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Month: February 2013

On Christianity and Slavery: You Would Think…

On Christianity and Slavery: You Would Think…

It’s a funny thing about Christianity and slavery, as I said in a comment just now. You would think that if some person showed up on the scene in a society where slavery was totally ingrained—ingrained in moral philosophy, in law, in its conception of what it means to be human, in the economy, and in the social order—and planted a deeply revolutionary and powerful idea that resulted in the relatively quick though gradual and peaceful dissolution of the whole…

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Atheism, Faith, and Violence: Focus on Atheism

Atheism, Faith, and Violence: Focus on Atheism

Last time in this series on atheism, faith, and violence, I took a very brief look at Richard Dawkins’s misunderstanding of faith: specifically, that it’s not just the fact of faith but also its content that matters. That was the first of five items I said I would cover in pursuit of the question Dawkins raised: is there a more logical path from faith to violence than there is from atheism to violence? The answer to that quite obviously is…

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Science, Materialism, and Myth

Science, Materialism, and Myth

I'm about a quarter of the way through John N. Oswalt's very readable The Bible Among the Myths: Unique Revelation or Just Ancient Literature? I've just been stopped short with a question about the relation of science to myth, and whether philosophical materialism may itself be a form of myth. Now I recognize there are a number of problems with that question. The first is that materialism is often associated with a certain school of thinking among scientists, which could…

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What Can We Learn From the Future About Our Mistakes Today?

What Can We Learn From the Future About Our Mistakes Today?

What Can We Learn From the Future? Christians in the past have believed and practiced things that embarrass us today. Keith has brought that up repeatedly in the thread on a “Gay Rights” assault on freedom of conscience. In context it seemed he wanted us to back off on our beliefs regarding gay “marriage.” He didn’t say that ought right, though, I asked him to follow his premise to a conclusion: given that Christians can make mistakes like that, and…

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What’s Happening With “A Blog For You”?

What’s Happening With “A Blog For You”?

Early in January I announced a new direction this blog would take, toward a more user-centered “blog for you” approach. My son and I developed a framework in which to fit this new way of blogging, and I began to work toward making it happen. It was experimental from the beginning, and I knew there would be changes along the way. There have been and there will be. Mostly I’ve discovered that it’s harder than I thought. Eventually I expect…

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A New “Gay Rights” Assault on Freedom Of Conscience

A New “Gay Rights” Assault on Freedom Of Conscience

If you think “gay rights” is a perfectly innocent and harmless matter, please read this from Mike Adams about a major assault being made on freedom of conscience and religion in North Carolina. Mike usually takes a wry, satirical tone in his writings. This could have been a nice noir fiction piece on the deep intolerance of “tolerance.” But Mike was stone-cold sober this time, and his article wasn’t fiction. (Permanently available PDF version of that link.) East Carolina University…

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Atheism, Faith, and Violence: So Close Yet So Wrong

Atheism, Faith, and Violence: So Close Yet So Wrong

Richard Dawkins says there is a logical path from faith to violence, but not from atheism to violence. He comes stunningly close to the truth, while yet missing it altogether. This comes from somewhere after minute 75 in a debate (video here) with John Lennox in Birmingham, Alabama on October 3, 2007. Dawkins said, I think there is a logical path from religion to doing terrible things…. There’s a logical path that says, if you really, really, really believe that…

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