Bnonn Tennant (the B is silent)

Where a recovering ex-atheist skewers things with a sharp two-edged sword

Misguided compassion for pest animals

An email exchange with a bleeding heart apologist for the moral equivalence of animals and humans.

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A showcase of Christian hatred and secular tolerance

A continuation of an exchange on homosexuality, reposted from Facebook.

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What does the Lord say about homosexuality?

A response to a friend’s questions on Facebook.

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Are pictures of Jesus idolatry? Part 2: what were ancient people thinking?

Thinking so is an understandably venerable Reformed tradition which strikes me as naive and legalistic on several levels. Here, I look at why ancient peoples created idols to worship, and how this radically affects our understanding of the second commandment.

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Has God predestined most people to hell?

Does the Bible imply that God is more glorified in his wrath and justice than his love and mercy?

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Biblical reasons to doubt Justin Taylor’s doubts about the creation days being 24-hour periods

Justin Taylor questions the calendar-day interpretation. I question in turn.

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Does the Bible teach any kind of free will?

Given how hotly debated a topic it is, you would assume it does…wouldn’t you?

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Is there a relevant difference between causing and permitting evil?

An exchange with Arminian theologian Roger Olson.

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Unreflective assumptions about free will

Suppose everyone automatically assumes they have the power of contrary choice. What follows?

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Skeptical naivete about ancient near-Eastern history

Should we even expect accounts of ancient events to reflect historical fact?

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Water and spirit

An exchange demonstrating that it does not, and cannot, refer to baptism.

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Why God can’t be evil

An exceptionally tardy response to Stephen Law’s inept challenge.

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What is idolatry?

TLDR: it is worshiping other divine beings. It is not putting things before God—whether money, food, sport, entertainment, sex, love, family or anything else. You can’t worship those things, and making them your masters is not the same thing as idolatry.

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Some thoughts on angelology

In no particular order.

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Wibbling, wuv, and outwage

A response to some fairly representative “progressive” comments about the rod in Proverbs.

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The importance of emphasis

A brief reflection on how differently the faithful and the faithless construe the same commands.

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“Who is my neighbor?”

Pro-choice Christians like to criticize people like me by suggesting that atheists are good Samaritans to women with unwanted pregnancies. To deny them abortion, is to be the uncompassionate priest or Levite who crosses on the other side of the road. The tragic irony is that they have utterly missed the precise point of the parable.

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Free and cheap resources for understanding the OT in its socio-religious context

A few links for people who aren’t satisfied with “exegesis” that has the serpent in Eden being a snake, or the gods in Psalm 82 being men.

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How Arminian groupies betray their theology

Tut tut.

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The incoherent love of Jerry Walls

An example of the muddled thinking about God’s love that passes for good theology in some circles.

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Thorny problems with Calvinism #3: double predestination makes God a moral monster

In which I defend the most despised doctrine in Christianity.

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Thorny problems with Calvinism #2: the unfairness of election

In which I ask how a God who decides to save only some people can be worthy of worship.

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Thorny problems with Calvinism #1: the pettiness of self-glorification

In which I ask how a God who seeks his own glory can be worthy of worship.

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Do we have a duty to re-ensoul vampires?

Or, why people should stop treating Joss Whedon as smarter than he is.

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Are pictures of Jesus idolatry? Part 1: exegesis

Thinking so is an understandably venerable Reformed tradition which strikes me as naive and legalistic on several levels. Here, I look at the context of the second commandment to exegete the limitations of its meaning.

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Spotting real prophecies

If prophecy continues, and someone tells you they have received a word from the Lord, how can you tell if they’re for real, or just full of it?

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Why can’t Christians swear, dammit?

In which I answer a question from an older Christian lady.

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Why Molinist/Arminian intuitions about God and evil must be false

A simple parallel argument to clarify my previous posts.

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Why can’t God interfere with our free will?

After all, we do it all the time.

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The Molinist/Arminian ideal of fatherhood

If God is the “author” of sin under Calvinism, what does that make him under Molinism/Arminianism?

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2 rough alternative arguments that spiritual gifts continue

Independent lines of evidence seem to converge on a continuationist position.

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Infallibility, canon & private judgment

Why appealing to infallible tradition gets you nowhere at all.

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What’s the difference between Sola and Solo Scriptura?

There is a clear and important distinction between the Bible being the sole rule of faith, and the Bible being the sole source of knowledge.

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A simple argument for using wine in the Lord’s supper

A syllogism any church member can follow when deciding how to vote.

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Can you celebrate the Lord’s supper with a can of worms?

Just because it’s a symbol doesn’t mean you can do what you like with it.

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Can we have a non-alcoholic Lord’s supper?

Short answer: no.

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Another deconversion story

Warning: while grown-ups will find this an unintentionally comical demonstration of how deeply apostates think before abandoning their faith, Christian children below the age of 8 may want to steer clear.

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Why you shouldn’t rely on YouTube for your understanding of the Trinity

If you think that God can be described in terms of “hyperdimensions”, and that this explains why the Trinity is beyond our ken, you need to read this article.

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Is Roger Olson actually a Calvinist double agent?

It almost seems more plausible than thinking that such a theological lightweight could become so popular.

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Breaking it off with Scripturalism

Infatuation with Scripturalism is like a teenage crush…but can’t a man marry his high school sweetheart?

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Inerrancy without the weasels

Why do formulations of inerrancy always seem to conceal the most important issue?

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3 reasons to recover the pronunciations of biblical names

Don’t you hate it when people keep pronouncing your name wrong?

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Betrayal

Dear diary…

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The wolves are guarding the sheep pen

Roman Catholicism is not a Christian denomination, and Protestant apologists of all people should be conversant with the reasons why.

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3 reasons why Christianity + prayer to the saints = pagan polytheism

Unfortunate for Roman Catholic claims about being the One True Church that Christ Founded.

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Christianity and LGBTQ* is a two-way street

The church continues to respond poorly to LGBTQ* issues, both by failing to love LGBTQ* people rightly, and by failing to interact savvily with secular LGBTQ* activism. But there is plenty of blame to go around.

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Was the universe made just for us?

Ace apologist Tim McGrew thinks the idea sits awkwardly with Christian theology; I respectfully beg to differ.

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True Reason

★★★★☆ A decisive demolition of New Atheism’s “monopoly on reason”.

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Gays demand right to temporary slaves; courts agree

It’s satire. But…not really.

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