How do you react to news of atrocities?

This question came up today as I read this Gospel Coalition article that questions the reports of ISIS beheading children in Iraq and then placing their heads on pikes. I reacted instinctively against this story the first time I heard it; not because I don’t believe people are capable of such behavior but because it reeked of a much [Read More...]

Victimhood: a double-edged sword

As Stephen Pinker argues convincingly in his book The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, our sensitivity toward victims has increased substantially over the last several centuries, leading to a drastic reduction in violence. By way of example, it’s practically impossible today for any government, organization or individual to act in a discriminatory, aggressive [Read More...]

Perhaps violence isn’t so black and white after all…

To kill one man is to be guilty of a capital crime, to kill ten men is to increase the guilt ten-fold, to kill a hundred men is to increase it a hundred-fold. This the rulers of the earth all recognize, and yet when it comes to the greatest crime–waging war on another state–they praise [Read More...]

Idiots, Maniacs and Me

I spend a lot of time arguing with people on Facebook. Perhaps too much time. But as I’m writing a script or doing some other sort of creative work, I find it helpful to jump back and forth between whatever I’m writing and whatever I’m arguing about. I used to play chess and Scrabble online [Read More...]

A new interview where I connect the dots between “Hellbound?”, “Expelled” and… leprechauns?

You can read all about it here. [Read more...]

A video re: my upcoming film about Thomas Merton

James Martin, SJ, on behalf of Merton Movie from Knitted Heart on Vimeo. [Read more...]

My latest documentary is now available on DVD

The Chicken Manure Incident, which recounts the early days of the ongoing conflict between the city of Abbotsford, BC and its homeless population, is now available on DVD exclusively from Amazon. Order your copy here. [Read more...]

Buy Frank Schaeffer’s new book, get a discount on “Hellbound?”

Frank’s book is called Why I’m an Atheist Who Believes in God. I had the pleasure of editing an early draft of the book for Frank, and I have to say it’s one of the most powerful, heartfelt, challenging books I’ve read in a long time. It was just released today in paperback for a [Read More...]

Why aren’t more evangelical Christians making horror movies?

Years before I began my career as a screenwriter/filmmaker, I met a guy named Murray Stiller who was hot on the idea of making horror movies from a Christian perspective. I admit to being intrigued, even though the idea struck me as odd at the time. But as Murray made his case, I came to [Read More...]

Just did the Richard Rossi radio show

You can listen to the interview here. [Read more...]

God is non-violent? All I can say is, WTF?

That’s right–What the Facebook? Posts from the Edge of Christendom. That’s the title of Michael Hardin’s new book, which was extracted from his voluminous posts on Facebook throughout 2013. In it, he articulates a fresh perspective on the Christian faith that offers an exciting alternative to the sacrificial logic of a violent God who punished [Read More...]

What is the best foundation for the existence of objective moral values–theism or atheism?

Either I’m getting old or something is happening at precisely 4:48 a.m. each morning to wake me up. Whatever the case, one of the things I do to while away the early morning hours/help myself fall back asleep is listen to podcasts on all sorts of topics. This weekend it was Sam Harris debating William [Read More...]

Moral outrage and other ways to “win” arguments

If you’d like to read a fascinating critique of penal substitutionary atonement theory, I heartily recommend you read through Michael Hardin’s comments on this recent post by Scot McKnight. However, if you’d like to observe some commonly employed tactics used to avoid substantive critique of one’s position, I invite you to read Scot’s post, itself. [Read More...]

For the record, I am NOT Kevin A. Miller

THIS is Kevin A. Miller. And if you’re like me, you probably had to do a double take to make sure it wasn’t Tony Robbins. This is the first time I’ve had to make this distinction, due to the critique Kevin wrote of Brian McLaren, Rob Bell and Donald Miller. However, it makes me chuckle [Read More...]


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