Author: From Reason to Faith

Our goal is to rationally explore concepts of spirituality, as well as the societal and economic circumstances that influence our beliefs.

God Versus Pharaoh

By: Monique Zorzella

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The Tanakh (more commonly referred to as the Old Testament) contains many profound tales that have perplexed the minds of those who have studied it throughout history. A well-known narrative that readers find especially striking is in the book of Exodus, where God frees the Hebrew people through the works of the prophet Moshe (Moses) from the oppression they were facing at the hands of the Egyptians. A particular area of contention in this narrative is Gods declaration that He would harden the Pharaohs heart, which is often interpreted to mean that God took over his will and made the decision to refuse Moshe’s requests on Pharaohs behalf. As an an act of punishment, the Lord devastates the Egyptians with a series of catastrophic plagues.

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Theist Contradictions: Problems with Presuppositional Apologetics

By: Michelle Zorzella

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There are several varying approaches to apologetics. A common strategy among Christian Fundamentalists and Biblical literalists is Presuppositionalism; the belief that Christianity provides the only coherent foundation for rationality. This approach relies on the presupposition that the Bible is divinely authored and consequently inerrant. A presuppositional apologist therefore seeks to demonstrate that Christianity is perfectly coherent, while exposing the logical flaws in all other worldviews. A common objection to this radical approach is that by presupposing the Bible is infallible, one begs the question as to whether Christianity is actually true and internally consistent. The full extent of this problem is best illustrated in a controversial statement offered by American Pastor Peter LaRuffa, in HBO‘s 2014 documentary Questioning Darwin:

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Martin Luther King, Jr. & The Parable of the Good Samaritan

By: Alexander Ciurana

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On November 20, 1955—less than one month after becoming the pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church—Martin Luther King, Jr. preached on the parable of the Good Samaritan (Carson, 2007, pp. 239-240). The story is found in the gospel of Luke chapter 10. Doubtless, this parable has been the subject of thousands of sermons throughout Christian history. The vast majority of these would be focused on kindness and neighborliness. Yet on this Sunday service, in that Montgomery, Alabama church, the familiar story would receive an interpretation remarkably unique and insightful. The sermon’s title alone is striking, “The One-Sided Approach of the Good Samaritan” (Carson, 2007, p. 239). (more…)

Atheist Contradictions: Richard Dawkins on Religion’s Celebration of Ignorance

By: Monique Zorzella

The well-known Darwinist and author Richard Dawkins is notorious for his emphatic views about religion. Unarguably one the most influential thinkers of the New Atheist movement, the British Biologist has inspired a fresh wave of religious skeptics that keep his various works in their repertoire. Among the ways of his thinking that has been adopted is the notion that religion encourages ignorance. This can be evidenced by his declaration “I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.” This statement is quite bizarre seeing that it conveys an attitude towards uncertainty that is contrary to what many Atheists seem to believe, as Atheists themselves appear to be fairly comfortable with accepting their own ignorance.

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Grieving From Another Side

By: Monique Zorzella

There is something deeply heartbreaking about someone innocent and fragile losing their life much too soon. Such is the story told by Priscilla Blossom in the flamboyant article My child is not in heaven: Your religion only makes my grief harder, sharing of the experience she had three years ago, when her daughter Margaret passed away after only 8 hours of life. The mother laments that her “tiny, frail, lifeless daughter […] never even got a chance to see.” Although what physically remains of Maggie is but a plastic box in her mother’s bedroom closet, her mother says “[she] continues to exist with us in her own way […]” until this day. May her precious memory continue to live on in the hearts of her loved ones.

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