Tag: theology

Is God like Buckley’s cough syrup?

Posted on 12/06/14 13 Comments

Buckley’s Cough Syrup was first marketed in Toronto in 1920 and quickly became known for its bad taste and great effectiveness. Indeed, Buckley’s website has a page on the history of the concoction appropriately titled “A History of Bad Taste.” It has proven to be a brilliant marketing strategy, for it seems natural to associate good medicine with bad […]

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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? https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/tentativeapologist/59+Second+Apologist+6+(atonement).mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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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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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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The 59-Second Apologist: What are Calvinism and Arminianism?

Posted on 07/29/14 17 Comments

Have you seen the t-shirt that explains Calvinism and Arminianism? On the front it declares “Calvinism: This shirt chose me”. And on the back it says, “Arminianism: I chose this shirt.” In case you’re looking for a bit more, in this episode of The 59-Second Apologist, Randal explains the difference between Calvinism and Arminianism. https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/tentativeapologist/59+Second+Apologist-4+Calvinism+and+Arminianism.mp3 Podcast: Play in […]

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The Atonement in Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino”

Posted on 07/18/14 64 Comments

A few years ago I was having an email exchange with atheist Ken Pulliam about his speciality, the atonement. Ken was a rare individual who had no antipathy toward the evangelical Christianity he’d left behind. He had none of the condescension one often finds in the atheistic blogosphere (and, it must be said, the Christian blogosphere). […]

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Divine action, answered prayer, and a zero/sum game

Posted on 07/10/14 63 Comments

The other day I was visiting a non-denominational charismatic church with my twelve year old daughter. At one point the pastor asked, “How many of you have witnessed the power of God?” A few hands went up. Then the pastor asked, “Did you ever have a child who was sick and then got better?” Heads around […]

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Damning the disordered? An argument against eternal conscious torment

Posted on 07/08/14 39 Comments

Paul Bernardo is one of Canada’s most infamous rapists and serial killers. While his litany of crimes is too extensive to list here, the court evidence against the man was absolutely overwhelming and included video tapes of the crimes he filmed with the help of his equally psychopathic wife. Suffice it to say, anybody with a […]

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Did God really harden Pharaoh’s heart?

Posted on 06/14/14 47 Comments

I raised the issue in “Why did God harden Pharaoh’s heart? On the failure of a popular apologetic response“. As I said there; “if God is perfectly good, why would he act upon the will of a human being to lead that human being to engage in an act of evil?” That is, why would […]

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Why a perfect God might have hardened Pharaoh’s heart

Posted on 06/11/14 82 Comments

In “Why did God harden Pharaoh’s heart? On the failure of a popular apologetic response” I noted the theological and ethical problems that arise with God acting upon Pharaoh (i.e. “hardening his heart”) so that he will act in an evil and unwise manner. The question, as I noted, is simple: “if God is perfectly good, […]

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