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So You Want An Unbiased Opinion On Christianity? You’re Piling On More Bias Than You Think!

So You Want An Unbiased Opinion On Christianity? You’re Piling On More Bias Than You Think!

Book Review: The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails. Part Two Bias To the Max Jason Long survey’s persuasion theory in chapter 3 of John Loftus’s The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails. Similar critiques apply to what I wrote about the rest of the book’s part one. But there’s one thing in particular that bears analysis. It’s the idea that you can’t trust a biased opinion. Sounds reasonable enough, right? Long puts it this way: Scholars who begin with no emotional investment in…

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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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Seven Stanzas and a Stone at Easter

Seven Stanzas and a Stone at Easter

There are some who say that today, Easter, is a celebration of an excess of imagination. John Updike, never short on imagination himself, says no: the Easter reports were about what happened. Make no mistake: if he rose at all It was as His body; If the cell’s dissolution did not reverse, the molecule reknit, The amino acids rekindle, The Church will fall. It was not as the flowers, Each soft spring recurrent; It was not as His Spirit in…

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He Is Risen! Three Reasons We Know It’s True

He Is Risen! Three Reasons We Know It’s True

He is risen! How do we know? John Stonestreet of BreakPoint/The Colson Center for Christian Worldview does a daily one-minute nationwide radio broadcast called The Point. I write some of them for him, including three this week: Women as Witnesses Cowards in the Story Cowards to Courageous (The video is obviously just for the web. Click here if you don’t see it.) These three minutes represent a version of the “minimal facts” case for Jesus' Resurrection, based on facts that…

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Christmas Gift Alert! iWitness Books and Apps

Christmas Gift Alert! iWitness Books and Apps

Books/Apps Review I don’t know when I’ve seen anything like Doug Powell’s books Resurrection iWitness and Jesus iWitness. It’s not just their incredibly rich visual design, or their clear presentation of essential truths. It’s their interactivity: almost as if they could have been iPad apps. But wait—they are—and so is New Testament iWitness! I’ve had a chance to treat myself to these three books/apps in both versions, print and electronic. Either way, the first thing I noticed was their rich graphic design….

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Ten Turning Points: Wrap-up

Ten Turning Points: Wrap-up

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference Ten turning points have made all the difference—not just for some religion, not just for some people, but for all of reality. It’s time now to wrap up this series with a summary. This has been a series with a mixed purpose. I had been wanting to summarize the story of history viewed through the lens of its most crucial events. I ended up doing it with a small…

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Ten Turning Points: The Certain Return of Christ

Ten Turning Points: The Certain Return of Christ

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a matter of knowledge. The return of Christ is a matter of faith. The difference is in how we take each of them to be true. The resurrection is attested to by multiple evidences, which Christians (who have studied it) generally consider be sufficient to allow us to say, “I know it happened.” (Knowledge, by the way, does not have to mean certainty,…

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Ten Turning Points: Considering the Evidences for Jesus’ Resurrection

Ten Turning Points: Considering the Evidences for Jesus’ Resurrection

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference Last night I passed along five facts on which historians are solidly agreed. Jesus was crucified The disciples believed that Jesus appeared to them after his death Paul (Saul) was converted to faith in Christ after Jesus’ death Jesus’ half-brother James was likewise converted to faith in Jesus after the crucifixion The tomb in which Jesus was buried was empty that first Easter morning Knowledgeable consensus is virtually unanimous…

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