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First Journey Through the Deuteroncanonicals: Judith

Introduction This is part of a series on reading through the Deuterocanonical books of the Bible. As I said in the series’ initial post, Catholic Bible includes those books and writings that are usually removed in Protestant Bibles (helpful comparison chart), and I figured it was about time to start reading them. I am recording my initial thoughts here (you can…

OmniAtheist

One of the Worst Arguments Against Atheism

Introduction There are a lot of good arguments for theism / against atheism (like the argument from contingency). There are also some good ones which unfortunately have been misused so often that they have been identified as bad ones (like Pascal’s Wager). Even more unfortunately, there are also some genuinely bad ones (like the argument from the banana), and some of these are…

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Choosing a Children’s Bible

Introduction A while back I got my first Catholic study Bible, and that was a difficult choice. I am pretty OCD about buying most things (I once spent several hours picking out a $50 tennis racquet – true story!), but Bibles put me close to panic because they are expensive, extremely varied, and, you know, the word of God and…

XianEvolution

Must Christians Deny Evolution?

Introduction Although religion is routinely vilified by atheists as being unscientific at best and anti-science at worst, it seems the only support for such an accusation is the controversy over evolution (unless they are really ignorant and still bring up Galileo). Indeed, prior to the early 20th Century, such an accusation against religion would have been an occasion of…

OurFather

The Lord’s Prayer: “Adding To” or “Subtracting From” Scripture?

Introduction During my journey toward traditional Christianity, I visited a lot of churches and I discovered that in some it seemed like “the Lord’s Prayer” (the “Our Father”) was being shortened. Often, after asking for deliverance from evil, the prayer simply ended. I wondered what these churches had done with, “. . . for yours is the…

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Religious Devotion and Scientific Interest

Introduction Richard Dawkins is probably the most popular of the “Four Horsemen” of the New Atheists – he certainly wrote the most popular atheism book available today (at least with Wal-Mart audiences across America): The God Delusion – a book so bad, it prompted Notre Dame philosophy professor Alvin Plantinga to write, “You might say that some of his forays…