2013 BEST SELLING BIBLES BY TRANSLATION from Baker Book House Church Connection
I wish the NASB was #1. I will maintain hope.
Three Paradoxes of Atheism by Neil Shenvi is an 1,800-word essay that identifies how an atheist experiences conflict when seeking truth and morality. It does not suggest that atheists can’t seek truth and morality – only that they are conflicted in doing so. They have to suspend belief in their atheism to do it.
Find at The Poached Egg (Ratio Christi)
I like to engage with others about the gospel of Christ. However, not all bloggers are receptive to challenge. This includes their followers as well.
No matter how respectful I have been, my presence has caused consternation on a number of blogs. What follows is a list of blogs on which I no longer comment. In some cases, it’s because I have literally been banned. That is, in a few cases the bloggers have set their blogs to reject any comment that comes from me. In other cases, I have left by mutual agreement with the blogger. And in most other cases, I have decided to leave on my own before thing got too heated and because no good was being accomplished by my continued participation. The Lord doesn’t like strife or quarreling.
This is an incomplete list, to which I will add over time. They are in chronological order (i.e., most recent disengagement last).
Debunking Christianity (John Loftus) – John is a former Christian who became an atheist. He was the first blogger to delete my comments, which was a good lesson for me not to invest too much time in writing on the blogs of others. I wrote an open letter to John around that time.
Pyromaniacs (Phil Johnson, Dan Phillips, and Frank Turk) – I don’t recall the specific issue here.
Zwinglius Redivivus (Jim West) – Jim moderates his comments, ones he doesn’t like never see the light of day.
Unsettled Christianity (Joel Watts) – The issue here was the authority of the Bible – that is, whether or not it is circular reasoning to say that the Bible is the word of God.
Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth (Nick Norelli) – The issue here was Christ versus the Trinity.
Near Emmaus (Brian LePort) – I don’t recall the issue in dispute here.
Challies.com (Tim Challies) – This is one of blogs that won’t allow me to comment. No explanation or warning was given. One day the comment system starting saying I wasn’t approved to comment. I think the issue here was my belief that everyone is going to heaven.
Slacktivist (Fred Clark) – The issue here was homosexuality and marriage. Fred never participated in the comments but those who did were vehemently supportive of homosexuality and homosexual marriage. They were quite upset with my point of view.
Jesus Creed (Scot McKnight) – The comment mechanism will no longer accept comments from me. The issue here was my questions about evolution.
Formerly Fundie (Benjamin Corey) – Like Exploring Our Matrix below and Slacktivist above, this is a progressive Christian blog. I think issues here were two: evolution and “gay marriage.”
Rethinking Biblical Christianity (Peter Enns) – I think Peter still identifies as an Evangelical Christian. I sought to understand his biblical support for believing in evolution, but he did not want to talk about it. As with James McGrath’s blog, commenters seemed to be uniformly sold on evolution and suspicious or hostile to anyone who isn’t.
Exploring Our Matrix (James McGrath) – [left Jan 2014] James self-identifies as a Progressive Christian. I tried to engage James and others on the subject of evolution. It was very hard to get fruitful interaction. Other commenters generally regarded anyone who did not accept evolution as willfully obtuse.
God of Evolution and TylerJFrancke.com (Tyler Francke) – [left Feb 2014] Tyler is a Christian who writes in favor of evolution. Like James McGrath, he seemed to spend most of his time mocking Ken Ham and YEC’s. I asked him for biblical and logical arguments to support his position…but didn’t get very far.
Eschatology Begins Here is a post by Scot McKnight at the Jesus Creed blog. Scot is referencing N. T. Wright’s book Paul and the Faithfulness of God.
Tom Wright and Scot McKnight are correct to see eschatology as centered and anchored in Jesus and His resurrection from the dead. Here’s what needs to be added to what they’ve said: All Bible Prophecy Has Been Fulfilled in Christ
“I believe that atheism is the least plausible… Well, there are a lot of wild ones out there – but atheism is so contrary to what is possible… What the universe … created itself ex nihilo? … Atheism, talk about a violation of human reason. Atheism is off the charts” – Charles Krauthammer
(The link at which I found this quote is no longer there, but here is a story about him which cites similar things he has said.)
Blessed are the meek (150-word post from Peter Liethart at First Things blog).
I will add that Wallace seems to believe that hell comes after this life, while I believe that it comes in this life. Either way, however, his point stands: that we do well to fear God. He judges!
Has physics gone too far? (250-word post)
Jonathan focues on the “scientific” track of the conference (the other two tracks being “theology and culture” or “apologetics”).
Here’s the post at The Poached Egg (Ratio Christi).
Find this post at The Poached Egg (Ratio Christi).