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Knights of Contention, Episode 3

Not too long ago, I began hosting what I hope will be bi-weekly open discussions via chat/voice.  Another one is coming up.  Tuesday, Nov 9th, at 9:30 p.m. CST.

The topic has not yet been decided.  Last time we debated whether or not we should exterminate the human race.  And if that would be wrong.  heh heh

Here is the direct link to the conference ‘room’ where the conversation will take place.  I’ll be in there in the evening to help people with technical problems and the like.  Direct Link:  Knights of Contention

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My own loose ends, Watson and Herr Professor

I breezed into Herr Professor’s lair to see if there was anything I ought to respond to.  I too enjoyed the exchange, though I wonder if he ever really appreciated the points I was making.  Things could go round and round, but that is what I have a discussion forum for.

At risk of setting off another wave of responses from the good Doc, it is worthy of reflection is a set of assertions in one of his later remarks where  he concludes that since I highlighted the fact that Watson denounced the quotes put in his mouth, I no … continue reading...

Dumbledore is Gay? What is a Christian to do with Harry Potter?

Yesterday I was given this link here with a discussion by Rowling about the Christian elements in her books. Today I was given this link here with Rowling talking about Dumbledore being gay. I quote:

She was asked by one young fan whether Dumbledore finds “true love.”

“Dumbledore is gay,” the author responded to gasps and applause.

She then explained that Dumbledore was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald, whom he defeated long ago in a battle between good and bad wizards. “Falling in love can blind us to an extent,” Rowling said of Dumbledore’s feelings, adding that Dumbledore was “horribly,

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It’s true, that’s why. Not because it’s useful.

I’ve been plugging away on this thread here on my forum and the conversation has turned towards the question of objective morality and atheism. As happens so often, the atheists in question seem to think my point is that they would not be moral apart from God when in fact my point is that they are moral without their belief in God- but why should they be? That they insist that they are moral demands an explanation. And again, as so often happens, the question arises- don’t you think that you need religion to be moral?

I was painting my … continue reading...

Is religion dangerous? Continued thoughts…

This particular question has been coming up fairly often of late and has even been treated on my forum (www.sntjohnny.com/smf) and in an audio debate (hosted somewhere on this domain). When the question is carefully phrased we are helped greatly in answering it because there are some senses in which we could agree that yes, religion is dangerous, but disagree with the implicit charge that this fact is bad on its face. In the course of a single conversation you can usually expect definitions of ‘danger’ to change on you (logical fallacy of equivocation) over and over again.… continue reading...

Christian Education and Apologetics

This is under discussion on my forum, here.

My own story is that I went through 12 years of Christian education and went to a Christian university to be a Christian pastor and promptly was reduced to atheism or something very close to it.  When I returned to Christianity it was with a desire to spare other Christians what I went through.  I don’t mean the normal period of inquiry that all people go through as they get older;  I mean the stupid beliefs- even and especially about Christianity and Christian theism- that I thought were perfectly sane.

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A thought on ‘evidence’ and Christianity…

There is a thread on my forum right now where I discuss whether or not two of the members are in fact the same person.  (Click here to read it).  The conversation has gone just about how I expected it to.  It was dismissed by the interested parties, then as it became evident I was seriously proposing the idea, there was mockery, etc.  When it finally dawned on them that I was actually using their own arguments against theism and the supernatural, one ‘cut and run’ and the other went hostile.

The objection is that the types of arguments and … continue reading...