Recent Reads

I found Albert Mohler making a good point here: “News of the “house of horrors” in Pennsylvania brings prompt moral outrage, and understandably so. But is the abortion clinic on the corner, established for the purpose of killing unborn children, any less a house of horrors. The couple in Australia openly admitted aborting their twin boys because they want a daughter. Millions around the world seem outraged by their decision, but having accepted the basic logic of abortion, they are hard-pressed to define when any abortion demanded by a woman might be unjustified and thus illegal.”

Speaking of Albert Mohler, he made waves a while back by saying that only young earth creationism is the only valid option for Christians.  The interesting thing is that Mohler admitted that the evidence seems to point to evolution.  I have read other young-earth creationists say the same thing: the scientific evidence points in favor of evolution but Christians should reject it because a “literal” understanding of Genesis 1 trumps the scientific evidence.  Mohler’s speech has garnered tons of responses, many of which are nicely summarized here.  The biggest problem with Mohler’s argument (line in the sand) is that, at least as I understand it, he says Christians should reject a “uniformitarian” understanding of nature which means we should not assume that natural laws have always worked the way they do today.  But to assume this is to bring into question how we can really know anything:

If Mohler’s view of history is correct, then all of his assumptions about scripture are up for grabs.  Absent a “uniformitarian” view of history, there is no way to be sure that what we now think of as “scripture” wasn’t poofed into existence with the “appearance of age” only moments ago.  There is no way to know with any certainty what the “plain meaning” of these documents might be or whether there is any “language” with meaning at all.  Indeed, there is no way to know whether Jesus really lived and truly rose again.

This is an issue that is not going away.  Rachel Held Evans has written a story on her intellectual journey and she weighs more on the issue here with, what I think, is an important message.

Moving on, here is a post listing some of the most prevalent “counterfeit gospels“.

I love this: the Internet Monk blog always reminds me of the beauty of grace!

I also like to read dead people.  Speaking of dead people, if you read the King James Version, this is an interesting post listing words that mean a different thing now then they did when that translation was made.

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