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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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“Too Stupid? Try Religion” — Skeptics Dehumanizing Christians

“Too Stupid? Try Religion” — Skeptics Dehumanizing Christians

This month at BreakPoint I write about skeptics dehumanizing Christians. Are you a Christian? Then there’s something dreadfully wrong with you. You’re unthinking; you’re unscientific; you can’t see how badly Christianity botches morality. You represent a deeply defective culture that’s been getting all the most important things wrong for a hundred generations. Did you know that? Read more at BreakPoint online.

Compassion: Who Does Good and Why (Part 1)

Compassion: Who Does Good and Why (Part 1)

Christianity is first of all about the good God, our Creator and King; and about Christ's work reconciling us, whom he had created in his image but who rejected him, back to a full and right relationship with him and with all of his works. Everything else flows out of that, including the explanation for who does good and why. Everyone exercises compassion. Why? What motivates interpersonal compassion? What is its purpose? Where does altruism fit in to the human…

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Preparing for Persecution

Preparing for Persecution

The world is changing on us. Tuesday night after the election results were made known, I tweeted this short word… History teaches: Bad times are bad. Wrong decisions matter. Still God’s kingdom has survived and thrived in worse times; always will. … and I went to bed. Wednesday morning I woke up very early, with a lot on my mind. We have re-elected a President who supports abortion and same-sex “marriage,” whose health care program violates religious freedom by requiring…

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If You’re Wondering What Happened to the Series on Sexism…

If You’re Wondering What Happened to the Series on Sexism…

… I’ve left my series on “Sexism Among the Isms?” hanging for a while. I haven’t forgotten it’s waiting to be continued. It’s been weeks since I’ve been in a good situation to do the kind of study the next posts deserve, and some of the books I need to reference for it are in boxes waiting to be moved to our new home in Ohio. I’ll pick up the series again as soon as I’m able.

Is Christianity Sexist? 1: Definitions

Is Christianity Sexist? 1: Definitions

Recently I proposed that sexism is a human problem, not specific to atheism or to in fact to anything-ism. At the same time I suggested that atheism had nothing to offer by way of solving the sexism problem. No one disagreed, and I think there are both empirical and theoretical reasons to consider that a solid conclusion. Sexism is a human problem, and there’s no help for it in atheism. As for the various religions and cultures, sexism pbviously runs…

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A Vision For Marriage In Our Culture: Ten Essentials

A Vision For Marriage In Our Culture: Ten Essentials

What will it take to recover marriage in our culture? Do we have a vision for marriage in our culture? I wrote recently on “Ten Reasons We’re Losing On Gay ‘Marriage.’” Today I want to lay out a vision for victory on marriage, in the form of ten essentials. Note that I do not say “victory on gay marriage.” Though I cannot help writing with that question in mind, the issue  is deeper and larger than that. I’m also not…

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