One of the most frustrating things about new atheists is their use of slogans, rather than arguments, to convince people to listen to them. This book comprehensively shows how their position is not reasonable and rational simply because they say so. Nor can they make Christianity irrational by fiat. True Reason starts by documenting some of […]
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Bnonn spends most of his time writing and teaching, both professionally and in ministry. As well as preaching monthly, he has published over 300 worldview-related articles, and has a professional interest in the science of persuasion (www.biblicalmarketing.org). He co-founded NZ’s apologetics ministry, Thinking Matters, because clear reasoning about the biblical worldview played such a major role in his own conversion from atheism to Christianity. Bnonn feels a particular calling to help equip Christians to better understand, read, and appreciate God’s word. In apologetics, he tries to focus on the 20% of ideas that have 80% of the influence, and is especially interested in how the dominant ideas of worldviews fit together. Bnonn lives in Te Awamutu with his wife and three children, and is a member of Trinity Reformed Baptist Church.
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Here’s something I’ve heard many times, often called the problem of divine hiddenness, recently articulated to me by a Facebook friend: It would seem that an all loving god would not make it so damn hard to understand and believe when it could be so easy to make somone believe by any number of means. In fact […]
This is my response to the Moral Landscape Challenge, an essay competition with a 1,000-word limit. Hey Sam; thanks for the opportunity to interact with your views. If I understand The Moral Landscape correctly, your central thesis is that moral truth exists and can be scientifically understood. This seems to cash out in two critical […]
Here are the notes from Thinking Matters Hamilton’s latest worldview study. The path to the conclusion was pretty complex and intense, but I think where we ended was clear and well-supported: There is ample biblical evidence that the Sabbath is strictly a sign of the Mosaic covenant. There is no biblical evidence that it should […]
These are the notes from our latest worldview study. This is a fairly simple question, but at the same time a very important one for understanding the importance of the gospel; and the depths of sin and grace. Given that most unbelievers think they’re basically good people, we need a clear view of why they […]
A recent article on Stuff, linked by a friend with more enthusiasm than brains, crows: Children with gay parents ‘happier’ – research. O RLY? Reading the article, we discover the following (emphasis mine): The preliminary findings from the Australian study contradict stereotypes that a family without an obvious dad or mum would harm the children, […]
In a previous post on abortion on my own blog, a reader named Matthew Lee raised the issue of how many pro-abortion advocates bring up the death penalty. By doing so, they hope to show that Christians are inconsistent in saying we should never take human life. Now, in one sense I think this is […]
We had a spirited debate on miracles in a previous thread. And during that debate, I noted how even in cases where all the evidence is against naturalistic explanations, skeptics simply cannot entertain a supernatural explanation instead. They just have to hold that there is a naturalistic one, despite the evidence. The very definition of […]
As he said he would, Richard Dawkins refused William Lane Craig’s invitation to debate him at the Sheldonian Theater in Oxford. So Craig went ahead and ripped his book apart without the distraction of having to respond to petulant ad hominem (entertaining as that would have been). The video is up; watch it below.
Richard Weikart: I have spoken with intelligent Darwinists who admit point-blank that they do not have any grounds to condemn Hitler, so I am not just making this up. Many evolutionists believe that since evolution explains the origin of morality — as Darwin himself argued — then there is no objective morality. The famous evolutionary […]
I’m reposting a reply to a non-theist friend on Facebook, where he tried to defend a view of morality without God: What grounds my morality is the human condition, and that is all that is required to ground it. But that’s just an assertion that flies in the face of what we know morality is. […]
Are Dawkins’ reasons for refusing to debate William Lane Craig good enough?
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