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Posted on Jul 17, 2015

I’m looking for great Christian ministries, schools, seminaries, authors, publishers, and/or websites to advertise here. If your message is consistent with mine on this blog, you’re welcome to purchase a slot. It’s easy to do through the Beacon Ad network’s automated advertising connection. See here for information.

I’ve opened up two new spaces, bringing the total to three: One on my home page, and two on all other pages’ sidebars.

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GoFundMe: Pastor Ed Komoszewski

Posted on Jul 17, 2015

His GoFundMe goal was already met by the time I saw it, but I want to ask you to consider helping Ed Komoszewski anyway. Ed was really helpful to me in getting a couple of my articles in front of some good academic reviewers, even when nobody had heard of me. He co-wrote two books that I’ve found enormously helpful.

He has some significant needs, and I’m willing to bet his family could use more resources yet. Read his story, …

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Obergefell: Freedom’s End Foreshadowed

Posted on Jul 15, 2015

My BreakPoint column posted today is about the undeniable differences between Obergefell v. Hodges and Brown v. Board of Education. For those who do not remember, these are the Supreme Court cases in which gay marriage was allowed and school racial segregation was disallowed. Several people have been saying Obergefell is the Brown of our generation, and I show in this column that the differences between the two are too great to permit seeing them that way. Gay rights have little in common with …

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What Does This Writer Represent?

Posted on Jul 14, 2015

What would you think of a writer spent an entire article slamming another writer he’s never met, speculating on that other writer’s psychological motivations based on stereotypes, guesses, and a whole host of information he does not have?

What if that writer said of the other writer and his work:

stupid question smuggles in facts not in evidence written to reassure true believers … that their position is unassailable on a site not exactly for intellectuals I suggest he’s lying He is guilty of … …

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Could This Restore Christian Bakers’ Freedom of Conscience?

Posted on Jul 03, 2015

An idea that might help restore Christian bakers’ freedom of conscience:

The law in many states now requires that persons who deal in the wedding business extend their services to same-sex couples. I’m not aware, however, of any laws that require a store create and sell product that’s not in their inventory.

So I wonder whether a baker in Oregon (for example) could prepare a defined catalog of cakes she will offer to prepare for weddings. She produces only these design. She will sell these …

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“Still Against Gay Marriage?” Good Relational Advice, Bad Practice, and a Solution

Posted on Jul 02, 2015

Steve Siebold was given a platform at Huffington Post to explain how people should behave, now that the Supreme Court has blessed gay marriage. He’s addressing those of us who are still against gay marriage, and he says (among other things),

While he [Jesus] might not necessarily agree with the Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize gay marriage, and while he might not agree with the LGBT lifestyle, ultimately he would still extend his hand in friendship to his fellow man. That is the point …

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“Sexual Liberty, Sexual Equality, Sexual Fraternity or Sorority!”

Posted on Jun 27, 2015

I’ve never studied the French Revolution in depth, but I know it was a horrifically bloody time, a time of national madness. I know that there were many mottos motivating it, but “Liberté, égalité, fraternité,” (“Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”) was the one that emerged and endured. It was a secular revolution, very decidedly distancing itself from God or religion.

Over recent decades the United States has elevated personal liberty, in the form of various “rights,” above all other goods, possibly even economic goods (though that’s open …

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The Judgment Has Been Delivered. The Debate Is Settled.

Posted on Jun 26, 2015

The Supreme Court has ruled on gay marriage in the U.S. Does this mean it’s all over? That the debate is settled?

Yes and no.

Yes, it’s settled. No, it’s not because the Supreme Court has ruled on the matter, and it’s not settled in the way the court ruled.

Court rulings are often overturned. This one should be. The justices have created for themselves the right to create rights. The circularity there should be obvious. It’s an invention out of vapor, an action based upon nothing. …

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Street Epistemologist Supporting the Cause of Credulity

Posted on Jun 26, 2015

Here’s something that I think everyone, whether theist or atheist, believer or skeptic, should be able to agree on:

An evidence-oriented, scientific approach wants to explore all reasonably possible interpretations of data, gathering as much surrounding information as possible, so as to guard against bias and select the best possible interpretation from among all the possible choices.

A credulous approach draws conclusions based on insufficient information, and is especially eager to draw hasty conclusions from snippets of data that support prior beliefs.

Is that a fair statement?

With that in …

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