College Students: What Makes them Tick (part 1 of 4)

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Church people often ask me, “What’s happening on college campuses these days? What are students like?” I usually start my reply at the macro level, and talk about atheism, because along with its softer cousin, agnosticism, it’s the most dominant view on campus. Actually, there are two kinds of atheism in the university world: modern and postmodern. Generally speaking, moderns …

Exclusivism Part 4: Principled Pluralism

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In my prior post I made the point that in terms of ultimate truth claims, the pluralist is just as exclusive as anyone else. But there’s another kind of pluralism available to us: social pluralism, or what’s often called “principled pluralism.” In 2013 the American Inclusivist Project published a paper called “Principled Pluralism” that called for Americans to “move beyond mere …

Exclusivism Part 3: The Pluralist Fights Back

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In my prior post I accused the pluralist of being just as exclusive as anyone else. The committed pluralist is claiming that pluralism is true, and that therefore non-pluralists such as myself and other high-identity adherents to their respective worldviews such as Muslims, Atheists, and Catholics, hold views that are false.* The pluralist, however, insists she’s being misunderstood. The whole point of …

Exclusivism Part 1: The Label Nobody Wants

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I am what’s sometimes called a traditional or “historic” Christian. It means I’m trying to stand in a line that stretches back to the Reformation, to the early church, to the twelve Apostles, and to Jesus himself.* One of the main beliefs of historic Christians such as myself is that the Apostles and early church were in a unique position …

Notepad Apologetics, Short Lesson #6: Secular Humanism (part 5), My Meeting with Bart Campolo (continued)

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In my prior post I told how well-known Humanist Bart Campolo pressed me on the question of how a nonChristian spouse could live with the indignity of being thought “worthy of hell” by a Christian spouse. I have to admit, I’d never thought of the situation that way before. I said to Bart that I personally wouldn’t be insulted if …

Notepad Apologetics, Short Lesson #6: Secular Humanism (part 4), My Meeting with Bart Campolo

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This is the fourth installment in my series on Secular Humanism (or simply Humanism), inside the larger series of “Notepad Apologetics.” My prior post offered four critiques of Humanism. Theorizing about these matters is one thing but live interaction with a true Humanist is another. I met well-known Humanist Bart Campolo recently at the University of Cincinnati, where he serves as …

Notepad Apologetics, Short Lesson #6: Secular Humanism (part 2), My Responses

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In my prior post, I asked how Christians should respond to the claim of Secular Humanism, embedded in the title of the popular book, Good Without God, by Harvard/MIT Humanist Chaplain Greg Epstein. In the book Epstein names some famous figures who he claims were fellow Humanists, including Thomas Jefferson, Winston Churchill, Jean-Paul Sartre, and John Lennon. What they all …