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The Range Master and the Doctor: A Parable About Abortion

Posted on Aug 24, 2015

You’re on a firing range holding a loaded pistol. The target area is curtained off, all but a piece of cardboard standing about three and a half feet tall, cut in the shape of a little girl, no more than five yards down the range.

The range master says to you, “See that cardboard there? There’s a girl behind the curtain who’s about that tall. We’ve told her to walk behind the cardboard any time she wants to during the nine minutes you’re scheduled to …

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Atheism and Evidence: Self-Defense Against Belief?

Posted on Aug 23, 2015

I’m in a Facebook dialogue today (visible to friends) with an atheist, Spencer Hawkins, who says,

The methods of science and history are not able to verify supernatural causation…. It is possible that these historical claims are all true, yet some other God exists, leaving the metaphysical claims of Christianity false…. the central problem that I have is an epistemological one: there is no reliable procedure to either confirm or disconfirm claims of supernatural causation.

Demanding Incontrovertible Evidence

Here’s what I think I see …

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Why “Jesus Saves” Is More Real Than “Jesus Affirms You”

Posted on Aug 21, 2015

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Jesus Saves

Jesus saves vs. Jesus affirms: which is the better answer for the moral questions of our day?

A whole lot of people are telling us Jesus Christ approves of homosexual practice and gay marriage. That’s one way of solving a moral issue: find a way to hear Jesus saying it’s okay after all.

I don’t think much of that, and the reason I’m going to give probably isn’t what you think it’s …

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Yup, God Does It Again (Practiced Faith)

Posted on Aug 20, 2015

There’s faith, and then there’s practiced faith. Practiced faith can make all the difference in a changing world. That’s the topic of my most recent BreakPoint column: Yup, God Does It Again.

Check out my other BreakPoint articles while you’re there, too!

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Why “Jesus Saves” Is So Much Better Than “Jesus Approves”

Posted on Aug 13, 2015

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Jesus Saves

Yesterday I wrote, with examples,

There was a time when people knew what it meant that “Jesus saves.” The punsters’ follow-up, “at First National Bank” degraded the concept when the concept was still known widely enough for the pun to work. In most of Western culture now, though, neither the biblical phrase nor the pun is heard anymore. The concept now (if not the wording) is Jesus approves.

“Jesus saves” means almost nothing to most people …

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From “Jesus Saves” to “Jesus Approves”

Posted on Aug 12, 2015

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Jesus Saves

There was a time when people knew what it meant that “Jesus saves.” The punsters’ follow-up, “at First National Bank” degraded the concept when the concept was still known widely enough for the pun to work. In most of Western culture now, though, neither the biblical phrase nor the pun is heard anymore. The concept now (if not the wording) is Jesus approves.

As one who still honors the idea that Jesus saves, I know the idea …

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Foot Surgery. Again.

Posted on Aug 11, 2015

Tomorrow morning I’ll be going in for the fourth surgery on my left foot in three-and-a-half years. I’ve got a good doctor but a hard case to solve. I’d appreciate your prayers for a safe and (finally!) completely successful outcome. Pray for my wife especially, since she’s the one who has to wait through it and then carry the extra load afterward.

Thanks. God is good.

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Boghossian’s Street Epistemology: Not The Socratic Method

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

In his Manual for Creating Atheists, Peter Boghossian teaches atheists to confront religious believers with questions that he describes as Socratic in style and method. John Loftus reiterated that recently.

I think Socrates would have had a fit.

Here’s why. Method matters in so far as it is a method for accomplishing something in particular. If I were to publish a Brand New 21st-Century Method! you would hardly buy it without asking, method for what? Street Epistemology might have a Socratic style to it, but …

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John Loftus: Misdirection All Over Again

Posted on Aug 08, 2015

In a post titled, “Christian Apologists Dishonestly Discuss Peter Boghossian’s Method,” John Loftus has published a video criticizing two talks Tim McGrew and I have given on Peter Boghossian-style “Street Epistemology.” His attacks return upon himself.

Inference and Rebuttal: Misdirection In Action

The video’s first clips imply that Tim and I believe “Fragenblitzen” is something like a universal Street Epistemologist (SE) tactic: “Street Epistemologists ask rapid questions to confuse.” We didn’t say that. It counters that supposed belief with two clips totaling 78 seconds.

Loftus should …

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