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Rev. Dr. William C. Myers and Scott Blair | Author

Did God want Donald Trump to become president?

March 16, 2019

During a January 2019 interview, the Christian Broadcasting Network asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to provide a “spiritual perspective” on the presidency of Donald Trump. In this column, Scott and Bill respond to her answer: "I think God calls all... Read More >>

To Pray or Not to Pray

Feb. 9, 2019

Note to readers: The Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners last month approved a motion to open its regular meetings with an invocation. (You can find the resolution in its entirety by searching "invocation” at Read More >>

How Does it End?

Dec. 1, 2018

Scott’s Statement
What a story we are, evolving as bipedal mammals with opposable thumbs, rising to extraordinary biological “success” on the benefits of brains capable of language and cooperation. We are often critical of ourselves as a species &md... Read More >>

What is the Soul?

Sept. 1, 2018

Scott’s Statement
I think the idea that we are each a created, non-material soul, temporarily possessing a body, is widely cherished because it suggests that death is not final. There may also be appeal in regarding oneself as an intended and lasting part of th... Read More >>

When is it ok to refuse someone service?

Aug. 4, 2018

Bill's Statement
In the Disney football film Remember the Titans, Sunshine, Petey, and Blue enter a restaurant after a big win. Though the restaurant is half empty, the owner refuses to serve them. “This is my establishment,” he says. ... Read More >>

Is Intolerance Crushing Academic Openness?

July 7, 2018

Scott’s Statement
There have always been people concerned that teaching institutions, cauldrons where minds are brewed, might be spiked with unwholesome ingredients. (In 399 BC, the teacher Socrates was convicted of impiety and corruption of youth.) Nowadays, ... Read More >>

What Constitutes Evidence for God?

June 2, 2018

Bill’s Statement
Are angels hovering over East Jordan?  Looking at the recent photo captured by the security camera of East Jordan’s Fire Chief, Glen Thorman, one would think so. The pictures, snapped in the dark of night by a motion-triggered secur... Read More >>

Is there a line between education and indoctrination?

May 5, 2018

Scott’s Statement
Believers bringing children up in their faith feel they are passing down life’s most important and joyous understandings. They may also hope to impart protection to their children by enrolling them in God’s care.

Parents ma...

Do Atheists Pray?

April 7, 2018

Bill’s Statement
“Do atheists pray?” This was the question asked at our Lenten book study of Craig Groeschel’s book “The Christian Atheist: When You Believe in God But Live as if He Doesn’t Exist.” I had never thought about ... Read More >>

Can We Choose Our Beliefs?

March 22, 2018


Scott’s Statement
Why is it about belief? Christianity calls on people to believe in Jesus, to accept and revere the narrative that Jesus is divine yet suffered death as a human. And the event is said to somehow provide a path to being accepted ... Read More >>

What is Marriage Apart from God?

Feb. 10, 2018

Bill’s Statement

Are we on a fool’s errand? Scott and I are addressing the question “What is marriage apart from God?” 

Broadly understood, marriage is a cultural universal. Yet, a cursory search of the internet reveals the cultural, historical... Read More >>

In the Image of God?

Jan. 13, 2018

Scott’s Statement
John Keats accused Isaac Newton of “unweaving the rainbow” by revealing that all colors are contained in white light, which separates when shone through a prism. To Keats, explaining a rainbow with physics takes the poetry out of i... Read More >>

Should faith be a private matter?

Aug. 26, 2017

Bill’s Statement
Sex, politics, and religion … the unholy trinity of forbidden subjects for public discussion. Most “polite” Americans have been ingrained with this mantra. Even in this age of social media self-exploitation, where nothing is... Read More >>

Life After Death?

May 6, 2017

Gary’s Statement
I envy other life forms on Earth. Humans alone must contemplate their eventual non-existence. Most religions provide a solution for their followers – we don’t really die, we just “pass” into another realm of existence. O... Read More >>

Can Religious Faith Minimize Human Aggression?

April 8, 2017

“Since civilisation began, aggression has been useful inasmuch as it has definite survival advantages. It is hard-wired into our genes by Darwinian evolution. Now, however, technology has advanced at such a pace that this aggression may destroy us all by nuclear or biological wa... Read More >>

Should Religion Be Taught in Public Schools?

March 11, 2017

Gary’s Statement
There was an interesting story out of West Virginia on February 8. For almost 80 years, Mercer County public schools have been teaching Bible stories as part of the regular curriculum. Although the course is now voluntary and funded by private ... Read More >>

Where is the Evidence for the Existence of God?

Feb. 11, 2017

Gary’s Statement
Every non-theistic person who has ever engaged in conversation with someone trying to convince her/him that their god is the one, true god – and all others are invented – has likely demanded proof for the existence of that god. The ... Read More >>

Is Christianity an essential belief system or a philosophy?

Jan. 14, 2017

Gary’s statement

Regular readers of this column recognize that my primary objection to the teaching of the Christian religious belief system, especially to children, is that generally the teachings are presented as facts.

I recently listened to an in...

Religion: Optional belief system or natural aspect of humanity?

Dec. 17, 2016

Gary’s statement

I have always admired Buddhism as a belief system. Other than what I might term the “reincarnation fantasy,” I am on board with virtually all other characteristics of the religion. I also admire the way practitioners are comforta... Read More >>