The Last Battle – Chapter 12

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By Alexis Record   “Susan should be there too! No, wait, that would mean getting killed in the train. Never mind.” “Her getting to live is supposed to be a punishment. She gets left behind.” “Yeah, she misses out on dying! Don’t sign me up for that!” “Would you want to go to Narnia heaven?” […]

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The Problem of Evil

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  Either God wants to get rid of evil, but he can’t; or God can, but he doesn’t want to; or God neither wants to nor can, or he both wants to and can. If God wants to, but can’t, then he’s not all powerful. If he can, but doesn’t want to, he’s not all-loving. […]

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The Last Battle – Chapters 9-11

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By Alexis Record   “People actually believe they’ll have to kill other people when they die?” “Beliefs aren’t anchored to reality. They can be anything.” “So bad people who want to kill others have those beliefs?” “Maybe. It’s more complicated with kids who have been indoctrinated. I didn’t want anyone to suffer after they died, […]

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The Last Battle – Chapter 8

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By Alexis Record   “What are demons again?” “They’re like invisible spirit creatures.” “Invisible? So they don’t exist.” “What do you think?” “What’s the evidence for them? Claims don’t count.” “Oh you’re a smart one.” [This section is all about demons! Are you getting tired of demons? Rid yourself of all that’s unholy with Alexis […]

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Let’s Blame it on St. Augustine

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Karen Armstrong is a well-known and respected historical author regarding the Bible and early Christian traditions. I find her work easy to read and quite fascinating. I am going to build this essay on one of the more striking points in her analysis – the doctrine of original sin and St. Augustine’s role in it […]

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The Last Battle – Chapter 7

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By Alexis Record   “So slavery is good and not believing is bad?” “Apparently in Narnia.” “But the Calormenes have slaves! And everyone keeps saying that’s why they’re the bad guys!” “Silly as it seems, Aslan gets special rules. Being free to think for yourself becomes bad if it leads you away from slavery to […]

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Was Jesus a real person?

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  A few years ago at a secular conference, I met the author Richard Carrier who wrote On the Historicity of Jesus. He introduced himself as one of seven people who did not believe Jesus was a real person. I was curious and I ended up reading his very lengthy and thorough analysis of the […]

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The Last Battle – Chapter 6

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By Alexis Record   “Wow, Jill is super great at stuff now.” “Probably because she’s dead.” “Wait, what?” “Christians have this belief that after you die you get a new body…” “No, stop. This makes no sense. When did she die?” “At the train station. She’s been dead this whole time.” “You go to Narnia […]

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When priests became celibate men

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We have all read about the recent grand jury report of the abuse of over 1000 children by priests in the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania. This report, of course, is not the first to charge the Roman Catholic Church with sexual abuse of children nor the first accusing leaders of the church of covering […]

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The Last Battle – Chapters 4-5

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By Alexis Record   “And that, honey, is why black face is wrong.” “Why did the book put it in there? They could have done something else as a disguise. Like a magic spell.” “Or hoods, or animal costumes, or capes. That’s a good point. An author is only limited by imagination. A responsible author […]

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