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True Reason: Worth Thinking Your Way Through

Gilson, Tom, and Carson Weitnauer, editors. True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel, 2013. ISBN 978-0-8254-4338-1. Abridged versions of this review may be found on Amazon and Goodreads. Prefer to skip ahead? Here are … Continue reading

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Visit Prompts Letter: Baptist Edition

Not long ago, lack of reliable funding for automobile fuel had me visiting some churches a little closer to home than the one of which I’m officially a member. It also had me wishing that active involvement in a local … Continue reading

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Prophet on the Run: Profitable Reading

Maoz, Baruch. Prophet on the Run: A Devotional Commentary on the Book of Jonah. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, 2013. ISBN 978-1936908-844. If you’re like me, you tend to avoid books labeled “devotional” because you’ve usually found that they lack gravitas, … Continue reading

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Noah’s Ark & Other Boats: Responding to a Craigslist Post

Re: abitwiser, “how the [expletive deleted] could Noah know with any” (posted 27 November 2013, accessed 28 November 2013), which rejects the Bible’s flood narrative based on the belief that other persons than Noah should have been able to survive, … Continue reading

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Clear, Sufficient Scripture or Rachel Held Evans: Choose One

A couple of my Facebook acquaintances seem to share most of what a certain Christian feminist/egalitarian (she self-identifies as both), Rachel Held Evans (hereafter, RHE), posts to her blog. (That’s what I get for attending a seminary where ordination-seeking women … Continue reading

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Petty’s Little Black Book of Compromise: Science and God

[jp-rss-feed]Petty, Scott. Science and God. Little Black Books. Kingsford, Australia: Matthias Media, 2011. Paperback. 108 pages. ISBN 978-1-921896-19-4. Rating on 5-star scale: 2 stars.Promoters identify Science and God as intended for Christian youth between the ages of 14 and 20. … Continue reading

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Creation Conference 2013: Why Carp Parts and Bahnsen Matter

Creation Conference 2013: Why Origins Matter, also promoted as an Answers in Genesis “Answers Conference” and an Institute for Creation Research event, Monday 28 January 2013 and Tuesday 29 January 2013, hosted by Southern California Seminary at Shadow Mountain Community … Continue reading

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Intermittent Yahoo! Groups Dialog with Mormons Continues

I’ve made a new post to the evangelicals-Mormons discussion group. Find the original, complete with any typos I’ve corrected below (but without added links), here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/evangelicals_and_lds/message/3815. Sorry for the long delay in responding. Though the discussion has probably moved on … Continue reading

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Do Zombies Matter? Uh, Not So Much.

In his Moore to the Point blog, Russell D. Moore suggests an analogy between currently popular zombies and spiritually dead humankind in general: http://www.russellmoore.com/2012/10/31/why-zombies-matter/. Though I find this analogy superficially appealing, closer reflection suggests it doesn’t really work. I offered … Continue reading

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To See Scripture’s Plain Meaning Requires A PIOUS Eye

Do Christians disagree in their interpretations of Scripture because Scripture is unclear, perhaps because spiritual truths transcend human language and so cannot be perfectly captured in words? Though many today would answer, “yes,” Samuel Hopkins, writing at the end of … Continue reading

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If It’s Nonsense, It’s (Still) Not Pious

Ronald H. Nash emphasizes the nature of the Christian God as one who can be known and who communicates verbally with persons he has specially created with an ability to understand such communications. Rationality and perspicuity, not irrationality and ineffable … Continue reading

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If It’s Nonsense, It’s Not Pious

W. Gary Crampton rejects the impious nonsense of those who think pious Christian faith includes belief that the logically paradoxical is true.Neither the numerologists, nor the poets, nor those who see acrostic codes in Scripture understand Scripture. God’s truth comes … Continue reading

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Pious Ranking of Information Sources

Tim Chaffey and Jason Lisle explain how and why Scripture must take precedence over (theories about) nature in Christian scientific work.…since the Bible has never been wrong about anything, and since it is the very Word of the One who … Continue reading

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