Hitler Can’t Help You

One of the standard moves in the apologetic argument from morality is the invocation of Hitler. If there is no objective moral standard, then how do we say that the Holocaust was wrong? Don't we all feel instinctively that the Shoah was evil? Doesn't that point to an moral standard outside of our own moral reasoning?As NonStampCollector points out, most apologists end up refuting their own argument in an interesting way:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zt5gLf455Q8(via Bob Cargill) … [Read more...]

John Piper on Altruism

I think Piper may have paid us a backhanded compliment in a recent column at Crossmap:... Doing right for right's sake is atheistic. Christian's should do what's right for God's sake; because the Bible teaches us to do everything for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). But God is not glorified if we leave him out of account, and say that doing a right deed is it's own justification. Nothing is its own justification, if God is left out.Piper is rejecting altruism. Not because he … [Read more...]

Dawkins and Presentism

From Religion News, Richard Dawkin's latest controversial statement:In an interview in The Times magazine on Saturday (Sept. 7), Dawkins, 72, he said he was unable to condemn what he called “the mild pedophilia” he experienced at an English school when he was a child in the 1950s.Referring to his early days at a boarding school in Salisbury, he recalled how one of the (unnamed) masters “pulled me on his knee and put his hand inside my shorts.”He said other children in his school peer … [Read more...]

Why Jesus?

Christian Piatt has a post up in which he attempts to present a non-Christian friendly version of Christianity; a sort of "introductory Christianity" for those who just want a sample.As always, there's the troubling question of authority. How are we to judge the different versions of Christianity? Why should we accept that Piatt's version of Christianity is really Christianity, as compared to Spong's version, or the Pope's version, or Pat Robertson's version? Is it really just a matter of … [Read more...]

Stephen Fry: Slavery and the Catholic Church

Exactly. … [Read more...]