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The Tentative Apologist Goes on Hiatus

Posted on 09/11/14 16 Comments

I have decided to take a break from blogging (and podcasting) for awhile, at least for the remainder of September. Once October rolls around I will consider when to return to blogging and podcasting.

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Mother Teresa said we find Jesus in the poor. Was she right?

Posted on 09/10/14 18 Comments

I grew up thinking that salvation consisted of praying a sinner’s prayer. I assumed that Paul had clarified that issue for posterity when he observed, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom. 10:9) As a result, […]

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The delusion of the non-creedal atheist

Posted on 09/08/14 105 Comments

Many atheists like to present themselves as “free thinkers”, unencumbered by ideology, confession or creed, in contrast to their religionist neighbors. Consider, for example, the venerable organization American Atheists which was founded way back in 1963 to defend the civil liberties of atheists. Under the section of their website titled “Aims and Purposes” the organization defines “atheism” as […]

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Does religion make conflict worse?

Posted on 09/07/14 88 Comments

David Evans offered a helpful comment in response to my article “If we all reasoned like the atheistic ideologue.” After noting that Christians also make crass statements (a point I certainly wouldn’t dispute!), Evans offers the following observation: “I would be inclined to say that though most conflicts have more than one cause, certain religions […]

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If we all reasoned like the atheistic ideologue

Posted on 09/06/14 99 Comments

The atheist ideologue is so committed to perpetuating his secular ideology that he will impugn “religion” any chance he gets. In the last few weeks the internet has seen a flurry of armchair analysis by atheistic ideologues offering their ruminations on ISIS. Desperately short in their understanding of the geopolitical, social, cultural and historical factors […]

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Could it ever be right to deny Christ?

Posted on 09/06/14 15 Comments

“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32) In his influential book Situation Ethics, Christian ethicist Joseph Fletcher argued the unthinkable: under certain conditions it could be ethically right to deny Christ publicly. […]

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Religion provides the motivation to destroy the world. So let’s get rid of religion!

Posted on 09/04/14 84 Comments

Victor Stenger wrote: “Science flies us to the moon. Religion flies us into buildings.” After I quoted this epigram in “Victor Stenger, religion and violence“, a reader named Just sayin… provided a tongue-in-cheek (as I interpret it) counter-epigram: “Science provides the means to destroy civilization in an afternoon.” Another reader, “The Thinker,” replied by quipping: […]

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Victor Stenger, religion and violence

Posted on 09/02/14 168 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 7 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 37 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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