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Solitude and Silence as Spiritual Disciplines (Part I)

Throughout his writings and lectures, Dallas Willard has warned that the hardest thing to get North American people to do is nothing. The regular practice of doing nothing is crucial for spiritual growth. It keeps us from having an inflated view of our importance, it

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Atheism and the Empty Glass

Recently I engaged in a public debate with UCLA neuro-scientist Jeffrey Schwartz. The topic was the mind/brain debate and the evening turned out to be a more of a love fest than an antagonistic battle because Schwartz—one of the world’s very top brain scientists—and I

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Kingdom Triangle Pre-Release Event

Scriptorium Daily readers in Southern California, take note: I will be speaking at Biola University on Tuesday May 29 on the subject of my new book, Kingdom Triangle. This is a special pre-release event from 7:30 to 9:30pm, and the book will be available at

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No-Fault Sex in a Paris Hilton Culture

Attractive teachers having sex with students. Pedophiles getting light sentences from liberal judges. Sexual predators caught on Prime Time television. Gay couples exchanging vows in San Francisco. “Virginity” is a dirty word. Internet pornography is an epidemic. What in the world is going on here?

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Two Empty Slogans for Kool-Aid Drinkers

A slogan can be helpful if it accurately summarizes a product or a campaign. But a slogan can also be harmful if it diverts attention away from the real issue or if it is a conversation stopper that falsely appears to resolve an issue. In

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Is the Desire to Avoid Hell Egotistical? (Part II)

Last week, JP Moreland began his discussion on whether or not the desire to avoid hell was egotistical. The following is the second part of his two part discussion. The second part begins with a summarization of the first part: In sum, it could be

Essay / Education

Understanding and Engagement

How does a parent know that their children are being educated? To say that someone is educated necessarily entails assessment but, often in today’s academic institutions much of what turns out to be an attempt at education and assessment turns out to be a mindless

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Is the Desire to Avoid Hell Egotistical? (Part I)

Recently the topic of Hell has been in the news. In case you were entirely unaware, yes, Hell is in fact a real place (as Pope Benedict reminded us just last week). Hell, being an altogether unpleasant place, is not a destination where many desire

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Kiss and Tell

Kissing is an interesting thing. When we are young we kiss our parents, our siblings, and sometimes (often under duress) our extended family. When elementary school children discuss kissing technical language is often brought into play. A word like “cooties” (which is defined by the

Essay / Philosophy

Education and the Problem of Our Times

What is love? What is true education? One of the great masters of both, Socrates, gave us a lesson in the dialogue Symposium that is powerful. Socrates ends his discussion of Love on a high note. He says of Diotima’s speech, “This . . .

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Keeping Athens at Bay : Historical Case Study

How should a Christian relate to philosophy? Earlier, I tried to show that Christianity must account for philosophy, Athens. On the other hand, it cannot redue divine revelation to human intellectual activity. There is nothing new in this idea. It was the path the church

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We Must Act Part II

Athens and Jerusalem Break ApartFor centuries, these two cities, Athens and Jerusalem, provided the boundaries for intellectual and cultural growth. They formed one new kingdom. Tensions between the rationalism of Athens and the faith of Jerusalem always existed, but each recognized the contributions made by