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Are You Wrong If You Think You're Right?

Charles Krauthammer writes an excellent defense of certainty in the

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | June 1, 2005

Postmodern Story-Telling at its Best (or Worst)

The LA Times features a classic example of postmodern storytelling on its front page Column One today. George Tiller, who specializes in late-term abortion (even on fetuses at 38 weeks gestation, according to his website), is cast as the hero saving families from the difficulties of caring for children with Down Syndrome or anomalies that will cause them to die soon after birth.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | May 31, 2005

Is Homosexuality Decreasing the Child Population in SF?

After reading this story that decries the lack of children in San Francisco, I fear that Christians will be tempted to point out that a larger than normal population of homosexuals lives in San Francisco and will claim that this is the major cause for the decline in children. We may be able to correlate a significantly smaller percentage of children to a significantly larger community of homosexuals (as compared to other major US cities).

Blog Post | Ethics | Melinda Penner | May 25, 2005

Relativist Parents Gone AWOL ? Absent Without Leaving

Doug TenNapel nails the real problem afflicting kids who struggle with obesity: it's parents who force kids to raise themselves. That's also the problem at the root of many other childhood challenges.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | May 5, 2005

Three Degrees of Separation

You may not know who he is, but he's taught you a lot if you follow STR. Alvin Plantinga is one of the most influential Christian philosophers and he's having an impact on your life if you're reading this. Plantinga is a tremendous influence on the philosophy professors at Talbot School of Theology, they in turn have trained Greg, Brett, and I, and we use what we've taught at STR.

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | March 29, 2005

Everyday Philosophy

Chuck Colson has a great piece on the importance of being critical thinkers and evaluating the philosophies that are part of everyday life. Philosophy - it's not just for academics.

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | March 1, 2005

Extraordinary Evidence

Christopher Hitchens asked for extraordinary evidence for the extraordinary claims of the Bible.  The philosopher Hume posed this question in his essay "On Miracles" in Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion.  Hitchens is very well read so I wouldn't be surprised if he drew this from Hume. The request actually has an equivocation and can be responded to in two ways.  I remembered Dr. Garry DeWeese of Talbot School of Theology answered this in a philosophy class I took from him, so I contacted him to refresh my memory.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | June 7, 2007

Sleight of Hand

The first question Hugh Hewitt asked Christopher Hitchens was how he derives moral values from a purely material world.  Hitchens did what atheists often do, he changed the question.  He described how he could and did behave morally; he didn't answer how moral value derives from a material world that has no resources to explain it.  It's a feature of the world that is so natural to us, it seems obvious it exists.  Hitchens draws from this extensively in his moral tirade ag

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | June 5, 2007

God Is Not Great?

Mark D. Roberts and Christopher Hitchens discuss the proposition of his book tomorrow (Tuesday) on Hugh Hewitt's radio show.  Pray for Mark...and Christopher (different prayers, obviously).

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | June 4, 2007

The Hitchens Who Believes

Christopher Hitchens' brother is one of those he calls evil in his new book God Is Not Great.  Peter Hitchens is apparently his brother's mirror image in many ways, which is apparent in his review of the book.  Though I have some disagreements about some theological issues with him, he points to the critical weaknesses of Hitchens' atheism.

Blog Post | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | June 3, 2007