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Victor Stenger, religion and violence

Posted on 09/02/14 5 Comments

Victor Stenger, retired particle physicist and new atheist polemicist, passed away suddenly on August 27th at the age of 79. While I rarely agreed with Dr. Stenger, I enjoyed reading his writings and found them to be engaging and provocative. So how to recognize the man’s passing? When a comedian dies, you honor her by […]

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Why does God always seem to call the best pastors to the best churches?

Posted on 09/02/14 6 Comments

Pastor Dave gives the announcement on Sunday morning. He has accepted the call to become the new head pastor at First Baptist. Everybody knows that First Baptist is a flagship church in the denomination. And it’s in a beautiful city with lovely sites and a delightful climate. Dave will have a professional team to work […]

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What are we made of? Star dust or stellar nuclear waste?

Posted on 08/30/14 24 Comments

Carbon, the building blocks of life (as we know it), is produced by a process called stellar nucleosynthesis. This is an amazing fact, and I have seen it described in two very different ways: We are made of star dust. We are made of stellar nuclear waste. This is a particularly vivid example of how a […]

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On calling God a murderer (Part 2)

Posted on 08/29/14 58 Comments

I ended part 1 of this discussion with two questions, the first of which I will begin to address here: “when does the death of an individual constitute God’s killing that individual?” Note that by addressing this question we are not yet discussing God’s murdering anybody since killing and murdering are not the same thing. To […]

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An atheist about one less god than you

Posted on 08/28/14 18 Comments

Christian writer Frank Schaeffer, prophet, heretic or curmudgeon (depends who you ask) recently wrote a book titled Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God. In an interview on the book with Brian McLaren Schaeffer observes: “having published a book with a title that says ‘Why I am an Atheist who Believes in God,” I’m getting all kinds […]

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On calling God a murderer (Part 1)

Posted on 08/27/14 91 Comments

Over the years I have often heard the charge made: if God exists, then he is a murderer. As a piece of rhetoric, I suppose such charges satisfy those making them. But as a serious accusation they commonly leave much to be desired. In this series of posts I’m going to discuss the complexities inherent […]

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On seeking some Oprah inspiration

Posted on 08/26/14 4 Comments

This morning I was at Oprah.com seeking some inspiration. Okay, I wasn’t seeking inspiration exactly, but I was seeking some inspirational quotes describing the limitless boundaries of human potential, quotes that I could then deconstruct in an upcoming lecture on theological anthropology. Then I got sidetracked. Midway through a list of seventeen inspirational quotes, I became distracted by an […]

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At the risk of beating a dead horse…a look at the “most helpful” review of “God’s not Dead”

Posted on 08/25/14 42 Comments

It is definitely time to leave the film “God’s not Dead” behind and move on to greener pastures. However, before I do so, I thought it might be worthwhile for us to take a quick look at the “most helpful” review on Amazon.com. As of this morning Amazon has 1168 reviews of the film including 921 reviews […]

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Defending the sharper edge: A modest defense of my “God’s not Dead” review

Posted on 08/24/14 11 Comments

The other day I heard from a reader who took issue with my scathing critique of “God’s not Dead.” He didn’t take issue with the objections I raised to the film per se, but he did object to the unremitting negativity in which I couched the critique. His concern was borne by pastoral concern for those […]

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If Richard Dawkins were king

Posted on 08/22/14 73 Comments

Plato famously opined that in his perfect city state great philosophers would serve as the supreme rulers. It is a common mantra among secularists today that we would surely want secular, non-religious people in that vaunted role. And it is easy to point to a contemporary example of a militant socio-political group with a distinct religious […]

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