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A Church Apology to Darwin?

Sep 15, 2008

If news reports are to be believed, the Church of England will apologise to Charles Darwin for rejecting his theory of evolution. This is how the story is being reported:

“Coming 126 years after his death, the church’s apology will

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Religion and September 11

Sep 13, 2008

As we commemorate the tragedy of the Islamic assault on America seven years ago, there is still much fuzzy thinking about religion and terror. A secularised and demoralised West is confused about at least two things: the continued threat of

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Those Sensitive Fundamentalists

Jul 29, 2008

Fundamentalists can be a sensitive lot. When their faith-based worldview is challenged, they can become quite ornery and defensive. When it is pointed out that their religion has little to do with evidence, and much to do with stubbornly held-to

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On Dealing with Atheists

Jul 23, 2008

It is amazing, when you think about it, that a major newspaper like the Melbourne Age actually pays people to do little more than write columns attacking the beliefs of millions of Australians. Atheist Catherine Deveny writes regular columns insulting

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On the Importance of Apologetics

Jul 11, 2008

There are many top-notch Christian apologists on the scene today. They are doing a superb job of demonstrating the reasonableness of the Christian faith, and answering the many criticisms of the new militant atheists. One such apologist is Christian philosopher

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On Emergents and False Dilemmas

Jun 27, 2008

One thing a believer quickly discovers when reading or listening to the emerging church leaders is their love of dichotomies, or dualities. They are keenly intent on setting out a whole bunch of polarities or antitheses. They claim that believers

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Whatever Happened to Hell?

Jun 26, 2008

A recent report about religion in America found that while most Americans believed in heaven, a lesser amount believed in hell. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that 74 per cent of Americans believed in heaven, but

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Two Views of Humanity

Jun 23, 2008

There is no shortage of nutty ideas. A recent news item proclaimed that by mid-century, humans and robots will engage in loving and sexual relationships. Our understanding of personhood continues to weaken, as harmful worldviews continue to triumph.

And worldviews

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The Offence of the Gospel

Jun 13, 2008

Preaching the biblical gospel is offensive. All true believers should know this. Jesus offended many with his message. The New Testament speaks about the offence of the gospel in various places. Paul talked about the “offence of the cross” (Gal.

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Environmentalism and Religion

Jun 2, 2008

It is to GK Chesterton that we attribute the line, “When a man ceases to believe in God, he does not believe in nothing. He believes in anything” (although we can’t seem to pin this line down in his works).

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Another Clenched Fist

May 22, 2008

Penn Jillette is one half of the magic and comedy act, Penn and Teller. The pair is famous – or infamous – for, among other things, their television series, Bulls##t! Anyone familiar with the show will be aware of his

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On Our Eternal Destiny

May 15, 2008

One does not wish to speak ill of the dead, and it is not my intention here to do so. But it is my intent to speak of how one believer did speak of the dead recently. I refer to

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The New Inquisition

Apr 19, 2008

It is very risky business indeed to seek to cross the atheist/materialist/Darwinist camp. If anyone dares to question the conventional wisdom here, the inquisition immediately snaps into place, the storm troopers are unleashed, and the heresy trials begin.

Science is

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