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Covidistan, Coronacita, and Carnivals

May 11, 2020 | health | 2 Comments

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The Myers Briggs inventory can tell you wonderful things you already know about yourself. I’m an INTJ. One thing about us INTJ’s is that we march to the beat of a different drummer. If everyone else goes right, we go left and that’s OK. Now, this combination of independence and social indifference is a mixed…

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Part 1: What have we learned? For several weeks now, the Spaniel and I have been poring over charts, analyzing the data, and perusing commentary from multiple reliable sources (and occasional not-so-reliable ones) in order to provide you, our esteemed fan base, with trustworthy evidence-based guidance for what the future brings. Discretion is often the…

Courage, Sacrifice, and Corona-spiracies

April 17, 2020 | health, pride | 2 Comments

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Are we even talking about the same religion here? As COVID deaths were skyrocketing in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, overwhelming local hospitals, Samaritan’s Purse (SP) - the Christian relief ministry headed by Franklin Graham - airlifted an emergency field hospital to Cremona, Italy. Staffed with both SP workers and emergency medical volunteers, the…

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Whatever happened to the Boy Scouts of America? On Tuesday, February 18, 2020 a once-great American institution filed for bankruptcy; a casualty, according to some, of western cultural wars. In “A Badge of Disgrace”, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council blames their demise entirely on policy changes of the last seven years.. It was,…

Are Religious People Dumber? Not quite.

February 14, 2020 | apologetics, theology | No Comments

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There is a particular narrative, popular among skeptics, that occasionally erupts into the public forum. It happened in 1990 when Ted Turner famously (and clumsily) declared that “Christianity is a religion for losers”. (The muddled nuance of his actual intent was drowned in the ensuing indignation). Or in 1993 when Washington Post writer Michael Weisskopf…

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America remains in the grip of an opiate* epidemic. Over 70,000 Americans died from legal and illegal drug overdose in 2017 alone, more than four times higher than in 1999. The tragic history of this crisis was carefully documented by investigative journalist Sam Quinones in his 2015 work, Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate…

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Most of us think we’re smarter than most of us! In a recent large survey, 65% of Americans rated themselves more intelligent than average.[1] [Sounds of unrestrained laughter, barking, and howling – the Spaniel and pals]. Believing we’re very smart, we assume we’re usually right. But is that confidence warranted? “Do you see a man…

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Feeling blue? Tried therapy and medication? Here's a radical thought: try visiting your local church next Sunday. A new study adds further evidence to what we have known for quite some time: going to church is good for your mental health. Last Thursday, the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing issued a press release announcing its…

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In this podcast recorded at Reasons to Believe in May 2019, Philosopher-Theologian Ken Samples and I discuss the nature of belief, pride, humility, and the life of the mind. Topics:-My personal journey from early atheism to Christian faithAre people rational?The role of emotions in belief formationIntellectual pride and humility"The Intelligence Trap" by David Robson"The God…

Moral Hazards of the Creation Debate

July 17, 2019 | pride | No Comments

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Many Christians are deeply engaged in the ongoing dispute over the interpretation of Genesis 1 and its concordance with scientific progress of the last 150 years. Participants run the gamut from geologists, astrophysicists, theologians, and scholars of ancient Hebrew to gym coaches and English majors. Arguments for and against various positions simmer endlessly - usually…

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