John Howard Yoder: Pacifist Aggressive

From Mark Oppenheimer at The New York Times: Can a bad person be a good theologian? All of us fall short of our ideals, of course. But there is a common-sense expectation that religious professionals should try to behave as they counsel others to behave. They may not be perfect, but they should not be louts or jerks. By that standard, few have failed as egregiously as John Howard Yoder, America’s most influential pacifist theologian. In his teaching at Notre Dame and elsewhere, and in … [Read more...]

Alexander Pruss’ One Body: An Essay on Christian Sexual Ethics – 30% off

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My esteemed colleague, Alexander Pruss, late last year published the book, One Body: An Essay on Christian Sexual Ethics (University of Notre Dame Press, 2012). I selected it as one of the best books I read in 2012.  If you have been looking for a philosophically sophisticated, though clearly written, presentation of Christian sexual ethics by a leading scholar in the field, one that has distinguished himself in the wider academic world, this is the book for you. Thus, I am delighted to draw … [Read more...]

Strengthen the Things That Remain (Thoughts on Chick-Fil-A and Religious Liberty)

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"Strengthen the Things That Remain" is the title of my most recent entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: "Counterfeit philosophies have polluted all of your thoughts Karl Marx has got ya by the throat, Henry Kissinger’s got you tied up in knots When you gonna wake up, when you gonna wake up When you gonna wake up and strengthen the things that remain?" -Bob Dylan  (“When You Gonna Wake Up?,” 1979) Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee dubbed Wednesday August 1, … [Read more...]

Alvin Plantinga and Nicholas Wolterstorff On the Conduct of the Christian Philosopher

Very wise words by two giants in Christian philosophy: (HT: Evangelical Philosophical Society blog). The interviewer is the remarkably talented philosopher, Tom Crisp, of Biola University … [Read more...]

Al Mohler’s Interview of Ross Douthat

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Al Mohler's interview of Ross Douthat is tremendous. The occasion of the interview is the release of Douthat's new book, Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics. Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, does a masterful job of interviewing Douthat, a New York Times columnist. You can listen to the 55-minute interview here. I could have listened for another hour. … [Read more...]

Celebrating Chuck Colson: “Like I Am.”

(HT: Greg Koukl) This was produced by the Acton Institute. … [Read more...]

When the Saint Goes Swearing: Mormonism and the Romney Candidacy

In 2007, I published an article at First Thing's On the Square, "When the Saint Goes Swearing In." It was a review essay of Hugh Hewitt's 2007 book, A Mormon in the White House? Given the scuttlebutt over comments made by the gentleman who introduced Governor Rick Perry at the Value Values Summit last year, the Rev. Robert Jeffress (Pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas), as well as the strange stuff emanating from MSNBC,  my First Things review essay has become relevant again. Here's an … [Read more...]

HBU starting M.A. in philosophy program

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Houston Baptist University is starting an M.A. program in philosophy.  Given the quality of its faculty, and the recent hiring of philosopher John Mark Reynolds as the new HBU provost, this is an exciting development.  Here's what the HBU website says: Program Description The mission of the Master of Arts in Philosophy (MAPhil) is to develop students who are capable of serving their community and the Church successfully in a variety of vocations, including academic, parachurch, and … [Read more...]

The God-Haunted Atheism of Christopher Hitchens

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That is the title of my most recent entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: On December 15, contemporary unbelief lost one of its most gifted apologists, Christopher Hitchens. He, along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett, are often referred to as the four horsemen of the New Atheism. It is called the “New” Atheism because of its evangelistic zeal, an enthusiasm largely absent from the more urbane and engaging infidelities of “the Old Atheists” like … [Read more...]

Richard Dawkins carrier of bu!!sh-t meme

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(HT: Ed Feser) This is just hilarious. Apparently, the great atheist scientist Richard Dawkins, who recently made quite a public fuss in his refusal to ever debate philosopher William Lane Craig, now claims that he in fact has debated Craig, and according to Dawkins, Craig was deeply unimpressive when they sparred. That's a pretty amazing feat: Dawkins is claiming that while he would never be caught dead debating Bill Craig he has in fact defeated him in debate at least once. I'm not sure … [Read more...]


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