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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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Can Christianity Really Be The Only Way? Part 2

Many skeptics believe that all religions are basically the same. If there is an afterlife, they surmise, all that will be required for admission is that you live a “good” life and be “sincere” about your beliefs. My last post [Read More]

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Can Christianity Really Be The Only Way?

Most skeptics I know feel pretty confident that all religions “say basically the same thing.” If there actually is a God, they’re not particularly worried, because in their view, “being a good person” is really all that matters. As long [Read More]

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We Don’t Need Complete Knowledge to Know God

In my last post, I made the comment that as limited beings, we could never fully know the mind of a perfect Creator. I said that because, I think, a proper sense of humility requires that we acknowledge our limitations. [Read More]

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Discussing Eternal Life With a Skeptic

I was discussing ultimate things with an atheist friend and the topic of eternal life arose. She seemed quite indifferent to the whole concept, so I tried to hone in with a specific question: “Do you desire eternal life? Do [Read More]

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How Christianity Makes Better Sense of Suffering

A common challenge by atheists raises questions that most Christians feel ill-equipped to handle. I know from first hand experience how unsatisfactory many of our “answers’ may seem. Take this question, for instance: how, it is asked, can a “loving” [Read More]

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The Probability of a Past Event is One

In recent posts, we’ve been discussing the difficulties inherent in defining and recognizing the miraculous. The skeptic usually approaches the issue with the set presupposition that miracles, however defined, are not possible. What the believer concludes is a miracle is [Read More]

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A Miracle Can Be The Best Explanation

Seeking the best explanation for a set of circumstances is something we all do intuitively. It’s called abductive reasoning. As Jim has pointed out on many of his podcasts, it’s what detectives do in solving a crime: putting the pieces [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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Can A Perfect Being Create The Imperfect?

Among the many challenges that atheists bring are ones based on philosophy, like the following: “If something is perfect, nothing imperfect can come from it. Someone once said that bad fruit cannot come from a good tree, and yet this [Read More]

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Dealing with Apathy

When trying to make the case for Christianity, it is not uncommon to run headlong into what can be called the “Santa Factor.” That’s the reaction that many non-believers have to Christian truth claims. As I laid out in my [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

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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Is There One True Religion?

Every year in America, thousands of crimes occur in which there are no witnesses and very little evidence. Sometimes, the perpetrator leaves behind a fingerprint impression – a latent print -somewhere at the crime scene. In the past, these prints [Read More]

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Christianity Is Based In Fact Not Mere”Beliefs”

Is there a difference between a “fact” and a “belief?” A skepticI recently dialogued with argued that there is.  Christianity, he contended, was based on mere “beliefs,” such as Christianity’s core “belief” in the Resurrection. The distinction, he said, was [Read More]

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The Importance of Faith Formation for Children

As a culture, we continue to slide further away from participation in organized religion, satisfying our need to connect with the Almighty with vague commitments to “spirituality.”  Many modern parents, thinking themselves egalitarian and having little or no religious grounding themselves, decide that the [Read More]

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What Evolution Can’t Explain Part II

Well, it didn’t work that way,” she said. I was in the middle of a conversation with my daughter’s high school biology teacher. As I outlined in my last post, we were talking about evolution and, more specifically, how male [Read More]

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What Evolution Can’t Explain

“Let me see if I understand,” I said to my daughter’s high school biology teacher. “The human eye is the evolutionary product of a light sensitive spot on the skin. Is that right?” “Right,” she said. “And by evolution, you [Read More]

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Why Being Judgmental Is Part of Our Nature

I was listening to a sermon not long ago in which the pastor extolled the virtue of not being “judgmental.” As Christians, he urged, we must be understanding and compassionate and forgiving. And since we can never know just what [Read More]

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A Reflection on Biblical Inerrancy

Atheists are fond of scouring the Bible in search of contradictions or other types of error. The underlying logic is simple: Christians believe the Bible is the “inerrant” word of God; if the Bible is indeed meant to be inerrant, [Read More]

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