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2011 Highlights

2011 Highlights

The Thinking Christian blog ends the year ranked at number 20 among religion blogs on the Internet, and number 73 among all blogs in the “Living” category, according to the premier ranking service Technorati. Those rankings bounce around a lot, based on who has linked here recently. Without your encouragement as readers, I never would have gotten this thing off the ground. Thank you, and Happy New Year to you. Here are some highlights from 2011: Most Books Bang for…

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Comment Spam Poetry

Comment Spam Poetry

Today in the comment spam quarantine I found this treat: I’ve discovered an exceptional will become even quicker as opposed to I did so your regular way. Maybe this is the kind of thing only a writer could love, but try reading it aloud. It has a rhythm to it. For best effect you need to drop “al” from “exceptional,” and if you like your poetry turned up to full nimble scanning level, you might cut the suffix off “quicker.”…

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It Must Be Christmas: I Agree With Jerry Coyne!

It Must Be Christmas: I Agree With Jerry Coyne!

I’ve been quite critical of University of Chicago biologist Jerry Coyne on more than one occasion, so I was quite surprised to find myself nodding in agreement with him today on a religion-related topic. He opened up this blog post saying, There’s a pretty dreadful piece by Tim Padgett in the latest online Time Magazine (I’m not sure about the print version) called “Having faith: what both Hitchens and fundamentalists don’t get about religion.“ It’s an attack on both fundamentalist Christianity…

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Still looking for new Christian blogs to feature!

Still looking for new Christian blogs to feature!

Here’s a reminder of something I wrote a couple weeks ago: Second Annual New Christian Blogs Feature: As I did last year, I’d like to feature several new Christian blogs that were begun this year. I don’t know of any list of new blogs, so I’m inviting bloggers to leave a comment here with a link to one of your best posts of the year. You can add your links any time between now and about January 5. I am…

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A Christmas Reflection: Incarnation, Mission, and Worldview

A Christmas Reflection: Incarnation, Mission, and Worldview

Here’s a completely different kind of Christmas reflection for you: my BreakPoint column, Incarnation, Mission, and Worldview. It begins, It was about a dozen years ago that our church’s pastor came back from a pastors’ conference and told us our denomination was growing rapidly everywhere in the world except North America. We were shrinking here, he said. I remember what I thought. I don’t remember if I said it to him out loud. In a way I hope I didn’t,…

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Dawkins’ Principled Stand Against Most Forms of Genocide

Dawkins’ Principled Stand Against Most Forms of Genocide

Two Recent Headlines: Source 1      Source 2 Maybe Richard Dawkins would say that destroying Christianity is not like killing off a nation, morally speaking. If so, then he is blind to historical and geopolitical realities. Here’s what the Rev. George Pitcher said about it. You’ll find it in the second source article: But one of these interjections [in Dawkins’ interview with Christopher Hitchens] is most revealing. About half-way through, the Prof gets this in edgeways: ‘Do you ever worry that if…

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Coyne Was Right After All: Science Has Vanquished Christianity

Coyne Was Right After All: Science Has Vanquished Christianity

I ended last night’s post by asking whether Jerry Coyne might have been right when he wrote, Many religious claims about the “truth” have already been disproven by science. There was a second part to that claim (that religion has never disproved science) which I invite you to continue responding to on that other thread. Concerning this particular claim, I’ve given it some thought overnight, and I can see how Coyne reached that conclusion. Science has disproven religion repeatedly. I’m…

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