Month: August 2013

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How the NSA Wiretapping Scandal Reveals God’s Immanence and Transcendence

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A while back, I was in an Eastern Orthodox church that had two large depictions of Jesus. The first was an enormous depiction on the ceiling, showing Christ in glory. The second was along the back wall, behind the altar: it was a depiction of the Virgin Mary with the Christ Child in her womb. […]

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The Unborn Child is a Child. Literally.

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When pro-lifers refer to the unborn child as a child, we get accused of playing games with language. The opposite is true, as Ramesh Ponnuru pointed out (fairly) recently. Originally the word “child” referred only to unborn children. From the Online Etymology Dictionary: child (n.)  Old English cild “fetus, infant, unborn or newly born person,” from Proto-Germanic *kiltham (cf. […]

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How Train Cars and Set Theory Prove the Existence of God

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Perhaps the strongest argument against atheism is the argument from contingency. In its barest form, it goes something like this: A. All of reality, without exception, breaks down into one of two possible categories: (1) that which is contingent, and (2) that which is non-contingent. Let me explain what I mean by both the terms, […]

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Waiting on the Lord: A Lesson from the Book of Judith

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The Book of Judith is read altogether too rarely. Protestants don’t have it in their Bibles, and many Catholics do, but wouldn’t know it. But it illustrates, quite vividly, the importance of holding fast to God. This depiction comes from the seventh and eighth chapter of Judith, during the course of Holofernes’ campaign against the […]

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