ThoughtLetters filed under 1992

A Checklist for the Honest Skeptic

People who believe in God are known as theists. People who believe in more than one God are known as polytheists. People who believe that God and nature are one–that somehow God is the grass, the moon, and the stars–are known as pantheists. But in this piece I am addressing those of you among our […]

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On the Truth That Endureth to All Generations

1805-1887 John Stoltzfus, Sr. In 1872 this man moved from his farm in Gap, Pennsylvania, to Knox County, Tennessee. He was 66 years of age at the time. He was described as a “servant of the Lord”, and a man with “deep spiritual concern for his family and the church”, both of which he went […]

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Four Questions & a Deal for the Witnesses of Jehovah

In this article I am particularly addressing those among our neighbors, friends, and readers who are Jehovah’s Witnesses, a religious alliance now totaling over two million members worldwide. Over the years I have come to be personally acquainted with a number of you. In spite of our very significant differences, I have often had to […]

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On Helium Balloon Heaven & the Case for Recent Creation

Little Johnny is trudging through the amusement park. His fist is clenched tightly. He is proudly holding onto the string of that great big helium-filled balloon his mother finally agreed to buy him. But suddenly he is jarred by a passer-by. His hand slips. And Johnny’s balloon is …uh, unfortunately, up, up, and away! Not […]

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An Open Letter to Ted Turner

Dear Ted, We have been sending you our monthly thoughtletter for just over one year now. I trust that it has, in fact, been coming before you, and that you have at least occasionally read it with interest. Although we have never met personally, I have been intrigued by what I know of your life’s […]

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On the Bible as a ‘Good Book’

Is the Bible a good book? Do you really think so? Many folks (perhaps you are among them) with whom I speak tend to question the idea of whether Jonah was ever really swallowed by a great fish. Others whom I know rather doubt the doctrine of a literal, seven-solar-days creation week. And I am […]

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On Design as Evidence for Supernatural Intelligence

A: “Why should I believe that any supernatural intelligence exists outside the realm of space and time as we know it on this planet?” B: “Are you asking me how I know that God exists?” A: “Not necessarily. I’m just asking for some compelling evidence of the existence of any superior Intelligence. Whether or not […]

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On Islam & the Unchanging Word of God

This month I am particularly writing to those of you who, as friends among our readers, are of the Islamic faith. If we are to believe recent statistics, you are now among ten million Muslims here in the United States, and among close to one billion Muslims worldwide–nearly one of every five persons on this […]

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On the Ressurection: Evidence & Implications

Early last month a man visiting in my home told me that he had once been declared dead. “They had even wheeled me into the morgue”, he said. “But when my mother came in to look at me, she saw me move. So they took me back out and finally brought me around. My mother […]

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On the Thorny Thesis of a Theodicy

It was not a pretty sight. The smallest, most fragile, babies were very quiet, much too weak to cry, all slowly dying of AIDS. But many of the others were screaming in torment. Their little frames twitched violently, over and over again, with the spasms of withdrawal. A TV camera panned the hospital nursery as […]

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