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Christians in the Voting Booth should First Not Steal

Just posted this on my blog at Christian Post.com

In this election season it seems like there is a fair number of the American electorate that needs to be asked:  “What is it about ‘Thou shalt not steal’ that you don’t understand?”

Now, there is little use putting this question to secular humanists and atheists.  While to a man they all very much hope that humanity abides by the general principle (as far as their possessions go), since most of them reject any notion of there being a moral standard, obviously we cannot call them to act according to that … continue reading...

A theological basis for rank individualism in society and elsewhere

This essay is long- some 2,000 words.  But I think it is worth reading.  Print it out if you like if that makes it easier.

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‘Individualism’ has a bad rap, even among Christians.  To be fair, there are things in ‘individualism’ that I think are unhealthy or even immoral, too, but the key thing to remember is that any opposite of ‘individualism’ is not necessarily preferable.  If we’re going to raise up ‘inter-connectedness’ (a neutral term, I hope) it must be done thoughtfully, and it cannot obliterate that which is moral or good in ‘individualism.’

The only folks that … continue reading...

Seinfeld: Puddy the Christian and Elaine is Going to Hell

Just a classic episode that makes me laugh.  Enjoy.  (The end especially)

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Solving the Abortion Debate Through Radical Love

This is not the first time I’ve said as much, but I maintain that though legislative efforts are important, the abortion debate is to be won on grounds other than that.   I don’t think I am the only one to make the point.  It has been noted that even on a best case scenario, the overturning of Roe vs. Wade throws the issues to the states.  Finally, even if every state banned abortions there would still be women seeking them.  At the bottom, persuading women to keep their children and enabling them to do so is utterly necessary.

As pro-lifers … continue reading...

Response to Online Presentation and Archive Link: Tradition without Empathy, Contemporary without Foundation

Yesterday I presented at an online conference.  My topic was “Can Christianity Survive the Internet.”  Or, otherwise titled, ‘The Death of Christianity.”

I will at some point obtain a simple mp3 of the presentation but in the meantime if you want to listen and observe the chat conversation you may listen via the archive link.

This morning I woke up to a follow up question.  I thought I would answer it on my blog.  Here was the question:

I often see two groups of people.

One is are involved in a tradition rich church with head knowledge of rules

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What should Christians do about Barack Obama’s Stance on Abortion

Answer:  They should inform themselves and then absolutely vote against him.

I am writing expressly to Christians here so bear this in mind.

In my email box I have a letter from a Christian pastor saying that he is voting pro-life,  which means he is voting for Obama, on the grounds that protecting the environment is protecting everyone’s life.   McCain, of course, is on the global warming band wagon, so on its face the comment seems unnerving.  In light of what abortion is and the scale of which it occurs in our country, though, complaining about the environment while the … continue reading...

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 going on to keep track of from week to week.

In last night’s back to back episodes, one of the characters, Nathan Petrelli, credits the saving of his life to God and suggests at one point that perhaps he and his brother (Peter) could become … continue reading...

And on the Sixth Day: God Created Your Brain. Apologetics Academy Update

NEW LINK TO ACADEMY

I am very pleased to announce that the online academy produced through my ministry, Athanatos Christian Ministries, has developed an apologetics certificate program. It is designed mainly for Christians who know that apologetics is important but don’t know where to start, though conceivably it could be useful for anyone who is interested in developing a deeper understanding of what Christianity is all about.

Our “On the Sixth Day” advertising campaign is also up and running. We are advertising on the ChristianPost.com and other places. Take a look at the banners in this post and scattered … continue reading...

The Growth of the Early Church: A Testimony Believed. Martyrs for what they saw not what they believed.

The Growth of the Early Church: A Testimony Believed.

This essay was written in response to challenges to demonstrate that the early Christians died because of their testimony, and their unwillingness to reject their testimony. In other words, they believed that they had actually seen certain events, and chose to die rather than deny what they had seen. Contrast with an event like 9-11, where we talk about 19 Muslims flying into the towers ‘because of their beliefs.’ I will contend in this essay that the early martyrs were driven on by what they witnessed with their own eyes- externally- continue reading...

Will Antony Flew Become a Christian? Will He come to Christ?

Cover of There is a GodComing in November will be Antony Flew’s final treatment on where he stands and hopefully how he got there. In case you’re wondering, Antony Flew was for years considered one of the foremost atheists of the century (sorry Dawkins, you don’t even come close, although no one surpasses your rabidity). After a time, he began to warm up to Christianity- or at least, to theism, finally adopting a position that sounded a lot like deism. I was among many in wanting to hear more. We were told that his new edition of God & Philosophy would have a new introduction … continue reading...