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Atheism, Christianity, and the ET Problem

Here’s an article by an atheist who bears an uncanny resemblance to Jack Chick. He theorizes on What Rome Is Up To when a couple of Catholic sources remark that the discovery of life on other planets poses no particular threat to the Catholic faith. This piece is a classic

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Tonight We’re Gonna Party Like It’s 1984

Last week, we started looking at the broad movement we have seen among conservatives (including Catholics) over the past several years to excuse, minimize, defend and champion the use of torture by the US government in the “War on Terror”. Among Catholics, in particular, the conversation has taken place at

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What Would Jack Bauer Do?

Suppose I asked, “Are there any circumstances when it would be okay for the President to order an interrogator to crush a nine-year-old boy’s testicles?”  What would you answer? If you are a normal person and not John Yoo, the man who, from 2001 to 2003 was employed as the Justice

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153 Fish and Related Matters

When Pope John Paul II died on April 2, 2005 there were any number of fascinating coincidences that surrounded his death.  They were the sort of thing that make you go “hmmmm” and (if one is a wobbly agnostic) begin to suspect that maybe You Know Who has His hand

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Evangelicalese 101

A while back, when Harriet Miers was briefly nominated for the Supreme Court, the media (falsely) reported that Miers was a convert to Evangelicalism from the Catholic faith.  During the period everybody was under this impression, Evangelical heavy-hitter Dr. James Dobson puzzled some Catholics when he remarked, “I know the

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That 70s Show

A recent AP poll showed that while American Catholics and non-Catholics loved and revered Pope John Paul II, they disagree with his conservative stances and want the Church to change. Yet the poll group was sharply divided as to how change should be effected. 11% wanted the Church to be

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The Lens in My Eye (excerpted from By What Authority?)

I wondered: Is it really true that we Evangelicals never treat extrabiblical tradition as authoritative revelation? Is it really the case that all Evangelical belief is derived from the clear and unambiguous teaching of the Bible alone? Do we really speak forth only what Scripture speaks, keep silent where Scripture is silent, and never

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Truth Cancer and the Redemption of Rebellion

I love a good rebellion. I suspect most of us do. We root for the underdog. We love and applaud the jester who tweaks His Royal Stupidity’s nose. We side with Groucho when he shows the pompous senator up for a fool. A capacity to see the rightness in these

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