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The One Thing Wrong With Seeking Advice On How To Respond to Tragedy

The One Thing Wrong With Seeking Advice On How To Respond to Tragedy

How do we respond to a tragic horror like this weekend’s shooting in Orlando? If you’re just asking now, you might be asking the wrong question. It’s not that there’s no answer. There is, and on one level it’s quite simple. I do not say it is easy, but at least it can be stated simply: We respond in love according to truth and grace, as always. Jesus was full of grace and truth (John 1:14), and God is love…

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Violence, Religion, and Atheism, Part One

Violence, Religion, and Atheism, Part One

Richard Dawkins says there is a logical path from religion to violence, but not from atheism to violence. He comes stunningly close to the truth, while yet missing it altogether. This comes from somewhere after minute 75 in a debate (video here) with John Lennox in Birmingham, Alabama on October 3, 2007. Dawkins said, I think there is a logical path from religion to doing terrible things…. There's a logical path that says, if you really, really, really believe that…

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Atheism, Faith, and Violence: So Close Yet So Wrong

Atheism, Faith, and Violence: So Close Yet So Wrong

Richard Dawkins says there is a logical path from faith to violence, but not from atheism to violence. He comes stunningly close to the truth, while yet missing it altogether. This comes from somewhere after minute 75 in a debate (video here) with John Lennox in Birmingham, Alabama on October 3, 2007. Dawkins said, I think there is a logical path from religion to doing terrible things…. There’s a logical path that says, if you really, really, really believe that…

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Contrasts and Choices

Contrasts and Choices

Here’s a passage some readers may recognize more readily than others. I’ll come to its more familiar context in a moment. Whoever believes in [Jesus Christ] is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who…

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Our Problem: To Explain the Human Condition

Our Problem: To Explain the Human Condition

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference Genesis 3 tells how humans first entered into what I’m calling our problem. Some people find the story there hard to believe on account of the talking serpent and the seemingly magical fruit. We’ll come back to that. For now I want to show what it is in Genesis 3 that makes more sense than any other explanation I know of for the human condition. Consider this, after all:…

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Our Problem: Illusion or Reality?

Our Problem: Illusion or Reality?

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference What’s our problem? No, seriously. What’s wrong with us? Maybe nothing’s wrong with us. Sure, it seems like something’s not right with humanity, but maybe it’s just an illusion. There are modern naturalists/materialists who say consciousness and free will are human illusions. They’re not the only ones who place common-sense human experience in doubt. “Christian Science” (which is neither) teaches that evil is unreal, and that our only real…

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