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On Banning Plastic Bags

Jun 23, 2018

As more and more supermarket chains and other retailers pull plastic bags from their stores, presumably to do something for the environment, it is worth looking at the issue in a bit more detail. And the real question that must

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Jesus and Division

Jun 22, 2018

It can be said with full biblical warrant that Jesus is the great divider. Perhaps no other figure in human history has been so divisive. And that may strike many people – even many Christians today – as being quite

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An Apologetics Reader

Jun 18, 2018

I recently wanted to link to some of my listings of good books on apologetics, atheism and the like, but I noticed that the last time I wrote articles on those topics was quite some time ago. A bibliography I

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Why You Need To Be An Apologist

Jun 17, 2018

No, I don’t want you to go around saying “sorry” all the time. That is not what I mean. My title is referring to this: ALL Christians should seek to know enough about their faith that when they get asked

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Even More Foolish Posters – and Bad Theology

Jun 15, 2018

By their very nature, memes, posters and social media posts tend to be content-light and information-thin. So one cannot rely on them very much. They might get people thinking, and they may contain snippets of truth, but usually complex issues

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On Controversy

Jun 14, 2018

Autobiographical preface: for a guy who is involved in controversy all the time, the truth is, I really don’t like controversy! As I have said before, I would much rather just quietly sit at home and read a book, maybe

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The Sexual Politicisation of Everything

Jun 11, 2018

Up until recently in the West we had rather minimalist governments, with individual freedoms much more widespread, and what we call mediating structures (the family, churches, civil associations) standing between the individual and the state.

Increasingly these institutions are being

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Notable Christians: John G. Paton

Jun 10, 2018

Early on in my days of being a new Christian I learned of how important and how inspiring it is to read the stories of great Christians. These stories spoil you for life, and give you a restlessness for the

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Harvard, Solzhenitsyn and Truth

Jun 9, 2018

Forty years ago a very significant commencement address was given to the graduating class of Harvard University. It was delivered by one of the most important figures of last century, Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008). The Soviet dissident, author and historian did

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“So What Are You Reading Now?”

Jun 8, 2018

I’m glad you asked. OK, so you didn’t ask, but a few of you might have been thinking that! I know that a small percentage of my readers absolutely love these sorts of articles. Alas, the great bulk of you

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On Physical Beauty

Jun 6, 2018

OK, so I better offer a few preliminary remarks here before I go any further. I just penned a piece earlier today on beauty pageants! Yes, I really did. But there was a solid reason for doing so, and it

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A Massive Win for Religious Freedom

Jun 5, 2018

There is some great news for a change coming out of America at the moment. A court case concerning religious freedom has actually gone the way of conscientious Christians over against militant homosexual activists. While this ruling has not resolved

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