Monthly Archive: October 2011

Oct 14 2011

Finding God’s will

This parable is about a bank manager, a good Christian man, who discovered one day that his bank had lost hundreds of thousands of dollars through a combination of negligence and mismanagement. Even worse, it was entirely and exclusively his fault. What was he going to do? He remembered the story of Gideon and the …

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Oct 13 2011

God is pro-choice

[Originally published Sept. 24, 2007] According to CNN and AP, a Nebraska legislator’s lawsuit against God has produced a “miraculous” response. LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) – A legislator who filed a lawsuit against God has gotten something he might not have expected: a response. State Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha said he sued God last week …

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Oct 12 2011

Framing and accommodation

FtB co-blogger The Crommunist Manifesto explains why he is not an accommodationist. I am not persuaded that any argument, no matter how friendly or accommodating, can persuade a person away from faith. Faith is not a position that is found by reason; it is one that is found through indoctrination and reliance on heuristics and …

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Oct 11 2011

Gospel Disproof #8: Prayer

Believers will often tell you that prayer works, and in a way they’re right. Prayer does work, but the interesting thing is that it works equally well no matter who or what you pray to. One day not too long after I realized Christianity was not The Truth, my wife lost her car keys. It …

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Oct 10 2011

Gospel Disproofs #7: Counting heads

The doctrine of the Trinity is a rich source of gospel disproofs, due to the inherently self-contradictory nature of the doctrine. For today’s installment, I’ll just pick one of the problems: counting the number of persons in the Godhead. According to the official doctrine of the Church, there is only one God, and this singular …

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Oct 09 2011

The “constant superstition” of William Lane Craig

Back at the Evangelical Realism blog, we’ve made it to Dr. Craig’s Intelligent Design arguments in Chapter 5 of his book On Guard. As you might imagine, I have a few points of disagreement with his logic, starting with his assumption that constants can have different values. Stop by if you’re interested and have some …

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Oct 08 2011

Help a class in South Carolina

Time to give Donors Choose another plug. This week I’d like to recommend a project I like: Mrs. Johnson, a teacher in Conway, SC, would like to get her class a Wacom tablet to introduce them to interactive media on the computer. It’s fairly inexpensive as such things go, and it’s a great way to …

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Oct 07 2011

A quick Bible study

Today’s Friday Bible study comes from Numbers 22:27-28. And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff. And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto …

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Oct 06 2011

Homophobia vs the Bible

I was raised in a nominally Christian home, became a “born again” believer in my mid teens, and remained a devout, conservative, evangelical Christian until my early 40′s. Some of you may come from similar backgrounds, but for those that don’t, I wanted to take a minute and present a Bible passage that colors my …

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Oct 05 2011

I am a homophobe, the sequel

Wow, some great responses to yesterday’s post, I’m impressed. If you’ll bear with me for one more post, I’d like to respond to some of the common themes I’m hearing people express. First of all, I want to emphasize that my point is self-control and civilization: homophobia, whatever its source, is a destructive and irrational …

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