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Finding Purpose in Faith

Many skeptics maintain unquestioned faith that science will solve the world’s problems. Seeing the evidence of chaos throughout the world, often the product of religiously-inspired violence, they conclude that religion is somehow the problem. Authors like Christopher Hitchens capitalize on [Read More]

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Science and Faith Are Not In Conflict

Christians and skeptics often talk past each other. It’s almost as if they are speaking different languages or, at the very least, speaking from a very different frame of reference. Recently, I observed this first-hand as I corresponded with an [Read More]

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Christianity Is Based in Truth, Not Superstition

My last post dealt with the belief, common among skeptics, that Christianity is simply a form of superstition. Modern “science-minded” people reject superstitions, and so religious belief holds no interest for them. Historic Christian doctrine is in fact much different, [Read More]

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Do Christians Have a Bias to Believe?

To the skeptic, most Christians – certainly most who appear willing to “defend” their faith – may seem a bit one-dimensional, perhaps in some cases fanatical. They seem so convinced of their views, regardless of how bizarre some of these views [Read More]

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What Do Faith, Hope and Love Have In Common?

Talk to an atheist about faith, and you’re likely to get an eye-roll. To most, faith is roughly synonymous with superstition, a subject not befitting of modern, science-oriented people. In fact, most skeptics will argue that faith is an obstacle [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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Dealing with Apathy When Discussing Faith

As Christians, we’re told to always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is within us; in other words, to be able to provide an explanation of what we believe and why.  But for many of us, [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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Faith Is Not the Opposite of Reason

Many modern 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 who [Read More]

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Should We Fear Being Judged by God?

In today’s increasingly secular world, attempts to reach people with the good news of Christianity are often met with a yawn. Religion really isn’t very interesting, many think, and in fact it has brought more harm than good. But aren’t [Read More]

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Is There a Point to Life?

Our fast-paced lives leave us little time to ponder the ultimate meaning and purpose of life. Many of us try to avoid the question entirely, sensing it only as an occasional faint stirring in the still of the night. It [Read More]

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The Salvation Equation

  (In no way do I intent to take away from the very personal connection people have to Jesus and the gospel. I only hope to lay things out in this post in a very easy to understand way, so [Read More]

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Should We Believe the Bible?

My recent posts have considered the question of slavery in ancient times. Skeptics often challenge the Christian worldview by saying that the failure of Bible to outlaw slavery proves that it was not inspired by a perfect being. As one [Read More]

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What Do We Mean by Faith?

For most modern secularists, as well as many nominal believers, “faith” is something one “has” or “uses” when there is no “evidence” upon which to support a belief. It’s a form of wishful thinking, at best, but may in many [Read More]

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Got Faith?

Sitting in traffic the other day, I saw once again the bumper sticker “Got Faith?”   It’s catchy, in a way, and in this age of sound bites, I can guess why people find it useful.  Perhaps it’s a good discussion [Read More]

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Pluralism Isn’t the Way to God

As Americans, our birthright is freedom.  It’s part of our culture, our political heritage.  But the notion of “freedom” in organizing a society can lead to unexpected results when it is applied to the question of ultimate Truth.  Many Christians [Read More]

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The Question Religion Answers

Christians and skeptics often talk past each other. While both see evidence of design in nature, the Christian attributes this design to the work of an intelligent designer. The skeptic, by contrast, views this as an illicit move. Nature is [Read More]

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How Reason Leads to Faith 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 [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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Worrying About Loved Ones Going to Hell

Many believers struggle with the notion that a “good” and “loving” God could consign anyone to Hell. Since just about any believer knows someone who has rejected Christianity, this is not some abstract notion that can be easily dismissed.  The more [Read More]

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