Archives for February 2013

State of the Empire Union

I forget the details, but apparently when the Roman empire was in its decline, the Senate would do these creepy rituals where they’d get together and shout about how great the Emperor was, exhausting themselves repeating a single sentence dozens of times. I wonder if, centuries from now, the State of the Union will look [Read More…]

Does Craig’s hypocrisy know no bounds? (the Craig-Rosenberg debate)

I was going to make my next post on the Craig-Rosenberg debate about the problem of evil, but then I listened to what Craig had to say about the problem of evil in his first rebuttal, and wow: [Read more…]

Gut reaction to Pope’s resignation: I don’t care

When I heard the Pope was resigning, my first thought was, “I didn’t know they could do that.” Apparently they can, it just hasn’t happened in 600 years. People are wondering what this could mean, but personally I suspect that all it means is that the Church figured out the “Pope until you die” thing [Read More…]

BS outrage and the atheist blogosphere

A few days ago I stumbled across an article by David Wong titled “5 Ways to Spot a B.S. Political Story in Under 5 Seconds.” One item in particular was uncomfortably familiar: “The Headline Is About a ‘Lawmaker’ Saying Something Stupid”: [Read more…]

Comments on the Craig-Rosenberg debate, part 1

So far I’ve only listened to the opening statements from William Lane Craig’s recent debate with Alex Rosenberg (audio here). In this post, I’m only going to comment on the Craig’s opening statement, along with the “Gish Gallop” issue. [Read more…]

On the Gish Gallop and related matters: a reply to Jeffery Jay Lowder

In a comment¬†in a thread on the Craig-Rosenberg debate, Jeffery Jay Lowder writes: [Read more…]

How do liberal Christians know the “true message” of the Bible?

Peter van Inwagen, in his contribution to the anthology Divine Evil, accepts that the Bible is morally flawed, but thinks we can know which parts of the Bible to follow and which to ignore. How? Supernatural guidance: [Read more…]

I hope I’m not like this when I’m 70…

William G. Dever is one of the archaeologists fundamentalists sometimes cite as supporting their view of the Old Testament, so I thought I’d take a look at his work. I came across this essay, where the main point is that no Dever does not in fact accept Biblical inerrancy, but the first and last paragraphs [Read More…]

Warfare in the Old Testament

Previously: Greek poetry¬† [Read more…]