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On the Necessity of Jesus’ Sacrifice for our Sins

I had an interesting email exchange about a month ago concerning whether or not it was ‘necessary’ for Jesus to atone for humanity’s sins by the shedding of his blood.  In some follow up conversation, we talked about different ways of looking at the question, turning on the word ‘necessary.’  As I recall, ‘free-will’ was a component of that follow up.  Since I felt that my original response could have broader application I asked for, and received, permission to post my reply.  You can see it below.


Regarding your question of: Jesus saving.

Your perspective reminds me of that of … continue reading...

My Letters from Antony Flew About “There is a God.”

I am happy to have had the honor to have corresponded with the recently deceased Antony Flew.  This correspondence occurred after he had abandoned atheism and before it had become publicly known that he was going to write a book documenting his conversion.

This book has come under fierce attack, though not on its merits.  Rather, it has been attacked through an assault on the author.   On account of my correspondence, however, I had some tangible evidence in support of the contention that the book represented Flew’s real positions.  I produced this material in this blog post here which has … continue reading...

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...

DOH, one last reply on Watson and the Professor

He posted another reply and I’m not going to respond to it in full.  I saw this nonsense, though:

if he weren’t so motivated to spread the slanderous insinuation that non-Christians have no ethics.

This shows, I think, that the Doc isn’t really reading my entries because I am not arguing that non-Christians have no ethics.  Indeed, the sillyness of such an accusation is exposed by remembering that I advocate that there is an objective morality.  That would mean that everyone does have ethics.  The question is… can atheism explain why people do have ethics, and why the ethics are … continue reading...

More Watson, More Racism, More Herr Professor

This exchange is developing some history, but if you start at my entry that started it all and followed the track backs I think you will cover. I now respond to Herr Professor’s post, here, which if I may say is much better thought out than his first entry, but still misses some important points.

I really must deal with this “Horvath is a racist insinuation” that came out of his first reply. In the article that I cited, Watson does not argue from Darwinism to racism, rather he argues that there genetics may have an effect on intelligence. … continue reading...