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Sep 10

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

Now, there is no doubt that such claims are being made by (here unnamed-I wonder who they might be?) Internet bloggers, but Strobel presented this argument by pointing out that it was initiated by scholars themselves! Named are Tom Harpur, Timothy Freke, Peter Gandy, and Hugh J. Schonfield! Who exactly is ‘this leading scholar’s analysis’ a sharp rebuke to exactly? It looks to me like the context should suggest Strobel here call out other scholars, but instead he singles out “popular-level authors and Internet bloggers.” Granted, some of these authors were popular level, but these all have some credentials. But what Internet bloggers were referenced exactly? It wouldn’t be-Carrier and Lowder, would it?

Now, I have no great love for Richard Carrier or Jeffrey Jay Lowder. I’ve never found their arguments to be compelling, but having read some of their essays I can see why people find them persuasive. And I certainly don’t have a problem giving scholars their due weight. They’ve worked hard, and it is true, I don’t know Aramaic. I don’t have access in most cases to primary sources. I depend on them to bring me the data. It does not follow though, that I depend on them to interpret the data. No, my real concern here is that the attitude expressed in my quotes (and a handful of others) does two things: 1. It undercuts thoughtful and hard-working Christians striving on the Internet to further the cause of Christ and 2. It does not appreciate the fact that the democratization of the Internet is an asset for us, and even if we preferred that people defer to sober scholars (that we agree with) the fact is that people are going to turn first to sources on the Internet, and only later will they possibly consult some of these more scholarly works.

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Sep 07

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 …

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Aug 27

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 …

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Aug 25

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 …

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Aug 24

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 …

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Aug 20

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 will your heart be also” and “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” (#7, pgs 326 and 328, Matt. 6:21 and 1 Cor 15:26) suggests to me that anti-Harry Potter Christians would do well to re-consider their opposition and re-think their position.

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Aug 12

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 …

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Aug 12

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.html

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Aug 02

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 …

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Aug 02

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, …

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Aug 01

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 …

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Aug 01

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 …

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Jul 30

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 …

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Jun 09

It’s true, that’s why. Not because it’s useful.

I’ve been plugging away on this thread here on my forum and the conversation has turned towards the question of objective morality and atheism. As happens so often, the atheists in question seem to think my point is that they would not be moral apart from God when in fact my point is that they …

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