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Anthony Horvath

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A kick in the shins of Christian ‘Internet Bloggers’ too

As I referenced in my review (located here) of Strobel’s book ‘The Case for the Real Jesus” I found it ironic that Internet writers and popular audience writers would be speared in a book written by a journalist and written for a popular audience. I assume that since Strobel is specifically seeking out scholars that he feels that the book is in a different class even if it was written for a popular audience. That is probably a valid point.

There are a couple of issues I need to raise here. From the perspective of a Christian apologist that … continue reading...

But… but… but… how would you know that?

I am always fascinated how similar themes emerge all at once from different places. Both on my forum and in two separate email correspondences I am dealing with a similar issue. Essentially it is this: just because you have the proposition that there is a supernatural entity, how do you think you know anything about it; and, couldn’t you be mistaken about what you do know and not have anyway to independently verify that knowledge? I cannot share my email correspondence, but you can see here two places on my forum, here and here, where the conversation is bounding … continue reading...

Why would God have Israel kill the women and children of Canaan? Where is the mercy? The Justice? Dawkins and others ask

I receive an email asking me to address the issue of the Israelite purge of Canaan, in particular the command to cut down the women and children as well. The correspondent indicated that this is something he as a Christian struggles with and points out that Richard Dawkins raises the issue as well. I asked for his permission to post my answer, which he gave me, and it follows below:

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Dear Correspondent

I think your question ranks up there among some of the hardest questions to deal with. Let me first assure you that doubts are perfectly normal for … continue reading...

Austin Cline reacts to the church producing atheists

While I have glimpsed in a few places atheistic reactions to my assertion that the church itself is producing atheists, I had yet to see any real formal comment on it until today, when a member of my forum pointed me to Austin Cline’s entry on it located here. It so happens that I know of Mr. Cline and have had a little interaction, but for the record I don’t believe he understands that ‘Anthony Horvath’ is also ‘sntjohnny.’ That interaction has a little in common with his entry here. In word, I think he is again being quite … continue reading...

Mother Teresa had moments of doubt?

This blog inspired by this article at Time. I consequently wrote this short story called “Mother Teresa Goes to Heaven.”

I will admit that I didn’t follow the life and times of Mother Teresa. What I know comes from news reports and things of that sort. That said, I think this article really illustrates a common misconception about being a Christian, and to be honest, it is one more thing we can lay at the feet of Christians themselves. The article expresses pure shock that Mother Teresa could do what she did while simultaneously feeling distant from God. … continue reading...

An Open Letter to Christian Muggles…

As an author that is a Christian, I have followed the discussion about Harry Potter’s relationship to Christianity with interest but have generally stayed out of it. I have long believed that there were Christian themes percolating in the books, a belief that led me to accurately predict the fates of Snape and Malfoy (apparently unredeemable characters in the books). How intentional and deliberate Rowling was when exploring these themes I won’t speculate upon because that is something that she herself is in the best position to answer. However, her explicit inclusion of two Scriptures “Where your treasure is, there … continue reading...

Another Batch.

http://www.sermonaudio.com/new_details.asp?ID=24100

http://www.crossing-currents.com/

http://www.fotfforums.org/fusetalk/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=54&threadid=5683 

http://www.xanga.com/nwdys

http://journal.biblicalrecorder.org/br/alongtheway/entry/a_lesson_from_atheists

http://jesusisnowhere.com/2007/08/is-church-producing-atheists.html

http://sheepcrib.blogspot.com/2007/07/apologetics-like-leaving-kids-in-car-on.html

http://familyactionorganization.wordpress.com/2007/08/01/christian-apologist-says-church-is-producing-atheists/

http://melvinrivera.com/2007/08/05/estan-las-iglesias-produciendo-ateos/ [and here, translated]

http://artzar.wordpress.com/2007/08/02/bisericile-produc-ateisti/

http://www.refdag.nl/artikel/1311290/

A translation of an Italian blog’s comment pages where my article turned up. 

So far, the only atheist that I know of that has picked it up.  That’s the best they can do?

A nice discussion on Yahoo Forums.

http://anglicancontinuum.blogspot.com/2007/08/worthy-thought-from-barking-toad.html

http://barkingtoad.blogspot.com/2007/08/religion-in-public-arena-and-failed.html

I’m a bit surprised that these keep turning up.… continue reading...

And still more! Glad to have kick-started a conversation

http://imitatiochristi.blogs.com/imitatio_christi/2007/07/causes-of-athei.html

http://www.woundedheart.org/wounded/WH_James100.htm 

http://theseriouschristian.org/2007.08.01_arch.html#1186389291927 

 http://kevinbussey.wordpress.com/2007/08/07/religious-trends/

http://clipmarks.com/clipmark/9E179688-4F56-4A58-994A-E828E02E51B8/ 

http://iedereen.gelooft-in-jezus.nl/index.php?post=1191 If anyone can translate this for me, I’d appreciate it.

http://straightnotnarrow.blogspot.com/2007/08/is-church-producing-athiests.htmlcontinue reading...

More people are talking

Seriously, I’m amazed at the response my little charge is getting.  I’m on vacation, but I still found some people blogging on it.  The topic is worthy of at least discussion, and I’m glad it is generating that.  Check the latests finds out:

Captain’s Blog, The Continuum, The Barking Toad, and we’ll post more when we find them.… continue reading...

Found yet another site….

http://almaloneonline.com/Seasons/?p=80

The nice thing about this one opposed to some of the blog entries I’ve seen is that he takes the time to think about the matter.  I like his points about there not being a good venue for a good apologetics educational regime.  He’s dead on, and that’s a real problem.  We’ve got everything structured in our churches as though all is well in the world, when it’s not.  Unless the Christian church re-structures, it will have re-structuring forced upon it, and I think it will be most unpleasant.… continue reading...

Found another site mentioning the Christian post article

http://theexpositor.wordpress.com/2007/08/01/church-is-producing-atheists/

I really wish the Christian post had put in a link to my website. The article is generating a fair amount of interest and reaction, but without a direct way to get in touch with me, a fuller explanation on my solution to the mess will be hard to find.

And here is another, this one with at least some comments:

http://haloscan.com/tb/jagillmartin/4319995358628249569 continue reading...

Saving the Christian church from ‘near defeat’…

I recently asserted that the Christian church is ‘near defeat.’

What would ‘near defeat’ look like? God will always preserve a remnant, but a look at Europe gives a good idea. There is quite a bit of Christian heritage in Europe, but at present it is completely de-fanged. Or, we can look at China and Japan, both areas where there was a time in history when the Church was growing but then was faced with violent oppression and nearly wiped out. I think the ‘Europe’ route is more likely then the ‘Asian’ route, but the results are near the same. … continue reading...

Responses to my Assertions are Starting

I recently made the claim that it is the Christian church itself producing atheists. I thought this guy did a good job of nailing the high points:

http://cuanas.blogspot.com/2007/07/is-christian-church-producing-atheists.html

He also mentions the situation in Europe, which I think is a foreshadowing of what America may look like in a few decades if we’re not acting urgently.… continue reading...

Not just any time. The right time.

When I was a religion teacher I was often asked why God didn’t perform miracles today as often as he did in the Christian Scriptures. The question is a natural one. As one starts from Genesis and proceeds through Revelation, there are a litany of miraculous events happening one after the other. However, it is easy to forget that the Scriptures aren’t a history of the entire human race. They skip around- after the miraculous events surrounding Daniel there was a 400 year silence before Jesus was born. And even in a single book, there could be dozens and hundreds … continue reading...