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Deacon Duncan

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Date registered: August 22, 2011

Biography

I gave my life to Jesus, but he didn't want it. Born-again in my mid teens, graduated from a conservative Christian college, Sunday school teacher, deacon, occasional lay preacher, amateur cantor (in my Russian Orthodox years), and lastly, atheist, deconverting in my early 40's.

Latest posts

  1. Subverting the democratic process — April 9, 2014
  2. The rise and fall of the nerd Eich — April 5, 2014
  3. Changing Truth — April 2, 2014
  4. Tempting God — March 23, 2014
  5. Two questions, three (incomplete) answers — March 8, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. The point of viability — 195 comments
  2. The nuanced position — 170 comments
  3. Atheism+: A legitimate concern — 112 comments
  4. The historical Jesus — 93 comments
  5. Ex nihilo — 87 comments

Author's posts listings

Apr 09 2014

Subverting the democratic process

Via Ed Brayton, we get this argument from Jim Burroway at the Box Turtle Bulletin. [A]t a time when we are demanding passage of the Employment Non-Discrmination Act so that companies can’t just up and fire LGBT employees because they don’t agree with them — as they can now in about two-thirds of our states …

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Apr 05 2014

The rise and fall of the nerd Eich

Perhaps you’ve used the Firefox web browser. If you’re an old nerd like me, you might remember the Netscape web browser, whose source code formed the basis of the Mozilla code that lies behind Firefox. If you’re really hard-core, you might know the name of the man who wrote the original JavaScript language, without which …

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Apr 02 2014

Changing Truth

Via Ed Brayton’s blog comes the link to Dan Fincke’s review of Christianity’s latest “poor me” porno, God Is Not Dead. Thank you, Dan, for watching that movie so that the rest of us don’t have to! Dan actually wrote a multi-part review that may end up being remembered long after this entirely forgettable movie …

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Mar 23 2014

Tempting God

Via Ed Brayton comes this quote from Senator Jim Inhofe: Inhofe: Well actually the Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that ‘as long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night,’ my point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of …

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Mar 08 2014

Two questions, three (incomplete) answers

The Right Side News (“The Right News for Americans”) has a couple of questions, and three answers. Why are Christians, as a new Pew report documents, the most persecuted religious group in the world? And why is their persecution occurring primarily throughout the Islamic world? No, none of the three answers is “Because the Pew …

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Mar 02 2014

Louder than words

Matthew 7 records Jesus as saying, “every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by …

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Feb 13 2014

Ex nihilo

Here’s a quick one: young earth creationism likes to claim that God created everything out of nothing, but that’s actually a self-refuting claim. Before you can create anything out of nothing, you must first have nothing, and there has never been a time when God had nothing besides Himself. “Nothing” means nothing else existed, not …

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Feb 11 2014

Expectations: exceeded.

Since I previously expressed reservations about Bill Nye’s wisdom in agreeing to debate Ken Ham at the Creation Spewseum, I think I owe him a follow-up: he blew me away. My pessimistic assessment was wrong, and he totally pwned the opposition. Nor am I alone in this assessment. Dana Hunter has this to say: I …

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Feb 09 2014

A short answer

Just for fun, I thought I’d take a stab at the 22 Messages from Creationists, giving each one a short response. Let’s start with the last one. 22. If we came from monkeys then why are there still monkeys? If we came from our parents and grandparents, why do we still have parents and grandparents? …

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Feb 09 2014

Muslims and Christians united at last

You see? Christians and Muslims can agree on common goals, beliefs, and values. Kisumu residents engaged police in running battles in the city centre to protest the construction of a statue by members of the Hindu religion along Nyerere Road. Police were forced to lobby teargas canisters at the protestors who had set the statue …

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