A short post covering several issues. First, some time ago I ran a poll on Israel. Here's the question, final results and a brief comment...
Which Best Describes Your Theological View of Modern Israel?
a) The State of Israel is without doubt the fulfilment of biblical prophecy
b) The Jews remain God’s chosen people but I'm unsure if modern Israel is the fulfilment of prophecy
c) The Jews remain God’s chosen people but I don't believe modern Israel is the fulfilment of prophecy
d) Because the Church is now the people of God the State of Israel has no theological significance whatsoever
Results were a) 50% b) 28% c) 6% and d) 15%.
Concerning the views expressed, it's quite clear many Christians continue to link the founding of Israel with biblical prophecy. But clearly a substantial proportion of voters (options b and c) are as much (or more) concerned with the issue of supercessionism than the land. Finally, this website has visitors who take a diammetrically opposed view of Israel from me (and they are welcome).
Of course, given the site had several thousand unique visitors during the life of the poll, votes cast were pretty low, so analysis is not particularly scientific. I'm posting a last poll for the time being, this time on an issue that really seems to work some Christians up. Given the recent and very public statement by a senior member of the Catholic Church that the Devil resides in the Vatican (which for some Protestants rather came across as a bit of an own goal), I've posted a poll on demonology and if a Christian can be demon-possessed (see column on right, about halfway down). I'll be commenting on this in due course after I've finished the Evangelicals and liberation theology piece, due shortly.
One other thing. I've been asked various times today to comment on a rather trite attempt to equate IDF soldiery with Herod. To be honest, though, it has all become rather unworthy of serious comment (reasons here, third comment down). I'm much more interested in engaging in serious academic/biblical treatment of the issues with both allies and worthy adversaries alike.