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Analyzing Sartwell’s Irrational (Existential) Atheism

I ran into Crispin Sartwell’s essay “Irrational Atheism” from The Atlantic in a few different places over the past few days, and I must admit that I found his honesty refreshing.  Rather than engage in apologetics or debate, I think a few comments about his underlying assumptions would help us to understand exactly what Sartwell…

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What If My Child Said, “I Think I’m Gay”?

If your child came to you and said, “I’m gay,” what would you do? Recently a friend of mine (who blogs at Loving My Lot) mentioned John Pavlovitz’s article “If I Have Gay Children…” and wanted to know my thoughts.  Since I am not typically a rage-against-the-machine type of blogger and Pavlovitz has made it…

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A Chronological Bible Is an Impossible, Unwanted Edition

Higher biblical criticism had many objectives, one of which was to reconstruct the historical events behind the Biblical text.  In particular, scholars spilled thousands of bottles of ink trying to determine the chronology behind the four Gospels.  The primary objective was to see through the Biblical text to the true, concrete, unfiltered history it encapsulated.…

Noah

Noah: The Story You Missed

I think we have a dozen different children’s books telling the story of Noah’s Ark sitting in my sons’ bookshelves.  The story of Noah is such a familiar tale, and it is usually treated in this way: a self-contained narrative, plucked out of its home in Genesis and plunked into a children’s book.  It has…

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We Must Rejoice with the Truth Wherever It Is Found

These days it seems the national pastime is drawing lines in the sand.  We have lost our ability to discern nuance and subtlety in any topic of discussion, and issues quickly polarize into us vs. them.  The greatest fear in public discourse is admission that the other side may even be remotely on target.  Validation…