salvation:  Intelligent design, eternal torment and the restoration of everything: an interview with Kevin Miller

Conservative theologian Matt Flannagan about Biblical genocides: Genocides in the Bible? An interview with Matt Flannagan.

Conservative Calvinist Chris Date about the nature hell: eternal torment or irremediable death?  Eternal hell and conditional immortality: an interview with Chris Date

A prominent former Christian fundamentalist from Britain about his experiences:   Leaving fundamentalism: an interview with Jonny Scaramanga

 

More about me

Mehr über mich.

 

I’m Marc from Lorraine, not a beautiful girl but a region in France where an ethnical minority still speaks a Germanic dialect (in the eastern part).  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorraine_Franconian

Ich bin Marc aus Lothringen, einer Region in Frankreich, wo eine ethnische Minderheit immer noch ein deutsches Dialekt spricht (im östlichen Teil).

 

The name of this blog stems from my deep love for my motherland which was founded by king Lothar, one of the sons of Charles the Great.

Der Name von diesem Blog stammt aus meiner tiefen Liebe für mein Mutterland, das von König Lothar, einem der Söhne von Karl dem Großen, gegründet wurde.

 

Besides that I have a PhD in chemistry and am hugely interested in the philosophy of probability.

 Daneben bin ich ein promovierter Chemiker und habe ein riesiges Interesse für die Philosophie der Wahrscheinlichkeit.

 

13 responses to “Welcome to the mad house :-)”

  1. theolunke says :

    ich mag die Mehrsprachigkeit auf dem Blog … nur “Deutsch” scheint hier bei der Vorstellung zu fehlen :D

    • lotharson says :

      Awer Lothringisch isch doch gar niet ze schlimm, oder? Es isch fast wie hochdäisch ;-)

      Vielen Dank, meinen Blog zu verfolgen, das werde ich auch fortan machen. Vielleicht können wir uns in der Zukunft gegenseitig Mut bringen :=)

      Gottes Segen aus Lothringen, seiner Juwel in der Schöpfung!

      • theolunke says :

        Es gibt leider so wenig christliche Blogs (und dann auch noch auf Deutsch … lese sehr ungern englisch) – da ist es gut, wenn man sich zusammentut :)
        Wünsche dir auch SEINEN Segen :)

  2. literary lew says :

    I’m glad you are blogging and are here in the world making it a better place with your presence. I’ll be back often to check out your excellent material…and, no, you are not “crazy”! But, daring to think critically can make anyone think he/she is from time to time. Btw, you recently noted in a response to one of my posts, “But psychopathy and the lack of empathy seems to be worse” than schizophrenia. Could you elaborate a bit on that? Thanks.

    • lotharson says :

      Hello literary lew, thanks for your nice comment!

      I am extremely glad to know that from time to time, some people think I am not crazy :=)

      Psychiatric diseases and the existence of God:
      I actually have an attention deficit and hyperactivity syndrome. This causes lots of pain but also have positive aspects concerning creativity and intuitions, that’s why I can accept that’s the way God wanted me to be and I have to learn to cope with it in an optimal way and increasingly become a more loving person.

      It is much harder to see the positive aspects of Schizophrenia, but I can perhaps accept the idea that God allows that as a by-product of other features of His creation.

      But what about psychopaths who lack empathy and act in an extremely evil way and CANNOT do otherwise because they lack moral feelings?
      Why would God allow this? And how can we consider them guilty if they were entirely determined to act in a horrendous way?

      Christianity has traditionally always interpreted human evil as being the consequence of the free decisions of agents. But here this is clearly not the case.
      Would that mean that God predetermined people to act badly, like most Muslims and Calvinists believe?
      I think such a God can only be considered as a moral monster.

      I haven’t a clear solution to this problem, it just a logical consequence of God’s perfection He is only going to judge these people according to what they could have done and will try to change them so that they’ll be ripe to live eternally with him.

      I am currently writing a response to an interesting video from atheists about the problem of evil (which I’ll post soon enough on this blog) and while I believe their argumentation is really not compelling, I am troubled by the problem of psychopathy.
      But it’s quite possible I will finally view that as less problematic as I have come to terms with the idea God allows psychosic disorders to exist.

      But I am struggling and I think everyone should.

      And atheists should also struggle much more with despair while considering the fact that according to their worldview all the horrible things in the world will never been redeemed, all the people having died under an atrocious pain will never be comforted or consoled.

      The word is both beautiful and freakingly absurd and this should concern everyone.

      I think it is generally important to make a difference between what we subjectively feel (from our current perspective) can only be wrong and what is objectively the case if one considers all the good things God can do to the victims of evil during 1000, 100000, 10000000000, 1000000000000000000… years of afterlife.

  3. findingdoubt says :

    I’m really impressed by the multi-lingual quality in this intro by the way ;). That’s so cool! Maybe someday I’ll pick up a couple extra languages outside of just reading some Greek.

  4. tsmith0095 says :

    Hey Marc!

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    • lotharson says :

      Hello!

      If it is not a spam, I am certainly interested and quite flattered :-)

      • tsmith0095 says :

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  5. Dana Ames says :

    Liebe Marc!

    Thank you for your kind reply.

    Orthodox are not “universalist” in the technical sense of the word: we don’t believe that “everyone goes to heaven after they die.” The Orthodox church does not speculate about the kinds of things Protestants get tied up in knots over… We believe that Christ will judge, and that coming face to face with him will reveal the state of our hearts – whether we love and can receive his love, or whether we don’t. The first will be experienced as joy and light and is Paradise; the second as pain and is “hell”. Beyond that, we are not certain. Most believe that pain may last eternally, but some saints, as I wrote, hold another view, and their teachings have never been officially condemned. The only official dogma of the Orthodox Church is to be found in her services, and there is exceedingly little in the services regarding details of the afterlife.

    The best thing for you to do if you have any questions about Orthodoxy is to find an Orthodox priest with whom you feel comfortable conversing. Here is a link to Orthodox churches in Britain with English services: http://www.englishliturgy.org/directory
    I’m sure you can find someone near where you are. There are other Orthodox churches; typically their services are in Russian or Greek, but you could certainly find a compatible English-fluent priest among them as well.

    You could email Prof. Andrew Louth at Durham for information:

    https://www.dur.ac.uk/theology.religion/staff/profile/?id=670

    Another option would be to visit a monastery. A very well known monastery is in Essex, St John the Baptist:
    Address: The Old Rectory, Rectory Road, Tolleshunt Knights, By Maldon, Essex CM9 8EZ, United Kingdom Tel.: (+44) (0) 1621 816 471

    I know of a monastery in France that derives from the same monastic tradition:

    http://monastere-saint-silouane.eu/Saint_Silouane/Accueil.html

    A list of French monasteries is here:

    http://orthodoxwiki.org/List_of_French_monasteries

    For Switzerland:

    http://www.orthodoxie.ch/directory/main-de.htm

    You can Google “Gabriel Bunge” for some interesting interviews with this Swiss monk.

    Here is an Orthodox monastery in Germany:

    http://www.spyridon-skite.de/39994/home.html

    Here are some other German links that might help:

    http://kokid.de/

    That’s probably much more information than you need; start where you are there in Lancaster.

    Alles gute-
    Dana

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