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The Christianity I Dont Believe In

Abortion , Christian Apologetics , Current Events , Doctrine , Polemics , The Bible


Christianity is a beautiful and elegant belief system - here's some examples of how it gets mistaken...,

Earlier I wrote a post indicating the Christianity I believe in – here now is a discussion of what I DON’T believe.  The point of this exercise is to help me think things through, as well as help clarify for those with struggles on debatable points, and also for those who love to pin these type of beliefs on us Christians, the Truth notwithstanding.

Santa Claus God God is the Prime Mover; the Creator; the source of all Logic and Reason and Purpose (logos) and Love.  He is the original relationship (all creation seems to be driven by relationship – with Love being at the apex).  He is Spirit – to be worshiped, honored, and contemplated as such and in Spirit.  He is identified as masculine in most of the Bible because the writers (and for the most part – us too) were a Patriarchal society – so masculinity indicates authority.  When we realize what He is, and that we are His creation, it seems silly that we put demands on Him, much less expectations.  Some like to think of Him as our Santa Claus – or our servant out there waiting to do our bidding if we just ask, or ask in the right manner.  Surely He desires the best for us all, and He has selected His Church to execute His will on this earth, but we are the creation, not the task-master.  So – if a prayer goes unanswered to my ‘liking’, it is not some sort of a proof against a God who should show His ‘love’ to me by answering my prayers, it is a careful warning to me to make sure I am aligned to the will of God.  

Christianity Is Anti-Intellectual There’s a lot of other writings in this site that discuss why I truly believe that Christianity is the only belief system (view of life and the world) that makes any sense at all.  In summary, it seems to me that Grace is the ONLY hope for the world.  And, I must exhibit this as much as I can, like Jesus did and like God expects me to, in order to represent Him.  Also, NONE of the other belief systems make any sense to me, indeed they seem to be only partial answers from our limited intellect to answer the great questions of existence, meaning, and purpose. Now not all Christians believe the same things, and none of us have totally thought everything through, nor do we have answers to everything.  But this certainly does not prove anti-intellectualism.  I am as interested in knowledge, logic, reason, the pursuit of Truth, and the scientific method as anyone.  So please don’t begin a discussion with me about the ignorance of my faith, unless you are prepared to speak to yours.  And if you’re a Christian, please consider thinking through with me (or others) the deep deep meaning of the Gospel and its ramifications, and help us all present the Truth to those who are looking for it.  

Christianity is Racist, Sexist, Homophobic, Whatever Else… This one should be pretty clear – we are ALL made in the image of God, and equal in His eyes.  We should treat each other as such.  Now – some want to try and paint the Bible as condoning slavery – it simply addressed it as a cultural issue.  Not only was slavery different in those days from what we generally think of it these days (as racist, or less than human), the Bible was clear that the slaves of that day should be treated fairly, and that they are Children of God.  In fact, and entire epistle speaks to the treatment of slaves as equals. The treatment of women is virtually the same.  Women are indeed equal in God’s eyes as man.  Indeed I’ve seen MANY women smarter than men!  When men properly address women as equals, they cherish them as themselves!  This is a deep deep statement, and not often practiced, even in supposedly enlightened secular circles. I’ve never quite understood why people would want to identify with their sexuality, or their sin.  And, a person’s dealing with their sin is a matter for them to address with God, although the issue of identifying with it places issue with leadership in the Church, as it does with any other clearly identified sin.  Nevertheless, all people are God’s Children, and deserve to be treated with respect in that manner. Hopefully these items are thought provoking, not just provoking.  I truly have no desire to offend anyone, or to be labeled a heretic (HA!).  Please let me know what you think – let’s reason together.  

Here are some links to other relevant information

The Christianity I Believe

Grace and Peace to you all!


Peter Singers Defense of Infanticide

Abortion , Christian Apologetics , Current Events

Scott Klusendorf, defender of all life, has a great summary of the horror ethics of Princeton Ethicist Peter Singer.

Here's an example of what passes for Ethics at a great American Institution:

“Human babies are not born self-aware, or capable of grasping that they exist over time. They are not persons”; therefore, “the life of a newborn is of less value than the life of a pig, a dog, or a chimpanzee.”

These are the times I am glad I studied apologetics and defend the faith AND the defenseless

Harry Potter and Sacraments

Christian Apologetics , Current Events

Is the world represented by Harry Potter developed from Christian roots?  David Nielson at The Evangelical Outpost desribes some 'history' in his post   Evangelicals And The Sacramental World Of Harry Potter

There's an odd thought.  Here's the authors main point:

 As long as we remember that we cannot actually do “magic” (even in a sacramentalized form), then we are free to appreciate the magical symbolism for the deep Christian themes that it expresses

Not sure what I think about this post

What do you think?

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Christianity and the Brain

Christian Apologetics , Current Events

A great website True Free Thinker has a wonderful post that explores our favorite militant atheist on their pursuit proving that people of faith are 'insane'.   “The Neural Correlates of Religious and Nonreligious Belief” – Sam Harris’ Neuroscientific Escapades

Pretty deep, cool stuff.  Here's an example…

In Sam Harris we are dealing with a person who has admitted that he did not get into the field of science in order to perform the ideal task of an unbiased researcher who is prepared to do away with a lifetime’s worth of research and published opinions when it is toppled by contradicting evidence. Rather, we are dealing with someone who holds to an a priori conclusion and has become a scientist in order to, as I will state it, seek to find evidence that will reinforce his conclusions and or place a thin veneer of scientific respectability as a façade around his militant atheistic opinions


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Do We Need A Darker Christmas

Christian Apologetics , Current Events



The Evangelical Outpost has a different take for us to consider – that Christmas shouldn't be all happy and sweet!?

We Need a Darker Christmas is a little thought provoking…

We needn’t dwell on the darkness, but we need to recognize that we live in the midst of darkness, for it’s only the people who walked in darkness who have seen a great light.  Only then can we distinguish the true light of Christ from the cheap thrill of a string of lightbulbs, and only then can we begin to bring the wonder of that Light to a dark world.

The point is that Christmas needs to remember why Christ had to come – not just that He did come (if we even remember that, as a society.)  So what do you think?  Should Christmas be a joyous time, or a solumn time?  Can it be both?  Shouldn't it be joyous BECAUSE we know of the solemnity of the curse of sin? 

I think I get the point, but prefer to be happy about the coming of Christ…

Apologists in the Church

Christian Apologetics , Current Events , Evangelism


One of my profs at Biola has a blog, and has an excellent post entitled An Apologist In Every Church.

Ephesians 4:11-16: And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

This is one of my goals, to help church's establish an apologetics ministry to enable those with questions and issues – even those IN the church.

Enjoy, and consider your role as an Apologist in YOUR Church!  If you're so inclined, Help me with this endeavor!  Give me some thoughts about how you would think we should proceed

Grace and Peace

Bill OReilly vs Atheism

Current Events

This just cracks me up.  O'Reilly takes on an atheist who thinks that all believers are scammed and know it!  Unbelievable hubris from this atheist.  O'Reilly tells the atheist that he can't explain the tides – and of course the dude thinks that the answer is 'the moon'.  He doesn't think too deeply does he?

Anyway – maybe not the most gentile of apologists – but for my money O'Reilly wins easily with the deeper argument that this dude just cant reach. 


 BUT WAIT!  It doesn't stop there!  Olberman takes up the charge and labels O'Reilly 'The worst person in the world'.  (huh?)

This guy gets apoplectic every day – and he does it again despite his ignorance of the real issue, just like the atheist above.

Oh well..

 So what do you think?  Is this any way to do Apologetics?  Seems he's trying, but just isn't clear and he certainly isn't doing it 'with gentleness and respect'.  But it is interesting to watch…


Gay Marriage and Christian Apologetics

Current Events


FIRST THINGS released an article entitled "Bearing Better Witness Evangelicals need to rethink what they do and say about gay marriage."

Begins like this:

When even Christianity Today is asking, “Is the Gay Marriage Debate Over?” the issue has become so critical that it demands close attention. Believing (wrongly) that the debate is over, some evangelicals have decided that Christians should let the state define marriage any way it chooses and focus their attention only on what the Church does. This would be a fundamental mistake. The debate is one in which we must be involved for the sake of our society itself

Contemplate as you move forward in your Apologetic baseline reasoning and execution

Grace and Peace