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Naturalistic Atheism Is An Extraordinarily Strange and Unlikely Worldview

Naturalistic Atheism Is An Extraordinarily Strange and Unlikely Worldview

The other day I listed 50 facts and features of reality that Christianity explains better than any other worldview I know of. Every worldview has a way of explaining these 50 things, but only Christianity does so without having to force-fit these facts into its philosophy. Other worldviews take one or more of them to be unreal in some sense; only Christianity takes their reality seriously. This is obviously true of the items I listed under “History” in that article, which are all…

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25 Lies Dominating Western Culture Today

25 Lies Dominating Western Culture Today

25 Lies Dominating Western Culture Today … and seeking to rule over your own view of reality. Not one of these is true. Even Christians are falling for some of them, though — especially the last three. Humans are unexceptional among the animals. Human nature is malleable according to human will. Innocent, defenseless human life is dispensable without moral consequence. Human flourishing is best promoted through shielding persons from contrary opinions, beliefs and values. Disagreement on moral choices and practices is equivalent to hate….

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The Rise of the Nones and the Collapse of the Middle

The Rise of the Nones and the Collapse of the Middle

Published at BreakPoint this week, The Rise of the Nones and the Collapse of the Middle, including, On first glance it might appear that Christianity is in decline. The truth is rather more complex–in some ways encouraging and in other ways ominous, for what the numbers signify is a widening polarization of American society due to the collapse of the middle.

Michael Shermer’s Inadvertent Argument for Christianity

Michael Shermer’s Inadvertent Argument for Christianity

A reader wrote and asked me if I had seen Michael Shermer’s Salon article, “Bill Maher is right about religion.” I hadn’t. The article is subtitled, “The Orwellian ridiculousness of Jesus, and the truth about moral progress.” I found it, well, ridiculous. Misguided Criticism of Normal Human Groups There’s too much wrong there to respond to in one blog post. His main point, concerning religions’ moral history, will be part of the first topic I plan to take up with…

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David Barash, Evolution, and God: Pretending Authority Far Beyond His Qualifications

David Barash, Evolution, and God: Pretending Authority Far Beyond His Qualifications

David Barash has a capital-T Talk he gives college students every year. He tells about it in a NY Times op-ed, God, Darwin and My College Biology Class: Every year around this time, with the college year starting, I give my students The Talk. It isn’t, as you might expect, about sex, but about evolution and religion, and how they get along. More to the point, how they don’t. Barash is a biologist, a professor at the University of Washington….

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Stand Firm!

Stand Firm!

Anthony Esolen speaks with astonishing accuracy and breathtaking power in the current Touchstone. (Did you notice I’ve begun advertising Touchstone here? Esolen is one reason you should read it.) After a short history lesson on the Arian controversy, he goes on to say, In our day, the issue is not Christology. We’re not so sophisticated in our heresies. The issue is sex. We’re encouraged to pretend that the child-making act is not essentially ordered to child-making. We must pretend that…

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Atheism, Faith, and Violence: Focus on Atheism

Atheism, Faith, and Violence: Focus on Atheism

Last time in this series on atheism, faith, and violence, I took a very brief look at Richard Dawkins’s misunderstanding of faith: specifically, that it’s not just the fact of faith but also its content that matters. That was the first of five items I said I would cover in pursuit of the question Dawkins raised: is there a more logical path from faith to violence than there is from atheism to violence? The answer to that quite obviously is…

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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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