Tag: Thoughts

Bible, Christianity

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 …

Contemporary Trends, Book-Review, Christianity

Sanctification, Repentance, and the Habit Loop

Introduction to Concept: In his book The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg explains something advertisers have known for quite some time: human beings can be trained to respond to cues with routines as long as there is a reward. He calls this the habit loop. It looks like this: The idea is that when we …

Ethics, Philosophy

What They Think

Everybody puts on the brakes before acting when they consider what others will think. I would guess that many refuse to do what is best because of what they think. I am often amazed at how each man loves himself more than others, but cares more for the opinions of others than of himself. If a …

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Atheist Tricks

In the mid 2000s, it became popular for atheists to define their point of view as “lacking belief in a God.” But as it turns out, the older literature is clear: An atheist is one who denies the existence of a personal, transcendent creator of the universe, rather than one who simply lives life without …

Metaphysics, Christianity, Philosophy

Thoughts on Theodicy

One of the most famous reasons to reject the existence of God is the existence of evil. Either evil or God can exist, not both. The dilemma relies on the supposition that these three propositions cannot all be true at once God is all good. God is all powerful. Evil exists. In modern atheist rhetoric, the …

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Mike Bird, Evangelical Theology, and the Sermon on the Mount

There are a lot of things Christians “need to know.” For some it’s predestination, for others, the age of the earth, or the order of end times events. In reality, the core of theology is simpler than that.Mike Bird in his, Evangelical Theology reminds us of the test for Christian theology: The Sermon on the …

Rhetoric, Dialectic, Culture, Education

The Hurt-Feelings Fallacy

The internet made me abreast of an informal fallacy which I have dubbed: The Hurt-Feelings Fallacy When a premise and/or conclusion of an argument hurts somebody’s feelings or hypothetically could do so in the future, then the argument is problematic. Because of this, the conclusion and the premises are all false. Similarly, if the corollaries …

Christian Mindset, Basics, Education, Mindset

Growth and Biblical Wisdom

Everybody has a self-theory, some hypothesis or doctrine about what/who they are. Some of these theories are simple sentences like, “I’m an athlete.” Others are more fundamental, like, “I’m worthless.” According to Carol Dweck and Daniel Molden, our self-theories lead directly to our self-esteem maintenance/repair strategies after we fail at a task or to reach …

Basics, Writing, Dialectic, Education, Pedagogy, Philosophy

Simplify Complex Problems Like Descartes

Ever Feel Stupid? Many of us wish we were smarter than we are. Rene Descartes even felt this way:   “For myself, I have never fancied my mind to be in any respect more perfect than those of the generality; on the contrary, I have often wished that I were equal to some others in promptitude …

Christianity

The Ignorant Atheist

Richard Dawkins, never one to be pleasant, made some remarks that hold some truth value and also showcased his inability to research his historical claims. He is criticizing certain Muslim claims about the relationship of their faith to science.  “Islamic science deserves enormous respect.” There are two versions of this second claim, ranging from the …