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Month: January 2016

Being Good “For Nothing” — Does That Make Atheist Ethics Better Than Christian?

Being Good “For Nothing” — Does That Make Atheist Ethics Better Than Christian?

Get the picture? Here’s the challenge: Atheistic morality is allegedly better than Christianity because Christians are looking for a reward for our goodness, while atheists are good “for nothing.” (Again, I am not saying “good for nothing.”) There are three parts to that statement: Christian goodness is motivated by a hoped-for reward. Atheists’ goodness is goodness for its own sake. Goodness for its own sake is intrinsically better than goodness for a reward. Does that make atheist ethics better than Christian ethics?…

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A Very Strange and Sad Day for Life and Religion in Law …

A Very Strange and Sad Day for Life and Religion in Law …

It’s a strange and sad day for life and religion in U.S. law. These posts from The Stream tell it all: Grand Jury Ignores Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Babies, Indicts Man Behind Sting Videos Instead On which also: Petition Defending Pro-Life Activists Behind Planned Parenthood Videos Goes Viral Planned Parenthood Indictments: Rubio ‘Disturbed,’ Huckabee Calls It ‘a Sick Day’ and Florida: Christian Schools Can’t Pray at Championship Game You can pray where you are. There’s plenty here for you to…

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Six Things Atheism Can Teach Us All About Ethics

Six Things Atheism Can Teach Us All About Ethics

What can atheism teach us about ethics? A lot. The question probably surprises some atheists. My answer may surprise some Christians. First, atheists often tell us there is no such belief system as “atheism;” it’s just the lack of belief in God. Whether that’s true or not I do not need to argue right now. For this post I’m talking about a very common and specifically identifiable form of atheism: the belief that life and the universe came to be…

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Have You Fallen for the Great Modern Copernican Myth?

Have You Fallen for the Great Modern Copernican Myth?

“Study the history of science.” That was the advice Guillermo Gonzalez gave my son and daughter a few years ago, as we were wrapping up breakfast time together. He had graciously opened up time for our family when we were in Grove City, PA, touring the college where he was teaching at the time. Dr. Gonzalez is an accomplished astronomer, discoverer (with Donald Brownlee) of the galactic habitable zone, the uniquely perfect position the earth sits in with respect to…

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Another Reader Wonders: Does the Success of Science Tell Us There’s No God?

Another Reader Wonders: Does the Success of Science Tell Us There’s No God?

A reader emailed me this week with a couple of questions about methodological naturalism and burden of proof. He told me it would be fine if I posted his questions and my answers here. The questions start out very promising; I’m not used to being called “professor.” (I’m all too accustomed to being called other things.) The first question has to do with a principle often spoken in science: Act as if there is no God interfering with your experiments and…

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When “Tolerance” Is Disrespect: Islam and Unexplored Assurances of a “Religion of Peace”

When “Tolerance” Is Disrespect: Islam and Unexplored Assurances of a “Religion of Peace”

It must be frustrating to be a Muslim in America. I’m not talking about the obvious frustrations: being in the minority, being members of a faith tradition that’s associated with terrorism, or even being generally misunderstood. I’m talking about the frustration of being analyzed and interpreted by people who won’t take the time to understand. More specifically, I’m talking about being the subject of liberals’ “tolerance.” I’ve been thinking about this since the San Bernardino shootings in December. It’s hard…

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The Stream: Why?

The Stream: Why?

I’ve recently joined The Stream as Senior Editor and Ministry Coordinator with special focus on apologetics and inspiration. Why The Stream? James Robison, who founded it along with Jay Richards, says here, “There’s something lacking in our nation, and it’s understanding. It’s wisdom…. It comes from our Creator, nature’s God, divine Providence. … It’s freedom’s foundation.” We were founded to bring people together from varying perspectives to “reason together… with great wisdom and understanding to address the issues we face…

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A New Look

A New Look

With the help of my son the WordPress wiz, I’m changing the blog now to feature new activities. Changes are mostly visible on the home page. Comments are welcome. Thanks.

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