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 … [Read more...]

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?  … [Read more...]

Pascal’s Wager and picking the correct God

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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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Is the Bible really that difficult to understand?

That's the question I offer to skeptics who blame God for the number of professing Christian denominations.  "God", they say, "is a terrible communicator if no one can agree on what it says.  After all, God should have made it unconfusable".  To this complaint I always request a citation for a … [Read more...]

Who was Jesus?

Taking into consideration how substantial Christianity's impact on the world has been, I think everyone needs to be able to answer this question.  If Christianity is true, then answering this question accurately is even more consequential. Skeptics: do you at least concede that knowing exactly who … [Read more...]

ZQTX Q&A

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A semi-regular commenter, ZQTX, wondered aloud what "the precise point where you accept and do not accept the science".  I think it's a bit loaded, but asked in good faith nonetheless.  He provided a sample list of questions which I'll answer here.  It's not likely to interest many other readers, … [Read more...]

Are all religions pretty much the same?

Broadly speaking, skeptics rarely differentiate between the world's religions.  When it comes to the real or perceived evils done in the name of religion, or by religious adherents they're one in the same.  This is especially true when discussing Islamic terrorism or the Crusades and Inquisition. … [Read more...]

You’re just not getting it!

Issues for which there are essentially two sides have people vociferously arguing for their position. Most often each side simply talks past one another. A while back I asked of those on the pro-life and pro-choice issue to vent on what it is the other side just doesn't get. Now I'm asking my theist … [Read more...]

If the mind and brain are not identical, Naturalism is false

In order for Naturalism to be true, there can not exist any non-physical phenomena.  The differentiation between the mind and brain demonstrates -- clearly, I think -- that Naturalism cannot be true.  One example I believe is most compelling is that I am not physically identical to who I was even … [Read more...]

Why do people go to hell?

It’s not right that people would go to hell just for not believing in the right God.  We all know a good and moral God would't condemn people to hell just for not believing in him, would he?  I hear this a lot, and it demonstrates a  misunderstanding of the reason people are condemned in the first … [Read more...]

Christian exclusivism

Is it petty of God that he would condemn people to eternal punishment for the mere crime of not believing in the right God or adhering to the right set of religious doctrines?  Now, I don’t lay all the blame on critics wgo think this is the case, per se, but it seems to be a common complaint … [Read more...]

Belief, Unbelief, and emotional crutches

We all have reasons why we believe the things we do. They range from what we would admit to being vacuous, to what we believe to be well grounded — and varying degrees in between. Of course how others view our reasons is often very different from our own assessment. Every once in a while, however, … [Read more...]

Atheist group demand Governor keep his religion to himself, whining ensues

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If it's not protesting memorial crosses on the sides of the highway, Christmas displays, or twisted pieces of metal that resemble a cross, they're whining that some pol said a religious thing. FFRF -- "I can do all things through Christ" sounds like a threat to them?  Hearing a bible quote is … [Read more...]

Morality: Social compact or discovered truth?

The subject of morality is always a contentious subject among those who debate it.  Understandably, no one likes it very much when those with differing views on what is or isn’t moral is seen as trying to force 'their version' of morality on you or society as a whole.  Whether a person or a group’s … [Read more...]

Do you censor yourself on social media?

The advent of social media outlets have made a small world even smaller.  Friends of yesteryear and family rarely seen or heard from have been brought back together via Facebook, Twitter and other internet social mediums.  In addition to reconnecting with family and friends, people voice their views … [Read more...]

What can I say?

Every once in a while I hit a wall.  Now is one of those times.  I'm finding little inspiration for topics.  You'd think with all that's in the news, there'd be plenty for me opine on.  But alas, I'm dry. I'm looking for ideas for topics, or particular issues about which to write.  So help a guy … [Read more...]