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Posted 7/31/12 at 5:33 PM | Robin Schumacher

Chik-fil-A and the New Standard of No Standards

Unless you’ve been living on another planet, you’ve likely seen that Chik-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s stand for traditional marriage has not gone over well with the homosexual activists, the secular media, or "progressive" politicians in America. His comments, which are based on the Biblical standard for marriage, have garnered the typical rhetoric of “hate speech”, “homophobe”, etc.

The antagonists of Cathy and the Bible say that such a position is discriminatory and argue that homosexual marriage is not inferior to heterosexual marital unions, but is every bit as “good and right” as traditional marriage.

Question: who says so? Who has the ability to make the call and validate that homosexual and traditional marriage are on the same playing field? Who says Cathy’s standard is not the correct one?

Please understand that I’m not being flippant, condescending, or argumentative when I ask “says who?” Instead, this is a critically honest and important question that this issue, and in fact all moral issues, need to have answered. FULL POST

Posted 7/28/12 at 2:48 PM | Robin Schumacher

Does Evil Equal Crazy?

It was around 3:00am when a car carrying the body of John Wayne Gacy rolled into the parking structure of an Illinois hospital. Gacy had been put to death by lethal injection in the early morning hours of May 10, 1994 for the rape and murder of 33 young men and boys, 29 of whom he buried in the crawl space beneath his own Chicago home between the years of 1972 and 1978.

Now, his lifeless body was being quietly delivered into the hands of Dr. Helen Morrison who was waiting at the hospital to perform a very unique autopsy. Dr. Morrison had previously interviewed Gacy, along with many other serial killers, in an attempt to isolate personality traits that were common among such ruthless murderers.

At the request of Gacy’s family, Dr. Morrison was going to remove the brain of the notorious serial killer in hopes of discovering some sort of physical abnormality that would provide answers for why Gacy destroyed so many lives.

Some of the same questions asked decades ago about Gacy are currently being asked of James Holmes, the 24-year old neuroscience Ph.D. student who is responsible for the Aurora theater shooting in Colorado. What would have caused Holmes to go on a rampage and murder so many innocent people? FULL POST

Posted 7/19/12 at 9:00 PM | Robin Schumacher

The Myth of Religion being the #1 Cause of War

Atheists (really hatetheists, not atheists) and secular humanists consistently make the claim that religion is the #1 cause of violence and war throughout the history of mankind. One of hatetheism's key cheerleaders, Sam Harris, says in his book The End of Faith that faith and religion are “the most prolific source of violence in our history.”[1] 

Now, let’s air the dirty laundry up front where this issue is concerned. There’s no denying that campaigns such as the Crusades and the Thirty Years’ War foundationally rested on religious ideology. Further, atrocities such as those being seen right now in Nigeria are certainly religiously motivated. Such things are unacceptable, horrible, and should have never occurred.

That said, it is simply incorrect to assert that religion has been the primary cause of war. Moreover, although there’s also no disagreement that radical Islam was the spirit behind 9/11, it is a fallacy to say that all faiths contribute equally where religiously-motivated violence and warfare are concerned. FULL POST

Posted 7/14/12 at 4:06 PM | Robin Schumacher

Does Romans 1 Condemn Homosexuality?

There are many in today’s culture that do not recognize the Bible as any kind of moral authority, especially on the matter of homosexuality. It should come as no surprise that atheists and skeptics hold this position; for example, the late Christopher Hitchens once remarked, “What do I care what some Bronze Age text says about homosexuality?”[1] As noted apologist William Lane Craig has observed, “One of the best ways to defend the legitimacy of the homosexual lifestyle is to become an atheist.”[2]

There are, however, a number of practicing homosexuals and activists who are not atheists and argue that the Bible legitimizes general homosexual behavior. Their core argument is that the Bible has been misunderstood and misinterpreted where homosexuality is concerned.

Let’s be honest: if they’re right, and God’s Word really does not condemn homosexual behavior, then a whole lot of angst and effort that’s occurring in churches and society could disappear in a flash. But the $64,000 question is, are they correct? FULL POST

Posted 7/8/12 at 11:46 AM | Robin Schumacher

The Best Argument Against Christianity

A short while back, I had lunch with a Christian friend of mine I hadn’t seen in a while. Roger owns the largest Microsoft consulting company in our area of the country, is a good businessman, and a solid believer.

We got to talking about work and he surprised me by saying “I really don’t like doing business with other Christians.” When I asked him why, he told me that once the other business finds out he’s a Christian, they take what he called “extensions of grace”. He explained that it could take the form of not paying on time, not delivering work when promised, or asking for fee or labor reductions without cause.

Rather troubling to hear, wouldn’t you say?

When atheists and skeptics try to refute Christianity, most times their primary argument will be one of ‘theodicy’; that is, how can an all-good and all-powerful God exist in world that is unmistakably filled with evil. However, the truth is, the Bible never denies the existence of evil and says that God actually uses it to accomplish His divine purpose. The writer of Proverbs says: “The Lord has made everything for its own purpose, even the wicked for the day of evil" (Proverbs 16:4). FULL POST

Posted 7/3/12 at 4:15 PM | Robin Schumacher

Beware the Clown in the Pulpit

The Danish Christian theologian and philosopher Søren Kierkegaard told the story of a festival big top that was filled with people prepared to see a circus. Unknown to the crowd, a fire broke out behind the scenes and began to spread quickly.

A clown was told to run out to the main arena and tell the audience about the fire and have everyone leave. The clown quickly raced out from backstage and began frantically telling the crowd about the fire. But instead of believing the clown, the people just began to laugh at him.

The more the clown screamed at them to leave before it was too late, the more the crowd laughed at him. In the end, most of the people died in the fire because they didn’t take the clown seriously.

But can you really blame them? Who takes a clown seriously?

At so many churches the teaching pastors work hard at making the congregation laugh in their messages. It's not all uncommon for humor to be injected throughout most sermons, with jokes, amusing videos, and more being used to keep attendees smiling and laughing.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I like to laugh as much as the next person and am not advocating a dry, wooden style of preaching. Humor injected at certain points in a Sunday message can serve the speaker’s purpose very well when intelligently used. FULL POST

Posted 6/28/12 at 12:20 AM | Robin Schumacher

The Tragedy of the Dumb Church

I have a friend who’s an experienced pastor, teacher, and Christian apologist. He’s very well educated, articulate, teaches in a way that hits the mark, and has a passion particularly for grounding young people in the faith during their high school and early college years.

Currently, he’s employed with Youth for Christ and a while back he felt a burden to try and help churches in our area do what he does best, which is equip youth to defend the Christian faith in the world and know what/why they believe. Because he’s developed a number of curriculums to use for such situations, he sent a letter to all the churches in our metropolitan area (which is quite a lot) explaining what he does, and offered to come to their church free of charge and conduct Christian apologetic training for their youth.

How many churches took him up on his offer?

Zero. None. Zilch.

Now, any Christian leader who doesn’t have their head in the sand knows how depressing the statistics are for young people who walk away from the faith in the late high school/early college years.[1] At times, I’ve had atheists toss such data in my face in an attempt to argue that people ‘smarten up’ when they get older, but that isn’t it at all. FULL POST

Posted 6/23/12 at 9:43 AM | Robin Schumacher

What Militant Atheism and Islam have in Common

At first blush, they couldn’t seem more different. Atheism denies the existence of any supernatural deity, whereas Islam (whose name means ‘submission’) is monotheistic in nature and asserts a supreme supernatural god named Allah. Atheism denies any life beyond this world, while Islam teaches that those Muslims whose good works exceed their bad will spend eternity with Allah after life on earth, with both Muslims who lack works and non-Muslims being punished after death.[1] And on it goes.

However, there is one thing that both the faith of atheism (yes, atheism is indeed a faith-based system) and Islam have in common: they aggressively do everything in their power to silence any voice that dares to challenge their ideology.

Now, to be fair, I must add a qualifier to both atheism and Islam in this regard. I have had dialogs with both atheists and Muslims who were very respectful, truly considered my arguments for Christianity, certainly respected my intelligence, and defended my right to voice an opinion that was contrary to their own. I have benefited greatly in discussions with such people, and appreciate their correcting me on inadequate arguments that I may have asked them to consider. FULL POST

Posted 6/14/12 at 4:55 PM | Robin Schumacher

Challenging Atheism’s Definition of Faith

I have what may seem like a startling confession to make as a Christian: I appreciate the writings and thoughts of Frederick Nietzsche.

For those unfamiliar with him, Nietzsche was an existentialist philosopher who was a vehement critic of religion in general and Christianity in particular. A reading of his work “The Antichrist”, which can be found online[1], will clearly demonstrate what I mean.

But I admire Nietzsche for one thing: being an honest atheist. So many atheists want to live with one foot in the Christian worldview and one foot out. Not Nietzsche. He took his medicine like a man and followed the atheistic worldview to its logical conclusions. Then he went crazy.

When it came to the subject of faith, Nietzsche wasn’t shy about what he thought:

"Whoever has theological blood in his veins is shifty and dishonourable in all things. The pathetic thing that grows out of this condition is called faith."[2] FULL POST

Posted 6/10/12 at 8:18 AM | Robin Schumacher

Profile of a Hatetheist

Over the past six or so years, I’ve engaged in many dialogs with individuals who claim that God does not exist. The typical label applied to such a person is atheist (“a” – no, “theist” – god, or belief in a god/deity). However, with all the conversations and interactions I’ve had, I see a distinct pattern emerging between an atheist and someone that instead I believe can be categorized as a hatetheist.

I have absolutely no problem conversing with atheists. I appreciate the objections and arguments they bring against the Christian faith, which may sound strange at first to hear. But I hold to the position to which one of my professors, Norman Geisler, adheres. He reads atheist works during his devotional period because he says atheists keep Christians honest where our apologetics are concerned, and they are helpful in showcasing what the philosophy of naturalism espouses and where it logically leads.

Although we disagree on theological matters, I’ve found atheists to be respectful, intelligent, and understanding in many of our discussions. They have thought through their positions, present them in a well-organized manner, and are happy to consider contrary positions and opposing arguments to their stance. FULL POST

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