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The Gospel and the Mind, by Bradley G. Green

The Gospel and the Mind, by Bradley G. Green

I just read The Gospel and the Mind: Recovering and Shaping the Intellectual Life by Bradley G Green.  I’m wondering why it took me so long. Read it: I predict you will wonder the same thing. I’ve read theories of knowledge before. I’ve never come across one that put it in such a theological and ethical light as this one does. It’s not epistemology, it’s ethics: the kind of persons we need to be in order to know anything truly at…

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What Does Faith Have to Do With Knowledge? (Faith-Knowledge Connection Part Two)

What Does Faith Have to Do With Knowledge? (Faith-Knowledge Connection Part Two)

What does faith have to do with knowledge? Skeptics keep asking that. In part one of this series I showed one thing obviously wrong with a certain atheistic philosophy professor’s view on the matter (more on him below). But I was asked to draw out the actual connection that exists between the two. It’s a fair question, but it’s also a daunting task, in that the follow-up question is bound to be, “If faith is tied to knowledge, then how…

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Peter Boghossian Pretends To Know What He Doesn’t Know

Peter Boghossian Pretends To Know What He Doesn’t Know

Peter Boghossian pretends to know what he doesn’t know. Though he claims to be on a campaign to eradicate faith, which he defines as the unreliable way of knowing that always leads people to pretend to know what they do not know, he makes that very error himself, right in the heart of his complaints about faith. Parading himself as a paragon of clear thinking, in reality he’s a walking self-contradiction. It’s one of many reasons I’ve been astonished to…

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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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Ten Turning Points: Is the Holy Spirit Missing?

Ten Turning Points: Is the Holy Spirit Missing?

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference I wrote last time about the Holy Spirit’s work in believers. The sad fact is that we don’t see that work as consistently as we should. Bill Bright, who authored the message I linked to in my first talk on this topic, estimates that 95% of believers are living defeated lives, not experiencing the reality of God’s life within them. Why is that? Is God missing? No, what’s missing…

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Christianity, Knowledge, and Empiricism

Christianity, Knowledge, and Empiricism

Last Friday I turned off the comments on the thread, “We Came to Share ‘True Reason Materials.’” The next morning I said I would re-open discussion on a new thread, and here it is. The most interesting challenge to me in that line of discussion was Erin’s in comment #85. You can read the original, so I will just outline her main points: Empirical testing is required to establish the truth of Christianity Erin seems to think I do not…

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Dawkins: Not Always Wrong About Religion

Dawkins: Not Always Wrong About Religion

Robert Wright complains in The Atlantic about Dawkins’s unreasonableness. Strangely, where Wright finds him most unreasonable I find Dawkins most reasonable. Dawkins wants to erase the distinction between private and public belief. I say bravo! Religious belief has been relegated to a private sphere as if it were not a matter of knowledge or of public interest. I am quite sure that much knowledge considered “religious,” which is set off in a corner just because it is “religious,” is actually…

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Ten Turning Points: What’s So Special About Special Revelation?

Ten Turning Points: What’s So Special About Special Revelation?

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference What’s so special about God’s special revelation? There’s much to be said, but I want to close this week’s study with just two words: knowledge and relationship. Knowledge We can know. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of that. Through God’s special revelation, the Bible, we know where we came from, what we’re here for, what life is all about, what’s behind our basic problems, what it takes to…

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