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Wake Up, Church! Be Grieved, Be Angry, Be Free To Act

Wake Up, Church! Be Grieved, Be Angry, Be Free To Act

Just published at The Stream, one of my more important articles ever: “A Time for Anger, A Time for Grief.” The Western world is in spiritual crisis like never before. Persecution of Christians is on the rise. Spiritual apathy is increasing. The LGBT movement is literally attacking Christian faith through charges of its being hateful and homophobic — and that attack is successfully turning many away from life in Christ. And the Church still won’t wake up. Much of the reason…

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John Loftus’s Bad Reasons for Not Going To Church, and a Few Good Ones For Going

John Loftus’s Bad Reasons for Not Going To Church, and a Few Good Ones For Going

John Loftus, the affable hat-wearing atheist who loves to poke quasi-informed fun at Christians, posted this on Facebook yesterday: Except for extremely rare circumstance I don’t go to church. For one thing, I don’t need to be reminded to be good. For another, I find a deity who commands people to worship him egocentric, regardless of whether he deserves it or not. For yet another reason, I can get more things done by actually doing something rather than by praying. Then…

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What’s So Wrong With Being An Atheist Pastor, Anyway?

What’s So Wrong With Being An Atheist Pastor, Anyway?

Port Mouton, N.S. United Church Stand with your atheist pastor friends! That’s the example being reported this week on Canadian wire services (I picked it up at The Globe and Mail). This is not a parody story. A retired United Church minister has asked to be formally defrocked as a protest against the potential firing of a colleague for her atheist beliefs. In a scorching open letter, Rev. Beverley Burlock asserts the church has lost its way…. “Never ever was I subjected in…

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The PC (USA): To redefine marriage — and justice, and grace, and …

The PC (USA): To redefine marriage — and justice, and grace, and …

The Presbyterian Church (USA) has voted to redefine marriage as “a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives.” The news was “welcomed” by the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, which calls for “a Church as generous and just as God’s grace.” There’s a lot more being redefined here than marriage. God’s justice and grace both have to do with the manner in which he handles…

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Certainly Wrong: Are We Making Harold Camping’s Mistake?

Certainly Wrong: Are We Making Harold Camping’s Mistake?

Harold Camping was certain the world would end on May 21, 2011. He was convinced that was what the Bible said. You might say he was certainly wrong. He wanted to deliver a warning to those who disregard the Bible. It ended up being a warning to those who misuse the Bible. We, too, could be certainly wrong. How would we know? There are ways. Lessons From Harold Camping’s “Last Days” I got an email a while ago from Zeke Piestrup,…

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Creating Atheists: Made, Not Born

Creating Atheists: Made, Not Born

Atheists Are Made, Not Born Dr. Peter Boghossian’s book A Manual for Creating Atheists is due for publication on November 1. What the title implies is true: atheists are made, not born. Some atheists seem to think that atheism is a sort of default position that requires no proof to support it. Both anthropological and human developmental research, however, indicate that belief in God (or gods) is the human’s natural position. It takes effort to make an atheist. Boghossian Is…

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