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PZ Myers: People are Just Meat, Deal with It

HT Mariano

PZ Myers continues to descend down the various stages into madness that atheism can lead a person- that is to say, like the religionists he despises, he also believes every lick of what he says he believes.  In a recent blog post writing in reaction to an email from a pro-life person, he writes:

“You want to make me back down by trying to inspire revulsion with dead baby pictures? I look at them unflinchingly and see meat. And meat does not frighten me.”

On PZ’s view, we are all meat, whether we are diced and sliced or … continue reading...

Apologetics is the Answer to Abortion and Euthanasia and other Life Issues

Not too long ago I posted an essay asserting that ‘apologetics is the answer to everything.’  Even then I had in mind to discuss the relationship between apologetics and life issues such as abortion, euthanasia, eugenics, etc, but fought off the urge to elaborate on it.  Now is my chance.

You know, for most of my life, even during my ‘liberal’ years, I have more or less been pro-life.  This became personal when the doctors asked my wife and I if we wanted to ‘terminate’ our child, diagnosed that morning with spina bifida.  But I have always been … continue reading...

Blind Faith is not Christian Faith

Richard Dawkins, among many others, have contended that ‘faith’ is believing what you know isn’t true.  Less severe, but equally inaccurate, is the view that faith is a thing completely apart from evidence, or even in spite of the evidence.  This view isn’t restricted to atheists.  Unfortunately, many Christians themselves take that view.   It is unfortunate because it is not true, it is not how the Scriptures actually present it, and it takes Christians out of discussions they should be involved in.

The simplest way to put it that would be accurate would be to understand ‘faith’ as including, front … continue reading...

ACM’s January Literary Journal Edition Released

This ministry’s literary journal January edition has been released and is ready for reading online or download.  A Kindle edition is also available.

A synopsis is below.  Go right on ahead to read the whole thing here:  http://literaryapologetics.com/

To download the January edition of Literary Apologetics.Mag in the format you prefer, please visit:  http://literaryapologetics.com/download-january-2011-edition/204.html

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What Mattered Most (Short Story)

By Derek Elkins

He wasn’t her regular sort of customer. Typically, they glanced around every few minutes like deer expecting a trap to thrust shut. And they always, without exception, had their mouths set in that wide leer while their … continue reading...

Tips that Atheists can use for Understanding the Bible

When I was a high school religion teacher I ran into a bit of trouble because, for the final exam, I expected the students to be able to recall facts from the Bible that we had covered that semester.  Yes, I know.  If it had been chemistry class, recalling chemistry facts covered in the semester would have been an obvious thing to have on the exam.  I think the reason there was resistance to requiring that students know biblical facts is because a lot of people- even parents of kids in Christian schools- don’t actually think the Bible is true.  … continue reading...

Why Christians Should Donate Money

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth…  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  (Matt 6:19-21)


How many times have you heard someone complain that their congregation talks about money way too much?  You may have said the same.  Your complaint may very well be valid, and yet the congregation’s need is probably genuine.  Probably, in most churches, the leadership would much rather not lodge any requests at all.  Ideally, people would be ‘Gospel motivated.’  When it becomes difficult- or impossible- to meet the payroll or… continue reading...

Distinguishing between the Organic Church and the Organizational Church

Two of my recent posts have tackled the issue of terminology in the Church and my position that it is not without consequence.  The first go around, I challenged how much our understanding of the terms ‘worship,’ ‘church,’ and ‘love’ were grounded in the Scriptures.  The second time, I took aim at the divide between ‘contemporary’ and ‘traditional’ ‘worship,’ challenging whether in either case the word ‘worship’ was the appropriate word to describe the purpose and nature of Christian gatherings.

From all this, one might gather that I would have resonated with the ‘anti-Church’ / ‘anti-organized religion’ spiel that Anne … continue reading...

Three words Christians abuse: church, worship, love

The title of this post does not do the matter justice.  The word ‘abuse’ is too mild, and it might be even more accurate to say that in actual fact the sweeping trend within Christendom is that there is outright plain ignorance on what these terms mean.  The charge only matters at all to those Christians who believe that the Scriptures are the final and ultimate authority.  A huge swath of people who call themselves Christians obviously don’t, so this post is not really for them, even though they share in the guilt.   Of course, the term ‘Christian’ itself is … continue reading...

Violence is never the answer: Except when it is…

Here is a post that is a long time coming.  First some caveats:  my target audience here is the Bible-believing Christian, namely the kind that takes the Scriptures as authoritative.  That said, I believe that Christianity manifests the true account of the moral code, and as such I think that what follows might apply to non-Christians, too.

Ok, now, this will sound like a weird place to start, but stick with me a moment.  I consider myself a conservative (although more precisely, a libertarian-constitutionalist-voluntaryist) but I wasn’t always one.  I grew up on default… that is, more or … continue reading...

They Hyper-Defense of God: Reprise

Yesterday’s post talked about the ‘hyper-defense of God.’  What I wanted to confront was the sort of insistence on giving God credit for things that the place of the individual human, and the Church in particular, has in carrying out God’s plan.  I gave as an illustration the fact that salvation is by grace alone through Christ- ie, accomplished by the power of God- and yet Paul can say elsewhere that he ‘saves’ people.

Yesterday, I wanted to build towards addressing the notion that God expresses his love for us, and we express our love for God, without reference to … continue reading...

Antony Flew Goes to Heaven: A Parable

Readers of this blog know that I have an interest in Antony Flew, having even had the honor of corresponded with him.   Click here for a list of posts I’ve written regarding Dr. Flew.  The short story below may be understood better by some if you read this particular post of mine where I discuss the Flew-Wisdom parable.

In order to better get a sense of my overall picture of things, you might (after reading the story below) want to read my short story titled, to your surprise no doubt, “Mother Teresa Goes to Heaven.”


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Essay published on Apologetics315.com on Christianity and the nature of Judaism

Apologetics315 is publishing an essay series on the veracity of Christianity.  I was asked to contribute an essay.  That essay was published today.  You should take some time to check out the other essays, too.

Much ink has been spilled in defense of the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus, and I myself have spilled my fair share. Similarly, the stunning explosion of the Christian Church within the Roman Empire has been raised as a phenomenon that requires explanation and a dead man rising from the dead is the best one. These efforts are valid, but their weight cannot … continue reading...

Comparing Apples to Oranges Without Even Knowing it

This morning I read this article trying to diminish the strength for the evidence of Christianity by attacking the eyewitnesses at its core.

To begin with, Mr. Pulliam, the blogger, says, “even if the gospels do record eyewitness testimony, that is no guarantee of their accuracy.”   Responding to a book on the subject, Mr. Pulliam says, “Bauckham maintains that the gospels are reliable history because the accounts contained in them are either from eyewitness testimonies or very close to eyewitness testimonies.”

If Bauckham really presents his argument in this fashion it will be the first that I’ve heard it that … continue reading...

Why Christians are against Universal Health Care

“the “right” within the church attempt to leverage the gov. to legislate morality. The “left” within the church attempt to leverage the gov. to legislate compassion. Both approaches fail miserably and are an abdication of our responsibility to be the voice, hands and feet of Jesus in this world.” – spoken by a friend.

Someone slid this article across my desk that inquires as to why evangelical Christians are against universal health care.   Now, strictly speaking, I’m not an evangelical.  Also, I don’t think that all Christians oppose universal health care, and I will not presume that … continue reading...