More Expressions of Beautiful Hearts (and some interesting personal stories and insightful observations in there)!
Glenn, hi from the UK!
Some scholars still believe that the works of Shakespeare are actually the product of a number of different authors, on the basis that no single human could have exhibited the sheer wisdom, range, insight and humanity that we find in Shakespeare's works. I feel the same about you when I read the Think-Tank! Are you actually a committee of theological professors working out of a basement in Jerusalem?
I think your achievement, both as a scholar and human being, is without parallel; and that the Think-Tank is perhaps the most remarkable document on the entire internet. I pray that one day God will use me as mightily and productively as he is using you - you are a true source of inspiration and spiritual blessing to me, and - I am sure - to countless thousands of others.
I pray that God will continue to pour out his anointing upon you, good and faithful servant. Bless you.
I read through your "What about Those Who have Never Heard the Gospel?" and it almost brought tears to my eyes. I have been a Christian for nearly 15 years now and one of the things that always nagged at me was this idea of people who never hear the Gospels being damned. I could never reconcile the God I knew with the idea that He would damn babes.
I just assumed that I didn't have all the facts and the problem was not as bad as I perceived. In essence I had faith in God's justice. Your essay has finally put my heart at ease and vindicated my belief. Thank you.
Dear Glenn, In all my theological explorations, I always come back to the Tank to bring me back down to earth/reality,and to be warmed by the gentle campfire of His Love. Thank you so very much for your faithfulness to our Lord and His calling in your life. -Love your brother whom you've never seen (but will in heaven ;>)-
Found your site. A real blessing. I was raised a Christian...but was 47 before I committed to Christ (I'm now 50). I hunger greatly for Him and love learning more about our Savior. I love the "deep stuff" and your site is packed full of it...plus tons of wisdom. Sharing the site with friends and family. Keep up the good work!
your web site is a pure treasure to me. I already see many things I can use to share with non-christian people I love. I will spend months delving into the immensity of it.
Dear Mr. Miller,
[A little bit of interchange here with a reader “JJJ”, I wrote in response to her:
“JJJ--, I want to say 'thanks' to you too, friend...Your kind words and sweet note were such an encouragement to me today!
I had JUST updated my website FAQ, with this email I received a couple of months ago, from another atheist:
"I am an atheist, and I would like to give Christianity a chance. Your web site would be instrumental in this process, because I believe that it is the greatest resource on Christian apologetics on the internet. However, your grammar is so messy that it makes your lengthy articles virtually unbearable to read and follow. I know that a lot of people think the same about your articles and are turned-off. It would be wise to do something about this. "
I was so discouraged last night--because I intended this Website to be a place where atheists could hear this viewpoint clearly and in-detail, WITHOUT having to talk face-to-face with a "religious person" (that can be SCARY and Counter-productive some times!...smile).
Your kind e-note arrived a couple of hours later, and was SUCH an encouragement to me.
Thank you so much, JJJ, for taking the time to write.
I know you are atheist, but I will STILL ask my warm-hearted God to "pour" a special blessing out on you in some way, for this kindness of yours to me.
Subject: simply thanks
IMHO, this is really valuable site that you have made up. I am atheist (and besides a bit of philosopher) and I really appreciate your critical, smart and fair thinking when discussing problems, dilemmas and religion.
Thank You very much.
keep up the good spirit,
I just want to say thank you for all of the hard work you put in with what little spare time you have. Its obvious that God has been blessing this ministry of yours for quite some time now (I see that you are one of two internet apologists on the skeptic "beware list"). Your website has been immensely helpful to me in some dark moments of recent years. Fortunately, I can now read the "Goliath Sized" arguments without any real trouble--I don't necessarily know the answer, but I know that God has the answer, and it doesn't shake my faith anymore. Now I use your website to help others when they begin to doubt and what-not.
Once again, THANK YOU!!! :-)
Keep up the great work and persevere in the faith.
I wanted to thank for all the work you put into the Tank. I found your website about a year and half ago, and really began to look through your writings. I actually e-mailed you once about the piece you did on Daniel………and you responded….quickly! I really appreciated the response. I know you don’t have a lot of time to devote to that. I didn’t want to make this long, so I’ll just say that with the 2000-3000 e-mail questions back-logged you have to know that many people visit your site. I always notice your response to people’s questions is not condescending or otherwise sarcastic (which in some cases it could easily be). It always seems to mirror a love for people……and that’s what individuals respond to. You remind of Paul…… I think what allowed him to endure the beatings was the fact that he knew the person with the whip in his hand needed Jesus as much as he (Paul) did…….. Thank you for all your efforts, and remember that you’re not alone in the race. Hang it there!!
I am a 6th year neurosurgery resident who has been a born again Christian for 15 years. I have been cursed (blessed?) with a very skeptical mind and find that if there is something to question about our faith I will eventually stumble upon it and allow it to get me down. I am writing to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the efforts you have put into the Tank. Invariably, when i have a difficult question, i find you have a rational, biblically based response that, in concert with prayer and study, helps strengthen my faith. I have no doubt that many, many others like me as well as questioning non-believers have been affected greatly by your efforts. Your ministry is incredibly effective and I encourage you to keep up the good work. May God bless you abundantly for your time and effort in His service.
Thanks so much, for all of the time you devote to the incredible scholarship, which is evident in throughout your wonderful web-site
I must say as a Secular Humanist, and non-believer in the Bible being God's word, that your article refuting Genesis being a "rip-off" of Ancient Near Eastern myths was very impressive. In fact, I would go so far as to say it is the "finest" Christian apologia I have encountered on the subject on the internet, and I have made links to your article in several of own articles, which argue Genesis _is_ a "rip-off" of ANE Myths.
I'm a 21 year-old Psychology student at the University of ABC. I have been coming back and forth to your site, researching it for the last two years or so and it has helped me immensely as far as encouraging me, comforting me in my confusion and questions, and being an excellent resource for convincing defenses of the Christian worldview. I am so grateful for your holistic honesty in both your intellect, emotions, and personal experiences. Of all the sites I've researched on the web, and I've looked at quite a few with my curiosity and thirst for knowledge, yours has helped me the most. I've always had tons of questions and your site addresses sooo many that I often didn't see elsewhere. In my junior high advanced science class, my friends called me "Q" for "questions" because I was always asking so many. The questions have not ceased since then and your site has been a huge relief in providing satisfying answers and peace with living in the unknown. Doubts have plagued me for years since high school and within the last year they've started to lessen and I've been understanding God's loving and graceful side more and more. I had a little exposure to the Christian religion/faith/environment as I was growing up and then got involved in an evangelical church in high school which had a large impact on me...good and bad. The first time I can remember saying "the prayer" and learning about my need for forgiveness and that Jesus was God in human flesh was around my freshman year of high school. I said the prayer and acknowledged God then but as time passed I doubted my salvation a lot since I couldn't remember the exact date when I converted. It was a morning church service with my family where I had become involved with the high school ministry. And as I grew older I thought, "oh, I really didn't convert, I wasn't sincere enough, I could never give ALL of myself to God which is what He calls for, and if I did really convert why wasn't it a huge deal (like some enlightened, ecstatic experience) since I was going from Death to Life and sealing my ticket to Heaven?" Within the last year I've been convinced that I am part of God's family although the doubts still ebb and flow. Tonight I said the prayer again and gave myself to God the best I know how...trusting Him and not my trust. I felt almost numb as I said it because I've said it so many times before but it was a decision I made. I choose to believe it and follow God so I believe, more than ever really, that I am saved and I am at peace about it. Maybe I was saved instantaneously that day in church my freshman year or maybe it happened tonight. I don't know all the details of how it all works out but I know I've been seeking God for many years through church involvement, prayer, and life in general and I believe He leads me in all this to this point and the points in the past He has lead me to for revealing Himself to me. Instead of always focusing on "am I saved?" I am trying to focus more on "am I abiding in Christ?" Anways, I've said enough and just wanted to thank you again for everything your site has done for me. I thank God for the instrument you have been for Him. Keep up the good work and may He bless you in all aspects of your life.
And about "Genesis and other literature" series:
it is so comprehensive that even atheists in my country are impressed... [from Turkey]
I furthermore want to thank you for your work on the Christian think tank, I've been a reader for many years now (I think as early as 1994, but I can't exactly remember) and your pages have become major landmarks in my Christian thinking. When trying to approach information on the web with an open mind, amidst all that spiritually can disturb me, I always know that you are a reliable source of information, not only with your technical articles, but also with your personal christian experiences.
I never cease to be amazed by God's sovereignty in reaching those who are seeking His help or need answers. I suppose you never know when your own life and personal endeavors will aid or touch even complete strangers. I wanted to read more of the material on your site before I wrote you, but I feel an irrepressible impulse to communicate my thanks right now-to tell you how you have already touched my life. Though I was raised in a Christian home, I would say I've only been a true believer for a few years now. Over the past year or so I've found I am immensely interested and drawn to apologetics, mostly because I have a few skeptical friends and family who I am trying to reach with the truth of the Gospel. In particular, my brother, who I love very much, has allowed several common intellectual objections to sway him from the Christian faith. He is going to permit me the opportunity to debate the issues with him (probably only because he knows it's very important to me), but I've needed help in answering his questions. So far authors like C.S. Lewis and books like A Case For Faith have been a great help, but your site is exactly the kind of resource I need in reaching him at his deepest interests. He is inclined toward philosophy, and I am certain that many of your articles I've skimmed (and will delve more deeply into later) will help me greatly as I seek to show him that Christianity has a very real philosophical relevance (even further, its relevance extends to every area of life where people seek fulfillment and truth).
I would also like to thank you for the inspiration your work, research, love for the Lord, and dedication to helping others has been to me. I can say with all honesty that I plan to dedicate the rest of my life to similar pursuits as yours. So many people out there struggle with questions and doubts and finally succumb to disbelief without ever hearing intellectually adept answers (or even suspecting that such answers exist) like those on your website. I want to learn all I can, grow in my relationship with the Lord, and help those around me understand the logic, beauty, and necessity of a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior. Your website will be an invaluable resource to assist me in my learning and my own questions. Truly your years of work, the honesty and objectivity in which you address even the most difficult questions, and your fervor for God has, and will continue to bless all those who read your material. I know God is very pleased as He considers your dedication and tireless work.
A couple of nights ago I looked at some of your personal information. I always like to learn about some of the life details of people who have inspired me :o). I read about your daughter Britt and was moved to tears by your reflections and the reflections of her siblings and friends. I have never had to suffer such a loss, but if I ever do, I hope to muster even a fraction of the great hope and strength and steadfast love for God that you demonstrated. It struck me a little to learn that Britt was born the same year that I was. I couldn't help but wonder where I was and what my life was like when I was 21. One thing I know for sure, I was living in sin. I got into a pretty severe car accident in 1999 (I think it was '99, I'm so horrible at remembering dates), yet I was relatively unharmed. I know God was giving me time to accept Him again, and I am awed at that graciousness and mercy. While reading about Britt and watching her video, I could see that she was an extraordinary person, beautiful inside and out, who had already (from what I can tell) entered into that precious relationship with God, and now she is living joyously with Him in peace. It makes me happy to realize that :o).
I wanted to mention also that, in watching her video, I marveled at the unreserved love and respect she had for you. Now, I love my father very much, but we've never had that deep kind of relationship, overflowing with friendship, that was obvious (from the video) between you and Britt. I would even venture to claim that such a strong parent-child relationship is largely uncommon today. You said in your reflection, "She loved me while on earth--really, really loved me, and I have been helped by my God to be able to feel that warmth, see that glow, and hear that music we all know as "Britt"." I also liked her quote: "Father, Dad, Daddy, teacher and friend...of all the lives I could have grown up inside, I thank God with every breath that it was yours!" I am speechless! I just can't tell you…that kind of love from a child; there must be no comparison. You are definitely a success as a father, earning your children's love and nurturing their faith in God (especially when they have questions).
Thanks again for your inspiration and the information you work so hard to provide. Your love for God and others is a warm light I'm grateful to have looked into. I understand you most likely won't have time to write back, but I would be extremely delighted if you did get a chance to respond :o).
The Lord nudged me (shoved me headlong?) into your website this evening. Looks like I have my apologetics reading cut out for me for the next century or 100 or when Jesus returns, whichever comes first. :) It's a super site. Challenging and provocative and, my favorite, personal.
Now how many times have you heard "thank you"....well here it is one more time and I Pray to our Wonderful Holy Father you receive a thousand more before you finish with me. Your website has helped me in numerous ways and I will continue to search the Think tank for useful information to enhance my Christian walk.....by the way...you are really catching on in the world of Christian topics....I've heard your website mentioned afew times since the world has been injured by sin and human nature....(9-11, the tsunami, the death of the Terry Shiavo), thank you so much.
Your surely are a very godly, and intelligent person. Thank you for the accomplishments you share freely for our enhancement of living.
Just wanted to say that I love your website and the loving, thoughtful, Christlike attitude that comes through in all your articles. I don't always follow what you're saying but the bits I do get are very good.
Hello Glenn, I just want to say that I love your apologetics. Personally, I believe they are the best on the net.
Glenn, I just wanted to send you an updated picture of my family (I have sent you one before…you may remember). It seems a little odd to me that I am sending a picture of my family to a man that I most likely will never meet. Well, what God has done through you has meant a great deal to me. Sir, I can honestly say I try to remember you and your family in my prayers every single morning. I sometimes wonder where I would be in my walk with our Lord if he had not directed me to Christian-thinktank.com.
Once again, thank you.
Glenn, I just want to thank you for the excellent in-depth work you have done on this [Cosmogony] series. Of course, I've always enjoyed perusing your site, and have learned a lot over the years I've been following your work. This series has been especially good for me, as I've had a deep interest in ANE archeology, including the documentary archeology, since I was a small pup in the 60s. I have long known about the allegations of borrowing from Gilgamesh, EE, etc., and while I could address some of the general aspects before, you have given me a whole new wealth of material both for my own knowledge and for answering skeptics on this topic.
Keep up the Go(o)d work!
Let me begin by stating that I am “extremely” grateful that you have taken the time to write me back when I know that you are a very busy man. I understand that you do not know me, but I do know you, for I have been studying your work for a couple of years now. Since you do not let people support you (I understand), I have placed you on my “permanent” prayer list, one that I “try” to look at every night.
It seems that I never “run into” ANYONE who understands the things I am going through mentally. Recently, I have quit going to church because I ask myself “What’s the point if no one understands the things you are going through or the things you THINK about?” Your website has in some ways become my church. Don’t worry. I will be attending church again here soon. Plus, I am involved in a bible study group on campus which is what I like best about church. I NEED the interaction but it is STILL not the kind of interaction I REALLY NEED. Even the really intelligent people I have run across do not seem to understand, if that is believable. I seem to analyze everything on a “micro” level, which in some ways antagonizes me. It seems to happen involuntarily. Anyway, I trust that you will understand that I wrote in hopes that I would “one day” (smile) finally get to interact with you although I honestly did not know that it would be so soon. I apologize if the “Read as soon as possible” phrase was misleading but I am in some way or another “desperate” for interaction with ANYONE who REALLY understands the “cognitive” realm and its interaction with the data/experiences of life. The ONLY thing I have left which offers hope is our sweet, sweet Jesus. Many faith development psychologists teach that when people are younger (children), they NEED an anthropomorphic view of God. They found out that children NOT ONLY need this, they in some ways or another almost INVOLUNTARILY anthropomorphize God. .... AMAZINGLY ENOUGH, Christianity teaches that Jesus CAME to us. (I stop everything I am doing paralyzed in amazement and fear as I am emotionally moved to the core by EVEN the thought of the incarnation. The VERY FACT makes me tremble) Anyway, I attend a University that is supposedly Christian, yet the religion department, in my opinion, “rips-apart” the Bible, all in the name of “thinking critically.” I am fed every day with the views of “higher criticism,” and this is believed to be done in the name of “honesty.” They “strip” our sweet Lord of EVERTHING that is due to Him. I CANNOT believe in a “Christ of faith” that was not and is not the “Jesus of history.” I will stop rambling for now. I know that these thoughts have probably been “home” for you in the past. My situation IS NOT as bad as I portray it to be though. I have books/scholars/websites (Tektonics)/etc I study from and I have your “divinely-inspired” website. (smile) You will NEVER really know the impact you have had on people on this side of heaven because of your website. Thank you Glenn, for the “cognitive wilderness” you have gone through for yourself and others. I truly believe that the “cognitive wilderness” is not as bad as it appears though, for us who “live in it,” sometimes. Working through the data appears difficult at the beginning (seeing through a glass darkly) but once we get to the end (through it), we SEE Him more clearly. After one answer, we look ahead in confusion, but turn around and SEE the “stepping-stones” He graciously left for us in our studies. We even have to “return” and “camp-out” on these stones (review information) sometimes. The important fact is that these stones are “there” for others and ourselves.
Hi, My name is ABC. I corresponded with you over a year ago about a book I read and found quite disturbing. Your reply was very encouraging. For some reason, doubt has been my greatest spiritual stumblingblock. I managed for years to keep it at bay with Paschal's wager. However, as you know, the wager itself is cold comfort, and I found that whenever I would pray, or worship, or do anything remotely spiritual, I found myself thinking "All this may not be true." About a year and a half ago, that seed of doubt took root and bloomed into something much more pernicious and destructive. That is when I corresponded with you, in a state of crisis and desperation.
You will be happy to know that I appear to have turned a corner, spiritually. Somehow, I am more able to commit myself to spiritual life without the reservations I previously had. Intellectual problems are not so problematic, and I now understand that the real problem was never really intellectual at all. It was spiritual, an admixture perhaps of fear, pride, and perhaps even demonic oppression that kept me from experiencing the joy of my salvation.
I am increasingly able to see this life as a grand adventure and a spiritual battle, rather than the arid Dali-esque landscape I once thought of it as.
Just a note to say thanks for the encouragement you gave me. I still visit that tank, and read your work with interest.
Thank you sir for your great love in Christ. You will only know on a special day to come how you have helped me regain my will to continue to seek truth no matter the outcome. Your faithfulness in finding truth has given light to a very dark time in my journey. Without too many details, I had found myself up against a wall for too long and my patience had reached an end. Your writings helped me to realize that I wasn't digging in as I believed. Also, though I thought pride was not an issue for me, I think i'm finding it is...
I pray your friendship with the Lord continues to grow as mine finally begins...
I am so blessed right now, I want to finally be able to show some small support for the amazing amount of richness you have added to my life through your web site. Your site continues to be very important to me; this past six months have been (yet another!) faith crisis for me (ironic in that I have been so blessed recently....but I made the mistake one day, while browsing through Barnes and Noble, of leafing through a book by Freke and Gandy, which reopened the floodgates of doubt for me....your continuing "gilgy" piece has been particularly helpful to me through this...I'm not out of the woods yet, but I think I'm being led in the right direction! (sometimes despite myself...))
Glenn, I absolutely love the site. I love your honesty and you have INFLUENCED me to be more honest and humble in my studies.
I love your site and I thank God for men like you who take the time and have the blessing of intelligence to make the faith of others stronger.
As usual, I have been blessed again and again by your Tank site. I refer to it several times a week. I just read your ten-year plan, and I am excited with you! It looks like a great set of goals to be trusting in the Lord about!
A most amazing web sight! It is a real shame that we're not neighbors... I would be interesting to get to know you. I am an audio person. I hear things better than I read them. Your audio is verrrry special to me. When I listen, I am amused, convicted, taken back and generally well taught. There are so many thing to say... so many questions... such a sight!!... Thanks for your efforts to communicate Jesus,
I have been defending the historical evidence for the faith for a while now to all manner of friends and colleagues and your work on the Tank is nothing short of inspirational. You've taught me so much about humility and respect when answering the hard questions (I know you don't think so sometimes but it's true) as well as giving me enormous insight into the character of God based on his works in history. I'm eagerly devouring your audio lectures on the Psalms at the moment.
I attach as per your request a pic of me and my girls to help you identify us when we finally meet - whether in a few years time or a few thousand. I will pray for your children's spiritual journeys.
Many thanks and continued blessing for your ministry,
I have been a reader of your website for many years, and count myself as one of your biggest fans. Aside from faith, you and I share something very important in common -- a deep appreciation for good method. I enjoy your work so much because you always take time to (a) develop and (b) defend your method of inquiry. This is a rare virtue. Most people I meet are interested solely in substance -- and thus the only methodological recommendations their conclusions have is how mellifluous it sounds to the ears.
Mr. Miller, I really enjoyed your website and was brought to tears by your daughter, Britt's video. I think you are an exception to the rule of spiritual guides out there and are right up there in the camps of C.S. Lewis, and Lewis B. Smedes. Your writing style is genuine and compelling and I imagine you are reaching many at their core for God.
While researching the web for a children's book I am writing, I meandered into one of your back pages on why people do not choose Christ. Pretty soon I was traveling through a world of sensitive, provocative writing that truly refreshed my soul. Thank you SO much.
I've just read some of your material on the Trinity and the deity of Jesus, after arriving at it through the AiG website.
I don't think I've ever read anything written about such a potentially complex subject that is so clear and easy to read! It's given me much material to use.
Just wanted to say "Keep it up". Those "dark nights of the soul" you referred to mean you are doing the Lord's work. You are in my prayers.
Remember, "The joy of the Lord is our strength!".
I just recently was referred to your site by J.P.Holding in reference to "copycat" questions. Since then I've been trying to wrap my brain around the sheer volume of material you have ;) I've already found answers to things that have been "bothering" me for years and I look forward to more. Also, I like the fact that your reasoning is right there in the articles, in detail and there are no "pat answers". Thank you for all the work you do and for your faithfulness with the gifts God has given you.
I would like to say how much I appreciate you and all the work you've put into your site. I am fairly new to the Christian faith, and a short while ago I was ready to throw in the towel. The reason for this, is because of the many Christians out there who claim that they represent God and the Bible, but do it in such a way where someone wants to run from faith not embrace it. Well, I happened to stumble on your web site and I can truly say that it saved my faith. I've been reading it every day for a few months now and I love it.
Many of the topic covered on your site address the same questions I've struggled with even before I became a Christian. In the past, I've tried to find answers to them by asking other Christians including pastors and not one has been able to answer them for me (without giving easy answers that cause more damage). So I want to say that I am really grateful for what God has inspired you to do. I am confident that even though not everyone writes to you, there are many others out there for whom your site has either encouraged them to hold on to their faith, or turned them to Christ altogether.
Keep up the good work and don't get discouraged. You're work is truly a wonderful tool for God's work and ministry, and I hope He blesses every area of your life.
I just wanted to say hello and thank you for the work you're doing with the tank. I'm a Christian proud of my brain and have found the tank to be a very good place to turn to whether I'm in a debate with people of different persuasions than me or the debate is with myself. Last night I looked at you personal info and came across the pages about Britt. I shed a couple of tears when I browsed through the stuff. Death is beautiful in its sadness and joy, despair and hope. Britt was beautiful too. Anyway, just wanted to say thank you and keep up the good work.
I wanted to express appreciation for your work on the Trinity. Unfortunately, I spent a good 6 hours reading it and gleaning... I have already composed a rather exhaustive manuscript on the Trinity, but I appreciate your completely honest and systematic approach. I have been studying this topic for over 25 years, and yet I managed to learn some things that I hadn't thought of previously.
I just read through your piece on the "butchering of the Amalekite children", 2000-2001, and was very impressed. Your arguments regarding what could appear as genocide, why God allows such things, and extending into the dilemma that can surround situations where euthanasia would seem to be the only plausible answer, were intriguing, and in my opinion, right on the mark. I was also interested in your observations regarding the apparent visitation of punishment for sins of the fathers upon the children. Your argument that the children were walking in the ways of their fathers had never been that obvious to me. I had placed another interpretation on those scriptures - that the children were suffering the effects of their ancestor's sins - a domino effect. Example - the children of an alcoholic, abusive father certainly live with the consequences, and this can carry on for several generations. Poor education, poverty, bad role model - it's all there. I still believe this interpretation to be true, but your explanation definitely adds a whole new layer of meaning.
I read your thoughts in your article, "The Relevance of the Christian worldview in the 21st century", and what *you* wrote I related to. I wasn't expecting or looking for your words to be like a hug from God, which is really what I've been wanting, but what you wrote was like a comforting hug. So I am letting you know my thanks. :-)
I've gotten sick and tired from always reading Christian Apologetics, but what you wrote gave me a hug during the sad time that my faith is experiencing.
It's wonderful to see your new assembled-lectures page...! Really glad and encouraged the enthusiasm of your work online, and listening to one of yr Psalms studies, I can hear the joy of God in your voice.
Btw, let me add once again that I appreciate all of the priceless essays and resources that are abundant on your site. I don't know what I'd do if it weren't for the ThinkTank and Tektonics. :-) The stress of medical school (and life in general for that matter), as well as an accumulation of apparently unanswered prayers, can be quite discouraging at times. If it hadn't been for my quest into apologetics over the last 3 years or so, I could easily have seen myself slipping into more of a Deistic theology as time progressed (though of course it is difficult in this case to actually ponder "what might have been" had I not taken that route). It bothers me how the church for the most part is into this "feel good-subjective experience" mindset which often seems to implicitly toss intellectualism out the proverbial window, meanwhile it is being attacked from the outside by atheists/agnostics, anti-missionaries, Muslims, and from the inside by the JW's, Mormons, etc. That's not a good combination to say the least!
In tears of joyful thanksgiving that God's Holy Spirit led me to your article. Thank you.
First I want to thank you for all the work you've put into the Tank. It's a great resource. In particular, I've enjoyed your series of articles on the canon.
The information given on your sight has answered many of my questions that I have been unable to answer for years. Many of the books I have read attempt to gloss over the apparent inconsistencies or attempt to do some mental gymnastics with passages that have some difficulities. Although I do not find any of the passages to be overwhelming I do at times find it difficult to answer the questions put to me by young believers in a simple way that is not overwhelming to them.
Thank you brother for bringing joy and hope into my *little life* today. My heart is welling over w/ gratitude and awe at your servant's heart and compassion. Your mini-story in the Penal-Sub work brought a combination of Joy/Laughter/sadness and hope to my heart.
Thank you so much Glenn for being the person Jesus created you to be. I wish you could see the tears in my eyes right now.
What a great site--I'm excited to keep exploring it. I am especially glad to find the Women in the Bible study--my church is having a Women's Day of Renewal next month and this will fuel some great discussions.
I was really touched by the letter in the Pushback section regarding women's perceived "curse" regarding physical pain, especially in childbirth. I found an amazing essay about childbirth on DamarisProject.org that discusses childbirth and relates it to Jesus' sacrificing His body so we might have life.
The author describes her experience of pregnancy, childbirth, and caring for a newborn as physical experiences that can all be entered into with Christ's words "This is my body, broken for you." What a gift, that we as women are able to identify with the ultimate sacrifice that our Lord made for each one of us as we sacrifice our own bodies so that our children might have life.
Thanks for spending so much time on a wonderful resource for others!
Just wanted to say thanks for all the effort you put in to the Thinktank.
By the way, good work on the site. One of the best apologetics sites I've seen, without a doubt.
Also I might want to say about that tsunami thing. Your explanation on the natural evil is basically the only explanation that I've found to be reasonable about why God didn't stop it. I'm not a geologist but stopping plate tectonics might have unintended side effects.
First, I want to thank you for such an outstanding job you do on your site. I've been Christian for about four years now and I first discovered your site not long after I converted. It's helped enormously in finding answers to troubling questions.
You’re the most well-rounded, well-read, creative, analytical apologist I’ve ever seen….
In my opinion, after reading a few of your articles, I would say that you are one of the most well-spoken, thorough, and thoughtful Christian apologists I have come across.
Just a note to say thank you for creating and maintaining the tank.
I'm currently going through a tough time and your articles and essays have been very helpful. I can't tell you how refreshing it is to find someone who is willing to tackle the tough questions honestly and sincerely.
First of all, I'd like to thank you for your commitment to examining many of the scriptural issues which way heavily on the hearts of skeptics such as me.
In my opinion, you offer the most logical and full defenses of the Christian faith.
I know you are busy, as am I, but I wanted to encourage you on the work you have done on your website. I hope you have the chance to do urban and post-modern pastoral training. You make very cogent and well-analyzed observations which I have found extremely helpful. You have provided a different way of seeing the doctrinally orthodox in a vital manner.
Seriously. Your page is such a help and an inspiration in understanding the character and heart of God, and such a wonderful apologetics resource. I love Holding's site too... depending on my mood, I want to hear something about the heart of God vs. I want to read something that is 100% scholarly and at times snarky. *grin* Yours is wonderful for scholarship and inspiraiton and I thank you. Your site helped me get over a lot of my more 'emotional' issues with Christianity and brought me back to the Lord, and for that I thank you, sir.
I'm a long time fan on your site and your ministry. I've been reading the Christian Think Tank for the past seven years or so, and it has helped me a lot, especially on the difficult questions and doubts I faced in my Christian life. I thank the Lord, and I thank you for the time you invested on it.
Glenn be encouraged brother, that ......that which is most important to me..........comes across strongly on your site........namely.........SINCERITY!
Theres a warmth, and great communication from one who (though a well educated gentleman)..........nevertheless knows his limitations ......in the light of the greatness of our God............
I pray for great blessing to you and yours
So a long winded what-I'm-up-to just to say in a really sincere and well founded way thanks for keeping CTT up to date and on line. It is the BEST resource for apologetics on line that I have found. I like the new front page look and the way you have (re) organized the stuff. Great work!
I've just read your bit on the Amorites and am compelled to tell you how much I enjoyed and learnt from it. I arrived at it from a link in the questions on the Tekton website. Thank you so much, as there is so little I've found that deals with a subject in such a thoro' way. I've marked it in my 'favourites.'
Thanks. I found myself weeping like a little kid again when reading one of your letters. I know that while I may have existential struggles in trusting God right now, when I read your letters, I have the hope that one day (hopefully sooner than later) I may just know the one you know the way you know him. Thanks for taking the chance (or maybe it is more of a certainty that must be accounted for) to be hurt in this world so that your heart is open to receive God's love.
I just stumbled across your site a week ago, and I'm so glad I did. I'm a 21 year old college student at the University of XYZ, and you may know that college campuses are particularly disinclined towards Christianity and faith in general. Professors and students here are intellectually skilled but Biblically uninformed, and the more I read on this site, the more I realize that even I fall into that classification. I just finished reading your topic on Women in the Bible- incredible stuff- the King James is the only translation that seems to get close on 1st Corinthians 14:34-37. That passage is one I never had an answer to- and the one you presented makes so much sense- especially when complemented with the rest of your explanation. People my age tend to treat the Bible more as a liability to the Christian faith rather than an asset- but with the research I've been doing on yours and other sites, I'm discovering the opposite to be the truth. Anyway, I'll consider to explore this treasure trove you've created- it's my new Bible study- thanks so much for your efforts!
Your studies and research in apologetics and ANE has been a great encouragement to me many times and I am glad to have a brother in Christ who is out there answering the really tough questions.
I just wanted to say hello again (years ago we had some email correspondance regarding some IT related stuff), I discovered your site while I was at university (back in the mists of time - probably 1994 or so) and have continued to use it since. Thank you for all the obviously hard work you've done. I can't claim to be a scholar (though I am doing a part-time degree in theology now) but I do like to be informed and am acutely interested in asking honest questions of Christianity and finding out those real answers - exactly as you say - something that is true is not afraid of questions! You've been a big help to me over the years as I've discussed topics with friends and colleagues. Thank you.
Anyway, I just wanted to encourage you. And if I can offer any help - not sure what or how, I'm an IT professional (and I guess just as busy as many of us are) plus an active Christian living over here in the UK, so anything you think might be appropriate please let me know.
By the way, your site is AWESOME! it has helped me sooooo much!!! keep up the good work! i'm sure you have been a major help to many of us, and even helped protect us from becoming skeptics/non-believers ourselves! thanx again!
I've been a fan of JP Holding and his website and through that I stumbled across your site. I just wanted to let you know all of your hard work and time put into answering the honest questions people come up with is deeply appreciated. It's a welcome relief to see fellow Christians not denying their intellectual curiosities, but instead holding to their faith and at the same time addressing questions that are often ignored or glossed over. Thanks again! I look forward to reading more or your pieces! Keep playing your drum for Him!
I just wanted to say you're doing a great work and I hope that you are greatly rewarded by God by doing so.
I was especially blessed reading your second explanation of christianity (http://www.christian-thinktank.com/nulittle.html). I'm already a christian for many years but at 17, I'm still not very mature in God yet. ... I suppose I was thinking tonight about how flippant I can feel towards God. This is not totally true of me: least of all because I worry about this. I suppose I feel a bit unworthy when I hear that some people weep over their sinfulness (you even mentioned this in an article I read on your site: I have been reading your site rather intensively for the last two days). Should I be weeping and feeling intense emotion as a Christian? Anyway, what I did tonight was read over the above mentioned article. I was just reading it and the scriptures you quote. And I found my mouth slightly open in what I perceived to be awe and my heart warmed until I reached a point where I closed my eyes and thanked God for the truths I was reading. I think I am always somewhat aware of how good, exciting and amazing Christianity is but only vaguely as I am not fully versed in scripture. Your article just brought me to a point where I could once again praise god and thank him for what he had done for me and once again feel the joy that is found in his presence. So thank you, and keep up the good work, Lots of Love in Christ
My name is ABC, I've been a Christian for nearly 4 years 5 months, and recently, I've been struggling with doubt about the truth of Christianity. The catalyst for these doubts was an article I read on the copycat theory (that Jesus was invented from an amalgam of existing myths and traditions). The same debate forum that sent me to that website provided a link to your site, and I hope you will be pleased to know that your article addressing the copycat theory has laid many of my doubts to rest.... You're doing good work in critically examining the evidence for and against the claims of Christianity, and I hope you still find the balance of evidence to be in favour of following Jesus. I'm struggling now, but I want to know the truth, and if the Bible gives the truth, as I still suspect it does, then I trust that God will reassure me of that.
Thank you; keep it up!
Hi Glenn. You're doing a wonderful job defending the Christian faith.
Although there are some issues that still bother you really have also answered some. I get the impression reading through your writings that you're incredibly intelligent, and I get comfort from the fact someone so brilliant could be a Christian and also have so much faith in God's word (you say that God is not ashamed of a single verse).
I felt compelled to write this email (not knowing if in the volume of those you may receive you'll set eyes upon it)... nevertheless, I have been a student of the "Tank" for some time now... I have had a growing admiration of (by God's Grace) your study materials, and have found a thinker I (as a student) respond to very well. But I have not felt the full weight of the blessing God has made you to me (be it through this impersonal medium of the internet) until I read your words on the "Graduation to Glory" of your daughter Britt. Your thoughts have caused me to MARVEL at the wonder of our great God, and the immense power of hope only His presence can forge in our hearts.
Love your labour of love in Christ Brother! Glad the Lord blessed some of his children with the brains, love, commitment and dedication you show – so that the rest of us can get some potent insights to some difficult issues J I praise the Lord for Christ in you, and your ministry! The Lord bless you, your loved ones, and the sphere of Christ’s influence through you. Thanks for loving and following Jesus! Your one of my Hero’s in Christ!
Sincerely, a brother down under (New Zealand – Please remember us if your ever down this way – you have a home away from home!)
I just wanted to thank you very much for your webpage. As a new believer (well... newly reconciled believer, I suppose you could say) who has found your page inspirational and invaluable in helping me understand the Gospel and, specifically, God, I simply wanted to say, "Thanks, it is very very much appreciated."
Just wanted you to know how much I appreciate UWN! Your candor has been inspiring as I have developed my own website and also share material of a personal nature so that others may come to better know our Lord. Thank you and please keep doing what you are doing.
I've really enjoyed perusing your site thoroughly, and I'm incredibly grateful for men with the intellectual integrity and honesty that you exhibit.
I just wanted to thank you for all of the time and energy you put into your site. I can't imagine how much work it takes to research and write your articles, but they've helped me a lot when I've faced tough questions and doubts. I know that countless others have been encouraged by your site as well.
Thanks for serving the Lord through this site!
I really, really appreciate your site and all the work that has gone into it ! It's mindblowing !
I loved the musings on how power is perfected in weakness, as opposed to the popular "Name it - Claim it" "God is my vending machine" message which has hurt so many people, not to mention grieved God.
Thank you for an excellent site.
I have spend lots of time on it recently, and it has served to clarify many of the questions that have been sitting at the back of my mind.
Great website. Just found it as a link from Tekton. You essays are very informative and easy to read. I was even surprised to see you answered the "theological implications of Aliens". Never seen anyone do that but it has always weighed on my mind. Bravo!
I want to thank you for how much help this website has been for me since I started college. I really appreciate the extent of your research and your sound arguments; they’ve helped me unbelievably :).
A quick note to thank you for your web site. I'm afraid to many of us don't "think" enough about what we profess to be. You definitely have thought away many braincells....my brain hurts with all the deep thought you present. Reminds me of the negative aspect of my memories of Seminary. (I'm not being critical just reflecting on the scholasticism verses relational direction of higher education...the "Greek" mentality vs. a "Hebraic" one as I reflect on it)
I have tended towards the simplistic nature of God's saving grace (albeit after endless time of thought beyond simple expectable ideologies). If we dare to expand our vision of our Creator...letting Him out of the box we have so neatly wrapped Him in....without negating the truths of His Word....we begin to find the true peace that does in fact surpass all understanding. Kind of a catch-22 thing.
I haven't read all your stuff but I do hope and pray that you too have found His rest and His peace. Too much of the heady stuff can be draining instead of fullfilling if we are not in tune with Him.
Keep up the good work. I dream of having a web site one of these days too so as to provide for a renewing of like Christian minds ...
I just had to email to say that your "first memory of Heaven" piece is lovely. In a small way, it seems to capture both Heaven and the kind of gentle heart you express in your writing. Good use of a recreational toy!
I just wanted to write to you to thank you for your awesome work here on the Tank ... There is no question in my mind that the Lord has used you to impact my life in a wonderful way, to bring me closer to Him.
I am a 25 year old microbiologist ... I have been a Christian since I was six, but it was only when I was about eighteen that I fully committed my heart to the Lord. I too am what others would call a "recluse", a "mutant" if there ever was one ... :) I sometimes think that I think way too much, but it was just very, very refreshing to see you deal with some of the questions that I have had in the back of my mind, questions that I had never heard a satisfactory answer to until I read what you had written.
In addition, I have struggled with an image of God as being distant and indifferent for years ... all His expressions of love for me, the experiences I had with Him comforting me in my sadness (I suffered from depression and severe anxiety for several years) and encouraging my heart, I found it difficult to emotionally accept, even though I knew it was very consistent with His Word ... I would always have in the back of my mind, "This is too good to be true ... what if you are just making God out to be what you want Him to be, shaping Him according to your own imagination?" And so this all came to a head late last summer, when what I was experiencing could only be called an "epistemic crisis" ... It was like, "How do I know that anything I have experienced is real, or that any of my interpretations of the Bible are true? Maybe God loves me, but does He like me? What if 'the love of God' (agape) has nothing to do with emotional affection at all, but just means something like 'duty'? What if even the conservative Christian conception of God today is just a Western anachronism (and thus how do I know that anything I believe is the right thing to believe)? What if all my experiences are just the product of my wild imagination?" I was just completely paralyzed emotionally by all this, even though in my mind I knew that none of this was really the case. And the thought this was all my imagination kind of precluded me from sharing any of my experiences of how God was working in my life.
But then I came across some of the letters on your site (to and from readers), and particularly when I read of how you have asked Jesus to come and sit with you and hold you as you cry, and how He thus comforts you in your grief and pain - when I read that, it was like a weight being lifted off my shoulders, because I have personally experienced such comfort as well - of Him holding me (in a non-physical way ... hard to explain) while I cry, feeling my anguish more than I do ... And when I read what you had written, I knew that I was not crazy, that this is bigger than just me ... That night it was like Jesus was sitting there, entreating me to come to Him, to give all my fears and anxieties and "inability to understand or know" over to Him, that He would take care of it, that He would take care of me in this, like He always did. And as I poured out my heart to the Lord, I realized that if I couldn't trust Him, then who could I trust? He, as the ultimate goodness, the ultimate beauty, the ultimate answer to every desire in my heart, is the ultimate One who deserves to be given the benefit of the doubt ...
(And surely such love that would drive my God to allow Himself to be horribly crucified, deliberately turning His wrath back around on Himself so He wouldn't have to turn it on me, is not simply "duty" ... not if words have any meaning at all ...)
Since reading of how the Lord has worked in your life, He has shown me how He works in similar ways in the lives of others around me ... and so I feel a little less crazy every day ... but it all started with you and your willingness to be so transparent with your audience ... And you helped me with what you had written about how God loves us for who we are, and not just for what we can do for Him ... and about your own struggles with the "He's not all I thought He was" kind of thing ... and so many other things that convince me that we know the same beautiful, dear, precious God ...
I hope this has made sense, because I feel like I am rambling here, really, really badly ... I just wanted to thank you for everything you've written, and to encourage you that none of what you write is in vain, because God can and does use them to bring people closer to Him ... He definitely did that with me ...
Your sister in Christ,
But there's always the other voice (smile)...
MISTER, I READ YOUR EXPLANATION ON DID GOD CREATE EVIL AND YOU HAD ME LAUGHING HARDER THAN I HAVE EVER LAUGHED BEFORE. THE "SO CALLED" GOOD BOOK SAYS HE DID, AND EVERYTHING I HAVE READ IN THE BOOK GIVES THIS "GOOD" GOD THE CREDIT FOR EVERYTHING. YOU DON'T WANT US TO TAKE THIS LITERALLY. WHAT DO YOU WANT US TO TAKE LITERALLY IN THE BIBLE? I AM AMAZED THAT YOU WROTE SO MUCH DEFENDING YOUR STANCE REGARDLESS WHAT THE PASSAGE IN ISAIAH STATED. I GUESS ISAIAH WASN'T CREDIBLE. IT WAS HOGWASH AND YOU KNOW IT. DO YOU ALSO HELP WRITE THE TAX INSTRUCTIONS ALSO? DO YOU HELP WRITE OUR COUNTRY'S LAWS TOO? WHAT A MESS OF GREENS.. LISTEN, THE BOOK THAT YOU BELIEVE SAYS GOD IS THE CREATOR OF EVIL. PLEA AS YOU WILL, MOST PEOPLE WOULD RATHER BELIEVE IT THAN TO READ YOUR BORING, CONFUSING EXPLANATION. YOU WRITE LIKE AN INTELLIGENT MAN AND YOUR BOOK LEARNING IS PROBABLY BEYOND REPROACH, SO I KNOW YOU KNOW WHAT REASONING AND LOGIC ARE..YOU NEED TO USE IT MORE AND DROP THE CONFUSION.
Can't win 'm all...?