On the Utility of Belief

What does it mean to believe? What makes a belief real? One would think this would be an easy question to answer, but it is decidedly not. Like most things in life, there is an obvious answer that comes into our minds, but if we pause and reflect on it for a moment, we realize... Continue Reading →

Confident Humility by Dan Kent – A Book Review

I can't be the only person who has always felt conflicted when thinking about Christian humility. Who hasn't heard a preacher call himself a "dirty rotten sinner" with a conspiratorial smile on his face? It sounds pious in a certain sense when they say it, and I am sure many say it with good motives.... Continue Reading →

The Mystery of the Mind

Almost every day I think about the strangeness of reality, and how amazing it is that I am alive and that I know that I exist. The mystery of consciousness is something that will inevitably present itself to you if you start asking the hard questions of life. One aspect of consciousness is the ability... Continue Reading →

Kamikazes, Culture and Kingdom

I have been thinking about how culture uses religion for its own purposes. As an example of that, let's consider pre WW2 Japan. Their society was very far behind the rest of the modern world, and they were desperate to catch up. To that end, they sent representatives out to every successful country in the... Continue Reading →

Who Defines Justice?

Whatever sense of justice that we have as humans is only a dim reflection of the perfect justice that flows out from the giver of life. God is infinite and perfect in his character, so all his attributes are infinite. He isn't just partly just, he is as just as it is possible to be.... Continue Reading →

Mercy and Punishment

Many Christians believe that mercy and punishment are at odds with one another. They believe that God is merciful, but he is also just and therefore must punish sin. This thought is so common, it seems to go unquestioned. If your perception of God is that he is a judge bound by law, this would... Continue Reading →

A Subversive Faith

How long has it been since you looked up at the sky, really looked at the sky in wonder? As a kid, I used to have this weird thing that I would do. I would all of the sudden have this thought, I would sort of "wake up" and realize how amazing it was to... Continue Reading →

The Promise of His Presence

When I think of Christmas memories as a child, I think of being at my grandparent’s home with lots of family. There was always an abundance of delicious food, festive decorations and many homemade gifts and cards over the years. We sang songs and shared the Christmas story with us cousins acting out different parts.... Continue Reading →

Forgiveness

For the moment, let's grant that X amount of sin really does = X amount of punishment. I argue here that this isn't the case, but let's grant that it is. Let's grant that God really does "have to" punish each sin by a fixed amount of punishment because this kind of "justice" is built... Continue Reading →

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