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Seven Stanzas and a Stone at Easter

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

There are some who say that today, Easter, is a celebration of an excess of imagination. John Updike, never short on imagination himself, says no: the Easter reports were about what happened.

Make no mistake: if he rose at all It was as His body; If the cell’s dissolution did not reverse, the molecule reknit, The amino acids rekindle, The Church will fall.

It was not as the flowers, Each soft spring recurrent; It was not as His Spirit in the mouths and fuddled eyes …

 

No, I Don’t Consider It That Kind of Game

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

I don’t expect anything I write here to change JT Eberhard’s mind about me or about Christianity. I just want to wonder out loud which of his values and beliefs he thinks he is expressing in this blog post.

Values With Respect To Other Persons

The title of the blog post is “Tom Gilson wants to play with me.” That’s a baiting and belittling approach. Using profanity while purportedly carrying on reasoned discussion. Assuming throughout that “reason has jumped ship” among Christians—a dehumanizing assumption. …


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Evidence for God: Humanism vs. Moral Knowledge (Moral Knowledge Part 2)

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Part of the extended series Evidence for the Faith

This is a corrected re-write of a poorly constructed post I wrote a couple days ago. Some of the content is the same, but I’ve clarified the context and purpose.

I have seen it before, and I’m seeing it again: I don’t know why anyone speaks of atheistic “humanism:” atheism denies humanness. “‘Humanity is dead, and we are its murderers,’ says the Madman.”

That’s a bold and controversial statement, I know, and I know that …

 

The Extraordinary Story Behind True Reason

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Have you heard the story of True Reason? It’s the tale of a book that went from conception to completion in just seventy-seven days; a story that includes both uncommon cooperation and odd sorts of conflict, with God’s hand obviously on it at every step. The surprises continue all the way through to the second edition, just released by Kregel Publications.

It started with a misnamed atheistic rally.

On March 24, 2012, leading New Atheists held “the largest gathering of the secular …

 

Just the Wrong Way To Treat A Human Being

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

The Friendly Atheist passes along the account of an high school student who reportedly backed down from her quest to start an atheist club because of “numerous threats and … verbal attacks,” and a “vindictive which-hunt to hurt the reputations of affiliated local groups and our own family.”

I’m assuming the reports are true. This is the wrong way to treat a human being. It’s the wrong way to advance Christian beliefs. It’s just wrong.

Sometimes we Christians embarrass ourselves. It’s a good thing the …


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Atheists Disproving the Wrong God

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

There is a particular brand of objection to Christian theism that I like to call disproving the wrong God. It’s refuting a God that no one believes in anyway. I wrote about this a long time ago under the heading, “The Wrong God Fallacy,” also known as the “straw god” error. It’s amazing how easy it is to disprove the existence of the wrong God.

I’ve just encountered one of the more sophisticated versions of this in Stuart Goetz and Charles Taliaferro’s outstanding …


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Christians and Atheists: Sharing One Planet, Living In Two Worlds

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Adapted from a post originally published October 7, 2005

Blogging has a way of bringing people together who never would have met otherwise. Here, it is Christians and atheists. We don’t tend to run in the same circles in our social lives, and we don’t often talk about these kinds of issues at work, so this is unique in many ways. It’s very stimulating, too, and it’s giving me new perspective, too, on the so-called “culture wars.” I wonder whether we’ve chosen the wrong metaphor. …


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Is Faith An Unreliable Epistemology?

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Though he has yet to respond to mine, which came first in the sequence of our discussions, I’m going to devote some time now to James Lindsay’s “central question, ” which is whether the epistemology of faith is unreliable. The answer is no, because the question is wrong in its premises.

I’ll have to apologize for the length of this post. It takes time to answer a question, when the first step is to explain how the question is built on wrong premises to start …

 

The Great Demolition of Christian Faith, Per Boghossian

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Happy New Year, James Lindsay. I want to take this opportunity to assess your review of my book on Boghossian, which he described as “genius;” a great “demolition of (Christian) faith.” What I want to do here is to see whether you’ve done as any good Boghossianite should do, and backed up your claims with evidence and sound reasoning.

I won’t include the non-controversial claims you make, such as the importance of paying attention to his book, or “Other ancient religions that have died (or …

 

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