Category Archives: Quick Thoughts

Does the Pennsylvania Abuse Scandal Undermine Christianity?

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Theologian and commentator Os Guiness has remarked that the only unanswerable objection to Christianity is Christians. It’s a fair point: it’s difficult to reconcile inquisitions and crusades with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And while those atrocities are distanced from us in time, the scandal about sex abuse by Catholic priests in Pennsylvania is not.

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Reflections on the Pennsylvania Abuse Scandal

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The revelations contained in a Pennsylvania grand jury report into child sex abuse within the Catholic Church strike the reader like a physical blow. Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s investigation has uncovered facts almost too unbearable to read.  The scale alone is disturbing: for over seven decades, about eight per cent of the 5000 priests who served in Pennsylvania abused over 1000 children.

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When Questionable Christians Make Us Doubt: 9 Quick Points

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“God has said,“Never will I leave you;  never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13 v 5

An unhealthy chain of thoughts can be caused when other Christians fail us.  This problem is particularly acute when Christian’s we admire fail by making foolish or immoral decision.

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Doubt: A Guide for the Perplexed

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1)  Faith is essential to the Christian life. Unfortunately, many Christians also believe that doubt is the antithesis of faith. Therefore, unnecessary anxiety is experienced by many perplexed or puzzled Christians; young believers are scolded or rebuffed for having critical questions. Many problems are generated by a deficient view of faith which defines it a blind, unthinking trust generated by an act of pure will.

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Understanding the Moral Argument: It’s Not God’s Might that Makes Things Right!

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A strong argument for theism is that God best explains several  important features of morality. He explains why individuals have great intrinsic value; why the moral life is a rational life; why we have reliable knowledge of moral truths; and  why there are moral obligations.

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