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Recognizing the Real Thing: Is Christian Worship Manipulative?

Recognizing the Real Thing: Is Christian Worship Manipulative?

The music in church was great last Sunday. Unfortunately my mind wasn’t on it totally. I flashed back on the memory of some atheist or skeptic’s complaint that we Christians subject ourselves willingly to emotional manipulation with our minds in cognitive neutral. Later I went to look for where I had read that, and while I didn’t find exactly what I recalled, I ran across this from a blog post lovingly(?) labeled “dining with dunces:” … contrary to how evangelicals…

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The Image of God Under Attack

The Image of God Under Attack

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference The image of God in humans is under attack. Evolutionary doctrine leads many thinkers to conclude that there is no essential difference between us and and any other organism. (By “evolutionary doctrine,” I am referring specifically to the version of evolutionary theory that says all organisms have come to be through blind, unguided processes of random variation, natural selection, and other statistical population effects such as genetic drift. Although…

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In His Image: Working and Creating

In His Image: Working and Creating

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference Genesis 1:26-31 says, Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;…

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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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Coyne Responds on Free Will

Coyne Responds on Free Will

Jerry Coyne has responded to my piece (and others’) yesterday on his Free Will article in USAToday. He begins, Predictably, at his own website the Thinking Christian says that the assumption of natural laws that absolutely determine our choices is an unjustified a priori conclusion, not supported by science itself. (Nope, it’s a conclusion based on experience.) I’m disappointed that he didn’t notice what I wrote about that. I’ll try again. First, in a paragraph beginning “Now, certainly those laws,”…

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The Abolition of the Person

The Abolition of the Person

Godwin’s Law infamously predicts that as any Internet discussion continues, the probability that Hitler will be mentioned approaches 100%. I’ve wondered about this. Both Stalin and Mao murdered many more people than he did, so why does Hitler hold this uniquely dishonorably honor? It might be because the German horror strikes closer to home for English-speaking Internet users. Most of us trace a large portion of our heritage to Europe, not to Eurasia or China. Many of us have a…

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Books in Review: The Truth of the Soul of the Modern World

Books in Review: The Truth of the Soul of the Modern World

Dual Book Review The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization by Vishal Mangalwadi Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies by David Bentley Hart     One of the New Atheists’ more childish conceits is that of secularism’s moral superiority over all that has come before. Today’s enlightened ethics, it is thought, are the happy outcome of Enlightenment thinking finally brought to fruition; though perhaps their virtue reaches back in…

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Christians and Gay-Rights Advocates: Hatred or Humanity?

Christians and Gay-Rights Advocates: Hatred or Humanity?

I have just completed a short series on gay-rights advocates and Christians treating one another as humans. The first several titles I used in that series did not make clear what the topic was, so I’m appending this as a topic-title page. To Treat One Another As Humans: Urging gay-rights advocates to be consistent in practicing what I presume to be one of their values: treating others as humans, even those with whom they disagree. To Treat One Another As…

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