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On God and Comedy: Trading jokes with comedian and pastor Dan Taylor

Posted on 10/01/14 3 Comments

I suspect God has a sense of humor. But do Christians? In this episode of The Tentative Apologist Podcast I sit down with Dan Taylor to explore that very question (and a few others).  By day, Dan is the lead pastor of Disciples Church in Edmonton, Alberta and by night he is one of Edmonton’s top […]

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The Evidential Problem of Evil (Part 2)

Posted on 09/29/14 63 Comments

Preamble This is part 2 of my response to Reasonable Doubts “Episode 121: Divine Deception with guest Erik Wielenberg“. As you may know, Part 1 was an episode in The Tentative Apologist Podcast and my intention was that Part 2 would be as well. Indeed, my original intention was to release part 2 at the […]

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On the Future of the Tentative (and 59 Second) Apologist

Posted on 09/27/14 16 Comments

A few weeks ago I took a break from blogging. The reason was simple: I burned out. The problem, in retrospect, is that I didn’t take my own advice. Last year I wrote an article titled “Why I haven’t been blogging much lately” in which I laid out a case for why I should be […]

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The Bible Tells Me So: A Review

Posted on 09/24/14 39 Comments

Peter Enns. The Bible Tells Me So… Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It. HarperOne: 2014. Like many Christians raised in the church, I grew up singing “The B-I-B-L-E Song” in Sunday school: The B-I-B-L-E Yes that’s the book for me, I stand alone on the Word of God, The B-I-B-L-E. Back […]

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The Tentative Apologist Goes on Hiatus

Posted on 09/11/14 17 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 19 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 09/07/14 138 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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