Tag: theology

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. Podcast: Play in new […]

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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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David Goa on Christianity and the Religions

Posted on 06/06/14 5 Comments

Some years ago conservative Protestant theologian H. Wayne House published a book titled Charts of World Religions. In one two page chart the book compares and contrasts the beliefs of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, secular humanism, Hinduism and Buddhism on their views of creation, God, mankind, and scripture. All that, in two pages. Twenty five years […]

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Male and female he created them, but not always? Christianity and intersexuality

Posted on 05/31/14 11 Comments

The television program “Freaks and Geeks” aired for only one season (1999-2000) before it was cancelled. But one can hardly call it a failure, for it has since developed a large cult following, amassed numerous awards and distinctions, and launched the careers of stars like Seth Rogen, Jason Segal and James Franco. The program addressed […]

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