Category: False Dichotomies – the lines between

Our culture in general, as well as many Christians, accept many false dichotomies. A dichotomy sets two things in opposition. It is a set of two mutually exclusive, jointly exhaustive alternatives. A false dichotomy is when the things placed in opposition, are not opposed. Either the items are not jointly exhaustive (there are other alternatives), or mutually exclusive (the alternatives overlap), or neither. Some of the false dichotomies you will see discussed in this category are head/heart, soul/body, supernatural/natural, fact/value, reason/revelation, science/religion, nature/grace, transcendent/imminent, faith/reason, grace/law, material/spiritual, objective/subjective, subject/object, God’s sovereignty/human freedom, mercy/justice, freedom/law, belief/knowledge, Mon-Sat/Sunday, Bible class/Biology or P.E., public/private, sacred/secular, plumber/pastor


Christians Can’t Simply Be Conservative


Just the other day, I was listening to a pastor casually commenting on social issues, and underlying all his comments was the foundational belief that being Christian goes hand in hand with being conservative. I have been uncomfortable with this attitude since I was in high school and have been arguing...

“The White Knight”


Where does evil come from? We've got two choices: It comes either from within or from without. How one answer this question can hinge on how one understands the relationship between Good and Evil.  If we think they are completely separate, then we will tend to divide the world up into the things that...

Mom Crashes Son’s Sex Ed Class


On my way home from a haircut after work last Friday, I heard a brief interview with a woman who had gone to her son's grade 9 sex ed class. This was in a public school in Michigan. She got angry enough about the perspective being presented that she hollered...

Scripture and Truth


Does scripture have the final say in truth? I had never heard of the Wesleyan Quadrilateral until it came up in a few sermons. And the way it was applied concerned me a little and I've been thinking about it ever since. Although, John Wesley never spoke of a quadrilateral,...

Faith versus Reason


This was an image on Facebook a while back.  It portrays a popular understanding of faith.  It describes what we might call blind faith. The adjective blind distinguishes this faith from reasonable faith--or simply, faith. There is a popular, but mistaken, notion that religious people base their conviction of the existence of God...

Two Kinds of Language


I have this theory that English is two languages. Maybe all languages are two languages, but I don't really know any language but English.  I came across a passage in Patrick Rothfuss' novel that got me thinking that English can be used in two distinct ways.  If we are reading something that the...

“Just a Story”?


Some Bible detractors will say that this or that part of the Bible is "just a story."  In the last month, I heard two different church leaders use the same phrase in their defense of the historic Adam saying that Genesis 1-3 can't be "just a story." We can't do much about the detractors, but I want...

Christian or Humanist? — Yes!


Last week, I stuck a link on Facebook to a short blog post I wrote for Abbotsford Christian Schools blog, InsideOut called," My Coffee Cup and Genesis 1." I received some heat for this post; I was called "yet another science bashing Christian." This appellation, I believe, is misapplied. Although...

The Difference between Truth and Fact


I've been listening to conversations about "what the Bible says" and have been having a hard time articulating why I'm disturbed by the position taken by some Bible defenders.  I agree with them that the Bible is true, but I get the sense that they are using the term differently than...

Can a school discipline a student for behaviour outside of school?


Apparently not. Riley Stratton from Minnesota won her lawsuit against her school claiming that they violated her constitutional rights of free speech and privacy. She was forced to reveal her Facebook password to her school. When she was 12 she typed some things on Facebook expressing her dislike/hatred for a...