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The Spiritual Life of an Apologist

The Spiritual Life of an Apologist

My friend Brian Auten at Apologetics 315 has just posted audio from one of the discussions Tim McGrew and I led at Defend the Faith, a conference held at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary early last month. This one is on The Spiritual Life of an Apologist. For your convenience, listen here: [podcast]https://www.thinkingchristian.net/wp-content/audio/df15-mcgrew-gilson-spiritual-life-of-apologist.mp3[/podcast]

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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Spirituality Without Religion

Spirituality Without Religion

The LA Times is reporting on a “Spirituality for Kids” curriculum being presented in some Los Angeles public schools.   ‘Spirituality for Kids’ is not religious,” said Karen Timko, who is in charge of elementary counselors for the Los Angeles Unified School District and has included the group in a resource fair for counselors. “It’s tools for navigating your life.” This is another good argument for appropriate separation of church and state, religion and public education. (Yes, I’m in favor of…

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“Is Religion an Answer? Marriage, Fatherhood, and the Male Problematic”

“Is Religion an Answer? Marriage, Fatherhood, and the Male Problematic”

From the conclusion of a paper out of the University of Virginia (emphasis added): This brief provides an array of evidence indicating that religion is an answer to the male problematic—that is, the tendency of fathers to become detached, emotionally or physically, from their children and the mothers of their children. I find that fathers who are religious, and who have partners who are religious, are—on average—more likely to be happily married, to be engaged and affectionate parents, and to…

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Religion, other factors contribute to successful African-American marriages

Religion, other factors contribute to successful African-American marriages

More positive life outcomes associated with spirituality. This EurekAlert article’s headline reads Religion, other factors contribute to successful African-American marriages Spousal commitment, faith and communication key to enduring relationships This continues to add to an ongoing store of articles on spirituality and life outcomes. Please see that page for perspectives on interpreting such research.

Further Effects of “Child Abuse:” Spirituality Is Major Contributor to Children’s Happiness

Further Effects of “Child Abuse:” Spirituality Is Major Contributor to Children’s Happiness

Richard Dawkins is famously trying to convince the world that it’s abusive to raise children in a religious tradition–any religious tradition. It’s an ironically unscientific opinion, not just unsupported but actually contradicted by research. Mike Gene points to yet another instance of that: Spirituality — defined as an inner belief system — accounted for eight to 17 per cent of the average child’s sense of happiness, the study showed. By contrast, money, the marital status of parents and the child’s…

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