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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. Where the facts really stand — April 20, 2014
  2. Subverting the democratic process — April 9, 2014
  3. The rise and fall of the nerd Eich — April 5, 2014
  4. Changing Truth — April 2, 2014
  5. Tempting God — March 23, 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

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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Dec 29 2013

None of this namby-pamby “Intelligent Design” stuff here

Jack Wellman, at the Christian Crier blog, wants creationism taught in the public schools. And to his credit, he doesn’t try and hide behind a facade of pseudo-scientific “intelligent design” either. He wants creationism, plain and simple. Should creationism be taught alongside evolution? Is it fair to give students only one theory to believe? Is …

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Dec 22 2013

Passing the book

One thing I’ve noticed in connection with the Duck Dynasty brouhaha is a tendency for believers to defend their anti-gay remarks by passing the book. Passing the book is a lot like passing the buck: instead of taking responsibility for the things you do and say, you pass the blame on to someone or something …

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Dec 21 2013

Speaking of moot

In May of 2012, the ACLU and Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit challenging the Illinois ban on same-sex marriage. Now that same-sex marriage is legal in Illinois, the Thomas More Society, representing the defendents, filed a motion to have the lawsuit dismissed as moot. The response from the ACLU and Lambda Legal was predictably reasonable: …

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Dec 20 2013

Hustling the Gospel

Writing for the Huffington Post, Pastor Rick Henderson explains Why There Is No Such Thing as a Good Atheist. While it is true that there is no definitive atheistic worldview, all atheists share the same fundamental beliefs as core to their personal worldviews. While some want to state that atheism is simply a disbelief in …

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Dec 19 2013

The Anti-Golden Rule

Possibly the best, most elegant summary of morality is the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have others do unto you. It’s short, easy to understand, and easy to apply. And likewise, we can summarize immorality handily as the opposite of the Golden Rule: immorality is when you do harm to others who …

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Dec 17 2013

Paranoid

As the saying goes, it’s hard not to get paranoid when the whole world is out to get you. We sometimes make fun of believers for complaining about how persecuted they are when they’re the dominant religion in the West, with a hefty political clout and a vast media empire to match. But in a …

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Dec 15 2013

Homophobe? Anti-gay? None of the above?

Writing in The Atlantic, Brandon Ambrosino has some serious misgivings about broad-brushing opponents of marriage equality and defining them all as homophobic and anti-gay. As a gay man, I found myself disappointed with this definition—that anyone with any sort of moral reservations about gay marriage is by definition anti-gay. If Raushenbush is right, then that …

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Dec 14 2013

Much better

Now this is a refreshing change. I’m a developer. A few years ago, I moved to a new city and met some new friends who talked about racism and sexism more than I had ever thought about before. At first I was uncomfortable and didn’t like a lot what they were saying – and I …

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Dec 14 2013

Senator seeks to “protect” churches

Oh, hey, there’s a cute story in TheBlaze.com. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) plans to introduce a bill Wednesday that would prevent the Obama administration from pressuring churches into recognizing gay marriage. Yes, it’s very important to “protect” churches from having the president violate the First Amendment in ways he has no intention of doing. And …

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