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The Bible and Violence: A Bibliography

Posted on 04/15/14 12 Comments

The other day I got into a conversation with a fellow Christian about the Joshua genocide. Like many Christians, he had a sense that there was something problematic here, but had never paused to wrestle with it. When I told him there was a lively and diverse conversation within the church over so-called “texts of terror” […]

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Gays don’t become straight. So what now?

Posted on 04/14/14 67 Comments

A few years ago I spoke at a Christian school teacher’s convention on the topic of homosexuality. My purpose was not to present a particular view but rather to orient the teachers to the complex field of exegetical, theological and ethical discussion. Afterward, a Christian teacher came up to me and thanked me for the talk. […]

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Reciprocal Altruism: an adequate basis for moral action?

Posted on 04/13/14 115 Comments

In my article “For Jesus and Angels? The off-putting side of Christian hospitality” I explore the grounds for hospitality within two biblical passages. The Atheist Missionary responded to the discussion as follows: “I’ll give you a much easier underlying explanation/justification/motivation for hospitality and it has nothing to do with Jesus or the Bible. 2 words: […]

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“We do not know what a Jew is. We know only men.” Hospitality by example

Posted on 04/12/14 1 Comment

Jared Miller asks: “Hey Randal Do you think it is possible to have a definitive understanding of Hospitality or is it sublime and platonic like Justice and can only be known through examples?” As with so many concepts, the basic idea of hospitality is readily conveyed in a dictionary definition. For example: hospitality: noun. The […]

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For Jesus and Angels? The off-putting side of Christian hospitality

Posted on 04/11/14 37 Comments

Hospitality is central to the Christian life and to the New Testament. Contrary to the modern understanding that equates hospitality with the entertainment of friends or treats it as a synonym for the service industry, biblical hospitality is that which is extended to the stranger, the disenfranchised, the marginal. Arguably the locus classicus of hospitality […]

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Should Christians keep speaking of paradise lost?

Posted on 04/10/14 63 Comments

The other day I was discussing Matthew Halteman’s booklet Compassionate Eating as Care for Creation in one of my classes. (Published by HSUS, it is a helpful, concise resource exploring the ethics of eating from a Christian perspective. If you’re interested, you can download the PDF from HSUS by clicking here.) At one point Halteman […]

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Peter Enns on Inerrancy and the Bible

Posted on 04/09/14 59 Comments

At the beginning of his book Misquoting Jesus, Bart Ehrman tells the story of his conversion to conservative Christianity as a young man. And then he relays how, over the next several years, his faith in the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible was gradually taken apart as he confronted the full range of human […]

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God? Science? Evolution? Historical Adam? Explore the issues with Denis Lamoureux

Posted on 04/08/14 54 Comments

Great news for those of you interested in the discussion of Christianity and science generally, and evolution and Christianity in particular. My friend, Professor Denis Lamoureux (whom I interviewed on my podcast here), is going to be hosting a two hour online free webinar for those interested in the discussion on April 14th. Professor Lamoureux […]

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Why more atheists need to speak out against village atheism

Posted on 04/07/14 166 Comments

Over the last five years that I have been blogging I have noted the extensive presence of village atheism within the infidel blogosphere. While the blogosphere also has its share of “village Christians”, what is particularly ironic about the proliferation of village atheism is the fact that the online atheist/skeptic community persistently tries to brand […]

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Does the Copernican Principle favor atheism?

Posted on 04/05/14 75 Comments

The other day I linked folks back to an article I wrote three years ago titled “You’re not special because the universe is really, really big.” This resulted in Jeff Lowder taking note of this humble, old article and offering a comment. (As an aside, the article is tickled pink to be receiving all this attention […]

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