Notepad Apologetics, Short Lesson #3: The Problem of Suffering and Evil

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This series of posts is designed to move you quickly to the crux of the matter in apologetics issues. Prior post: Is Christianity a Historic Oppressor? The problem of suffering and evil alongside a good, all-powerful God who could presumably eliminate suffering and evil — but apparently doesn’t — is an ancient and complex issue. Of many responses that could …

Do Something Beautiful: The Story of Everything and a Guide to Finding Your Place In It

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    I’m looking forward to reading York Moore’s new book! It’s written for non-church people who have a notion for the good and the beautiful but need to experience the fullness of these qualities through Jesus. York is a national evangelist for InterVarsity and a friend of mine. His own improbable life story is featured in my recently released Faith …

Notepad Apologetics, Short Lesson #2: Is Christianity a Historic Oppressor?

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In my prior post I offered suggestions on the question of religious pluralism. The present post is a short “notepad” response to the charge that Christianity is guilty of oppressing women and people of color for centuries. My response:    1. Acknowledge wrong: When Western Christians have imposed themselves on native peoples, held slaves, or held women back from full …

Notepad Apologetics, Short Lesson #1: Are All Religions True?

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  This series of posts will give you immediate direction for apologetic conversations. Remember that “apologetics” is the discipline of defending a position, in this case Christianity. First issue: Religious Pluralism Objection to Christianity: Christianity has no monopoly on the truth. Other religions are just as valid. My response:      1. Affirm what I can. What’s true in Islam? Mormonism? …

Walking Away from the Faith, Part 5: Biblical Sexuality

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This will be an impossible post. To say something about the increasingly complex subject of sexuality in a short blog is, perhaps, foolish. Here is my attempt: Young Christians such as Mary in my prior post who have friends that identify as queer, or who are queer themselves, often leave the church with a sense of having been betrayed. Most …

Walking Away from the Faith, Part 4: The Queer Exit

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In the old days, sex education for young people in the church focused on boundaries: how far one could go with a partner without actually sinning. These days, things are more complicated, to say the least. Consider Mary, a 17-year old Christian high school student. Her friend group at school includes a mix of Christians, quasi-Christians, agnostics, atheists and one …