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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

Feb 06 2014

The agnostic creationist

I thought this was interesting. Here’s Ken Ham’s response to the question, “What, if anything, would ever change your mind?” Well, the answer to that is, I’m a Christian, and as a Christian I can’t prove it to you, but God has definitely shown me very clearly through His Word, and He has shown Himself …

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Feb 05 2014

Word of the day

Just been reading some of the reviews and comments about the Nye/Ham debate, and I’ve come to the conclusion our vocabulary needs a new word to adequately describe some of what we’re getting from the anti-science side. And that word is…. regurgibate (ree-GUR-ji-bate) v. To take an obscene delight in spewing or spitting up whatever …

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Jan 26 2014

The believer’s despair

Our friend AJ has tried a few times to respond to my post, though without much success, and has now begun resorting to just posting links to blog posts (authored by himself) that repeat the things he wants to hear. Since they’re largely tangential if not completely irrelevant, I’ve had to warn him that the …

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Jan 23 2014

Can sin save the Creator?

My last post about AJ Castellitto’s column attacking evolution has drawn the attention of the author himself, in the comments. In my reply, I pointed out the fact that, by denying evolution, creationists are accusing God of failing to come up with any idea as good as Darwin’s. The Genesis design won’t let species improve …

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Jan 19 2014

Accurate labelling

With all this intelligent design and duplicitous “teach the controversy” stuff floating around, it’s been a while since I’ve seen a good old-fashioned, unadulterated creationist screed. I recently came across a prime specimen, however, and I thought it might be fun to go back and take a look, for old time’s sake. The author, one …

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Jan 12 2014

“Liberty means not allowing freedom”—Nuns

What does liberty mean to you? Normally, we associate liberty with freedom, i.e. the absence of people telling us, “You’re not allowed to do that.” But the Little Sisters of the Poor have a definition of liberty that seems to be the exact opposite. And they’re suing the government for the right to impose this …

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Jan 11 2014

Why is Bill Nye fund-raising for creationism?

A lot of people are excited about the upcoming debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye at the Creation Museum in February. Some think Bill will be completely unprepared for standard creationist debate tactics, others think he’ll mop the floor with Ham. To me, that’s not the issue. The important thing to me (and probably …

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Jan 07 2014

Story, critical of Fox News, disappears from Christian Post

This is interesting. On Jan. 3rd, the Christian Post published an article by Morgan Lee reporting that a Christian blogger was calling Todd Starnes a liar due to his biased, selective, and misleading reporting about “persecution” against Christians. The original story is still available via Google cache, but no longer appears on the Christian Post …

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Jan 07 2014

Rhetorical questions, weaker arguments

A propos of nothing in particular, I’ve noticed something lately that rather surprises me. Rhetorical questions make arguments weaker. That’s an over-generalization, of course, but time and again I’ve found that any time I find myself about to ask a rhetorical question, I can usually make a much stronger statement by making it a direct …

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Jan 04 2014

Free will in heaven

One religious answer to the problem of evil is the idea that sin is necessary in order to allow people to exercise their free will. Apparently, if God had created a perfect world, we would all be robots with no free will, and that would be a terrible thing. But wait a minute. Heaven is …

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