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Assume You’re Wrong and Jerry Coyne Is Right. Now Discuss Which of You Is Right.

Posted on May 20, 2015

I’m reading through Jerry Coyne’s new book, Fact Versus Faith: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible. I’ve been looking for overall themes to comment on, and while it’s premature to say what those might be, I’m getting clues.

Where I’m currently reading, he’s trying to make the case that if there is a God he should be detectable on scientific terms–indeed, on naturalistic scientific terms. That is, if there is a God, we ought to be able to assume there is no God, and …

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Get Ready for the “Day of Reason”

Posted on May 05, 2015

Thursday, May 7, is the National Day of Prayer in the United States. Atheists have an answer: the National Day of Reason.

I’m reminded of the morning about three-and-a-half years ago when I was laying awake in bed, mulling over the coming “Reason Rally” scheduled for March 24, 2012 on the Mall in Washington D.C. Atheists were proclaiming themselves the party of reason then, too. What was bothering me then, and still does now, is that on the Internet and in printed works published …

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Wondering: What Good Does This Do?

Posted on May 03, 2015

Maybe someone here can help me figure something out.

Someone I’ve never met or interacted with (as far as I know) seems to have thought it would do some good to post this on Twitter:

@BigIdeaSeeker @SecularOutpost @ThnkngChristian @Frank_Turek “Free-will is IMPOSSIBLE in a natural world” (god is needed) #STUPID

Now, either that’s like standing at the edge of the playground shouting clichéd insults, or else it’s got some useful and helpful purpose. It’s hard to believe anyone would want to do the former, …

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Does God Care, Even When We’re Suffering?

Posted on May 03, 2015

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Does God Care?

We’ve been looking at the question, does God care? The apostle Paul looked at it, too, in the fifth chapter of Romans. He was faced with an apparent contradiction, you see. In chapter previous chapters he had explained that we’re all caught in rebellion against God, but that God had provided a way to make us right (justify) us with him through faith in Christ. Romans 5:1-2 …

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Grand Theft Worldview: “Stealing From God: Why Atheists Need God To Make Their Case” by Frank Turek

Posted on May 01, 2015

Book Review

Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God To Make Their Case by Frank Turek

One thing you have to say for Frank Turek: he knows how to put a provocative title on a book. He did it with I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be an Atheist. He’s done it again with Stealing from God.

Other than a catchy title, though, does he have a point? Consider this:

Richard Dawkins calls God “evil,” but tells us evil doesn’t exist. (He’s half …

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Turek-Shermer Debate: Does a Christian Have the Right to Finish a Sentence?

Posted on Apr 30, 2015

A couple years ago Eric Chabot and I were talking with students and giving away copies of True Reason on the Oval at Ohio State University. Eric is the Ratio Christi chapter director there, and I was with him as a friend and as editor of the book.

Most of our conversations that day were cordial, respectful, and enjoyable. One stands out in contrast, though. A red-headed student came up with metaphorical guns blazing, angry at Christians for standing in the way of gay …

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Does God Care? He Proved It!

Posted on Apr 27, 2015

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Does God Care?

I said the other day that God cares by giving us strength when we need it. Sometimes, though, I wonder why he has to do things the hard way.

I’ve been dealing with a foot injury for three-and-a-half years now. Through most of that time, except for the weeks immediately following my three surgeries, the expectation has been that I’ve been somewhere in the range of three …

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Does God Care? Yes!

Posted on Apr 25, 2015

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Does God Care?

I was going to follow up my post on Does God Care? yesterday, but at 3 am my chronically-injured left foot invented a creative new way to hurt, and I didn’t get any more sleep than night. Yesterday was a very tired day for me.

Still I made progress on a couple important projects, and I spent time with family members and a friend who’s going through struggles of …

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Does God Care?

Posted on Apr 23, 2015

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Does God Care?

I was with a small group of Ratio Christi leaders the other day, talking about the problem of pain and suffering. It wasn’t just on a philosophical level, such as, “How could an all-good, all-powerful God exist when there’s pain and suffering in the world?” It was about the other kind of pain and suffering question: “Does God care? And how am I going to keep going?”

It wasn’t …

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