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10 years since Hurricane Katrina

It’s been a full decade since the hurricane of historic destruction hit land back in 2005 leaving thousands upon thousands in ruin.  The event was so tragic we needed a reason, something to blame for the hurt.  That reason was global warming.  Of course it’s not called global warming any longer because the warming trend […]

Is this the most pivotal presidential election of your life?

A friend asked this question of me today.  It brought to memory all the radio and television talk show hosts who proclaim each election cycle that “this election is the most important of your life time”.  I suppose they aren’t wrong.  Each new election brings new rippling consequences, all of which set policy trajectories for […]

The (A) theist Podcast

I’m currently contributing to a weekly podcast, The (A) theist Podcast.  Its focus isn’t atheism as the title might suggest, but more so religious and spiritual in general. I’m the resident Christian with the other hosts who are Atheists. It’s only in the third episode, which you can find HERE. This most current episode flows […]

The transgender facade

Earlier this week headlines boasting the appointment of the first transgendered white house staffer.  This shouldn’t be a surprise. Personal sexual proclivities are at the fore of our social experience right now. Those who are reluctant to be supportive of these kinds of lifestyles lament the in-your-faceness of the entire enterprise. However, there seems to […]

It’s 1984, but we are Big Brother

A video of ESPN reporter Britt McHenry is making the rounds on social and traditional media for her berating a towing company employee. I’ve seen the video, and yes, she was out of line. She was angry and pompous, reminiscent of Alec Baldwin in many ways. These kinds of videos get clicks though, people want […]

Charlie Hebdo is a rape victim

By now everyone has heard of the Muslims who exacted revenge for what they considered blasphemy of their prophet on the satire paper Charlie Hebdo. Three masked men opened fire on and killed 12 people, only some of whom were “culpable” for the alleged crime. The social media response to this wasn’t as surprising to […]

You’re not an atheist for lack of evidence

Just a quick thought. It occurred to me that the atheist who claims to be such due to lack of evidence isn’t looking deeply within himself hard enough. What I mean is, we all believe many things to be true without [sufficient] evidence to justify the belief. Now, what they might suggest is the claims […]

You’re not an atheist for lack of evidence

Free will, determinism, or something in between?

For the religious adherent, whether we are agents created by the Almighty to freely act according to our desires, or we are under His divine direction will depend on your theology.  A case could be made either way I suppose.  I think the Atheist has a more difficult time reconciling the determinism/free agency divide than […]

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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