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Loving Those We Disagree With (Podcast)

Loving Those We Disagree With (Podcast)

We got a comment here from Gina recently, asking about how Christians can love homosexuals, and whether propositional truth might be at the core of our conflict. Those are great questions. I’ve been thinking about putting out a call for questions from readers, which I would answer by way of 3- to 1o-minute podcasts. I want to make this a new and regular feature of this blog, mostly so that I can be responsive to your questions, but also so…

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Letting Go of the Need To Be Better Than Others

Letting Go of the Need To Be Better Than Others

Dan Pearce of the “Single Dad, Laughing” blog has written an arresting article called “I’m Christian, Unless You’re Gay.” There is much in there that I applaud and support. I encourage all to read the story and the follow-up, and to learn well from it. I do need to put that recommendation in context, for Pearce says he’s not religious, and he gets some things wrong in his description of Christianity. I’ll come back to that in a bit. But…

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“Deepest Feelings” or Right and Wrong?

“Deepest Feelings” or Right and Wrong?

I didn’t catch this exactly enough to quote it all, but it went something like this. Mark Halperin was on one of the morning shows this morning, discussing the (apparently) surprising pushback the Obama administration has been getting this week, since announcing there would be only narrow exceptions to the new federal requirement that insurers give away contraceptives and abortifacient drugs. The effect of the ruling is that many Christian organizations, especially Catholic ones, will be required by law to…

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“Truth vs. ‘Truth'”

“Truth vs. ‘Truth'”

My September Worldview and You column is up now at BreakPoint. It’s on Truth vs. “truths,” including: Possibly the most insidious of all these “truths” is the one that says truths don’t conflict: that we can all live happily together with our various ideas of truth, that it’s impolite to suppose that any of us could really be wrong, and that everything is going to turn out all right for everyone in the end. It is a lovely dream, an…

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“When Christianity becomes lethal”

“When Christianity becomes lethal”

When I opened up Susan Brooks Thislethwaite’s Washington Post opinion piece, “When Christianity Becomes Lethal,” I was skeptical, to say the least. There is a disturbing tendency among some observers—Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens are great examples—to treat so-called “fundamentalist” religions indiscriminately, as if all are equally prone to violence. That’s nothing but absurd, as a quick survey of the news will tell you almost any day of the week. The article met my expectations through several paragraphs, disappointingly so….

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Homosexual Activism: Truth or Confrontations

Homosexual Activism: Truth or Confrontations

An AP article run in multiple news sources yesterday says “Some Gay-Rights Foes Claim They Now Are Bullied.” It begins, As the gay-rights movement advances, there is increasing evidence of an intriguing role reversal: Today, it is the conservative opponents of that movement who seem eager to depict themselves as victims of intolerance. To them, the gay-rights lobby has morphed into a relentless bully, pressuring companies and law firms into policy reversals, making it taboo in some circumstances to express…

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The Essential Missing Prologue To All Apologetics

The Essential Missing Prologue To All Apologetics

The practice of Christian apologetics faces a new and mostly unrecognized hurdle. Although this hurdle’s pieces and parts are familiar to apologists and worldview thinkers, few have recognized their full implications. It is the new fundamental obstacle to listeners’ and readers’ saying “yes” to Jesus Christ and to Christianity, so much so that for many it stands as a strong barrier against their hearing anything we say. For that reason, addressing it has become essential as a prologue to all…

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“Truth in the Fire: C.S. Lewis and Pursuit of Truth Today”

“Truth in the Fire: C.S. Lewis and Pursuit of Truth Today”

Truth In the Fire I have written appreciatively twice of Dallas Willard lately. Now I turn to his article, Truth in the Fire: C.S. Lewis and Pursuit of Truth Today: Publications: The Independent Institute. Originally delivered as a lecture ten years ago at the C.S. Lewis Centennial at Oxford University, this paper springboards from Lewis’s understanding of Truth, and attacks being made upon it in Lewis’s time, to a more contemporary discussion of the same issue. (Dallas Willard is Professor…

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