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“Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste”-Obama and Sandy Hook

“Are we prepared that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?”  Obama.

Anyone surprised by the direction Obama goes from here isn’t paying attention.  He is a man who longs for the Big Crisis, because the Big Crisis means opportunity.  The Big Crisis means taking severe steps, steps that normally people would oppose, but in light of the magnitude of the Big Crisis may view as necessary.

As illustrated in Obama’s remark, those ‘steps’ often entail restrictions on freedom, because, according to Obama, they are “somehow the price of … continue reading...

Interview re: Culture of Death on Oct. 13th

Late notice!  But I’ll be on the radio in about an hour, 4 p.m. CST on Oct. 13th, 2011, talking about the ‘culture of death.’

For details and link to listen online click here.… continue reading...

Joy held hostage to Evil- on rejoicing in Bin Laden’s Death

I posted a blog entry at the Christian Post recently.

The reported death of Bin Laden generated crowds of people on the street wrapped in American flags and cheering.  A casual look at the reaction to this reaction revealed to me that many people shared my apprehension with such a response.  Different reasons for the apprehension have been produced:

  • The Scriptures tell us not to rejoice in the deaths of our enemies:  “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.” Ezekiel 33:11
  • We should be deeply sorrowful about
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Atheism and the Problem of Death

This weekend at church my pastor was sharing his experiences counseling people who were on their death bed.  I thought of all the pastors and spiritual counselors throughout the country, and world, throughout time, who have been face to face with death, the dying, and those left behind.   Then I thought about some of the recent posts (and comments) on my blog.  In one place, an atheist dismissed apologetics organizations because they only serve to advance ‘their narrow, self-interested, point of view.’   However, this came after I pointed out that it has become increasingly clear just how important addressing the … continue reading...

The Living and the Dead and Rational Thought

One of the things I’ve come to realize is the truth of this statement:

As the dead do not know the living, or even that they themselves are dead, so too irrationality does not know rationality.

Augustine argued that evil was not a ‘thing-in-itself’ but always some good thing that has been corrupted.  Evil is a direction away from good.  I think he is right about that and I know now that there are many examples of the same principle.  Rationality and Irrationality are one example.  The Living and the Dead, another.  Morality and Immorality yet one more.  I’m sure … continue reading...

Nudisnudum Christ sequi: A Naked Hope

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

CS Lewis has a fabulous essay entitled ‘The Seeing Eye.’  In this essay he recounts a news article asserting that Russian astronauts had ventured into space… and didn’t find God.  Lewis counters the immature understanding of ‘God’ that leads one to expect to ‘find’ God in space in the first place but then makes an interesting set of points.  He says that anyone can ‘see God’ in any place, but it depends on one’s frame of mind and general attitude.  A Christian will see … 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...

Antony Flew Under Attack by Atheists

This has been the case for awhile, now, but atheists all over are not giving Flew his due.  This site has a great list of taunts.

  • He’s losing/lost his mind.
  • He’s in it for the money.
  • He’s afraid of death.
  • Etc.

If this is not ad hominem, I don’t know what is.  If the challenge is that Flew hasn’t well defended himself, I could almost see it… thus the book… which hasn’t come out yet…. which, therefore, they can’t evaluate…. which means that at this point, they’re just being presumptive.  We have yet to see if his book provides good … continue reading...

Ramzi Yousef a Christian?

That is the claim in this article, though it is doubted.

I’ve been paying attention to Ramzi Yousef after I discovered his Iraqi connections.  Yousef was the master mind behind the first WTC bombing and a relative of KSM who planned the second one.  (You see the import of the Iraq connection, now, I suppose.)   I am skeptical of this but would obviously be very happy to hear it.  He risks much if it is genuine.  He will be targeted for death by many a Muslim.  I will feel much more confident that this is a genuine conversion … continue reading...