by John Ellis During an apologetic session for high schoolers, a student once asked me, “Why did God create Adam and Eve when He knew that they would sin?” Several of his classmates eagerly chimed in. Almost all their answers were along the lines of the Arminian belief that true love is only possible if … Continue reading Christian Apologetics: The Value of Saying 'I Don't Know'
“If we humans are simply biological bundles of phenomenally experienced pain and pleasure that constitute happiness and unhappiness, why be obliged to maximize general happiness?” Christian Smith by John Ellis Herbert Spencer’s famed Darwinian maxim “survival of the fittest” has proven quite problematic for secularists/materialists, not to mention problematic for the general well-being of civilization. … Continue reading 'The Walking Dead' and Christianity: Morality Did Not Evolve
by John Ellis This may be more honest than a writer should be, but I’m not sure why the average reader who doesn't know me should read this post. I don’t really have a thesis or any direct points of application (except, maybe, don’t be an idiot). In fact, after I first sat down to … Continue reading Entering the Pigsty
by John Ellis Many Christians appear to hold the mistaken belief that atheism is a cheap cop-out. Atheists are often viewed as cowards who don’t really believe what they say they believe; it’s merely a position that’s adopted for the sake of being allowed to live a life freed from any moral authority, it’s assumed. … Continue reading How to Convince an Atheist that God Exists
by John Ellis With the advances in ultrasound technology, especially the development of 3D ultrasound, pro-abortion advocates have changed tactics. It’s become next to impossible to convince people that a fetus isn’t a human life. For many who are pro-abortion, the argument now centers on personhood. Building on Judith Jarvis Thomson’s landmark paper “A Defense … Continue reading The Personhood Argument for Abortion
by John Ellis As someone who is divorced, remarried, and who has served as a pastor, this question is not abstract for me. Years ago when I was first approached about the possibility of serving as a pastor, I initially balked because of my divorce and remarriage. In fact, I resisted becoming a pastor for … Continue reading Does Divorce and Remarriage Disqualify a Man From Being a Pastor?
by John Ellis In a recent episode of his “Ask Me Anything” podcast, pastor and current SBC president J.D. Greear provided extra fuel to the conservative evangelical discernment blogosphere’s rage by admitting that he would likely use the preferred pronoun of any transgender person that visited his church. Never minding that Greear clearly and unequivocally … Continue reading What Pronouns Should Christians Use When Speaking to a Transgender Person?