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Category: C. S. Lewis

This Illustrates What I’ve Been Warning About

[This article is 3,500 words long.  If you want to live, you’ll read it to the end.]

Not too long ago, I updated my disclaimer to the right with the note:

Because I believe that people are being manipulated into regularly scheduled outrages, … I will generally abstain from opining on ‘national conversations’ until I am good and ready to do so.  Obviously, I reserve the right comment immediately as I see fit.  …

By this standard, followers of my blog will recognize that the gun debate is one of those places where I exercised my right to comment immediately.  … continue reading...

The Coming Sexual Gulag Archipelago? On the Truth about Sex

Maybe its because I’m currently reading Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn‘s The Gulag Archipelago, but this growing spate of accusations on sexual misconduct is making me queasy.  If you know anything about the various purges of the Soviet regime, you know that people were shuffled off to oblivion over nothing more than accusations, if not executed outright.  On top of that, people were making false confessions left and right.  They perceived that they had little chance of being found innocent anyway, so they sought to limit their punishment, or the punishment of those they loved.

Reading Solzhenitsyn‘s book, I was … continue reading...

Reflecting on Bitter Sufferings and Death

I’m pulling thoughts together on a pro-life presentation I’ll be giving next week and have settled on ‘suffering’ as my topic, as it is an underlying rationale to much that we call the ‘culture of death,’ but is not usually targeted directly.  By the time this little essay is done, you’ll see how ‘suffering’ and the ‘culture of death’ tend to go hand in hand, but to summarize:  when suffering is the greatest (nay, virtually the sole) unequivocal evil in one’s worldview, then one often concludes its better to die–or to kill–than to live.  This is why arguments for abortions, … continue reading...

“After the Ball” Reflections: Actually, homosexuality IS a Choice?!?!?!?

I’ve been spending a fair bit of time acquiring and analyzing books that advocate for manipulating people.  Not, as you might be thinking, so I can manipulate people, but because I find manipulation to be disgusting, vile behavior.  It is prima facie evidence of that the manipulator is a bad actor.  Bad actors should be opposed.  This puts me in opposition to people like Bernays, who believes that manipulation is necessary in a democracy.  Or Alinsky, who reveled in it.  And plenty of others, I am afraid to say.

In modern times, the manipulator (eg., ‘change agent’) is applauded and … continue reading...

An Apology for Apologetics: Coming to Grips With Hard Truths (Part 6)

The first five parts of this series are important for following the reasoning of this.  Read them, here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

At the end of part five, I quoted from the prophet Malachi, chapter 2:

You cover the Lord‘s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the Lord was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion continue reading...

An Apology for Apologetics: Musings (Part 1)

I will be giving a presentation in a few weeks about the need for apologetics and have been revisiting some of my past research on the subject.  As a way to organize my thoughts and bring out some matters that I’ve been sitting on for a long time, I thought I would venture a few posts on the topic.

Of course, when I title this entry ‘an apology for apologetics’ I don’t mean that I’m sorry about apologetics.  🙂  This is a defense of defending the Christian faith.  This is different than defending the Christian faith.  Unfortunately, there are some … continue reading...

How Julian the Apostate Defeated the Church in America

HJTADTCIA-cover-1-smallI have penned a lengthy essay which is now available on Kindle and other digital outlets called “How Julian the Apostate Defeated the Church in America.”  I consider it one of the more important things that I have written, especially in light of my experiences as a Christian apologist, and also as a pro-life advocate.  Surveys and polls continue to show that the American Church (especially the mainlines) is in decline, and that the ‘religious nones’ are on the increase.

In the course of my various activities, it has become clear to me that Church itself is facilitating … continue reading...

Black Lives Matter, Abortion, Propaganda, Humanitarian Punishment, and Self-Rule

C.S. Lewis makes a fine point in his essay against a ‘Humanitarian theory of Punishment.’  He argues that unless punishment is tied directly to the objective nature of the crime, extreme abuses are near at hand.  For example, by viewing the crime as a symptom of some kind of disease, the perpetrator is subjected to ‘treatment,’ which can go on forever.  Not too long ago I read of a man released from an institution who had been there for decades, when the penalty for the crime would have entailed just a year or two of incarceration.  Lewis also takes aim … continue reading...

Apologetics Inverview Questions Part 4: Most Challenging Question and Denominations

7. You’ve been in many dialogues with nonChristians. What is the most challenging question you’ve had to answer?

Intellectually, why God should have had the Israelites kill even the infants of the pagan tribes. Culturally, I understand why this would have been done. I could even see God himself performing the task. Having the Israelites do it, though… that is hard for me to fathom.

Emotionally–many people who aren’t Christians used to be Christians, but have suffered somehow at the hands of other Christians, or have endured some tragedy where God seems to have been absent. Obviously, non-Christians can fit … continue reading...

Apologetics Interview Questions Part 3: Intellectual State of the church and favorite Christian apologist

4. What is your opinion on the current intellectual state of the modern church? Some apologists have begun to heavily criticize it.

I think there is no question that there are vast stretches of ignorance in the modern church, but I doubt the ‘modern’ part of that phrase is relevant. I’m not very impressed with the intellectual state of modern society in general; here again, the ‘modern’ part is probably not very significant.   What to do about it? Your best, as you are able, but I’m not a big fan of tinkering with systems, and I think one of the … continue reading...

Apologetics Interview Questions Part 1, My testimony and the purpose of Athanatos Christian Ministries

I was recently asked to answer some interview questions about my apologetics ministries.  What follows are the questions and answers, in installments.

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1. Will you share your testimony? When did you begin to believe in God and why?

I was raised in the faith and believed in God from my earliest memories. However, despite twelve years of Christian schooling, when I went to college (to become a pastor) I began reading the Bible for myself, for my own interests, rather than for assignments, and was immediately struck by all kinds of difficulties. Worse, when I asked people for insight, … continue reading...

A concise summary of why progressivism is dangerous, by Alec Baldwin

Was reading Alec Baldwin’s “goodbye” this morning and saw this comment:

As progressive as I’ve been in my politics, there are other things I don’t think of as liberal or progressive, just common sense.

This statement concisely summarizes why progressivism, and progressives, are dangerous.  They do not view a large number of their viewpoints, up to and including some of their more controversial ones, as a function of their ideology.   In advocating for them, they are not being political;  no, they are just standing on the side of “common sense.”  If they actually believe this, they are lying … continue reading...