• Poetry

    Dear American Christians…

    Written by Evan Meinke   Dear American Christians, We all need to admit there is a problem. We see it as every day hordes of our “Christian” Youth ‘walk away’ from the faith. What will we change? Dear American Christians, They see that we are fake, they have observed the façade. They see it in every component of our lives.

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    Tolerance, Morality, & Freedom Parts I-III

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   Introduction The following statement is put forth by a friend or acquaintance: “My biggest problem with Christianity is, for one, that Christians seem so intolerant and judgmental, and secondly, their sexual ethic seems to suppress basic human desires and our freedom to live fulfilled lives.” The question now raised is this, what response can be offered by the Christian who truly wants to engage the person who holds these views as well as the culture that shapes them? One can imagine that numerous responses are possible yet not all are plausible, some responses are consistent yet incoherent, and still other responses are coherent yet…

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    Tolerance, Morality, & Freedom Part III: Freedom

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. Introduction The following statement is put forth by a friend or acquaintance: “My biggest problem with Christianity is, for one, that Christians seem so intolerant and judgmental, and secondly, their sexual ethic seems to suppress basic human desires and our freedom to live fulfilled lives.” The question now raised is this, what response can be offered by the Christian who truly wants to engage the person who holds these views as well as the culture that shapes them? One can imagine that numerous responses are possible yet not all are plausible, some responses are consistent yet incoherent, and still other responses are coherent yet do…

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    Tolerance, Morality, & Freedom Part II: Morality

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. Introduction The following statement is put forth by a friend or acquaintance: “My biggest problem with Christianity is, for one, that Christians seem so intolerant and judgmental, and secondly, their sexual ethic seems to suppress basic human desires and our freedom to live fulfilled lives.” The question now raised is this, what response can be offered by the Christian who truly wants to engage the person who holds these views as well as the culture that shapes them? One can imagine that numerous responses are possible yet not all are plausible, some responses are consistent yet incoherent, and still other responses are coherent yet do…

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    Tolerance, Morality, & Freedom Part I: Tolerance

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. Introduction The following statement is put forth by a friend or acquaintance: “My biggest problem with Christianity is, for one, that Christians seem so intolerant and judgmental, and secondly, their sexual ethic seems to suppress basic human desires and our freedom to live fulfilled lives.” The question now raised is this, what response can be offered by the Christian who truly wants to engage the person who holds these views as well as the culture that shapes them? One can imagine that numerous responses are possible yet not all are plausible, some responses are consistent yet incoherent, and still other responses are coherent yet do…

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    The Problem of Evil

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. The following is my personal theodicy, scriptural support is provided in the endnotes. How can an absolutely good God exist when there is evil in the world? This is the question posed by many who reject theism, and Christianity specifically. Many attempts are made to reconcile this tension between a good God and an evil world, and these explanations are called theodicies. Here I will present my own theodicy where I address the philosophical problem of moral evil, the philosophical problem of natural evil, and the religious problem of evil.

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    The Black & White of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. Theology & Culture In an article titled “Why I don’t want my daughters to see ‘Fifty Shades’”[i] CNN contributor Ronnie Berke talks about her concern for her daughters watching the movie adapted from the wildly popular erotic novel of the same name. The novel, and subsequently the movie, details a sexual relationship between Dorian Grey and a young woman that involves sadomasochism, which is sexual interactions fueled by the giving and receiving of pain in order to stimulate pleasure.