Archives for January 2012

Apologetics class

A high school senior emailed me and asked me to answer a bunch of questions, for her "Apologetics class." Here are the questions and my short replies, for amusement value:What is the origin of the universe and man? As physicists and biologists describe it. What is the purpose of mankind? We're not tools: not the sort of things that have a predetermined purpose. What is satisfaction and how do I obtain it? (how can I be happy) This probably does not have a useful answer … [Read more...]

South Carolina Primary Humor, Intentional and Unintentional

For me the highlight of the South Carolina primary campaign was hearing Stephen Colbert speak to an overflow crowd on my College of Charleston campus. I think he is the most honest "politician" of the primary season, and he spoke both eloquently and humorously about what should be a critical campaign issue--the "Citizens United" Supreme Court decision that paved the way for Super PACs as long as there is no coordination between the PAC and the candidate. Colbert's coordination with Jon Stewart … [Read more...]

Christian Philosopher Michael Sudduth Converts to Vaishnava Vedanta

Bill Vallicella has posted a long letter from Sudduth on his blog, describing what has happened and how. This is not the kind of thing one sees very often, so it makes for fascinating reading. … [Read more...]

Martin Luther King and the Republican Race For Righteousness

If I believed in a god, and one with a sense of humor, I would think she had a big chuckle over timing the South Carolina Republican primary for the same week the nation celebrates Martin Luther King Day. On May 2, 2000, South Carolina became the last state to make King's birthday an official state holiday. But South Carolina also then created another official state holiday on May 10 -- Confederate Memorial Day. Prior to this legislation, state employees had the choice of celebrating the … [Read more...]

New Chick tract

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Does Craig Demonstrate a Fallacy in Hume?

A recent responder to my postings on Hume’s argument against miracles claims that Hume’s argument in Section X of An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding is “demonstrably fallacious.” After a bit of coaxing, he has produced the following alleged demonstration, taken from William Lane Craig’s debate with Bart Ehrman:”When we talk about the probability of some event or hypothesis A, that probability is alwaysrelative to a body of background information B. So we speak of the probability of A on B … [Read more...]

How Would Jesus Vote? Christian Politics in the State Of Lost Causes

Christianity and many other religions are sometimes described by category, rather than by denomination, as conservative, liberal or cultural. To that, I would add a fourth category: political Christian, i.e. a candidate for public office who feels the need to profess deeply held Christian beliefs.In my home state of South Carolina, Governor Nikki Haley was raised as a Sikh, and became a Christian prior to running for public office. When she first became a gubernatorial candidate, her website … [Read more...]

Argument Against the Resurrection of Jesus – Part 14

The Fourth Gospel plays an important role in determining the probability of the claim that Jesus died on the cross.Two of the key injuries allegedly inflicted upon Jesus are documented only in the Fourth Gospel:1. Jesus' hands and feet were nailed to the cross.2. Jesus was stabbed in the chest with a spear while on the cross.None of the Gospels state that Jesus was nailed to the cross when they describe the crucifixion. They just say that Jesus was crucified. Crucifixion does not necessarily … [Read more...]