Category: Christianity and Culture

Reflections on the ‘Dragon Mom’

Posted this at the WI-LFL blog: Someone pointed me to an op-ed in the NY Times by a ‘dragon mom.’  Her son, born with Tay-Sachs, is not expected to live beyond three years old.  And yet, despite this- or is it because of this?-  the joy she has with him is immense and incalculable.   Our […]

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Apologetics Academy of Atheists, Seekers, and Christians (Fall Session with Habermas)

The ministry hosting this website (sntjohnny.com) also puts on an online apologetics academy.  The fall session is coming up.  Dr. Gary Habermas will be guest lecturing on the historical Jesus and the evidence for the Resurrection.  It is possible to attend these lectures without being enrolled in the academy.  Those enrolled in the academy, regardless […]

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Richard Dawkins: Give me the Child and I’ll Give you the Man

Posted to The ChristianPost.com Religious leaders are well aware of the vulnerability of the child brain, and the importance of getting the indoctrination in early.  The Jesuit boast, ‘Give me the child for his first seven years, and I’ll give you the man,’ is no less accurate (or sinister) for being hackneyed. The above quote […]

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The New Argument of the New Atheists

I don’t hate atheists.  I don’t like arguing for the sake of arguing and don’t have a ‘thing’ about winning a debate.  I discourse with atheists because I love them, and because I believe that I am right in my belief that God is going to call this world to account and if we do […]

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Christianity and Libertarians, the Republic, and the Consent of the Governed

This is why I led off with the John Adams quote. ‘Moral and religious people’ will continue to be ‘moral and religious’ whatever freedoms or restrictions are placed on them by the government. I might say: “Libertarianism was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the [government] of any other.” There are any number of forms of government that can work with a ‘moral and religious people.’ For an amoral or immoral or anti-moral or non-religious or anti-religious people, no kind of government is going to work for the long haul.

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Time to crack down on the Christian Fundamentalists!

Given how bad, bad, bad, Christians are, we’ll see calls that its time to crack down on Christian fundamentalists. The best part: they are unlikely to put up a fight.

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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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Joy held hostage to Evil- on rejoicing in Bin Laden’s Death

I posted a blog entry at the Christian Post recently. The reported death of Bin Laden generated crowds of people on the street wrapped in American flags and cheering.  A casual look at the reaction to this reaction revealed to me that many people shared my apprehension with such a response.  Different reasons for the […]

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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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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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Story and Evidence, a Response

I think it goes to my larger point. Story moves. Yes, Story can move more than evidence. And yet even if that is the case, nowhere do I suggest that I think that is good! Indeed, this whole event illustrates just how unfortunate it can be when evidence is divorced from Story. Oh yes, there is a Story here. There is a Narrative. This Narrative is one that Myers and his many fans are drenched in, so much so none of them actually need evidence to know that me and my stories are [fill in your favorite pejoratives here]. The Narrative fills in the gap. It is the skeptical storyline: Christians, dumb. Christians, blind faith. Skeptics, geniuses. Skeptics, reason and evidence. Nothing more needs to be said because everyone is already agreed on how the story ends, anyway. The ‘evidence’ ends up being just a ‘literary’ flourish that adds little to the accepted Narrative.

This Narrative appears to be driving Dave’s response, though to his credit, he is exceptionally mild and measured compared to many of the other responses I observed.

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Reader’s Guide to “Antony Flew Goes to Heaven.’

For background on why I believe that this reader’s guide might be helpful, please see the posts immediately prior to this one.  This guide pertains specifically to the story “Antony Flew Goes to Heaven” but the principles it discusses will likely be useful for the other stories, and interpreting literature in general. Reader’s Guide to […]

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PZ Myers Posts his Review of “Mother Teresa Goes to Heaven.”

PZ Myers posted his review of one of the stories in my recently released short story collection today. This one is of “Mother Teresa Goes to Heaven.” I have no interest in responding to it, though perhaps when he is done may respond to them all. At any rate, if you want to read his ‘review’ for yourself you can check it out.

However, it goes a bit without saying- although, apparently it must be said- there is no way you can possibly know if his review has any merit at all unless you read it for yourself.

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