The Camels with Hammers Civility Pledge

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Dan Fincke of Camels with Hammers has written a civility pledge. He has requested that interested bloggers repost the pledge, following it with any amendments or caveats they would add. So here's Dan's pledge, followed by my thoughts: The Pledge:1. I commit that I will engage in all public arguments with a sincere aim of mutual understanding, rather than only persuasion.I will make being honest, rationally scrupulous, and compassionate my highest priorities. I will conscientiously … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Debi Pearl and the Sex-Obsessed Babysitter

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 65-67Debi starts with a letter from a reader. Dear Pearls,My heart is heavy. I desire with my whole heart to bring our children up in the ways of God (they are ages 2 and 5). My deep concern in this---my husband has been deceived into thinking that various TV programs and commercials are not harmful to him or the children. He lets the fact that they are humorous dismiss the fact that they are crude and subtly being used to chip away at the spirit of our … [Read more...]

I’m over at the Washington Post today!

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Hey, guess what? I'm over at the Washington Post today writing about love! The Washington Post's online religion section is doing a Valentines Day series and asked me to write "An Atheist's Guide to Love." (Many thanks to Hemant for recommending me to them!)Here's an excerpt: Without instructions flowing from religious dogma, atheists are free to simply focus on finding ways to build healthy relationships and on setting a healthy balance between self and others. Given the lack of atheist … [Read more...]

Doug Wilson on the Problem of Heaven

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Doug Wilson recently published an article addressing a student's doubts and questions about faith. I recently received a letter from a student who was struggling in his faith, and the crux of the struggle was how the love of God, as described in the Bible, could be reconciled with some of the choices of God, as described in the Bible.There are many examples of this problem, so let me pick just several representative ones. God is a loving God, and yet He is the one who commanded the … [Read more...]

Conversations with Preschoolers

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Can I say how much I love having a preschooler?My life is peppered with the most fascinating conversations. Watching Sally learn and figure things out is beautiful, and often also quite humorous.Let me offer this exchange by way of example:"I'm going to marry Daddy when I grown up.""Oh no you're not! I already married him. You have to pick someone else, because he's taken." "Then I'm going to marry Bobby." "Sorry honey, you can't marry your brother." "Why no … [Read more...]

Growing Up Evangelical at the End of the World

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"Dad, when do you think the rapture will happen?""Oh, probably in the next five or ten years."I was eleven. Eleven. And I trusted my dad. I respected him, a lot. He was the smartest person I knew - well read, intelligent, a thinking person. You know how doctors sometimes tell cancer patients how many years they have left to live? That's what this felt like. I had ten years. Ten. No wonder I hoped to marry and have children early. I didn't want to miss my chance.Any time I saw a … [Read more...]

Which Is More Rage-Inducing?

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I just came upon this quote made by an atheist: When I look at the relentlessly deteriorating family situation so obvious in the world around us today my conclusion regarding the source of this disaster is that American family life is being destroyed because of our willful disobedience against the natural order of relations between men and women. To put it simply; men are to provide for and protect women and women have obligations to obey men. Each individual man in turn has an obligation to … [Read more...]


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