Statement of Faith for Biblical Literalists

A student who was making a presentation to my class on the Bible today had discovered a page I created a while back, called a Statement of Faith for Biblical Literalists. I am simply reproducing it here, for those readers who may not have seen it: Statement of Faith for Biblical Literalists ARTICLE I: One [Read More...]

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Poor Mrs. Leah Cooper

Imagine this. A person you don’t know writes to you from her hospital bed, calling you ‘friend’, and offers to transfer power of attorney over her bank account to you in order that you give the money to charity. All she asks for is your personal information and bank details. What makes clear that this [Read More...]

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The Lengths To Which Some Will Go

In a comment on my recent post about the flat-earth cosmology assumed by the author of the Gospel of Matthew, one reader of this blog suggested that there is a mountain from which one can see all the kingdoms of the earth – on the moon! That, it is presumed, is where Satan took Jesus [Read More...]

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Around the Blogosphere

It has been a while since I’ve shared links to other blogs, and there have been a number that I’ve considered particularly significant. Top of the list is Julie Bogart’s entry The Aberration about modern fundamentalist Christianity as a rather odd and aberrant “blip” far from the mainstream of historic Christianity. If you read only [Read More...]

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News Flash: Action Figure Found On Mars

There is an interesting panorama photo taken by the Spirit lander on Mars that features what looks like a human or humanoid figure. What has not been noted is the scale of the object, which does not appear to be that far from the lander, and thus is presumably not that big. Be that as [Read More...]

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Hermaphrodite Sex Are Few And Unspectacular

Just some keyword tidbits. The Vista black screen issue still draws more visitors than anything else (suggesting that the latest Windows OS is undergoing meltdown and it may not be long before a mass exodus to Linux and/or Mac occurs). But a close second is hermaphrodite sex. I can’t help wondering whether there are lots [Read More...]

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Quote of the Day (Phillip Johnson)

“I also don’t think that there is really a theory of intelligent design at the present time to propose as a comparable alternative to the Darwinian theory, which is, whatever errors it might contain, a fully worked out scheme. There is no intelligent design theory that’s comparable. Working out a positive theory is the job [Read More...]

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A Mountain From Which To Survey All The Kingdoms of the Earth

Today one of my students was astute enough to notice the worldview implied in Matthew 4:8, with its reference to a high mountain from which it was possible to view all the kingdoms of the world. Matthew seems to have thought the earth was flat, even though by his time the Greeks had made some [Read More...]

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Salvation By Gullibility?

Where does an openness to ‘taking things on faith’ become gullibility? Does God view us favorably when we show we are open to falling for claims that do not have evidentiary support? If so, why would a willingness to believe without evidence that an individual was raised from the dead 2,000 years ago be more [Read More...]

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Transferring $27 Million for Mutual Benefits

Just a couple of more spam hoaxes to share, in the hope that I may spare some gullible little old lady some grief as a result of falling for one of these attempts to get sensitive personal information from people. Personally, anyone who believes that a message from a legitimate institution, whether of government or [Read More...]

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Know Thyself: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

It was only a few days before the most recent episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles that I managed to watch the two-part two-hour premiere. So far, I like the show, which has the eerie menacing sliding sound from the movies when a terminator is around, as well as some philosophical reflections on the [Read More...]

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