Beauty and the Existence of God

The existence of beauty suggests that God exists and that he is good. Beauty is not a sufficient proof for God’s existence, but it serves as a confirmation for anyone whose belief in God is based on other reasons and experiences. The harmonious plan of the cosmos allows for variation and freedom for created beings. [Read More…]

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All My Loves at 54 —Questions from M

After fifty-four years, I am convinced that beauty makes us wonder and wondering produces love. Love drives us to seek the beloved and then we find God. This is the love of wisdom and while tools of analytic philosophy are priceless, they are not the love itself. Love moves me. As a result, fear is [Read More…]

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Don’t Get Cocky, Kid

Star Wars had me at the moment Luke Skywalker blew up some fighters and Han Solo’s response was “Don’t get cocky, kid.” This was a perfect line because, by that time, I was Luke Skywalker, whirling around shooting fighters with him, and rejoicing in his/our skills. This is the power of great movie making! When Han (Harrison “You [Read More…]

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Therefore Let Us Keep the Feast –Questions from M

They tell me I do not wish to know how sausages are made. That is fine with me since I wish to eat and not make sausages. If the sausage is sufficiently delicious, then the messiness of the process means little to me. Assuming rudimentary morality in the making, the sausage is the thing that [Read More…]

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Why Seeing is not always Believing –Questions from M

“Show me God!” used to be a demand from the reality challenged. This is rather like saying: “Please point out the number one” or “Draw a picture of love.” We can represent immaterial objects, but we cannot show their essence materially. Given infinite red Lego building blocks over infinite time, you will never build a [Read More…]

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Who Were the New Testament Authors? Who Cares? –Questions from M

We are a culture that likes celebrities. Making art is one way to become a celebrity, though not the easiest. Fans gather around writers whose weaker works even find defenders in fandom: see Joss Whedon about Dollhouse.  Yet in another way, the artist, even the biography of the artist, is less important than the work. I was blessed [Read More…]

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Why Jesus Came Before the Internet –Questions From M

“I would do what you are doing,” the student said to me, “without your errors.” He listed them for me and he was mostly right. So it goes if you start things. We were doing well enough that students forgot it was amazing our program existed at all. They began to worry. One student worried [Read More…]

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Does the Bible Contradict Itself? Who Cares? — Questions from M

Whenever I talk about the Bible, I am asked about the contradictions**.  Aren’t there lots of them? Maybe, but probably not. Let’s assume there are. Does that count against divine inspiration? I am not sure why it would. We have many books in the collection called the Bible with the same essential message. The books were written over [Read More…]

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How to Find God in Every Book—Questions from M

Once I had a customer return a computer to the store where I worked. She was very frustrated and wanted her money back. Why? The battery on the computer was broken and would not power the computer. She was the owner of a desktop and had read a good bit about her computer before purchasing. [Read More…]

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God is so Good —Questions from M

  The small child in a dark room knows that somewhere out there is a switch that will turn the light on, but he cannot reach the light from his crib. He is afraid of the dark and knowing the dawn will come in a few hours does not help at all. You can know [Read More…]

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