I join the world in outrage at the grisly death of Cecil the Lion. (It doesn’t help matters that the big cat’s name sounds like he’s a character in a children’s book or Disney cartoon.) Is there anything more off-putting than a rich western doctor who flies to other parts of the world to pay […]
Archives for July 2015
In the past I have pointed out the problems with the concept of guilt imputation upon which penal substitution depends. (See for example, “The Death of Jesus, the rape of a woman, and a concept called ‘Imputation’” and “A footnote on guilt imputation.”) The problem is that guilty is not transferable between parties. If Jones […]
In this sermon (preached at Greenfield Community Church on July 26th), I explore the spiritual fruit of patience. It is a virtue with which I have little first hand acquaintance, so I had to do some research first. As with all my sermons, there are several additional points that I would like to have discussed, […]
Yesterday Matt Fradd posted a brief exchange we had over the film God’s not Dead. While I expressed opposition to the film in the “Fradd exchange”, my opposition was even stronger in my original review. After I published that review I heard from a Christian who was unhappy that I had been so unremittingly negative […]
I recently had a brief exchange with Catholic apologist Matt Fradd on the film God’s not Dead and he just posted it at his website in an article with the apt title “Why God’s Not Dead Isn’t Worth Watching (or Watching again)“.Matt might have expanded his title by adding “And why the sequel will likely […]
Dan Wilkinson of the Unfundamentalist Christians blog just reviewed Is the Atheist My Neighbor? In short compass he provides a good overview and strong commendation of the book. You can read the review here.
Today the popular Catholic apologetics website Strange Notions published an article I wrote titled “An Atheist in Church? Why Christians Should Listen to Their Atheist Neighbors.”
In the first chapter of A New Kind of Christianity Brian McLaren recalls how he gradually became increasingly dissatisfied with conservative American Christianity. His summary captures my own concerns about American (and some Canadian) religious conservatism: “They supported wars of choice, defended torture, opposed environmental protection, and seemed to care more about protecting the rich […]
Can the existence of God be proven by reason alone? Anselm believed so, and for the last 900 years a long line of philosophers and theologians have lined up on both sides of this question. In this episode of the 59-Second Apologist we take on the ontological argument for God’s existence. https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/tentativeapologist/59+Second+Apologist+13-The+Ontological+Argument.mp3Podcast: Play in new […]
I started the 59 Second Apologist Podcast just over one year ago. What better way to celebrate than to offer all 12 episodes from the first year, back to back, in one hyper-compressed breathless monologue of expository apologetic goodness? Episodes are arranged topically rather than chronologically so as to provide a single, seamless apologetics education in […]
On July 17th I appeared on “The Ride Home with John and Kathy“, a popular drive-time radio show in Pittsburgh. The topic, as you might have guessed, was my new book Is the Atheist My Neighbor. It’s a well-paced interview which covers a lot of ground in a comparatively brief 12 minutes. https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/extras-tentativeapologist/Randal+talks+atheism+with+John+and+Kathy.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | […]
In his recent article “How To Deal With Unwanted Hotel Bibles? Don’t Read Them” Ed Brayton interacts with an article recently published at “Friendly Atheist” (and originally published in the magazine “American Atheist”). In the article the author (Steve Lowe) advises that when atheists are in a hotel room they should take the Bible down to […]
The other day I picked up Carl Sagan’s classic 1994 book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space at a used bookstore. (“Used bookstore” is my euphemism for the bookshelf at the back of our neighborhood Goodwill.) It’s been a great read, both for Sagan’s mellifluous prose and the time-stamped nature […]
You can read it here.