A Conundrum

Let's pretend that there is an ideology that, if practiced according to its fundamental document, would encourage pedophilia, abuse of women, killing homosexuals, and murder of those who disagree with said ideology. Let's pretend that for 1500 years, those who follow their fundamental document have engaged in violent conquest leaving behind a trail of corpses … Continue reading A Conundrum

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The Bias of Unbiased Science

It's fun to think of the scientist as a person seeking empirical knowledge without bias.   The belief that science is the superior, or even only, means to gain knowledge IS biased; and flawed. How many of sciences findings have been replaced with updated research? The Earth was flat until it wasn't. The sun revolved … Continue reading The Bias of Unbiased Science

Karl Marx and the Forbidden Fruit

I am about to take a trip down a theoretical rabbit hole. Would you care to join me? Karl Marx is one of the most quoted, inspiring, and powerful men that you probably know very little about. He is blamed for the current progressive movement, some very politically minded films, leftist politics, failed Communist empires, … Continue reading Karl Marx and the Forbidden Fruit

Knowledge or Wisdom?

We are the most technologically advanced civilization in history, but all this knowledge has not improved our lives in any meaningful way. Sure, we have more luxury and leisure, but we are no happier than our ignorant ancestors who simply sought after things like the meaning of life or what our purpose on the planet … Continue reading Knowledge or Wisdom?

Double Inspiration and the Debate Over the Best Bible Version

One of my biggest Christian inspirations is Dr. Peter Ruckman. Unfortunately, Dr. Ruckman—a divisive figure if ever there was one in the Independent Fundamental Baptist church—passed away on April 21st. Instead of remembering the lyrics to Purple Rain, like everyone else on social media, I reminisced about one of the greatest evangelists of the last … Continue reading Double Inspiration and the Debate Over the Best Bible Version

The Illegitimacy of the Legalism Label

“Legalism” has become a buzz word in the Independent Fundamental Baptist (IFB) movement lately. To paraphrase Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride, we keep using that word, but I don’t think it means what we think it means. Let us start with the etymology. “Legal” refers to law; specifically, written law. “Ism” is an adherence … Continue reading The Illegitimacy of the Legalism Label

The Cure for Legitimation Crisis

We are staring into the eyes of what Jurgen Habermas called a “legitimation crisis.” There is a fundamental mistrust of our government, churches, media, education, legal system, and other administrative agencies that are supposed to be in place to protect us from tyranny. Regardless of our political or religious affiliations, we feel let down. This … Continue reading The Cure for Legitimation Crisis