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The guys over at Choosinghats.com, a blog by Van Tillian Christian apologists such as Chris Bolt and RazorsKiss, have announced today that they are starting up an online apologetics journal titled “Starting Point.”  It seems like something to stay tune to.

Here’s their description:

Choosing Hats is beginning work on an online journal called Starting Point. The journal will include articles that pertain to the Presuppositional/ Covenantal/Van Tilian variety of apologetics. Our readers are strongly encouraged to contribute toward this project.

Contributors must be believers in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and must be members of a local church. Other qualifications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Submissions should evidence critical thought on some topic or topics related to P/C/VT apologetics. Articles may be critical of this particular method of apologetics; however the larger purpose of progress or development of this method should be kept in mind.

Submission of an article does not guarantee its appearance in Starting Point. Final decisions regarding contributors, submissions, and the journal will be made by Choosing Hats.

If you are interested in submitting an article then please submit your first and last name using the Contact page and provide a 1-2 sentence description of what you would like to write about. You will be contacted shortly thereafter with more details. Feel free to contact us with any other comments or questions in the Comment Box here or through the Contact page.

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Even before Rob Bell’s book was released on March 15th, 2011 there has been an unleash of a storm concerning his theology.

Over at Southern Seminary, a ninety minute panel discussion with their President Al Mohler, Justin Taylor, Russell Moore and Denny Burk was uploaded online on Saint Patrick’s day.

For the link, click HERE

NOTE: Some of the defenders of Rob Bell raised the issue that his critics should read the book before criticizing him.  I’ve pre-ordered “LOVE WINS” and just got it on Saturday and though I was reluctant to support his book sales, I wanted to be fair to the guy.  After I finish reading it I plan in a few weeks from now to write a critique of it and have it on here.  With the various reviews coming forth, I wish that my critique to be a little different, focusing specifically on his theological method behind his soteriology as I think it is important to be conscious of how Bell comes to the conclusions he comes to.

Stay tune.

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I was a Political Science major back in UCLA and I was rather surprised by this youtube video done by this Political Science major student Alexandra Wallace from my Alma Mater

(NOTE: The above is not the actual original video)

What stuck out to me was the fact that (1) her comments about relatives in the Tsunami was quite inconsiderate (2) and her comments that Powell library at UCLA was disturbed by noisy asians when my experience was that it is a very quiet library to study in.

However, it’s not so much of Alexandra Wallace’s foolishness that disturbs me the most, it’s the response I see under the comments of the video or what people posts on their facebook status updates and the fact that people have gone online to post her private information, class schedules and threatened her life and her family.

Alexandra Wallace has since written a public letter of apology that she submitted to “THE DAILY BRUIN,” UCLA’s newspaper.  I quote in full:

In an attempt to produce a humorous YouTube video, I have offended the UCLA community and the entire Asian culture. I am truly sorry for the hurtful words I said and the pain it caused to anyone who watched the video. Especially in the wake of the ongoing disaster in Japan, I would do anything to take back my insensitive words. I could write apology letters all day and night, but I know they wouldn’t erase the video from your memory, nor would they act to reverse my inappropriate action.

I made a mistake. My mistake, however, has lead to the harassment of my family, the publishing of my personal information, death threats, and being ostracized from an entire community. Accordingly, for personal safety reasons, I have chosen to no longer attend classes at UCLA.

Alexandra Wallace

(LINK)

As much as she was insensitive with her comments and her portrayal of Asians in the library at UCLA,what she said does not deserve death threats from other human being.  It is ironic that in the climate of the Left’s “Tolerance,” “Diversity” and anti-racism that exists in many universities and colleges (UCLA being no exception) there can be a lack of tolerance, as it is evident from the inverted racist/sexual derogatory comments and threats  based upon her gender and race.  It is a tragedy.

I think this illustrates that every social/political theory (be it today’s multiculturalism, etc)  is unavoidably “religious” to some extent, in that some behavior or ideas are deem to be so repulsive against the foundation of their particular view of the state/society that the followers believe it should never be permitted to be “blasphemed” against, and if a transgression does occur the violators are deemed worthy of being socially ostracized, subject to derogatory humiliation, having  their  means of living terminated, and even deserving of threats of death and death itself.  At times it doesn’t just end with the transgressor but it extends to others such as family or those who have any association with that individual (employers, supporters, etc).  So when the critic of the Bible points to the stoning of adulterers as horrendous, remember that even modern social/political theory in the guise of political correctness have their own blasphemy codes in their value judgment.  Alexandra Wallace’s folly and tragedy should give us the insight that whenever a critic complains about the Bible and think that modern progressive social/political theory lack their own blasphemy codes, this unfortunate incident (Wallace’s disparaging remarks, the responses to her) illustrates otherwise.

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James White has had over sixty debates ranging from all sorts of people from Secularists to cultists on all sorts of issues from the King James Controversy, Calvinism to Isalm.

Here he talks about how to debate for the Glory of God!

 

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You attacked us first, ………………. !

Messed with the wrong politician.

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The interviewer does a good job pressing on issues that Rob Bell is evasive on. Has American clergymen become like politicians with their double talk?

One of Steve Hays satire from Triablogue,

Bashir: You ate your mother for breakfast. That’s true, isn’t it?
Bell: I begin with the belief that when we eat our mother, God eats our mother. I begin with a divine being who is profoundly empathetic, compassionate and stands in solidarity with cannibals.
Bashir: I get that. But did you eat your mother for breakfast?
Bell: Eating your mother for breakfast is one culinary perspective within the stream of Christian cannibalism. There’s been within the Christian tradition a number of people who eat their mother for breakfast, but others eat her for lunch, or save her for dinner. Then there’s postmortem cannibalism. One of the things in the book I’m clear on and want people to see is that this tradition has all of these different opinions on the right time to eat your mother.
Bashir: So did you eat or not?
Bell: It’s a beautiful hope. We ought to keep that front and center.
Bashir: You’re trying to have it both ways. That doesn’t make sense. Yes or no: did you or didn’t you eat your mother for breakfast?
Bell: I think that’s a paradox at the heart of Christian cannibalism.

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Unlike the previous years, you don’t have to register to download it!

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