First things first: I’m very excited to announce that I will be debating Justin of The Faith Heuristic on the merits of evidence for the existence of God. His first salvo is up today, and I’ll be responding this weekend. Justin always has an open challenge for atheist debaters. You can check out some of his previous debates and future topics here.
And speaking of evidence, Iamanatheist.com
has a great post
up that asks us to apply the standards of testimony that apply to courtroom witnesses to the witness of the Gospels.
The other item was a video embedded at the bottom of her post
. A great call to Catholics to embrace the intellectual side of their faith. The priest is a very engaging speaker.
Chilling news from Israel (beyond the flotilla disaster) is detailed in this AP article
. I don’t know why Israel is so frequently referred to as the ‘only democracy in the Middle East’ when a significant proportion of its people have such strong theocratic leanings. Tens of thousands of Ultra-Orthodox came out to protest an Israeli court decision requiring a religious girls’ school to allow Sephardic Jews to attend class with Ashkenazim. One particularly sobering quote:
Esther Bark, 50, who has seven daughters, said the issue is keeping the girls away from the temptations of the modern world. “To suddenly put them in an open-minded place is not good for them”