Deacon Duncan

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Date registered: August 22, 2011


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. Ken Ham knows — July 13, 2014
  2. Too awesome not to share: the Proud Whopper — July 6, 2014
  3. Not just veiled — June 22, 2014
  4. Chart of the day — May 31, 2014
  5. Jesus disrupts Operation American Spring — May 16, 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

Jul 13 2014

Ken Ham knows

This article is a bit old, but it recently popped up in one of my news feeds, and I had to smile a little. Time is actually a created entity. The first verse of the Bible reads: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1, emphasis added). A study of this …

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Jul 06 2014

Too awesome not to share: the Proud Whopper

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/eats/burger-king-sells-gay-pride-whopper-san-francisco-article-1.1852048 Burger King is celebrating gay pride with a message on its Whopper wrappers. The fast-food chain has posted a video online Wednesday that shows scenes from a San Francisco location where it sold a “Proud Whopper.” Customers were not told what is in the burger, which comes wrapped in rainbow paper. Once opened up, …

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Jun 22 2014

Not just veiled

I happened to stumble upon this lovely link this morning. Q. Why does Jewish law object to women singing in front of men? A. The rule derived from the Talmud (Ber. 24a etc.) is kol b’ishah ervah – “A woman’s voice arouses (desire)”. Charming, isn’t it?

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May 31 2014

Chart of the day

A propos of nothing in particular, here is the chart of the day:   Fool me once Shame on you Fool me twice Shame on me Fool me fairly often Hey, it’s a free country, I can believe what I like Fool me repeatedly That’s just your interpretation Fool me every day We report, you …

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May 16 2014

Jesus disrupts Operation American Spring

BREAKING NEWS WASHINGTON, DC Tens of millions of American patriots advanced on the nation’s capital today with the goal of overthrowing the current regime and installing an overtly Christian conservative government, by force if necessary. The intended overthrow was disrupted, however, when the Lord Jesus Christ Himself appeared in the skies over Washington and Raptured …

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May 04 2014

Everything we need to know about God

I was a conservative, Bible-believing Christian until I was in my early forties, and as a believer, the one thing I wanted more than anything else was to understand God. Ironically, it’s only now, after a decade and a half as an atheist, that I’ve finally reached an understanding that truly does explain everything that …

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Apr 20 2014

Where the facts really stand

My two posts on Brendan Eich have attracted a commenter who wants us all to know he thinks homosexuality is a form of mental illness, and that therefore it is “tough love” to discriminate against them and deny their right to get married. He and I have been having a long back-and-forth discussion, in the …

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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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