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Monthly Archive: September 2011

Sep 30 2011

The Pascal’s Wager Insurance Company

[Just to end the week on a light note, here's a post from the old blog, originally published January 12, 2010.] I was just thinking: suppose we made financial decisions the way some people would have us make decisions about our souls… Monday [Phone ringing] Hello? Hi, my name is Morgan, and I’m from the …

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Sep 29 2011

Explanation vs Rationalization

One of the chief obstacles to understanding is the unavoidable human habit of rationalization. We tend to favor some beliefs, and to resist others, and have a natural tendency to explain away any evidence that leads to conclusions we don’t like. What’s even worse is that most of the time we don’t even realize that …

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Sep 28 2011

Gospel Disproof #6: Satan

One of the most noticeable flaws in the Gospel story is God’s obvious Superman problem: if the hero is both invulnerable and unstoppable, how do you find anyone stupid enough to oppose him? Too many super powers make your hero “super”-ficial. There’s no drama (and thus no realism) because prospective bad guys haven’t really got …

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Sep 27 2011

Creationists blame evolution for poor US science showing

Writing in a guest column for dnj.com, a certain Ned Myers blames Charles Darwin for Americans’ poor scientific literacy. …American public school students place 23rd in scientific literacy when compared to 34 other developed nations. A strong case can be made that one reason for this poor showing is that we teach evolution as science. …

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Sep 26 2011

First Amendment? FL Lt. Gov has better idea

Speaking at a so-called “Faith and Freedom Coalition” rally, Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll is unhappy that people in America are allowed to say mean things about Christianity and to enjoy a secular government. “You know the Bible says faith is believing in what is not seen. Today unfortunately, many in the media would like …

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Sep 25 2011

Archbishop defies president, society

Bit late, but I wanted to comment on this one. According to USATODAY.com, Archbishop Timothy Nolan (Grand Wizard head of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops) is putting pressure on President Obama to try and stop his senseless rush towards tolerance and civil rights for gays. Dolan said the bishops are especially upset that the …

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Sep 25 2011

This week at ER: Infinity as a finite number

Back at my other blog, Evangelical Realism, this week’s XFiles installment looks at William Lane Craig’s “no real infinity” argument, which ironically (and inadvertently) proves that Christian life has no meaning, value, or purpose.

Sep 23 2011

Shooting your own horse

There seems to be a new debating tactic among adversaries of the New Atheists, and one Colin Tudge gives us a good example. Richard Dawkins has no sense of irony. He rails endlessly against fundamentalists yet he defends old-fashioned, Thomas Gradgrind-style materialism as zealously as the Mid-West Creationists defend the literal truth of Genesis. He …

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Sep 21 2011

Gospel Disproofs #4 & #5: Heaven and the Ascension

One of the oldest myths in the Bible is the idea of heaven, the abode of God, as a physical place up in the sky over Palestine. Genesis 1 kicks off the myth by describing the creation of the heavens along with the creation of the earth, with a “firmament” between the two. The fact …

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Sep 20 2011

The truth will out (no pun intended)

Remember those video recordings of the lawsuit against gay marriage, the recordings that anti-gay activists didn’t want anyone to see? They’re coming out. Video recordings of the trial over California’s gay marriage ban should be unsealed, a federal judge ruled on Monday. District Judge James Ware in San Francisco said in a court order that …

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