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Damaging, Embarrassing, Mindless Errors

Damaging, Embarrassing, Mindless Errors

This post started out to be one thing and ended up being another. I wrote the part between the two asterisk groups before bedtime last night, and then I got stuck. You’ll see why when you get to the end of that section. I slept on it, and this morning I decided to let you in on some of the process I went through to come to a conclusion. I think it’s an important one, even though it’s not what…

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David Barton: Tragedy Unfolding

David Barton: Tragedy Unfolding

I first learned of David Barton’s errors a couple months or so ago, in a conversation with Jay Richards who was already seeking ways to encourage Barton to correct himself. World Magazine fills in more of the details. I’m not an historian, so I’m in no position to assess Barton’s accuracy. I note, however, that one of my True Reason co-authors, Glenn Sunshine, has called him out for historical inaccuracies. Jay Richards has. A pair of professors at Grove City…

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Is Christianity Sexist? 3: Even If…

Is Christianity Sexist? 3: Even If…

Sexism is a manifestation of the human propensity by which those who hold power over others tend to abuse that power. Nothing in atheism helps correct that problem. Christianity (ChristianytT, that is), by contrast, offers a strong solution to sexism. Look back at these revolutionary words from my previous post in this series and you’ll see the following. In Ephesians 5:25, Paul tells men to give themselves up for their wives. In Matthew 19:4b-6,8b (among other passages), Jesus turns upside-down the…

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Do We Need To Prove All Other Religions False?

Do We Need To Prove All Other Religions False?

Comment conversations here lately have brought up the question, “Sure, you think Christianity is true. Muslims think Islam is true. Hindus think Hinduism is true. What makes you think you’re any more right than they are? Not only that, but if you applied the same standard to Christianity that you do to those other religions, you would reject Christianity just like you do all of them.” That’s not so, actually. I’ve looked at the world’s major religions. Here briefly are…

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Three Ways of Knowing

Three Ways of Knowing

How can we know Christianity is true? As I shared with Seaford Baptist Church last Sunday, we can know (among many other ways)… By the Holy Spirit’s confirmation By the evidence of history By the sense that Christianity makes My notes (PDF) are attached.

Ten Turning Points: Jesus Rose From the Dead

Ten Turning Points: Jesus Rose From the Dead

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference It is the greatest turning point of them all. Nothing else could possibly compare. It turned days of desperate hopelessness into centuries of joyful celebration. It turned death upside down. Of this Christians are convinced: the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the greatest and best thing that has ever happened. Are we right? I am sure that no one would dispute the resurrection’s central importance in human history—if it…

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Ten Turning Points: The Humiliation of the Cross

Ten Turning Points: The Humiliation of the Cross

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference “Christianity is the only major religion to have as its central event the humiliation of its God.” That’s the opening sentence in Bruce L. Shelley’s Church History in Plain Language. It sounds more like the end of a history than the beginning. Yet the weekend of Jesus’ death and resurrection was the single most crucial* turning point of all turning points. It was the crux** of all history. Christianity teaches…

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Ten Turning Points: The Incarnation, Once For All

Ten Turning Points: The Incarnation, Once For All

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference We Christians need to be realistic about the way our religion looks to others. Our message is that a wandering teller of tales and miracle worker who lived 2,000 years ago makes all the difference to everyone throughout history. If you don’t sense a touch of unlikeliness attached to that, then you don’t understand your friends and neighbors well enough. They think it’s most improbable on the face of…

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