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Guards at the Tomb: Were they Roman Guards or Jewish Guards?

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The following material supplements the original essay on the guards at Jesus’ tomb and provides more corroboration for various statements that were made within it.    It can be purchased as an ebook, cover to the right.   (Next section: The Discipline of the Roman Soldier )

Were they Roman Guards or Temple Guards?

 In some regards, it doesn’t matter whether the guards were Roman or Temple guards.  The mere fact that there were guards represents a real problem for those who wish to dismiss the resurrection.  If the tomb had been left unattended throughout the entire time between Jesus’ … continue reading...

Cheap shot skepticism, courage and cowardly ‘free thought’

Today I am enjoying the privilege of sitting in on some high school senior religion classes (through virtual conferencing software) and taking the role of non-believer, challenging the students on what they believe, especially in regards to the resurrection.

Some may think it difficult to take the role of the skeptic but I find it to be astonishingly easy.  So easy, it reminded me of some observations about skeptics and their arguments- or more precisely, the wind that carries them- that I’ll share now.

It’s easy to be a skeptic because it is much easier to not believe something as … continue reading...

Story and Evidence, a Response

A certain English Atheist named Dave, having found out about my collection of short stories through the venerable PZ Myers (a huge fan of mine, by the way), has written a response to something I was quoted as saying.  Before I respond to his response, I would like to thank him for giving me the courtesy of a heads up, alerting me to his post.  Also, it was a breath of fresh air to see something thoughtfully done- with just a couple of slams out of dozens of decent remarks.  🙂  I will attempt to return the favor in this … continue reading...

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...

Apologetics is the Answer to Abortion and Euthanasia and other Life Issues

Not too long ago I posted an essay asserting that ‘apologetics is the answer to everything.’  Even then I had in mind to discuss the relationship between apologetics and life issues such as abortion, euthanasia, eugenics, etc, but fought off the urge to elaborate on it.  Now is my chance.

You know, for most of my life, even during my ‘liberal’ years, I have more or less been pro-life.  This became personal when the doctors asked my wife and I if we wanted to ‘terminate’ our child, diagnosed that morning with spina bifida.  But I have always been … continue reading...

Blind Faith is not Christian Faith

Richard Dawkins, among many others, have contended that ‘faith’ is believing what you know isn’t true.  Less severe, but equally inaccurate, is the view that faith is a thing completely apart from evidence, or even in spite of the evidence.  This view isn’t restricted to atheists.  Unfortunately, many Christians themselves take that view.   It is unfortunate because it is not true, it is not how the Scriptures actually present it, and it takes Christians out of discussions they should be involved in.

The simplest way to put it that would be accurate would be to understand ‘faith’ as including, front … continue reading...

Apologetics is the Answer to Everything

Some Christians will begin seeing red just from reading the title of this entry.  They will be angry and annoyed and may even jump up out of their seats.  Therefore, let me say it again:  apologetics is the answer to everything.

Whether it be the rapid decline of the Christian Church in America, the brisk acceptance of homosexual ‘marriage,’ the prevailing and deepening culture of death, the shallow spirituality of many of the Christians who actually remain in the Church- and certainly much of the lack of action- and many other issues can track back to nothing less than disobedience, … continue reading...

Pick up Michael Licona’s New Book on the Resurrection of Jesus

Pick up Michael Licona’s new book on the Resurrection.  Licona has debated new atheists and the like and is solid.

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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...

A Devotional Minute for Atheists and Sick People Everywhere

“Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.” GK Chesterton

This post is inspired by some discussions about sin and the nature of God that are going on on my forum but also by my own introspection this Lenten season.

The question put to my atheist friend was “Are you claiming to be perfect?”  Of course he denied it and embraced the notion that he was far from perfect.  He seems to have a problem demanding with God demanding perfection and associating that demand with any kind of consequence.  What I wanted … continue reading...

Should you care about the question of God’s existence?

Actual conversation from last night:

[having spotted me reading a book titled Introduction to Biblical Interpretation]

Him:  So, are you a religious nut?
Me:  A nut?
Him:  Yea, do you like really believe in God?
Me:  (to myself:  does mere belief in God make you a nut?)
Him:  Do you believe in Jesus?  The holy Mary…
Me:  Well, I’m not a Catholic.  I’m protestant, so I don’t go in for that Mary business…
Him:  I used to be a Catholic.
Me:  And now?
Him:  I’m an agnostic.
Me:  What happened?
Him:  Like I said, I was raised Catholic.
Me:  … continue reading...

Herr Professor Strikes Back: atheist Deacon Duncan takes issue with my arguments

I noticed the other day that someone had taken the time to respond at length to my post discussing trancendence, immanence, logic and superlogic.  Then I woke up this morning to find out he had posted again on it!  Herr Professor, this is just too much! 🙂  Herr Professor, now going by Deacon Duncan, knows that I prefer to have extended discussions on my discussion forum but he has sufficiently stroked my ego that I think a post or two is warranted.  It is not every day that I am described as smart and sophisticated and that my arguments … 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...

Madagascar and Unconditional Love versus Romantic Love

Last night I went and saw Madagascar II with my wife and kids.  Though there were a couple of things that were over the top they were fortunately things my kids didn’t think twice about.  Still, wish they wouldn’t do that.  Anyway, there was this one scene that got me thinking.  The scene is where hunk hippo Moto Moto is asked by New York Girl hippo Gloria ‘Why do you like me?”

How about some background first?

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For another relevant vid see this one here, but unfortunately … continue reading...