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David as Goliath and Goliath as David

Posted on 08/20/14 3 Comments

In this fascinating TED Talk Malcolm Gladwell turns the story of David and Goliath upside down by reading David in the role of Goliath and Goliath in the role of David. As Gladwell puts it, “Goliath is a sitting duck. He doesn’t have a chance.” This is a familiar biblical narrative as you’ve never heard […]

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The beheading of Goliath and the beheading of Syrian soldiers

Posted on 08/19/14 24 Comments

Last week the world gaped in horror at a photo posted to Instagram by Jihadist Khaled Sharrouf. The photo depicts Sharrouf’s seven year old son proudly holding up the decapitated head of a Syrian soldier. The moral judgment was unequivocal. “Appalling!” “Disgusting!” “Evil!” This moral revulsion provides an opportune time to turn to one of the […]

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Beyond the Red-Letter Bible

Posted on 08/18/14 42 Comments

The red letter edition of the New Testament was first published in 1899. Since then the practice of printing the words of Jesus in red has become a staple among American Protestant Christians. The idea first came to Louis Klopsch, as Crossway Publishers explains: “Klopsch conceived the idea of printing some of the biblical text with red […]

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The Atheist Bogeyman? Critiquing Christian paranoia about the secular conspriacy

Posted on 08/16/14 15 Comments

One of my readers, Fox, provided a link to Tom Gilson’s glowing review of “God’s not Dead”. In the review Gilson provides some evidence for atheistic professors being hostile toward Christianity. He includes the following case which is perhaps the most striking of them: “The late Professor Richard Rorty famously announced his intention ‘to strip […]

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“God’s not Dead”: The Review

Posted on 08/15/14 32 Comments

I finally saw “God’s not Dead.” I was prepared to be amused and perhaps irritated. I didn’t expect to be outraged. However, by the end I found myself drawn to one descriptor: reprehensible. Strong word, I know. Let me explain why. Christians have often complained about the way they are depicted in Hollywood. And they […]

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A simple explanation for how atheists can hate God

Posted on 08/15/14 93 Comments

In my review for 50 Great Myths about Atheism I noted that the authors (Russell and Schüklenk) insist that the claim that “Atheists Hate or are Angry with God” is a “myth”. Not only do they reject the claim that all atheists hate or are angry with God (a point with which I’d agree). They […]

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“50 Great Myths About Atheism”: A Review

Posted on 08/14/14 10 Comments

Blackford, Russell and Udo Schüklenk, 50 Great Myths About Atheism (Wiley Blackwell, 2013). ISBN: 978-0-470-67405-5. When Russell and Schüklenk use the word myth, they are referring to a widely held and persistent belief that is demonstrably false. (As they write in the introduction, they are focused on claims that “are false” and yet “have managed to […]

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From weak scientism to atheism? “WIBA”: A Review (Part 15)

Posted on 08/13/14 87 Comments

The sun rises and sets, people busy themselves with the tasks of life, wars are fought, dreams are crushed, love is born … and yet another installment of my review of John Loftus, Why I Became an Atheist, is completed and presented to a waiting world. In this installment we take a look at chapter […]

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“Deep Church Rising”: A Review

Posted on 08/11/14 8 Comments

Robin Parry and Andrew Walker. Deep Church Rising: The Third Schism and the Recovery of Christian Orthodoxy (Cascade, 2014). Robin Parry and Andrew Walker’s new book, Deep Church Rising, is a call to ressourcement (see, for example, 44) in response to the unique challenges of our age. As Parry and Walker (henceforth P&W) point out, “The purpose of going […]

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God and Morality? “WIBA”: A Review (Part 14)

Posted on 08/10/14 77 Comments

This is part 14 of my review of John Loftus’ Why I Became an Atheist. For part 13 click here. Loftus begins the chapter “Does Morality Come From God?” with the following assertion: “Christians claim their moral foundation is superior to others in that their faith provides the only sufficient standard for morality.” (103) To […]

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