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Who’s Being Anti-Science Now?

Who’s Being Anti-Science Now?

This week’s edition of Contentious Questions (Because some questions just are that way): They say that Christianity is anti-science. I wonder who’s really being anti-science. See also my related article at The Stream. It includes a list of references for those who want to know more, since what I’m diving into here is just a hint of the whole story, which fills entire volumes if told in its entirety. Image Credit(s): Austin Neill, Unsplash.

“It’s In the Bible, So Believe It!” Won’t Help Youth At All

“It’s In the Bible, So Believe It!” Won’t Help Youth At All

I’m on my way to Little Rock for an interview with FamilyLife about my book Critical Conversations: A Christian Parents’ Guide to Discussing Homosexuality With Teens, I decided to re-read the book on the way, and I came across a passage in it that applies to any question, any issue with our children. I want to share it with you, because it’s absolutely vital. I’d just told the story of a friend whose faith was shipwrecked for years by her…

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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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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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The Dogmatically Self-Assured Reza Aslan

The Dogmatically Self-Assured Reza Aslan

Book Review I’ve been doing some work recently on the theory that Jesus Christ was a legendary figure, so I thought I should read Reza Aslan’s Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Plenty of other people have been reading it. It’s a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and has been named one of the year’s best books by Good Housekeeping, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Bookish, according to its Amazon web page. I’ll say this much for it:…

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College History Without Wars: Truth, Salvation, or None of the Above?

College History Without Wars: Truth, Salvation, or None of the Above?

My daughter called home yesterday from college, during the first session of a course on World History Since 1500. “I’m dropping this course,” she said. “The teacher said she’s not going to cover any wars. She thinks it’s more important to study the ways people have saved other people than to talk about people killing people.” Granted, I heard the story at third-hand. Maybe the teacher just meant she wasn’t going to cover war in great detail. I have to…

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Causes in Christian History, From Stark’s “The Triumph of Christianity”

Causes in Christian History, From Stark’s “The Triumph of Christianity”

Book Review, Part 1 The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World’s Largest Religion by Rodney Stark. I’m about one-third of my way through Rodney Stark’s 2012 book, The Triumph of Christianity. an historical survey of sociological causes and effects in Christian history. Stark is an historical sociologist; and in this work he speaks with that voice, and that voice only. When he speaks of the Christian movement’s effects, that focused sociological approach works well: he’s well within his…

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