Biblical Identity Meets Gender

Everyone wants to be special, set apart and significant.  One of the ways this manifests itself in our culture is through the concept of gender identity.  This is a real issue that many people struggle with in our society and should be taken seriously. However, it has also become a social trend. For instance, a … Continue reading Biblical Identity Meets Gender

Of Truth and Empathy

Have you ever had an interaction with someone that left you speechless?  It goes something like this: “I just don’t think that’s right.” “Are you serious?  Wow… Aren’t you supposed to be Christian?  Show some empathy or compassion, isn’t that what Jesus would do!?” Pick the topic – abortion, eternal life, race, identity and a … Continue reading Of Truth and Empathy

Rationality Argument Against EDD: A Matter of Life and Death

It is far too common to see many former church-goers today identify as an “ex-vangelical” or proclaim that they have “deconstructed” from the Christian faith. These are folks who were raised in the Church, but are now leaving the Church. This is a concern.  There are several factors contributing to this movement.[1] I believe, however, … Continue reading Rationality Argument Against EDD: A Matter of Life and Death

Squid Game – A Summary & Worldview Analysis

**Warning: This analysis contains major spoilers** (This review is for people who watched Squid Game and are needing to process what they watched and for people who do not intend to watch it but want to know how to have conversations about it.) “Squid Game,” the Korean show that has serious Hunger Games energy, is … Continue reading Squid Game – A Summary & Worldview Analysis

Molinism and Alleged Loops

Introduction Philip Swenson has recently offered an argument against Molinism. Although he opposes determinism and is a fellow libertarian freedom-fighter, he does not believe that God possesses middle knowledge. Thus, he believes that Molinism is false.  I have argued, however, that Swenson’s view is extremely similar to “Mere Molinism.” The Mere Molinist merely affirms both … Continue reading Molinism and Alleged Loops

Once Saved Always Saved

Question Hey Dr. Stratton, I love your site and content. I am planning on reading your book soon. In the meantime I need your perspective on something. I love the MMA syllogism and the articles you’ve written on the subject of Molinism making the most sense of all the biblical data. But as someone who … Continue reading Once Saved Always Saved

The “Theory” of Critical Racists

Dear KPS School Board, In a sense, it is your job to “legislate” morality. The question is: whose morality are you going to force upon the people – and the children – of Kearney, NE? Where do you get your morality? From where do you decide how to legislate how the citizens of Kearney ought … Continue reading The “Theory” of Critical Racists

Dr. Strange, Dr. Stratton, and Dr. Swenson

Philip Swenson was recently interviewed by Jordan Hampton on the Analytic Christian YouTube channel. Although Swenson’s goal was to argue against Molinism, I must admit that the two of us have much in common. Swenson, for example, is a fellow libertarian freedom fighter. On this vital issue we both agree and stand side by side … Continue reading Dr. Strange, Dr. Stratton, and Dr. Swenson

3 Reasons Why Exhaustive Divine Determinism (EDD) Is Not Redundant

Question Dear Dr. Stratton, JD Martin has said that saying “exhaustive Divine determinism” (EDD) is redundant (“they don’t know what they’re talking about” he says) because on determinism everything is causally determined (I tend to agree it is redundant). I know that you have sought to make a distinction as you explain “Mere Molinism”, etc.  … Continue reading 3 Reasons Why Exhaustive Divine Determinism (EDD) Is Not Redundant

3 Reasons Why Jesus Is The Only Way

Sermon Outline Riddle me this: What’s black and white and RED all over? I remember the first time my dad posed that question to me when I was a young child. Even as a little boy – untrained in philosophy – I knew something was amiss. I intuitively understood that if something was literally black … Continue reading 3 Reasons Why Jesus Is The Only Way

Confronting Homosexuality in a Culture of Identity (Part 4)

Lil Nas X Back to where we started. What if I told you that the issue with Lil Nas X was not his being gay, but with how he perceived the Church’s response to his being gay? He has somehow come away with the understanding that he should hate himself because he has a natural … Continue reading Confronting Homosexuality in a Culture of Identity (Part 4)

Standing Among Giants: The History of the FreeThinking Argument

In 2012 I was sitting next to Timothy Fox listening to Dr. R. Scott Smith teach about the philosophy of intentionality at Biola University. Smith was explaining that intentional states of consciousness entailed an awareness OF and ABOUT things. With “of-ness: and “about-ness” in mind, I started thinking of the laws of logic and about … Continue reading Standing Among Giants: The History of the FreeThinking Argument

Confronting Homosexuality in a Culture of Identity (Part 3)

As we enter into the final section of critiquing the objections to the orthodox view of homosexual activity as a sin, it is important to note, again, why I am spending such a significant amount of time on these particular points.  The rallying cry for the liberal theologian has been grace, mercy and love, but … Continue reading Confronting Homosexuality in a Culture of Identity (Part 3)

Free Guy (in a libertarian sense)

I saw Free Guy, starring Ryan Reynolds, on opening weekend — TWICE! I went to it on opening night with my lovely bride and then on Sunday afternoon I took my 19-year-old son to see the matinee. I absolutely loved this flick for several reasons: 1- it made me laugh, 2- it was well-written, 3- … Continue reading Free Guy (in a libertarian sense)

Leftward Drift: How Values Shift During Deconversion

When it comes to leaving religion, there are two ways in which these exits have been cataloged. The first involves moving from a weak religious position to an irreligious position. In this context, “weak” means that the person was either only nominally religious or came from a church tradition which was only superficially religious and … Continue reading Leftward Drift: How Values Shift During Deconversion

Confronting Homosexuality in a Culture of Identity (Part 2)

Previously, we looked at the dichotomy between what it means to declare homosexual activity a sin and how those who believe in Christian orthodoxy deal with it.  We addressed the current cultural movement’s roots and introduced the idea of identity into the argument. It was necessary to do this so that we can have a … Continue reading Confronting Homosexuality in a Culture of Identity (Part 2)