Alisa Childers’ erroneous thesis that progressive Christianity is another religion has had a big impact on contemporary conservative evangelicalism. In this video, we consider a worldview chart drawing upon Childers’ book “Another Gospel?” which makes multiple spurious claims about progressive Christianity as a distinct worldview. ?
What is the Flying Spaghetti Monster (and why should I care)?
You are a believer
I just posted the following tweet: I find it tiresome that atheists regularly call me a "believer". Everyone's a believer in something. And if you always call *other* people believers you may not get around to reflecting on what it is that *you* believe. — Tentative Apologist (@RandalRauser) August 16, 2020 It is truly unfortunate […]
Theology, Worldview, and the Death of My Father
In this video, I reflect on the death of my father to Alzheimer’s in theological perspective while interacting with the eulogy I delivered at his memorial service in April 2019. The lesson: A Christian worldview should equip you to view life, suffering, and death in the light of hope, grace, and the cross. Unfortunately, the […]
Are Christians Inconsistent for Rejecting Non-Christian Miracle Claims?
In my article, “Responding to a Stale Atheist Talking Point on Miracle Claims,” I … respond to a stale atheist talking point on miracle claims. But since the article is a relatively brief amalgam of some tweets, it lacks in clarity what it makes up in brevity. However, I thought a second article that surrendered […]
Would you get on the plane?
Yesterday, I posed the following question on Twitter: You wake up the morning of a scheduled flight from a vivid nightmare that the flight on which you’re booked crashes. You’ve never had a dream that vivid and it is terrifying, but you put it aside and drive to the airport. Once you arrive, you’re walking […]
Everything Wrong with This Christian Worldview Chart
Why do conservative Christians diminish the scourge of sexual assault?
The Christian Post recently published my short article “Pepe Le Pew stinks: The sexual violence of Looney Tunes in a #MeToo age.” The article attracted three comments, presumably from Christian conservatives (the primary readership of The Christian Post). Not surprisingly, the comments were all critical of my moral censure of Pepe Le Pew and his […]
Your Media is Biased
It doesn’t matter whether you get your information from Rush Limbaugh or NPR, Fox News or the BBC, Al Jazeera or RT: your media intake is, to some degree, biased. Of course, I suspect most of us know this intuitively, but we always need to be reminded because the very biases that lead us to […]
Is Christianity falsifiable? Does it matter if it isn’t?
There is this all-too-common assumption among skeptics of religion that Christianity must somehow be “falsifiable” in order to be a legitimate interpretive framework for reality. The quick (and tempting) response is to say that Christianity is falsifiable: if there is no resurrected Jesus then there is no Christianity. However, many nominal Christians have continued in the […]
The Ultimate Elevator Pitch Continues: Defending a Worldview in Thirty (or Ninety) Seconds
Here’s my second (and final) list of elevator pitch worldviews. This time out, we have two entries from outside the Christian worldview courtesy of John Thomas and Jerry Rivard. In addition, we have an interesting entry from Glen Scrivener which was submitted by Mark. Scrivener’s summary is much longer — 90 seconds. Unfortunately, that’s too […]
The Ultimate Elevator Pitch: Defending a Worldview in Thirty Seconds or Less
In “The Ultimate Elevator Pitch: Can you sell your worldview in thirty seconds or less?” I invited readers to share their incisive summary statements of their worldview. I received the following responses. If you want to contribute your own pitch, email it to me at my contact page and I’ll post a follow-up article. I […]
An Introduction to Christian Worldview: A Review
Tawa J. Anderson, W. Michael Clark, and David K. Naugle. An Introduction to Christian Worldview: Pursuing God’s Perspective in a Pluralistic World. (Downer’s Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2017). I have been teaching a seminary level Christian worldview class for fifteen years and I’m always on the lookout for new textbooks. So when I learned of An Introduction […]
Are Angels and Demons Part of an Obsolete Biblical Worldview?
In his book The Biblical Cosmos (which I just reviewed here), Robin Parry points out that the Bible is written against the backdrop of an ancient cosmology which we no longer accept in the modern world. For example, biblical writers assume a flat earth and a three-storied universe with heaven located physically above the earth. They assume […]