There's a passage in the Bible that has long stood out to me. When I was a Christian, I found it comforting; now, I just find it perplexing. In Acts 17 (beginning in verse 16), Paul is visiting Athens. Since it was a hub of philosophy and culture, it had temples and altars to a… Continue reading “Times of Ignorance”
Last night, my friend Matt and I had an opportunity to go to one of the church services that I talked about in my last post. As I mentioned there, this is a series of lessons surrounding the topic "Can We Believe the Bible?" by an evangelist / college professor / apologist that I corresponded… Continue reading My Recent Field Trip
As I've mentioned before, my home state of Alabama has recently been wrangling over the subject of gay marriage. A federal judge in the city of Mobile ruled that Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, which made us the 37th state legalizing it. Even though the state was dragged into this position, I couldn't… Continue reading Public Office and Political Activism Just Don’t Mix
I started to leave this post as a comment on ratamacue0's recent post, What Started My Questioning? but decided to post it instead. Fellow blogger (and friend) unkleE left this comment as part of a conversation that he and ratamacue0 were having: ...most non-believers seem not to recognise that there isn’t one consistent portrait of… Continue reading Does God Change from the Old Testament to the New?
The other day I started thinking about what would have happened if I had stopped looking critically at Christianity after reading those articles that first made me question the Bible's legitimacy. What if I had turned from them and decided to never look at anything else that might cause me to doubt my faith? If… Continue reading Pandora’s Box
So today marks 8 years that I've been doing this blog. That's a pretty big milestone! I had two posts on November 14, 2006, and I thought it would be fun to repost them here (along with a little commentary). Here's the first: Well, this is the first official post of my new blog. Don’t… Continue reading 8 Year Anniversary!
This is reality in a universe without God: there is no hope; there is no purpose. It reminds me of T.S. Eliot’s haunting lines: This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper. What is true… Continue reading The Life of a Dog
Now that we've actually covered Ezekiel's prophecy of Tyre in detail, I'd like to make some closing observations. The Track Record For a moment, let's consider the way the Old Testament god operates. He does nothing halfway. One of the examples that really stands out to me is the story of Elijah versus the 450… Continue reading An Examination of Ezekiel’s Prophecy of Tyre: Part 5
In this study so far, I've argued that Ezekiel's prophecy against Tyre fails on the surface, since he claimed Tyre would be utterly destroyed and never rebuilt and that didn't happen. We've also covered a brief history of Tyre, and we've examined the first 6 verses of the prophecy and determined that the prophecy is… Continue reading An Examination of Ezekiel’s Prophecy of Tyre: Part 4
In the first post, I argued that this prophecy simply fails at face value. Ezekiel predicted that Tyre would be completely destroyed and never rebuilt, yet that didn't happen. Tyre experienced a long history of both prosperity and calamity, and today, it's the 4th largest city in Lebanon. In the second post, I briefly recounted… Continue reading An Examination of Ezekiel’s Prophecy of Tyre: Part 3