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A Christian Review of Anne Rice’s Called Out of Darkness: a spiritual confession

Anne Rice begins her book by laying out in careful detail what her early life was like. It was a life that was thoroughly drenched in the Roman Catholic Church and culture as it was practiced in New Orleans. She attended Catholic schools and had Catholic friends. At one point, she wanted to be a nun. She delighted in the architecture of New Orleans and her Catholic surroundings.

However, she fell away from all this after high school. Though the seeds had been planted earlier on, in college she came into contact with people who loved learning, were smart, and cared about doing the right thing- all without religion, Christianity, or Catholicism.

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Online Apologetics Academy Enrolling

The Athanatos Online Apologetics Academy is enrolling now. Enroll in the “Introduction to basic Biblical Greek” course which starts Oct. 27. Beginning on Nov. 3 is the course on “The Reliability of the New Testament Documents.” Beginning on Nov. 17 is the follow up course, “The Formation of the New Testament Canon.” Also beginning on Nov. 17 is the course “Studies in Atheism.” www.academyofapologetics.com

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The Regularity of Natural Laws is a Pre-Condition for Reliably Detecting God

So, far from being evidence for atheism and far from supporting a presumption of naturalism, the observed patterns of the universe are the pre-requisite, the minimal requirement, for reliably detecting a supernatural agent, namely God. That doesn’t mean that there is a God. It doesn’t mean we have to believe every report of a violation of the laws of nature that we hear. It does mean that we can’t dismiss them out of hand if the very point of our investigation is to decide if there is a God, for it is precisely such accounts- and only these kinds of accounts- that could allow us to reliably determine that there is a God.

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NBC Heroes: Did God Give them Their Powers? Angels and Monsters and Christianity

A question is posed in this episode that ties in and I think is noteworthy. Nathan Petrelli wants to know who else could have bestowed all these powers except for God himself. By the end of the episode we know that mad scientists are the culprits and that his visions and sense of ‘divine purpose’ are the spinnings of another ‘hero’ that can control the mind. In this madcap universes of the heroes (and our own) the question is reasonable: just how would you know that it was God at work, that you were on the side of the angelic and not the monstrous?

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Response to Clark on Naturalism, Faith and Reason, Revelation and Miracle

At the very least, then, Mr. Curtis has faith in reason. As do I. But I understand that reason brings us always to a point of decision where the consequences of that decision might conceivably be other than we suppose. It is always possible that even after a thousand times my chair will break. Technically, it is even possible that all of the atoms will align and I’ll simply pass through it. Yet I sit. Likewise, faith in God is not simply the belief that there is a God, but rather trust in God. Whether or not that is a reasonable trust or an unreasonable one is a separate question but at least let us acknowledge that faith as the Christians present it is not only compatible with reason, but essential when it comes to acting on reason.

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God Created Your Brain: Fall 2008 Online Apologetics Academy Enrolling

The Athanatos Online Apologetics Academy announces their fall session starting dates and courses offered. They include: “Studies in Atheism” “Biblical Greek” “Reliability of the New Testament” “Formation of the New Testament Canon.” Others may be offered. Visit www.academyofapologetics.com for more information.

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One Atheist Admits I’m Right, Another Responds to Big Bang Post

Atheist One. It is not very often that you get an admission as clear as the one that was posted on my forum today.  I asserted in this post on my blog that at the bottom, most atheistic arguments against the existence of God are based on the ‘presumption of naturalism’ with   The atheist on […]

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Who made God? Who made the Universe? Chicken, meet the Egg

The value of the Barker quote above is to corroborate my assertion that it is not inherently inferior to say that there is a God, eternally existing, because no matter what, we posit something eternally existing, without a cause. We can turn Barker’s quote around: “Who made the universe? If a universe can be thought eternal, then so can God.”

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Introducing a Budding Apologist: The Religious Implications of the Large Hadron Collider

What follows is submitted by an up and coming apologist named W. E. Messamore.  His webpage is linked at the bottom and to the right.  I invite readers to take a look at it.  I like what I see and note that he and I have similar trains of thought and areas of emphasis.  For […]

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Colbert Interviews Secular Lobbyist on Atheism, Sex, And Other Things

Stephen Colbert is not someone I watch regularly but when I do I usually find him hilarious. This interview follows the Democratic Convention’s refusal to allow this secular lobbyist group to participate in their faith forum. As interesting as it would be to opine on the Democratic attempt to claim the ‘high ground’ of religion I’ll pass at this time. This is all comedy of course and I can only imagine that the poor lady has had all of her best insights spliced out… but as an apologist it was still quite fun to watch… Maybe I could get Mr. Colbert to run a guest column here at Sntjohnny.com 🙂

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NBC Heroes, Faith, Philosophy, Christianity

So last night was the season opener for the NBC series Heroes.  Am I the only person left scratching his head?  I had hoped that the series would start making sense again but instead it seems to have become even more convoluted.  I want to enjoy the show but there is just way too much […]

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Natural Versus Revealed Religion: How Atheists Drop the Ball

It may sound like ‘reducing’ much of the Bible to human revelation about special revelation I have greatly diminished its veracity but in truth what this move does is place our testing of the Bible’s claims into the same category of testing that we use for any other historical claim. In other words, it is the atheists that raise special challenges against the Biblical texts (ie, ‘Extraordinary claims…’) while Christians worth their salt are merely asking atheists to employ the same standards of evidence and proof, the same principles of reasoning, the same sense of fairness, that we apply to any other claim.

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Why we need to Start from Scratch in Abortion and Atheism without resorting to Presuppositionalism

One might think then that this is simply a question of shifting one’s presuppositions and evidence has nothing to do with it. Certainly assumptions have a lot to do with the matter. I think my point is that the question of abortion belongs in a different class than the question of atheism or theism. After one has decided where they stand regarding God, conclusions about abortion more or less follow. That doesn’t mean that one’s stand regarding God needs to rest only on assumptions!

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Why Christians Don’t Believe in Pixies, Fairies, Ancient Legends

It is entirely plausible, according to the Christian worldview, for there to be other agents besides human agents. Since, however, the Christian proceeds based on evidence rather than presupposition, he might dismiss a recorded instance of a miracle, say, in the Odyssey, not because he knows it can’t be real because the event is so old, but simply because the attestation of that event is very weak. In other words, the reasons why a Christian might reject such things are not the same as the atheist’s.

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