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Month: February 2012

New Christian Blogs in 2011

New Christian Blogs in 2011

It’s still only February, right? (Just barely.) As I wrote this morning, there’s a reason I’ve been slow to fulfill my promise of highlighting new Christian blogs of 2011. Now that I’m able to find the time, I’m very glad to have encountered blogs like The Root and Fatness. Megan Carus is a thoughtful and colorful writer. From her September 27 blog entry, Altars: Grunt work we often call it, the kind of work most find unfulfilling. But today every…

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To Catch a Breath

To Catch a Breath

After nine and a half weeks in a sprint, I might be able to slow down and breathe for a while now. I could be woefully over-optimistic in saying that, but I have hope anyway. It has been a very fun run. It’s not over yet, but it might slow down to a jog. On Christmas Eve morning I was struck with an idea for a book that needed writing. It needed to be done very quickly. By God’s grace…

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To Put It Charitably

To Put It Charitably

I suppose the charitable thing to say about this would be that it’s quite untrue: Richard Dawkins: It has been obvious since the publication of The God Delusion in 2006 that many supporters of religion have preferred to ignore its arguments and just repeatedly claim that it’s full of rage and hatred, fundamentalism and intolerance instead – traits that are not recognised by most people who have actually read it. The less-than-subtle message is: “He’s strident and shrill so you…

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Reasoning With Unreason, and Where It Gets You Sometimes

Reasoning With Unreason, and Where It Gets You Sometimes

Two YouTube Videos: The First Video is by an atheist recruiting “like-minded activists” to the Reason Rally. I’ll lift out two excerpts for you: [10:58] Here’s what I want. I want to see religious leaders held accountable for their b***s***. If you state as fact that which is not evidently true, you should be called out as a liar, just like the rest of us would be. Hmmm… is that good logic, good reasoning? Let’s apply his test somewhere else….

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Ten Turning Points: God In the Flesh

Ten Turning Points: God In the Flesh

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference God came to earth as a human. There is much mystery in that. Recently I looked at how it was possible for God and man to subsist together in one person. That question has an answer, but that answer could never tell the whole story. Today I will take an all-too-brief look at why he came. I explored this some time ago in a series where I said, He…

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Ten Turning Points: The Incarnation, Once For All

Ten Turning Points: The Incarnation, Once For All

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference We Christians need to be realistic about the way our religion looks to others. Our message is that a wandering teller of tales and miracle worker who lived 2,000 years ago makes all the difference to everyone throughout history. If you don’t sense a touch of unlikeliness attached to that, then you don’t understand your friends and neighbors well enough. They think it’s most improbable on the face of…

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Reason On Display

Reason On Display

A visitor to the True Reason website sent this message via the contact form there. I wrote back and asked permission to re-post it here, and shortly thereafter he posted it as a comment on at least three different web pages here, using the name Richard Harris. (I say “using the name” not because I doubt that’s his name, but because on the Internet one just doesn’t know.) Like all posts from first-time commenters, his comments went into moderation. As…

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Was Hitler a Christian?

Was Hitler a Christian?

Randall Hardman interviews Eric Metaxas on the question, was Adolf Hitler a Christian? Many atheists today, while denouncing the atheism of Stalin and Mao as being anything significant in their tyrannies, hold Hitler’s “Christian” heritage up like a flaming torch. It’s an example of how religion, especially Christianity, can lead to death, evil, and terror. [From Adolf Hitler: A Christian?] [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZqycNUvHYo]

The More You Want

The More You Want

David Cross earned new bragging rights at the White House a while back, according to a Fox News report yesterday. That’s what he was after, and that’s what he gained, when he did cocaine at a dinner there in 2009: “It was just about being able to say that I did it, that I did cocaine in the same room as the president,” he said in a recent interview. He is an actor—a famous one. I have known aspiring actors…

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