Posts Tagged by Christianity

You Cannot Reason a Person Out of Pain: Lessons from a Child

I think there are a lot of people on the Internet on both sides of this anecdote. Some people are trying to talk people out of their pain. Some people are in pain talking as though they are not. Of course, I here refer mainly to psychological pain rather than physical pain, but I think the principle still holds. Words won’t take away psychological pain just as they don’t stop physical pain.

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Why did God Create the Devil Knowing He’d Be Naughty and other Free Will

Here is a second clip from a Q and A that I gave this summer. There are at least three questions here and they all surround the notion of free will, why God would tolerate bad things, why he doesn’t act, and the like. Enjoy.

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Today’s Notes: Moral Equivalency on 9-11, Qualification: Did not have an Abortion, Pro-life Blogs

The South Carolina chairwoman of the Democrat party said yesterday that Sarah Palin’s “primary qualification seems to be that she hasn’t had an abortion.” This has apparently inspired a firestorm but this is an observation that was made in the conservative camp already from the reverse: that in the liberal (feminist) mind, Sarah’s primary disqualification was that she hasn’t had an abortion.

Sarah Palin is proof that carrying your baby to term is not ‘punishment’ and does not destroy your life and keep you from succeeding as a woman. Sarah Palin has been described as the perfect example of the ‘American Taliban.’ This is moral equivalency writ large, moral sense perfectly unhinged.

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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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Churches risk their Tax Exemption to Prove Connection Between Beliefs and Politics

This morning I woke up to a fascinating news report describing out the ADF is seeking churches to make political statements so that the IRS can penalize the churches, giving the ADF a vehicle to challenge the tax exemption requirement that such entities refrain from making political statements. This is the sort of ‘fighting fire […]

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Abortion, politics, apologetics: Observations on the conservative and liberal cultures

There is no dispute here that life begins at conception. The philosophical question has to do with when we believe that the entity is a person, and consequently entitled to the rights we ascribe to persons. There is no non-arbitrary objective measure other than conception by which to say “before there wasn’t, but now there is.” There is no place in the stages of pregnancy where one can say “Aha! Now it is a person!”

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Christian Fiction Update of the Birth Pangs Series, what is Spero About? Review Copies Available

Spero is Latin for “I Hope” though for all I care you can just think of it as ‘hope.’ If you’re astue, you’ll catch that ‘Fidelis’ has something to do with ‘faith.’ Put it together, Faith, Hope, and…. the name of book three will have something to do with Love. 🙂

The Birth Pangs series is set in the United States some time in the not too distant future. A small scale nuclear holocaust has taken place, followed by a devastating pandemic. The United States had been defeated in several humiliating wars, but now all oppressors are gone, basically leaving a state of anarchy. Fidelis charted the course of one character across this landscape. Spero will chart the course of another character.

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The Need for an Absolute Frame of Reference For there to be Ultimate Meanings

When I was in college I made a nuisance of myself once by finding the slope of a vertical line (which, we are told, is ‘undefined.’)  Impossible, you say.  As did the math instructor.  But I ‘found’ it by rotating the grid beneath the line and recalculated, for now, of course, the line wasn’t perfectly […]

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Problem of Pain video response and some summer updates

This has been one of those summers, I’ll tell you.  I suppose it has been noticed that I haven’t been contributing to the blog very much, or sending out newsletters, or debating very much on the forum.  September is on its way and I for one am looking forward to ‘vacation’ being over so that […]

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Sunday School Christianity Is Dangerous to the Faith

But what if it is the very methods of transmitting the faith that is actually undermining it left and right in our society? Is it really the case, as I have argued, that the Christian church is producing nonbelievers and atheists?

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New Archeological Find Proves Christianity is a Fraud. Again.

Things like the so called Gospel of Judas and the ‘Lost Tomb of Jesus’ face no ‘challenge’ because anything that undermines Christianity is accepted willy nilly but anything that supports Christianity is subjected to the most excruciating set of standards it isn’t silly.

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Review: Where are all the Brothers? by Eric C. Redmond

Pastor Redmond writes with a distinct audience in mind that is evident from the beginning. He wishes to address the questions that men ask, but black men in particular. Their absence from the African American Christian community is something he highlights and wishes to remedy.

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Review of Freedom, Healing for Parents of Disabled Children by Nancy Douglas

A review of Nancy Douglas’s Freedom: Healing for Parents of Disabled Children (Buy from Amazon) Book Description In the pages of Freedom, Nancy Douglas candidly shares the pain, grief, and trials of having a disabled child. From the initial storm of discovering her daughter was Autistic, deaf, and Failure to Thrive, to the agony of […]

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Equivocation on the word natural by atheists and philosophical naturalists

Has anyone else noticed this? As a case in point- in part because atheists have accused me of ‘inventing’ atheistic positions- consider this entry on my blog and the comments that follow.  But to be clear, I run across this phenomena all the time as I read and debate theism or ‘intelligent design.’ Let me […]

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