How I Wish The Homosexuality Debate Would Go

Trevin Wax at The Gospel Coalition wrote a hypothetical conversation between an anti-homosexuality Christian pastor and a pro-gay talk show host called “How I Wish the Homosexuality Debate Would Go”. Since this article was recommended on Facebook no less than 18,000 times, I take it that many Christians found it reasonable, likely even taking it to be an ideal representation of their own views. So, I want to take seriously this Christian speaking for many other Christians in his own fictional representative’s words. In this post, I offer the remarks I would make were I also on this show, responding to the hypothetical pastor’s each comment. [Read more…]

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Is God Just Too Great For Our Finite Minds To Understand?

I define faith as either an explicit or implicit willful commitment, to believe, hope, trust, or be loyal to an idea, a person (real or imagined), a group, an institution, or anything else more than the rational warrant justifies and even in the teeth of superior justification for contrary beliefs or in spite of a [Read More…]

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No, Christians, You Don’t Rationally Proportion Your Beliefs to Evidence

I define faith as the explicit or implicit volitional commitment to either believe, trust, hope, or be loyal to people, beliefs, or other things in ways that are not proportionate to the rational bases one has to believe, trust, hope, or be loyal to those people, beliefs, or other things. In other words it is [Read More…]

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How To Let People Know You’re A Christian

In this post I examine the hidden Christian privilege in exhortations to Christians that they should prove they are Christians with their deeds, rather than with words. [Read more…]

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A Christian Friend Told Me This Video Made Him Pro-Gay

A Christian friend told me this video convinced him homosexuality wasn’t sinful after all. So, I figured I would offer it for Christian readers to consider and for pro-gay friends, whether Christian or otherwise, to pass on to their Christian friends, whether they be pro-gay or anti-gay. [Read more…]

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The Pope Wants to Meet Atheists on the Common Ground of our Goodness

I am grateful the pope has acknowledged atheists do good and seeks common ground with us based in our common goodness. I share his desire for a “culture of encounter”. Here is hoping it is a sign of theological improvements to come. In this post, I accept his offer of dialogue and do some philosophical analysis of the ways Catholics mix up God and goodness to make it so atheists who pursue the good can be seen as pursuing God (covertly). [Read more…]

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Why Atheists Resent Being Told We Are Going To Hell

Yesterday I was rather surprised that one of my very most politically progressive, most liberally theist, and most pro-atheist friends asked me why atheists sometimes get upset (even apoplectic) about being told we’re going to hell. This friend asked why this should bother us if we thought the idea that we were going to hell [Read More…]

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A Powerful Account of One Ex-Christian’s Journey to Apostasy

Above is a beautifully made video that Prpl Fox made about his deconversion from Christianity. As I did, Prpl Fox deconverted as a 21 year old college senior. I recommend this video summing up his story to Christians who want to learn how to love and understand apostates and to the many atheists who identify [Read More…]

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If The Ten Commandments Really Were The Basis Of Our Legal System

If the Ten Commandments were really the basis of our laws, they’d be a lot less tolerable. [Read more…]

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