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Atheist/Skeptic Stories Still Coming

Atheist/Skeptic Stories Still Coming

A couple weeks ago I invited atheists and skeptics to share their stories here, in hopes that it would help us see one another as human beings, and treat each other that way. Ray Ingles took the opportunity first, and I just left a comment there wondering how it went from his perspective. A couple others have written me with their stories to post, and I’m planning to do that, but I’m going to wait until after Christmas. I would…

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Frank Pastore Is With The Lord

Frank Pastore Is With The Lord

Frank Pastore, KKLA radio host of “The Intersection of Faith and Reason,” has passed away. In his last radio broadcast he discussed (mp3 clip, 1 minute 13 seconds) what it would mean if he died in an accident. Three hours later he was struck on the highway, and after four weeks in a coma he has gone to be with the Lord. I wish I'd known him. I learned some marvelous things about him recently through a close mutual friend,…

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Happy 100th Birthday, Piltdown Man!

Happy 100th Birthday, Piltdown Man!

One hundred years ago today the most infamous science fraud of all time was presented to the world: Piltdown Man, a “missing link” skull that turned out to a creative composite, a human skull attached to an orangutan jawbone. Some researchers were immediately suspicious, yet still it took until 1953 until the scientific community reached consensus that it was a hoax. In the meantime, it was taken to be solid evidence supporting apelike animal-to-human evolution. Piltdown Man represented one of…

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Too Good To Be False: Answering the “Legend” Critique of Lewis’s Trilemma

Too Good To Be False: Answering the “Legend” Critique of Lewis’s Trilemma

I’m missing the opening of The Hobbit tonight, so I’ll spend some time thinking of one of Tolkien’s great friends, C.S. Lewis. Lewis said that Jesus described himself too much as God to be considered a great man, unless it was true. Some criticize Lewis for leaving out the possibility that Jesus was just a legend. I argue here, on grounds similar to Lewis’s, that the accounts of Jesus’ life are too good to be legend. The Trilemma It all…

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Ray Ingles’ “Non-Faith Journey”

Ray Ingles’ “Non-Faith Journey”

Last week I invited atheist and skeptical readers to tell their non-faith stories. The idea was that if we had some idea of the person behind the discussion, we might have a better shot at really treating one another as humans. Ray Ingles sent me this. There are others, which I’ll post here at the rate of no more than two per week. It should be obvious enough that Ray Ingles’ views do not represent mine, or Christianity in general….

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“Buyer Beware: Finding Truth in the Marketplace of Ideas”

“Buyer Beware: Finding Truth in the Marketplace of Ideas”

Book Review I’ve had several conversations lately about the strange situation of worldview and apologetics in today’s world. We live in a golden age of apologetics: every hard question for the faith now has a strong, credible, rational answer. I’m not saying that every question has an answer that forces assent; it’s still possible to disbelieve, as I am sure it always will be until Christ returns. What I mean is that it’s possible to believe on good evidential and…

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Spoilsports: Rethinking the “Christmas Wars”

Spoilsports: Rethinking the “Christmas Wars”

We’re just two weeks from Christmas, and thankfully I’m hearing less about the so-called Christmas Wars this year. Not that there aren’t instances, like the banning of creches in Santa Monica, but there seem to be fewer of them. What I did hear a few days ago was a song from probably forty to fifty years ago, about Christmas being the best holiday of them all, better than Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day and the Fourth of July—and it brought…

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Church Discipline, The Courts, and Church and State Separation

Church Discipline, The Courts, and Church and State Separation

Book Note I just took a good look through A Tale of Two Governments: Church Discipline, The Courts, and the Separation of Church and State, by Robert J. Renaud and Lael D. Weinberger. It’s a bit off my turf, but I enjoyed it, and I expect there are some readers who might want to know about it. Written by two lawyers, the book is nicely focused on the specific question of who makes decisions for churches, the state or the…

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