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What Bob Seidensticker Got Wrong About My “Too Good To Be False” Argument

What Bob Seidensticker Got Wrong About My “Too Good To Be False” Argument

A few weeks ago Bob Seidensticker, atheist blogger at Patheos.com, attempted to deconstruct my argument that Jesus is too good to be false. Unfortunately he got the argument wrong, so of course his refutations, such as they are, are irrelevant. Why do atheists think it’s interesting to rebut arguments Christians aren’t making? Still I want to answer him, because somebody might think he’d dealt some kind of blow to my argument, not knowing he’d actually missed the whole thing by…

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How Would Jesus Blog? Not Like You Probably Thought

How Would Jesus Blog? Not Like You Probably Thought

Announcing the release of my new ebook, How Would Jesus Blog? Answering Online Adversaries Jesus’ Way If you could know how Jesus would blog — especially when it comes arguments with opponents online — would you want to? Would you be happy to find out there’s a better way? There is! We’ve Been Bearing With It a Long Time Mockery. Smugness. Unwillingness to listen. Refusal to acknowledge good reasoning. Self-satisfied, condescending snarkiness. This is how many of us experience the…

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Lord, Liar, Lunatic Trilemma: How the Accounts Prove the “Legend” Answer Fails, Too

Lord, Liar, Lunatic Trilemma: How the Accounts Prove the “Legend” Answer Fails, Too

I could use your help with a presentation I’m preparing. Read on to find out how. C. S. Lewis popularized what’s come to be known as the Lord, Liar, Lunatic trilemma: it’s impossible to look at the accounts of Jesus and think he was a great moral teacher but not God. The famous passage in Mere Christianity reads: I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus…

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Why Jesus’ Acceptance of All People Doesn’t Mean What This Lesbian Pastor Thinks It Means

Why Jesus’ Acceptance of All People Doesn’t Mean What This Lesbian Pastor Thinks It Means

Rev. Cynthia Meyer, a United Methodist pastor who recently came out as lesbian — and is under church discipline for it — explained part of her pro-LGBT reasoning thus: My understanding of Christian teaching centers on the Gospels, and what we know about the teachings and actions of Jesus. I don’t think Jesus was really looking to label people as incompatible, no matter who they were. The Gospel is then the lens through which I look at all of scripture, which…

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Being Good “For Nothing” — Does That Make Atheist Ethics Better Than Christian?

Being Good “For Nothing” — Does That Make Atheist Ethics Better Than Christian?

Get the picture? Here’s the challenge: Atheistic morality is allegedly better than Christianity because Christians are looking for a reward for our goodness, while atheists are good “for nothing.” (Again, I am not saying “good for nothing.”) There are three parts to that statement: Christian goodness is motivated by a hoped-for reward. Atheists’ goodness is goodness for its own sake. Goodness for its own sake is intrinsically better than goodness for a reward. Does that make atheist ethics better than Christian ethics?…

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