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The “If you walk away I win” Fallacy (The Incompetent Impasse)

The “If you walk away I win” Fallacy (The Incompetent Impasse)

(I wrote this in a comment yesterday, and I’ve decided to bring it out here for future reference.) “If You Walk Away I Win” — Even If His King Is In Checkmate There’s a situation in chess called an “impasse:” an ending in which a player who is not in check cannot make any legal move. The game is over, but no one has won or lost. It’s a form of a draw, a tie, so to speak. Consider the…

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George Yancey: “Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias”

George Yancey: “Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias”

Book Review Some time ago I reviewed the book So Many Christians, So Few Lions, sociologist George Yancey’s academic report on anti-Christian hostility in the United States. Having had some social science training I found it fascinating. Since then Dr. Yancey has released a follow-up for the rest of us: Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias. Plenty of books have been written about increasing anti-Christian hostility in the United States. Most are based in anecdotal information, lending themselves…

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Corrected Article

Corrected Article

As comments 4 and 5 indicate, I wrote this article without checking facts first as I should have.   The core of this particular argument was based on my belief that large proportions of Planned Parenthood government funds were used for abortions. That is not correct.   I stand firmly with my position that abortion in general is self-centered and a sin against the next generation.  It’s mostly a matter of teens and adults killing defenseless children for the sake of…

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Don’t Pray for Patience

Don’t Pray for Patience

There’s a common saying among Christians: “Don’t pray for God to teach you patience–you won’t like what he’ll put you through to learn it!” I don’t think much of that saying. It makes God look like a nasty schoolmaster, for one thing. It’s also the wrong reason. That is, I agree with the advice, “Don’t pray for patience.” I just think there’s a far better reason for it. Lessons from experience I think I have a bit of background from…

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Abortion’s Other Death

Abortion’s Other Death

The fog of multiple deadlines and of recent foot surgery is clearing—barely, yet noticeably. I’m on final editing for my next book, which was unexpectedly difficult for a while, but got smoothed out when another editor took over at the publisher’s. I’m learning to walk again on a foot whose muscles are very unaccustomed to being asked to do anything. Anyway, things are improving for me. I think this time (maybe!) when I pick up the pace on this blog…

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They Also Serve

They Also Serve

I’m waiting. I’ve been waiting. I can’t tell you how much of my life lately has been about waiting. I’m waiting for my foot to heal from surgery so I can walk again. I’m waiting for someone’s decision on a major proposal. I’m waiting for the release of my next book. I waited days for tech support to bring this website back up again from disaster. I’m not waiting passively. I have plenty to do, and I’m keeping busy. Still…

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Back up again!

Back up again!

You would not believe how many emails and chats and phone calls I’ve traded with tech support over the past few days. I just got an automated email letting me know the site came back up, so I was able to post this almost immediately. I just want to say I’m sorry for being down for so long, and I really regret that I had no way to communicate what was going on behind the scenes. Last I heard, there…

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