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“Anthony Horvath Goes To Heaven” Short Story Added to Dawkins, Flew, and Teresa Collection

Long time followers of this blog know that a collection of short stories I published on Kindle last year at about this time caused quite a stir.  It began with PZ Myers ‘reviewing’ the stories, and ended with a lot of folks coming by my site to flame me and even threaten me.  (Don’t worry, everything has been archived, including IP addresses).  Myers even violated my copyright in the process.  You may see this post for more on that.

I have now updated the collection with a foreword and two new short stories.  Each of the two new stories is … continue reading...

The Atheists and the Thought that Ends All Thought

In a recent post, I talked about Richard Dawkins’ discussion in his Delusion about why children gravitate towards fantasy and myth, etc, and alluded to GK Chesterton’s arguments about the ‘thought that ends all thought.’  This sentiment emerges in Chesterton’s book Orthodoxy in a chapter appropriately called The Suicide of Thought.  The previous post was cross posted at the ChristianPost.com and the atheists there seem determined to put a bullet right between the eyes of their own putative rationalism.

One commentator says,

“The brain is primed for all kinds of nonsense, religion being only one form of

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Interview with KFUO Radio on Dawkins, Flew, Teresa Short Stories

KFUO radio in St. Louis interviewed me on my short story series last week and you may listen to it by clicking on the link below or finding it on their website archives.

Please note, that this material is copyrighted to KFUO and subject to fair use law.… continue reading...

The Epistemological Bottleneck And God’s Respect for Human Inquiry

One of the enduring criticisms against Christianity is that it is anti-knowledge, education, and learning.  This blog has taken aim at this criticism before, most notably taking Richard Dawkins to task for his misuse of an Augustine quote ostensibly about ‘curiosity.’  I currently have an open challenge to Dawkins to repudiate his use of that quote.

In point of fact, these anti-knowledge criticisms really only began with the rise of the Fundamentalists and this in turn was spurred on by the rise of Darwinism.  Even the shallowest of research will reveal that Christians have been at the forefront of investigation, … continue reading...

A Disappointing Attack Article by Richard Abanes

I came across a disappointing article by Richard Abanes yesterday called “ODMS:  A Cult is Born?”  I say disappointing because I like a lot of Abanes’ material.  However, I am not surprised by Abanes’ perspective.

Abanes complains about the multitude of ‘online discernment ministries’ acting without oversight or credentials.  He throws a bone here and there about some ministries being legit and worthwhile but it comes across as reluctant, if not forced.  I presume that I am in the group of apologetics ministries he graciously descends from on high to bless, but since so many aspects of his … continue reading...

Despicable Trends in Bioethics Inevitable Result of Secularism

Every now and then I read something that really get on my nerves even though nothing any more surprises me.  Recently I came across a man named Jacob M. Appel and his stomach turning positions.  Now, as I mentioned, it doesn’t really surprise me.  However, I think it may be a surprise to some folks… I here think of some atheist friends who laugh away my assertions that there are certain aspects of atheism and secular humanism that logically, if not inevitably, degenerate into certain positions and attitudes.  However, I am also thinking of some fellow Christians who think you … 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...

Creationists Lurking Around Every Corner

I’m not really in the mood to discuss evolution right now but I feel it is my job to keep my devoted readers informed about such things.

One of arguments I’ve made in my ministry is really an observation:  in the hard core atheistic naturalistic community, if you don’t come to the same conclusions as they do on the science you are one of those dastardly, anti-intellectual, irrational creationists.  (For full effect, say that aloud, scratch yourself, and then at ‘creationists’ spit on the ground.  That will give you the attitude).

If you don’t seem dastardly, are very intellectual, and … continue reading...

NBC’s The Last Templar: A Christian Review and Response

NBC’s The Last Templar has concluded just now.  Sort of a The Da Vinci Code warmed over and softened up to be more palatable to believers, I have to confess I didn’t really enjoy the show.  I have no idea how close the movie resembles the book it is derived from, so I’m going to stick the blame on the writers of the show.  🙂  I’m sure they thought that they were doing us all a favor, dangling this document that could disprove Christianity in front of our noses only to have it destroyed before anyone could read it:  thus … continue reading...

A Christian Review of Anne Rice’s Called Out of Darkness: a spiritual confession

A Christian Review of Anne Rice’s Called out of Darkness

Read my reviews of Anne’s other books, Out of Egypt and Road to Cana.

PURCHASE CALLED OUT OF DARKNESS


I was pleased to have Anne Rice’s latest release sent to me for review. Her spiritual auto-biography, Called Out of Darkness: a spiritual confession, is available for purchase through Amazon.
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Anne Rice begins her book by laying out in… continue reading...

Evolutionary Origins of Religion:

As I was skimming the web this evening I came across this site reviewing Hitchen’s “God is not Great.” I didn’t spend much time on the blog so I don’t know the gent’s background.  I’m going to comment on a few things he said as a springboard since I have heard it any number of times, including and perhaps especially Dawkins’ The God Delusion.

 However, as discussed in Religion Explained, religion and religious beliefs have natural evolutionary origins and arise out of how our mind works. So religion is here to stay. Even people who do not consider

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A Response to Herr Professor Regarding Evolution and Racism, and Watson

Herr Professor, writing here, wants to take me to task for some of the things that I said in this post, here.

I thank the gentleman for taking the time to read my entry though as I read his I did begin to doubt that he really did read mine. Besides the standard skeptical psychoanalysis one has come to expect (think: Dawkins’s argument that religious tendencies are ‘misfires.’ We should be weeding out people with the religion gene, don’t you agree?), I had my first ever experience of being described as racist and somehow siding with Dr. Watson’s … continue reading...

Dr. Watson, I presume?

Unlike Dr. Livingstone of lore, we can expect that if Dr. James Watson- of DNA and Francis Crick fame- were to go evangelizing in Africa today, he’d not fare very well. In an article from the Independent I read: “Dr Watson said he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really”.

Well, that’s putting your foot in it. In other places on my blog here I have tried to raise awareness of the fact … continue reading...

Dan Barker and Infidel Radio

I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard that Dan Barker over at the Freedom from Religion Foundation was going to be on liberal radio network Air America.  I followed up by finding this article at Foxnews.  The writer goofs by saying that Barker and his wife head up the Freedom OF Religion rather than FROM.

I have mixed feelings about such things.  Naturally, I don’t object to them having their broadcast. It is a free country, after all.  No, what I mean is that on the one hand, I think we should be having those like Barker, Hitchens, … continue reading...