The well-known evangelical pastor, Rob Bell, has recently thrust his view of hell into the limelight with his bestseller, “Love Wins.” This view of hell is called “Universalism,” because it is the view that there is universal salvation. That is to say, the advocate of universalism rejects the premise of eternal hell. This typically results … Continue reading True Love, Free Will, & The Logic of Hell
Why are you a Christian? As a full-time church youth pastor and a part-time adjunct professor at a Christian college, I like to ask this question to all of my students. In fact, I ask this question quite often to many active churchgoers these days. The answer I typically receive in response to my simple … Continue reading Why Are You a Christian?
The British actor, Stephen Fry, has recently narrated a short animated video in which he advocates the atheistic view of humanism. In my experience, humanism seems to mean different things to different people. According to a quick Google search, humanism is typically defined as: “An outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human … Continue reading Stephen Fry, Humanism, & Incoherence
I find it remarkable how so many atheists are jumping all over this, “Jesus was married with children,” bandwagon. This jump seems to be a blatant inconsistency, however, as many skeptics and even “Jesus mythers” are now affirming this so-called “lost gospel” reporting that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene.
Recently, I have been having some good conversations with many in the gay rights movement. My friends in the LGBTQ community and their advocates often attempt to argue that homosexuality and biblical Christianity are perfectly compatible. This tactic should not be employed as it ultimately fails for several reasons referencing the New Testament alone. First, … Continue reading A Biblical Argument for Gay Rights
One of my favorite arguments for the existence of God is called, “The Moral Argument.” This case has two premises that lead to a powerful and logically “airtight” deductive conclusion. The first premise of the argument states: 1- IF GOD DOES NOT EXIST, OBJECTIVE MORAL VALUES AND DUTIES DO NOT EXIST. The word “objective” means … Continue reading An Ignorant Objection to The Moral Argument
I have recently become aware of a video on the internet that is making its way around the campus of the local university. Several college students told me that after viewing the video, it really made them question their faith. Now, this might surprise you, but I am all for questioning one’s faith (I encourage … Continue reading Did Man Invent God?
“I only need the Bible, not man’s philosophy!”, “We don’t need to use philosophy since we have the Holy Spirit!”, “My beliefs are exegetically driven, yours are philosophical!” Many statements like the ones just mentioned sound reverential and benign to the religious ear, but these statements need to be refined. Often when one presses these … Continue reading What Are Some Of The Problems With “Philosophy-Free” Theology?
In a recent letter to the editor in the local newspaper, an author complained that the “big bang hypothesis” was being taught in public schools. He said that we need a better hypothesis. His answer: teach “Creationism!” What this Christian doesn’t understand is the big bang model is actually evidence for creationism. The eminent cosmologist, … Continue reading Stealing Defeat from the Jaws of Victory
“Christianity is NOT true!” I have been astonished that a growing number of pastors, Sunday school teachers, and Christians in general are affirming this very statement quite often. Now, don’t get me wrong, this is not a direct quote, but the types of things exclaimed behind the pulpits in many evangelical churches today are sure … Continue reading “Christianity is NOT true!”