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Christians Are Called to be Great

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

While I learn my new position as senior editor with The Stream, I’ll  be re-posting older, “evergreen” blog posts that were written on an older blogging system and aren’t directly accessible from this one. This one was originally published in 2005. It’s a long study, admittedly. It’s also been extremely influential in my own thinking and in others’ from around the world.

Called to be Great

This message is intended primarily for people who don’t think it’s for them: those who will look at the …


Ten Reasons the Bible Has It Right on Slavery

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

I read Keith’s comment #172 this morning with deep grief in my heart. He wondered whether there was something unique about Christianity that would cause it to be more liberating than other worldviews (especially Jainism). My grief is this: we Christians have not explained and demonstrated the most basic realities of our faith. If we had, Keith would never have had to ask.

Slavery is many things. It’s a form of relationship between human beings. It’s an economic system, a way that work gets …


Do You Think About God As He Truly Is?

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

If these questions don’t challenge you to the depth of your intellect, you’re not thinking of God as God really is:

Read through the list, and then I’ll explain more of what I meant by that.

When God created space, where did he put it? Where did God get the idea of energy and matter? When God caused the beginning of the created order, what gave him the idea of “beginning”? Where did beauty come from? What processes and methods did God use to create …

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Safe For Humans Here

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Safe For Humans

The gospel of Jesus Christ is good news for all because we all share the same human condition, the same human needs, the same human problem. I’ve been writing here about humanness, and I have more to share on that. I’ve written in the past on the importance of treating one another as human. I am now declaring this blog a human-safe zone: a place where we will not attack other people …

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Okay, You’re Right: There’s No Evidence For Faith …

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Part of the extended series Evidence for the Faith

I thought I was about to launch into a series on evidence for the Christian faith. Recent discussion here tells me there’s one more preliminary step to take first, however. I haven’t yet defined just what it is I’m about to provide evidence for.

You see, there’s one sense in which the New Atheists are right: there’s no evidence for faith. They’re right, however, only to the extent that they misunderstand what faith is, …


An Open Letter to Peter Boghossian On “Doxastic Openness”

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

This entry is part 13 of 15 in the series Peter Boghossian

Dr. Peter Boghossian Portland State University

Dear Dr. Boghossian,

In your Manual for Creating Atheists you express a high value for doxastic openness, which you define on page 51 as a willingness and ability to  revise beliefs based on sufficient reasons. On page 69 you name “a willingness to reconsider” as one attitude that predisposes persons to rationality. On page 70 you say, “The moment we’re unshakably convinced we possess immutable truth, we …


Seven Steps Toward Clarifying Atheist Vocabulary

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

People who stand in opposition to Christianity often have their own vocabulary for us Christians and our beliefs: magic, invisible friend, crutch, irrational, and the like.

If we have different meanings in mind, conversations are more likely to lead to confusion than conclusions. Therefore I offer these questions and thoughts, in hopes of clarifying atheist vocabulary.

Magic. Do you mean illusionists’ or wizards’ little tricks? Or do you mean the eternal Creator God of the universe involving himself purposefully and lovingly in his creation? If …

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What Does Faith Have to Do With Knowledge? (Faith-Knowledge Connection Part Two)

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

What does faith have to do with knowledge? Skeptics keep asking that. In part one of this series I showed one thing obviously wrong with a certain atheistic philosophy professor’s view on the matter (more on him below). But I was asked to draw out the actual connection that exists between the two. It’s a fair question, but it’s also a daunting task, in that the follow-up question is bound to be, “If faith is tied to knowledge, then how do you know what …

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The Faith-Knowledge Connection, Part One

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

There is a strong connection between faith and knowledge. Peter Boghossian is wrong: faith isn’t pretending to know what you don’t know.

I’ve been promising to write more on what faith really is instead, and in fact I have done so previously, more than once. Here’s an annotated summary of some of those articles. In all of this I am writing specifically about Christian faith, the only faith that I can represent responsibly, and the only form I care to defend.

The Faith-Knowledge Connection

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