Read Psalm 14 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. Psalm 14 begins with this declaration that appears rather confrontational. Calling people "fools" is not the best way to get them to listen to your point of view. … Continue reading The Fool and Getting Away With It – Psalm 14 (Weekly Word)
Reading a David Bentley Hart book is to pull your chair up to the grown-up table and feast on tasty delicacies you had previously not realized existed. This is especially true of his latest book in which he argues both atheists and many Christians do not speak about God in the right way. God, argues Hart, … Continue reading The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss by David Bentley Hart (Review)
Recently I watched the movie God is not Dead (which I did not like). During the scene where the Christian student stands up to his atheist professor, the professor adds an assignment for the whole class as punishment for this one student's recalcitrance. The assignment is to read Bertrand Russell's Why I am Not a … Continue reading Why I am Not a Christian by Bertrand Russell (Review)
I was not planning on watching the Christian film God's Not Dead anytime soon. This was mostly due to limited time to watch movies and a desire to watch other things. Then I saw it was free streaming on Amazon and I could not resist. This movie had been heavily promoted in Christian circles and … Continue reading God’s Not Dead (Review)
At the end of last week I noticed an article that stated actress Julianne Moore no longer believes in God. Here's the story: But Moore said that while she’s experienced success in her career, including four previous Academy Award nominations, she has at times felt adrift. Her mother’s unexpected passing from septic shock in 2009 … Continue reading A Poor Reason for Not Believing in God, IMO
There is a memorable scene early in the classic book, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, during which Arthur Dent is told that his house is to be demolished to make way for a freeway. Arthur is upset, though he is told the plans have been on file for quite a while had he wanted … Continue reading God or Godless: Review
Wolverine is a member of the X-Men, portrayed by Jean Valjean...I mean, Hugh Jackman, in the films. He apparently converted to Christianity in the early 1990s due to the influence of fellow mutant, Nightcrawler: (HT: Unsettled Christianity and James McGrath) Here's a cool story of another conversion to Christianity, this time a professor of literature … Continue reading Stories of Conversion: Wolverine, an Atheist Professor and a Former Member of Wesboro Baptist.
In my home county of Lancaster, PA an atheist has filed a complaint over a restaurant's Sunday promotion. The restaurant's crime: in order to drum up business on Sundays they offered a discount coupon to anyone who presented a bulletin from a church. Oh the horror! John Wolff, who is an atheist, filed the complaint … Continue reading But Complaining About Pointless Stuff is Our Thing!
If you are a Christian and you believe in hell as eternal (it lasts forever), conscious (people there continue to feel and experience it) torment (it is horrible), then I have a question: If you stopped believing in that view of hell, would you continue to be a Christian? This is a question I ponder … Continue reading Fear, Love and Truth
Why do people leave the Christian faith? The answer often given is that there is some fault in the Christian community: Christians are judgmental. Christians are old-fashioned. Christians are not nice. Christians are anti-everything Certainly it is true that many people become disillusioned with faith because of bad experiences with Christians. But not everybody. … Continue reading The Mind Matters (or, not everyone leaves Christianity because Christians are jerks)