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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.

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A Christian Defense of Capitalism? Or Just Freedom?

I posted a column this morning at the Cypress Times explaining why I so often come down on the side of ‘capitalism.’

In this essay, I’d like discuss what I really believe the relationship between capitalism and Christianity is, and if anyone likes what I have to say, you can make up for my loss of friends on Facebook by becoming my new friends.  🙂

In truth, I am not interested at all in ‘capitalism.’ I am interested in freedom. I know that economists and dictionaries describe capitalism as an ‘economic system’ that can be set against socialism, communism, … continue reading...

Generous with other people’s money

This post should be understood as speaking specifically to Christians.  I don’t deny that nonChristians might find it applicable but I am speaking to people, broadly speaking, that I expect to have a similar world view as I do.  Most importantly, I expect that they accept the Scriptures as authoritative.

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“Thou shalt not steal.”  Exodus 20:15

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There is a large divide between conservative and liberal principles and in many cases it is evident that there can be no compromise.  However, many sincere, conservative Christians find at least some of the proposals often put forward by liberals as admirable, … continue reading...