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The Loneliness of Understanding Reality Christianly

Posted on Jan 30, 2015

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series The Loneliness of Thinking Christianly

Someone on Facebook asked, “How would you answer this?”

Christian, watch it if you dare. Prepare for a barrage.

At the end of the clip, the interviewer says, “That sure is the longest answer to that question that I ever got in this entire series,” and they both laugh over it.

That’s nothing, though, compared to how long it would take to answer …

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The Loneliness of Thinking Christianly

Posted on Jan 28, 2015

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series The Loneliness of Thinking Christianly

I got an email from a reader named Mark this morning, who told me he was frustrated by the lack of decent thinking among many in the Church. He said he’s looking for a higher conversation than is generally available. Christians, we have to take this seriously. For the past three years or so, at apologetics conferences across the country, I’ve asked numerous groups …

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Just Say No to Fragenblitzen

Posted on Jan 26, 2015

It’s totally predictable, whenever I blog on certain topics: the argumentum ad fragenblitzen. The term comes from the German Fragen, for “questions,” and Blitzen, for “lightning,” with an intentional allusion to Blitzkrieg. It happens whenever I write about homosexual activism, gay marriage, and Intelligent Design, and frequently when I write on other topics as well.

The argumentum ad fragenblitzen takes advantage of two general facts, which apply to virtually any debate: (1) It takes a lot longer to answer a question than to ask it, …

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Religious Liberty Within the Bounds of State-Imposed Doctrine: Frank Bruni and the NY Times

Posted on Jan 25, 2015

I’ve been called many unpleasant things in my life, and I’ve deserved no small number of them. But I chafe at this latest label: A threat to your religious liberty….

Baking a cake, arranging roses, running an inn: These aren’t religious acts, certainly not if the establishments aren’t religious enclaves and are doing business with (and even dependent on) the general public….

I support the right of people to believe what they do and say what they wish—in their pews, homes and hearts. But outside …

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Michael Shermer’s Inadvertent Argument for Christianity

Posted on Jan 19, 2015

A reader wrote and asked me if I had seen Michael Shermer’s Salon article, “Bill Maher is right about religion.” I hadn’t. The article is subtitled, “The Orwellian ridiculousness of Jesus, and the truth about moral progress.” I found it, well, ridiculous.

Misguided Criticism of Normal Human Groups

There’s too much wrong there to respond to in one blog post. His main point, concerning religions’ moral history, will be part of the first topic I plan to take up with the new …

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Domain name for sale: freerockconcert.org

Posted on Jan 17, 2015

Off topic:

Are you running a free rock concert? I have this great domain name for sale: freerockconcert.org.

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Conversations with Tim McGrew About Peter Boghossian

Posted on Jan 16, 2015

This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series Peter Boghossian Audio and Video!

Peter Boghossian’s Manual for Creating Atheists, published late in 2013, caught my attention for being one of the more strategically influential approaches New Atheism has brought to the table. Last week I had a conversation with my friend Dr. Tim McGrew about Peter Boghossian, in a plenary session at Defend the Faith, a week-long apologetics conference in New Orleans.

It wasn’t the first time we had done …

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Forgiveness, Not Revenge!

Posted on Jan 14, 2015

Forgiveness, not revenge, is the Christian way.

Forgiveness, as in [Rwanda]http://www.thinkingchristian.net/posts/2009/04/as-we-forgive-stories-of-reconciliation-from-rwanda/(http://www.thinkingchristian.net/posts/2009/04/as-we-forgive-stories-of-reconciliation-from-rwanda/), in Pennsylvania, in a warrior’s broken heart.

Definitely not revenge, as in the outrageous “Christian militia” actions reportedly taking place in the Central African Republic.

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Work to be done after Paris

Posted on Jan 12, 2015

There is important work to be done after Paris, as we grieve lives lost and terror multiplied there.

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution was not written with a religion like Islam in mind. I am confident similar things could be said of other nations’ codes and constitutions.

Possibly the most crucial work to be done in political ethics today, therefore, is to define what constitutional freedom of religion means in the case of a religion that recognizes no constitution but its own, …

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