Believing is a heart issue

If there’s anything my recent foray into Christian apologetics has confirmed it’s that no amount of “facts” will ever persuade or dissuade someone from believing or disbelieving in God. It’s a heart issue.

Every good salesman knows that people make “buying” decisions emotionally and justify their decision with the facts Continue reading

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An evolutionary argument against Naturalism

In our continuing dialogue about science and faith, I’ve made the point that science seeks to explain the “how” questions, while philosophy and religion seeks to answer the “why” questions.

Last time we looked at the difference between actual science and a philosophy embraced by antitheists called scientism.  Continue reading

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Is science at war with Christianity?

There’s a popularly held belief that science and Christianity (theism in general) are at war and one must eventually win and the other lose in the hearts and minds of human civilization.  But is this actually true?

This post is a continuation of my look at science and faith. It’s been my position that this conflict is actually a myth.  Continue reading

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Does religion actually poison everything?

Was the late antitheist polemicist, Christopher Hitchens, right when he said that religion poisons everything?

In his 2007 book, God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, Hitchens posited that “organized religion is “violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism, tribalism, and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children” and sectarian, and that accordingly it “ought to have a great deal on its conscience.”  (Wikipedia)

But is this actually inherently true of religion?  Continue reading

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Why do we search for meaning to life?

Why do we, as human beings, seek meaning and purpose for our lives. The Monty Python explanation aside, seriously, why do we contemplate our “being?” Why do we ask, “Why am I here?” Why won’t this question ever go away?  Continue reading

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The Closing of the Modern Mind

As an addendum to my last post on science and faith, I’m including a couple of clips and the full talk with Timothy Keller and Jonathan Haidt at NYU on the Veritas Forum. I picked this lecture because it illustrates how people with opposing views can actually come together and have a  meaningful conversation.  Continue reading

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Science and Faith?

I recently read a post at Nan’s Notebook titled, “Science…Faith—What’s The Answer?” The intent was to elicit open discussion on the merits of faith and science as related to human existence. I found the comments quite interesting. Nan is a deconvert from Christianity, but not a combative antitheist like some, so I don’t mind commenting on her blog when I can.  Continue reading

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