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Literacy and the Rule of Law

Today the Supreme Court opened their session and I began reflecting a little on the function that this court provides for our country. As I am in constant contention with non-Christians, secular humanists and atheists in particular, I was also thinking a little about arguments that I am often engaged in with them in relation to the Constitution. Politically, I would consider myself a ‘Constitutionalist-Libertarian’ which basically means that I don’t think the government should have much power over the private individual and that the power they do have should be precisely laid out and constrained by the Constitution. In … continue reading...

Henneman And Perspective.

Mrs. Henneman (not her real name) was my first grade teacher. She was awesome. Naturally, my memories faded a long time ago. My best source these days is my mother who assures me that I thought the world of Mrs. Henneman and the reason for this appears to be that Mrs. Henneman thought the world of me.

It is interesting what things we remember. I had some vague recollection as I coursed through elementary and middle school that Mrs. Henneman no longer worked at the school, but it wasn’t actually until high school that I made the connection that she … continue reading...

The Humility of Age

I had some interesting experiences in college. I went to college intending to become a pastor and practically became an atheist after just a few months. I emerged from this much stronger. I remember well how deeply I threw myself into studying all sorts of things. Buddhism, Hinduism, atheism, Christianity, science, quantum physics, evolution, philosophy, and more. Most of what I learned I learned apart from the classroom. I became very knowledgeable about the Bible and I thought I was doing a good job living by its precepts. I considered myself pretty patient and selfless. And spiritual. Let’s not forget … continue reading...

A Review of Lee Strobel’s Soon to be Released ‘The Case for The Real Jesus.’

Buy the Book, “The Case for the Real Jesus”

Strobel’s newest book was released September 10th, of 2007 and I was pleased to be offered a chance to review it prior to its release. I completely agree with Strobel on the need for such a book. It covers a lot of issues that I deal with on a daily basis in my own apologetics ministries. There is far too much information in the book to expect a comprehensive treatment, and like his other books, he doesn’t pretend to do so. Each chapter has a number of resources that readers can … continue reading...

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...

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...