Category: apologetics

Arguing about the morality of a thing with an atheist is pointless

In my view, it is pointless to debate the morality of anything with an atheist until he is willing to admit that moral assessments imply the existence of the immaterial and transcendental realities that must exist if those assessments reflect anything more than one’s favorite flavor of ice cream.

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June 2012 Fundraising Campaign for ACM

I’m setting June as a month of fundraising efforts for ACM.   I hope that all my readers will take some time to head on over to the campaign letter and check out how they can get a free, signed copy of my new book, “For No Reason At All:  A Romance.”  Here’s the link to […]

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2012 Christian Novel Writing Contest

Entries are starting to come in for ACM’s 2012 Christian Novel contest!

Due to last year’s strong response, we are updating the cash prize to $1,500 for first prize and $1,000 for the second prize. Like this year, an offer to publish may also be extended.

To learn more about the contest, visit the 2012 Christian Novel Writing Contest home page.

Offers to publish were extended to both of the 2011 winning authors, ‘Shirl’ Tucker and Robert Abernathy. As of this month (May 2011) Shirley Tucker has entered into a contract to publish her winning novel, “Diamonds in the Dust.” Look for it this fall! An agreement between ACM and Robert Abernathy may be forthcoming, as well.

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News Flash: Boys have Penises, Girls have Vaginas / Contra Feminism

That’s really what you have going on here… you know, the old “A rose by any other name is still a rose” thing… a boy is still a boy by any other name, and likewise a girl… but you have some people who think that by throwing off definitions you can obliterate, change, or deny the underlying reality. Are there sometimes when definitions can be unhelpful? Sure, I can buy that. But there are limits to that observation. This is secularism: taking an observation into account but jettisoning the limits or notion of limits.

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KFUO Radio Presentation Today on Topic of Hell

Will be on the radio tonight at 5:30 p.m. CST discussing the topic of ‘hell’ and how to discuss it with nonChristians, and even if it should be discussed at all. Listen online:   http://www.kfuoam.org/ Includes a shout out to my atheist friends who were disturbed by my short story, Richard Dawkins Goes to Heaven.

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Reminder of ACM’s upcoming apologetics conference

Reminder, ACM’s annual online apologetics conference is coming up in just about 10 days!  Register today to receive the 50% discount on the registration fee.  Since I’ve last posted, we’ve added Brian Godawa to the presentation list.  Brian is a screenwriter and Hollywood director who is also a Christian.  His movie “To End All Wars” […]

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Demanding Extraordinary Evidence for Extraordinary Claims Can Render You an Extraordinary Dupe

if one applies a higher standard of inquiry against claims that they might deem extraordinary, then claims they find to be ordinary will ordinarily be accepted- without demonstration at all. Here again we see skepticism turned on its head: the skeptic is not skeptical about the things he is prepared already to believe. It is only the things he deems unlikely that he is skeptical about- God alone knows how the skeptic determined something was ‘unlikely.’

It is a fact of human nature, I think, to quickly accept things that one is already prepared to accept. If I am told tomorrow that some Democrat in high office has failed to pay his taxes- again- I will pretty much accept it as a fact because I have become accustomed to Democrats doing such things (eg here, here, here, and here). We should expect nothing less from the people who believe that we should all pay higher taxes; by ‘we all’ it is known they mean us all. I am prepared to believe it as a pretty ordinary claim in the realm of things and therefore will demand very little evidence to support it. So you see, I am not exempting myself from this human tendency.

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Recording of this Tuesday’s Debate on Faith, Evidence, Atheism, Rob Bell, and Hell

At the last ‘Knights of Contention’ discussion this last Tuesday we began by talking about faith, evidence, atheism, and Christianity, of course and ended up talking about Rob Bell and hell.  Naturally.  🙂 Here is a link for viewing that discussion.  It was about 2 1/2 hours long. There will not be a discussion the […]

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My Million Words and the Road to Good Writing

It is one of those subjective truisms that a person becomes a good writer sometime after writing their millionth word.  I don’t know if the truism is true or not.  I should like to think that my writing was good many hundred thousand words ago.  🙂  I won’t deny, however, that the writing in my […]

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My books and stories all in one place

Here’s a bit of a no-brainer that was years in the making… all of the published books and short stories I’ve written, listed in one place:  Here. To date, these include my Birth Pangs series, my pro-life book, and two collections of short stories.  Some are available only in digital format while others are in […]

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Knights of Contention: Do Christians Believe In Spite of the Evidence?

This ministry hosts a regular online round table discussing matters of substance and controversy.  Christians and NonChristians are invited but it is not necessarily an ‘us’ versus ‘them’ debate.  Past topics have included matters of controversy only amongst Christians and due to the flexibility of the discussion, topics can change on a dime. UPDATE:  With […]

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Knights of Contention Debate: Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence?

This ministry hosts a regular online round table discussing matters of substance and controversy.  Christians and NonChristians are invited but it is not necessarily an ‘us’ versus ‘them’ debate.  Past topics have included matters of controversy only amongst Christians and due to the flexibility of the discussion, topics can change on a dime. The next […]

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Interview with KFUO Radio on Dawkins, Flew, Teresa Short Stories

KFUO radio in St. Louis interviewed me on my short story series last week and you may listen to it by clicking on the link below or finding it on their website archives. Please note, that this material is copyrighted to KFUO and subject to fair use law.

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Historic Doubts Relative to Napoleon Bonaparte by Richard Whately against David Hume and Skepticism

Over the last three hundred years unbounded skepticism has been applied to religion and Christianity especially. Atheist philosopher David Hume was one of the prominent voices calling for stringent criteria in evaluating miracle claims, and the like. Not everyone thought very highly of this criteria. One such person was the Reverend Richard Whately, who skewers Hume’s reasoning by showing how if it were applied consistently, one could not be reasonably certain that Napoleon existed- a public figure that was said to be alive and roaming Europe even as he spoke!

This playful little book is not a treatise by any means, but it provides a glimpse into the conversations of the 1800s and challenges the ‘enlightened’ skeptics to decide: If they won’t apply their principles thoroughly and consistently, but choose only to apply them to certain claims (and how did they choose which ones?), are those principles worth their salt?

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