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Month: August 2013

(Pre-)Modern Silliness

(Pre-)Modern Silliness

I have a jumpy foot, and it’s got me to thinking about pre-modern silliness—and modern silliness as well. Something hasn’t healed right since I had surgery a year and a half ago, and sometimes my left foot will just twitch for no reason. On bad days it can involve my whole leg. Usually it happens when I’ve been on my feet a lot, but only when I’m relaxing, never while I’m still active. Some nights it keeps both my wife…

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How Peter Boghossian Gets Faith Wrong

How Peter Boghossian Gets Faith Wrong

I’ve been saying Peter Boghossian gets faith wrong, defining it as “pretending to know what you don’t know.” This should hardly come as any surprise; he gets all kinds of things wrong, including good thinking and/or honest communication, as I’ve shown earlier in this series, so why would anyone think he got faith right? Nevertheless, the complaint I’m raising against his (ahem) “definition” demands that I provide the real one. What’s a Good Definition? Before I launch in to that,…

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Why We Must Tell Christianity’s True Story

Why We Must Tell Christianity’s True Story

We who believe in Christ have got to tell Christianity’s true story. We have to do it a whole lot better than we have been. Here’s what got me thinking about this today. I’ve been shaking my head in wonder at Peter Boghossian’s nonsense: not so much that he’s spouting it, but that he’s not getting laughed off the stage for it. His errors are elementary, yet some people take him seriously. The same holds for other New Atheists. Their…

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God Space: Where Spiritual Conversations Happen Naturally

God Space: Where Spiritual Conversations Happen Naturally

Book Review God Space: Where Spiritual Conversations Happen Naturally by Doug Pollock “Christians, share your faith with unbelievers.” Ouch. Where Spiritual Conversations Happen Unnaturally… Of all the topics we discuss on this blog, there’s hardly any that could evoke feelings quite like those that come from that one simple instruction. Christians typically feel guilt, fear, inadequacy, and that squirming sense of wondering what business they have poking their noses into other people’s lives. Unbelievers, the witnessed-to, are likely to feel…

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August 31: Mud, Guts, and Glory!

August 31: Mud, Guts, and Glory!

If you’re anywhere near southwest Ohio — and I mean anywhere near — you gotta check this out: Mud, Guts, and Glory, the most beautiful agony you’ll ever experience! This is one of North America’s first permanent mud obstacle challenge courses, now at King’s Domain near Lebanon, Ohio. Look around this website and you’ll learn more about why we like King’s Domain. Let me know if you’re coming — I’d love to meet with you there! Apologies to iOS users: I…

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No Drugs to Build Character

No Drugs to Build Character

We have pills and injections (dangerous and illegal, mostly) to build bodily strength. We have pills and injections to treat mental fatigue, mood disorders, bad habits, psychoses, and other mental deficiencies. But we have no drugs to build character strength, or virtue. Why is that? Oxytocin can enhance openness, generosity, and trust, but not in a self-aware, self-giving manner that observers would typically describe as virtue in action. We have no drugs to build genuine other-orientedness. We have a lot…

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Personal Comment Policy Adjustment

Personal Comment Policy Adjustment

I’m making a one- to four-week change in my personal commenting practices. This affects only me, though I thought you should know about it. I’ve been treating comments here as conversations continuing through the day. The problem right now is that I have too many projects that I won’t finish if I don’t give them proper focus. Therefore beginning now I’m limiting my attention to blog comments to two sessions per day. That will last as long as it makes…

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If Atheism Is the Belief That There’s No Evidence For God…

If Atheism Is the Belief That There’s No Evidence For God…

A short while ago on this blog I quoted a few leading atheists who said atheism is (among other things, of course) “the belief that there’s no evidence for God.” By way of reminder,  1. Dan Barker defines atheism as “the lack of theism, the lack of belief in god(s). I am an atheist because there is no reason to believe.”  2. Richard Carrier, writing his definitions on “What is Atheism Really All About?” says, Christians find no reason to…

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