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Atheism

Particle God

It was announced today that physicists had found almost certain evidence confirming the discovery of the Higgs boson, aka the “God particle”. It might not seem like that big a deal to us plebeians, but to describe it as a massive, momentous achievement in the realm of quantum physics is a major understatement.

Events of this magnitude present a great opportunity to step back from the day-to-day grind and think big, fundamental thoughts about What It All Means. Let’s think big here. I mean really big. Pull the lens wayyyyy back. Let’s not even think about religion or science. Think past Jesus or Mohamed or Buddha or evolution. Let’s think about the universe itself. The physical universe of stars and galaxies, interstellar gas, quasars, black holes and the like. Let’s just ponder the mere fact that it is. That it exists.

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Miscellaneous

Your God Sucks

A few months ago USA Today ran an article detailing the growing dilution of spiritual belief in America and general apathy towards anything beyond the material.

It came as no surprise to me. I know a lot of people who are cynical about god, disillusioned, disappointed and angry. Perhaps that is you. Maybe you ended up here by typing “god sucks” into a search engine. If so, please keep reading–it may not be what you expected but I hope you’ll find some thoughts worth pondering.

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Apologetics Miscellaneous

Who’s Got God? – Now Available!

When I first started The Skeptical Believer, it was meant to be in conjunction with the publication of my first book. I originally saw the blog as a supplement to the book, and a way to expand on some of the issues raised in it. Here is the introduction from my first post here:

I started this blog in tandem with the upcoming publication of my first book (details to be released soon!). Co-written with a colleague, it’s an honest exploration of faith, truth, and finding common ground with those who see the universe differently.

Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3

The Skeptical Believer is all about taking an honest look at faith. Let’s face it–all of us have questions and doubts about our worldview no matter what we believe in. My premise is that it’s vital to meet these challenges, confront them head-on, and be able to admit that we don’t have all the answers. And just as importantly, to never settle for pat, skin-deep cop-outs when it comes to the most profound and sometimes troubling issues of life.

Well, life has a funny way of getting in the way sometimes and now I find that nearly two years have gone by. But wait, there’s more!

I am very excited to announce that, at long last, my book Who’s Got God? is now available for purchase!!!

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Apologetics

OBJECTION! How Can A God of Love Send People to Hell

This can be one of the most troubling and serious questions that you may ever wrestle with, whether you’re still considering following Jesus or have been a disciple of His for 50 years. The very notion of hell is unsettling and, quite frankly, disturbing.

This is exactly how it is supposed to be.

Hell is an aberration, an abomination, a place that was never meant to be. Hell was not a part of the original creation. In fact, hell is not even meant for humankind.

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Apologetics

OBJECTION! Christianity is a Straitjacket

Freedom is the ability to do what you want and define life on your own terms. Christianity takes both of those away.

This is a very American (and modern) objection to Christianity. After all, the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” is in the Declaration of Independence. It’s in the very DNA of our country (I’m not going to get off track here and delve into politics and all that, but it’s my belief that this phrase is widely misinterpreted today and has become a selfish and superficial attitude rather than the ground-breaking statement of political freedom it was meant to be).

So when a person becomes a Christian, do they have to give up their freedom? Don’t you become a slave to one group’s view of morality? Do you have to give up your voice and become just another sheep in the crowd?

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Apologetics

OBJECTION! The Bible is a Myth

As Christians (and especially Protestants) we rely on the Bible as the primary source of our information about God. Indeed, we believe that the Bible is the ONLY fully complete and accurate revelation from God to His people.

It would behoove us then to understand why we believe that, don’t you think?

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Miscellaneous

REVIEW: Love Wins, pt. 3

I’ve been promising a wrap-up to my review of Rob Bell’s Love Wins for some time now, so let’s get ‘er done. This will dovetail nicely with a recent post I made for our church blog, How Can A God Of Love Send People To Hell?

Let’s talk about the image of hell that most of us, Christians and non-Christians alike, are brought up to believe the Bible teaches.

First of all, are any of you parents? And if so, do you love your children? If not parents, do you have a pet that feels almost like a child to you? Do you have brothers and sisters, parents and grandparents, close friends who you love more than anyone else in the world?

Allow me to tell you a true story.

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Miscellaneous

REVIEW: Love Wins, pt. 2

Whatever you’ve heard about Love Wins, whether positive or negative, Rob’s main thesis in the book is simply this: that God’s love is far bigger and more powerful than any human being can conceive of. Infinitely bigger. Eternally more powerful.

I think that’s something we can all get behind. Right?

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Miscellaneous

REVIEW: Love Wins

 I know this review is a bit late to the party, but since this book has attracted so much attention even outside of Christian circles, I thought I’d write my thoughts on it.

I’ll get it out of the way right now instead of beating around the bush and say that I loved this book. It’s a rare quality when someone can teach about Hell and cause you to love God even more than you already did.

Let me also make two upfront statements regarding this book:

1) I do not 100% fully agree with every single detail that Rob Bell writes in this book.

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Apologetics Resurrection

Resurrected! Post-script

Just a few thoughts I wanted to tack on to the end of my Easter series, Resurrected!

What’s Your Faith In?

You’ve all heard Jesus’ saying about having the faith of a mustard seed:

I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.

Matthew 17:20

What does that actually mean, and what does it have to do with the Resurrection?