|October 30, 2010||Posted by Anthony under abortion, apologetics, pro-life|
From http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20101030/ADV01/10300452/2011/adv/An-agonizing-decision An agonizing decision ‘We Chose Life’ author to speak Friday Anthony Horvath has a story with all the twists and turns of a Hallmark special feature, but the circumstances are real and more than likely uncomfortable for many people to hear. More than three years ago when Horvath and his wife, Tera, were […]
|October 21, 2010||Posted by Anthony under abortion, apologetics, atheism, Blog, evolution, Global Warming, Holocaust, human rights, Knights of Contention, Malthusians, morality, Secular Humanism|
Last week I began hosting what I hope will be bi-weekly open discussions via chat/voice. Another one is coming up. Tuesday, October 26th, at 9:30 p.m. CST. The opening topic will be “Peter Singer and James J Lee are/were right about exterminating the human race!” Click on the links for more background. James Lee, if […]
|October 14, 2010||Posted by Anthony under apologetics, atheism, Knights of Contention, morality, theism, theology|
A couple of nights ago I hosted the first of what I hope will be regular, bi-weekly discussion events using real time video conferencing software. The recording of that event is available here. Note, it is unedited and is a very informal setting. You can fast forward, and I suggest you do. Length is about […]
|October 7, 2010||Posted by Anthony under apologetics, atheism, General, Knights of Contention, politics, science, Secular Humanism, theology|
Those who know me know that I like a good scrap. Well, I thought it would be fun to host a bi-weekly event where people from across the spectrum of thought can get together and converse in a chat/voice conference format on topics of interest and importance.
So, I have set aside the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, at 9:30 p.m. CST, to hold this discussion. Expect each session to go from 90 minutes to 2 hours. Allowed to speak: atheists, theists, cynics, skeptics, knuckleheads, and the rest. Basic rule: behave as though you were in a public diner with friends and people they brought along but are strangers to you. It’s a little ambiguous, but if you can’t be courteous in your passionate discourse, we just won’t allow you back.
|September 24, 2010||Posted by Anthony under Blog, Christianity and Culture, General, literary apologetics, scientism|
A few weeks ago, James Jay Lee stormed the Discovery Channel network. There was a man who understood the power of video. In his screed, published online, he decried the shows “encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants and the false heroics behind those actions.” Instead, he argued, Discovery should push “programs encouraging human sterilization and infertility.”
James Jay Lee was in a desperate spot. He knew that the fate of the planet hung in the balance. The earth, literally, needed saving. The people who knew this best were actually fueling the death of the earth. He wrote: “You MUST KNOW the human population is behind all the pollution and problems in the world, and YET you encourage the exact opposite instead of discouraging human growth and procreation. Surely you MUST ALREADY KNOW this!” (Emphasis his)
And how did Mr. Lee come to this startling revelation? In other online writings he indicated that he had been ‘awakened’ by Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.”
|August 24, 2010||Posted by Anthony under apologetics, Blog, Christianity and Culture, literary apologetics, Love|
I was recently invited to submit articles for consideration in a mag called Christian Video Magazine. I was delighted to take them up on the offer. My first article was published today in their August edition.
Interestingly, our online apologetics conference presenter Robert Velarde also appears in this edition. Check his article out. It’s worth it.
“He has set eternity in the hearts of men…” So begins chapter three, verse eleven, of the book of Ecclesiastes. I bet everyone sometimes falls into the habit of thinking that the only real things are those things we grasp with our five senses, but I would also wager that we have all experienced the angst and restlessness that shows that our rat race lives cannot provide us all the satisfactions we need. Christianity would offer another interpretation for that unsettled feeling: it is homesickness.
|July 15, 2010||Posted by Anthony under apologetics, atheism, Bible Reliability, Blog, General|
Below is the MP3 of the KFUO radio broadcast on July 14th. My segment is the last one, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The topic is, broadly, ‘the uniqueness of Christianity.’
|June 18, 2010||Posted by Anthony under apologetics, Blog, philosophy, theology|
Yesterday I was on KFUO AM radio out of St. Louis, MO. You can listen to the segment here:
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I believe I’m in the first half of the segment.
Topic: “Can you prove there is a God?”
We could tackle this topic another 3 times before we’ve covered a fraction of what could be said.
|June 17, 2010||Posted by Anthony under apologetics, Blog, morality|
One of the things I’ve come to realize is the truth of this statement: As the dead do not know the living, or even that they themselves are dead, so too irrationality does not know rationality. Augustine argued that evil was not a ‘thing-in-itself’ but always some good thing that has been corrupted. Evil is […]
|June 11, 2010||Posted by Anthony under Christianity and Culture, General, literary apologetics|
Athanatos Christian Ministries is launching an book club. The year long membership delivers one book a month for just $10 a month- including shipping! The books selected continue to influence Christian thought and provide useful insight for apologists in particular, Christians in general, and readers of all stripes, as they grapple with Truth. The list includes both fiction and non-fiction and the authors span centuries and countries.
To learn more and sign up click here.
Current line up (subject to revision)
(In no particular order)
* G. K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy | Amazon Link | Buy Direct
* Blaise Pascal’s Pensees | Amazon Link | Buy Direct
* George MacDonald’s Lilith | Amazon Link | Buy Direct
* Simon Greenleaf’s Testimony of the Evangelists
* Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov
* Martin Luther’s Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
* John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs
* William Paley’s Natural Theology
* The Apologies of Justin the Martyr
* John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress
* David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
|May 25, 2010||Posted by Anthony under Blog, Christianity and Culture, General, literary apologetics, morality, movie reviews, Secular Humanism, theism|
I try mightily to keep myself from having unexamined beliefs. I turned one up, though, in the last month or so, no doubt because of the writing contest and online apologetics conference I was working on. The writing contest, for example, is labeled as a Christian writing contest. I began to think about how an endeavor like writing, or any endeavor at all, could justify being termed ‘Christian’ and realized I had never really thought about it much before, and had rather accepted the presumptions that had been handed down to me. I hate it when I do that! Even if the presumptions are right!
However, what I turned up when I began my examination may surprise the reader. In Evangelical circles, the Christian sub-culture is a constant temptation and Christianese the prevailing language, which I myself attack in this post warning about Christianese and shibboleths. There is a silly sense within Christendom that you can slap the label ‘Christian’ on front of something and you’ve sanctified it. The truth usually is that it’s merely been rendered more marketable within the Church.
The reader would be wrong if he thought that the presumption handed down to me was the one I just described, however.
|May 13, 2010||Posted by Anthony under apologetics, Blog, Christianity and Culture, creation, Jesus, literary apologetics, Love, morality, spirituality, theology|
God has chosen to operate through people and tangible, physical stuff like sound waves (the Word), water (baptism), and bread and wine (the Eucharist). (Some will object to baptism and the Eucharist, but at least people and the Word should be conceded). To attack such things in the name of spirituality is to attack that which the Spirit is actually using. In fact, this line of attack sounds an awful lot like Gnosticism, which considers matter inherently corrupted and only the spiritual things pure.
As a quick, pointed example, the accusation that the Christian community abhors all things concerning sex isn’t an entirely fabricated. There are indeed Christians who will talk about sex as though it were some base, physical act that only serves to get in the way of spiritual pursuits. But God made us as sexual beings, and marriage was God’s way of creating godly children (Mal. 2). One gets the idea for some Christians that God permits people to have sex, but only reluctantly- so we should try very hard not to enjoy it and participate in it only as duty requires. Yea, compare and contrast that with the Song of Solomon, why don’t you!
|May 6, 2010||Posted by Anthony under Blog, literary apologetics|
If anyone has wondered where I am- I’ve been working on the final details for the online apologetics conference: http://onlineapologeticsconference.com/ It starts tomorrow morning (Friday, May 7th) and goes until Saturday. I speak on Saturday… on Harry Potter, Phillip Pullman, Carl Sagan, etc.
|April 28, 2010||Posted by Anthony under apologetics, Blog, Christianity and Culture, eugenics, Love, Malthusians, philosophy, politics, Secular Humanism|
I was reading CS Lewis’s The Four Loves and came across the quote below. Obviously, Lewis is not specifically addressing universal health care or liberalism or the question of using the government to administer love. Even Christians can be found thinking that it is a noble expression of a loving society to have the government do the loving… and this with no apparent thought to the actual effect that this ‘loving’ will have on the people ‘loved’ and the attitude it fuels in the people-government doing the ‘loving.’ The most important thing seems to be that, well, people’s intentions are good, and it’s better to do something rather than nothing. Here is the quote:
This [is] Gift-love, but one that needs to give; therefore needs to be needed. But the proper aim of giving is to put the recipient in a state where he no longer needs our gift. We feed children in order that they may soon be able to feed themselves; we teach them in order that they may soon not need our teaching. Thus a heavy task is laid upon this Gift-love. It must work towards its own abdication. We must aim at making ourselves superfluous. The hour when we can say “They need me no longer” shall be our reward. But the instinct, simply in its own nature, has no power to fulfil this law. The instinct desires the good of its object, but not simply; only the good it can itself give. A much higher love- a love which desires the good of the object as such, from whatever source that good comes- must step in and help or tame the instinct before it can make the abdication. And of course it often does. But where it does not, the ravenous need to be needed will gratify itself either by keeping its objects needy or by inventing for them imaginary needs. It will do this all the more ruthlessly because it thinks (in one sense truly) that it is a Gift-love and therefore regards itself as “unselfish.” (pgs 50-51)