Monday Mention: Rand Paul

Intelligent and worthwhile reads from opposing viewpoints

In his book Taking a Stand, Dr. Rand Paul says self-reliance and individualism are core values for himself and others:

“I believe at its root the Republican Party, at least the Republican Party that I embrace, stands for self-reliance and individualism, both of which are the cornerstones of the proud tradition of African Americans. I also know my party has let the bond it once enjoyed with minorities fray to the point that it is nearly beyond repair.”

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Friday Feature: Verses on Truth and Evidence

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Does God command faith apart from evidence, or faith upon evidence?

Said another way, what is the role of the senses and reason in Christian faith?

The following is an index of verses helpful for understanding the relation between reason and faith. I have included instances of miracles throughout Scriptures as well as passages that deal with the question, “Why do people come to belief?”

I assembled this resource to show that Scripture does not merely attest to its own truth. It attests to events—events sufficient to show that God is who he claims to be.

As an advocate of evidentialism, I believe there are important errors in the presuppositional approach to apologetics and philosophy.

Presuppositionalism derogates man’s attempt to use his “autonomous human reason” to ask questions about whether the claims of Christianity are true.

I consider the following passages from Scripture to be a sufficient rebuttal of the presuppositional system. These passages demonstrate a pattern: people saw the evidence of God, heard his message, and believed it. The verses are presented sequentially. They give a compelling picture of the relation of reason and faith.

Besides serving as an index for Christian writers, this document could also be used in personal devotions or in preparation for sermons or teaching.

Click to download this free 84-page collection: Verses on Truth and Evidence.

 

Monday Mention: James Sanford

Intelligent and worthwhile reads from the opposition

James Sanford, Ph.D, is a Harvard-trained historian and the author of Blueprint for Theocracy: The Christian Right’s Vision for America (2014).

In his opinion article at Truth-Out.org he comments disfavorably on the work of our own Mark Henderson in building common ground among Christians and readers of Ayn Rand.

He writes:

“An odd collaboration between Ayn Rand disciples and Christian rightists, based on a mutual attraction for aggressive free enterprise, is on the upswing. The relationship seems to signal further cohesion and ideological extremism on the Tea Party right.”

Also:

“Anything that unifies extreme groups and fires their ideology should raise alarms. One should keep in mind, however, that the Christian-Randian faction might have some difficulty papering over its legacy of contradictions.”

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Friday Feature: Verses on Judgment and Justice

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Is the God of the Old Testament different from the God of the New Testament?

Faithful Christians need a compelling answer. The Old Testament places much focus on God’s holiness, demands, and warnings. Is the New Testament different?

The following is an index of verses for understanding God’s judgment throughout Scripture. It is the culmination of several years of study.

My method had two steps. First I highlighted every passage in Scripture, on any topic, that was conceptually oriented (passages providing or pointing to broad principles, abstractions, or cause and effect relationships). From this material I selected key passages bearing on the topic of God’s judgment.

As a result, this index does not include every verse involving God’s judgment but instead includes the material I found most helpful for a conceptual study.

In the Old Testament and New, does God judge? And what does he do when he judges?

These passages are the answer.

Click to download this free 107-page collection: Verses on Judgment and Justice.

Wednesday Workshop: Dates of the Year for Calendaring Posts

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What gets scheduled, gets done. To be consistent in your writing, plan out your calendar in detail.

It can be hard to stay on track with your writing and blog posting goals. To stay clear about what is going to publish on which day, you can use this simple list of dates. It’s all the dates of the year, listed out:

1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
…etc. …
12.31

It’s basic, but it works. It lets you batch out your tasks, cycle activities systematically over weeks, and give yourself assignments ahead of time so you know what to write about each day.

Try it out: Dates of the Year.

Tuesday Talk-Point: Do We Have Free Will?

-By Jacob Brunton

The idea of free will tends to run into problems (or at least perceived problems) in both atheistic worldviews (like Objectivism) and in theistic worldviews (like Christianity). The Christian Egoist advocates certain “brands”, or aspects, of both, and therefore I get a lot of questions about free will, or things pertaining to it. Whether you’re dealing with “strict” laws of logic and nature, or with “strict” ideas of God’s sovereignty and providence, many seem to think that such “suffocating” ideas must necessarily “crowd out” any possible notion of human free will. But could this be because such people haven’t thought very carefully about what free will is?

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