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Too Good To Be False: Answering the “Legend” Critique of Lewis’s Trilemma

Too Good To Be False: Answering the “Legend” Critique of Lewis’s Trilemma

I’m missing the opening of The Hobbit tonight, so I’ll spend some time thinking of one of Tolkien’s great friends, C.S. Lewis. Lewis said that Jesus described himself too much as God to be considered a great man, unless it was true. Some criticize Lewis for leaving out the possibility that Jesus was just a legend. I argue here, on grounds similar to Lewis’s, that the accounts of Jesus’ life are too good to be legend. The Trilemma It all…

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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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Ten Turning Points: Wrap-up

Ten Turning Points: Wrap-up

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference Ten turning points have made all the difference—not just for some religion, not just for some people, but for all of reality. It’s time now to wrap up this series with a summary. This has been a series with a mixed purpose. I had been wanting to summarize the story of history viewed through the lens of its most crucial events. I ended up doing it with a small…

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Says the Madman: “Humanity Is Dead, and We Are Its Murderers”

Says the Madman: “Humanity Is Dead, and We Are Its Murderers”

  “Whither is humanity? cried the Madman. I will tell you. We have killed it. We are its murderers! But how could we do this? Are we not plunging continually? How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers?” When Friedrich Nietzsche’s Madman told the world, “God is dead, and we are his murderers,” it was as if he alone understood the enormity of the crime. It took a thinker of Nietzsche’s dark brilliance to fathom the depths of what this “death…

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On Being Handicapped Again

On Being Handicapped Again

It could be worse: I won’t need surgery on my foot, as I’ve been more than half expecting. Based an MRI report today, the verdict instead is that I need to stay in a removable cast and completely off my left foot for six to twelve weeks. Again. Most adults have about 206 bones. My count (other things being equal) was 208, but now I’m up to 210. Those extra bones are “accessory ossicles” in the peroneus longus tendon running…

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Something In the Air: Science’s Supposed Superiority To Religion

Something In the Air: Science’s Supposed Superiority To Religion

I got an email recently from “Loren,” who sought to inform me, Science is knowledge of proven facts, religion is a belief system based on unproven theory. The matter is closed, science is alive and growing where as religion is based on ancient history. That’s all she wrote. (I know both men and women named Loren, so I’ll take a random guess at it and use female pronouns. If I’m wrong on that I’ll make the correction, with apologies.) I’ll…

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