Andrew Tallman was raised in a religious home, he was taught to think for himself, question everything, and never take 'Because I said so,' as an answer (except from his mother of course). Eventually this emphasis on critical thinking collided with his liberal religious environment, and he became convinced that only fools could be Christians. He then went off to the University of Illinois to get a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy and an M.A. in Philosophy, during which time he became even more convinced of this conclusion. Somewhere along the line, however, he noticed that for all their supposed wisdom, his professors did not have the kinds of lives he wanted. So, he began looking for better answers than what they were qualified to give. He found these answers with some people who seemed to have everything he wanted: great marriages and children, material wealth, health, happiness, meaningful friendships, and brilliant minds. Unfortunately for Andrew, they also happened to be fundamentalist Christians. These were the first Christians he had ever met who did not seem to be fools. This persuaded him that perhaps he should reconsider his previous aversion to Christianity, and eventually he decided to give his life to Christ. Since then, Andrew has married his wife Danielle, made two sons, acquired a second degree black belt in martial arts, taught philosophy professionally as an intellectual mercenary at any college that would have him, and worked as a talk radio show host. He enjoys volleyball, golf, tennis, softball, billiards, ping pong, games of all kinds, shooting guns, reading, discussing the Bible or anything else, and spending every available moment with his lovely bride. His life's mission is 'To liberate people's minds,' which explains why he is so occupied with teaching, writing, conducting Bible studies, and hosting his radio show on KPXQ. If you dare to listen to 'The Andrew Tallman Show,' he promises you will learn something worth writing down.
Let me begin by saying that although I enjoy playing golf, I don’t generally watch it on television. So, I didn’t personally see NBC’s double-butchering of the Pledge of Allegiance last week during the US Open broadcast. But having since watched it, I believe I see this fiasco a bit differently from many of my fellow religionists.
The New York Times columnist Gail Collins began her March 9th column by saying, “It’s been nearly nine weeks since that tragic shooting in Tucson, and you may be wondering whether there’s been any gun legislation proposed in the aftermath.”
Sadly, it’s the one few people are answering in columns and on the radio in recent days. This is an understandable mistake, since the question I’ve asked has only one all-too-obvious answer: Jared Lee Loughner is most to blame.
If you’ve ever heard some Christian critic of Christmas, then you’ve certainly heard something like this argument...
Where do you find the largest, most intrusive and liberty-violating form of government?
The cultural shift on contraception and abortion (both universally despised just 60 years ago but now widely accepted) should serve as an illustration of what would happen if currently illicit behaviors were decriminalized.
One of the challenges in approaching any complicated topic is to deal with each particular slice of the discussion on its own merits.
Imagine one calm afternoon while you sit on your patio reading a book that your phone rings. On the other end is your 33-year-old firefighter son sounding rather anxious.
It’s currently in vogue among conservatives to argue that health care reform should not pass because it is unpopular. The argument sounds like this: “Public support for Obama’s plan has dipped to just 36 percent.
When I argue that abortion under most circumstances should be illegal, I am charged with trying to legislate morality.
Teaching introductory logic for ten years made me vividly aware of the low average quality of reasoning among college students. It also showed me how little improvement can realistically be accomplished by only one semester’s training in the art of thinking clearly.
Are those who strongly oppose President Obama racists? President Carter and Maureen Dowd think so. But President Clinton and even Mr. Obama himself don’t seem to agree. Who is correct?
As you continue to advocate for health care reform I wanted to take a moment to express my concern. First, I am pleased with my current health plan—both the health care itself and the price I pay for it.
Today is the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling which essentially decriminalized abortion for our entire country.
“The Bible says nothing directly about abortion.” Have you ever heard this claim before? I know I have. And the uncomfortable truth is that, in a certain sense, it’s accurate.
People who are otherwise quite smart become suddenly stupid when the subject is money. I don’t mean they manage their own money poorly, although that is often the case.
I assume it is unnecessary to answer the logically prior question of whether or not they hate Sarah Palin.
As a Christian who takes the Bible seriously, I believe that any sexual activity other than that between a man and his wife is illicit. This includes adultery, premarital sex and, of course, homosexuality.
It is core doctrine of pro-gay orthodoxy that homosexuals are born gay. Though science has yet failed to affirm or deny this, the vast majority of gays and their supporters are convinced of it.
Two different people recently contacted me for my advice on virtually identical situations that arose in the wake of California’s decision to solemnize same-gender relationships.