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Month: August 2014

College History Without Wars: Truth, Salvation, or None of the Above?

College History Without Wars: Truth, Salvation, or None of the Above?

My daughter called home yesterday from college, during the first session of a course on World History Since 1500. “I’m dropping this course,” she said. “The teacher said she’s not going to cover any wars. She thinks it’s more important to study the ways people have saved other people than to talk about people killing people.” Granted, I heard the story at third-hand. Maybe the teacher just meant she wasn’t going to cover war in great detail. I have to…

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Ten Reasons the Bible Has It Right on Slavery

Ten Reasons the Bible Has It Right on Slavery

I read Keith’s comment #172 this morning with deep grief in my heart. He wondered whether there was something unique about Christianity that would cause it to be more liberating than other worldviews (especially Jainism). My grief is this: we Christians have not explained and demonstrated the most basic realities of our faith. If we had, Keith would never have had to ask. Slavery is many things. It’s a form of relationship between human beings. It’s an economic system, a…

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Technical Problem With Comments?

Technical Problem With Comments?

Someone emailed me to ask, Is there some technical issue that needs sorting on your end or mine? I’m only able to read about two thirds of the comments and then the rest of the section is blacked out. Hope you reply soon because I really look forward to reading the rest of them – especially yours. Is anyone else having this issue? If so, would you please comment (if possible) or contact me with a description of what you’re…

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Why does the Bible get the blame?

Why does the Bible get the blame?

We’ve ben talking about whether the Bible endorses slavery, and ScottInOh wrote last night, Like Melissa, I feel like I’ve made my point: no one writing on this thread would consider American slavery… morally justified, but … prominent Christian voices endorsed [it], believing God’s Word gave them the basis for doing so. That’s all I’ve got. If that means you win the debate, so be it. Thanks. Why does the Bible get the blame? I’ve taken the freedom of focusing…

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Genocide in Iraq

Genocide in Iraq

My friend Eric Chabot gathered this information. Click links with caution. Remember, this famous quote: — ‘Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.’–Dietrich Bonhoeffer Unless you’ve been living on a desert island the last few weeks, you probably know that our brothers and sisters in Christ are getting butchered in Iraq. Hence, there is a mass genocide going on, the…

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Wake Up! Wake Up!

Wake Up! Wake Up!

Wake up! Wake up to this! Wake up to that! Can anyone realistically wake up to everything? No. To try would be to exhaust yourself right back to sleep. What then shall we do with all that’s going on in the world? As I’ve written in this month’s BreakPoint column, that’s the Crisis of the Caring Conscience. While I’m mentioning articles, I’d like to direct your attention to an interesting one from a blogger who says he doesn’t know much…

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Science and Reason Yes, Science-and-Reason No

Science and Reason Yes, Science-and-Reason No

Science and reason belong together, right? Yes. Obviously so, in fact. Science and reason are both means for determining truth. Science depends on reason: every valid scientific conclusion is also a valid logical conclusion, the endpoint of a rationally conceived and rationally conducted process, and usually also a midpoint in a much larger rational process. So yes, obviously they go together. There’s a problem with that relationship, though. In some circles, reason is spoken of almost as if it depends…

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Twice Disappointed

Twice Disappointed

Book Reviews The Divine Conspiracy Continued: Fulfilling God’s Kingdom on Earth by Dallas Willard and Gary Black, Jr. Moral Apologetics for Contemporary Christians: Pushing Back Against Cultural and Religious Critics by Mark Coppenger. These books have but one thing in common: I had high hopes for them but I was disappointed, and I have better books to suggest instead. The Divine Conspiracy Continued I was sent a review copy of The Divine Conspiracy Continued, but I probably would have bought…

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Peter Boghossian: “An Important Film”

Peter Boghossian: “An Important Film”

The man who called this vignette “an important film” is a state university instructor in philosophy, claims critical thinking as one of his top educational priorities (if not the top one), and yet supports this film, in spite of the multiple straw-men, poisonings of the well, and other fallacies contained in it. Does Boghossian’s assessment reveal more about the film or about himself?

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