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God Is Unconvincing To Smart Folks? – Part 2

(This is Part 2 of my response to the article, “God Is Unconvincing To Smart Folks,” by J. H. McKenna. For Part 1, click here.) Points 3, 4, and 5 of Dr. McKenna’s article deal with three key characteristics of God:

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Posted in All About God, Pain and Suffering, Science Philosophy and History

The Orlando Nightclub Shooting of June 12, 2016

Annette and I extend our deepest sympathy to everyone affected by yesterday’s mass shooting at the Pulse LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida. We are heartbroken, sad, bewildered, and, yes, even angry over the slaughter of so many people due to

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Posted in Current Events

Evil Is Real, and it Does Harm the Innocent

There’s a New Age myth floating around that evil is not real; that evil is just an illusion; that if anything evil happens to us, it’s either karma for evil we ourselves did in a past life, or it’s something

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Posted in Current Events, Pain and Suffering

What if the Quran were the Bible?

Islam is in the news these days—and mostly not in a good way. Unfortunately, the version of Islam that is grabbing the headlines is its violent, fundamentalist wing. The recent attacks by Muslim extremists in Paris and San Bernardino are

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Posted in Current Events, The Bible Re-Viewed

What about Violent Religions? Is God Really Bloodthirsty and Vengeful?

A reader named Jen left this comment on the recent article, What is the Wrath of God? So here is my question: You believe the parts in the Bible about God’s love and God is Love, and all the feel

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Posted in All About God, The Bible Re-Viewed

Evil Lives in a Fantasy Land

“I believe I helped Inmate Matt and Inmate Sweat escape because I was caught up in the fantasy.” That’s what Joyce Mitchell said to New York State police investigators in her sworn testimony following the Shawshank Redemption style escape of

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Posted in Current Events, Pain and Suffering

Is there a Biblical Basis for Wives Divorcing their Physically Abusive Husbands?

(Note: This post is an edited version of an answer I recently wrote and posted on Christianity StackExchange. You can see the original question on StackExchange here, and the StackExchange version of my answer here.) Since the Bible was written in a

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Posted in Sex Marriage Relationships, The Bible Re-Viewed

The Spiritual Anatomy of Physically Abusive Men

Yet another woman has been murdered by a physically abusive man—this time in Cheyenne, Wyoming. On April 12, 2015, Janessa Spencer was at home with her boyfriend, Samual Cook, when they heard a loud banging on the door. As Spencer

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Posted in Current Events, Pain and Suffering

Tommy Gilbert: The Curse of Free Money and Easy Living

Thomas Gilbert, Jr., 30, had everything. His father was a Wall Street multimillionaire. He grew up amid wealth and luxury. He had attended the best private schools, and graduated from Princeton University in 2009 with a degree in economics. He

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Posted in Current Events, Money and Business, Spiritual Growth

Why is Evil Sexier than Good?

Now, don’t tell me you haven’t had the same thought. Sweetness and light is all very wonderful. But for some real excitement, nothing beats the dark and dangerous. At least, that’s the message of popular culture—and someone must be eating

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Posted in Spiritual Growth
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