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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...

Why Christians Don’t Believe in Pixies, Fairies, Ancient Legends

It is not uncommon to hear skeptics dismissing Christian arguments on the assumption that Christians in fact operate on the same principles as skeptics, only they don’t apply that skepticism to their own beliefs.  So, a skeptic might say that he disbelieves in God for the same reasons why Christians don’t believe in pixies, fairies, Zeus, Thor, etc.  This is famously expressed in the statement, “We’re all atheists, I just believe in one less god than you do.”  Here is an essay by Dan Barker making the argument.  This reasoning surfaces on my forums pretty frequently, too.

It is, … continue reading...

Mormon Polygamy And Secular Hedonism and Media Hypocrisy

So I bet all of my readers have been following the Texas raid of the Mormon ‘compound’ filled to the brim with raging polygamists and abused children. I am not great fan of Mormonism, don’t get me wrong, but the whole affair has done nothing more than make me scoff. You’ve probably seen the sneering questioning by media personalities of people from the compound, or lawyers for them, etc. The idea that a man might have more than one wife and that this wife is ‘underage’ is self-evidently despicable to them. In some discussions I’ve seen on cable television, the … continue reading...