Methodist Preachers Defy Church Authorities

Today I saw a newspaper account of several Methodist preachers who are thumbing their noses at the official position of their church.   They are not allowed to conduct marriages for gay couples.  Many are doing it anyway.  Many others have pledged to do it if asked. There are consequences for these pastors.   Some have stood…
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A Call For Intellectual Arguments By Apologists

A Priest, Robert Barron, wrote a column about how aggressive nonbelievers have become in books, comments and arguments.  He notes, correctly, they seem not content to remain silent as in past times. He warns Christians they are in for a battle and should arm themselves.  They, especially, should develop intellectual arguments to counter those offered by nonbelievers. He offers an “intellectual” argument:   Christians…
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The “Anti-Gay Lifestyle” Is Harmful

No doubt, you have heard the term, “gay lifestyle”.  What, exactly, is the “gay lifestyle”?  The gay people I know, including those who comment here, live their lives the same way straight people do.   I know why the term is used, however.  It is to promote the notion  gays are permiscuous, lead unhealthy lives and are the…
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Misery And Hope

“Alas: the truth is that we suffer, and carry the burden of existence, and there is no remedy other than illusion.”  * Perhaps since the beginning of time, human life has been accompanied by suffering.  There has been physical aches and pains, facing one’s own death and dealing with the deaths of loved ones.  Great…
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Objectivity And The History Of Biblical Times

WISDOM Chapter 6:6 Emotion is bad if it hinders the mind from thinking.  An emotion that opens the mind to contemplate several aspects of things at once is better than one that fixes thought to an obsession.   * Part of the Bible is about various tribes being forced out of one place and moved to another. …
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