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Pima County Logic Ban

The Pima County Board of supervisors passed ordinance 2017-22 to ban therapy intended to change sexual orientation on Tuesday but instead banned logic itself. I was one of the public commenters but two minutes wasn’t enough. Had I more time, [Read More]

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What Does the Bible Say About Homosexuality?

Some difficult questions are easier to avoid than others. The question about homosexuality might be one of those if it weren’t for cultural pressures and our loved ones who find themselves in the middle. Whether we take the traditional position [Read More]

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What Christianity Teaches About Service

I attended an awards assembly recently with my teenage son. He had written an essay on the value of military service, so the speeches and theme this night had to do with the traditions of service. And though this assembly [Read More]

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What “Timeless Truths” Can Tell Us

Spend much time on the water and you’ll quickly realize the value of buoys. Whether they signal an underwater obstruction or the edge of a narrow channel, they mark the way for mariners, helping them find their way safely home. [Read More]

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What the Demand for Extraordinary Evidence Really Means

Recent posts considered the challenge of many secularists that “extraordinary claims” – like the resurrection and other miracles of Jesus – require “extraordinary proof.” While this phrase makes for a catchy jingle, it demonstrates, I tried to show, an underlying bias [Read More]

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Why Separation From God Is Hell

Recent posts on this site have discussed the Christian conception of Hell, as a place of eternal torment. Probably the most difficult doctrine to embrace, the believer must often confront angry responses, and attacks, like one posted by a skeptic [Read More]

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Can Atheism Answer the Tough Questions?

Atheists are fond of attacking believers for accepting that miracles are possible.  They insist that nature is, essentially, a closed system and that nothing from beyond can enter it.  At least, nothing that smacks of the supernatural in the religious [Read More]

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Faith Is Not The Opposite of Reason Part II

My last post examined the difference between “faith” and “reason.” Far from being opposites, as some skeptics contend, I argued that faith is often the rational response to a particular set of facts. I used the example of a spouse whose “faith” [Read More]

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Morals, making them up as we go along

When I was working as an Auto Theft Detective many times I would arrive to start my shift and discover that there was someone waiting in our jail for me. A Patrol Officer had caught someone driving a stolen car and [Read More]

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Can you Believe in Anomolies but not Miracles?

CS Lewis writes in Miracles that “But if we admit God, must we admit a miracle? Indeed, indeed, you have no security against it. That is the bargain.”[1] A barrier for some who find the evidence of Jesus Christ compelling [Read More]

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Considering Old Testament Times

My last few posts on the issue of slavery in the Bible brought some vigorous push-back. One line of challenge came in the form of this question: “Are you indicating slavery, as practiced in the 1st Century Mediterranean, was (is?) [Read More]

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Is Free Will a Design Flaw?

Many people take for granted that we have “free will” and view it as the way things should be. Who would want to be controlled by another if they could, instead, decide their own future?  But not everyone shares that [Read More]

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Does Radiometric Dating Disprove Creation?

  The other day I was confronted with a question. What do you think about the knife that was found recently and dated to be millions of years old? Doesn’t that make you question the bible’s creation story? For me [Read More]

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The Resurrection Is Not a Metaphor

Not long ago, I had the chance to interact with a college sophomore, the son of a friend of mine. The conversation turned to religion, and I asked him what his experience at college so far had done to the [Read More]

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Do Christians Always Have the Burden of Proof?

I was talking about creation theology with a friend of mine yesterday and somehow we got onto the topic of Dinosaurs. The questions was, do we have an obligation to explain this within the context of creation. During the back [Read More]

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Who Created God?

Skeptics and believers agree that the universe demonstrates remarkable order. It operates according to a set of exquisitely fine-tuned laws that create an environment fit for human life. Even a minor change to any one of these laws would have [Read More]

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How Reason Leads to Faith

                                                                                                             Many skeptics contend that faith and reason are precise opposites.  Under their view, my “faith” in Jesus Christ is an act in opposition to reason.  At best, it is a form of wishful thinking, a crutch for those [Read More]

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Why Good Investigators Make Great Apologists

The best apologists think like an investigator. Surely it may help to be a seasoned detective like J. Warner Wallace, but you don’t have to be. It’s not even something you need special training to do. More than a skill, [Read More]

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