Have you ever had a conversation with a robot? If so, how did you know it was not a human? If you’re only communicating via written messages, it can sometimes be difficult to tell. However, it often becomes apparent very quickly when the artificial intelligence (AI) fails to understand something you’ve said or doesn’t recognize … Continue reading Are You a Machine?
“Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.” – Matthew 10:16 Every day, thousands of people assert bold and brash opinions on a plethora of platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and many others. Why do people feel compelled to do this, despite … Continue reading Productive Disagreements
As the contemplative tradition has garnered some support in recent years, a retaliation against what many might call “fast food religion,” authors like Richard Rohr have achieved certain levels of fame. Regarding Rohr, his influence is not unwarranted. He has written several works on Christian meditation, theology, and spirituality. His book, Falling Upward, paints a … Continue reading The Dualistic Mind and Mystery
Would the world be a much less violent place without religion? According to most atheists, the answer is a resounding yes. Outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins said, “There’s no doubt that throughout history religious faith has been a major motivator for war and for destruction.” Sam Harris, another very prominent atheist, states that religion is “the … Continue reading Peace: The Absence of Religion?
“But if (& oh what a big if) we could conceive in some warm little pond with all sorts of ammonia & phosphoric salts,—light, heat, electricity &c present, that a protein compound was chemically formed…” – Charles Darwin to Joseph D. Hooker, 1871.1 In 1871, Darwin wrote on the origin of life to his friend, … Continue reading Scientific Myth
"Christianity is the white man’s religion, that came over on the slave ships." Have you ever heard statements like this? I hadn’t. This was an argument I had never heard before and did not learn about until I went to the Cross Examined Instructor’s Academy, an annual apologetics training conference, hosted by Cross Examined. This … Continue reading Christianity: The White Man’s Religion?
Apologetics. What does that word mean? According to the dictionary, apologetics is reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine. Members of the early Church used apologetics to defend their faith; however, it is an area that has suffered neglect from many practicing Christians over the centuries. In more … Continue reading Why Should YOU Care?
In many ways, it is fair to say that popular culture maintains a view that religion and science are at odds with each other. According to Pew Research Center, “most Americans (59%) say, in general, that science often is in conflict with religion, although a sizeable minority of adults (38%) consider science and religion to … Continue reading Religion and Science: The Myth of Incompatibility
Click the graphic below to check out an article by The Gospel Coalition! It expands on how to mirror the New Testament's ethic of heart while embracing apologetics.
Here are a few interesting thoughts that have been presented to me in one way or another over the last couple years that may add depth to the more common discussion points about suffering.