Religion & Morality (or: Dead While They Live) (Hodge)

Jesus said the first and greatest commandment is this: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind" (Mt. 22:37 NET). This commandment is echoed in the OT and in the NT. When discussing this great commandment, Charles Hodge related it to religion, morality, and Romans …

Charles Darwin’s “Horrid Doubt” (Sickler)

One very strong argument against naturalistic evolution goes like this: if we evolved from a tiny inorganic molecule, how can we trust our own minds? How can non-cognitive, non-rational matter evolve into cognitive, rational matter? And if that is the case, why should I trust my own thoughts and reasoning? Bradley Sickler discussed this dilemma …

The Problem of Evil in Atheism (Groothuis)

 In chapter 25 of Christian Apologetics, Douglas Groothuis discusses the problem of evil from a Christian perspective.  In this chapter he gives five unsatisfactory answers to evil.  The first one is atheism.  I thought this was quite helpful: Given the surfeit of evil, atheism advances itself as intellectually and morally superior to Christianity (and any religion).  Atheism is …

The Blind Faith of Naturalism (Colson)

Growing up, I remember overhearing Chuck Colson's "Breakpoint" from my mom's kitchen radio.  Sometimes I would stop and listen.  I grew to appreciate his commentary, even though I didn't always agree with all of it.  Here's part of a previously unpublished memo of Colson's from around 10 or 15 years ago: It never ceases to …

Robin Hood, History, and Neo-Atheists (Copan)

Some people have "issues" with aspects of the Old Testament.  In the OT you find stories of stoning, incest, polygamy, bloody warfare, and so forth.  Neo-atheists try to make hay out of these OT stories and argue that God is immoral, unjust, blood-thirsty, hateful, and sexist (etc. etc.).  What do Christians do in light of …

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