Will you be made whole?

If you went to a hospital, you would assume the patients there want to get better. That might be true of most, but not all. Sometimes we learn to define our life by what is wrong with us. That is a problem and it is not a new one. Sometimes our sickness gets us attention, [Read More…]

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Two Cheers for Michael Shermer . . .

Recently, I had a chance to dialog with skeptic Michael Shermer. I hope it does not harm Professor Shermer’s standing in the atheist community to say that my wife and I enjoyed meeting him. Hope had a chance to see him at breakfast and enjoyed talking to him about his family. Watch the dialog and [Read More…]

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Never Regret the Good Done, But Liberty

Liberty is rare in human history if you are not rich, powerful, or in the right group. That’s a very sad truth, because for a Christian, the more liberty a society can maintain, the closer we have gotten to God  . . . who is the author of liberty. Ideally, morality would be each person’s [Read More…]

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Words Always Fail (A Bit) and the Life Giving Cycle of Love

When I want to say “I love you,” I often give a gift. Why? Saying “I love you” seems like what everyone says, what I have said before now, and not big enough for the feelings I have inside me. How do I get the experience out of me using words? Even a tiny experience makes [Read More…]

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What We Must Forget (Dante and Purgatory)

Dante did not love Beatrice, not the way he believed he loved Beatrice. For a romantic like I am, that is a hard sentence to write. If you haven’t read the whole Divine Comedy, just the Inferno, you might believe that Beatrice was Dante’s real love. Isn’t he constantly talking about her all through Hell? Doesn’t she help [Read More…]

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The Battle Is the Lord’s

Dear Bob Sorge, A long time ago you wrote a song that said this: An army had arisen against Israel the Moabites and Ammonites of Edom the Spirit of the Lord spoke through His prophet “the battle is not yours but it is God’s” This was, of course, based on this Bible verse: Thus says [Read More…]

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An Idea Can Be Old and Bad or Old and Renewed

Silly people say silly things. Recently, I heard someone ranting (there is no better term) that theists view logical positivism as “dead” when they still use arguments from Aquinas. Since Aquinas predates the logical positivists how stupid is that? Of course, it would be very stupid if there is someone who says all forms of [Read More…]

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Plato, Math, and Doing Science

Growing up there was a certain sort of Christian scientist who would blame Plato or Platonism for anti-science attitudes. Karl Giberson, by all accounts a fine scientist, blamed Plato, Platonism, or neo-Platonism for anti-science views of Christian leaders in “the dark ages.” Take this example from many: We will look briefly at some of the [Read More…]

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Because It Is True . . .

On a day like today when I am with the perfectly-named Hope, thinking about God and life, then Christianity is happy. There is great evil in the world, but reason and experience, part of my Faith, assure me that this goodness is more fundamental. While righting the world is complicated (!) and long, justice will win. When I [Read More…]

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On An Opening Assumption

Is matter or ideas the stuff of reality? Or are both equally basic? Since all our experiences are “in our heads,” some thinkers believe mind and ideas must come first. Let’s call this “idealism.”* Still stuff, matter and energy, seem to be out there and capable of being studied by multiple minds. Maybe our experiences and the stuff in [Read More…]

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