Upcoming Apologetics Conference

In case any of you aren't yet aware, there is an amazing apologetics conference coming to New Orleans in November. This is the annual "lay" conference during the Evangelical Theological/Philosophical Society.  Speakers include William Lane Craig, J.P. Moreland, Greg Koukl, Gary Habermas and me (doing the youth section!). There are some general sessions on the Bible, the existence of God, comparative religion, current "hot" topics in apologetics such as Bart Ehrman as well as some practical workshops on doing apologetics in the local church. Check it out here (http://www.epsapologetics.com/). If you can't go, it would be well worth getting the CDs."

Sean M

Tags | Theology

Why I am Abandoning the Term ‘Mystic’ (and Most Terminology)

I had a conversation with a friend today that caused me to rethink my approach, positions, and even my writing style. I realized from this conversation that although my stance may not be one of pointing fingers, calling people morons, and generally telling the world why my view is better than someone else’s, I may (at times) come across that way.

If you have been a commenter or lurker on “The Infinite in Everything” for a while, you have likely heard me rant about fundamentalism, atheism, liberalism, biblical scholarship, calvinism, and most recently mysticism. I love talking about these subjects, but recently it has come to my attention that my snarky attitude (as funny as I may think it is) can really be quite unhelpful. This blog is my playground, so I conduct my theological experiments here in wanna-be-Albert-Einstein-esk ways. Sometimes it works, but like all experiments, it fails at times too. So, maybe it is time for a little self- and blog-evaluation.

What if my approach has been entirely wrong? What if I need to abandon the terminology I use to articulate my views on faith in favor of something that is more helpful? Here’s an example. I thought my story about the guy who wrote me off because I was a mystic was funny, but a commenter, who went by Paulos, was quick to correct me, when he said:

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Dawkins on Colbert Nation

For those of you who missed it, Dawkins made his second appearance with Stephen Colbert. It's a must see! As always, Colbert is hilarious, but also gets to the heart of the matter between naturalism and Christianity. This is a great teaching opportunity for teachers, youth workers, and even parents. Enjoy!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH

 

Sean

Patrick Dodson: God Is Not In Control

Patrick is a father first, then teacher/writer/cook/photographer and sometimes prophet. He lives and works with Heather in New Zealand and has four beautiful game designing (Josiah), film directing (Jordan), artistic (Jasmine), and acting (Levi) children. You can check them out at www.patrickdodson.net .

 

God Is Not In Control
Q: Why do the innocent suffer?
A: Because we don't take care of them.

Q: Why are there so many poor in the world?
A: We're selfish and don't share wealth or resources properly.

Mysticism is like Green Eggs and Ham

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, mystics were a sect of orthodox Christianity. Today, they are often labeled cultic-style prophets or hippies. But what if mysticism still has something to offer us and we are missing it because of misplaced labels?

 

The Crazies Ruined the Fun for Everyone

I have had my fair share of run-ins with cultic prophets. There’s no way around it: They’re crazy. I don’t immediately doubt people who claim to have seen visions of God, had transcendent experiences, or encountered semi-divine creatures, but I am a bit leery of them.

Eugene Cho: we cannot fully grasp the infinitude of god…

Eugene Cho, a second-generation Korean-American, is the founder and lead pastor of Quest Church in Seattle and the executive director of Q Cafe, an innovative non-profit neighborhood café and music venue. He and his wife are also the visioneers of a new organization to fight global poverty called, One Day's Wages.

 


in our human finitude, we cannot fully grasp the infinite of god...

We can try but we cannot fully understand the fullness, majesty, and glory of God.

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3 Reasons Why Christians Hate Labels

You’ve heard people say it, and you may have even said it yourself, “Labels suck.” But don't we in some ways need them? With no labels how can we have an intelligent conversation about where our belief systems differ?

We want to get rid of labels because of the judgmental attitudes that often surround them. We think, “Labels suck, and those who use them suck too.” But the very nature of language requires labels: We use words to describe actions and things. All language is metaphor—that is precisely why German and English use different words to describe the same thing. Aristotle was one of the first to point this out when in a lengthy discussion, he says (in summary): “a table is not a table in its essence; it is wood. And wood comes from a tree, and trees have component parts (sap, bark, roots, etc.).” So, language is labeling.
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Ten Questions to Ask Your Biology Teacher About Intelligent Design

1. Design Detection
If nature, or some aspect of it, is intelligently designed, how could we tell?

Design inferences in the past were largely informal and intuitive. Usually people knew it when they saw it. Intelligent design, by introducing specified complexity, makes the detection of design rigorous. Something is complex if it is hard to reproduce by chance and specified if it matches an independently given pattern (an example is the faces on Mt. Rushmore). Specified complexity gives a precise criterion for reliably inferring intelligence.

2. Looking for Design in Biology
Should biologists be encouraged to look for signs of intelligence in biological systems? Why or why not?

Scientists today look for signs of intelligence coming in many places, including from distant space (consider SETI, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence). Yet, many biologists regard it as illegitimate to look for signs of intelligence in biological systems. Why arbitrarily exclude design inferences from biology if we accept them for other scientific disciplines? It is an open question whether the apparent design in nature is real.
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Christians hold an Anti-prayer rally at the Capitol. Can't make this stuff up.

Christians were praying and fasting, as an alarming new threat loomed over the dark horizon. Shirley Dobson, spouse of the famous Dr. James, urged a nationwide call for prayer and fasting on September 25th. What stirred Shirley’s tender heart? What would drive her to skip Hamburger Helper and Diet Pepsi for an entire day? Abortion? Gay Rights? Socialism? No. Prayer.  Well, a special kind of prayer, Muslim prayer.

American Muslims decided to show support for America by having a prayer rally at our nation’s Capitol. It was also an attempt to counter the American tendency to lump all Muslims into the category of “bearded terrorist who wants to kill me.” According to Hassan Abdellah, one of the rally’s organizers, the hope was to “display the beauty of Islam . . . the groups are going to be people who love and respect America, and we want America to know that we are here and that we support the country.” Perhaps anticipating Dobson’s response, he noted “I know that it’s hard for people to believe it’s that simple.”

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Atheist Groups on Campus

For those of you who care about young people today, this article is a must-read. There are twice as many atheist groups on college campuses this year as compared to last. I agree with the author of this study who says that a big reason is the New Atheists who are targeting young people much more aggressively than in the past. Atheists are stepping up their game. Will we? For those of you who care about young people today, this article is a must-read. There are twice as many atheist groups on college campuses this year as compared to last. I agree with the author of this study who says that a big reason is the New Atheists who are targeting young people much more aggressively than in the past. Atheists are stepping up their game. Will we?

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Sean

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