Author Archives: Randall Curtis

The Theological Significance of the Platypus

No, I am not talking about where the duck-billed platypus fits on the evolutionary tree. I am talking about something even more basic: the platypus defies taxonomy itself. In other words, the fun of the platypus is that it does … Continue reading

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Is John Calvin guilty of murder? (And should we even care?)

An old schoolmate of mine recently published a blog post accusing John Calvin of having heretics tortured and killed. I have no desire to defend or condemn Calvin. Like every single Protestant Christian in the world (including those that despise … Continue reading

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Is the law of non-contradiction the foundational and inviolable law of reality?

[This is a post for the more philosophically-minded.] Is the law of non-contradiction the foundational and inviolable law of reality? The law of non-contradiction states that something cannot be both Y and non-Y at the same time and in the … Continue reading

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Apologetics Part 3: Why I Do Not Believe In Apologetics

[Please note that this is part 3 of a series on apologetics. Although it would be tempting to start with this post, please read the other two posts first.] I would like to turn my attention to my reasoning behind … Continue reading

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Apologetics Part 2: The Non-Apologetics Passages of Scripture

[This is the second entry on apologetics. It would be wise to read the first entry before this one.] In light of my discussion in the previous post of what apologetics ISN’T, I want to look over some of the … Continue reading

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Apologetics Part 1: What Apologetics Cannot Be (So What Is Left?)

[I apologize for this series of entries on apologetics. They are overly long, and they are a subject I wanted to get into on my blog. However, I needed these entries for a course I am taking.] One of the … Continue reading

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What Qualifies As An Issue of Conscience?

I finished the last post by commenting that Paul’s real concern in 1 Cor. 8-10 and Rom. 14-15 is not the particular issues being discussed, but rather how those issues are being handled in the church. This opens us up … Continue reading

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Issues of Conscience: Introduction and Background

Recently I have been realizing how differently Christians (myself included) act and speak on the internet as opposed to in a personal church setting. One of the most frequent examples of this is how Christians handle debated issues, or issues … Continue reading

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Where Did Evil Come From? And Is God To Blame?

The problem of evil could be the most difficult and thorny issue in all of theology and philosophy. How can we explain the existence of evil without saying that God is to blame for evil, or that God is unable … Continue reading

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What Was the First Sin? (And it may not be what you think…)

[Disclaimer: This post is not the result of hours of scholarly study. These are some thought I typed up in response to questions from one of the ladies’ Bible study groups at my church.]   What was the first sin? … Continue reading

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