Bill Muehlenberg's commentary on issues of the day...

Atheist Follies

Apr 14, 2012

The atheists are in town, and the lamestream media is quite happy to give them a free run. If a Christian convention were in town, it would either be ignored by most of the media, or a hatchet job would

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Two Children, Two Outcomes

Oct 19, 2011

Two recent news items offer a marked contrast in how we treat other people in general, and children in particular. Most people would have seen the first tragic story. It involved a toddler in China left to die while onlookers

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Why Doesn’t God Do Something? Part One

Sep 21, 2011

It is quite common when any disaster or tragedy strikes for both believers and non-believers to ask, ‘Where was God?’ Or, ‘Why didn’t he do something?’ Or, ‘Why does he not intervene in these situations?’ These of course are age-old

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Aesthetics, Naturalism and Theism

Jun 29, 2011

I was watching a television program recently. I can’t even recall what it was about, but it did show a lot of fancy houses along the waterfront. I recalled growing up in my own home town, and how all the

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Just How Good Can We Be Without God?

Nov 23, 2010

It is all rather common – almost to the point of being monotonous – for atheists to throw out the old chestnut, “Can we be good without God?” They argue, “Of course we can. We are just as moral as

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Morality and Naturalism

Apr 13, 2010

Richard Dawkins and fellow God-hater Christopher Hitchens say they will prosecute the Pope for crimes against humanity. They say his handling of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church warrants such action. They want the Pope arrested when he arrives in

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God 1, Dawkins 0

Oct 3, 2009

There are 66 books in the Bible, but they all tell one simple story – and it happens to be a love story. It is your typical three-part love story: boy meets girl; girl rejects boy; boy wins back girl.

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Telling Lies for Atheism

Apr 29, 2009

In his famous work of fiction, The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoyevsky observed, through his character Smerdyakov, “For if there’s no everlasting God, there’s no such thing as virtue, and there’s no need of it.”

That seems to be an accurate

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God and Goodness

Nov 13, 2008

The biblical understanding of morality is rather straightforward: There exists an objective, universal moral law because there is a transcendent, personal moral lawgiver – God. Our triune God is a personal, volitional and moral being who is the source of

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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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New Books of Note

Mar 27, 2008

Every once in a while I am asked what I am reading, so I usually produce a column such as this. Now for those folks who hate to read, or hate me, or hate what I am reading, you might

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On God, Darwin and Morality

Feb 24, 2008

A recent article by Steven Pinker, reprinted in the Age last week, tried to explain morality from an evolutionary perspective. Steven Pinker is an evolutionary psychologist and an atheist. As an atheist, he is a philosophical naturalist and a materialist.

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The Flatlands of Reductionism

Feb 20, 2007

I recall when I was quite young my older brother reading a book called Flatland. It was not until many years later that I finally read it myself. It is a fascinating book about a group of sentient geometric

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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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The Bible and Private Property

May 30, 2016

One of the core differences between socialism and the free market is of course the place of private property. Simply put, the former hates it and seeks to eradicate it, while the latter celebrates it and is fully based on

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Was Ancient Israel Meant to Have a King?

Mar 20, 2016

Plenty of debate actually arises over the issue of the monarchy in ancient Israel. Especially when we see imperial presidencies like Obama’s in America (Trump’s could well be the same if he gets in), Christians are now talking a lot

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