Jul 23, 2014

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Myth of Natural Evil, Part 3

Part 3 of a 3 part series. Part 1 can be read here. Part 2 here. In this post I will conclude by considering a Biblical critique to the idea that natural evil may be reversed and the existence of pain. Biblical Critique of Reversing Natural Evil The original presentation of the material found in this series did elicit a critique based on two passages in the Bible that deserve a...

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Jul 21, 2014

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Reflections on My Writing

My friend and fellow writer Kelly Belmonte invited me to contribute to a series of blog posts reflecting on writing practice (check out her contribution, and her new poetry book!) I always find it interesting to hear how fellow writers approach their work, so I was glad to put in my two cents, as follows: 1. What am I working on? My new book, Not God’s Type: An Atheist...

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Jul 16, 2014

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Myth of Natural Evil, Part 2

Part 2 of a 3 part series. Part 1 can be read here. Part 3 here. In this post I will continue looking at reasons why natural evil is an unhelpful, even non-existent category, for discussing the problem of evil. In the previous post we looked at the first reason, that some forms of natural evil are best understood in terms of their cause, namely human sin. Does Nature...

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Jul 9, 2014

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Myth of Natural Evil, part 1

Part 1 of a 3 part series. Part 2 can be read here. Part 3 here. It is a familiar refrain, “Where was God?” Whenever there is a tragic loss of human life, our otherwise secular culture suddenly cries out and asks, “Why did God let this happen?” When the tragedy in question is the result of depraved human agency, the absence of God’s action is still questioned, but the...

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Jun 30, 2014

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How to Train Your Dragon 2: Sometimes It Takes a Kid’s Movie to Speak to An Adult

I’m pleased to offer a guest post from Jon Crutchfield, a graduate student in HBU’s MA in Apologetics program. He wrote this review as part of his work for his “Film, the Visual Arts, and Apologetics” class with Dr Evan Getz. Enjoy! — Holly Ordway *** Sometimes It Takes A Kid’s Movie to Speak To An Adult Jon Crutchfield There is much to learn from...

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Jun 25, 2014

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Making Ideas Sticky

The calling of the apologist is not simply to communicate true ideas and information, but to communicate effectively. Otherwise we are talking to ourselves, at best, and at worst, annoying people into rejecting the truth. One aspect of effective communication involves presenting ideas in a way that is engaging and memorable – in a way that sticks with people after they’ve heard...

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Jun 22, 2014

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The CS Lewis Symposium at Westminster Abbey: Videos of Lectures and Panel

If you had the privilege, as I did, of attending the events at Westminster Abbey last November to honor C.S. Lewis, you know how excellent the Symposium lectures and panel were. Now, even if you weren’t there – you can watch the videos! The Symposium was held on Thursday, Nov. 21st, 2013, the day before the Memorial Service in the Abbey itself, at which the Memorial to...

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