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Category: theology

Pravda has a point: culture considerations in the gun control debate

The stalwart propaganda rag for Russia, Pravda, has published an article on gun control that makes a good point:

The excuse that people will start shooting each other is also plain and silly. So it is our politicians saying that our society is full of incapable adolescents who can never be trusted? Then, please explain how we can trust them or the police, who themselves grew up and came from the same culture?

I made a similar point in a blog entry a week or so ago titled “Somewhere somebody with a gun is protecting you.”  Gun control … continue reading...

“Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste”-Obama and Sandy Hook

“Are we prepared that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?”  Obama.

Anyone surprised by the direction Obama goes from here isn’t paying attention.  He is a man who longs for the Big Crisis, because the Big Crisis means opportunity.  The Big Crisis means taking severe steps, steps that normally people would oppose, but in light of the magnitude of the Big Crisis may view as necessary.

As illustrated in Obama’s remark, those ‘steps’ often entail restrictions on freedom, because, according to Obama, they are “somehow the price of … continue reading...

Dan Barker’s War on Religion, Though Childish, Has Adult Implications

Dan Barker’s Freedom from Religion Foundation is immersed in their annual war against all things religious.  That is of course how they view it:  a war.  In this war, they have had quite a few successes, in large part because they realized early on that public sentiment was not on their side.  That is, they could never achieve their goals legislatively.  Their only hope was to turn to the courts, and here the playing field is more to their advantage.  After all, it is easier to persuade one judge or three than it is a million, hundred thousand, etc.

In … continue reading...

Why Christianity is Opposed to Homosexuality

An atheist friend challenged me to give this answer after I explained to him the difference between opposing something and feeling justified to act violently about it.  You may guess this started with the recent Egypt/Libya thing.  The particular example, predictably, was homosexuality.  He seemed to think, like many secularists, that because Leviticus calls for the Jews to execute homosexuals that somehow this meant Christians ought to do the same, or else they are inconsistent.

While there are a million things wrong with that kind of insinuation that anyone truly conversant with the Scriptures could point out, I will address … continue reading...

The Binding Laws Governing our Present Intellectual Anarchy

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I must at the outset admit the debt owed to GK Chesterton, for it was on the third reading of his “Eugenics and Other Evils” that his comments about ‘the anarchy from above’ finally made sense.  They made sense because they made sense of a variety of other facts and concepts that had more recently come to my mind, and it was Chesterton’s insight that anarchy is not lawlessness, per se, but rather a law applied with no concept of when one will cease applying it.  … continue reading...

Psalm 22 and the Cross Or, One Reason So Many of the First Christians were Jews

This is an essay I wrote up quickly in response to some information about a Bible study lesson I gave.  Rather than submit it as an outline, which wouldn’t, by definition, chart the whole thought pattern that connected the parts together, I wrote it all up as a piece.  I suppose I should still make an outline.  🙂

Below you will find the entire essay, but if you prefer to read it on an e-reader, such as Kindle, or the Nook, I decided to make it available as an ebook, too.  You have several options.  First of all, you can … continue reading...

On the Necessity of Jesus’ Sacrifice for our Sins

I had an interesting email exchange about a month ago concerning whether or not it was ‘necessary’ for Jesus to atone for humanity’s sins by the shedding of his blood.  In some follow up conversation, we talked about different ways of looking at the question, turning on the word ‘necessary.’  As I recall, ‘free-will’ was a component of that follow up.  Since I felt that my original response could have broader application I asked for, and received, permission to post my reply.  You can see it below.


Regarding your question of: Jesus saving.

Your perspective reminds me of that of … continue reading...

Jaffe Memo Part 10, Religious principles that secularists have and why it matters

I have now spilled much ink contending for the proposition that religion and politics must mix, using the Jaffe memo as my leaping off point.  On the face of it, such a proposition would fly in the face of the notion of a ‘separation between church and state.’  However, it is important to note that in the last two parts many of the examples are in contexts well beyond the confines of the United States.  Even on the secular understanding of that ‘separation,’ it applies only within the US.  Some of the worst trends are seen at the United Nations.  … continue reading...

Reflections on the ‘Jaffe Memo’ and why ‘Religion’ and ‘Politics’ should Mix- Part 1

[Updated 9/11/2015 with link to original source document]

Former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson has set the pro-life blogosphere on fire with her posting of the ‘Jaffe Memo,’ a memorandum written by Frederick S. Jaffe, former vice-president of Planned Parenthood.  Jaffe apparently was in charge of PP’s population control agenda.  The memo was written in 1969.

The memo appears to be legit but I haven’t been able to find its original source.  Read it:

The original has been found and a corrected copy has been created.  Download it: 

Access the full memorandum, with the absolute original version … continue reading...

The Walk to Walden Hill: A Review

Full disclosure:  my ministry awarded this book second place in its 2011 Christian novel writing contest and has since entered into a marketing agreement to promote the book.  

There is a reason why Robert Abernathy’s book, The Walk to Walden Hill:  Rescued in Forgiveness, won an award in Athanatos Christian Ministry’s Christian novel contest- it is quite good!

I was drawn to the story for a variety of reasons, but I believe the primary reason is that the book had a beating heart;  it is the heart of the author, of course, but it is evident throughout that the … continue reading...

Occupy Wall Street, Martin Luther, and Reason prostituting as the Devil’s whore

A recent post arguing that sticking it to big business means, actually, sticking it to the little guy.  I have about ten more posts to write on that subject.  🙂  This is the second.

In the previous post I led off with an important caveat.  Namely, I am a realist.  That is, I live in reality.  That is, I believe my world view should reflect reality.   Put another way:  my beliefs should reflect reality as it really is.  This is the way of the mind.  What I had been pursuing prior to that point was the way of emotion.  … continue reading...

The Euthyphro Dilemma Revisted with its Simple Solution

Some time ago I ventured to tease those who raise the ‘Euthyphro Dilemma‘ against Christian theism by pointing out that those who raise the objection don’t really obtain much by it.   Those who employ it against theism usually do so quite smugly, behaving as though the dilemma in itself proves that there is no God.  I argued that if you dispense with God, and believe the dilemma proves there is no God, then it becomes:  “Is what is morally good that which is decided by people because it is morally good, or is it morally good because it … continue reading...

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 of course, can attend his 90 minute lectures to be held in early November.

With the name of the facilitators listed alongside, here are the Fall 2011 courses offered:

  • The Historical Jesus: A Survey of Evidence & Arguments – Anthony Horvath
  • Defending the Faith:
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Christianity and Libertarians, the Republic, and the Consent of the Governed

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed Declaration of Independence


The last few months I’ve seen some strident statements of opposition against libertarians by conservatives.  I’m on several … continue reading...