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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...

More people are talking

Seriously, I’m amazed at the response my little charge is getting.  I’m on vacation, but I still found some people blogging on it.  The topic is worthy of at least discussion, and I’m glad it is generating that.  Check the latests finds out:

Captain’s Blog, The Continuum, The Barking Toad, and we’ll post more when we find them.… continue 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...

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 Japan, both areas where there was a time in history when the Church was growing but then was faced with violent oppression and nearly wiped out. I think the ‘Europe’ route is more likely then the ‘Asian’ route, but the results are near the same. … continue reading...

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 urgently.… continue reading...

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 easy to forget that the Scriptures aren’t a history of the entire human race. They skip around- after the miraculous events surrounding Daniel there was a 400 year silence before Jesus was born. And even in a single book, there could be dozens and hundreds … continue reading...

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 are moral without their belief in God- but why should they be? That they insist that they are moral demands an explanation. And again, as so often happens, the question arises- don’t you think that you need religion to be moral?

I was painting my … continue reading...

Education and atheistic propoganda…

This is in response to this article here, which discusses teachers’ opposition to sending out promotional material for an atheistic camp that was given to them- presumably without school endorsement- to distribute to students.

I will pass over the unspoken irony and more obvious and tired objection that if it had been a Christian camp or activity the ACLU would have been all blood and fangs.  That almost goes without saying.  But my general disgust with the thin skinned and easily offended atheist ‘minority’ dictating to the majority can be expressed against the Christian teachers in this story- provided … continue reading...

Is religion dangerous? Continued thoughts…

This particular question has been coming up fairly often of late and has even been treated on my forum (www.sntjohnny.com/smf) and in an audio debate (hosted somewhere on this domain). When the question is carefully phrased we are helped greatly in answering it because there are some senses in which we could agree that yes, religion is dangerous, but disagree with the implicit charge that this fact is bad on its face. In the course of a single conversation you can usually expect definitions of ‘danger’ to change on you (logical fallacy of equivocation) over and over again.… continue reading...

In Conformance to Reality: What does Virginia Tech ‘show’ us?

I’ve had quite a few things on my plate this last week so I didn’t have much of an opportunity to comment on the V-tech massacre, even if I had wanted to.  Having listened to some of the media coverage, I’m frankly glad that I wasn’t able to hear more.  The run to make political hay out of the event was atrocious in my view but I noticed that my own comments could have been percieved as more of the same.  I spent some time reflecting on what was different in my reaction and commentary and this post is part … continue reading...

What? Something in a movie is historically distorted?

http://www.thestar.com/article/190493

The historian in this article lays out the implication that movie goers won’t know that the real history of the event is different than what is in the movie.  From the bits that I’ve seen of the movie, you’d have to be a real idiot to not know that the movie had blended history and myth.  That seemed to be the goal of the movie, and the historian’s essay cited above seems to not quite grasp that.

But the true irony is that nearly every person that sees the movie the “300” will know that the producers have played … continue reading...