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Friday, July 28, 2006



By Forrest W. Schultz

During the past year or so I have been reading many news items about the persecution of Christians in India. It was therefore interesting to read the SCP Staff Report about “India’s Spiritual Background” which presents the impressions the staff members received from their recent visit to India. There were two items I found especially striking. One was the abundance of miracles the Indian Christians are experiencing, a situation they regard as normal, not extra-ordinary. The other was the concern about the false teachings emanating from various “Christian” teachers on American “Christian” television.

This latter topic is dealt with extensively in an article entitled “God TV” by Alan Morrison in the SCP Journal, which focuses on the three false teachings in the “Prosperity” Gospel – that God wants all Christians to be wealthy, that this wealth can be obtained through “word power” (The Name It and Claim It notion), and that this is possible because Christians are “little gods”. The Journal also includes another (Part II) well researched, hard hitting article by Lee Penn on The DaVinci Code and Opus Dei. Since there is such a long time between issues ( 3 months) the editors should consider having a single issue devoted solely or mainly to topics like this instead of splitting them up among subsequent issues. The current issue of the Journal also includes Part I of a series on Witchcraft by Brooks Alexander. I found the article to be frustrating because he spends the entirety of it refuting false views of witchcraft and makes us wait to the next issue to find out the real deal. Here again, I think it would be preferable to deal with the subject in just one issue instead of splitting it up.

As usual, the articles are well written and the cover graphics and the photography of the Journal are excellent. I guess this is not surprising in light of the intellectual and academic credentials of the staff, discussed on pages 1 and 6 of the Newsletter!


  • At Saturday, December 05, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey are you a professional journalist? This article is very well written, as compared to most other blogs i saw today….
    anyhow thanks for the good read!

  • At Monday, December 07, 2009, Blogger Forrest Schultz said…

    I have been paid for articles published in magazines. But I am not a professional journalist in the sense of having a degree in journalism and being on the staff or a magazine or newspaper. Most of my writings that get published now come from news releases I write about the arts scene in Coweta County, GA.




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