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Oprah interviews Rob Bell … and Randal too!

Posted on 11/28/14 3 Comments

Rob Bell recently appeared on Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday”. Before I continue, let me note that I like Oprah. In a world of increasingly nasty, polarized people, she appears to be a genuinely kind person who has done a lot of good in the world. My biggest problem with Oprah is that her view of […]

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William Lane Craig on Apologetics and Debates

Posted on 11/25/14 32 Comments

As one of the most influential and prolific philosophers of religion today, and indisputably the world’s leading Christian apologist, William Lane Craig is one of those rare guests who truly needs no introduction. But that’s not going to stop me from giving one. Dr. Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology […]

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On the professorial pipe dream

Posted on 11/21/14 42 Comments

Today I was out for lunch with a friend who is a professor in the religion department at a well known Christian university in the United States. He mentioned that he’d been on search committees in the past so I asked him how many applicants the school would tend to get for each position advertised. […]

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The 59-Second Apologist: How does the atonement work?

Posted on 11/17/14 55 Comments

The good news of the Christian gospel is that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:19) so that through him those who are separated from God can be made at-one with him. But how is the atonement supposed to work, exactly? Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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Contempt for dissenting opinion

Posted on 11/16/14 177 Comments

In “Advice on politely educating ridiculous religious people” I took issue with Walter Sinnott-Armstrong’s claim that “religious beliefs are ridiculous.” In the discussion thread Rob Gressis asked: “How do you feel about people who believe in astrology or crystals?” I replied by noting that I wouldn’t call their belief ridiculous since such a statement would […]

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Advice on politely educating ridiculous religious people

Posted on 11/14/14 82 Comments

Louise Antony’s edited collection Philosophers without Gods (Oxford University Press, 2007) is a fine collection. Part of its appeal comes from the range of arguments and reflections that fill its pages. Equally valuable (though perhaps less obviously so) is the range of attitudes that come with those arguments and reflections. Some essayists reflect a respect for […]

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Can you be Gay and Christian? A review (Part 4): Can you be remarried and Christian?

Posted on 11/12/14 50 Comments

Michael L. Brown. Can You Be Gay and Christian? Responding with Love & Truth to Questions about Homosexuality. Lake Mary, FL: FrontLine, 2014, 286 pp. In this final installment of the review we’re going to turn to the title of Brown’s book, “Can you be Gay and Christian?” For many people, this is the most important […]

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“Can You Be Gay and Christian?” A review (Part 3): The Weak Harmony Thesis

Posted on 11/10/14 48 Comments

Michael L. Brown. Can You Be Gay and Christian? Responding with Love & Truth to Questions about Homosexuality. Lake Mary, FL: FrontLine, 2014, 286 pp. According to what I call the Strong Harmony Thesis (SHT), the Bible includes teaching explicitly supportive of homosexual relationships. Michael Brown focuses most of his energy on rebutting the SHT, and […]

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“Can You Be Gay and Christian?” A review (Part 2): On moral abominations

Posted on 11/08/14 8 Comments

Michael L. Brown. Can You Be Gay and Christian? Responding with Love & Truth to Questions about Homosexuality. Lake Mary, FL: FrontLine, 2014, 286 pp.  In the first installment of this review (for part 1 click here) I noted that Brown’s book is one of the best articulated presentations of the traditional Christian prohibition of homosexuality […]

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Lawrence Krauss believes religion might disappear in a generation

Posted on 11/05/14 186 Comments

Atheist and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss recently opined in an interview that religion could be gone in a generation. Consider his reasoning in support of this staggering conclusion (as quoted in the above-linked Salon.com article): “This issue of gay marriage, it is going to go away, because if you’re a a child, a 13-year-old, they […]

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