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.
On May 3, Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, one of the poorest nations on the planet. With a 12-15 foot tidal wave following it and winds around 150 miles per hour, devastation was the only result.
Previously, we saw how capital punishment is compatible with love, honors God’s sovereignty over life, and encourages the condemned to repent and be saved.
Previously, we saw that neither forgiveness nor mercy are compelling reasons to abandon the biblical practice of capital punishment.
In the last two columns, I showed how the Bible consistently affirms capital punishment from Genesis to Revelation, including the teachings of Jesus.
Previously, we learned that the distinction between innocence and guilt solves three of the common conceptual arguments against capital punishment. Let’s continue with the remainder of these arguments.
In my previous column, we saw that the practical objection about executing innocent convicts can be solved by heightening the capital standard to guilt beyond any doubt. Now, let’s look at some of the conceptual objections.
To this point in our series on capital punishment, we saw that retribution (rather than rehabilitation, incapacitation, deterrence, or symbolism) is both the only valid reason for executing murderers and also an adequate reason for doing so.
Given that the most well-known fact about Senator John McCain is his war record of courageous endurance in a prisoner camp, why do some commentators suddenly seem to want the Arizona Senator to start being a coward now?
Several developments over the last three months seem to indicate that our society is at a moment of decision regarding capital punishment. It behooves us, therefore, to think seriously about this issue.
In November, the United Nations called for a worldwide moratorium on the death penalty. In December, Gov. John Corzine signed legislation abolishing the death penalty in New Jersey.
Have you ever wondered why Christians aren’t smarter? I mean, we have the only true religion, we have a Book which is responsible for all of Western Civilization and we serve a God who can safely call Himself the supreme champion at every trivia contest.
In my previous column on bad Christmas gifts, I explained why we give bad gifts and how to avoid doing so. The main point of that column was that bad gifts are a burden because they fail to show real love. But what should we do when someone loves us this badly?
Have you ever received a Christmas gift you didn’t want? Idiot mittens from grandma. A subscription to the deodorant-of-the-month club. Membership to the “We Fix Fat People” gym and spa. Yes, we’ve all received bad gifts.
I care about a candidate’s religion. It’s not the only thing I care about, but, still, I care about it. And I’m about fed up with people telling me I’m a bigot and un-American because I happen to have a different idea of what matters.
Should children be encouraged to think for themselves? This is one of those questions that seems to invite an immediate and emphatic, almost dismissive answer.
God allowed you to find your wife because He believed you would take good care of His precious daughter. But what happens when you don’t take good care of your wife?
Barry Manilow recently gave a seminar on liberalism. Oh, not intentionally, of course. But sometimes unintentional seminars are the most instructive of all.
Both Dr. Dobson and I believe we have a moral obligation to participate effectively in elections. We must use our votes to advance virtue and to hinder evil, insofar as government is able to do so. Hence, given the grave evil of legal abortion, we must work to elect people who will limit and abolish this practice.
Recently, a certain Senator from Massachusetts made some rather uncharitable remarks about the educational level of our troops in harms way. The varying ways in which he chose to initially and then subsequently insult both their intelligence and ours are the parts of the story that have been widely covered.
Ask yourself this question: have you ever gone to a baseball game hoping to see an intentional walk?