Why would God have Israel kill the women and children of Canaan? Where is the mercy? The Justice? Dawkins and others ask

I receive an email asking me to address the issue of the Israelite purge of Canaan, in particular the command to cut down the women and children as well. The correspondent indicated that this is something he as a Christian struggles with and points out that Richard Dawkins raises the issue as well. I asked […]

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Austin Cline reacts to the church producing atheists

While I have glimpsed in a few places atheistic reactions to my assertion that the church itself is producing atheists, I had yet to see any real formal comment on it until today, when a member of my forum pointed me to Austin Cline’s entry on it located here. It so happens that I know […]

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Mother Teresa had moments of doubt?

This blog inspired by this article at Time. I consequently wrote this short story called “Mother Teresa Goes to Heaven.” I will admit that I didn’t follow the life and times of Mother Teresa. What I know comes from news reports and things of that sort. That said, I think this article really illustrates a […]

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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 will your heart be also” and “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” (#7, pgs 326 and 328, Matt. 6:21 and 1 Cor 15:26) suggests to me that anti-Harry Potter Christians would do well to re-consider their opposition and re-think their position.

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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 […]

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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.html

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Podcasts to come…

Podcasts (aka, sntjohnny radio show) has had many incarnations.  There is yet another one on its way.

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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 […]

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