My Views on the Christian Way of Life
``Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to
give the reasons for the hope that you have. But do this with
gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who
speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed
of their slander.''
(1 Peter 3:15-16)
``If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if
any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any
tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being
like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and
German Texts on the Christian Way of Life
(only some of them are translations of those below)
Many of the following texts were composed with scientists as readers in mind.
I Am Really Fascinated by Jesus Christ...
... but My Doubts Are Way Too Noisy to be Silenced
(Does one need to throw one's brain out of the window in order to be a Christian?)
Invitation to Joy
(Why is the Gospel ``good news''?)
The Kingdom of Heaven
(Meet the challenge of Jesus' teaching)
The Bread of Life
(Taking communion/eucharist seriously)
You Must All be Born Again
(What does this mean?)
How Do We Recognize God's Will For Us?
(A guide based on scripture and my own experience)
How to Become a Christian
(A natural question to ask if you are intrigued by some of the other texts)
with basic links to online sources on Christianity, Atheism and other religions, annotated with bible quotes. Find out yourself about the Truth by studying the Best from the original sources! Get a more radical faith by learning from the Early Church! Become cautious and open-eyed by studying the arguments against Christianity! Learn tolerance, understanding and discernment by reading about Islam, Buddhism, New Age! Find out that the spiritual competition boils with water only!
A Book of God?
(On revelations competing for your attention)
Advice for a Christian aspiring scientist
(''As a Christian, how should I plan my scientific career?'')
Knowledge, Chance, and Creation
(On the difficulty to know, and the role of the second law of thermodynamics as an instrument of creation)
Why Not 6 Days?
(On interpreting the bible)
How Do We Know Whether God Acts In The World?
``I found the assumption that `God acts in the world' a superior way of organizing the events that I see or hear happen.''
How to Study
(I questioned the bible about the attitude appropriate to the study of science)
Sharing One's Faith at University
(Be a messenger of Christ at your university)
Science and Faith Discussion Group
(a weekly discussion group held in 1988)
Scientific Proofs of Authenticity
Disillusioned by Christian Arguments
(A letter from talk.origins and my reply)
Losing Faith in ``Faith''
(There is a widespread belief that the gain from Christian living is the blessing of God in material terms. But ...)
How to Create a Universe - Instructions for an Apprentice God
(theological science fiction)
Science and Faith
(My list of links to material about what many perceive as a severe conflict.)
Statement of Faith
(What I believe)
What I'd Like to Hear at Church, and How I'd Like the Pastor to Prepare
(It is not uncommon that I am disappointed!)
Christian Idolatry and Reality
(How I rediscovered the bible)
Into the Arms of God
(How I found friendship with God)
Books That Shaped my Views
(They made my heart glow when I read them first)
My Home Page at http://www.mat.univie.ac.at/~neum
(with links to mathematics and other sciences)
Forgiving Seven Times
(The winner of the 1952 Peace Nobel Prize, Albert Schweitzer, explained in a letter from his hospital in Lambarene his view of what it means for a Christian to forgive)
The Kingdom of Heaven: Parables for Scientists
(by Deborah and Loren Haarsma)
Freedom From Worries
(Take Jesus seriously!)
Resting at Ease in Jesus' Hands
(Coping with stress)
Some Remarks on Prayer
Jesus - Lord Over the Powers of Evil
(Freedom from vicious circles)
What is a Spirit?
(Forces that influence the will of people)
Life with Future
(from the sermon on the mount)
Two Lenten Reflections
(There is so much sorrow in this world; Fasting is learning to free ourselves)
George Fox and Jesus Christ
Thoughts on Christmas Decorations
(While for many modern people Christmas decorations are just an expression of a commercial cult, the Christmas tree and the candles, stars and other things decorating it can be full of symbolic meaning to a Christian.)
(Be wise as as serpant...)
The Purpose of Bible Study
A Spiritual Question
Arnold Neumaier (Arnold.Neumaier@univie.ac.at)