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Can Science Survive Dan Brown? (Review of His Novel Origin)

Can Science Survive Dan Brown? (Review of His Novel Origin)

Book Review Someone who knows something faith and science had better do it, I thought, so I guess I’ll read Dan Brown’s latest novel. Pardon my reluctance, but I knew something about Brown’s reputation as a writer. It’s called Origin: A Novel. I’d heard about it via news of his pronouncement that “God cannot survive science.” A more honest intellect might wonder whether science can survive Dan Brown. Don’t Worry, I’m Only Spoiling His Sermon I can’t explain that without revealing…

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The Illusion of Control, The Unwavering Reality of God

The Illusion of Control, The Unwavering Reality of God

I should almost be okay with it by now. I’ve had enough experience. I had surgery on my foot last Monday afternoon, for the fifth time on that foot. I was blessed with structural flaws that are to blame for it all. I should be okay with it, and honestly I’m past the fear part now. The lack of control still gets to me. Surgery is such a passive experience. You lie there and people do things to you. Part…

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Recovering Well From Foot Surgery #5

Recovering Well From Foot Surgery #5

It was sort of buried at the end of my last ministry update: another foot surgery this week. Number 5. It’s hardly front page news now, and I really did want to feature all the other good things going on in our lives and ministry! It took place two days ago, and I’m back on the job half-time again already, working from home, writing, editing, and on the phone. There’s very little pain, and everything is going exactly as it’s…

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Practical Foot Surgery Recovery Ideas (Side Topic)

Practical Foot Surgery Recovery Ideas (Side Topic)

I had my fifth foot surgery two days ago. You could almost call me an expert now. Not that I’d want to do the surgery; I slept through all of them! But I know a lot more than most people about being the patient. This is part one of two blog posts on what I’ve learned through all this. This one is way off my usual topics for this blog. I’m writing it for anyone who might gain from practical…

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Thanks Be To God!

Thanks Be To God!

So much to thank God for this October! Apologetics for the Church God is building a team and a structure under my leadership, to answer a question that’s been plaguing me and (I believe) holding the church back for a long time: What will it take to help the church understand the value of Christian apologetics? It’s hard even to explain the question. I’d call that part of our challenge: A lot of Christians don’t know what apologetics is, and…

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Boghossian’s Challenge on ‘Abandoning Faith for 100 Others’

Boghossian’s Challenge on ‘Abandoning Faith for 100 Others’

Here’s a question about abandoning faith from my old friend Peter Boghossian. My answer follows: Read the first few verses of Romans chapter 9. — Tom Gilson (@TomGilsonAuthor) October 9, 2017 Then another twitter user replied, Can you explain the significance of that passage (context, etc.)? — Shea Bigsby (@SheaBigs84) October 9, 2017 The Apostle Paul Answers It’s an interesting question from Boghossian. I wonder whether he meant it as a matter of cold numerical calculation. I don’t know. I…

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“Being Right Has Replaced Loving One Another”?

“Being Right Has Replaced Loving One Another”?

“Being right has replaced loving one another as we love ourselves.” So says Erin Green in the Huffington Post, criticizing her alma mater, Biola University, for not affirming LGBTQ. (She wrote it a month ago. It’s still relevant.) Biola is a conservative evangelical Christian university. Green’s complaints against the school are based in her reading of the Bible, including: Those who come to Christ will never be driven away (John 6:37). What we do for the least of these, Jesus’…

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