Time for a quick break from the latest debacles to have a look at the newest E-Block -- which I counted as December 2011 because it isn't fair that it was delayed by a kidney stone. :D
The Slave Chains, Part 5 -- We return to this series to a look at another abolitionist piece of the 1800s. This will continue to be relevant as we just saw the release of a new book by Hector Avalos -- the atheist who is still a child evangelist at heart -- apparently claiming that slaveholders really did have the Bible on their side. (I say "apparently" based on comments from those who have read it -- at over $100, I won't be buying it any time soon.) If that is his conclusion, I can see why: As someone who is still actually a fundamentalist, Avalos would share the slaveholders' exegetical assumptions.
Evaluating the Evangelists -- My profile subject this time is Luis Palau. Not a lot of meat on him, but he does make some rather startling historical errors, and he has some questionable associations (like Paul Crouch).
Totally Depraved -- A defense of some of our findings on TULIP. Here I'm answering a critic (whose name will not be used, as a shaming device) who went after my material on total depravity.
Ghosts of End Times Present -- by request, a look at a fellow named Walter Veith. Ever seen those billboards that say not observing a Saturday Sabbath is the mark of the beast? He's one of those guys.
The Puritan Files, Part 1 -- A new series evaluating works of Puritan authors. We start with a by request look at Cotton Mather's essay on war.
The Ticker will return Wednesday after the holiday.
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