Monthly Archives: August 2010

IS FAITH INFERIOR TO REASON?

How do we explain the relationship between reason and faith? What happens when someone encounters a question they cannot answer? Does faith compromise the endeavor to find an answer through rules of logic and science? Is faith the blind leap to some mystical explanation that transcends the natural material world and bypasses reason? Continue reading

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THE BIBLE AND GAY MARRIAGE

Wait a minute, John Meacham. You argue that “the religious case for gay marriage is a strong one,” appealing to “Western monotheistic traditions [that] hold that human beings are made in the likeness and image of God, and are thus all equal in the sight of the Lord.” In the next paragraph you dismiss “those who assert biblical authority in support of traditional definitions of marriage” because “Scripture is not inerrant [without error]. ”Maybe you don’t realize that the basis for believing that all human beings bear the likeness and image of God derives from the biblical account of creation in Genesis 1-2. Continue reading

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THE REAL LIFE

Unquestionably, Inception ranks as the best film of the summer (in my opinion). Writer/director, Christopher Nolan, creates a technology that enables an elite group of people to invade the dreams of other people and manipulate their subconscious minds. One reviewer suggests, “In a way, the movie is its own maze designed to plant a simple little idea in the viewer’s mind: ‘reality’ is a relative concept.” Is it? Continue reading

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DEMYTHOLOGIZING SELF-ESTEEM

Parenting in the self-esteem era has presented major challenges. Not that children have changed. The culture’s perspectives on parenting continue to fluctuate like s school girl’s crushes. Apprehensive parents in each generation scurry to find advice from the latest self-proclaimed parenting expert, from Dr. Spock to Dr. Phil. Perspective on self-esteem has suffered from this hysteria. Continue reading

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A COMPELLING ECONOMIC QUESTION

Nobel Prize winner, Milton Friedman, was interviewed by Phil Donahue in 1979. Trying to disturb Friedman’s unwavering position on capitalism, Donahue asked his guest, “… did you ever have a moment of doubt about capitalism and whether greed is a good idea to run on?” Friedman responded, “Well, first of all, is there some society that you know that doesn’t run on greed?” Continue reading

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CAMELS, NEEDLES AND WEALTH

A camel recently passed through the eye of a needle. Jesus told His disciples that such a feat would be easier than for a wealthy man to enter the kingdom of God. Wealth has a way of messing up one’s perspective. It seems to produce uncorrectable vision. Reading the story of John Pedley reminds us that much more happens in salvation than a sinner deciding to receive a free pass out of hell. Continue reading

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THE SUPERNATURAL ORIENTATION

Is there such a thing as a Christian mind? Is Christian thinking an oxymoron? What distinguishes Christian thinking from all other thinking? Continue reading

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