Tag: theology

Gays don’t become straight. So what now?

Posted on 04/14/14 108 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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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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Oliver Crisp on the God of the Philosophers and the God of the Bible

Posted on 03/20/14 7 Comments

The day was November 23, 1654, when Blaise Pascal, philosopher, mathematician, public intellectual, and one of the great minds of western history, experienced his conversion. He wrote a summary of that conversion which he sewed into the lining of his jacket to keep it ever close to his heart. The account begins: “From about half-past […]

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Heaven and the occasional evidentialist

Posted on 03/15/14 36 Comments

In “Books on heaven and evidence for heaven” I offered a response to individuals who have challenged the legitimacy of my book on heaven by demanding that I provide evidence for heaven (that is, evidence to satisfy them). I gave the following illustration: “Imagine … that I write a book titled Electronic Voting and the Crisis of Democracy. In the […]

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Paul Copan on Apologetics

Posted on 01/24/14 23 Comments

“Always be prepared,” Saint Peter said, “to give a reason for the hope that lies within.” (1 Peter 3:15) Christians refer to the pursuit and articulation of such reasons for faith as apologetics. Given that Peter commended the pursuit of apologetics, you might think that Christians would be enthusiastic about the discipline. But for many the reception is […]

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What does it mean to be an atheist today? (Part 1)

Posted on 01/19/14 104 Comments

In “One man’s theist is another man’s atheist,” I pointed out that the word “atheist”, or a denial of the existence of God, is always relative to a particular understanding of God. That’s how, as I noted, early Christians and Roman pagans could simultaneously call each other “atheists” because each was assuming that any person […]

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One man’s theist is another man’s atheist

Posted on 01/16/14 14 Comments

In the last couple days this blog has generated some discussion on the definition of “atheist” which follows from the definition of “God”. So let me offer my two cents. First, it is crucial to keep in mind that “atheist” has always been a relative term. This is certainly true of the Greek word atheos which […]

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Fred Sanders on the Trinity

Posted on 01/14/14 14 Comments

Back in the 1960s theologian Karl Rahner famously lamented the fact that Christians are “almost mere monotheists”. Rahner’s lament reflects the observation that the Trinitarian confession at the heart of Christian faith is often not evident in the life of the Church. Sadly, I fear that Rahner’s concern still rings true today. To be sure, one […]

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Christians reason from Christian assumptions! Who woulda thunk it?

Posted on 01/12/14 135 Comments

Let’s take a look at the opening to Edward Babinski’s comment in response to my article”Why Jesus almost certainly had some errant theological beliefs“: “Randal, The only reason you don’t believe Jesus held any false beliefs of “theological import” is because you don’t question “Christian theology,” you relish swimming in the sea of theological purple […]

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