Feedback I have gotten recently on the ThinkTank...
...mostly good--I will publish the 'rebukers' in full later ;>)
Hi Glenn, I haven't visited your page for a long time- still one of the most influential things I've done in recent years. I owe you a lot and want to continue my thanks to you.
Thanks for the great site! I graduated in XXX from WWW college with a degree in philosophy, and have really missed the mental stimulation.
Thanks for your pages. They are a great help to me.
Have you noticed a trend in our society towards a bizarre
type of Christian/religious fervor? I heard Larry King
mention that the Christian vote was one that had to be
seriously taken into account. At first I thought GREAT but
now I'm wondering. Have you read Margaret Attwood's "The Handmaid's Tale"? The society portrayed in it reminds me in some
ways of today. When I watch Christian tv, I see big hair,
glitz, tears, holyhandkerchiefs, and a desperate need for more
money. My brother-in-laws are ministers and use the latest
big-business formulas to generate a vital church presence.
In my experience, I have found that church could be your
idol and you'd never catch on because the truth is hidden
behind all the mechanisms.
At present I'm reading Carl Sagan's "A Demon Haunted World"
in which he promises to give the reader a "baloney detection
kit" I need it. So far I see so much baloney that I have
trouble just going to church.
I really enjoy your Web page and have found it to be a great help in
strengthening my faith. My only questions is what kind of response you
have gotten from your piece, "What about Those Who have Never Heard the
Gospel?"? For me, it was so different from what I have heard from most
Christian speakers. To me, it lifted a great weight of my heart, for I
had always had problems with the implications that people who had never
heard the Gospel would have no chance at salvation, but would be condemned
none the less. I enjoyed your analysis and have passed it around to
several Christian friends who have also felt the way I do.
Thanks again and keep up the great work!
Just wanted to thank you for your (God-given) powerful logic.
I studied political philosophy at XXX University
amidst some turned-on Benedictine brothers, and
the Just War Tradition in an International Security (deterrence,
war-making) graduate program, so philosophical discussions regarding
"agent-less" harm, the problem of evil, how can we "know" there is a
God, etc., make the most sense to the Christian "me" (apart from my
physical, i.e., soulless "container"). Far from adding understanding
of my place on this plane, a-theistic, non-Christian, theorizing simply
lacks any comprehensive, contextual meaning. Thanks for consistently
pointing that out. Your Web site is terrific.
Great site. I really enjoy how thoroughly and thoughtfully you have done your homework. Yes, I know to God goes the glory, but I want to thank you and encourage you for being a good and faithful servant. I will follow up to see how you speak to those who think they are to intelligent to be wise. I am a very well educated believer who has been lead to search for the words to answer the arguments that will lead others to Jesus. I know the Holy Ghost convinces, I just want to help with the introduction.
I've also struggled with the faith (it's not called "faith" for nothing
sometimes) and really appreciate an honest, courage-filled, NO CANNED
ANSWERS look at the evidence for believing.
Although I grew up in an evangelical home, I've recently felt really
drawn back to Him at 33. Your Web site has played a significant role in
Because Christianity is the only major world religion where GOD CAME
LOOKING FOR MAN,
PS - I really loved your analysis of the "epistemic chain". More! More!
This site is a breath of fresh air. I have been on line for a couple months and have see the world as it is. My goodness, I have been sheltered. I am a Christian fundamentalist grandmother. I have trouble sitting in church because of the perfumes and other smelly stuff in the air (like eucalyptus decorations and bathroom plug-ins). I am allergic to many things. I miss chatting with Christians and interactive Bible Study. I was looking for a Christian type chat area. I do participate in the secular ones to talk around the world with others. Some are nice and understanding. I am amazed that some young types don't know there is a way of life that does not use the "f" word. I have also been told I will get kicked off the Web for talking about my faith. Ironic isn't it that they think O.K. use popular culture language but that the discussion of God or faith is not permitted. Oh well. Can you send me some connections to Christian interactive discussions or Bible Study?
By the way, you've got a great site... keep up the good
I just read the piece you added re my
question on long lifespans pre-flood. It's brilliant!! All I need to do now is
1)control my desire to ram it all down my agnostic friend's throat (don't worry,
I'm sufficiently aware of the long-term implications of such a move)
2)see if the books from which the info came are accessible in my library.
Anyway, thankyou again for putting that on your site-I get really excited
every time I see the bible being vindicated yet again.
I always find your writings very affirming; that you don't
merely rearrange Scripture and claim that that "answers" everything
(the answers ARE there but not always packaged in a way that is
accessible to people in general); I liked all the natural law stuff; the
universe is so precise, so ordered; it is very beautiful
Thanks for addressing one of the "big questions"
I don't know how many people who read your writing actually move
significantly from an a-theistic viewpoint (some, I hope); nevertheless
1) Your site is SO powerful as an example to non-Christians that
Christians can be reasonable, loving, honest, humble, etc - what an
example of Christ; I am so excited that you have such respect from many
non-Christian Web people
2) You must be strengthening the faith of many believers who then
go out with greater confidence in our Lord and hence their own witness
3) I think you must know by now how your example has helped me in many
ways to move into a closer relationship with the Lord
I believe that I've finally come full circle in regaining the most
precious of all things, Jesus Christ. After 3 years in state university
life, I began to become more confused about whether or not the faith I
had trusted in since early 1981 was founded on truth. After much reasoning & research, I say that it was true after all, and your piece on
God helped me to reach that conclusion. Very recently, I became terrified about the afterlife, why I did, I'm not sure. But I thought that
I was at the mercy of what/whoever was in control of the universe and
beyond. Still, as I don't have any expendable income, I hope that you
know of someone in my area who would volunteer to give me spiritual
counseling in my efforts to grow back towards Jesus. I live in XXX. I thank you again for your great
assistance in pointing me back on to the path and I will certainly be
praying for you and your wonderful ministry that I have discovered.
The very clear, sharp, and witty writing of the author!
A good, clear apologist can be life changing to people.
Keep up the good work!
I just wanted to write to you and thank you. I am presently working on an
M.A. in Philosophy and a great deal of the reading I have been doing has
been non-theistic. As a result, my confidence in my own epistemic
justification of religious belief has suffered. Much philosophical
literature is slanted to proffer a negative view of Christianity and the
soul. Although I am still struggling with my own worldview as I work on my
M.A. thesis on consciousness and qualia..., I am encouraged to read your insightful and thought
provoking work. If you have any time, I would enjoy hearing back from
you--with any correspondence you can spare.
Masses of data on the NT documents: history, dating,
background etc. and related information.
I am amazed at your Web site. You are prodigious in your
output. It is quite refreshing overall, and to be bookmarked.
Nice Page! Thoughtful ideas and interesting viewpoints. Good luck (being a Calvinist!) on making the page more accessible
I have been reading some of your stuff at:
So far it has been great. I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate
Keep up the excellent work! I thoroughly enjoy reading the ThinkTank -
it's been a lot of help for me in framing and approaching some of the
really hard questions.
Been scanning the files in you little corner of cyberspace and
must say I enjoy your work.
Thanks for this great site!!!
I read books on philosophy. I don't understand a lot of what
I read but I try. I am experiencing DATA overload trying
to come up with the words to express my appreciation of what
this site means to me. It seem that the Christian world at
least on the surface is so anti intellectual. I worship at
XXX, a congregational church. Thanks
again and keep on PRESSING ON.....
Glenn, Thank you so much for the Christian ThinkTank. I
found your site at a time when I was very discouraged and
had just about lost "faith" in Christian apologetics. Very
few apologetics resources ever seem to deal with the sorts
of questions that I tend to wrestle with, and when they do
they usually end up raising far more issues than they solve.
Often, the mediocre sophistry and endless epicycles that so
many "apologists" feel constrained to use has left me
feeling more than once that if there really were answers to
these questions, these presumably "informed" people wouldn't
have to play all of the games that they do. It is so
encouraging to find someone else who at least has enough
faith to ask the really hard questions. My "faith" has
been restored. I also want to thank you that you have not
included any creation/evolution links which would tend to
lessen the credibility of this site in the eyes of many of
people I would tend to recommend this to; I know many do
try to persuade you to do otherwise. Keep up the good work;
you'll never know until eternity just how many people
you've blessed. God bless you always.
While I found it easy to reject Catholicism (and later most aspects of main-stream Christianity) at an early age, I found this page fascinating.
I truly commend you for being able to discuss your beliefs in an open and (I think) loving sort of way. I found no hatred of others, a willingness to discuss compassionately your differences, and a general tone of curiosity and thoughtfulness. It didn't compel me intellectually, but It warmed my heart in these days of the Christian Coalition and other hate groups.
Again, I commend your efforts and I wish you well in your efforts. May your God bless you!
I think your site is great and I look forward to watching it grow. What a good job you do - I like the way you think
I've thoroughly enjoyed browsing through your site - several times - the
amount of high-quality material at ctt is staggering! Clearly, you've
made excellent use of the gifts God has given you.
Just writing to express my appreciation - I found your article on
Thallus and J. Africanus to be thoroughly stimulating and invigorating.
It has been a long time since I've read analysis of that quality.
Thanks very much.
I've visited the Think Tank site a few times an have been very
blessed by the heart and content. I guess you're a/the major
contributor and are doing a wonderful work. Thank you.
I just discovered the Think Tank today. THANK YOU!!!! It provided
more than the daily required amount of mental stimulation. It's
often hard to find reasoned, critical Christian thinkers...I'm no
mental giant, but I do enjoy actual thinking, and will be visiti˙˙˙˙
and ruminating over your page for some time to come. Thank you for
all the effort you took to create and maintain it. I will certainly
be a frequent visitor and recommend it highly to others.
I'm very thankful for your ThinkTank ministry. It's been a blessing for me,
from the time I first discovered your site.
I really enjoy the questions and answers. I also find the
in-depth response you give to the issues you address to be
very helpful. I have never heard of an apologist who goes
into such detail and yet still admits to not knowing
You have a great web site, Gob bless you for that.
I really liked your answers to "Is God really the
only evil agent in the Universe".
Finally a place where I can find resources for the thinking skeptic and agnostic. It's pages like yours that proves that the Internet isn't necessarily a cesspool of pornography and anarchy and extremism.
I was ecstatic (well not literally--no visions or anything like Teresa
of Avila) to find your home page on the Net. I am at work and I don't
have time to provide all the reasons why I am drawn to your Christian
Think Tank, but suffice it to say that it is what I would create if I
had the resources and wherewithal. I do not have the
philosophical/theological background that you do (although I have an
M.A. in church history from XXX Seminary) but "thinking
Christianity" is what I'm all about.
I've not had much time to scan the nooks and crannies of your home
page, but I must say, "I'm impressed." I had just been answering a
new believer's question on "Does God change His mind?" when I came to
your home page during my lunch hour. Offhand, I didn't find anything
on God's ineffability, but I'll enjoy going back and searching. I
attempted explaining some things about God's preceptive will and the
efficacy of prayer within God's sovereignty but he didn't seem
satisfied with my answers so I went looking for help and found your
P.S. My atheistic cubical neighbor is astounded to find there are other
thinking Christians out there.
First, I just want to tell you that I enjoy and am learning
from your web page. Thank you for all of the time you have put
This is going to be one of my favorite places. I find many wonderful things to ponder, and hope that I may contribute from time to time.
I am fascinated that (1) generally well-reasoned and reasonable opinions appear; (2) they are supported with footnotes and sources, where appropriate.
Although it is not a matter of disinterest with me, I, despite, considerable education and reading, find some of the articles somewhat obtuse in philosophical technicalities and unnecessarily pedantic.
Thanks for your reply to my post to you.
I returned (once again) to your wonderful Web page and browsed in a bit more depth than before.
You really have created something quite amazing. I hadn't read your biographical stuff previously,
so I was quite amazed to learn that you are a full time computer firm executive - I pictured you as
a pastor, teacher, or professor with time on his hands. Now I am simply amazed at how you do it!
Thanks for the Wittgenstein site. I've only browsed it briefly, but this is the
sort of thing I'm looking for in an apologetics site.
Your booklist made me drool; about a third of them I hadn't heard of. It's great
to be given pointers to intelligent treatments of complex problems (e.g. the Jesus
I think your treatment of evil and suffering in the short answers section is
promising, but weak. (I only skimmed your site, so forgive me if I missed
the "big guns") This is, of course, the most difficult area of apologetics.
There are two areas to address, the intellectual (philosophical) and the
emotional (pastoral). A theodicy can convince on the first level without
convincing on the second. Among other projects, I hope to produce an outline
response to this argument. Realistically, with other commitments it could be up
to two years before I finish it.
Muchos kudos for the web site. I will be
recommending it to friends. PS Do you accept "helpful material" for the site
that you edit but don't actually write yourself?
Just a note of encouragement to keep up the good work. It must take
quite a bit of time and I worry that you might get flooded to a stand-
still by incoming mail. Don't grow weary doing well!!!
I just stumbled across your CTT site today and was very impressed with the
depth of the discussion. I'll be back again.
Well, I hardly know where to begin except to say I'm going to have an extremely interesting time "mining" your page and its links!
I'm a believer from north-central XX, attending a church that rigorously examines few of the issues addressed here, but a church that
fascinates and challenges because of God's hand at work. Anyhow, I apologize for the rambling, as I read more and more of all that you've included it sparked one thought after another...
At this point, I am still somewhat overwhelmed by the bulk
of information available at your site. It is very impressive.
I think the most interesting thing is your discussions on
epistemology, and the tough questions you've been answering.
Your site has reawakened my interest in apologetics, and
has gotten me interested in epistemology (a subject I had
not considered seriously before visiting your site).
Just Yesterday I found your Web Page and I am impressed
thus far with your work and arguments. My problem at the moment is the
time to check all of your references ( you can bet I will be checking
anything I find questionable!) I can see that for the most part there are
some wacko's out there, aren't there!!!
First off, this site is a great idea and is very well done.
The conservative Christian circles I run in offer many good
things, but they generally don't offer substantive food for
thought or opportunities for clarifying my expression of my
faith. I expect this site will fill a great need in my
spiritual life. More importantly, it's good to see a place
where non-Christians and there intellectual stumbling blocks
are taken seriously, but nevertheless confronted firmly.
Remarkable high standards of argumentation. In fact, this
is the only religious site I have seen so far whose quality
matches that of the Internet Infidel's!
Just wanted to drop you a note of thanks for the web site.
Haven't sent much time here yet but it looks like it will be beneficial to my learning,
Have a special place on my hotlist.
I can always use good source to learn and grow more.
Love your website. It's come along at a good time in my life, and has
certainly been a challenge.
Let me start by saying that I have enjoyed your discussion
on a variety of different issues. I find the clear
articulation and effective presentation of your ideas
refreshing, especially since I am often confronted by those
who share your orthodox views but unfortunately not y
our intelligent and coherent argumentation.
Just wanted to thank you for your page. It has been a tremendous encouragement to me in times of doubt here at school.
I have been doubting almost every aspect of my faith. I guess I'm 19 so I'm allowed to, but it's kind of
frightening to pull out the rug of security again and again. God bless your ministry, and thanks again,
Your incredible erudition. I've visited other "Christian"
sites and found them to be rather narrow-minded.
I'm very impressed with the diversity of material and directness of writing style.
Thanks again for your labor for our Lord.
I've been using your material in answering
college students questions and for teaching
aids. The Trinity material was especially
helpful for a two week "short course" for
our church's college class.
Thanks for the book reviews. I've picked
up and read several items based on your
1. Your obvious love of God
2. Your clear intention to seek the truth; "seek and ye shall find"
3. Your willingness to entertain self-doubt and criticism.
4. Belief in a logical God. (My own presumption)
Keep up the good work brother, there is a reward waiting for you.
I have just been looking over your site. It will definitely be of use to me since I have to deal from time to time with some of the issues you deal with. I will definitely be back to benefit from your hard work.
You must be a man of energy who likes to meet challenges and solve problems. I wish there were more of your type around who believe in God and His revelation to humankind.
A rhetorical question: Who pays the money to update and maintain this site on the WWW? Whoever it is, he/they have my thanks!
God bless you, Glen. He is certainly using you.
Don't let the attacks of the enemy discourage you and get you down.
The essays you've written. Lessons you've learned, for
instance, or "Paul" or "Everything" links. You've an
absolutely wonderful writing style, and I'm utterly amazed
at your page.
The dialogues. The letters from secular skeptics and
believers, followed by your responses. They seemed a bit
too dry and philosophical for my taste. While I do love
a bit of philosophy now and again, I much prefer it when
it's simply put and concise, but much of the letters you
receive are longwinded and/or bogged down in technical
philosophy-speak, so as to most probably bore and confuse
the reader into submission.
You are doing a great service to many. I am grateful and encouraged to know of people like you who can express their faith with courage and wisdom!
Regarding your material on the Net, I like it. Your analysis of the census
in Luke is as complete as any I've seen, and well-argued. Keep up the good
I confess I find it interesting to find a self-acknowledge Christian in one of the super-high IQ groups. I'm more used to seeing a few cultured despisers of religion and many dispensers of vulgar and thoughtless argument.
It has been a quick look, but I like the sincerity, and integrity of what I have seen.
Thank you for your web page! Thanks for all the work and your desire to share. I sincerely appreciate all the work, even if I can't imagine just how much work is actually here!
Glenn, I love your page. I am in the process of doing
something similar, but on a much smaller scale. I wonder
if you would grant me permission to use some of your works
on my page? Some might be used in whole, others distilled
into smaller pieces and I would probably use chunks of some
in my own works. For instance, I am doing a piece on "Jesus
is God" and I've download the quite extensive work you have
done. While I haven't read the entire thing, I've seen
enough to know that there are some sections I'd like to
I have been cruising the web for a little less than a year now---and
I have to say, this is the coolest page that I've found. It's nice
to know that there are still some thinking Christians out there. I come
from the center of the Bible Belt, and it has always amazed me at how
little people know about the facts of their own belief. Thanks for
putting this page together.
Let me take this opportunity to tell you that your ThinkTank has been a
great help to me, as I often deal with tough questions in my arguments
with myself and with others. Your willingness to think through tough
questions and try to answer them, and your honesty and humility, are
greatly needed by many, as you know. Thanks for following God's call to you!
Excellent site! As a Net Newbie, one of my first searches was Apologetics. I had wondered if anyone had constructed a worthwhile website. I was pleased to see that you've been toiling at this for years. I know that MANY have benefited from the work that God has performed through you. I know it has helped me.
THIS IS THE BEST INTERNET I HAVE FOUND. I look forward to visiting it regularly.
I already e-mailed a close friend who is a youth pastor at a Presbyterian church in XXX and told him about your site.
He has a special interest in philosophy and will love your pages.
Keep up the great work brother!
Glen, What an interesting web page! And what an interesting person you are. I was pleased to see that you are a Christian, that you like to seriously engage your brain, that you read The Door, and that you like Stevie Ray Vaughan-esque music.
In general I have found this site to be a huge blessing.
In general, it is refreshing to find a Christian investigating
such intellectual questions, an arena that American Christians
have abandoned for too long with (IMHO) disastrous effects.
More specifically I have enjoyed the work that you have done
supporting the reliability of the NT documents and the
orthodox understanding of what exactly was going on in first
century Palestine. Also, your treatment of the common
objections to Christianity (as in "Thumbnails" and "Tough
Questions of the Quarter") have been very helpful.
It's wonderful. And I love your conversational and easy-going presentation; it makes this site a very enjoyable one to visit!!
Everything seemed pretty interesting. I just loved your overall intellectually dedicated, powerful, and humble approach. the Kingdom needs a lot more of this.
I am not a Christian myself, but I must say this is the
best Christian site on the Web. Your arguments are very
nicely thought out.
It is very encouraging to see your Web Page. One becomes aware
that one's understanding of faith and reason as not only not opposed to
each other but positively complementary (possibly two sides of the same
coin even?) is not a lonely one. "Love God with all your heart, all your
mind, all your soul and all your strength" has always mean to me a
commandment to love Him with all our faculties ("strength") our whole
being ("all your soul") hence the presence of both "heart" and "mind" in
the list. Nothing is redundant when it comes to inspired scripture...
So once more, I pray that you will keep up the good work on the
web and continue to be a light unto this otherwise pretty dark work of
ours. May the grace of our lord be with you always.
Hi, Glenn. I just wanted to say for openers that yours is
the best apologetics site I've seen in my (admittedly short)
time on the net. I read apologetics texts (at least those
available at my local Christian bookstore) as a hobby, and
rarely have I seen arguments so reasonable and logically
One small problem with your site is that you tend to use
terms more suited to philosophers and theologians than
"reg'lar folks" like me (for crying out loud, I'm only in
high school). Maybe a definitions page somewhere for those
of us who hate thumbing through dictionaries? :>)
I thought I'd throw it your way because, sincerely, your Web
site is about the best apologetics Web site I've seen. I
thoroughly enjoy browsing it.
I enjoyed your writing - it dances like F. Nietzsche's!
This is a fascinating, mind-(and soul) altering site.
Thanks for your efforts!
I really enjoy your ThinkTank. It is a real blessing to me. It has
encouraged me to be broader in my thinking about how God deals with the
world. Also, it has made me aware of excellent scholarly resources
favorable to Christianity of which I was previously not aware.
Hello! I'm just an "apologetics enthusiast" from Malaysia who's very
impressed with your work. I don't have any questions - YET! But...
I'll be keeping track of your writings - so do keep up the great work!
I have been surfing through your web pages on and off for
several months. I am impressed with the breadth and depth
of the materials presented here.
Finally: This is the best one-stop resource I have ever
found on the monumental subject of religion. Thanks ever
so much for being here on the web.
I loved it! every moment spent within the fishbowl of thought was bliss! thank you so much for this, I have bookmarked it and will link it from my homepage. excellent.
(isn't it great to get an edifying letter? I meant every word.)
Thanks so much for the wonderful site. I enjoyed browsing through it tonight and will certainly be back. I am going tomorrow night to a meeting of "seekers" who are assembling to discuss the sort of questions that you are addressing here. I will be certain to relay the http to them so that those who have access may come here and have the opportunity to see what you have to offer them. I praise God for your obvious attention to detail. I could spend hours and hours here. I hope that I will someday be able to have such a site like yours. Continue using your gifts to the Glory of God!!!
firstly I'd like to commend you on your amazing website; I am already
using your "books to read" considerably.
First of all, I'd just like to say that I think that this
page is fantastic! I'm a young Christian apologist trying
hard to defend the faith, and this page is just chock full
of wisdom, humor, and hope. Keep up the good work!
I really enjoyed the time I spent here. I will mostly likely come back to take a deeper look around. I am dealing with the question, "What must I simply take on faith, and what must I dissect concerning God." But I do believe, as you have stated, that God is not afraid of our questions.
Glenn, I have been searching for Christian sites
for about six months. I have hit the jackpot and thank you
Jesus. I spent some time this afternoon looking at your Vortex. Your
thoughts are a breath of fresh air.
I'm overwhelmed by the total package. Comic relief is good, but that's true of everything I took time to look at.
Your articles and Sunday School Outline are written at a
very high level. I enjoy it because it challenges me to
stretch and to have a dictionary ready but you might include
some info that is more simplistic for some.
I have always yearned to understand the historicity,
apologetics, etc. I want to someday teach and I have
found the goldmine for all research and questions and
answers here and all over the internet. I have especially
enjoyed your approaches to the issues, your responses to
critics (James Still) and your utmost honesty. I will be
surfing this site often and look forward to future info.
May God continue to Bless your work.
Just a note of encouragement. I've recently begun to engage in an email discussion
with someone I recently met on the Internet. In my first email, I sent him a list of my
favorite Christian email sites, yours being one of them. As it turns out, he had
already spent a lot of time on Wittgenstein's Net and ranks it among his favorites as
So, as I'm sure others have by now discovered, your web page is serving as a focal point
for Christian virtual community. My pen pal and I share a deep desire to cultivate the
life of the mind, and have a burden for the American church to enlarge itself similarly.
We share the challenge of working out our faith with busy careers, marriages, and
parenting--the stuff of every day life.
I've been surfing the net for 2 1/2 years now, and am only beginning to understand its
potential for developing relationships--to span the globe and communicate almost
instantaneously. Thanks for being a focal point for the development of Christian
I look forward to going through your notes on Christian Distinctives--Women in the Heart
Anyway, you have a great, much needed ministry going at
this site. Your site is one of the most worth while I have
seen on the web. I pray (rather irregularly, sorry) that
God will help you keep it up.
One last thing: Thanks in particular for the piece on
the early church and classical literature. The bit about
the Alexandria library was a particular eye-opener and a bit
of a relief as well.
Keep up the good work!
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