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What is Christianity? Why should we Study Atheism? Who cares how the Bible was Formed?

Beginning on April 30th, 2008, Athanatos Online Academy’s course “Studies in Atheism” will begin. This three week course will give a brief history of atheism through the centuries and then leap to a discussion of more modern atheists such as Bertrand Russell, Antony Flew, and the so-called ‘New’ atheists: Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and so on.

Why should anyone care? Why should Christians care? Trends in atheism are as discernible as trends in anything else and many agree (even ‘moderate’ atheists will sometimes agree) that the current trends are ominous. Moreover, if Christians want to reach out … continue reading...

Course on the Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus: Against Naturalism

My recent blog posts discussing philosophical naturalism really show that this course is relevant.  Here is the question:  on the historical evidence alone, unfettered by the presupposition that there is a God or that there isn’t one, and unfettered with baggage that reasonable people MUST interpret everything in naturalistic terms, can it be shown (again, on the historical evidence alone), that Jesus rose from the dead?

If he did, that is a prima facie case for the existence of God, and not just any God, the Christian God, and it also undermines naturalism.

The Athanatos Online Academy’s course on the … continue reading...

Understanding the Root Controversy of Intelligent Design

I have not yet seen Stein’s movie, Expelled, but hope to by the end of this weekend.  I’ve used this week as an opportunity to highlight various issues and I have linked to corroboration of at least some of the allegations that are made in the movie.  I would like to spend a moment addressing what I believe is the real crux of the matter.  This post is mainly for Christians but I can’t stop skeptics from reading.

The central argument in Intelligent Design, in the eyes of certain scientists and budding atheists, is whether or not ID should be … continue reading...

Power to the Experts! Down with Intelligent Design! To arms, to arms!

So one of the biggest public events in the Intelligent Design debate is upon us.  Ben Stein’s Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed is going to be out in theaters today.  Browsing through anti-ID commentary you get a sense of the heat this movie is taking.  It is a small taste of the heat this movie is about.  The stated concerns range all over the place, but the underlying premise that seems to have them pulling out their hair is that such popularizations of the debate are bad, very bad, because the American public are, well, morons.  Why can’t people just be … continue reading...

A Well Informed Zoroastrian Could Explain Mere Christianity

In my last post I made a reference to Dorothy Sayer’s assertion that a ‘well informed Zoroastrian’ could- or at least in principle, should- be able to explain what Christianity is all about.  This was in context of my pursuit for a book that lays out in simple terms just what the historic orthodox Christian faith is.  That pursuit exists because it is not uncommon to run across nonChristians who have rejected Christianity who seemingly have precious little understanding of just what it is they are rejecting.  Frankly, you run across Christians who don’t understand what they’re accepting.  Well anyway, … continue reading...

How to Talk to an Atheist- if you Must: Fundies Say the Darndest Things

For the record, that title is meant to be a joke. I think it was Anne Coulter who had a title similar to that but with liberals in the title. But it is eye catching, don’t you think?  I like talking to atheists.  Usually.

I once wrote a long essay on how the Church needs to change the way it talks, and quick, because everything coming out of its mouth is being misunderstood.   In particular, the way the Church talks to the outside world needs to change, but updating our Christianese within the community would be a good idea, too.… continue reading...

The Holmen Cross, Kristallnacht, and the Tyranny of the Minority: My Letter to the Editor in the La Crosse Tribune

I wrote a letter to the editor regarding the Holmen cross which sits on public property.  It was published today.  The power of the personal blog gives me the ability to comment further and even respond to other letter writers.  Let’s start with my actual letter.

Beware tyranny of the minority

It is not every day that Holmen has the opportunity to have an impact on the affairs of the entire nation. The decision to sell off the land that the cross on Star Hill stands on in order to avoid controversy is understandable in light of what happened

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Christians Don’t Know How to Fight

Over the last couple of weeks there have been a collection of issues causing dissension in the Church which I have followed a bit. One was the firing of Todd Wilken from Issues, Etc., and the other big one was the ELCA’s release that they had sorta but not quite decided that homosexuality was not Scriptural but they’re going to keep looking into it. Couple of others, too, but those were the big ones.

To me the problem here goes beyond the actual circumstances of these examples and more to the point that they are good examples of how the … continue reading...

Church and State Separation Issues Strike Holmen and the Cross on Star Hill

The national issue about religious icons (read: Christian symbols) on public land has struck very close to home. This link will give some background to the whole affair but there are a few other things of note which perhaps in due time I will speak to. I have strong feelings about such issues and have spoken about other areas. It doesn’t make sense not to chronicle the situation and opine on it on my own blog since I actually live in the vicinity of the offending cross. So here goes.

As the article explains, in a purchase for other purposes, … continue reading...

Prince Caspian and the Chronicles of Narnia Presentations for Churches, Grown Ups, and Youth Groups

The Chronicles of Narnia for Grown Ups

A Presentation for Churches

View a sample of Anthony speaking- a graduation speech he delivered with Lewis and Tolkien themes.

Click Here for my review of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe movie. Prince Caspian is due out in mid-May, 2008. Here is one of my posts on the Christian themes in Prince Caspian. Click here for information about a bulletin insert on Prince Caspian.  This presentation is in line with my ministry that aims to apply the arts to the promotion of Christianity as described at my formal non-profit … continue reading...

The Wonder of Easter Foretold in the Book of Daniel

In a blog entry noting that the book of Nehemiah had been corroborated by a recent archeological find, I explained the significance of that find as it pertains to a prophecy in the book of Daniel.  It is this prophecy that I would like to address in this entry in honor of the Easter holiday.

First I would like to present to the reader a mystery from history.   It is well known that in first century Judea there was rampant speculation that the arrival of the promised Messiah was imminent.   There were even many people claiming to be that Messiah.   … continue reading...

Easter is no Legend, the Resurrection is no mere myth: Myth Made Fact is a Different Story

It is that time of year again, when skeptics begin leveling their claims that Christianity is just a re-packaged bit of borrowed paganism and [insert your conspiracy theory here].  For the sake of this post, let’s merely concede that there are similarities to ancient myths and train our minds on the critical distinction:  none of them are set against a historical backdrop as fleshed out as Christianity.  In other words, it may be absolutely true that Christianity is ‘borrowed’ but the fact that the resurrection actually happened, nonetheless, only means looking with less skeptical eyes on the ‘ancient myths.’  For … continue reading...

Online apologetics courses now enrolling: believe in the resurrection of Jesus but don’t know the evidence?

Believe in the resurrection of Jesus but don’t know the evidence for that belief?  Do you see that as a problem?  You should.  Confused about how the New Testament canon came to be and nervous that books like Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” might have something to it?  Arm yourself with the facts.  Afraid that you’re missing out because you know the New Testament was written in Greek but you’re stuck with the English?  Maybe learning Greek isn’t so hard.

The Historicity of the Resurrection, the Formation of the NT Canon, and Introduction to Biblical Greek are just three … continue reading...

Defeating Abortion by Strengthening the Church, Strengthening the Church through Apologetics

I am kicking around doing my master’s thesis on this issue and have been thinking about it for some time. Most recently I was led to reflect on it when I noted a pattern among some of my friend’s experiences as well as my own. Namely, our parents were generally liberal, or Democratic, or generally skeptical of conservatism bordering on outright derision and dismissal. Yet, in varying degrees we would all be considered conservative, though a strong streak of libertarianism pokes through as well. We all have a well thought out Christian world view in common, and, incidentally, Christian schooling.… continue reading...