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Only Natural

Only Natural

Did you know there were two tin woodmen in Oz? Probably not–the second one appears for the first time in this short snippet of a story. Only Natural “He thought it was a curse. I saw it differently. You probably remember his story–how he fell in love with a certain girl, who happened to be my niece. Her mother, my poor late brother’s widow, didn’t want her girl getting married, so she went to the witch to buy a hex…

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“Momentous” Is Not An Overstatement

“Momentous” Is Not An Overstatement

Momentous indeed: It is one thing, and isn’t another—and that’s not mere subjective opinion. Or so we read in What is Marriage, a new and momentous paper authored by First Things board member Robert P. George, along with former First Things assistant editor Ryan Anderson and Rhodes Scholar Sherif Girgis. [From What is Marriage? » First Thoughts | A First Things Blog] I had been thinking of compiling a list of articles explaining natural law (non-revelational) explaining why same-sex “marriage”…

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Paul Copan Interview: Is God a Moral Monster?

Paul Copan Interview: Is God a Moral Monster?

An interesting discussion: We recently interviewed Paul Copan, President of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, about his new book, Is God a Moral Monster: Making Sense of the Old Testament God (Baker, 2010). The book has already been heralded by both Old Testament scholars, theologians and philosophers as a leading title in this important discussion. Paul has also written on this topic in Philosophia Christi, which can be read here and then here. [From EPS Blog – Evangelical Philosophical Society]

The Essential Missing Prologue To All Apologetics

The Essential Missing Prologue To All Apologetics

The practice of Christian apologetics faces a new and mostly unrecognized hurdle. Although this hurdle’s pieces and parts are familiar to apologists and worldview thinkers, few have recognized their full implications. It is the new fundamental obstacle to listeners’ and readers’ saying “yes” to Jesus Christ and to Christianity, so much so that for many it stands as a strong barrier against their hearing anything we say. For that reason, addressing it has become essential as a prologue to all…

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Christians and Gay-Rights Advocates: Hatred or Humanity?

Christians and Gay-Rights Advocates: Hatred or Humanity?

I have just completed a short series on gay-rights advocates and Christians treating one another as humans. The first several titles I used in that series did not make clear what the topic was, so I’m appending this as a topic-title page. To Treat One Another As Humans: Urging gay-rights advocates to be consistent in practicing what I presume to be one of their values: treating others as humans, even those with whom they disagree. To Treat One Another As…

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Can a Homosexual Be a Christian? Can a Christian Be Homosexual?

Can a Homosexual Be a Christian? Can a Christian Be Homosexual?

Is there such a thing as a gay or lesbian Christian? Of course there is. I know that I myself am a saved sinner, so I am certain there are lesbians and gays who are Christians. I’m acquainted with more than one who say that they are, and one in particular for whom there is reason to believe it. It’s up to God, not me, to judge their relationship with him. That’s a very minimal answer; one might even call…

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To Treat One Another As Humans, Part 2b

To Treat One Another As Humans, Part 2b

My plans to complete this series have been delayed by a medical emergency in our extended family, which has necessitated an unexpected trip out of state and a lot of time in prayer and family decision-making. It was always going to be a difficult topic to write on. These events in a way bring the difficulty into fuller relief. It is difficult in that it deals with a great, joyful, and hopeful topic that we have sadly failed to fully…

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