"Krauss’s argument is as inept as that of someone who thinks that checkers game boards have no cause, because we can find no reference to such a cause in the rules of checkers. Such a person is looking in the wrong place, just as Krauss is looking in the wrong place when he confines himself to science to find some reason to affirm a divine uncaused cause."
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
I miss Hitchens, I think he was the best of them. Krauss, not so much: Scientists Should Tell Lawrence Krauss to Shut Up Already | Public Discourse:
Posted by Andrew Vella at 8:33 PM
Doug Wilson got under fire for saying that Christian women are prettier: In Which I Toss Another Cinder Block Into the Goldfish Bowl | Blog & Mablog:
"As I mount the gallows and look out over the crowd gathered for the festivities, the chaplain accompanying the hangman asks me if I ever thought it would end this way. Well, kinda, I did, but to be honest, I hadn’t anticipated that it would be for believing that Christian women were prettier."
Posted by Andrew Vella at 9:42 AM
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Quite an interesting observation: Microaggressions and the Rise of Victimhood Culture - The Atlantic:
"Victimhood cultures emerge in settings, like today’s college campuses, “that increasingly lack the intimacy and cultural homogeneity that once characterized towns and suburbs, but in which organized authority and public opinion remain as powerful sanctions,” they argue. “Under such conditions complaint to third parties has supplanted both toleration and negotiation. People increasingly demand help from others, and advertise their oppression as evidence that they deserve respect and assistance. Thus we might call this moral culture a culture of victimhood ... the moral status of the victim, at its nadir in honor cultures, has risen to new heights.”
Posted by Andrew Vella at 9:31 AM
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Not bad questions for any age: Raising a Child in the Lord: The Art of “Conferencing” - The Gospel Coalition:
" two fundamental questions:
Was the pastor right on Sunday?
What did your heart do when you heard that sermon?"
Posted by Andrew Vella at 9:37 AM
Sunday, September 13, 2015
This is worth remembering: “Shut Up, Bigot!”: The Intolerance of Tolerance | Public Discourse:
"A little reflection on this definition will reveal that the vast majority of bigotry accusations populating the internet and in public discourse are not legitimate ones. On the contrary, they are the consequence of a mistaken view of tolerance that is itself a product of a warped postmodern epistemology."
Posted by Andrew Vella at 8:28 PM
Friday, September 11, 2015
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Interesting take: Operation rescue: the Christians of the Middle East face extinction:
"The Abbott government could treble the 6000 refugee number in each of the next four years – 72,000 refugees – and make a real difference, without incurring the wrath of the electorate. But only if it had the courage to give priority to Christians.
That's the political reality. That's the only way to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number in this crisis."
Posted by Andrew Vella at 4:40 PM
A good overview of dealing with this question: How could God command the acts of violence in the OT?:
Posted by Andrew Vella at 9:12 AM
Monday, September 7, 2015
These PDF's look quite good (they should make an android app): Buy/Download - The Word 1-2-1:
"The Word One to One has been used by many people around the world. To assist the worldwide church we are making the resource available for free! You can download the resource in full colour, to use on a tablet or laptop. You can also print them out (we suggest doing this in black and white)."
Posted by Andrew Vella at 11:31 AM
Sunday, September 6, 2015
These would be worth a read. Each one isn't that long: Crucial Questions: 22 Free eBooks from R.C. Sproul by Nathan W. Bingham | Ligonier Ministries Blog:
"To further help Christians know what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it, and how to share it, in May 2013 we made the ebook editions of R.C. Sproul’s Crucial Questions series free forever. We continue to publish new ebooks in this series and this year have added Can I Lose My Salvation? and What Is the Great Commission?"
Posted by Andrew Vella at 8:51 PM