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Is It Hateful to Say that Homosexual Behavior Is Sinful?

| December 21, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  This whole Phil Robertson (Duck Dynasty) thing has me very confused. I see person after person claiming that what Phil Robertson said about homosexual behavior being sinful was hateful. Hateful? Really? I used to think that hate was wishing evil upon another person. I am really struggling to understand how Phil […]

Are You Progressive, Conservative, or Libertarian?

| September 6, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt Arnold Kling, in his book The Three Languages of Politics, argues that there are three dominant political viewpoints: progressive, conservative, and libertarian. Each of these three view the world along completely different axes. Kling explained these three axes in an interview with economist Russ Roberts: So what I claim is that […]

Is Raping Little Children Just a Matter of Taste? – #2 Post of 2011

| December 29, 2011

Post Author: Bill Pratt Some statements about the world are objectively true, meaning they are true for all people, places, and times, regardless of whether anyone actually believes the statements.  Other statements about the world are subjective, meaning they merely refer to a person’s preferences or tastes. An objective statement would be: “The sum of […]

How Should Religion and Science Interact?

| October 3, 2011

Post Author: Bill Pratt During the Renaissance and Enlightenment, philosophers continuously changed their views on how science and religion should interact.  Philosopher William Lawhead describes the continuum chronologically in his textbook The Voyage of Discovery. Initially, most scientists and philosophers “saw religion and science as co-equal partners in the search for truth.” Lawhead continues: “Gradually […]

Do We Have Intuitive Knowledge?

| March 7, 2011

Post Author: Bill Pratt Philosophers who study how we know things (epistemologists) have long debated whether we have innate or intuitive knowledge.  This kind of knowledge is often referred to as a priori knowledge.  It is knowledge that one has prior to or independently of sense experience. It cannot be proven by experience. The debate […]

What Were the Reformers’ Views on Infant Baptism? – #6 Post of 2010

| December 24, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt According to church historian John Hannah, there were four major Protestant streams that developed during the Reformation in the 16th century: Anglicanism, Lutheranism, Calvinism, and Anabaptism.  Each of these streams placed great stress on the idea of salvation by faith alone, yet they did not all agree on what infant baptism […]

Did the Early Church Believe in a Literal Thousand-Year Reign of Christ on Earth? – #10 Post of 2010

| December 20, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt The Book of Revelation, according to some Christians, teaches a literal thousand-year reign of Christ on earth after his second coming (see Rev. 20).  This will then be followed by the creation of a new heaven and new earth. This view is known today as premillenialism. But there are other Christians, […]

How Did Early Christians Know What to Believe?

| October 25, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt In the early centuries of Christianity, believers were mostly without complete written copies of the New Testament as we know it today.  They may have possessed portions of it, but most Christians were taught doctrine orally.  In order to focus on and remember what was important, the early church composed several […]

2010 Reader Survey

| June 22, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt We want to make the blog more relevant to your needs and interests.  To do that, we need to know more about you.   As a result, we have created the 2010 Reader Survey. Would you please take a few minutes to fill out the survey?  By doing so, you will ultimately […]

Are You Skeptical of Global Warming and Evolution?

| April 5, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt A recent NY Times article linked people who are skeptical about evolution with people who are skeptical about global warming.  The author noted that there seems to be a correlation, that if you doubt one, then you likely doubt the other. This really has me thinking about why that is, as […]

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