The slippery slope: Equal rights for zoophiles

Opposing same-sex marriage and attempts to normalize homosexual relationships by claiming sex with animals will be next is a silly reason.  No one is trying to normalize and secure rights for zoophiles... except they are. The organization Equality For All is petitioning to have February 1st … [Read more...]

The morality of Atheism

The debate over morality between Atheists and Theists is forever ongoing. I think Atheists mistakenly believe Theists claim they can't act in a moral manner, but this isn't the issue.  Most Atheists, in my experience, are relatively honest, caring people with genuine concern for their fellow man. … [Read more...]

The U.S. Constitution: Individual rights or group rights?

As part of a college project for a family member, I have been asked to give my opinion on the Constitution as it relates to group versus individual rights for his American Government class.  How would you answer these questions?  Below are my answers. a. There seems to be a growing trend away … [Read more...]

Fear of hell is a perfectly legitimate reason for belief

Is a fear of hell a good reason to believe in God -- or become a Christian? It is accused that simply fearing hell is not a good enough reason to convert.  I get it.  But I also see a few reasons to be critical of this objection. First, I don't think it's true that very many Christians believe in … [Read more...]

What the Grammy’s same-sex wedding ceremony didn’t show you, but why?

First watch and see what you see -- or don't see -- during the ceremony what was missing. (Ceremony starts at 4:30) ______________________________________________ What is the apex of any wedding ceremony? When Queen Latifah announced to the betrothed that … [Read more...]

Baptism: Necessary?

Infant Baptism is an issue of contention among Christians. Some believe baptism is “the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,” a necessary step to entering God's Kingdom. It washes away “original sin” so one may be “born again” free of sin. Both Lutherans & Catholics believe in … [Read more...]

Do I need a degree to disagree?

I notice this most often when discussing Global Warming aka Climate Change.  I have often been told that because I'm not a climate scientist, I shouldn't doubt the "consensus" about the "fact" of  man made global warming.  I sometimes get this when discussing biological evolution, but not as … [Read more...]

The mind is not identical to the brain, therefore materialistic naturalism is false

In order to avoid the reality of substance dualism some Atheists make the claim that the mind merely describes the functions of the brain, that there is no fundamental difference between the two.  I've been told the mind can be equated to chemical reactions that are governed by very physicalistic … [Read more...]

Still “celebrating” Roe v Wade

The Supreme Court of the United States, on this day in 1973 decided that elective abortion was a constitutionally protected act.  Despite advances in medicine which have led to the discovery that a new human life begins to exist at the point of conception, the practice of elective abortion still … [Read more...]

Number of people coming to their senses about global warming is sharply increasing

According to a recently released joint study by Yale University and George Mason University, the number of people who do not believe the Earth is warming has spiked in the last year and a half.  This means people are finally beginning to take into account that the Earth has not warmed in nearly two … [Read more...]

Theological narcissism

This comment was given in response to a local news agency reporting on the United Methodist Church formally charging a minister for presiding over his son's same-sex wedding. Does Catherine really think God is pleased as punch with her every thought and deed?  You know what? I think she does. It's … [Read more...]

Think God’s rules are too strict? Yours are no better

Some Skeptics reject God's standard of right and wrong.  They say what God declares to be morally permissible in some cases is repugnant; and in other cases what God says is immoral is itself wrong to declare as such.  It is therefore wrong, they say, to judge people on such a flawed system of … [Read more...]

What is a miracle?

What is a miracle?  What comes to mind when you hear the word? … [Read more...]

Right or wrong: Genetically engineered children

Geneticists have been on the verge for some time now, through genetic modifications, of being able to choose the physical characteristics of their children.  Want a baby with sandy blond hair, blue eyes, six feet tall?  Soon this will be a real option.  Now firm in China claim they can even modify … [Read more...]

Do you hold a literal view of Genesis?

Ok, I literally hate when people ask the question, "do you believe in a literal interpretation of Genesis?"  I think there is an ingrained tendency to narrow one's focus too much, to the point where you develop tunnel vision and either refuse, or fail to accept that there is more than one way take a … [Read more...]

Fetal homicide laws essentially admit abortion is murder

Currently, a multitude of states have laws punishing what is described as fetal homicide. Essentially, if a person (un)intentionally causes the death of a fetus they can be charged with murder or manslaughter just as if it had been a post-birth human being.  The only exception is if the mother … [Read more...]

What if God did heal an amputee, what then?

This is a common objection among internet Atheists.  It seems like they believe this one challenge to Christians really backs them into a corner.  Does God just not care about amputees?  If God existed He would heal amputees, or even one amputee.  None are healed, therefore God most likely doesn’t … [Read more...]

Why the wealth gap should not be the focus

For all the fuss about the growing wealth gap -- something many people view as a problem -- I think we are looking at it from a flawed perspective. Sure the wealthiest people within a given corporation earn exponentially more money than its base line workers.  But the differences in salary between … [Read more...]

Abortions end pregnancies, not memories of rape and incest

My experience has led me to the conclusion that abortion advocates and defenders are some of the most intellectually dishonest debaters of any issue.  The arguments they make span the spectrum from vile, to wholly uninformed, to downright asinine, and everything in between.  The strategy is if they … [Read more...]

Does sharing Jesus infringe on rights? That depends…

Many people are under the (false) impression that the sharing of religion in some settings is unconstitutional.  This myth has been propagated for so long that people have begun to believe it.  However, even through this mass misunderstanding of what the First amendment protects and prohibits, there … [Read more...]