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Month: May 2013

Religious Beliefs as Mental Illness?

Religious Beliefs as Mental Illness?

Kathleen Taylor, neuroscientist, was quoted today in the Huffington Post as suggesting it might be a good idea to treat religious beliefs as mental illness. “Someone who has for example become radicalised to a cult ideology — we might stop seeing that as a personal choice that they have chosen as a result of pure free will and may start treating it as some kind of mental disturbance,” Taylor said. “In many ways it could be a very positive thing…

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Students Debating Teachers In Class: Not Usually a Good Idea

Students Debating Teachers In Class: Not Usually a Good Idea

Friday Parent Focus Last time here I wrote about what to say to your child when their teachers contradict Christianity. There’s one more point I need to add. I’ll mention it in the student pages next August, but since I’ve already begun the topic, I’ll preview it for parents here. If a teacher contradicts the faith in the classroom, how should Christian students respond? How should you coach them as a parent? For students to debate teachers on Christianity isn’t…

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New Role with Ratio Christi Beginning This Summer

New Role with Ratio Christi Beginning This Summer

It's just been announced at RatioChristi.org: I've accepted a position with Ratio Christi as National Field Director, beginning in mid-summer. I have just a couple words to add here about that. I'm very grateful to God for building an organization and movement like Ratio Christi, and now for the opportunity to be a part of it My wife, Sara, and I have been with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) since 1979, and we carry great memories of great experiences in…

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Apologists in Church

Apologists in Church

Tuesday Pastor/Teacher Focus I made a new friend over lunch today, the missions pastor at the church my brother attends, about half an hour from our home. Among other things we talked about the up and down sides of dealing with apologists in church. There are both. The Apologists' Vocational Hazard… I was the one who stated the down side, ironically enough. Shawn kept coming around to why it was important anyway. The problem as I see it is not…

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Summer Reading: To Grow and Thrive

Summer Reading: To Grow and Thrive

Monday Student Focus So school is over for the summer now, unless you live or study where it continues into mid-June. Last time in this space I gave a recommendation for summer reading . Maybe the idea of summer reading is interesting to you, maybe not. I think back to my student days, and I remember people saying, “If you want to grow as a Christiyou have to read.” They were right. But the world has changed since then throughout…

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Why Faith?

Why Faith?

I was taking part in a worship time at King’s Domain this evening when I had a new insight into the question, “why faith?” What I have to share here isn’t the whole answer to that question, but for me it’s a new way of looking at it that adds to what I had previously thought about it. The Skeptics’ and Believers’ Question In one form it’s a skeptic’s question: why is it that no matter what else I get…

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Grayling’s Hypocritical Humanism

Grayling’s Hypocritical Humanism

Book Review The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and For Humanism by A. C. Grayling There’s a short section in A. C. Grayling’s The God Argument where I was cheering him on. It was near the start of the book’s second part, after he had finished his argument against religion and was opening up his case for what unfortunately turns out to be Grayling’s hypocritical humanism. It wasn’t right at the beginning of Part Two, where he offered up…

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“I, Charles Darwin” Interview

“I, Charles Darwin” Interview

This episode of ID the Future is more fun than ever: my friend and former York County neighbor (I moved, he didn't) John Romjue is on the air, talking about I, Charles Darwin, his most imaginative book on what Darwin might say if he returned today. “To confront the thinker with the consequences of his thought,” says the interviewer.

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