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Who’s a Totalitarian Now?

Jan 24, 2007

The twentieth century witnessed the onslaught of several totalitarian regimes, all of them atheistic or secular in nature. While things are a bit more quiet in the West at the moment, a creeping totalitarianism is still apparent. This totalitarianism comes

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The Missionaries of Anti-theism

Jan 12, 2007

The atheist fundamentalists have been working overtime as of late. Not only did Jill Singer pen another zinger in the Herald Sun (January 8), but the militant missionary for atheism, Pamela Bone, also had an article in the Australian (January

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A review of Fabricating Jesus. By Craig Evans.

Jan 11, 2007

IVP, 2006.

At the very heart of Christianity is Christ. Remove Christ, and you no longer have Christianity. Thus those wanting to attack Christianity concentrate their heaviest firepower on Christ. And we have seen plenty of examples of that recently.

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Melbourne Atheist: The Exterminator

Jan 10, 2007

Who says ideas do not have consequences? Ideas are not just neutral, ethereal concepts with no bearing on life. Quite the contrary. Bad ideas have bad consequences. And good ideas have good consequences.

One very bad idea which leads to

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Because Ideas Have Consequences

Jan 8, 2007

A person’s worldview is often much more than just some theoretical knowledge. Often it translates into action. And dangerous worldviews will lead to dangerous practices. Atheism and Darwinism are two worldviews that embrace similar presuppositions, and they both need to

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An Anti-theist Outburst, Again

Jan 5, 2007

The devotees of Dawkins are working overtime to promote their militant anti-theism. The latest full-frontal assault comes from Australian playwright David Williamson. Writing in the 3 January 2007 Australian, he has a mischievous piece entitled, “Deliver us from the

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Another Atheist Jihad

Dec 28, 2006

It was very thoughtful of Jill Singer to pick Christmas day to launch her atheist jihad in her Herald Sun column. In doing so she not only offended millions of Australian Christians, but those of other faiths as well with

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Christianity, Development and Progress

Dec 17, 2006

I have argued elsewhere that Christianity was instrumental in the rise of the West. Progress in law, economics, science and society have largely been based on Christian foundations. Sociologist Rodney Stark is just one of many experts who have made

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Christianity, Reason and the Rise of the West

Dec 17, 2006

Despite the superficial and uninformed criticisms of the secularists and the I-hate-God crowd, much of religion has been a force for good in the world. Specifically, the Christian religion has contributed more to the development of the West and its

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The Three Phases of Atheism

Dec 5, 2006

Atheism has been around, in various forms, for some time now. At the risk of oversimplification, one can speak of three phases or periods of atheism.

Types of atheism have been in existence in antiquity. In ancient Greece Socrates was

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Atheist Rage and Venom

Dec 3, 2006

I have mentioned before Richard Dawkins’ new book, The God Delusion. While familiar with some of his earlier work, I have yet to fully read this latest offering from the Oxford scientist, evolutionist and atheist. Until I do, I

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Faith, Unbelief and the Real World

Dec 3, 2006

These are not easy days for atheists. Not only is their worldview a minority viewpoint, and a relatively recent one at that, but it may be experiencing a progressive downfall. That is the thesis of the important 2004 volume by

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The Faith of Unbelief

Dec 3, 2006

If it takes faith to be a person of faith, it also seems to take a lot of faith to be a person of no faith. That is, unbelievers seem to require as much faith as believers do. Just consider

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What Good Is Christianity?

Nov 24, 2006

The Christian faith gets some pretty bad press nowadays. Certainly much of this is deserved. But for all its faults, the Christian religion is responsible for a tremendous amount of good in the world. But that story is often left

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Atheism Kills

Nov 23, 2006

In these secular times, religion regularly gets a bad rap. And anti-Christian bigotry especially accelerates, with most of the world’s ills, from burnt toast to global warming, somehow pinned on the Christian faith.

Of course Christianity has made its fair

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