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Tag: Richard Dawkins

Blind Faith is not Christian Faith

Richard Dawkins, among many others, have contended that ‘faith’ is believing what you know isn’t true.  Less severe, but equally inaccurate, is the view that faith is a thing completely apart from evidence, or even in spite of the evidence.  This view isn’t restricted to atheists.  Unfortunately, many Christians themselves take that view.   It is unfortunate because it is not true, it is not how the Scriptures actually present it, and it takes Christians out of discussions they should be involved in.

The simplest way to put it that would be accurate would be to understand ‘faith’ as including, front … continue reading...

Tips that Atheists can use for Understanding the Bible

When I was a high school religion teacher I ran into a bit of trouble because, for the final exam, I expected the students to be able to recall facts from the Bible that we had covered that semester.  Yes, I know.  If it had been chemistry class, recalling chemistry facts covered in the semester would have been an obvious thing to have on the exam.  I think the reason there was resistance to requiring that students know biblical facts is because a lot of people- even parents of kids in Christian schools- don’t actually think the Bible is true.  … continue reading...

I am my child’s advocate; you aren’t.

I am my child’s advocate; you aren’t.

I know my child.  This child is mine.  Mine to protect and mine to cherish.

You are quite convinced that Immunization X will not harm my child.

But then you send my child home.  We live with the consequences.  You don’t.

You say that only this few out of this many will have a reaction.  This few is acceptable to you.  You don’t take them home and live with them.

I may decide this few is too many because I know that if my child is part of the ‘few’ I am the … continue reading...

The Silence of the Wolves: Atheists Turn Docile in Face of the Facts

It is not so common in philosophical debates to arrive at points of contentions where there really, truly, is indisputable refutation or demonstration.  Usually, it is a question of interpretation and the argument can continue on.  On my blog I have documented over the years a few points where the argument against the atheist was incontrovertible.  The result:  silence.

I would like to give free-thinking objective and even handed and mentally superior atheistic friends an opportunity to exhibit integrity by highlighting the three examples (plus a bonus one) that come to mind and calling upon the atheists and their defenders … continue reading...

Another V Reaction as a Christian apologist

In previous reactions I stated my enjoyment at the not-so-subtle jabs of today’s current political and media environment.  This third episode delivered on this score, again.  ‘Anna’ the head of the Visitors, makes every effort to win the public relations war.  She warns that humans are fickle and easily swayed and that the media must be tightly controlled.  This is, of course, sadly true.  I won’t belabor this, but it was fun again to see this brazen jab… at who exactly?  We are left to imagine.  🙂  I guess that’s part of the fun.

The beginning of the episode starts … continue reading...

The Theological Implications of Finding Alien Extra-Terrestial Life

I have already addressed this in several places- here, and here– so I won’t dwell on things much.  Instead, I want to reflect on an article I just read regarding the Vatican participating in an astrobiology conference to discuss the question.

In my previous posts, I argued that if aliens appeared, they might fly in the face of current expectations that are drenched in an evolutionary (and atheistic) outlook.  Namely, we may find that these intelligent agents believe in God.  They may not, as Richard Dawkins smugly posits, inquire first as to whether not humans have ‘discovered’ evolution.   Let … continue reading...

Atheism as ‘Gateway Drug’ to Drifting Away

As of this writing, I am facilitating a course/discussion regarding the decline of Christianity in America.  Someone made a point in the discussion that is similar to one I’ve made previously… but I can’t find where I made it so I’m making it anew.  🙂

The question begins with a look at the measured increase in self-identified ‘religious nones’ in America since around 1990.  (This data can be found linked to here.)  In 1990, some 8% of Americans identified themselves as having no religion.  Today, that figure has doubled.  In the meantime, there has been a drop in … continue reading...

Christianity and UFOs and Space Aliens, an Apologist’s Perpective

I’ve seen this guy on the news lately talking about some space craft being sent or already sent that has the goal of identifying planets that might have intelligent life.  This gent is utterly convinced there are, suggesting it would be arrogant and hubris to think we are alone in the universe.  This is a fairly common sentiment among atheists (I don’t know if this guy is an atheist) dovetailing into weird arguments like “There can’t be a God because why would he care about us, we’re like ants to him.”  This would be like an ant in an ant … continue reading...

Global Warming Proponents are like… Creationists? Really?

I was reading this news article from the Sydney Morning Herald entitled “Beware the Church of Climate Alarm” and found myself inspired to blog on it when I read from page two of the article:

Plimer says creationists and climate alarmists are quite similar in that “we’re dealing with dogma and people who, when challenged, become quite vicious and irrational”.

Human-caused climate change is being “promoted with religious zeal … there are fundamentalist organisations which will do anything to silence critics. They have their holy books, their prophet [is] Al Gore. And they are promoting a story which … continue reading...

Online Apologetics Academy Enrolling

The Athanatos Online Apologetics Academy is enrolling now.  It is almost too late to enroll in the “Introduction to basic Biblical Greek” course but it can be downloaded as an e-book in expanded fashion from here.  (Good for home schoolers, self-study, small groups, Bible study groups, etc)

Beginning on Nov. 3 is the course on “The Reliability of the New Testament Documents.”  This course is useful for those who want to understand why we believe the books we have in the New Testament are what was really written.

Beginning on Nov. 17 is the follow up course, “The Formation … continue reading...

God Created Your Brain: Fall 2008 Online Apologetics Academy Enrolling

Many people are intimidated by the pompous declarations of those like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris.  Many people think that becoming a Christian means checking your brain at the door.  Some think that it would take endless study to be able to stand up to the challenges against Christianity.  Let us be clear:  it does take some work, but it need not be all at once and you can do a little at a time.  The Athanatos Online Apologetics Academy offers short modules that do not require massive amounts of your time.  At the same time, you’ll gain resources to … continue reading...

What did Jesus mean by ‘Faith like a little child’? Dawkins on curiosity

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  He called a little child and had him stand among them.  And he said:  “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 18:1-4

Christianity (and religion in general) is often maligned as being anti-curiosity.  Passages like the one I just quoted are often cited.  This understanding is fueled by two flawed notions.  … continue reading...

Global Warming and Evolution: Intimidation the New Step in the Scientific Method

I must at the outset admit that I haven’t delved into the data that I am told substantiates the view that the earth is steadily warming. That is one reason why I have not said anything about Global Warming. I shall say that here in Wisconsin we just came off of a mighty cold spell with snows as late as April, and last year was about the same. As Wisconsin is part of the globe, I feel I can anecdotally chime in that to this point I am skeptical about the Global Warming argument. Moreover, there clearly are several different … continue reading...

What is Christianity? Why should we Study Atheism? Who cares how the Bible was Formed?

Beginning on April 30th, 2008, Athanatos Online Academy’s course “Studies in Atheism” will begin. This three week course will give a brief history of atheism through the centuries and then leap to a discussion of more modern atheists such as Bertrand Russell, Antony Flew, and the so-called ‘New’ atheists: Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and so on.

Why should anyone care? Why should Christians care? Trends in atheism are as discernible as trends in anything else and many agree (even ‘moderate’ atheists will sometimes agree) that the current trends are ominous. Moreover, if Christians want to reach out … continue reading...