Christianity 101

Antonio Ciseri's depiction of Pontius Pilate presenting a scourged Christ to the people Ecce homo! (Behold the man!). Painted 1871.

Antonio Ciseri’s depiction of Pontius Pilate presenting a scourged Christ to the people: Ecce homo! (Behold the man!). Painted 1871.

Christianity, in its broadest sense, is the world’s largest religion with over two billion followers.  However, because of the many denominations and varying beliefs and traditions, the term can be confusing and often means different things to different people.

So, especially for those who are newly exploring the faith, it’s important to answer the question:  “At its core, what is Christianity all about?” Continue reading

Is Faith Just a Crutch for Weak People?

Crutch

A common objection to religion in general and Christianity in particular, is that it serves as a type of emotional “crutch.”  Often, those who use this argument think of Christians as weak-minded, self-deluded, and in need of some fairy tale “protector” to help them through life.  They are contrasted to the more intellectual and stronger-willed atheist that can handle the harsh realities of life.  Is this an accurate characterization of Christians or people of faith?  More importantly, is it a legitimate reason to choose atheism? Continue reading