A quick update. As many of you know, Ozark Christian College has generously offered me a sabbatical from this June to December. I have several personal and professional goals for the sabbatical, but I have two primary purposes. First, the sabbatical will allow me the time and space to finish my dissertation. My intent is … Continue reading sabbatical
the inconvenience of awe Magna opera Domini exquisita in omnes voluntates ejus. This is the Latin inscription that was placed in the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge in 1871. It is a quote from Psalm 111. "Great are the works of the Lord, sought out by all who take pleasure therein." It was in this famous … Continue reading if only there were some evidence
I hadn't planned on doing this, but I am earnestly committed to avoiding work at the moment, so I decided to take a little time and respond to some constructive criticism I've received from my last post. Also, because I'm currently on a bit of a well needed hiatus from Twittering I've decided to respond … Continue reading on preaching and choirs
TWO FRIENDS. FISHING. "You ever think much about the ocean?" "Seriously?" "Yeah. You don't ever wonder about the ocean?" "I never thought you were 'one of those.'" "Listen, I know it's crazy, but you know, lately every time we come out to this lake I find myself thinking about the ocean." "Have you ever seen … Continue reading fishing buddies
This post is going to be self-referential in a way that I swore to not indulge when I started this blog, but because this issue came up on a recent Every Thought Captive podcast and because I didn't answer the question very well I decided to write something up. Yes, from time to time, I have … Continue reading why talk to atheists on twitter?
Sometimes I tweet silly things. But those of you who follow me already know that. Yesterday, after reading a brief article related to intelligent design, I excitedly tweeted thusly... Granted that the Trinity is mysterious. It should also be granted that naturalism has far greater mysteries to account for. #apologetics — Chad Ragsdale (@caragsdale) June … Continue reading the mysteries of naturalism
"I can't believe in God. There isn't enough evidence. If he would just broadcast his existence in the clouds, then maybe I'd believe." Versions of this objection to the existence of God are ubiquitous. This objection has the advantage of making the skeptic seem to be open-minded and scientific. "I just follow the evidence, and … Continue reading the fact that you’re reading this proves that there’s a God
First, a quick life update. I'm currently in California catching some baseball games and also in my free time taking some classes at Talbot School of Theology beginning my long slog through the DMin process. It's been fun and challenging so far. I've learned so much about how truly dumb I am. It's been great! … Continue reading oh, ricky
Pascal said in Pensees: The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know...It is the heart which experiences God, and not the reason. This, then, is faith: God felt by the heart, not by reason. Time for a confession. I've always felt a tension at the heart of apologetics. Yes, I can make what I think … Continue reading a more effective apologetic?