Category: Non-Christian Worldviews

SALVIFIC BELIEFS: Salvation by Grace Alone through Faith Alone

© 2018, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction [N.B. READ THE FOOTNOTES, FOLKS. THEY ARE IMPORTANT!] The two most important questions everyone must answer, most important because their eternal destiny depends on them, are both found in the Bible.  One is in Matthew 16:15/Mark 8:29/Luke 9:20, where Jesus asks, “Who do you say that …

SHERMER’S ERROR AND THE MEANING OF LIFE: Another Failed Attempt to Find Meaning in an Atheistic Life

© 2018, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. [N.B. READ THE FOOTNOTES, FOLKS. THEY ARE IMPORTANT!] One of the problems associated with atheism is that life in such a worldview is without any sort of objective meaning; the atheist inevitably must choose between some sort of hedonism, based on personal preferences, or he is faced …

TIME OUT: Fifty Years Later, Answering Time Magazine’s Question, “Is God Dead?”

© 2016, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction Fifty years ago today, Time, “the weekly newsmagazine,” published what some consider its most controversial cover story ever.[1]  Inside the usual red border of the cover there was nothing but a stark black background with, under the Time banner, a question in three large red letters: …

CAN WE BECOME GODS? An Examination of John 10:34

© 2016, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?” The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, …

IS IT UNJUST OF GOD TO SEND PEOPLE TO HELL?

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Is it unjust of God to send people to hell simply because they don’t follow Him?  This charge is frequently made by atheists and other skeptics, but it is unsustainable. The first thing that people need to understand is that God made us and so we belong …

NOTHING FROM NOTHING (Response to the National Post, Nov. 19, 2014)

© 2014, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. According to an article in today’s National Post entitled “Answering the Great Questions” by Lawrence Krauss (p. A14), atheist Krauss tells us about “Hawking Radiation,” particles that are supposedly emitted by black holes.  (He does not tell us that Hawking radiation is a theoretical construct predicted by …

CAN CHRISTIANS DO YOGA? Do Not Be Bamboozled!

© 2014, by Diane Hong. All Rights Reserved. Yoga has certainly gone mainstream.  It has been a craze for decades.  We see yoga studios pop up everywhere; fitness centres offer “hot yoga” as part of their classes; doctors recommend that you do yoga to relax; and I even heard of “Christian yoga classes” offer in …

THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS AND THE TESTIMONY OF GOD IN OUR DAYS

© 2014, by Derek Casey. All Rights Reserved. Verification of Contemporary Facts and Proof for the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus “… because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained.  He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him …

DO APPARITIONS OF MARY UNDERMINE THE CASE FOR JESUS’ RESURRECTION? Debunking Hector Avalos’ “Living Laboratory”

© 2014, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction In an article entitled “Jesus’ Resurrection and Marian Apparitions: Medjugorje as a Living Laboratory,”[1] Dr. Hector Avalos (below, left) seeks to cast doubt on the New Testament records of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances by arguing that the so-called “Marian apparitions”[2] which began in 1981 at Medjugorje, Yugoslavia …

“NATIVITY LEGENDS” OR HISTORICAL FACTS? A Response to Free Inquiry

© 2013, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction It’s that time of year again.  Christmas is approaching, and with it a bevy of annual traditions: Christmas carols, decorations, coloured lights on houses, shopping for gifts – and, of course, the farrago of assaults by atheists and liberal scholars on the historical truth of the …

WHY I AM NOT AN ATHEIST: A Response to Gil Gaudia’s “Why I am an Atheist” (American Atheist, 3rd Quarter, 2013)

© 2013, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. I have long been searching for a coherent and sound reason for believing in atheism, and so when I came across “Why I am an Atheist,” by Gil Gaudia, in the current issue of American Atheist,[1] I was interested.  After all, Gaudia, who holds a Ph.D., is …

AN IMPOSSIBLE ENTITY: A Refutation of “The Thinking Atheist’s” Unthinking Attack on Creationism

© 2013, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction There is a video posted on YouTube called “Top Ten Creationist Arguments”[1] that was produced by someone calling himself “The Thinking Atheist.”  This intrigued me, as I have long sought to find an actual “thinking” atheist[2], but without success.  After viewing the video, I have to …

CAN A CHRISTIAN VOTE FOR A MORMON?

© 2012, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. With the U.S. Presidential election a few days away, the question of whether a Christian can and should vote for a Mormon has been raised by more than one person.  The latest is Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion professor and author of a number of books …

GOLIATH WAS THE BAD GUY, REMEMBER? An Assessment of Henri Nouwen’s Teachings

© 2012, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction On October 8 of this year, the Toronto Star published an opinion piece called “The life of a spiritual Goliath.”[1]  It was a paean to Henri Nouwen, the late Roman Catholic priest and writer of many books on “spirituality.”  According to the author, Stephen Bede Scharper, …

STILL WAITING FOR AN INTELLIGENT DEFENCE OF ATHEISM – The Latest Failure: Heather Mallick in the Toronto Star

© 2012, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. One must wonder whether an intelligent defence of atheism is even possible.  Most attempts are nothing more than bald assertions, usually sprinkled liberally with insults and couched in bad manners.  Even the best attempts are invariably riddled with errors of fact and logic.  If an intelligent defence …

SHOULD CHRISTIANS PRACTISE MEDITATION?

© 2012, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. It seems not long ago that the greatest perceived spiritual threat in the minds of Evangelicals was the New Age Movement, an amorphous constellation of beliefs and practices focused on developing the divine potential of human beings.  In essence, it was the basic worldview and practices of …

CHEATING THEMSELVES THROUGH PHILOSOPHY: A Demolition of “The Rights and Wrongs of Alan Dershowitz” in Claremont Review of Books (Fall, 2005)

© 2011, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. As a salvo in the debate over natural law versus revelation, the article “The Rights and Wrongs of Alan Dershowitz” by Hadley Arkes, published in the Fall 2005 issue of Claremont Review of Books[1], is a noteworthy contribution.  It is noteworthy, however, because it does such a …

DO YOU HAVE TO STOP THINKING TO BE A CHRISTIAN? A Response to Charles Lewis (National Post, January 26, 2011)

© 2011, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. In an opinion piece titled “Less God, more excuses” in this day’s National Post newspaper (p. A15), Charles Lewis writes the following: The most popular objection to religion is that it replaces thinking with sets of unproveable truths – and that the rules flowing out of those …

WHAT IS FAITH?

© 2010, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. First, faith is defined as “complete trust or confidence” (Webster’s), “complete trust, unquestioning confidence” (Oxford), and as such it is something everyone practises, including your atheist friend, in ways both profound and mundane.  For example, which of us would approach a complete stranger and ask him to …

ROMAN CATHOLICISM

© 2010. All Rights Reserved. Introduction I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel …

ATHEISM

© 2010, by Ruth Lee. All Rights Reserved. Introduction According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, ‘Atheism’ is defined as a disbelief in the existence of deity (God or a supreme being) or the doctrine that there is no deity.  Atheism is from the Greek, ‘a’ – without – and ‘theos’ – god.  Throughout history and in the …

JUDAISM

© 2010, by Diane Hong. All Rights Reserved. What Is It? Judaism, the name is derived from the tribe Judah, one of the twelve ancient tribes of Israel.  The religion of Judaism and between being Jewish are two different things; it is quite common to be Jewish ethnically and culturally but not practice the Jewish …