Nations Are Not You and Me OR You Can be Saved but the Nation Cannot

If I take your money without your consent, it is called “stealing.” If the government takes your money without your consent, it is called taxation. Government can do things that individuals cannot, thank God. Of course, Americans would argue that even if I personally oppose taxes, I must pay them. Why? Even if my candidate [Read More...]

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A Wee Little Man

When I was a little boy, the only thing I knew about this man was that he was small. Later I realized that he was a tax collector and nobody has to tell someone from West Virginia the government is bad and the tax collectors are the worst of the worst. Later when I was [Read More...]

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Caught by Jesus

The greatest manhunt in history ended in failure when the Romans and the Jewish leaders could not find the body of Jesus. The greatest manhunt in my history was when Jesus used best reason and experience to bring me to Himself. I grew up in the Church. I had a great childhood with parents who [Read More...]

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Evidence is Extraordinary

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. This is a true as far as it goes, except extraordinary things happen all the time. It is extraordinary (in one sense of the term) that you are reading something I am writing. What are the odds? The moment one asks for the definition of terms like “extraordinary” and “evidence,” [Read More...]

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Religion and Science Need Each Other

Natural science has done good things for humankind. My ability to work while on a plane flying across a continent is a gift from scientists following the scientific methods to improve human knowledge and life. Science makes progress, increasing in understanding, and this progress is beneficial to humanity. Yet the very moment this is said, [Read More...]

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Reason is Not Skepticism.

Sometimes atheists and agnostics who are non-academics* call themselves skeptics, but they really should not. They are not generally skeptical, but reserve their skepticism for supernatural or religious claims. Like anybody else, they believe a great many things provisionally that might be wrong: ideas about the world, their neighbor, or even their fantasy football team! In [Read More...]

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Christmas is a Reason to be Christian or Why I am Not an Atheist, Pagan, or Muslim

Respectful disagreement is possible, even about religion. Christmas is why I believe this to be true and Christmas is why I am not an atheist, pagan, or Muslim. As I sit and listen to the Messiah near the celebration of Christmas, I am persuaded that atheism is empty, paganism has insufficient gods, and Islam is [Read More...]

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This is the Book You Are Looking For

And so if you are shopping for Christmas and are looking for a book that four years ago spoke of Obama, the Russians, and the future  . . . here is a novel. The sequel will be done in 2016 . . . Think Charles Williams if he had grown up on Star Trek and [Read More...]

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Jar Jar and Santa didn’t make it to the Creche: Little Known People of Christmas (Part III/IV)

There is no possible world where Jar Jar Binks makes it to Bethlehem. This is also true of Santa. Now some of you might think: “Duh. This is because Jar Jar and Santa are not real and the story of Bethlehem is.” I know. This is true in this possible world (the actual one), but [Read More...]

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Gentle Happiness

The world is hurting, but we cannot always be looking outward. I have hurts, death in my family, assorted failures, but I cannot always be looking inward. Instead, following the example of Jesus, I try to go apart. Sometimes the cares follow me, as they did Jesus, but often I can stop and rest. Just now, [Read More...]

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