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Wishes or Prayers

Wishes or Prayers

An atheist who goes by the nom de blog “ylooshi” raised this question about my pre-Christmas post on Wishing and Celebrating: Then it occurred to be, even before I left the paragraph above, that if you replace “wish” for “prayer,” you really haven’t changed the criticism…. The author both criticizes ineffectual wishing the world was different and then appeals to an ineffectual superstition to make the world different. The kettle has thus referred to the pot as blacker than he….

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Christ At Christmas: The Ordinary Meets the Extraordinary

Christ At Christmas: The Ordinary Meets the Extraordinary

The day of his birth was ordinary and extraordinary. That is the way of Jesus Christ. He was and is God, the eternal one, the creator and king of all that exists. He took on the nature and form of a human being (Philippians 2:5-8). The ordinary met the extraordinary. There were a man and a woman with plans to be married, and all the usual shock and doubts when she was found to be expecting a child. An angel…

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Year-End Partnership Opportunity

Year-End Partnership Opportunity

Update January 1, 2009: Is it too late to participate in this partnership? Certainly not! Glory! We hear that word more at Christmas than any other time of year. All year long, though, if someone asks me what motivates me to do what I do, I answer, “that the earth may be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14). That’s my dream and vision.

Wishing and Celebrating

Wishing and Celebrating

The Starbucks coffee cup reads, We invite you to listen to your desires and to renew your hope. To see the world not as it is, but as it could be. Go ahead. Wish. It’s what makes the holidays the holidays. Wishing, it says, is “what makes the holidays the holidays.” Try not to see reality, the world as it is. Wish for something else. That’s what the celebration is all about. Doesn’t that seem sad to you? It does…

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Chocolate and Caring, Brussels Sprouts and Murder

Chocolate and Caring, Brussels Sprouts and Murder

Much of the discussion about ethics revolves around an analogy to matters of personal preference. doctor(logic) recently said, Morality bears all the hallmarks of something subjective, like taste in food or taste in art. And also, My argument is that, unlike the objective sciences, morality has no more basis for objectivity than the things we regard as subjective (food, music, etc). In particular, there is no formal evidence that moral opinions are objective facts because the only thing predicted by…

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Christ Before Christmas

Christ Before Christmas

We’re in the season of expectancy, preparing to celebrate the birth of Christ. There was a season of expectancy before his actual birth 2,000 years ago–expectancy both on earth, where prophecies of a coming Messiah were passionately studied and only partly understood, and also in heaven, where the eternal God was preparing to break in to time and space and human life. It has been said that Jesus was the only person who chose to be born. Matthew and Luke…

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The Dangerous Concept of Right and Wrong

The Dangerous Concept of Right and Wrong

We cannot explain our moral experiences as purely subjective phenomena. Our moral experience includes the gut-level awareness that some things are really right and some are really wrong. Only a metaphysical commitment to belief in an amoral reality could quell that awareness. If there are pure moral relativists who do not regard anything as really right or really wrong, it is because they have persuaded themselves that their metaphysics knows more than their moral sense does. Their metaphysical side has…

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Moral Relativism: Idolatry In Our Generation

Moral Relativism: Idolatry In Our Generation

This post differs from many others on this blog in that I am going to base it on my settled belief in the God of the Bible, and not try to make an argument this time in favor of that belief. In other words, you will agree with this or not based on your existing beliefs regarding God and the Bible. Or maybe, just maybe, by seeing how one atheist treats morality, some skeptics, agnostics, or atheists will come to…

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