The Question of Other Beliefs

and the Christian Response: Historical and Theological Analysis

Public Survey/Display

What Can We Do About Evil? (and instructions and conversation tree)

What Story Do You Live In? (and associated message)

Race - What's the Problem? (and instructions)

Is Religion Just a Cultural Thing? (and instructions)

How Much of an Atheist Are You? (and instructions)

Your Body: Does it Have a Purpose? (and instructions) 

Does the Good Outweigh the Bad? (and instructions)

Find Your Heart's Desire? (and instructions and theology of desire)

Is a Good Friend Hard to Find? (instructions and conversation tree)

Who Do You Think Wrote This? (and instructions)

  

High Level Comparative Overview

How Does the Christian Faith Compare with Other Belief Systems? 6 Simple Questions

The Desire for a Happy Ending: Interpreting the Movies, Songs, and Stories Around Us

The Conflict of Stories: Christian, Western, Muslim, Secular, Individual

The Conflict of Stories (chart)

Desires, Beliefs, and How We Know Truth

Human Dignity: Does Every Individual Matter?

Evil and the Christian God

Evil and the Christian God and Theology of Atonement

For more information, please see:

* The Question of Proof and the Christian Response: Four Types of Knowledge

* The Question of the Goodness of God and the Christian Response: The Trinity

* The Question of Evil and the Christian Response: Jesus' New Humanity

* The Question of Scripture and the Christian Response: Historical and Literary Analysis

For helpful books and articles, please see:

* Rodney Stark, Discovering God: The Origins of the Great Religions and the Evolution of Belief

* Trevin Wax's summary of Rodney Stark, The Rise of Christianity: How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became a Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries

* Topography of Faith in the U.S. (Pew Forum and USA Today, 2007)

* John Polkinghorne interview (note 26:20min mark about theology and other belief systems)

* The Crooked Mouth, A Brief Guide to Donuts (blog, Feb 9, 2012)

* Louise Ridley, Does Religion Really Cause War - And Do Atheists Have Something to Answer For? (Huffington Post, Nov 18, 2014)

* Roger Olsen, A Blast from the Theological Past That’s Still Relevant: Augustus Hopkins Strong’s “Ethical Monism” (“There is but one substance—God.”) (Patheos, Feb 9, 2015)

* Roger Olsen, An Example of Unwarranted Theological Speculation: Divine Timelessness (Patheos, Feb 19, 2015)

* Chris Mooney, The Surprising Links Between Faith and Evolution and Climate Denial - Charted (NY Times, May 20, 2015) interesting as I think the principle of meritocratic-retributive justice standing behind penal substitution is also an influence

* Joseph Tkach, Beware Historical Revisionism (GCI, Mar 2, 2016)

 

Christianity and Hinduism and Buddhism

Stories and Spirituality: How the God Engages Human Evil (chart)

Stories and Social Consequences: Comparison Between Hinduism, Christianity, and Atheism (chart)

Is There Meaning in Suffering? A Comparison of Karmic, Christian, and Atheist Views

For more information, please see:

* Wikipedia, The Problem of Evil in Hinduism (wikipedia)

* Sexwork Cyber Center, The Influence on Thai Buddhism on Prostitution (Sexwork Cyber Center, 1999)

* Vinod Shah, What Motivated the Early Christian Health Missions? Anatomy of Transformation in India (presentation, May 29, 2005)

* Christopher Hitchens, The Real Mahatma Gandhi (The Atlantic, Jul/Aug 2011)

* David B. Marshall, Hindu Texts on Women: The Rig Veda (Christ the Tao blog, Nov 23, 2013)

* Bono, The Difference Between Grace and Karma (blog, Jan 26, 2014)

* John Polkinghorne interview (note 28:20min mark about comparative belief systems)

* Deacon Giorgi Maximov, St. Nicholas of Japan on Buddhism (Pravoslavie, Aug 15, 2014)

* Meg Wagner, Caitlin Nolan, Nicole Lyn Pesce, Microsoft CEO apologizes after telling women not to ask for raises, trust 'good karma' will lead to better pay (Daily News, Oct 10, 2014)

* Wisdom Pills, The Man Who Spit in Buddha's Face (blog, Oct 19, 2014)

* Virginia Heffernan, The Muddied Meaning of ‘Mindfulness’ (NY Times Magazine, Apr 14, 2015)

* Paul Chiariello, Why the Buddha is a Better Modern Role Model Than Jesus (Applied Sentience, Apr 17, 2015)

* Diane Cole, You'll Never Guess The Most Charitable Nation In The World (NPR, Nov 28, 2015)

* Susmita Barua, A Buddhist and Interfaith Response to Debt Capitalism (Tikkun, Winter 2015)

* Giles Fraser, What Star Wars: The Force Awakens Can Teach Us About Modern Evil (Guardian, Jan 5, 2016)

* Helen Hardacre, Political Realignment Among Japan’s Religions (Foreign Affairs, May 15, 2017)

 

Christianity and Judaism

The Trinity: Can Other Gods Be Personally Known?

Jewish and Christian Views of the Messiah

Stories and Spirituality: How the God Engages Human Evil (chart)

Why Did God Choose a "Chosen People"?  Why Not Just Skip Right to Jesus? (one document)

* Reason #1: To Be a Microcosm of All Humanity, Not a Race or Ethnicity

* Reason #2: To Live by God's Word and Hope for a Happy Ending

* Reason #3: To Diagnose the Evil Internal to Human Nature

* Reason #4: To Suffer on Behalf of the World

* Reason #5: To Document the Diagnosis

* Reason #6: To Anticipate God's Dwelling Within People

* Reason #7: To Oppose Pagan Temple Systems and Glimpse the Trinity

* Reason #8: To Anticipate the Messiah and His Mission

The Resurrection of Jesus:  Did the Four Gospels Record the Truth?

The Resurrection of Jesus:  Did the Hebrew Scriptures Foresee a Risen Messiah?

The Resurrection of Jesus:  Was it a Jewish Invention?

For more information, please see:

* Wikipedia, Jewish Messiah Claimants (Wikipedia article)

* Nehemiah Gordon, The Hebrew Y'shua vs. the Greek Jesus (youtube video, Apr 24, 2011)

* Michael Heiser, The Two Powers of the Godhead in Jewish Thought (youtube video, May 4, 2013)

* Rabbi Itzhak Shapira, The Return of the Kosher Pig: The Divine Messiah in Jewish Thought (Amazon book, Jul 1, 2013)

* N.T. Wright, Israel in Pauline Theology (video, Mar 20, 2014)

* Brian Mattson, Sympathy for the Devil (Mar 31, 2014) suggesting the Jewish Gnostic Kabbalah informs Darren Aronofski's film Noah

* John Polkinghorne interview (note 28:20min mark about comparative belief systems)

* Kurt Streeter, At 93, Rabbi Leonard Beerman still stirs passions with pacifist views (Los Angeles Times, Nov 26, 2014)

* Sam Shamoun, Examining Psalm 110:1: A Look at Its Implications on God Being a Multi-Personal Being and Upon the Deity of Christ (Answering Islam website)

* Michael Heiser, The Jewish Trinity: How the Old Testament Reveals the Christian Godhead (youtube video, Feb 13, 2015)

* David Gelernter, Why Should a Jew Care Whether Christianity Lives or Dies? (First Things, Mar 24, 2015)

* Rabbi Evan Moffic, Where Was God in Nepal? (Huffington Post, Apr 27, 2015)

* Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Legalizing Gay Marriage in the Supreme Court (youtube video, Jul 2, 2015) argues for civil unions for all, marriage for none

* Coalition On the Environment and Jewish Life (website)

* Sean Braswell, How One Jewish Leader Escaped Mass Suicide (Ozy, Nov 8, 2015)

* Vatican Radio, Orthodox Rabbis Issue Groundbreaking Statement on Christianity (Vatican Radio, Dec 10, 2015)

* David P. Goldman, Michael Wyschogrod, Dead of Orthodox Jewish Theologians, Dies at 87 (Tablet magazine, Dec 18, 2015)

 

Christianity and Islam

An Introduction to the Trinity vs. the Singularity:  Models of God and Why they Matter

The Trinity: Can Other Gods Be Personally Known?

Stories and Social Consequences: Comparison Between Jesus and Mohammed (chart)

Stories and Social Consequences: Islamic Political and Military History 

Slavery in Christianity, Part 1:  Slavery in the Bible, Slavery Today (and ppt)

Slavery in Christianity, Part 2:  Abolitionism from the First to Fifteenth Century

Slavery in Islam: From the Seventh to Twenty First Century

For more information, please see:

* Wikipedia, Women in Islam (Wikipedia article)

* Wikipedia, Islamic Sexual Jurisprudence (Wikipedia article)

* Wikipedia, Arab Slave Trade (Wikipedia article)

* Wikipedia, Islamic Views on Slavery (Wikipedia article)

* Wikipedia, Taqiyah (Wikipedia article) about the principle of lying to disguise your religion or intentions; see also Deception, Lying, and Taqiyya (Religion of Peace website)

* Wikipedia, Treaty of Hudaybiyyah (Wikipedia article) a precedent from Muhammed about breaking peace treaties to Muslim advantage, see Myths of Muhammed (Religion of Peace website)

* Jaroslav Pelikan, The Spirit of Eastern Christendom (600 – 1700 AD), ch.5, ‘The Vindication of Trinitarian Monotheism’

* Sandra Toenies Keating, Defending the People of Truth in the Early Islamic Period: The Christian Apologies of Abu Ra'itah (2006)

* David Thomas, Christian Doctrines in Islamic Theology (2008)

* David Thomas, et.al, editors, History of Christian-Muslim Relations

* Abu Daoud, Islam and Christianity (blog, Oct 26, 2006)

* Richard Shumack, The Mystery of Suffering: Christianity and Islam on Suffering (Centre for Public Christianity, Aug 28, 2010)

* Bill Warner, Why We Are Afraid, a 1500 Year Old Secret (Political Islam, Aug 31, 2012)

* Zosimas, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Assassination Plot in Historical Context (Facing Islam blog, May 13, 2013) Eastern Orthodoxy under Islam

* Fahad Qureshi, It's Not the "Radical Islam" - It's Islam (Islam Net Video, May 19, 2013)

* Mike Dash, Islam's Medieval Underworld (Smithsonian, Jul 22, 2013)

* ReformedMediaDotNet, US Imam Preaching Murder of Jews and Christians is Okay During Jihad (youtube video, Oct 30, 2013)

* Nabeel Qureshi, How Can God be Infinite and Finite in Jesus?; Did Jesus Really Claim to Be God? (youtube video, Nov 6, 2013)

* David B. Marshall, Mohammed Enslaved Women, Then John of Damascus Weighs In (Christ the Tao blog, Nov 18, 2013)

* Raymond Ibrahim, How the Muslim World Came Into Being (American Thinker, Jan 9, 2014)

* Giorgio Bernardelli, The Muslim Who Gave Up His Life for Mosul's Christians (Vatican Insider, Jul 21, 2014)

* Karima Bennoune, When People of Muslim Heritage Challenge Fundamentalism (TED Talk, Mar 2014)

* CNS News, News Journalist on Radical Islam (youtube, Jun 21, 2014)

* Mario Joseph, Muslim Imam Conversion to Jesus (Changing Tracks video, Aug 17, 2014)

* Alastair Crooke, You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia (Huffington Post, Aug 27, 2014)

* Tidiane N'Diaye, The Hidden History of Black Castration (The Real Hidden Colors of Slavery, Aug 28, 2014) re: the Arab Islamic slave trade of Africans

* Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah, Crucifixion of Christ (Seekers Hub Global, Sep 2014)

* Carl Medearis, A Thoughtful Christian Response to ISIS (blog, Sep 10, 2014)

* Open Letter to Dr. Ibrahim Awwad Al-Badri (Sep 19, 2014)

* Akbar Shahid Ahmed, This Cleric Thinks ISIS Can Be Defeated with More Religion (Huffington Post, Sep 26, 2014)

* Zouhair Mazouz, #NotInMyName...Or Maybe a Little (Free Arabs, Oct 10, 2014)

* Economist, Slavery in Islam: To Have and to Hold (Economist, Oct 18, 2014)

* Rafia Zakaria, Polygamy and Child Wives: Women's Rights Are Going in the Wrong Direction in Pakistan (New Republic, Oct 24, 2014)

* John Henrick Clarke, Arab Destruction of Africans (African Hall of Knowledge, Oct 30, 2014)

* M. Steven Fish, Why is Terror Islamist? (Washington Post, Jan 27, 2015)

* Sam Shamoun, I Am What I Am: Responses to Bismikaallahuma (Answering Islam website)

* Sam Shamoun, Examining Psalm 110:1: A Look at Its Implications on God Being a Multi-Personal Being and Upon the Deity of Christ (Answering Islam website)

* Nick Cohen, Sweden's Feminist Prime Minister Has Dared to Tell the Truth About Saudi Arabia (Spectator UK, Mar 28, 2015)

* Azeem Ibrahim, ISIS Declares War on Mohammad's Covenant (Huffington Post, Mar 30, 2015)

* Daniel Burke, World's Fastest Growing Religion Is... (CNN, Apr 3, 2015)

* Jerusalem Post Staff, Islamic Scholar: Wife Cannot Deny Husband Sex Even While Riding a Camel (Jerusalem Post, Apr 28, 2015)

* William Saletan, Preaching to the Choir: ISIS’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Sounds Like a Republican Candidate for President (Slate, May 15, 2015)

* Bina Shah, No, Islam Is Not Inherently Misogynistic.  Here's Why.  (Huffington Post, Jul 23, 2015)

* John Alembillah Azumah, Ghanaian Author Speaks On How The Arab Slave Trade Has Been Ignored And Romanticized (The Real Hidden Colors of Slavery, Jul 30, 2015)

* Rukmini Callimachi, ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape (NY Times, Aug 13, 2015)

* Jacques Ellul, Islam and Judeo-Christianity (Wipf and Stock, Aug 13, 2015)

* Keeping It Real, Saudi Arabs Are Still Selling Castrated Black Slaves Today (The Real Hidden Colors of Slavery, Aug 16, 2015)

* Robert R. Reilly, Exterminating Christians in the Middle East (Wall Street Journal, Aug 20, 2015)

* Kimberley Richards, Malcolm X Suggests Cure to Racism In Newly-Discovered Handwritten Letter (Huffington Post, Oct 20, 2015) his vision for Islam

* Manal Omar, Islam is a Religion of Peace (Foreign Policy, Nov 9, 2015) comments on the very broad legal pluralism (and confusion?) in Islam

* Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Islam is a Religion of Violence (Foreign Policy, Nov 9, 2015)

* Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Saudi Wahhabis Are the Real Foe (Politico EU, Nov 16, 2015)

* Kamel Daoud, Saudi Arabia, and ISIS That Has Made It (NY Times, Nov 20, 2015)

* David Batty, Saudi Court Sentences Poet to Death for Renouncing Islam (Guardian, Nov 20, 2015)

* Joe Cochrane, From Indonesia, a Muslim Challenge to the Ideology of the Islamic State (NY Times, Nov 26, 2015)

* Adam Taylor, Saudi Arabian Executioners Are Having an Unusually Prolific Year (Washington Post, Nov 28, 2015)

* Jonah Goldberg, Planned Parenthood and Those Villainous Christians (USA Today, Dec 1, 2015)

* Nabeel Qureshi, Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God? (RZIM, Dec 22, 2015)

* Melissa Eddy, Reports of Attacks on Women in Germany Heighten Tension Over Migrants (NY Times, Jan 5, 2016)

* Mick Jada, Pakistani Ex-Muslim Expose False Prophet (youtube video, Feb 27, 2016)

* Christianity Today, Mayasia Rules Muslim Man Can Convert to Christianity (Christianity Today, Mar 30, 2016)

* Robert Barsocchini, Father of Western Economics Took ‘Most of his Best Ideas’ from Sharia Law (Washingtons blog, May 24, 2016)

* NY Times Editorial Board, The World Reaps What the Saudis Sow (NY Times, May 27, 2016)

* Charlie Rose, Bill Maher Battles Charlie Rose For Comparing Islam To Christianity (Media Research Center, Jun 16, 2016)

* Nabeel Qureshi, Why I Stopped Believing Islam is a Religion of Peace (Premier on Demand, Jun 27, 2016)

* Ben Hubbard, A Saudi Morals Enforcer Called for a More Liberal Islam. Then the Death Threats Began. (NY Times, Jul 10, 2016)

* Converted2Islam, Mohammed and Blonde Women (youtube, Jul 25, 2016)

* Mohammad Javad Zarif, Let Us Rid the World of Wahhabism (NY Times, Sep 13, 2016)

* Nicholas Pelham, The People Who Helped Shape Islamic Civilization (Economist 1843 Magazine, Dec 5, 2016) a review of Chase Robinson, Islamic Civilization in Thirty Lives: The First 1,000 Years (Amazon book, Nov 14, 2016)

* Shireen Qudosi, Linda Sarsour’s Muslim Identity Politics Epitomize Feminism’s Hypocrisy (The Federalist, Jan 24, 2017)

* Anthony Kuhn, Christian Governor Fights Blasphemy Charge In Muslim-Majority Indonesia (NPR, Feb 3, 2017) are Muslims required to vote for Muslim politicians?

* Christopher de Bellaigue, The Islamic World Did Liberalise - But Then Came the First World War (The Spectator, Feb 25, 2017)

* Mustafa Akyol, Is Free Speech Good for Muslims? (NY Times, Mar 27, 2017)

* Sidney Jones, Indonesia's Illiberal Turn After the Ahok Case (Foreign Affairs, May 26, 2017)

* Stephen Kinzer, Saudi Arabia is Destabilizing the World (Boston Globe, Jun 10, 2017)

 

Christianity and Atheism

The Genesis Creation Account and the Narrative of Science

Stories and Social Consequences: Comparison Between Hinduism, Christianity, and Atheism (chart)

Is There Meaning in Suffering? A Comparison of Karmic, Christian, and Atheist Views

Why Question Atheism from a Political and Moral Perspective?

The Limitation of Philosophy:  A Letter to a Friend Who Asked if Christian Ethics are Rational 

Human Dignity: Does Every Individual Matter? (see also Michael Perry, The Morality of Human Rights:  A Problem for Nonbelievers?)

What's More Important to God?  Individual or Social Order? (and ppt)

Does the Christian Story of Sexuality Make Any Sense at All?

Christian Faith as the Basis for Political Pluralism and Economic Progressivism

The Role of Jesus in Revolution and the Pursuit of Justice

For more information, please see:

* Exploring Christianity, Christianity and the Beginning of Science

* The Ethicist, The New York Times Magazine

* Michael J. Buckley S.J., At the Origins of Modern Atheism (1990)

* David Bentley Hart, Christ and Nothing (First Things, Oct 2003)

* Luke Harding, History of Modern Man Unravels as German Scholar Is Exposed as Fraud (The Guardian, Feb 18, 2005)

* Charles Taylor, A Secular Age (2007)

* David Berlinski, The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions (2009)

* David Bentley Hart, Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies (2010)

* Peter Watson, The Age of Nothing: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God (2014)

* Terry Eagleton, Culture and the Death of God (2014)

* John Gray, The Atheist Delusion (The Guardian, Mar 14, 2008)

* Tales from the Hood, Confronting the Demons of Ethnocentrism (blog entry May 31, 2008)

* A.N. Wilson, Why I Believe Again (New Statesman, Apr 2, 2009)

* Robert Jensen, How the World Lost Its Story (First Things, Mar 2010)

* David Bentley Hart, Revolutionary Christianity and Its Alternatives (video, Mar 3, 2010)

* Alyssa Bereznak, How Ayn Rand Ruined My Childhood (Salon, Apr 4, 2011)

* Ezra Klein, Harvard's Liberal-Arts Failure is Wall Street's Gain (Bloomberg, Feb 15, 2012)

* P.J. Saunders, Twenty Questions Atheists Struggle to Explain (blog entry, May 27, 2012)

* David Hoelscher, Atheism and the Class Problem (Counterpunch, Nov 7, 2012)

* David Hoelscher, Atheism and the Class Problem, Revisited (Counterpunch, Dec 21, 2012)

* Judith Sheluvitz, Why Do Grandmothers Exist? Solving an Evolutionary Mystery (New Republic, Jan 29, 2013)

* U.K. Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Atheism Has Failed. Only Religion Can Defeat the New Barbarians (The Spectator Magazine, Jun 15, 2013)

* Peter Richardson, The Science Delusion (Truthdig, Jun 20, 2013)

* Greg Popcak, Is Atheism a Mental Illness? (Patheos blog, Aug 27, 2013)

* Christine Gross-Loh, Why Are Hundreds of Harvard Students Studying Ancient Chinese Philosophy? (The Atlantic, Oct 8, 2013)

* Chris Arnade, The people who challenged my atheism most were drug addicts and prostitutes (The Guardian, Dec 24, 2013)

* Gary Gutting, Is Atheism Irrational? An Interview With Alvin Plantinga (NY Times, Feb 9, 2014)

* Ravi Zacharias, Why Are You So Afraid of Subjective Moral Reasoning? (RZIM video, Feb 15, 2014)

* Economist, Faith and Reason: Scientists Are Not As Secular As People Think (Economist, Feb 22, 2014)

* The Onion, Expectant Parents Throw Some Values Together at Last Minute (The Onion, Mar 10, 2014)

* John Gray, Was Nietzsche Right About Religion? The Ghost at the Atheist Feast (The New Republic, Mar 21, 2014)

* Giles Fraser, Good Luck, Physicists, With Those Tricky "Meaning of Life" Questions (The Guardian, Mar 24, 2014)

* Vince Vitale, God's Not Dead (youtube video Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, Mar 8, 2014)

* Alan Lightman, Book Review: 'Why Science Does Not Disprove God' by Amir D. Aczel (Washington Post, Apr 10, 2014)

* Elizabeth Stoker, Harvard's Satanic Debacle: Lessons from a "black mass" cancellation (Salon, May 16, 2014)

* ThinkApologetics, Poll Shows Atheists and Christians Are Using a Different Definition of Faith (ThinkApologetics, Jun 8, 2014)

* Closer to Truth, What is the Meaning of Consciousness? (Closer to Truth website, Jun 2014)

* Ray Williams, The Cult of Ignorance in the United States: Anti-Intellectualism and the Dumbing Down of America (Psychology Today, Jul 7, 2014)

* Sam Harris Challenged by MIT Grad Student on Science-Driven Morality (youtube video, Aug 7, 2014)

* Sam Harris, Free Will Does Not Exist (youtube video, Sep 3, 2014)

* Sam Harris, The Self is an Illusion (youtube video, Sep 16, 2014) see 2:25 mark

* David P. Barash, God, Darwin, and My College Biology Class (NY Times, Sep 27, 2014)

* Eric Metaxas, Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life (book, Oct 2014; Amazon page)

* Reina A.E. Gattuso, Suck: Toward a better politics of nakedness (Harvard Crimson, Oct 23, 2014)

* Alfred Mele, Free Will: A Modest Proposal (Slate, Nov 2, 2014)

* Daniel Yudkin, The Philosophical Implications of the Need to Urinate (Scientific American, Nov 4, 2014)

* Clifford Staples, The Ethical Failure of Philosophical Skepticism (The Imaginative Conservative, Nov 28, 2014)

* Luke Savage, New Atheism, Old Empire (Jacobin Magazine, Dec 2, 2014)

* Paul M. Hughes, Forgiveness (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Dec 23, 2014)

* Eric Metaxas, Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God (Wall Street Journal, Dec 25, 2014)

* Jack Miles, Why God Will Not Die (The Atlantic, Dec 2014) science reveals how much we don't or can't know, yet we want closure

* Prayson Daniel, Kierkegaard: Subjectivity is Truth (blog, Jan 19, 2015)

* Leigh Weingus, Why Julianne Moore Stopped Believing in God (Huffington Post, Jan 30, 2015) asserting that the narrative we perceive is self-generated

* David Brooks, Building Better Secularists (NY Times, Feb 3, 2015)

* Justin P. McBrayer, Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts (NY Times, Mar 2, 2015)

* John Gray, What Scares the New Atheists (The Guardian, Mar 3, 2015)

* Stephen Mackereth, God, Science, and the Red Pill (Harvard Crimson, Mar 9, 2015)

* Natasha Crain, Are Christians Less Intelligent Than Atheists? Here’s What All Those Studies REALLY Say (blog, Apr 23, 2015)

* C.S. Lewis Doodle, The Poison of Subjectivism (C.S. Lewis Doodle video, Apr 29, 2015)

* E.J. Dionne, A Senator's Faith and Humility (Washington Post, May 3, 2015)

* Mark Baeurlein, What's the Point of a Professor? (NY Times, May 9, 2015)

* Gracy Olmstead, Against Kant and Consumerism (The American Conservative, May 14, 2015) a book review of Matthew Crawford, The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction (Amazon book, Mar 2015)

* Sam Harris & Noam Chomsky Email Exchange (Young Turks video, May 14, 2015) see 8:43 mark for Sam Harris' cultural imperialism

* David Hoelscher, How the Humanist Movement Fosters Economic Injustice (Counterpunch, May 28, 2015)

* Molly Worthen, Wanted: A Theology of Atheism (NY Times, May 30, 2015) on the lack of concrete moral principles in secular humanism

* David Niose, Anti-Intellectualism is Killing America (Psychology Today, Jun 20, 2015)

* Key and Peele, For Realsies? (video, Jun 29, 2015) humorously raises the question of whether consent is the most important part of a sexual relationship

* Jamilah Lemieux, Trying to Forgive the Black Church: Dylann Roof Can’t Have My Mercy, But I Can Try to Make Peace With Black Christianity (The Nation, Jul 2, 2015)

* Rachel Feltman, New Study Predicts the Slow, Inevitable Death of the Universe (Washington Post, Aug 11, 2015)

* Ben Brumfield, The Universe is Slowly Dying, Study Shows With Unprecedented Precision (CNN, Aug 11, 2015)

* David Kaiser, How Politics Shaped General Relativity (NY Times, Nov 6, 2015)

* Richard Rohr, Quantum Entanglement (blog, Nov 12, 2015) parallels the unknown relation of Newtonian, Einsteinian, and quantum theories to other areas

* David Byrne, How Progressives Stole Christian History (Crisis magazine, Dec 16, 2015)

* Peter Wehner, The Christmas Revolution (NY Times, Dec 25, 2015)

* Steven Stankevicius, New Atheists Must Become New Vegans: Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and the Extra Burden on Moral Leaders (Salon, Jan 9, 2016) on why animal suffering should be a moral factor

* John Gray, Why Humans Find it Hard to Do Away With Religion (New Statesman, Jan 20, 2016)

* David Hoelscher, New Atheism, Worse Than You Think (Counterpunch, Jan 29, 2016)

* James Blachowicz, There is No Scientific Method (NY Times, Jul 4, 2016)

* Matt Young, Atheists Should Follow Jesus, Too (The Human Gadfly blog, Oct 11, 2016)

* Amanda Gefter, The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality (Quanta Magazine, Apr 21, 2016)

* Tania Lombrozo, For Some, Scientists Aren't The Authority On Science (NPR, Nov 28, 2016)

 

Christianity and Mormonism

Helpful books and articles:

* Athanasius of Alexandria, Letters to Serapion on the Holy Spirit 1.15 - 16

* David L. Rowe, I Love Mormons: A New Way to Share Christ with Latter-day Saints

* Simon Critchley, Why I Love Mormonism (NY Times, Sep 16, 2012)

* Daria Roithmayr, The Flaw at the Heart of The Triple Package (Slate, Feb 12, 2014)

* Brady McCombs, Mormon Church Admits For First Time That Founder Joseph Smith Had A 14-Year-Old Bride (Huffington Post, Oct 27, 2014)

* Triablogue, Debating Mormonism (blog, Jul 28, 2015)

* Richard J. Mouw, Mormons Engaging Orthodoxy (First Things, May 2016)

* Jana Reiss, Mormon Women Fear Eternal Polygamy, Study Shows (Religion News Service, Jul 20, 2016)

* Tracy McKay-Lamb, Polygamy Lives on in Mormon Sealings (Religion News Service, Aug 3, 2016)

* David Roberts, The Brink of War (Smithsonian Magazine, Jun 2008) 150 ago, the U.S. Army marched into Utah prepared to battle Brigham Young and his Mormon militia

* Megan McArdle, How Utah Keeps the American Dream Alive (Bloomberg, Mar 28, 2017) some discussion of Mormon historic views on race

   

 

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