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Month: December 2016

You Can Help Today To Launch a New Ministry of Thinking Christianity!

You Can Help Today To Launch a New Ministry of Thinking Christianity!

Wow, are we ever in a time of change! We’ve never seen anything like it. The turning of the year tonight is symbolic of massive social, moral, and especially spiritual changes taking place here in the United States. Are Christians in America ready for it? What will it take? Equipping and Encouraging Those Who Can Lead There are plenty of ministries writing and speaking on answers to challenges raised against the faith. But there is no one I am aware of —…

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No, Atheists and Skeptics: Christian Faith Is Not a Failed Epistemology

No, Atheists and Skeptics: Christian Faith Is Not a Failed Epistemology

Is faith a failed way of knowing? I keep hearing from atheists and skeptics that “faith is a failed epistemology.” What they mean is that if religion is something we know by faith, then we don’t know it at all, because there are too many ways to go wrong in knowing “by faith.” Now, if faith were indeed an epistemology — a way of knowing, in the sense that they’re talking about there — they would be right. It’s a…

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“A land needs its mighty men”

“A land needs its mighty men”

When was the last time you heard anyone say our land needs mighty men? The Tyndale Commentary on Psalm 112:2 says, The prosperity promised in the present verses may be largely material, but a closer look reveals the moral and spiritual terms which make it an instrument of good. A land needs its mighty men, and is fortunate if they are of such stock as this and if wealth is in such hands. Again, when was the last time you…

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You Can Help Set This Blog’s Direction for 2017 and Beyond: Take the Thinking Christian Reader Survey!

You Can Help Set This Blog’s Direction for 2017 and Beyond: Take the Thinking Christian Reader Survey!

New reader, long-time reader, Christian reader, atheist reader, or anything in between — this blog is for you! So I’d like to know more about how to provide the mmntent you’re interested in reading. Thank you for letting me know your opinions by filling out this brief ten-item questionnaire — plus four quick opportunity-related questions —  divided into three conveniently short sections. Thank you! If the form doesn’t appear right away, just refresh the page in your browser and it should show up…

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Christianity Is No Crutch — And I Should Know

Christianity Is No Crutch — And I Should Know

“Christianity is just a crutch for people who don’t have the strength to make it on their own.” Maybe you’ve heard that said. Maybe you’ve even said it yourself. Here’s my short answer: No. Christianity is nothing like a crutch. Not even close. Knowing Crutches I think I can safely say I know something about crutches. I was born with an extra bone in each foot, and they’ve caused no end of trouble. The photo above shows my current collection: two sets of…

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John Loftus’s God-Answer to Animal Suffering: A World Without Nature, Science, Human Freedom, or Moral Significance

John Loftus’s God-Answer to Animal Suffering: A World Without Nature, Science, Human Freedom, or Moral Significance

Book Review The Problem of Animal Suffering In a chapter of his own in his edited book The Christian Delusion, John Loftus says there is no possible justification for God to have allowed all the enormous suffering that animals in our world have experienced. It’s a question on which I have done no study at all, so I found his survey of eight Christian answers quite informative — albeit with some cracks in his logic I don’t have space for here — until answer seven. There’s no…

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