Month: February 2015

Christianity, Culture, Philosophy

Religion is Child Abuse and Other Silly Ideas

A common claim on the internet these days is that raising children in a religious tradition is child abuse. This same notion comes with a related notion that being religious is a form of brain disorder. If you do not believe me, look this up. Richard Dawkins has claimed that raising children religiously is worse …

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On Weekly Church Attendance and the Gospel in the New Testament

Why Do People Not Go to Church? It is very easy to find church attendance unpleasant. I have enjoyed going to church services since my early teenage years, but mostly because my bent has always been toward the philosophical and sermons offer (when done well) a great deal of food for thought. But I still remember being …

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Did Jesus come to make bad people good?

A common evangelical slogan, which I think comes from a Ravi Zacharias sermon is: Jesus didn’t come to make bad people good, he came to make dead people live. While I think I agree with the main point of this phrase (Christianity is not mere moralism), methinks that it often ends up being a slogan …

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It’s Only a Symbol

One of the staples of Baptist piety is that the Lord’s Supper is “only a symbol” or “just a symbol.” So, every time that gospels are quoted saying, Mark 14:22-24 ESV  And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” …

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Mood Music

Over at voxpopuli, Vox posted on mood programming music. I would not have chosen most of his choices, but he apparently was in the band psychosonik (I’m pretty sure they made music for the Mortal Kombat films). I shouldn’t expect his musical tastes to be similar to mine or even to standard humans. His categories …

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What does it mean to “have faith in Christ?”

What is faith? What is Christian faith? I don’t mean “what is ‘the Christian faith’?” I mean, when I Christian has faith in Christ, what does ‘faith’ connote? Many Christians carry a meaning of the word faith around in their heads that leaves them with no actual ground to stand on for living the good …

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In all toil there is profit

In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty. (Proverbs 14:23 ESV) The proverb above is one I have always associated with one particular type of talk: talking about what you’re going to do instead of doing it. I think that this aspect is true, but incomplete. I have overly limited …