Why Won’t You Argue What I Know You Believe?

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Yvain has been reading Feser's The Last Superstition, and he has an excellent gloss of one of Feser's main points: Feser's argument is that most atheists arguing with Christians are pretty much the equivalent of a Calvinist going up to a Hindu saying "Look! John Calvin's writings totally oppose abortion! Why can't you see that?!".And then when the Hindu isn't convinced, the Calvinist gets angry and says "Any reasonable person could see that John Calvin opposes abortion. Therefore, you must … [Read more...]

My Belt is being Phagocytosed!

White blood cells engulfing strep

This is the last in-progress Monday update for my Ms. Frizzle costume you'll get.  I've got to have the whole thing finished by this Saturday.  So, I spent most of Saturday drawing germs, tracing them onto interfacing, ironing the interfacing onto fabric, and then pinning and topstitching the appliques onto the dress.In case that was a little in the weeds, I'm drawing designs onto this kind of fabric:The interfacing gets ironed onto the pretty fabric to make it stronger and to keep it … [Read more...]

Help me make a hymnal for the Liturgical Party Train

God willing and the creek don't rise, I'll be received into the Catholic Church four weeks from today.  However, it just so happens that the baptism falls on the same weekend as The Game.  That means I'll be taking a night train from Boston to DC with a group of my college friends to make it back in time.Since we'll be traveling together, I thought it might be nice to say Evening Office when we board in Boston and Morning Office when we arrive in DC.  (Those are parts of the Liturgy of the Ho … [Read more...]

Objective Morality and Hard to Get at Truths

Bob Seidensticker has been checking out C.S. Lewis, and he's put up a post explaining why he still doesn't think it makes sense to talk about morality as objective.  I'm going to reply over here, but I'd love to have Hemant Mehta of Friendly Atheist step in and backstop me.You see, back when Hemant and I were scrapping on Justin Brierley's radio show, Hemant agreed with me that the Taliban are flat out wrong about the moral status of women, as wrong as people who think the earth is flat.  I w … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (10/19/12)

--- 1 --- In the midst of the discussion on how to translate "I AM THAT I AM" into languages that don't have a "to be" verb (like ASL), I found out the following things:The technical term for this kind of linking verb is copula One of my readers knows that Klingon also lacks "to be" and provided a possible translation E-Prime (short for English Prime) is a reimagining of English that cuts "to be" and all conjugations of the verb out of the languageThe reasoning behind this project … [Read more...]

Want to do a mitzvah for Greta Christina?

Greta Christina, an atheist blogger, has been struggling with grief the last few weeks after the death of her father.  Unfortunately, she's also just been diagnosed with endometrial cancer.  She transitioned to full time writing and speaking earlier this year, which means being slowed down by illness and treatment has a huge impact on her finances.She's asking for donations (and book recommendations), and I'm chipping in (and shipping Arcadia).  I know I've got a crossover audience, so I wan … [Read more...]

“To Be or not To Be” How to frame the question?

I've been doing lectio divina in the Gospel of John, and I found myself paying a lot of attention to the use of the verb "to be."  (I was thinking about the I am that I am answer that God gives to Moses when asked for his name).But then I got a bit distracted by a nerdy translation question: How do people translate Exodus 3:14 ("And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you") into languages that don't inclu … [Read more...]


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