Category: Apologetics

On Genocide in Scripture: A Letter to a Friend Leaving the Faith

This is a letter that I wrote to a friend who is leaving behind the Christian faith.  I hope to begin a dialog with her, and may post excerpts from as we progress. First, let me say that you’re asking...

/ June 5, 2010

Mark Roberts’ Saintly Smackdown

I have been tempted to read Christopher Hitchens’ latest screed against religion, but have held off in favor of other projects and interests. My main question is whether the new atheists are really any different than the old atheists. I...

/ June 23, 2007

What is the Good News?

I spent my morning with a wonderful friend (who is now also my boss) inviting some high school-aged young people to attend Wheatstone Academy this summer. Our “marketing method” is simply to visit a classroom, in this case the Freshmen...

/ March 6, 2007

Whence the Atheist Sense of Humor?

Via John at Verum Serum, check out this video response by Pastor David Williams to the oh-so-charming “Rational Response” crew. The response was apparently flagged on YouTube for “inappropriate content.” (See the comments at John’s site, where one of the...

/ February 27, 2007

Flirting with Christianity

Faith, it drives me away But it turns me on Like a strangers love -Muse With regard to a Jewish agnostic friend of ours, Matt Anderson once remarked that he is “flirting with Christianity.” This friend of ours is a...

/ October 23, 2006

We are the Meaning Makers

If I were Jason Kuznicki, I’d be irritated. Here’s Jim’s explanation of his “puzzle”: It’s all about trying to find a pattern that isn’t real–when pathological, the condition is called apophenia–by relying on human design intuitions. All of the strategies...

/ August 31, 2006

Da Vinci Code Takedown and Send-up

Fred Sanders’ post on Middlebrow outing nine art errors in that atrocious, yet very popular and profitable novel, The Da Vinci Code is a gem. I had plenty of reason to disbelieve Dan Brown’s far-fetched historical claims, but I didn’t...

/ March 27, 2006

The Problem with Raising the Stakes in the Debate on Homosexuality in the Church

Over at the fantastic blog Mere Comments, Dante translator Anthony Esolen wrote a piece urging the church to “raise the stakes” in the debate on homosexuality in the church by “blistering and frank condemnations of fornication — based on a...

/ March 24, 2006

Doubting the Principle

I have been somewhat involved in an interesting discussion over at Jon Rowe’s place about the possibility of being a Christian philosopher. My involvement included this response to an essay by DSH. Jon has featured DSH’s latest comment in its...

/ March 16, 2006

Sodom & Gomorrah As They Relate to Christianity & Culture

On Sunday my church considered Genesis 18:16-19:38, the story of the destruction of the infamous cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. A key character in the story is Lot, Abraham’s nephew, who decided to go down into the fertile valley of the...

/ February 21, 2006