Thursday, April 29, 2010
So, if you are interested in being part of this "better blogger" project, join Paul Steinbrueck at Christian Web Trends as he guides you to becoming a better blogger! BTW, this project starts on 3 May 2010.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
As most of you know, I maintain several blogs, and of course, it is not necessary to always go back to them to see if I have written anything new. There are two ways to keep up to date on what I write on my 3 blogs.
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- Just thinking... (dealing with Christianity and theology and Christian news snippets)
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Friday, April 23, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Anyway, check out these amazing pics of the event. Simply click on the image.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Two years ago, another Christian artist, Ray Boltz, also "came out."
What does it mean to come out? It means that they will now live their immoral depraved lives in God's face and claim that He sanctions it!
All that we can do is pray for these people!
- Historical profiles of Christian apologists
- Douglas Groothuis apologetics course audio feed
- Phil Johnson "On the Piper-Warren Connection."
- Islam poised to take the West without firing a shot!
- So, you think Bono is a Christian?
- Very "old" wasps were no different from ours!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
John Piper invited Rick Warren, who has proven himself to be a bit of a chameleon when it comes to religion. He literally is all things to all people. When he is with Muslims or Jews he keeps his Christianity very private. He changes his message depending on who he is with.
I do not agree with John Piper for inviting Warren to the national Desiring God conference for 2010. However, does that mean I must now lump Piper with the rest of the heretics like these intrepid finger pointers do? I do not think that Warren is a true heretic either! He is terribly misguided and does not stand up for the gospel clearly in all situations, but that does not make him a heretic. It makes him weak!
Friday, April 09, 2010
- None of those burqas in public, says Belgium
- Apologetics bloggers stand up for Christianity through April
- Challies heads back to the Puritans in Reading the Classics Together. I'm in!
- Michael Horton writes about Rick Warren
- Ligonier's 2010 National Conference: Tough Questions Christians Face
- All about the Cross!
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Read Part 1 and Part 2 of this review.
4. The Obstinacy of Atheism
Dr. Spiegel starts this chapter using the movie The Sixth Sense as an analogy for the doctrine of original sin. It is the idea of being dead and not even knowing it. We all need a person like the boy, Cole Sear, to bring our deathly situation to our attention.
In this chapter Dr. Spiegel aims to show how "a person may become locked in the atheistic delusion" through his worldview and the influence of sin on the mind.
Friday, April 02, 2010
Read Part 1 of this review.
2. The Irrationality of Atheism
In this chapter Dr. Spiegel deals a fair amount with one of atheisms "leading champions of atheism" and his "conversion" to theism. Antony Flew.
There were three evidences that moved Professor Flew from atheism to theism, and they were: "the laws of nature, the existence of the cosmos, and the presence of life." (p42) Nature's laws are very constant. The question is why? Scientists could formulize laws from the data they study, yet they cannot answer the question, "why?" Even though some scientists still deny God and believe that the laws of nature are as they are by necessity, "this only raises the 'why' question at a different level." (p43) What makes these laws necessary?
- Does the
head of the BeastPope have to cover-up sexual abuses in the Roman Institution? Abuses have been known about by popes for at least 50 years.
- Beck vs Wallis! Who comes out on top?Neither! It is a non-contest! Biblical justice counts!
- Don't work too hard as a census data collector, you'll be fired!
- It is amazing how those wanting tolerance are always so intolerant! It really advances discussion! Oh, yea! Only their own ideas are acceptable!
- The intolerance continues!
Thursday, April 01, 2010
It is my privilege today to interview Dr. Jim Spiegel on his book The Making of an Atheist.
1. Just thinking...: Hi Jim, welcome to Just thinking...!
Dr. Jim Spiegel: Thank you for this opportunity to share my thoughts with your readers.
2. JT: Tell us a little about yourself, where you grew up, your family and how you came to Taylor University.
DJS: I grew up in Michigan and Mississippi. I did my undergraduate work in Biology at Belhaven College in Jackson, then went on to do graduate work in philosophy at University of Southern Mississippi and then back up north to Michigan State University for my doctorate. I arrived at Taylor in 1993 and have been teaching there ever since.
TITLE: The Making of an Atheist
SUBTITLE: How Immorality Leads to Unbelief
AUTHOR: James S. Spiegel
PUBLISHER: Moody Publishers, Chicago
PAGES: 141 (including notes and acknowledgements)
Apologetics, especially in the face of blunt, dare I say "blind", atheism, is never
easy. The question of their "blindness" always intrigues me. How could they not see God's handiwork all across creation? How could any rational person believe the fairy tale of goo to the zoo to you? How could a thinking person deny that what so clearly looks like design is not design? If an alien (of the grey extra-terrestrial variety) lands on our moon, would their first thought really be, "I wonder how many million years it took for this flag to evolve on this moon?" (The flag mentioned here is the one that the Apollo 11 crew planted on the moon.) Why do these atheists not believe? Why are the New Atheists like Dawkins so acerbic towards any belief in God, especially Christianity?