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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...

You Cannot Reason a Person Out of Pain: Lessons from a Child

This weekend I learned something that I already knew:  If a person is in pain simple words don’t take the pain away.

The incident in question is fairly common around my house.    The children are engaged in rough housing and suddenly one of the younger boys gets hurt.  Now the oldest child- almost always the direct cause- steps in and shouts, “Soooorrrry!  I said I’m sooooorrry!”  The louder the other boy cries the more insistent and argumentative the older one becomes, “SOOOOORRRRYY!”

By this point a parent is involved, sorting out the various assertions, triaging the bodies, etc.  Again, we … continue reading...

Problem of Pain video response and some summer updates

This has been one of those summers, I’ll tell you.  I suppose it has been noticed that I haven’t been contributing to the blog very much, or sending out newsletters, or debating very much on the forum.  September is on its way and I for one am looking forward to ‘vacation’ being over so that I can get back into the groove!

I had several speaking engagements this summer and a couple of them I had recorded on video.  I thought I would make some of this available on Youtube in anticipation of the day when I really open up … continue reading...

Sunday School Christianity Is Dangerous to the Faith

I received a forwarded email that originally was sent by some media guy who lost his faith reporting on religion.  In that email the following excerpt was provided, abbreviated already, and I abbreviated it more:

… Having been raised to believe in a just God, my faith was shaken when my husband and I lost our ten-year-old child to Cystic Fibrosis, a congenital disease for which there is no cure.

We felt betrayed that a loving God could bring such pain to parents who lived by the Golden Rule and followed the Ten Commandments. As we coped with our grief, … continue reading...

Breathtaking: One Woman’s Fight to Live and Find Hope in the Face of Certain Death. A Review of Amber Nicole Metz’s Book, “Breathtaking”

A review of Amber Nicole Metz’s Breathtaking

Book Description
A modern-day A Grief Observed and Confessions combined, Breathtaking is an account of a young woman who walked through the valley of the shadow of death and found that He alone is enough.
Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Pleasant Word-A Division of WinePress Publishing (December 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414108974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414108971
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches

Amber’s Webpage: http://www.ambermetz.com/
Buy Breathtaking on Amazon.com


I have in my hands Amber Nicole Metz’s “Breathtaking.” Amber has been battling cystic fibrosis for her entire life. After nineteen years, … continue reading...

Responses to my Assertions are Starting

I recently made the claim that it is the Christian church itself producing atheists. I thought this guy did a good job of nailing the high points:

http://cuanas.blogspot.com/2007/07/is-christian-church-producing-atheists.html

He also mentions the situation in Europe, which I think is a foreshadowing of what America may look like in a few decades if we’re not acting urgently.… continue reading...