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Epistemological Confusion about revelation and Revelation

When a Christian apologist invokes ‘revelation’ it is often understood by atheists and skeptics to refer to the “writings of the flawed goat herders of a bygone era that have been shown by modern science to be outdated, outmoded, and absolutely in error.  Certainly not the stuff we can think of as ‘divine revelation.'”  This is the reaction even before the apologist has time to define precisely what he means by ‘revelation.’   Of course, I am not really knocking the skeptic here, for the typical Christian (and even apologist!) likewise makes a leap:  “the writings of men who have been … continue reading...

Santa Claus is Real and so is Jesus

It is that time of year again when a holiday becomes the front in a culture battle.  I need not give examples- google Dan Barker and the Freedom from Religion Foundation.   It is not uncommon to find skeptics and secular humanists insinuating with a sneer that belief in God is exactly like belief in Santa Claus, the only difference being that people grow out of belief in Santa Claus.  Atheists who think this way have no problem being contemptuous punks because in their mind, given the similarities between the two examples (in their mind), a person who still believes in … continue reading...

A Christian Review of Anne Rice’s Called Out of Darkness: a spiritual confession

A Christian Review of Anne Rice’s Called out of Darkness

Read my reviews of Anne’s other books, Out of Egypt and Road to Cana.

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I was pleased to have Anne Rice’s latest release sent to me for review. Her spiritual auto-biography, Called Out of Darkness: a spiritual confession, is available for purchase through Amazon.
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Anne Rice begins her book by laying out in… continue reading...

Presuppositional versus evidential apologetics and naturalistic bias

I don’t very often get into debates about this but it did come up recently (by a person I make out to be an atheist no less) in the comment section of one of my blog posts.   I’m not sure what his final purpose was… did he mean to convey that we really should assume our beliefs are true and then work from there?  And that is ok?

For reference sake, he quoted this article by a presuppositionalist and for the purpose of this post if you want to know what a presupper believes that article is a good … continue reading...

Searching for the Atheist that Believes the Resurrection Happened

A recurring theme of late is that even if you believed the resurrection happened, that would still not justify the inference that there is a God or that the resurrection was a supernatural event.  There are some 500 posts or more (I kid you not) arguing about the ‘divine inference’ and a recent commenter has issued the same challenge.  It is worth reading the comments on this post of mine about my academy’s course on the historicity of the resurrection.

Now, to me the most telling thing about such lines of argumentation is that they seem geared to perfectly … continue reading...

Short Story: Chronos and Old Facts

Chronos and Old Facts

A short story by Anthony Horvath

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The sign on the door read “Bureau for Decommissioned Facts.” I pushed the door open gingerly, almost sheepishly. My quest to find this heretofore unknown department of the Universal University was not merely a recent one, but one that was given to me and not one that I had initiated. The department chair had taken me aside in the cafeteria, and in a tone that wavered between fatherly affection and patronizing condescension, insisted that I take a trip to Building 51023414, use the elevator to go … continue reading...