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Writings on Christian Topics

Andrew Basden

    Ideas and
for those who would like them
    and perhaps a bit of Motivation too.

Here is a brief index of my writings on various Christian topics. Enjoy them, whoever you are: I have tried to write them avoiding Christian jargon. They are intended to help our thinking about a wide range of issues; many are pages I have written to clarify my own thinking, and then realised that others might find them useful too. Please feel free to comment, by email, post or phone.

If wish to get to know me, look at my Spiritual Journey (mostly complete but a first, unchecked version).


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God's Ways Work

I believe that God's ways ('laws' etc.) should not be seen as onerous constraints to condemn us. Instead, God's ways work. For the good and bad alike, for the religious and non-religious alike. God's laws are diverse, not just moral codes. They work, not just for self but for others, society and environment. Especially over the longer term. Here I am collecting a number of examples of God's ways working. It is part of an attempt to work our a new view in theology.

Trying to See Things God's Way

These pages suggest a different way of seeing things we have known for ages, or perhaps some new things. Designed to make us think.

Engaging with mainstream thought and the secular world:
Pages containing Essays and Reflections from Christian perspective
"" Engaging with secular thought: Talk and workshop to Christian postgrads 2011
"" Bringing Faith and Scholarship Together: my long, meandering journey (Talk as WYSOCS 2013)
"" Why Christian Scholars Should Love Mainstream Scholarship An early email to 'Aaron' who had found it "frustrating" trying to engage as a Christian with Heidegger, Husserl and Hegel
"" 'Christian' Art, Physics, Maths, Sociology, etc.?
"" Engaging with post-secular thinking (brief)
"" Engaging with thinking going on the world
"" Theology: Salvation has three dimensions: Not only justification and sanctification but also blessing the world.
"" Compelling us to be engaged (in this case with environmental responsibility)
"" What we do here that is founded in Christ (including good scholarship) continues into the next life
"" Bridging the Sacred-Secular Divide (going beyond Mark Green's booklet)
"" Reflecting on being salt and light, with application to academic, professional and 'ordinary' life
"" A Brief Investigation of Christian Reconstruction: Problems with Christian Reconstruction from a Biblical viewpoint
"plunder.egypt.html" Why I do not believe 'Plundering the Egyptians' is a good approach to engaging with mainstream thought.
"" Some dangers of these views

Understanding Biblical Principles and Themes

Again to make us think, these pages take biblical themes are re-examine them. Of they try to clarify biblical concepts in today's context.

Discussion Points

Some Comment

I have begun to comment on ...

Possible Words from God ('prophecy')

God speaks into our situations today. What might God be saying? A reflection on what kind of things God might say, and a number of possible warnings. First, some general things:

Now some specific things:

Relating to my Work


These pages are offered to God as on-going work. Comments, queries welcome.

Copyright (c) Andrew Basden at all dates below. But you may use this material subject to certain conditions.

Part of his pages, that open up discussion and exploration from a Christian ('xn') perspective.

Written on the Amiga with Protext.

Created: 1999. Last updated: 21 November 1999. 8 January 2000. 16 January 2000. 2 October 2000 Elaine Storkey's page. 7 February 2001 email. 24 February 2001 Rearranged contents list, provided meanings, and added green and america. 4 March 2001 removed most page file names. 25 March 2001 added link to What Is God Doing, Warnings, Animals. 7 April 2001 Weil and corrected link. 3 May 2001 ccojubilee links. 18 May 2001 Link to new site Elaine Storkey. 30 June 2001 link to milocevic. 22 July 2001 link to salvation. 8 September 2001 crime.engels link. 22 September 2001 USA Attack. 23 September 2001 israel. 1 December 2001 spiritual journey moved earlier; CPIS paper link. 20 January 2002 Seeking God's heart and radah.html; many of the links rearranged, added counter. 1 March 2002 Eemlandhoeve. 8 September 2002 new link to 9/11. 19 January 2003 politics added. 12 May 2003 link to gweg r.t. pride.html to broaden it from pride to God's ways. 19 October 2003 links to God's New Agenda, and Prayer, slight reformatting. 14 December 2003 New View; and gna moved into discussion/. 1 August 2004 unrepentance. 24 November 2004 On engaging with non-Christian thought; removed old 'new's. 28 November 2004 some rearrangement. 14 June 2005 corrected nv link. 19 October 2005 jealousy. 25 March 2007 Slavery and climate change. 18 April 2007 link sex, marriage, friendship. 24 May 2007 like.slavery. 5 August 2007 paradoxes, discn/creatingrelnlsoc. 5 January 2008 discussion/evil. 9 February 2008 persecution+peace. 15 March 2008 revival. 20 November 2008 discussion/warning, copyright. 29 December 2008 atonement, hkk. 1 January 2009 otg, new .end, america to discn. 22 November 2009 fgw. 28 December 2009 tidy up; better into of NV, BHG. 18 April 2010 volcano, and some rearrangement; sections. 25 July 2010 corrected links to nv, bhg; added .nav! 12 December 2010 blair.hitchings, c-a-n link. 1 January 2011 kjv.cslewis. 17 January 2011 sacred.secular. 30 January 2011 demon. 16 May 2011 link to eeml made http. 6 June 2011 link to leadership. 30 May 2012 links to ccge! 24 March 2013 mans.anger. 8 December 2013 nelson.mandela. 27 April 2014 what.God.doing to discussion/, link to WhatIsGodDoing. 7 June 2014 entreprneurship. 10 September 2014 intro has list of main sections of site, and new 9-11-response. 17 September 2014 law.of.moses. 27 December 2014 bible.300. 7 July 2015 How Jesus used Scripture. 27 September 2015 rearranged contents and 'new' as columns; jehoshaphat. 7 November 2015 love. 13 March 2016 surprises. 18 March 2016 Plundering the Egyptians. 18 May 2016 revival.conf. 11 July 2016 hardness.of.heart. 15 January 2017 just.sanct; imago.dei. 6 February 2017 /s/ 26 April 2017 anger.html, mans.anger. 23 June 2017 table of pages on engaging; some cleaning of old 'new's. 28 August 2017 24 September 2017 gww/biblical.influence.soc. 17 December 11 February 2018 against.God, cri (Christian Reconstruction), beloved.creation, making.probs, solving.probs, creation.harmony - all old unfinished pages now finished. 30 April 2018 God.harsh. 20 July 2018 marriage.milton. 9 August 2018 elitism. 23 September 2018 warning-180923; rid old "new" notices. 21 October 2018, three.levels. 27 April 2019 Luke9. 8 April 2020 psalm91. 21 April 2020 covid19, covid19.praying. 25 July 2020 CANONICAL link. 15 September 2020 new intro, I I I. 16 September 2020 mvn. 25 October 2020, slight reword intro; dsicussion/jer45 link. 29 June 2021 temple. 7 July 2021 31 August 2021 competition. 18 October 2021 2 March 2022 poverty. 26 November 2022 blessing. 16 October 2023 melchizedek. 22 October 2023