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Monthly Archive: November 2011

Nov 08 2011

Conference time

Just a quick note: I’m going to be out of town Wednesday through Sunday and may or may not have access to the blog, so please bear with me if you need something and I’m not around. First-time commenters are most likely to be impacted, since I may not get your first comment approved right …

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Nov 07 2011

Christian Nation: A Hindu perspective

Here’s a point of view that doesn’t get much press. The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) sought clarification and an apology from Kentucky Senator David Williams (R-KY) in a telephone conversation yesterday, after his latest remarks about Governor Beshear’s “participation” in a Hindu ground-breaking ceremony. Williams, the GOP Nominee for Governor, initially made waves on Tuesday …

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Nov 06 2011

Craig vs. Craig on “objective morality”

This week on the Evangelical Realism blog, we wrap up a very confused Chapter 6 with a look at how Christians can use an equivocal definition of “objective morality” to trick people into substituting a superstition-based morality for a reality-based one.

Nov 05 2011

Gospel Disproof #10: Rigged score-keeping

Suppose you start flipping a coin and keeping track of the results. What are the odds against getting heads 100 times in a row? Normally pretty high, right? But with a simple technique, the odds go way down. In fact, if you apply this trick consistently, you can virtually guarantee success every time. Know how? …

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Nov 04 2011

The devil did NOT make them do it

Remember Daniel Avila, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops staffer who published a column blaming homosexuality on demonic activity in the womb? He screwed up. Daniel Avila, an attorney who serves as policy advisor for the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has retracted …

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Nov 04 2011

Deja vu?

I’m not sure if this is my post going viral, or if it’s just a case of Great Minds Think Alike… God chickens out of debating Richard Dawkins

Nov 03 2011

Craig digs in

I’ll be honest: when Richard Dawkins referred to William Lane Craig as “a deplorable apologist for genocide,” I thought that was just a bit over the top, and that Dawkins was demonizing Craig. No more. In his response to Dawkins, Craig not only vindicated Dr. Dawkins’ assessment, he dug himself in even deeper.

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Nov 03 2011

Florida committee takes aim at First Amendment

Looks like some “concerned Christians” in Florida are setting themselves up for a fairly blatant violation of the First Amendment. This time, however, it’s not going to be a local school board. It’s the state itself. School prayer is one step closer to being legalized in Florida after a proposal was passed in a state …

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Nov 02 2011

Gospel Disproof #9: The Nicene Creed

The Nicene Creed is one of the oldest official statements of the core beliefs of the Christian Church, a brief summary of the things that all Christians everywhere ought to believe as Christians. And there are two conflicting versions of it.

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Nov 01 2011

World to end—by 1881

I feel bad picking on poor Harold Camping. So just to keep him company, here’s an excerpt from an early Mormon regarding Joseph Smith’s prophecy a century or so earlier. On the 14th of Feb. 1835, Joseph Smith said that God had revealed to him that the coming of Christ would be within 56 years, …

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