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The Dogmatically Self-Assured Reza Aslan

The Dogmatically Self-Assured Reza Aslan

Book Review I’ve been doing some work recently on the theory that Jesus Christ was a legendary figure, so I thought I should read Reza Aslan’s Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Plenty of other people have been reading it. It’s a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and has been named one of the year’s best books by Good Housekeeping, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Bookish, according to its Amazon web page. I’ll say this much for it:…

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Further Thoughts On the Question of Jesus’ Faith in God

Further Thoughts On the Question of Jesus’ Faith in God

I wrote a couple days ago that there is nothing in the Bible to indicate that Jesus had faith in God, and that this only makes sense if Jesus was himself God. There are a number of other considerations that provide necessary nuance to that argument. None of them change its basic meaning, however, unless I’m misunderstanding something. 1. Jesus was certainly faithful, in the sense of being committed to his promises and consistent with his own character. That, too,…

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How Jesus’ Not Having Faith In God Affirms His Deity

How Jesus’ Not Having Faith In God Affirms His Deity

I was looking over my bookshelf the other day when Fulton Oursler’s The Greatest Faith Ever Known caught my eye. I’ve never read it (like too many other books I own), but I know it’s about the apostle Paul. And it got me wondering: didn’t Jesus have the greatest faith ever known? No, he didn’t, at least not according to the Gospels. Jesus uses the word “faith” 41 times in the Gospels (English Standard Version), and in every case he was…

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Cracking Open or Cracking Up: When Someone Who Can’t Not Write Can’t Write

Cracking Open or Cracking Up: When Someone Who Can’t Not Write Can’t Write

Jerry B. Jenkins once said you might be a writer if “you can’t not write.” Jeff Goins said the same thing, as did Richard Price. So have a bunch of people on the Writer’s Digest forums. Even Alanis Morrisette has said it, apparently. If you listen to enough writers you’ll hear many others echoing the same. I’m saying it too. For most people, I suppose, writing is hard. I don’t want to compare woes—it’s impossible in any case—but I wonder if…

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Giving Thanks for the Privilege of Following the Good and the True

Giving Thanks for the Privilege of Following the Good and the True

I’ve been insanely busy the past two or three months, working at a pace I wouldn’t advise anyone—myself included—to keep up much longer than this. It’s been worth it, though, and today, the day after Thanksgiving in the U.S., I want to express my thanks to God for the privilege of serving him. It’s too easy to let the work of apologetics, including a blog like this one, turn into a sort of academic exercise, or worse, a game to…

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David P. Gushee: The Scholar Who Should Have Been Hard To Ignore

David P. Gushee: The Scholar Who Should Have Been Hard To Ignore

It’s hard to ignore when a top evangelical ethicist urges believers to change our minds about homosexual relationships. David P. Gushee, who co-wrote the widely used textbook Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context (IVP Academic, 2003), has just released Changing Our Mind: A call from America’s leading evangelical ethics scholar for full acceptance of LGBT Christians in the Church. It is the most thoughtful work I have seen so far in favor of gay and lesbian relationships. Gushee’s skill…

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Different Is Better

Different Is Better

Different Is Better: “As Ruden says, ‘Paul was not a 20th-century feminist . . .  but [modern women are] the beneficiaries of a very long list of reforms. [And] Paul, I think, got all that started.’ To understand why that’s the case, it helps to remember that much of the sexual activity Michael Kruger refers to was far from-consensual. It was little more than ‘institutionalized violence,’ which included ‘the rape of slaves, prostitution, and violence against wives and children.’ Paul’s…

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Swing and A Miss? (Jeffery Jay Lowder, Secular Outpost)

Swing and A Miss? (Jeffery Jay Lowder, Secular Outpost)

I’m confused. According to Jeffery Jay Lowder of the Secular Outpost, I failed to refute Schellenberg’s argument on divine hiddenness; in fact, I failed so badly I didn’t even address Schellenberg’s argument. What worse failure could there be?! I can tell I let you down, Mr. Lowder. I’m not sure, though, how I set you up for that disappointment. After all, I didn’t actually say the blog post was intended as a refutation of Schellenberg. There are three clues that…

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Five Reasons In One We Can’t Judge God By Human Standards

Five Reasons In One We Can’t Judge God By Human Standards

Ebaur was wondering about why I set up one of the decision points in this chart the way I did, and asked yesterday, God doesn’t pass muster against human moral standards. I don’t understand why we should be required to only judge God’s actions by the standards God puts forward. If the consensus of most humans is that some action is morally objectionable and God does just that thing… then can’t we still conclude God is immoral? This is a…

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