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  • Why Saying ‘God Is in Control’ Isn’t Helpful

    Why Saying ‘God Is in Control’ Isn’t Helpful0

    Leading up to the election and on election day, I repeatedly encountered people calming their fears by saying, “It’s OK. No matter what happens, God is still on the throne.”  I identify as a Christian, but I find this sentiment unhelpful and troubling.  “It’s OK. God is still on the throne.”  What does that mean?

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  • Argument: The Christian God Doesn’t Seem Like Such a Good Father

    Argument: The Christian God Doesn’t Seem Like Such a Good Father0

    Is God a “good Father”? My answer: No. At least, not as many people conceive God. Consider two claims that I hear about God quite often:  Claim 1: God does not owe us anything.  Claim 2: All glory, honor, and praise must go to God alone.  It seems to me that when these claims appear alongside of

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  • If ‘Hell’ Exists, What Does It Mean for God?

    If ‘Hell’ Exists, What Does It Mean for God?0

    I don’t like the Christian doctrine of Hell. I write this with a full awareness that the truth depends absolutely not at all on my personal preferences and sensibilities. What is, is, regardless of what I think or how I feel about it.  There are, of course, different interpretations of Hell. But unquestionably the most common

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  • We’re Being Trained NOT To See

    We’re Being Trained NOT To See1

    I was reflecting today on the life of Siddhartha Gautama, who became the Buddha. According to Buddhist myth, Siddhartha was born under a prophecy that he would either become a great military ruler or a supremely enlightened holy man. His father wanted the former, so he raised Siddhartha in a bubble of sorts, filling his

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