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When unity is challenged in Europe, the ghost of the medieval king Charlemagne often comes on the scene.
Is anything really free? Whatever it is, it costs someone somewhere something. What does the Bible say about the subject of giving?
There are are already signs that the U.N.-brokered ceasefire agreement in Lebanon is beginning to unravel. Vision publisher David Hulme offers insight on what it will take to get at a lasting end to these continuing and deep rooted hostilities.
The whole planet is being assaulted by human beings and human activity, and environmental pollution is a serious concern.
There’s surely no question that life has speeded up of late. Many of us are connected all the time, constantly attentive, always replying, never quiet. But is this helpful?
Mao’s Great Famine (2010) by historian Frank Dikötter chronicles the ghastly four-year period that resulted in the peacetime death of millions.
It takes a real shock to the system to make us step back and ponder the state of things. We often just go on ignoring potential difficulties though we suspect or even know they exist.
The source we depend on for our overall direction tells us that the future of humanity is assured.
Humanity has not yet beaten swords into plowshares. Though the East-West standoff ended in 1991, the peace dividend soon gave way to massive increases in military spending.
Few have labored to fully understand the teachings and practice of the first followers in their first-century cultural setting and their deep connection to the Hebrew Scriptures. Thus there is a void in the existing literature. Apostles: First Followers and Their Faith helps establish the truth by viewing the lives of these individuals from a more accurate perspective.
Over the past decade in Vision we have published two series devoted to putting the entire New Testament before readers in a conversational way. These series on the Gospels and the apostles are now being published as full-length books in print and e-formats.
A recent trip to Africa emphasized the subtle interplay between giving and receiving. I was in Kenya visiting members of the Church of God around Lake Victoria and looking at the humanitarian projects Vision Foundation International (VFI) is developing there.
Ecology has become a term that sets people at odds. It is often used synonymously with environmentalism, which itself has come to be a lightning rod. Surely there is nothing wrong in studying relations with and between living things that are part of the same household. But we should beware when politics or economic agendas invade such study.
Recent interviews in Europe for the upcoming Vision video based on the series Messiahs! Rulers and the Role of Religion emphasized the disturbing truth that humanity has no sure protection against the rise of totalitarianism.
History teaches some sad lessons about leaders who answer the self-perceived call of destiny, abetted by publics overwhelmed by social, economic and political disorder.
In his recent book, Jesus of Nazareth, Pope Benedict XVI sets out to distill the understanding he has come to after a lifelong theological study of Christianity’s central figure. Is his understanding consistent with the biblical record?
A British acquaintance formerly in government recently observed that the world is lacking the language of values. He commented further on the need in his current profession for a revival of the terms of ethical discourse. He has been shocked at the inability of leaders of various kinds to apply such language to serious social problems.
How we come to know what we know is at the center of an often fierce battle being waged against religious belief. Several leading writers have recently authored books with the intent of showing that belief in God is irrational.
Two stories from the 1967 Six-Day War illustrate the heart of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. They concern Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, and the former PLO president, Yasser Arafat in the first few days following the capture of Jersualem by the Israelis.
It has become increasingly difficult to maintain individual standards of morality and character, and to teach our children why morality matters. This state of affairs has spawned great interest in "positive psychology," but whether this wave will provide what is necessary for change is another question.
Identity awareness means asking and answering the question, “Who am I?” But this is only the starting point in resolving intercommunal problems.
Asking what makes human beings unique brings to mind an interesting list of attributes and activities, both positive and negative. But what really makes us different from the other animals?
For more than a hundred years, the tiny strip of land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River has been the subject of intense debate and bitter conflict, with one of the main focal points of the ongoing struggle being a single ancient city. Exploring the lives of fourteen key Palestinian and Jewish leaders, this fascinating study by Middle-East scholar David Hulme examines the roles of identity and ideology in the search for a resolution to the final-status issue of Jerusalem. The book will prove an important resource for scholars and students interested in the Arab-Israeli conflict, peace studies, and political psychology.
Is it possible that achieving happiness could indeed be just that simple.
The latest round of Middle East violence on the border between Israel and Lebanon is yet one more demonstration of the need for peace based on focused understanding and appreciation of the differences between the antagonists. What's at the heart of the problem and is peace achievable?
The ability to focus beyond immediate circumstances is an elsuive gift. Both are aspects of good vision. But from where does this vision come?
Shimon Peres continues to break the mold. In his own words he has shifted from being a “terrible hawk” to espousing the cause of peace.
Solving humanity's most pressing problems lies in seeking moral and spiritual answers.
This issue of Vision explores several facets of life's complexities, from genetics and the peril and promise of biotechnology, to the responsibility inherent in educating our children.
What kind of world do we want? It's a question that's increasingly overshadowed by the reality that the individual feels powerless in the face of massive societal change. But are we the ones who will determine the future of humanity?
The human mind is not just the result of physicochemical reactions within the brain. There is a spirit in men and women that renders them human and unique.
It seems that nothing is beyond our reach when it comes to conquering the physical world, but we're at a loss to deal with moral questions.
The heart is more than a muscular pumb that is sometimes diseased. We also speak of it as the seat of emotional well-being.
In this issue Vision explores the subjects of marriage, family and sex, and how they have been affected by flawed “expert” knowledge.
September 11, 2001—"Nothing will ever be the same again."
Those who can set a Christlike example of humility, and yet tell the unvarnished truth in a genthe and kind way, are the leaders to follow.
What is truth? Can we really know for sure? In this issue we explore the subject of truth from several angles.
In this issue of Vision we review some of the developing environmental and social threats and show the hope that lies beyond today's bad news.
On the spiritual side of life there are many ideas with suspect origins.
The issues of faith and reason, science and religion, underlie much of the current distress in the world. Yet they are not necessarily set in opposition to each other as many have supposed.
Knowing the difference between good and evil is one of the most important pieces of understanding we can have.
If what lies behind the purposes, goals and desire to control others is not right and good, human beings can do unspeakable evil to each other.
Meaningful change is achieved by personal action that arises from the self-directed will to do the right thing for the good of all.
When it comes to the kind of work that is spiritual in nature, engaged in for the sake of others or in obedience to the Creator, the Bible is filled with principle and practice.
People will believe almost anything, it seems, despite the availability of credible and feasible alternatives.
As human beings we want sure foundations for living and for teaching our children, not possibly weak footings of someone else's too often unproven ideas.
The world is drowning in information. Is it still possible to have effective and meaningful communication? We invite Vision readers to help us accomplish this goal.
Things are not always as they may first appear. It is easy to be taken in by outward appearances.
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