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Debating Atheists: Arrival of the Universe (part 2/5)

In the previous post of this short blog series found here, I explained how four facts agreed upon by the majority of non-Christian experts can be used to build a strong case for Christianity. This is the approach I took [Read More]

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What Hypocrisy Teaches Us

Christians are all hypocrites! How often do apologists for the faith encounter that objection? Yes, there are hypocrites in the church, at least in the sense that none of us can actually and fully live up to what the Christian faith [Read More]

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The Growing Appeal of Atheism

“There are no atheists in foxholes.” Or so the saying goes. Today, that probably has more to do with the scarcity of foxholes than it does with the scarcity of atheists. Indeed, the growing ranks of atheists include some who [Read More]

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Should Atheism Be Considered A Cult?

Stories about religious cults appear pretty regularly in the news. Pastors of mainstream denominations square off with defenders of particular sects, whose adherents resent being tagged with the label “cult,” with all its negative connotations. All the while, atheists look [Read More]

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Why Science Does Not Support Atheism

Secularists are fond of claiming the mantle of science in their discussions with believers. One can often hear derision dripping from their words, the frustration felt over dealing with such “primitive” beliefs. Science and progress go hand in hand, they [Read More]

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Bugliosi’s Doubts Are Not Divine

In his book “Divinity of Doubt,” celebrated prosecutor and author Vincent Bugliosi makes the case for agnosticism as the “only intelligent, strong position one can take on the question of God’s existence.” He’s an agnostic, he says, “because my mental [Read More]

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Trying to Escape Guilt

My last post used a scene from the show Madmen as a starting point for discussing guilt. The show tells the story of the men and women working in a New York ad agency in the 1960’s. The main character, [Read More]

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A Reflection On Giving Thanks

Not long ago, I had the privilege of meeting a World War II fighter pilot. Now in his early 90’s, in 1944 he took part in a key battle of the war in the Pacific, a last ditch effort by [Read More]

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Reflections on God’s Mercy

“The quality of mercy is not strain’d, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.” So says Shakespeare, in the Merchant of Venice. [Read More]

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Can Morality Be Grounded Without God?

Christians acknowledge that atheists can be moral. In fact, many are fine, upstanding, “good” people. What atheists cannot do is validly ground their morality. Without a source of truth from a divine source – a transcendent source – at best [Read More]

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The Argument for God from Causation

Many atheists seem content with naturalistic explanations for real world events. They believe that if they’ve determined the cause of an action, then they need look no further. For instance, I recall watching an interview Bill O’Reilly conducted with atheist David [Read More]

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Dealing with Doctrinal Differences

Challenges to Christianity don’t always come from the outside, from atheists committed to removing every vestige of religious faith from society. Challenges can also come from committed Christians, whose beliefs are shaken by philosophical ideas that are, most likely, designed [Read More]

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What Atheism Means

Comedian Ricky Gervais is fond of expressing his atheism in sound-bite size tweets. Not long ago, he summed up his views this way: “Atheism isn’t ‘I claim no god exists.’ Atheism is ‘I don’t accept your claim that god exists.’ [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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Tear Down This … Cross?

On a June day in 1987, President Ronald Reagan stood before the Brandenburg Gate and challenged the Soviet Union with words that still stir the soul of every freedom-loving person. “Tear Down This Wall!” he exclaimed. He was speaking of [Read More]

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Is It Possible to Prove Atheism?

Atheists are quick to accuse believers of ignorance or superstition. They claim that Christian doctrines such as the Resurrection or the Virgin Birth are just foolish myths, meant to comfort people who don’t want to face reality. Follow reason, they [Read More]

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Christianity and the Moral Compass

Many of today’s “new atheists” make a moral claim against the God of Christianity. Drawing largely from the Old Testament, they claim that he is cruel and petty, and generally not worthy of worship. Not long ago, I discussed this [Read More]

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Is Altruism a By-Product of Evolution?

Competing worldviews need to make sense of the ways things actually are. Atheism, premised on the assumption that nature is all there is, employs evolution as the engine for change. But can evolution also explain development of human behavior? If [Read More]

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What Entropy Tells Us About Atheism

Several years ago, when I was younger, and much less wise, I decided it would be a good father-son project to invest in an older car that I could restore. (Note to fathers: it’s a much better bonding idea to [Read More]

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Making Sense of the Conscience

Where do morals and conscience come from? No matter what period in history or culture, it is plain to see that man has always felt a law pressing down upon him telling him, in essence, that there are some things [Read More]

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