L. Alfred James

A Silent God Provides No Basis For Morality

By L. Alfred James In my last post, we saw how the Bible has been the most important factor in the development of Western culture’s attitudes regarding human life, dignity, freedom, and equality. Even an atheistic historian like Tom Holland admits that Christianity has been the greatest social force for making the world a better place. That is an interesting historical observation. But it prompts an important question: Why? Why would the Bible have that effect? Why would the Bible lead to a reverence for human life? Why would the … Read More »

The Power to Change the World

By L. Alfred James Do you want to become a better person? Do you want to grow in your character? Do you want to enhance your ability to love others? Do you want to improve your health? If so, I can tell you what you need: truth. It sounds trite to say this, but it still needs to be said: Human beings need truth. They need to hear the truth, and they need to be firmly convinced that it is indeed the truth. That is what motivates them to make … Read More »

Why We Want A Vague God

By L. Alfred James There are many intelligent people who believe that God exists. Whether it is for emotional reasons, intellectual reasons, or because of some experiences they’ve had, they believe that God is real. However, they remain very skeptical about whether or not God has told us very much about himself. I’ve had many conversations with people who think this way, and I’ve heard several explanations for their skepticism: “I believe in a higher power, but I’m convinced that we can never know anything about it.” “I believe there … Read More »

Is A Universe Without Aliens A Waste Of Space?

By L. Alfred James In the movie Contact Ted Arroway (father of Ellie Arroway) explains why he believes in alien life: “The one thing I know about nature is it hates to waste anything. So I guess I’d say if it is just us, an awful lot of space is going to waste.” The atheist physicist Victor Stenger put it this way: “If God created the universe as a special place for humanity, he seems to have wasted an awfully large amount of space where humanity will never make an … Read More »

Are UFOs a Spiritual Phenomenon?

By L. Alfred James In a previous post, we saw that it is physically impossible for aliens—even if they live in the nearest inhabitable star system—to travel the distances needed to visit earth. At realistic speeds, it would take hundreds, thousands, or millions of years to make such a trip. The required speed for any spacecraft making this voyage would entail a continual collision with space debris equal to several nuclear bombs inflicting damage every single second of the very long trip. Most damningly, it would also entail an endless … Read More »

Are UFOs Alien Spaceships?

By L. Alfred James On August 25, 1951 in Lubbock, Texas, three science professors from Texas Tech were in a colleague’s backyard, sipping some tea and discussing the scientific issues of the day. A little before 9:30 pm, they saw something in the sky that absolutely shocked them: dozens of blue-green lights passed overhead in a boomerang formation. In a very eerie way, they were absolutely silent. These science professors could not fathom what could cause such a phenomenon. The lights behaved nothing like any aircraft they had ever seen. … Read More »

Space Aliens and Christianity

By L. Alfred James On October 11, 1973, Calvin Parker and Charlie Hickson were fishing from the bank of the Pascagoula River in Mississippi. Parker noticed a blue light reflecting off the water but didn’t think too much of it. He assumed it was just some police officers arriving to tell them they needed to fish somewhere else. But when he looked up, he was shocked to see that the light was coming from a craft like nothing he’d ever seen. In the summer of 2020, the Clarion Ledger published … Read More »

Does the Bible Really Condemn Homosexual Behavior?

By L. Alfred James In the book of Leviticus there are two verses that clearly condemn homosexual behavior: “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.” (Leviticus 18:22) “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable.” (Leviticus 20:13) It is hard to imagine Moses being any clearer on the subject. Nonetheless, there are some valid objections to simply taking these verses at face value. Isn’t This Just An Old Testament … Read More »

Why Do Christians Make Such A Big Deal About Sex?

By L. Alfred James “Sex is no big deal.” We hear it all the time. “So why do Christians make such a big deal out of it?” A good example of this kind of complaint comes from Sam Harris: You [Christians] believe that your religious concerns about sex, in all their tiresome immensity, have something to do with morality. And yet, your efforts to constrain the sexual behavior of consenting adults—and even to discourage your own sons and daughters from having premarital sex—are almost never geared toward the relief of … Read More »

Does the Bible Really Forbid Premarital Sex?

By L. Alfred James I’ve had several conversations with young Christians who tell me they are puzzled as to why churches preach that premarital sex is wrong. They tell me that they’ve read through large parts of the Bible looking for passages that clearly condemn it, and they did not find anything. “So,” they tell me, “since the Bible doesn’t forbid it, and I don’t see how it hurts anything, I’m moving in with my girlfriend.” In response, this week we are going to simply do some basic exegesis to … Read More »