“When one gives up Christian belief one thereby deprives oneself of the right to Christian morality. For the latter is not self-evident… Christianity is a system.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche (Atheist Nihilist)
Recently a video clip of an interview with atheist comedian, writer, and activist Stephen Fry has been making the rounds on Facebook and, I assume, other social media. On Facebook alone on just one of the pages that shared it, the video has (as of now) 9.5 million views 173,374 shares, has 16 thousand comments, and 75 thousand “likes” in the 8 days since August 19th. Clearly, the interview struck a chord with many people. Why?
In the video, which is a clip from the show “The Meaning of Life” with Gay Byrne on Irish TV, Fry is posed the question of how he would react if he comes face to face with God when he dies. One might naturally expect the answer to such a question to be “Oops.” Or perhaps one might echo Bertrand Russell’s famous “Not enough evidence, God. Not enough evidence!”, which is how Richard Dawkins responded when asked that same question.
When we are working on serving God and developing an effective ministry for Him, Satan often attacks – that much is common knowledge for Christians in ministry. But when Satan attacks us like this, sometimes he only attacks us as long as we are going to be less productive with the attack than without it – or when our faith in God will be harmed by the attack. Continue reading
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me…”
The “shadow” of death?
What’s that? Continue reading
I found a small, tattered little book on top of the old organ at church this evening. It was only about the size of a 3×5 index card and about an inch thick. Its brown fabric cover was worn to the point where I couldn’t read the title on the binding, so I opened it at random, and read:
In my last post I mentioned how the Bible places all of Christianity’s “eggs in one basket,” in that every hope offered in Christianity is founded on the truth of the historical resurrection of Jesus Christ. I then listed 12 known historical facts, including 5 facts that have significant verification from extra-biblical sources. Continue reading
One can’t be too careful in reading the Bible. Why, just the other day, I picked it up and read what some have argued is the most bizarre passage in any scriptures from any religion. “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” Continue reading
The Baltimore – Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church recently mailed the Pre-Conference Booklet for the 2012 Annual Conference. The Pre – Conference Booklet contains, among other things, an agenda for the conference, reports from various groups and committees within the Conference, and copies of the recommendations and resolutions before the 2012 Annual Conference. I was dismayed to find a resolution titled “Resolution on Evolutionary Scientific Thinking” included in the list of resolutions before the conference this year. Continue reading
I don’t always have conversations with Muslims about theological topics, but when I do, they are memorable. There are three conversations in particular that come to mind. I would like to share the gist of these conversations with you, because they reveal three weak points of Muslim theology – or, if you are paying attention, only one weak point. There are many reasons why I do not believe Islam to be true, but the theological inadequacy revealed in these conversations is one good reason I would like to share with you today. Continue reading
Today I want to share with you a few prayers I have prayed consistently in my life, how they were answered (or not), and what I have learned from them. Continue reading
Sometimes the “Back” button just isn’t enough. When I’ve opened three or four apps on my phone, or when a particular app has 8.3 bajillion (it’s a real number, trust me; I’m a mathematician) different screens or levels, or on my browser when I’ve spider-webbed my browser windows on Wikipedia for so long that I’ve lost track of where I started, backing through each successive screen is too much.