Archives for November 2008

Ky. law requires Homeland Security to credit God

I did a double-take when an article came in through the News Wire containing this:State Rep. Tom Riner, a Southern Baptist minister who was instrumental in establishing that requirement in 2006, disapproves of the fact that Homeland Security doesn't currently mention God in its mission statement or on its Web site ...The law that organized the Homeland Security office first lists Homeland Security's duty to recognize that government itself can't secure the state without God, even before … [Read more...]

An Argument for Atheism – Part 5

In Chapter 2 of The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins gives an argument for atheism. The argument is a chain of reasoning consisting of five inferences. The first inference is a non sequitur, but I have attempted to rescue the argument by making explicit an unstated assumption, and by clarifying the first two premises:1a. Any creative intelligence, of sufficient complexity to design anything, comes into existence only as the end product of at least one million years of gradual evolution. A. The … [Read more...]

Myths of Islam

As with any other religion, there is plenty of material critical of Islam available on the web today. Some of it is even pretty decent as an introduction to problems with Islam.For example, there's the "Myths of Islam" page, part of the web site. It aims to get beyond some of the pro-Islamic propaganda that is easily available. And the web site of a whole seems like a good place to visit, if for some reason you enjoy staying up to date on outrages committed by the violent … [Read more...]

Christianity (warning: may be offensive to Christians)

I thought this funny, but I should warn readers that this image may be offensive to some readers. Click here if you are curious. … [Read more...]

Scandinavian secularity

Phil Zuckerman, author of the very interesting Society without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment, has an article online, "The Religious Support Behind Proposition 8." There, he uses Scandinavian secularity and social success as a counterexample against religious worries that deviations from God-given policies invite social calamity.Now, Society without God is a good book. It's hard to argue with how it presents Scandinavian countries (focusing on Denmark) as … [Read more...]

Laws Protecting Faith Healers instead of Children

This article includes some background info on the issue of legal protections for faith healing: … [Read more...]

Purtill’s Definition of “Miracle” – Part 7

A miracle is an event (1) brought about by the power of God that is (2) a temporary (3) exception (4) to the ordinary course of nature (5) for the purpose of showing that God has acted in history. (“Defining Miracles” in In Defense of Miracles, IVP, 1997, p.72).I have proposed two improvements to Purtill's definition so far:A miracle is an event that is (1a) brought about by the power of a person who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and perfectly good, and that is (2) a temporary (3) exception (4) t … [Read more...]

Evil Atheist Parsons Exposed!

If you want all the dirt on that evil atheist Keith Parsons you should check here: author of this blog has decided to smite me in the name of the Lord for some comments I made in a debate with William Lane Craig ten years ago. Here, you will learn that in my remarks I committed numerous fallacies, though, curiously, the author fails to identify any. You also learn that I think that people who … [Read more...]