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Christianity ViewedChristianity Viewed
from the 21from the 21stst
CenturyCentury
A Slide PresentationA Slide Presentation
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The View Today is Very DifferentThe View Today is Very Different
 The Christian world is very different in the 21The Chri...
God’s Continuing CreationGod’s Continuing Creation
 The quality of human life is improving at aThe quality of human life ...
Our Rapidly Changing WorldOur Rapidly Changing World
 With the aid of science, the kingdom of God isWith the aid of scien...
Christians Participating in CreationChristians Participating in Creation
 The followers of Jesus are seen to be bothThe f...
The Increasing Rate of CreationThe Increasing Rate of Creation
 The rate of creation depends on pastThe rate of creation ...
Teamwork in ScienceTeamwork in Science
 Large scale teamwork in science began duringLarge scale teamwork in science began...
The MicrochipThe Microchip
 Large teams of scientists and engineers beganLarge teams of scientists and engineers began
cr...
Improvements in Medical ScienceImprovements in Medical Science
 Medical science in virtually every country in theMedical ...
Science as God’s GiftScience as God’s Gift
 I believe God gave humans analytic ability and theI believe God gave humans a...
The Bible and TeamworkThe Bible and Teamwork
 The Apostle Paul’s description of the Body ofThe Apostle Paul’s description...
The Rules of LifeThe Rules of Life
 The Ten Commandments and the twoThe Ten Commandments and the two
emphasized by Jesus ...
Living in God’s GraceLiving in God’s Grace
 No one can ever get it all right. Christ’s deathNo one can ever get it all ri...
Communication with GodCommunication with God
 To be successful team members, we need theTo be successful team members, we...
Our Triune CreatorOur Triune Creator
 God is understood to be the source of allGod is understood to be the source of all
...
The Sunday Morning GatheringThe Sunday Morning Gathering
 Weekly worship services not only provideWeekly worship services...
The Validity of ChristianityThe Validity of Christianity
 The proof is the more than two billion Christians, aThe proof i...
Christ’s Team Around the WorldChrist’s Team Around the World
The Distribution of Christians Throughout the World
Pew Resea...
God’s Assistants with CreationGod’s Assistants with Creation
 Construction workersConstruction workers
 TeachersTeachers...
Christianity’s GoalChristianity’s Goal
 Many consider the goal of Christianity to beMany consider the goal of Christianit...
Strengthening the TeamStrengthening the Team
 Christians need a goal that is clearly understoodChristians need a goal tha...
The Merits of This ViewThe Merits of This View
 While requiring a slight shift in emphasis, it isWhile requiring a slight...
You Are Needed on Christ’s TeamYou Are Needed on Christ’s Team
 Aided by science, Christ’s Team is creating aAided by sci...
For Further StudyFor Further Study
This book is designed to helpThis book is designed to help
readers learn to think like ...
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Christianity Viewed from the 21st Century

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Christianity Viewed from the 21st Century

  1. 1. Christianity ViewedChristianity Viewed from the 21from the 21stst CenturyCentury A Slide PresentationA Slide Presentation byby Dr. Robert C. FrankDr. Robert C. Frank Professor Emeritus of Physics at Augustana CollegeProfessor Emeritus of Physics at Augustana College 1
  2. 2. The View Today is Very DifferentThe View Today is Very Different  The Christian world is very different in the 21The Christian world is very different in the 21stst Century than it was in earlier centuries.Century than it was in earlier centuries.  There are now over two billion followers of JesusThere are now over two billion followers of Jesus and they share with others a world in whichand they share with others a world in which science and technology play important roles.science and technology play important roles. 2
  3. 3. God’s Continuing CreationGod’s Continuing Creation  The quality of human life is improving at aThe quality of human life is improving at a dramatic pace.dramatic pace.  People are living healthier, happier, and longer.People are living healthier, happier, and longer.  Transportation, communication, and modernTransportation, communication, and modern medicine are far superior to the past.medicine are far superior to the past. 3
  4. 4. Our Rapidly Changing WorldOur Rapidly Changing World  With the aid of science, the kingdom of God isWith the aid of science, the kingdom of God is growing to be very large as Jesus predicted ingrowing to be very large as Jesus predicted in his comparison to the mustard tree. Mt 13: 31-his comparison to the mustard tree. Mt 13: 31- 32, Mk 4: 30-32, Lk 13: 18-1932, Mk 4: 30-32, Lk 13: 18-19  When we repeat the Lord’s Prayer we say, “yourWhen we repeat the Lord’s Prayer we say, “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as itkingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” and today you can see itis in heaven” and today you can see it happening.happening. 4
  5. 5. Christians Participating in CreationChristians Participating in Creation  The followers of Jesus are seen to be bothThe followers of Jesus are seen to be both observers and participants in God’s awesomeobservers and participants in God’s awesome continuing creation.continuing creation.  As their servant leader, Jesus taught his followersAs their servant leader, Jesus taught his followers to love each other, work together, and helpto love each other, work together, and help everyone lead better lives.everyone lead better lives. 5
  6. 6. The Increasing Rate of CreationThe Increasing Rate of Creation  The rate of creation depends on pastThe rate of creation depends on past accomplishments and the number of peopleaccomplishments and the number of people involved.involved.  As a result, in each generation, with moreAs a result, in each generation, with more people and greater teamwork, the quality of lifepeople and greater teamwork, the quality of life improves more rapidlyimproves more rapidly.. 6
  7. 7. Teamwork in ScienceTeamwork in Science  Large scale teamwork in science began duringLarge scale teamwork in science began during World War IIWorld War II.. A large team of scientists andA large team of scientists and engineers developed the atomic bombs thatengineers developed the atomic bombs that ended the war in Japan.ended the war in Japan.  The development of the transistor in the lateThe development of the transistor in the late 1940’s may be considered the most important1940’s may be considered the most important invention of the 20invention of the 20thth century because it led to thecentury because it led to the development of the microchip.development of the microchip. 7
  8. 8. The MicrochipThe Microchip  Large teams of scientists and engineers beganLarge teams of scientists and engineers began creating tiny electrical circuits embedded in solidcreating tiny electrical circuits embedded in solid materials. They are called microchips.materials. They are called microchips.  Microchips are now used in radios, TV, computers,Microchips are now used in radios, TV, computers, cell phones, tablets and control devices. Verycell phones, tablets and control devices. Very complicated electrical circuits are being madecomplicated electrical circuits are being made smaller and smaller.smaller and smaller. 8
  9. 9. Improvements in Medical ScienceImprovements in Medical Science  Medical science in virtually every country in theMedical science in virtually every country in the world is far superior today than it was even a fewworld is far superior today than it was even a few decades ago.decades ago.  Much of that achievement is due to the greatMuch of that achievement is due to the great advances in communication.advances in communication. 9
  10. 10. Science as God’s GiftScience as God’s Gift  I believe God gave humans analytic ability and theI believe God gave humans analytic ability and the scientific method to make it possible for them toscientific method to make it possible for them to help relieve suffering and participate in creation.help relieve suffering and participate in creation. 10
  11. 11. The Bible and TeamworkThe Bible and Teamwork  The Apostle Paul’s description of the Body ofThe Apostle Paul’s description of the Body of Christ is similar to descriptions of modern teams.Christ is similar to descriptions of modern teams. (I Co 12)(I Co 12)  There are also many other passages in the BibleThere are also many other passages in the Bible that support the concept of teamwork. See forthat support the concept of teamwork. See for example Ro 15:5-6, 1 Pe 4:8-10, Pr 27: 17, Epexample Ro 15:5-6, 1 Pe 4:8-10, Pr 27: 17, Ep 4:16, 1 Co 1:10, Ec 4: 9-10 , , , ,4:16, 1 Co 1:10, Ec 4: 9-10 , , , , 11
  12. 12. The Rules of LifeThe Rules of Life  The Ten Commandments and the twoThe Ten Commandments and the two emphasized by Jesus form the rules of life thatemphasized by Jesus form the rules of life that optimize teamwork.optimize teamwork. 12
  13. 13. Living in God’s GraceLiving in God’s Grace  No one can ever get it all right. Christ’s deathNo one can ever get it all right. Christ’s death and resurrection brought forgiveness andand resurrection brought forgiveness and successful teamwork cannot occur withoutsuccessful teamwork cannot occur without forgiveness.forgiveness. 13
  14. 14. Communication with GodCommunication with God  To be successful team members, we need theTo be successful team members, we need the wisdom, courage, forgiveness, and peace thatwisdom, courage, forgiveness, and peace that can only come through prayer.can only come through prayer.  Wisdom also comes by reading the Bible whichWisdom also comes by reading the Bible which is now available in many versions andis now available in many versions and languages.languages. 14
  15. 15. Our Triune CreatorOur Triune Creator  God is understood to be the source of allGod is understood to be the source of all creation.creation.  Jesus Christ is redeemer, spiritual leader, andJesus Christ is redeemer, spiritual leader, and teacher of God’s assistants as they participate inteacher of God’s assistants as they participate in creation.creation.  The Holy Spirit is the unifier, forming and guidingThe Holy Spirit is the unifier, forming and guiding Christ’s Team with the help of the Bible andChrist’s Team with the help of the Bible and weekly church services.weekly church services. 15
  16. 16. The Sunday Morning GatheringThe Sunday Morning Gathering  Weekly worship services not only provideWeekly worship services not only provide wisdom and inspiration, but also opportunitieswisdom and inspiration, but also opportunities for the team to practice and coordinate efforts.for the team to practice and coordinate efforts.  Sunday School is comparable to a learning labSunday School is comparable to a learning lab where children and adults study and practicewhere children and adults study and practice living the Christian life.living the Christian life. 16
  17. 17. The Validity of ChristianityThe Validity of Christianity  The proof is the more than two billion Christians, aThe proof is the more than two billion Christians, a third of the population of the world, who havethird of the population of the world, who have become Christ’s Team. They are God’s miracle.become Christ’s Team. They are God’s miracle.  The fact that they have experienced love andThe fact that they have experienced love and continue to teach others to love and care for eachcontinue to teach others to love and care for each other is a demonstration of the validity ofother is a demonstration of the validity of Christianity.Christianity. 17
  18. 18. Christ’s Team Around the WorldChrist’s Team Around the World The Distribution of Christians Throughout the World Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life/ Global Christianity, December 2011 18
  19. 19. God’s Assistants with CreationGod’s Assistants with Creation  Construction workersConstruction workers  TeachersTeachers  ArtistsArtists  HomemakersHomemakers  ScientistsScientists  Social WorkersSocial Workers  ParentsParents  CustodiansCustodians  CooksCooks  Medical WorkersMedical Workers  ClergyClergy  AccountantsAccountants  LawyersLawyers  Sales ClerksSales Clerks 19
  20. 20. Christianity’s GoalChristianity’s Goal  Many consider the goal of Christianity to beMany consider the goal of Christianity to be eternal life, but uncertainty about how that is toeternal life, but uncertainty about how that is to be interpreted has divided Christianity into manybe interpreted has divided Christianity into many different denominations.different denominations.  God’s call for humans to be assistants withGod’s call for humans to be assistants with creation is a more easily understood goal withcreation is a more easily understood goal with fewer conflicts. Decisions about life after deathfewer conflicts. Decisions about life after death are left to God.are left to God. 20
  21. 21. Strengthening the TeamStrengthening the Team  Christians need a goal that is clearly understoodChristians need a goal that is clearly understood by everyone and is inclusive rather than divisive.by everyone and is inclusive rather than divisive.  Congregations also have to deliberately set upCongregations also have to deliberately set up programs to train leaders in team-based ministryprograms to train leaders in team-based ministry in order to coordinate their efforts.in order to coordinate their efforts. 21
  22. 22. The Merits of This ViewThe Merits of This View  While requiring a slight shift in emphasis, it isWhile requiring a slight shift in emphasis, it is compatible with traditional and biblical views.compatible with traditional and biblical views.  Science is considered to be a gift from GodScience is considered to be a gift from God needed to permit humans to have a moreneeded to permit humans to have a more substantial role in creation.substantial role in creation.  It is a view of Christianity that is more easilyIt is a view of Christianity that is more easily understood and explained to outsiders.understood and explained to outsiders. 22
  23. 23. You Are Needed on Christ’s TeamYou Are Needed on Christ’s Team  Aided by science, Christ’s Team is creating aAided by science, Christ’s Team is creating a wonderful new world. Become an active memberwonderful new world. Become an active member of a Christian church in your area today and helpof a Christian church in your area today and help improve the quality of life for everyone.improve the quality of life for everyone. 23
  24. 24. For Further StudyFor Further Study This book is designed to helpThis book is designed to help readers learn to think like membersreaders learn to think like members of Christ’s Team.of Christ’s Team. The cover depicts ChristiansThe cover depicts Christians around the world acknowledgingaround the world acknowledging their team effort.their team effort. www.christsteam.comwww.christsteam.com 24

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