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Links Mentioned on the 10/22/13 Show

The following are links that were either mentioned on this week's show or inspired by it, as posted live on the @STRtweets Twitter feed:

Blog Post | Apologetics | STR | October 22, 2013

No Good People

American physicist and Nobel winner Steven Weinberg has famously said, "Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | October 18, 2013

A Review of O'Reilly's Killing Jesus

Killing Jesus: A History by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard has both positive and negative aspects. In the end, I do recommend reading it. But don’t give it to non-Christians expecting it to be a dramatic replacement for reading the Gospels themselves. The authors tell an engaging history of Jesus’ life, but they falter seriously on some important parts of that history, which displays their bias.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | October 15, 2013

Are You Good Enough?

I think one of the biggest obstacles to people grasping the meaning of the Gospel is that they misunderstand the message. For various reasons, people think what we're offering them is a way to be good enough to go to Heaven. It's the message of every other religion – a system to follow to be moral enough or appease God. It's what has been preached in a lot of purportedly Christian churches.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | October 8, 2013

Appealing Packages

I've seen it time and time again. People are less likely to notice bad reasoning when it's presented in an appealing package. Our thinking, no matter how clear, is liable to be swayed by whether or not we like the messenger.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | October 4, 2013

Links Mentioned on the 10/01/13 Show

The following are links that were either mentioned on this week's show or inspired by it, as posted live on the @STRtweets Twitter feed:

Blog Post | Apologetics | STR | October 1, 2013

Natural Selection and Mutation

Someone brought this video to our attention and asked what our response is. It's a nicely made video, but the argument is so flawed the response seems simplistic. 

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | October 1, 2013

Hell and the Gospel

I watched an interview recently that Larry King did with Martin Short several months ago. Larry King has been interested in what happens after we die for a long time because, as he freely admits, he's afraid of what comes after. I've noticed that he asks his guests about this often when they've dealt with death in their lives. 

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | September 26, 2013

Worldviews and Public Policy

Nancy Pearcey has a really great article explaining a strategy for more effective conversations and public dialogue over controversial issues. In this case, she writes about sexual identity and transgender politics.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | September 25, 2013

The Second Story

As I listen to many of the subjects in debate today in our culture - the dialog between secularists and Christians - there's a fundamental difference in perspectives that I think we need to be aware of if we're going to try to be persuasive. Faith and religion have been relegated to the realm of wishful thinking and personal preference. For many we're talking with and in the public discourse, it has nothing to do with reality. Religion is a personal taste, like ice cream, so it's bizarre to them that we're trying to get them to like the same flavor we like.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | September 18, 2013