Can the Bible be impeached solely because it’s religious?

‘I can understand the frustration of the skeptic when he encounters a Christian defending his convictions by merely citing the Bible with no quantification.  It frustrates me too. Why would the Christian expect the skeptic to grant the Bible the same level of authority as does the Christian?  Regardless of how situationally inappropriate ‘because the Bible says…’ is, the skeptic’s objection […]

Why shouldn’t she abort?

Earlier in the week I was listening to a podcast discussion about the controversy Richard Dawkins inspired when asked what to do when pregnant with a Down Syndrome baby.  His response was to abort and start over.  The woman on the pro-abortion side defended the sentiment even though she said she personally thought the statement […]

Debating Abortion by TerranceH

Abortion. Abortion. Abortion. Yes, I know. We’ve debated the issue repeatedly on Sifting Reality and it always seems to end in a stalemate. Like Simic says, we pretend to be rushing off somewhere but we never get anywhere. But I’m writing this post for a friend with whom I work. He’s a recent hire, and […]

There is no default position

In any serious discussion, everyone needs to participate.  All people bring an opinion into every discussion and everyone needs to support it.  Most people understand this, but sometimes someone comes to the table under the impression that their view is correct by default. Some people like their worldview is ‘ground zero’, so to speak.  Some of the […]

It’s not my fault you’re an Atheist

I wish I had a nickel for every time I interacted with an Atheist who who seems to be desperate to latch on to the idea that atheism is best defined as a lack of belief .  It seems that they will relentlessly argue for that loose definition to no end.  Moreover, these same Atheists will rarely […]

Where are the secular accounts of the life and miracles of Jesus?

When making an argument for Jesus’ reported miracles and resurrection the first place most people will turn is the Gospel accounts.  These documents contain the majority of information we have on the person of Jesus though certain details can be found elsewhere.  Often when citing the Gospel accounts, the skeptic will object to their use […]

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Do we have a right to die?

Brittany Maynard has renewed the discussion on the ethics of assisted suicide and assisted death after she wrote an op-ed piece for CNN sharing her story about her decision to take her life early next month.  Assisted suicide and assisted death are different, and I think the distinction is important, and in my opinion, shapes […]

The Ontological Argument: The most underrated argument for the existence of God

The Ontological Argument for the existence of God is perhaps one of the least satisfying arguments.  I also think it’s one of the most underrated due to its complex and precise use of terms, but in my opinion, is one of the more philosophically powerful once it’s properly understood. Because it is so complex (due […]

Are your moral objections principled?

I was listening to a morning radio show which included a segment called ‘Six on Sex’.  Ordinarily, a contestant (usually a young girl) is asked six very personal questions about her sex life while her father is listens to his daughter’s exploits.  If he can make it through all six questions and answers without hanging […]

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Pascal’s Wager and picking the correct God

Pascal’s Wager isn’t an argument for God’s existence, even though it’s often misunderstood to be one.  It’s a cost benefit analysis between believing in or rejecting God.  Skeptics, I believe, are far too dismissive because I don’t think its weight is realized.  The wager holds no power for skeptics because “it doesn’t tell you which god, you need to […]

Check your Darwinian assumptions

Commonly held presumptions about what constitutes evidence for evolution as a viable explanation for the bio-diversity we see will have to be rethought.  All too often, defenders of the evolutionary process point to what they consider examples of homology, or the science of things kinda looking like other things in other animals.  Well, the idea […]

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Perpetuating the myth of domestic violence

  The above graphic has been circulating the internet for at least a couple weeks now.  It references the incident between former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice assaulting his then fiancee in an Atlantic City casino elevator.  I think the image above only serves to show the bias most people have when it comes […]

Religions and violence: they’re not pretty much all the same

Over the years, I’ve noticed it’s rare for a skeptic to differentiate between the religions.  So rare that when noted Atheist and comedian Bill Maher takes people to task for placing Christianity and Islam on equal footings when it comes to violence ‘in the name of’, it actually makes the news.  And now that ISIS […]

When can God take a life?

Skeptics and Atheists aside, most people can accept — even if they don’t like it — that God takes life.  When it comes to our loved ones, it doesn’t matter how much time we had with them, we could have — should have — had more.  But when it comes to life and death, some […]

NFL to institute biased penalties for domestic violence

Know this upfront: I don’t condone or make excuses for anyone committing domestic violence.  However, the NFL has, in response to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, instituted a zero tolerance policy of sorts for these kinds of offenses.  ESPN reports that “[t]he NFL is immediately implementing a sweeping domestic violence initiative under its personal conduct […]

What does Ferguson tell us about resisting the government?

This is an older post about whether or not we, as a free people, should ever allow ourselves to completely submissive to the government.  While I wholly disagree with the reasons the people used to justify the unrest that had played out in Ferguson, Missouri over the last couple weeks, it’s plainly obvious that our […]

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Highly skewed NARAL poll still finds the vast majority of Americans believe abortion is immoral

A poll conducted for ultra-pro abortion group NARAL has found that more registered voters believe abortion is immoral and should be illegal than is morally acceptable.  These results still obtained even after 68.7% of the sample group self-identified as pro-choice. I think this is indicative of a population that is moving away from supporting abortion. […]

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Liberal Christians: In the world and of the world

Social scientists have taken up the task of surveying nearly 16,000 Americans about their views on certain social issues.   I can’t say I’m too surprised at the results shown in the chart below.   Via The Whitherspoon Institute: What is the sexual and relational morality of Christians who accept the moral legitimacy of same-sex […]

No true Scotsman: Sometimes they’re just not

This is really for one kind of reader: Atheists.  Often a skeptic will cite some particular Christian, or group of Christians and hold them up as a representative sample of Christians and Christianity.  There also exist sects of people who claim for themselves the label of “Christian” yet are largely dismissed by the broader body […]

Illegal immigration, Abortion, Man’s morality, and Politics

Just a quick few thoughts here. Who among us have had a defender of elective abortion say “unless you’re willing to adopt the children who’d be aborted, you shouldn’t try to prevent it”. Does the same reasoning apply to the illegal immigration issue? If you support an open border but you’re not willing to adopt […]

God and little green men

Whenever it is thought that an Earth – like planet has been discovered, speculation of the presence of life there is also part of the discussion. With the thought of life on other planets comes the ramifications this might have on religion. My experience is that skeptics and Atheists are under the impression that the […]

Obama’s rich vs. poor politics are dangerous

Regardless of your politics, you really should be uncomfortable with President Obama’s tendency to demarcate the wealthy and the poor in America.  Demonizing or otherwise creating an ‘us vs. them‘ mentality really isn’t good for the country or the political atmosphere overall.  It can lead to some of the less self-disciplined among us to act […]

What exactly is religious fundamentalism

I hear the term “fundamentalist” tossed around as though it’s some kind of pejorative.  It’s as if being a fundamentalist of whatever stripe is a bad thing.  When I hear the term, I’m not automatically associating the label negatively.  It seems to me that a fundamentalist, is someone who believes in the basic, original tenets […]

Liberal memes debunked: I have many leather-bound books

What makes this so face-palmingingly awesome is the recent compilation by Steve Williams writing for the Examiner who found that of the ten people with the highest recorded IQs, eight are theists and at least six profess Christianity. If that weren’t enough, a Yale professor last year found that those who identified as Tea Party […]

Everything is offensive when you’ve been taught to look for it

Progressivism thrives on conflict between blocs of the populace.  In fact, it can’t survive without it.  Their voting blocs are victims of the others, usually due to alleged racism, misogyny, or some kind of xenophobia.  Bottom line, everything can be turned into an example of racism.  Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, white lined paper, the Thanksgiving […]

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