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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 …


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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 evidences 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 evidences 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 14 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 …

 

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

I …


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Three Reasons Freedom of Religion Matters

Monday, July 1st, 2013

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Freedom of Religion

Freedom of religion matters. It is unique from other freedoms. It wasn’t chosen ad hoc for inclusion in the Bill of Rights. Freedom of religion is not freedom-of-something-or-other.

I needed to say that when I saw urbanus’s comment today, in response to the statement that at least two people in the UK had lost their jobs for opposing gay marriage,

Okay, but that’s not …

 

Five Reasons Churches Need More Unanswered Questions

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

This has the potential to get pastors fired for following Jesus’ example. It will confuse anyone who sees me as a Christian apologist, and apologetics as being in the business of giving answers. The fact is I believe we need more unanswered questions. Pastors in particular need to leave more questions unanswered.

There are (at least) five reasons this is true. Jesus set the example, as seen best in the book of John.

1. To Follow Jesus’ Example

Jesus’ first words in that gospel are …


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