Archive for March, 2006

On Asking a Very Smart God to Change His Ways

| March 31, 2006 | 3 Replies
On Asking a Very Smart God to Change His Ways

Why Pray?  Perhaps my previous post sounded a bit harsh.  Why “mock” those who call upon their Creator for a bit of help in a time of need? Skeptics have obvious reasons for doubting the power of prayer, but it seems to me that Believers should have even stronger reasons to avoid bothering God with […]

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Unnecessary Study: Praying Doesn’t Heal Heart Patients

| March 31, 2006 | 2 Replies
Unnecessary Study: Praying Doesn’t Heal Heart Patients

Researchers have just spent a whole lot of money determining that prayer does not seem to work.  In the largest study of its kind, researchers found that having people pray for heart bypass surgery patients had no effect on their recovery. In fact, patients who knew they were being prayed for had a slightly higher […]

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The Seventy Million Children Left Behind War

| March 30, 2006 | 4 Replies
The Seventy Million Children Left Behind War

The public grade school in my neighborhood has a science classroom, but no science teacher.  I’m not a teacher or a scientist, but I’ve been asked to help teach science there.   You see, there’s no money in the budget to hire a science teacher.  Therefore, all 350 of the children at that school are being […]

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What Would Jesus Do about Global Warming?

| March 30, 2006 | Reply
What Would Jesus Do about Global Warming?

The current edition of Time Magazine (April 3) warns us that global warming is not just a vague fear, but a reality.  The 14-page article contains disturbing photography of displaced animals and receding glaciers.  The cover warns us to be “Very Worried.” Even though I’ve often seen publishers use hyperbole to sell magazines, I am […]

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What Did Jesus Look Like? What Would Jesus Do?

| March 29, 2006 | 19 Replies
What Did Jesus Look Like?  What Would Jesus Do?

Unfortunately, no one took His photograph.  Had they done so, Jesus wouldn’t have had a prayer recruiting most of his potential followers.  It is hard to imagine western Europeans falling in love with a dark-skinned Savior from the Middle East, especially a Jewish one. For many centuries, Western Europeans haven’t paid meaningful attention to dark-skinned […]

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What it’s Like to Go to an Evangelical Church

| March 29, 2006 | 12 Replies
What it’s Like to Go to an Evangelical Church

Subtitle: Fear and Darkness On June 26, 2005, I attended the 9:00 a.m. service of the first Evangelical Free Church of St. Louis County as an amateur anthropologist. The large physical church is a spacious modern structure that appears to seat about 2000 people. As I approached the parking lot I encountered the “Church police.” […]

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Is One’s Choice of Religion Really a Choice?

| March 28, 2006 | 2 Replies
Is One’s Choice of Religion Really a Choice?

Many of us don’t consciously choose some of the most important aspects of our lives.  This includes the choice of religion.  Many people claim that we don’t really choose the religion we end up following.  After all, many of us end up adopting the religion of our parents. Is there a problem with this approach?  […]

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Religion (and sex)

| March 28, 2006 | Reply
Religion (and sex)

I like to listen to what’s going on out on the streets.   One way to do this is to talk to a cab driver. Since I was taking an extended cab ride in Long Island yesterday, I decided to ask the driver about religion and politics.  He was a 40-year old divorced Greek man.  Here’s […]

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Science vs. religion

| March 24, 2006 | 15 Replies
Science vs. religion

I’ve often wondered why there is such a strong split between people who believe in science and people who believe in religion.  Certainly, there are many people who believe in both, or neither, but I think the vast majority of people believe in one or the other.  Then, I finally realized one possible source of […]

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