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Month: June 2014

Zero Inbox! Email for Mac Users, Using MailTags

Zero Inbox! Email for Mac Users, Using MailTags

New visitors, I invite you to look around. Take a look at my free ebook offer, check out the provocative book True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism, or else start reading on the blog with one of my featured articles. Thanks for visiting! Zero Inbox! Maybe you’ve heard of Inbox Zero. It’s a productivity goal for keeping on top of all those messages, and never letting your Inbox get out of control. Well, I’ve got something better:…

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It Takes More Than False Facts To Rattle Christianity’s Confidence

It Takes More Than False Facts To Rattle Christianity’s Confidence

A few weeks ago Harry H. McCall posted this challenge on John Loftus’s blog: Explanations for Luke Breuer and David Marshall (or Any Christian Apologist) to Answer: A. Apart from myth and superstition, please name at least one scientific discovery the Bible has given humanity. B. Please explain how theology is a valid approach to logic, especially in making the world a better place. C. Based on medieval monasteries, please explain why books in these libraries were organized by monks…

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Here We Go ‘Round the No-Free-Will Bush ♫

Here We Go ‘Round the No-Free-Will Bush ♫

Sheesh. SteveK [told us[(https://www.thinkingchristian.net/posts/2014/06/to-seek-god-sensibly-on-his-own-terms/#comment-101165) about this report, Free will could be the result of ‘background noise’ in the brain, study suggests. I’ve seen enough bad science journalism to know that the real experiment may look very little like the one reported there. (In fact, I have real trouble believing the research is as weak as that.) Taking the report at face value, though, with that disclaimer, this appears to be what’s happening: A cue appears on screen at random intervals….

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“How Homeschooling and Classical Christian Schooling Could Alter the Leadership of the Future”

“How Homeschooling and Classical Christian Schooling Could Alter the Leadership of the Future”

My current column at BreakPoint: “How Homeschooling and Classical Christian Schooling Could Alter the Leadership of the Future.” For the record, our two kids were mostly educated in public school. The home school and classical Christian school options were not available to us, for reasons I need not share here. I wish we could have gone that route. We made sure, though, that they learned the skills of good reasoning, reading, and communication. For us it was a matter of…

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What’s Going On With Peter Boghossian?

What’s Going On With Peter Boghossian?

I can’t help wondering what’s going on with Peter Boghossian. In his debate with Tim McGrew on Justin Brierley’s Unbelievable a few weeks ago, he made no defense of his “pretending to know” definition for faith. In that debate he made a move toward backing down on his definition, “belief without evidence.” Shortly after that his good friend James Lindsay said he really intended it to mean, “belief based on insufficient evidence.” Though I haven’t listened to it myself, I’m…

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Two Radio Interviews Today

Two Radio Interviews Today

Today I’ll have the privilege of taking part in two radio interviews, both of them focusing on my recent Touchstone article on the historicity of the Gospels. The first begins in less than an hour on Michael Brown’s Line of Fire radio. You can listen live or find the podcast afterward. The second begins about 5:15 pm EDT, with Mike Allen on Real Life Radio. If you can’t catch it live, go to that same link afterward and click on…

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Seek God Sensibly: On His Own Terms

Seek God Sensibly: On His Own Terms

Is there a God? How would we know? Among atheists today there is a sizable subset who think that if God is real, he ought to be detectable through science. I can see the appeal in thinking that, since science tells us so much about the world. Even better, it has ways to adjudicate factual disputes, especially when it’s possible to employ very careful measurement and control of variables. Ironically, those are exactly the factors that make science a poor…

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A Master Artist/Craftsman on Beauty With Promise

A Master Artist/Craftsman on Beauty With Promise

Jake Weidmann is one of 11 master penmen in the world today. He speaks of the permanence of the pen stroke and of beauty through the passing of the days: “As one stroke builds off of another, so one man’s heritage builds off of another’s. For what was once beautiful in the past, and is still beautiful today, holds the promise that it will be beautiful in the future.” Also… “We bear God’s image … in our desire to create…….

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Do You Think About God As He Truly Is?

Do You Think About God As He Truly Is?

If these questions don’t challenge you to the depth of your intellect, you’re not thinking of God as God really is: Read through the list, and then I’ll explain more of what I meant by that. When God created space, where did he put it? Where did God get the idea of energy and matter? When God caused the beginning of the created order, what gave him the idea of “beginning”? Where did beauty come from? What processes and methods…

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