Religion

Pure Fantasy

Posted by on January 14, 2017 at 10:23 pm

“[A]fter many decades of trying to comprehend the gender confusion that persisted even after my sex transition, I came to understand that my grandmother’s cross-dressing of me was emotional child abuse. The psychological harm grew as years went by.” — Walt Heyer You probably saw it — the recent National Geographic cover featuring a “transgendered” […]

A Christmas Essay by Harry Reasoner

Posted by on December 25, 2016 at 8:45 pm

“Then the angel told her: Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call His name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give […]

Top 10, Again

Posted by on December 18, 2016 at 10:17 pm

It’s that time, again. Time for another year-end list of “top posts” on various topics from preceding years (including the one just ending). I try to pick those that are “evergreen”, though, or at least still interesting/entertaining. In case you’re curious, here are the previous lists: “Celebrating 5 Years of AVftR (plus a Top 10)!”, […]

Godspeed, John Glenn

Posted by on December 11, 2016 at 10:25 pm

“Zero G, and I feel fine.”  — Col. John Glenn On December 8, 2016, America and the world lost a hero and, some might even say, a “living legend”, when former Marine aviator, astronaut, and U.S. Senator John Glenn passed away at the age of 95. He will be laid to rest at Arlington National […]

Is the Bible “History”?

Posted by on December 4, 2016 at 8:37 pm

“I will remember the LORD’s works; yes, I will remember Your ancient wonders. I will reflect on all You have done and meditate on Your actions.”  — Psalm 77:11-12 (HCSB), one of the “historical psalms” Earlier this year, I bought an HCSB Apologetics Study Bible. I haven’t delved into it much, since I’ve been focused […]

The Uniquely Christian Nature of Thanksgiving in America

Posted by on November 27, 2016 at 6:45 pm

Who (or what) do non-theists thank — for whatever they are “thankful” for — on Thanksgiving? That’s the question I was pondering, however briefly, this Thanksgiving. I mean, I think most non-theists here in America participate in the holiday, and you’ll often hear them mention things that they are thankful for. But, if one is […]

Does the ESV Have a Calvinist Bias?

Posted by on October 30, 2016 at 7:36 pm

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 (ESV)) Have you ever heard someone claim that such-n-such a Bible translation is biased towards a […]

Why I Will Still (Reluctantly) Vote for Trump

Posted by on October 16, 2016 at 11:26 pm

“[W]e do not have the choice to vote for [some] ideal candidate but only for the real ones that are on the ticket. In an ideal world this would not happen, but we do not live in an ideal world…. [W]e can only choose the best one available, not the best one conceivable. And as […]

Truth and Compassion: A Christian Response to Transgenderism

Posted by on October 9, 2016 at 11:40 pm

“The legal/cultural battle over whether biological males who have a female gender identity (or vice versa) can use the public bathroom, spa facility, or school showers reserved for the opposite sex is consuming the attention of the national media and the national conscience. Christians find themselves caught in an awkward situation, facing another obstacle they […]

A Symphonic Approach to Reality

Posted by on October 2, 2016 at 7:10 pm

“Is a scientific analysis in terms of light waves more ultimate than a human being’s perception of a red apple?… No, neither one is more ultimate. Reality has many levels, and human beings have many legitimate perspectives.”  — Dr. Vern Poythress As you may recall, I blogged on an excerpt from Vern Poythress’ book, Redeeming […]

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