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There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

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Bill Maher and his gift to believers

He’s crass, but funny.  Admittedly despises children, but probably could still make them laugh. His brief interlude off the air after his….inadvisable comments on his erstwhile talk show on HBO notwithstanding, he’s back true to form: teaming up with the director of Borat, he’s taking his comedic pot-shots at religious faith.

Paste Magazine :: News :: Bill Maher and Ben Stein facing off with religious docs

Tim Keller’s recent book, The Reason for God, instructs believers to do the counter-intuitive thing of musing on the reasonable doubts people have about the Gospel. Only by grasping their substance enough to be able to articulate them can believers show pre-believers the respect they deserve in voicing their doubts.

So Maher’s mock-umentary (think This is Spinal Tap with an edge and an agenda) gives us an opportunity, not so much to plumb the depths of deeply reasoned arguments, but to get a quick summary of where most Americans come down on their problems with religious faith.  Read the rest of this entry »

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a class worth your time and money


Philosophy has for too long been chided as a field for the high-minded, a vocation for those who have nothing better to do than overthink things. And yet, you are the beneficiaries (or the unwitting victims) of philosophical systems whose basic contours are accessible to anyone. Cynthia Nielsen, one of PCPC’s own, is offering a class on philosophy for all interested parties. It’d do you well to have a look.

She and her husband, Will, are a dynamic duo of both light and heat (truth and zeal). Despite the overuse of the phrase, they are what you call the salt of the earth. Abundant insight and abundant love.