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Month: April 2016

“You’re Homophobic!” — — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part Two

“You’re Homophobic!” — — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part Two

Challenge Number Two: “You’re homophobic.” (Second in a series of ten, from my new book Critical Conversations!) A phobia is a pathologically irrational fear or aversion to something. In this usage “phobia” functions as a highly stigmatized, medicalized term. Simply being opposed to something doesn’t mean you have an irrational fear of it. In this case that vague word “something” really fits, since the prefix “homo” in “homophobic” is never clearly defined. Does it mean fear of gay or lesbian men or women? Aversion…

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“You’re a Hater” — — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part One

“You’re a Hater” — — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part One

Series Introduction (First in a series of ten, from my new book Critical Conversations!) Gay activists set out almost 30 years ago to make Christianity look immoral and wrong. In one key document they even called it a plan for “Overhauling Straight America.” (I tell that story briefly in Critical Conversations: A Christian Parents’ Guide to Discussing Homosexuality With Teens.) It’s been a moral attack delivered from an immoral basis: hence the title of this series. Their idea was to cause believers to cower…

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Recent Posts and Comments Back on Home Page Again

Recent Posts and Comments Back on Home Page Again

I was feeling somewhat satisfied but also somewhat cramped inside the restrictions of the home page design I had here for a while. I’ve updated it so now it has recent posts and comments just below the fold, with room for additional material to come. It needs some work to look its best on smaller tablets, but I’ll leave it as is for now.

An Irrational Rant Against Ratio Christi

An Irrational Rant Against Ratio Christi

Jacob Hubers thinks Ratio Christi is a “horror.” Clearly he’s disturbed that it exists. I am no longer with Ratio Christi but I continue to support it, partly because Christians need to learn how to think about life and faith. Huber himself demonstrates the vacancy that exists in some Christians’ thought process: As a fellow Christian, I find it ridiculous that they feel the need to, ‘Form strategic partnerships among professional apologists, faculty, and students for the purpose of exposing,…

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Falsification and Theology: Continuing a Topic Raised by Feser

Falsification and Theology: Continuing a Topic Raised by Feser

Edward Feser recently posted a “Note on Falsification,” beginning, Antony Flew’s famous 1950 article “Theology and Falsification” posed what came to be known as the ‘falsificationist challenge’ to theology.  A claim is falsifiable when it is empirically testable — that is to say, when it makes predictions about what will be observed under such-and-such circumstances such that, if the predictions don’t pan out, the claim is thereby shown to be false.  The idea that a genuinely scientific claim must be falsifiable…

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Why I’m Urging You — Please! — Spread the Word About Critical Conversations

Why I’m Urging You — Please! — Spread the Word About Critical Conversations

Why Critical Conversations? I’m asking you to share this post on Facebook, and I’m asking you to buy this book for your pastor and youth pastor. It matters more than you know. Read what one pastor wrote about it: I was a Student Pastor for 10 years and have been a Senior Pastor for the last 3 years. Sometimes books come along that are helpful and appreciated and sometimes books come along that are needed and longed for. “Critical Conversations,” by…

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Book Review: Facing the Blitz by Jeff Kemp

Book Review: Facing the Blitz by Jeff Kemp

Where have you encountered a blitz? Think about Family of origin Childhood relationships and school Sports and athletics College and career experiences On the job/business Romantic relationships and marriage Children Friendships, faith community, neighbors Accidents and injuries Health That question and the bullet points are quoted from page 73 of Jeff Kemp’s Facing the Blitz: Three Strategies for Turning Trials Into Triumph. Jeff Kemp knows about blitzes.* He’s a former NFL quarterback, as was his dad Jack Kemp before him….

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