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Safe For Humans Here

Safe For Humans Here

The gospel of Jesus Christ is good news for all because we all share the same human condition, the same human needs, the same human problem. I’ve been writing here about humanness, and I have more to share on that. I’ve written in the past on the importance of treating one another as human. I am now declaring this blog a human-safe zone: a place where we will not attack other people as people. This is a change in policy….

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Okay, You’re Right: There’s No Evidence For Faith …

Okay, You’re Right: There’s No Evidence For Faith …

Part of the extended series Evidence for the Faith I thought I was about to launch into a series on evidence for the Christian faith. Recent discussion here tells me there’s one more preliminary step to take first, however. I haven’t yet defined just what it is I’m about to provide evidence for. You see, there’s one sense in which the New Atheists are right: there’s no evidence for faith. They’re right, however, only to the extent that they misunderstand…

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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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Three Reasons Freedom of Religion Matters

Three Reasons Freedom of Religion Matters

Freedom of religion matters. It is unique from other freedoms. It wasn’t chosen ad hoc for inclusion in the Bill of Rights. Freedom of religion is not freedom-of-something-or-other. I needed to say that when I saw urbanus’s comment today, in response to the statement that at least two people in the UK had lost their jobs for opposing gay marriage, Okay, but that’s not the issue. If they lost their jobs for discriminating against people who are black, or disabled,…

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Five Reasons Churches Need More Unanswered Questions

Five Reasons Churches Need More Unanswered Questions

This has the potential to get pastors fired for following Jesus’ example. It will confuse anyone who sees me as a Christian apologist, and apologetics as being in the business of giving answers. The fact is I believe we need more unanswered questions. Pastors in particular need to leave more questions unanswered. There are (at least) five reasons this is true. Jesus set the example, as seen best in the book of John. 1. To Follow Jesus’ Example Jesus’ first…

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A Vision For Marriage In Our Culture: Ten Essentials

A Vision For Marriage In Our Culture: Ten Essentials

What will it take to recover marriage in our culture? Do we have a vision for marriage in our culture? I wrote recently on “Ten Reasons We’re Losing On Gay ‘Marriage.’” Today I want to lay out a vision for victory on marriage, in the form of ten essentials. Note that I do not say “victory on gay marriage.” Though I cannot help writing with that question in mind, the issue  is deeper and larger than that. I’m also not…

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Says the Madman: “Humanity Is Dead, and We Are Its Murderers”

Says the Madman: “Humanity Is Dead, and We Are Its Murderers”

  “Whither is humanity? cried the Madman. I will tell you. We have killed it. We are its murderers! But how could we do this? Are we not plunging continually? How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers?” When Friedrich Nietzsche’s Madman told the world, “God is dead, and we are his murderers,” it was as if he alone understood the enormity of the crime. It took a thinker of Nietzsche’s dark brilliance to fathom the depths of what this “death…

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If Christianity Is Your Religion, Don’t Thank God for the Cross

If Christianity Is Your Religion, Don’t Thank God for the Cross

If Christianity were my religion, I wouldn’t thank God for the Cross. But it’s not my religion, and on Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S. tomorrow, I will be giving God all the thanks I can give him for the Cross of Jesus Christ. I know I need to explain that, and I will. First I’ll need to clarify what I mean about “my religion.” Choosing Our ReligionsWe live in a world of religious pluralism. A recent Gallup poll says…

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Regularism: A Better Alternative to Methodological Naturalism

Regularism: A Better Alternative to Methodological Naturalism

(Update 3/29: Please regard this series as a first draft with important revisions yet to come.) I have just completed an argument to the effect that “Methodological Naturalism” (MN) is a false and flawed requirement for the practice of natural science. MN’s assumptions are theological rather than scientific, as witnessed by the fact that there is at least one form of “Methodological Theism” with equivalent implications for the practice of science. MN’s theological assumptions are disputable, and they are not resolvable…

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