The Christian Atheist
11 Memorial Day Musings

11 Memorial Day Musings

May 31, 2021

Memorial Day, 2021. In this period of great socio-political division, we remember those who "gave their lives that this nation might live."

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12 FDR’s D-Day Prayer

12 FDR’s D-Day Prayer

June 6, 2021

June 6th, 1944. The allied Invasion of Normandy in WWII is a major watershed in history. We commemorate that day with a reading of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's D-Day prayer for the troops and the nation.

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13 The Cruelty of God

13 The Cruelty of God

June 17, 2021

This episode represents my first attempt on YouTube to express my joy in returning to the Savior while doing justice to my journey, God's story in my life. It was from this seed that The Christian Atheist was born. I hope it retains some value.

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14 Uriah, Job and Frodo

14 Uriah, Job and Frodo

June 21, 2021

Uriah, Job ... and Frodo. Part of being human is passing moral judgments. There are proper and improper ways of doing this. We look at the story of David and Uriah, and of Job. These stories tempt us to judge God, which requires us to take HIS position, His moral authority, His righteousness. We do this same thing in judgment of our fellow human beings. In doing so, we set ourselves up in our arrogance AS GOD, the very position of Satan himself, the pathology of Cain. This arrogation of God's position becomes a central theme for us moving forward with the Christian Atheist. We exemplify it Tolkien's LORD OF THE RINGS in the character of Frodo as he interacts with Gandalf.

15 Old Testament Ugliness

15 Old Testament Ugliness

June 28, 2021

The Old Testament is a complex narrative, to be treated carefully, but it is rich beyond our imaginations in insight, wisdom and information. It is also full of potential "stumbling blocks" to faith, especially for the modern seeker. In this edition of the Christian Atheist we explore what is, for me at least, one of the most troublesome aspect of Western theism, the Hebrew sacrificial system. Can I believe in a God who instituted such a brutal, archaic and arcane system of worship? The atheist in me says "no." How can the Christian respond?

16 Old Testament Superstition

16 Old Testament Superstition

July 5, 2021

Responding intelligently to the critic means paying attention to real problems, not sweeping them under the rug. In this edition, the first of two, we examine the critical comments of Max Doubt concerning the superstition that he claims infests the whole Bible.

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17 Problems with Old Testament History

17 Problems with Old Testament History

July 12, 2021

Are there errors in the history of the OT account? We examine how to address the critic on these issues in this second edition of "answering the critic."

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18 Ethics (Part 1): On Rationality

18 Ethics (Part 1): On Rationality

July 19, 2021

We begin a series of episodes on ethics to discover what it might teach us about human beings, God, and our possible relationship. We begin by looking at human rationality, which separates us from the animal kingdom. What does it mean to be rational?

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19 Ethics (Part 2): On Value

19 Ethics (Part 2): On Value

July 26, 2021

Building on the picture of human rationality we presented in episode 18, we focus our attention on human rationality and Value, which is central to ethics. We argue that value is the very substance (not matter) of our experience of the world, that even perception is inextricably bound to value. As a consequence, we find that value exists in the same sort of paradoxical reality as the Incarnation itself - both natural and supernatural, human and divine. While we are responsible for recognizing and ordering our values into a hierarchy, we are also constrained by the reality of value itself. We are, that is, both free and determined.

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20 Ethics (Part 3): The Origin of the Ought

20 Ethics (Part 3): The Origin of the Ought

August 2, 2021

Ethics addresses the question, how should I act? We begin by clarifying what it means to act in opposition to the deterministic notion of react. We discover that action is built on rationality, and involved the uniquely human faculty of imagination, the ability to structure a negation, and thus have both a past and a future. In this way, being spread out over the three temporal dimensions we can be responsible agents, for IF we can choose how to act, THEN we are accountable for our actions - past, present, and future, and we ought to choose the right, as rational agents who rank-order value.

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