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Atheists Rejecting the Bible Due to OT Morality: Bound To Be a Bad Tradeoff

Atheists Rejecting the Bible Due to OT Morality: Bound To Be a Bad Tradeoff

Atheists rejecting the Bible due to OT morality are making a bad tradeoff. Yet they do it anyway. The other day an atheist online told me he could never follow a Bible with Old Testament laws like Exodus 21:7-11: “When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she shall not go out as the male slaves do. If she does not please her master, who has designated her for himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He shall…

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There’s No Balancing This Moral Equation: Human Well-Being Doesn’t Explain Human Morality

There’s No Balancing This Moral Equation: Human Well-Being Doesn’t Explain Human Morality

BillB left some thoughtful comments about morality and well-being on my recent post, “Naturalistic Atheism Is An Extraordinarily Strange and Unlikely Worldview.” I started to answer him there, but it turned into a long blog post’s worth of material. Since I started out addressing it in the second person to BillB, I’m posting it here in that form, but this is for all to read and respond to. Greetings, BillB, and thanks for commenting. Your idea of right is that it is “that…

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Naturalistic Atheism Is An Extraordinarily Strange and Unlikely Worldview

Naturalistic Atheism Is An Extraordinarily Strange and Unlikely Worldview

The other day I listed 50 facts and features of reality that Christianity explains better than any other worldview I know of. Every worldview has a way of explaining these 50 things, but only Christianity does so without having to force-fit these facts into its philosophy. Other worldviews take one or more of them to be unreal in some sense; only Christianity takes their reality seriously. This is obviously true of the items I listed under “History” in that article, which are all…

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What Would It Take For Me To Give Up Belief In Jesus Christ?

What Would It Take For Me To Give Up Belief In Jesus Christ?

Skeptics often ask, “Is there anything that could possibly cause you to give up your belief in Jesus Christ?” It’s a good question and  a complicated one. The good part is this: As Popper explained, knowledge should be falsifiable in principle. If you hold a belief that can’t be falsified under any imaginable circumstances, your belief might be disconnected from reality. If it wasn’t true, how would you know it wasn’t true? If you can’t answer that question, then maybe…

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Move Beyond Duality – Or Else!

Move Beyond Duality – Or Else!

Book Review I can’t remember who or what it was that led me to pick up the book Moving Beyond Duality: Enough For Us All, Volume Three by Dorothy I. Riddle. I’ve been reading it today, at any rate, and what I’m learning from Ms. Riddle is that it’s time for us all to move beyond duality; hence the name. I’m also learning the value of thinking through the logical consequences of one’s position. This is a book of moral…

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25 Truths Essential To Restoring Our Freedoms

25 Truths Essential To Restoring Our Freedoms

Happy Independence Day! Today, more than any Independence Day in my lifetime, is a day for thinking about what it will take for us to restore our freedoms in America. Freedom for some is being able to do what one wants. Better thinkers — including America’s Founders — have seen it rather as the freedom to do what is right, to do good, to practice virtue, to follow conscience. This is my view of freedom, yet for this Independence Day post I’m thinking…

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Pushback Against “Critical Conversations” Book? No, Just Stereotyping

Pushback Against “Critical Conversations” Book? No, Just Stereotyping

At first I was going to say here that my book Critical Conversations had received its first pushback today, in an article Debra Pasquella wrote a titled “Christians Who Primarily Focus on Homosexuality Based on Fear.”” It wasn’t. She hadn’t read the book. She was stereotyping me instead. She did hear me do an interview (more on that below). But if she had read the book, she might not have said so blithely, Intolerance and hate are first taught at home….

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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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The Overwhelming, Mysterious, Multi-dimensional Glory of God’s Goodness

The Overwhelming, Mysterious, Multi-dimensional Glory of God’s Goodness

I don’t know how to speak this well enough. It would take a poet. God is good, and his way is good. It’s very good. It’s rich, it’s beautiful, it’s mulit-dimensional, it’s mysterious where it ought to be, and it’s plain where it should be. It’s dizzyingly satisfying. It’s glorious. It’s right. I don’t know how to say that well enough, partly because there’s an aspect in it of “you had to be there.” You could go there, actually, because…

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