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Celebrating One Year With Ratio Christi!

Posted on Jul 16, 2014

I’m celebrating one year as National Field Director with Ratio Christi today! I’m asking you to help me celebrate by coming alongside in support of this urgently needed ministry.

I can’t tell you how privileged I feel to be working alongside our staff: some of the most faith-filled, knowledgeable, and evangelistically-motivated people in the world. They’re taking the word of Truth to where it’s least welcome and most urgently needed, the university campus.

You must have some sense of how urgently this movement is …

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Twice Disappointed

Posted on Aug 18, 2014

Book Reviews

The Divine Conspiracy Continued: Fulfilling God’s Kingdom on Earth by Dallas Willard and Gary Black, Jr.

Moral Apologetics for Contemporary Christians: Pushing Back Against Cultural and Religious Critics by Mark Coppenger.

These books have but one thing in common: I had high hopes for them but I was disappointed, and I have better books to suggest instead.

The Divine Conspiracy Continued

I was sent a review copy of The Divine Conspiracy Continued, but I probably would have bought it otherwise on …

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Peter Boghossian: “An Important Film”

Posted on Aug 13, 2014

The man who called this vignette “an important film” is a state university instructor in philosophy, claims critical thinking as one of his top educational priorities (if not the top one), and yet supports this film, in spite of the multiple straw-men, poisonings of the well, and other fallacies contained in it.

Does Boghossian’s assessment reveal more about the film or about himself?

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Are You Rationally Competent To Assess Your Rational Competence?

Posted on Aug 13, 2014

Observation: The one who is incompetent at rational argument will never be persuaded of his incompetence by rational argument; nor will he be persuaded rationally of his position’s irrationality.

Update: corrections made at comments 2 and 3.

Corollary 1: If I am rationally incompetent I may irrationally persist in thinking that I am competent. (See also the Dunning-Kruger Effect.)

Corollary 2: If I believe I am rationally competent it is no sure sign that I am.

Corollary 3: If I believe my arguments are rational it is …

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Jesus, Authority, and Knowledge

Posted on Aug 11, 2014

Jesus Christ  came to inaugurate a new Kingdom entirely under his own authority. Inevitably this produced a clash: one does not simply claim authority as king where another is already enthroned. Jesus’ Kingdom was “not of this world,’ yet even so it got him crucified.

In the surface it sounds like a classic political power struggle. Take a closer look, though, and you’ll find that Jesus’ authority challenge was like no other. If you’ve never seen this, you’ve never understood Jesus Christ.

Authority Structures: Government, …

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Counterfeit Marital Love in Same-Sex and Straight Relationships

Posted on Aug 07, 2014

Recently Bill L. has asked me to explain how my position on same-sex “marriage” squares with certain sociological facts about divorce. It seems he was thinking divorce was my major concern, whereas the fact is, divorce is only symptomatic of what I’m concerned about.

At any rate, he asked me whether my position implied that certain groups who have higher divorce rates should be denied the right to marry. It’s a strange question, to say the least—especially since his data actually supports my real position (which is …

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Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach (Book Review)

Posted on Aug 03, 2014

Book Review

For some time now I’ve been recommending Girgis, George, and Anderson’s What Is Marriage as the best available explanation for why marriage is for a man and a woman. It’s still on my list, but from this point on, for Christian readers in particular, I have another recommendation to make ahead of that one: Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet’s excellent new book Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage. I shy away from saying this in my reviews, …

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Who Is the Bigot?

Posted on Jul 31, 2014

Who is the bigot?

Mark Joseph Stern proposes an answer to that question in a recent Slate article, taking his cues from a new book by Stephen Eric Bronner, titled The Bigot: Why Prejudice Persists.

Stern makes it amazingly simple: “Anybody who opposes equal rights for gay people” is a bigot by definition. That much is easy. As we’ll see in a moment, though, it’s hard to understand what moral basis he builds that belief on.

I’ll come to that shortly, but first, for context, …

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Moving Back Into Balance

Posted on Jul 31, 2014

Finally! Yesterday I reached my goal of 50,000 words in my new Kregel Publications book, tentatively titled Hey, Mom and Dad! Is It True Christians Hate Gays? (Thankfully I was writing the last full chapter when I hit that mark.) I need to write a short afterword yet.

The purpose of the book is to help parents help their kids think through the issues surrounding homosexual activism. Kregel tells me it will come out sometime between March and June of next year. I don’t know …

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Blogging will resume soon

Posted on Jul 29, 2014

In case you’re wondering, since I haven’t blogged here in quite a while, I’m doing well and about to resume blogging soon. The last few weeks have  been very good, sometimes a bit rough, and all a bit busy. I’ll fill you in on some of it by tomorrow.

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