Life of the Mind Part 2: Science Explains (away) Faith

Rick Mattson Apologetics, Atheism 0 Comments

It’s common in atheist circles to dismiss religious belief three ways: As evolution: Belief in gods developed as a survival mechanism in prehistoric and ancient times. As sociology: Acceptance into early societies was contingent upon joining “in-groups” that practiced superstition and controlled people by appealing to the gods. As psychology: Religion can be explained as a result of wish-fulfillment for …

Life of the Mind Part 1: Thinking or Feeling?

Rick Mattson Devotion 2 Comments

In my ideal world I’d be a perfect balance of head and heart. Apparently, in God’s ideal world that’s not the case. My God-given “lead card” is definitely the mind. How about you? What’s your lead card — mind or emotion? I think the point is that we should seek to be well-rounded people of both intellect and feeling, but …

Marriage Part 10: The Body

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The early Gnostics valued spirit over concrete substance, mind over matter. The material universe — including one’s own body — was evil, they thought, or neutral at best. But NT epistles such as Colossians and 1 John take aim at Gnostic tendencies in church and culture by focusing on the value of Christ’s physical body.* The incarnation of Christ validates …

Marriage Part 9: Uncommon Interests

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Sharon and I don’t have a lot in common. Certainly not decorating, sewing, health food, or much of anything about home and garden. Ditto for board games, crafts. Surely not theology, writing, public speaking or spy novels. And with 100% philosophical certitude I can tell you: not golf. Honestly, it’s been a struggle our entire marriage of 32.5 years. Lack …