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Do Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence?

Have you ever heard the claim “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence?” Or perhaps you’ve made the argument yourself or are parroting the rhetoric that you’ve heard on internet discussion boards where atheists frequent. Or maybe you’ve felt something amiss when confronted by the argument but couldn’t quite put your finger on it. Whatever the case may be, it is an interesting topic to dissect and does have some practical applications as well. At the outset, I want to make one thing clear – this rebuttal to the evidence for God, or the existence of God, or religion, or specifically to Christianity, misses the mark. (more…)

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    The Sower’s Apologetics Profile

    What is the effectiveness of apologetics? The Holy Scriptures tell us that God has revealed himself to mankind but that humanity as a whole does not want God (Romans 1:18-20). This leads people to create crafty ways in which to avoid God. Jesus also revealed the inner depths of the human psyche in this exchange of God’s wooing and the human response to that truth in the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:3-23, Mark 4:2-20, Luke 8:4-18). In this parable, the sower (one who relays God’s truth) scatters seeds (the truth of God) and the seeds fall on four different kinds of ground (types of human dispositions).

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    Is Religious Education a Form of Brainwashing?

    There exists in some circles this notion that religious education is a form of brainwashing, that what happens if you go to church and especially if you allow your kids to get religious instruction, then you’re in danger of being brainwashed. Is this true? If non-religious people can see this and repel religious thought so vehemently, why would religious people not see this and subject themselves to what is often referred to as “brainwashing?”

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    Review of The Promise

    The Promise is an intricate story with plots and subplots. The main theme involves a complicated love story of two men who love the same woman. It is a spellbinding and compelling story woven into the historical events surrounding World War I. The complexities of the love triangle seem very genuine. The casting is excellent, and the characters live our their struggles with terrific conviction. The performances are superb. The writing is exquisite and the artistic liberties are undertaken with great care without compromising historical facts. (more…)

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    Holy Week – Palm Sunday

    The Christian celebration of Easter begins a week prior, the first day of Holy Week. The Sunday before Easter Sunday is known as Palm Sunday and is the day on which Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem took place. On this day Jesus entered Jerusalem sitting on a donkey amidst the waving of palm branches and on top of those laid on the road for him. The event is recorded in all four gospels (Matthew 21:1, Mark 11:1, Luke 19:29, John 12:12). (more…)

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    All the Names of Jesus of Nazareth

    It may surprise some to find that Jesus is actually referred to in the Old Testament as well as the New Testament of the biblical writings. What follows is as complete a list as can be formed of all the names of Jesus of Nazareth used in the Bible. Taking all the names of Jesus used in the Bible into consideration, it would ironically be quite a stretch to consider him a mere good moral human teacher. The incarnation means that God took on human flesh as an innocent human being, lived the perfect life and dies for our sins to reconcile us with a God from whom we’ve been alienated by our own meanderings and our will. What follows is a comprehensive list of the names of Jesus used in the Bible. (more…)

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    God and Religion: 3 Reasons God Hates Religion

    Wait, what? God hates religion? God and religion are at odds? This is nuts, right? How could someone say that ‘God hates religion?’ Isn’t the whole idea of believing in God to be religious? Then how could God actually hate religion? If these are some of the questions you may be asking, you’re likely going to be shocked by the answers. (more…)

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    Anselm’s Ontological Argument for the Existence of God

    Anselmus Candiae Genavae, better known as Saint Anselm (c. AD 1033 – 1109) was a medieval Italian cleric, philosopher, and theologian who served as the archbishop of Canterbury. He contributed three major works, namely Proslogion, Monologium and Cur Deus Homo. The work he’s probably most famous for is Proslogion, the one in which he introduced one of the most vexing arguments – Anselm’s ontological argument for the existence of God. (more…)

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    Is it Valid to Use Precedence for Rejection of Miracles?

    A bartender walks into the bar, late for work, and upon entering, explains why he was late. He tells his boss that he was late because he ran into a parade, that his car backfired and scared two little poodles in tutus that were dancing. After his boss briefly expresses skepticism of his story by repeating, “Dancing poodles, huh?” Sam, the bartender, continues his story by telling her that the dogs got spooked and ran away. He tells her that a cute girl in blue sequin ran after them right in front of this little car full of clowns that swerved to miss her, and the car ran right in front of this elephant. The elephant reared up, throwing a swami guy off that was riding on its tusk. (more…)

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    Science and Sensationalism

    There is no shortage of science news in mainstream media. This means that there is also no shortage of ignorance and sensationalism in mainstream media. Let me first address the initial reaction that the general population is likely to have given the caricatures of Christianity and beliefs of Christians promulgated across the internet. The objection goes something like this: ‘Well, I would expect nothing more than for a Christian to complain about science because everyone knows Christianity is anti-science.’ Mind you, this does not typically come from those more educated in these matters. Those who are educated in science, the history of science and the philosophy of science are far less likely to have this sort of attitude. They know the deep roots of science, are aware of the subtleties of scientific reasoning, and have a profound respect for the Christian influence in the rise and flourishing of science. (more…)

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    C.S. Lewis on Modern Evil

    “The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid dens of crime that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices.” – C.S. Lewis (Preface to The Screwtape Letters)

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