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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...

Demanding Extraordinary Evidence for Extraordinary Claims Can Render You an Extraordinary Dupe

A couple of weeks ago my ministry hosted an online discussion (voice/text/vid) about the merits of the skeptical mantra, “Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence.”

One of my objections is right to the point:  any notion of what makes something ‘extraordinary’ is hopelessly subjective.  I for one find it deliciously ironic that our hyper-rationalistic scientific minded atheist friends so easily adopt such a weak standard for evaluating claims.  To measure the temperature of water, we’d use a thermometer.  For air pressure, a barometer.  These are scientific tools used by scientific minds;  I’ve never seen an instrument that can measure extraordinariness.

There … continue reading...

Knights of Contention: Do Christians Believe In Spite of the Evidence?

This ministry hosts a regular online round table discussing matters of substance and controversy.  Christians and NonChristians are invited but it is not necessarily an ‘us’ versus ‘them’ debate.  Past topics have included matters of controversy only amongst Christians and due to the flexibility of the discussion, topics can change on a dime.

UPDATE:  With the release of Rob Bell’s book on hell, there may be discussion about that tonight, too.

The next discussion will be Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 at 9:30 p.m. CST.

The initial topic will be:  “Do Christians believe in spite of the Evidence?”  Or, to restate:  … continue reading...

Commentary on Galatians by Martin Luther

ACM is happy to announce that it has released Martin Luther’s Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians and that this work is available to purchase from outlets such as Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.  The edition contains an index to help readers track down concepts and terms that Luther may have referenced.  ISBN 9781936830008

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5 Challenges to Christianity Apologetics Can’t Answer Part 3

This is the third and final installment of a series listing 5 challenges to Christianity that apologetics, traditionally understood, is virtually powerless to counter.

The previous parts:

Part 1:

1.  Ridicule.

2.  The ‘Naturalization’ of self-evidently non-natural phenomena.

Part 2:

3.  Lovelessness within the Christian Church.

4.  Radical compartmentalization of the Faith.

Now begins the third part.  It’s long.  Sorry.  (I really am)

5.  The failure within the Church to live out the Biblical model of marriage and the family.

If you were looking for a thread that ties all five of these challenges together, it is this:  the … 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...

Family Values: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

A friend posted a pretty interesting essay today on family values I submit for your reading.   I liked it and don’t have much objection to it.   After detailing the prominence and priority of ‘family values’ at communicating Life he makes this statement:

Luther summed it up succinctly: love and serve God; it falls to the contemporary pastor and Lutheranism to put his phrases in context, with the understanding that it begins in family.

I thought it was interesting that, with the understanding “that it begins in family” Pastor Kelly begins with the contemporary pastor (and Lutheranism).

To be fair, I … continue reading...

First Fruit Giving not Hand Me Down Left Overs

A couple of days ago I posted a fairly long essay on why Christians should donate money.   The essential point was that the people who provide the services that Christians value- pastors, DCE’s, teachers, missionaries, evangelists, apologists, etc- are workers who deserve their wage.   In other words, they aren’t charity cases.  We ‘donate’ to them because there is no structural coercion to make us.  There is no government standing by with a club to extract the taxes and no police man standing by to make sure that you actually paid for the item or service you are enjoying.   There … 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...

Literary Magazine with Apologetics Emphasis November Edition

I am very pleased to announce that our first edition of Athanatos Christian Ministry’s newest endeavor, Literary Apologetics.Mag, has been released as of yesterday, Nov. 1st, 2010.

The website is:  http://literaryapologetics.com/

The basic purpose of the magazine is to deliberately and intentionally cultivate a perspective within the Church that acknowledges the important role of the arts in our culture in shaping viewpoints and- and this is important- seeks to participate and emphasize the arts (rather than withdrawing from them, or condemning them).

You can read the current edition online by going to the link above or you can download the … 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...

Why don’t Christians care about people who need health care?

Last week I posted a very long post explaining why I was against universal health care.  There was a comment posted that I’ve seen in various forms all over the place:

I certaintly don’t see any “christians” coming into the neighborhoods where I work offering a solution to why a mother of three who works 40 to 50 hours a week to support her family by herself is not entitled to see a doctor.

As a Christian, I don’t believe we’re entitled to anything.  If anything, we deserve everlasting punishment but by God’s grace through Christ we do not get … continue reading...

Whatever a man can do a woman can do better

I was raised hearing that slogan, “Whatever a man can do, a woman can do better.”

You know, I think I actually believe this.  At least, at the level of the individual I think that somewhere out there is some woman who can do whatever specific task usually considered as something a man does better.

An age old question that most people trace back to Jurassic Park is, “Just because you can do something, does it follow that you should do it.”  In actuality, we can trace this sentiment back further, to the Apostle Paul, who said:  “Everything is permissible … continue reading...

8 Things I hate About Christianity, Condensed

I just read a very fine blog entry from a person detailing 8 things he hates about Christianity.  I thought I would follow suit.

Here goes:

#1-#8.  The Church is systemically unloving.

If all of the law is summed up in two commands- Love God and love your neighbor- I don’t see why all the things we may hate about Christianity cannot, and should not, be reduced to their inverse.… continue reading...