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The Life of a Dog

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

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An Examination of Ezekiel’s Prophecy of Tyre: Part 5

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

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An Examination of Ezekiel’s Prophecy of Tyre: Part 4

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

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Some Thoughts on Occam’s Razor

There's been a really interesting discussion over on Howie's blog for the past few weeks. It was really at this comment that Howie started me thinking along the lines that led to this post. He said:I personally think there have been plausible naturalistic explanations for how belief in creator gods developed in human minds. While… Continue reading Some Thoughts on Occam’s Razor

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Cities Without Walls

There's a passage in Ezekiel that some Christians view as a prophecy that has been fulfilled by modern Israel: and say, ‘I will go up against the land of unwalled villages. I will fall upon the quiet people who dwell securely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having no bars or gates,’ -- Ezek… Continue reading Cities Without Walls

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Letter to Kathy Part 2

You know Kathy, we've been fairly blunt with you today. Flippant, too. And it's tough when people talk to/about you that way. I'm sorry for that. If we could cut through all the rhetoric for a second, I'd like to commiserate with you. A little over 4 years ago, I was a very dedicated Christian.… Continue reading Letter to Kathy Part 2

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Uber-Gospel: The Resurrection

It's well known that the gospels accounts of the resurrection differ in some details. When I was a Christian, I remember teaching a high school Bible class once that was going through the life of Christ. During this study, we were studying each account side-by-side, and when it came to the resurrection, I really wasn't… Continue reading Uber-Gospel: The Resurrection

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Ezekiel’s Prophecy of Israel’s Restoration

I was recently told that an excellent example of prophecy fulfillment in the Bible is the prophecy that the nation of Israel would be restored, as recorded in Ezekiel 4. If true, that would be a huge boost to the Bible's credibility, so let's dig in and see how it fares. In Ezek 4:4-6, God… Continue reading Ezekiel’s Prophecy of Israel’s Restoration

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Bloody Well Right

If God is love, how do we explain the Old Testament passages where he commands the Israelites to eradicate entire groups of people, even the children (Josh 9:24; Num 31; 1 Sam 15)? Sometimes people say it was to punish these people for their evil practices, like child sacrifice. Well, child sacrifice is certainly a… Continue reading Bloody Well Right

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Letter to Kathy (the Bible Has Problems)

Dear Kathy, Since you graciously agreed (in our recent conversation) to let me present you with some examples of the Bible's problems, I decided to do it in this way so it would have its own comment thread. As I've said, when I was a Christian, one strike against the Bible was not enough to… Continue reading Letter to Kathy (the Bible Has Problems)