Religion Is Not Truth Apt, Even When It’s A Scientist’s Religion

Rust Belt Philosophy criticizes Lisa Miller’s account of the criticisms of Collins as being an example of spineless mainstream media not willing to countenance the real crux of the challenge to his nomination: she manages to keep up the dry indifference and artificial neutrality of opinion that afflicts our media, all while studiously avoiding anything that might upset the status quo. This last bit in particular is what bothers me. Among the many, many names Miller could’ve picked to represent… Read more

Scriptural Authority In The Early Church

Shawn Wamsley makes some interesting and illuminating claims about patristic understanding of what made their texts authoritative. Below is just an excerpt.  The entire piece is worth reading: The derivation of authority does not originate from the occasion of their writing or the exact syntax of words and vocabulary.  Rather, their authority is derived from concepts and the individuals who delivered them; the most important of these individuals was Jesus Christ and the Spirit through which his words were communicated.[7]… Read more

Religulous: “Jesus Named Barack As Antichrist”

Joe.My.God picks up this video to which World Net Daily is giving promotion: Your Thoughts? Read more

An Atheistic Invocation

Pharyngula has a great find: Cobb County, Georgia is infamous for its efforts a few years ago to slap a warning sticker on biology textbooks, which might have given the impression that it’s full of southern yahoos. However, intelligent people and godless people are everywhere, including Cobb County, and they now have another claim to fame: a local atheist, Edward Buckner, used the opening invocation of a county board meeting to deliver a godless homily. It’s not bad; you can… Read more

Call It Volitional Love Rather Than Unconditional Love

Earlier today I posted Brendan Palla’s reply to my posts on unconditional love and love in general.  In what follows, I have interspersed my replies to him within the stream of his argument. I want to open with a bit of a critique. I don’t think you’ve captured very well the notion of unconditional love in your first post. As I understand it, on your account, if you love someone for a reason, say that they are handsome, or virtuous,… Read more

A Challenge To My Critique Of Unconditional Love

A week ago I posted twice on the theme of love, spending the first post on what I saw to be conceptual problems for the ideal of unconditional love and then focusing the second post on a constructive attempt to characterize love and then locating unconditional love within that new framework. The next day, Brendan Palla offered some criticisms to me in person and I asked him if he would put them in writing for the blog and he has… Read more

Is It Wrong To Advertize Abortion Services On TV?

Sadly this video has been taken down from YouTube. Read more

Debate On Miracles

Michael Shermer vs. Adrian Holloway Read more

A Catch Up Day

I’ll be spending the rest of the day working on my dissertation and teaching.  I’ve moved many of the recent days’ posts to the front page in case you missed them during my flurry of constant posting during the last 4 days.  Also there is a long list of blog posts in the right hand column to help you catch up further. And, whichever posts you read, remember to share Your Thoughts! Read more

Is The Christians’ God Pro-Life?

Daniel Florian sums up the case that indeed he is not: Dear Pro-Lifer, Your God is not pro-life. You might find that statement surprising, but I know this from your own holy book. Despite what you may have been told, the Bible is not a pro-life document. It is, in many parts, pro-death. In one of the first stories in the Bible, God murders millions of people through a global flood — including born and unborn children. Unborn children —… Read more

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