Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Who is the Fool? How Christians misread the Bible to attack atheists.

A great excerpt from Randal Rauser's excellent book, Is the Atheist my Neighbor?

Here.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Did our Govt release UFO info to divert our attention from Trump/Putin relationship?

In case you missed it, the Department of Defense has recently admitted that they have been studying UFOs, and they even released a 2004 video of one.  But why tells us now?  I think Tucker Carlson may have let the cat out of the bag, at the 3:55 mark of this interview.  He said that he thought this was a bigger story than Vladimir Putin.  Is the government so desperate to divert our attention from Trump's relationship with Putin, that they are even willing to disclose some of their UFO info?



Saturday, December 2, 2017

New Testament scholar, Larry Hurtado takes on Mythicist, Richard Carrier.


"We have examined each of Carrier’s three claims and found each of them readily falsified.  It’s 'three strikes you’re out' time.  Game over.

"There are much better reasons offered by people for finding Christian faith (or any kind of belief in God) too much of a stretch.  The attempts to deny Jesus’ historical existence are, for anyone acquainted with the relevant evidence, blatantly silly.  So, let those who want to argue for or against Christian faith do so on more serious grounds, and let those of us who do historical investigation of Jesus and Christian Origins practice our craft without having to deal with the strategems-masquerading-as-history represented by the mythical Jesus advocates."
    Why the "Mythical Jesus" claim has no traction with scholars.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

More Evidence that Trump is a Traitor

From Vanity Fair:

 "It was against this reassuring backdrop of recent successes and shared history, an Israeli source told Vanity Fair, that a small group of Mossad officers and other Israeli intelligence officials took their seats in a Langley conference room on a January morning just weeks before the inauguration of Donald Trump. The meeting proceeded uneventfully; updates on a variety of ongoing classified operations were dutifully shared. It was only as the meeting was about to break up that an American spymaster solemnly announced there was one more thing: American intelligence agencies had come to believe that Russian president Vladimir Putin had “leverages of pressure” over Trump, he declared without offering further specifics, according to a report in the Israeli press. Israel, the American officials continued, should “be careful” after January 20—the date of Trump’s inauguration. It was possible that sensitive information shared with the White House and the National Security Council could be leaked to the Russians. A moment later the officials added what many of the Israelis had already deduced: it was reasonable to presume that the Kremlin would share some of what they learned with their ally Iran, Israel’s most dangerous adversary."

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Trump waves flag while betraying U.S. to Russia

Trump gets the country riled up because a few NFL players take a knee during the national anthem.  Meanwhile, he is betraying America to the Russians.



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Against Trump's Absurd Moral Equivalence Thesis

Christian theologian Randal Rauser has written an excellent essay, which I will just reprint here:

Today Donald Trump presented a moral equivalence thesis according to which protesters against racism are as culpable for violence that resulted in Charlottesville as the neo-Nazis, the Klan, and white nationalists whose views they were protesting.
Unfortunately, some Christians have also courted this notion of moral equivalence. Consider, for example, this tweet from Michael Brown:

"I denounce violence and hate whether it comes from neo-Nazis or Antifa. Do you?

Of course we “denounce violence and hate,” whatever the source. The problem is that the tacit message of this tweet in context — the implicature — is that there is some sort of moral equivalence between the two groups represented in Charlottesville.
There isn’t.
Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that both sides were equally violent. (That, of course, is a false assumption. For one thing, only one side included a bona fide terrorist act culminating in one murder and an additional nineteen casualties.)
Even if the hatred and violence that unfolded were equal, it wouldn’t follow that there was a moral equivalence for one simple reason: on the first side, the hatred and violence were borne of racism; on the second side, the hatred and violence were borne of a reaction, moral censure, to the despicable racist views of the first side.
Let’s put it in simple terms. Imagine that you’re a school teacher on the playground at lunch when you see two boys — Jimmy and Johnny — fighting. After you break them up you ask why they were fighting. Jimmy, a Jewish child, tells you that Johnny called him a “dirty Jew.” And from that point, the fight was on.
Perhaps Jimmy shouldn’t have responded to that slur by fighting with Johnny, but who can seriously suggest there exists a moral equivalence between the two?