This famous quote comes from Martin Luther the reformer. Interestingly, infidels have long used this quote out of context to show that religion and Christianity are contrary to reason, but this is actually not Luther’s meaning, nor is he rejecting reason, but rather, reason divorced from revelation and faith.
Today, the Purposeful Association of Not So Intimidating EvangelicalS (PANSIES) announced that they have rejected the authority of the scriptures in which Jesus uses offensive name-calling when dealing with his religious detractors. Read more
This post is part of a series on Can we be good without God?
I just finished listening to a somewhat frustrating debate between atheist Dan Barker and apologist Matt Slick on the topic Is there Reason to be Good Without God?
I say frustrated because (a) I think Barker makes too many logical mistakes and pot shots at Christianity that have nothing to do with the topic, and (b) I thought Matt’s answers were a bit hard to follow, and his responses during the rebuttal were often combative, defensive, or just plain humorous deflections because he was not prepared to answer well.
Of course, it’s easy to judge from the sidelines, but I wanted to clarify my current understanding of how a Christian apologist/theologian/philosopher might answer this question clearly.
I admit, I am not yet formally educated in these matters – I am a student in the M. Div. program at Fuller Theological Seminary, but with three small children, a full time job, and a part time pastorate, I’m progressing slowly. But here’s my view of what should have been covered clearly by Mr. Slick.
Found a new great site from Australia called Faith Interface, and they have a really well thought out article on what I hope is a movement - Christians leaving behind the frailties of 19th and 20th century Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism for a more mature, balanced, intellectual, and powerful faith.
I highly recommend you read all of The Renaissance Christian, but you can also see my list of the main points below.
In light of the whole Times Square Mosque, I thought to remind us that perhaps we need another kind of memorial – like the heads of our enemies enshrined in stone – on pikes.
Ok, I’m being a little overzealous and brutish, but I just wanted to give some perspective on our contemporary overcompensation towards ‘tolerance.’ Our lack of ability to label evil as evil (read “Islam as evil”) is foolishness masked as fairness, submission masked as tolerance.
Doug Phillips, President of Vision Forum, a ministry that aims to “rebuild Christian family culture” through publishing home schooling and historical materials (among other things), has published an article entitled Our most politically incorrect Founding Father.
What was so incorrect about him? Well, only that he was an ardent and outspoken Christian, statesman, and warrior. In fact, his exploits in war were so impressive that the original John Smith Memorial monument, shown here, was adorned with sculptures of three severed Turk heads, memorializing one of his great battles. Now THAT is politically incorrect.
I have finished importing over 2K posts from wholereason.com, my previous site, shared with two other authors.
The changes to the blog are minor – the other authors will now be considered guest authors, and this site will become my main ‘ministry’ site.
Feel free to look around. More changes in my work log, including:
- Re-loading, by hand, all of my images – typepad’s heinous export does not allow you to export the image names with the html. Ugh.
- Setting up the podcast
- Setting up the store!
- Updating my ‘About’ page
- Adding plugins for Amazon,
Scripture links, and more.
- Updating all of my internal links
- Updating the archive pages to show only Titles
Replacing the comment system with IntenseDebate
- Parsing out the Politics category into smaller ones
- Perhaps having a two-tier category structure
- Updating the RSS feed to use Feedburner
- Getting some sleep