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Learn Biblical (Koine) Greek in 3-6 weeks at Academy

The Athanatos Online Academy spring session is beginning soon.   The 2-3 week courses begin at $19.95.

On May 1st, Greek (part 1) will be available.  This three week course will introduce learners to the alphabet, basic grammar and vocabulary, and Greek language reference tools.  By the end of the three weeks you will be able to explore the actual Greek text our English translations are derived from.  Greek 1 and 2 are being taught by Glenn Jones.  His ministry site is www.indefenseofthefaith.org.   He is pursuing his MA in Religion at Reformed Theological Seminary.

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Tea Parties About Liberty not Just Taxes

In my last post I tried to explain that there is always a connection between freedom gained/diminished when governments tax.  I was trying to make the point that one can’t speak of an economic system- any economic system- as freedom neutral.  It was not my point, as some wags have suggested, to argue that all government is tyranny.  It was only to ensure that we realize there is a connection.

One fellah went so far as to argue that on my reasoning stop signs decrease our freedom, too.  And what about the four walls in our house, don’t they … continue reading...

Scientism: The Atheist’s Religion of Faith

I’m getting some hits regarding scientism but don’t actually have any posts dedicated to it.  I thought if I’m going to be looked at on the subject I should make at least a few deliberate comments.  They should not be construed, however, as exhaustive.

Scientism can refer to a few different ideas and I denounce them all. 🙂  It goes without saying that people who exhibit ‘scientism’ would not use the word to describe themselves and they will resent the suggestion that they are as described.

Because this post is pretty lengthy here is a list of the headings in … continue reading...

Christianese and Shibboleths as Roadblocks to Faith and Brotherhood

Here is an excerpt of a blog entry I posted at the ChristianPost.  It was probably a good time to poke the boys at Godisimaginary.com in the ribs, anyway.  I know, cheap thrills.

In Judges 12, the Gileadites find a way to distinguish between friend and foe by compelling captured refugees to say the word ‘Shibboleth.’  Evidently, Ephraimites couldn’t pronounce it correctly, saying instead ‘Sibboleth.’  Those that said that latter were struck down while those who said the former were allowed to pass.

‘Shibboleths’ abound in society, including among Christians.  Unfortunately, even among Christians, a Shibboleth isn’t simply a quick … continue reading...

Madness! Pick up a rock and go to Jail

From Worldnetdaily.com

Just when you think it can’t get any more ridiculous.  Just when you think that legislators can’t get any dumber or more stupid or more wicked.   Just when you think that you’ve seen the worst:  the government surprises you.

Pending legislation described as:

A land management bill that swept through the U.S. Senate last month and is headed for a House vote this week punishes rock collectors and paleontologists with arrest and expropriation of their cars and other equipment for even unknowingly disturbing fossils on public land, say critics.

In the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009,

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Online Presentation on the Demise of Christianity

Below I have the ‘video’ of my online presentation on the ‘death of Christianity.’   I have been developing a line of thought and the corresponding presentation for about a year.  I adapted by presentation for the uniquness of this format.  My adaptations reflected the fact that it was a virtual presentation, that it was predominantly a ‘professional’ church work Christian audience, and that it was predominantly a Lutheran Christian audience.  Also, the outline of my presentation (unadapted) is about 45 mins, here I only had 30 mins to work with.

I am hosting the video on my ministry’s new Christian continue reading...

Human Rights Without God?

I have been having a discussion with a Christia friend that started with his critique of my Birth Pangs fantasy/action adventure book series.  We started out talking about human rights in general but more recently we have focused on the question of abortion.  The gist of our debate is that I contend that there are ‘inalienable’ ‘rights’ and he doesn’t think so.  Both of us agree (I think) that apart from a theistic outlook, the question of ‘rights’ is nonsensical.  I wish to expand on that aspect due to its relevance to this blog.

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Apologetics Videos File Sharing Service

I am hereby issuing an open invitation to Christian apologists to upload their video content to my new site:  http://www.apologeticsvideos.net

One of my chief goals in starting this site was to meet some of my own video sharing needs- namely, Youtube’s 10 minute video limit was killing me.  🙂

Henceforth, I will post all of my videos to Apologeticsvideos.net and if they are lucky enough to be under 10 minutes long, I will also upload them to Youtube.com.

Some questions you may be having:

Q.  Can Christians other than Christian apologists post videos?

A.  Sure.

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Wisdom is Proved Right by Her Children; Evil Proved Evil by His

This weekend I read one of the scariest things I have heard coming out of the Global Warming crowd.   [That link has disappeared, so here it is on Internet Archive] That is saying something.  I have documented elsewhere on this blog some other things they’ve said, like comparing denying man-made Global Warming to denying the holocaust.  This is so disgusting I almost sat down and wrote a book exposing the various principles at work in it but stopped when I thought of at least one that is already written:  C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man.

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Atheists strain to demostrate my description of them is not a strawman

I have been hugely entertained by reading an extended forum discussion responding to my post yesterday which was a paraphrase of several conversations I’ve had in the last few months.  As one might expect, it was immediately objected that my protrayal was mere strawman and does not represent the ‘real atheist’ position.   This begs a very interesting question:  isn’t any argument put forward by an atheist a real atheistic position?  It begs another question:  if I did not represent the real atheistic position, why do so many atheists espouse it, engage in the same kind of tactics, and why did … continue reading...

A Conversation on Final Regress and First Causes

I recently had a conversation with some gents that I thought I would paraphrase for my blog.  I think I’ve had the same kind of conversation a dozen times in the last three months.  I have combined all the conversations into one paraphrase.  The Internet is filled with conversations like this.  If you have got one feel free to share.  Enjoy.

Them:  We believe science is the only way to learn about the world and religion is just faith-mongering superstition.  There is no scientific basis for believing in the existence of God.  Belief is just irrationalism.  I know what you’re … continue reading...

Transcendence and Immanence, Logic and Superlogic- and Sublogic

Orthodox Christianity holds that God is both a transcendent entity and immanent.  If you understand what Christians propose to be true about God, you understand why both attributes follow necessarily.  All religions boil down to some expression of one of these two attributes, usually to the exclusion of one to the other.   Deism, for example, emphasizes transcendence and despises immanence.  Various forms of paganism emphasize immanence, that is they identify ‘God’ with the universe and reject that there is a God ‘outside’ it.  Even atheism takes a position here:  naturalism is just another variation on immanence and ‘God’ is just … continue reading...

Santa Claus is Real and so is Jesus

It is that time of year again when a holiday becomes the front in a culture battle.  I need not give examples- google Dan Barker and the Freedom from Religion Foundation.   It is not uncommon to find skeptics and secular humanists insinuating with a sneer that belief in God is exactly like belief in Santa Claus, the only difference being that people grow out of belief in Santa Claus.  Atheists who think this way have no problem being contemptuous punks because in their mind, given the similarities between the two examples (in their mind), a person who still believes in … continue reading...

A Refutation of Antony Flew’s “Gardener Parable.”

With the upcoming release of Antony Flew’s book documenting his abandonment of atheism and explanation of where he currently stands, There Is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind, I thought it would be fun to trot out some of my own material responding to Antony Flew’s arguments when he was yet in the atheistic camp. Obviously, I don’t know if arguments such as the ones I have were what helped him, but I have strong suspicions that when we read his book we’ll see that something like them did the trick. Below is an … continue reading...