Fred Clark, in yet another post lambasting the issues with the Left Behind series, also tackles a more general issue that is reflected in the novels: He writes: This idea of God’s intensely specific individual plan for every detail of your life is a feature of American evangelical piety that we’d be better off without. [Read More…]

God the Father vs. The Godfather

The discussion of the way some envisage God as running a protection racket led commenter arcseconds to quip “Nice immortal soul you’ve got there. Pity if something were to happen to it.” I thought that deserved to be turned into a meme. Here are a few attempts. Feel free to do better, and if you [Read More…]

Design All The Way Down?

I have sometime found myself in a debate with someone whose views I do not actually find objectionable, because they used the term “Intelligent Design” but meant something very different by it. The view that the cosmos is “intelligently designed,” that the universe is “fine tuned” for the sort of life that we are to [Read More…]

Literalism and Absurdity

I came across this on Pinterest: This obviously reflects, for the most part, the literalistic and contextless approach of fundamentalism. But now that religious viewpoint is treated with hostility – yet without in fact questioning its underlying assumptions. Those who are willing to read into the text ideas that were not formulated until much later, [Read More…]

God’s Not Happy

Someone using the zip line, a new attraction at the Creation Museum, was struck by lightning. I checked the source, and it isn’t The Onion. Surely, if the core belief of Answers in Genesis is true, namely that removing God from so-called natural phenomena by appealing to scientific explanations is inappropriate, then God is displeased [Read More…]

Life on Other Cells?

I saw this on Facebook: It reminded me of an analogy I’ve often used, of two cells in a human body talking about their place in the grand scheme of things, and the meaning of their existence. One says that it looks around and says “Cells are all there is – we’re born, we die, [Read More…]

Rebuttals to Ray Comfort

Hemant Mehta recently shared this video response to Ray Comfort’s deceitful movie about evolution. It makes some excellent points, including highlighting the irony of Comfort saying “Just look at this banana! Proof of God!” and yet complaining, when scientists have so much evidence for evolution they can point to, “Sorry, that’s not good enough!” Mehta [Read More…]

Beyond a Copernican Spiritual Revolution

David Hayward posted this cartoon, depicting the sea change in the direction of so many being “spiritual yet not religious”: Some will find the shift from the church at the center to the individual at the center offensive and problematic. But it isn't that different from what Jesus talked about when he said “the Sabbath [Read More…]

Ray Comfort’s Latest Attempt to Deceive is Online

As several bloggers have already noted, Ray Comfort’s new movie, which deceitfully edits what scientists and even random bystanders have to say in order to deceive people about science, is now on YouTube: Use the comments section to discuss the lies, errors, and anything else that is wrong with the contents! I’ll get the ball [Read More…]

Perfect Bible, Imperfect God?

Another quote from a recent Facebook discussion that I thought I would share here: To believe that the Bible is inerrant, literally the words of God, you have to view God as morally flawed, since God pretends to be different human authors, and then apparently hates it when people fall for his trick.   [Read more…]