Should I save a zygote over a baby?
If I don’t, then obviously it’s not murder to kill a zygote, lol.
I’ve invented the perfect religion
My cover is now blown, but who cares? I’ll be rich.
I am not an “anti-vaxxer”
But I didn’t vaccinate my children.
Why polytheism = pantheism = monism
Pagan religions seem crazy until you understand what motivates them.
Is Psalm 82 metaphorical?
The saga continues.
A continuation of the ongoing exchange with an anonymous atheist.
Evidence and religion
A reposted exchange with an anonymous atheist.
If God is real, why does the world suck?
Or a question to similar effect—with similar answers.
Annihilationism versus eternal torture
…and why I don’t have anything to do with the Christian Apologetics Alliance.
So you think educated Westerners don’t believe in pagan monism?
Heh. Ain’t that cute.
If God wants to save everyone, why did he only choose Israel?
If you want all people to be part of your kingdom, you don’t disinherit them and then pick just one family.
Thorny problems with Calvinism #4: why evangelize if everything is predestined?
In which I clear up a natural but very mistaken confusion.
Fallen, sinning, incarcerated angels
A further exchange with Steve Hays on the Enochian interpretation of Genesis 6:1-4, Jude 6-7 and 2 Peter 2:4-10.
A further exchange with Steve Hays on the interpretation of Genesis 6:1-4.
How many sons of God can dance on the head of a pin?
And can they return themselves to normal size after they have shrunk?
Was Moses the first Asimov?
A commenter accuses me of turning Genesis 6:1-4 into science fiction.
Misguided compassion for pest animals
An email exchange with a bleeding heart apologist for the moral equivalence of animals and humans.
A showcase of Christian hatred and secular tolerance
A continuation of an exchange on homosexuality, reposted from Facebook.
What does the Lord say about homosexuality?
A response to a friend’s questions on Facebook.
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.
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?
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.
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?
Is there a relevant difference between causing and permitting evil?
An exchange with Arminian theologian Roger Olson.
Unreflective assumptions about free will
Suppose everyone automatically assumes they have the power of contrary choice. What follows?
Skeptical naivete about ancient near-Eastern history
Should we even expect accounts of ancient events to reflect historical fact?
Water and spirit
An exchange demonstrating that it does not, and cannot, refer to baptism.
Why God can’t be evil
An exceptionally tardy response to Stephen Law’s inept challenge.
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.
Some thoughts on angelology
In no particular order.
Wibbling, wuv, and outwage
A response to some fairly representative “progressive” comments about the rod in Proverbs.
The rod in Proverbs is not metaphorical
It is increasingly fashionable to argue that corporal punishment is uncivilized and out of step with a God of love. It’s not, and it isn’t.
The importance of emphasis
A brief reflection on how differently the faithful and the faithless construe the same commands.
What is honor?
And why does it matter to Christians?
“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.
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.
How Arminian groupies betray their theology
The incoherent love of Jerry Walls
An example of the muddled thinking about God’s love that passes for good theology in some circles.
Thorny problems with Calvinism #3: double predestination makes God a moral monster
In which I defend the most despised doctrine in Christianity.
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.
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.
Do we have a duty to re-ensoul vampires?
Or, why people should stop treating Joss Whedon as smarter than he is.
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.
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?
Why can’t Christians swear, dammit?
In which I answer a question from an older Christian lady.
Why Molinist/Arminian intuitions about God and evil must be false
A simple parallel argument to clarify my previous posts.
Why can’t God interfere with our free will?
After all, we do it all the time.
The Molinist/Arminian ideal of fatherhood
If God is the “author” of sin under Calvinism, what does that make him under Molinism/Arminianism?