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Story and Evidence, a Response

A certain English Atheist named Dave, having found out about my collection of short stories through the venerable PZ Myers (a huge fan of mine, by the way), has written a response to something I was quoted as saying.  Before I respond to his response, I would like to thank him for giving me the courtesy of a heads up, alerting me to his post.  Also, it was a breath of fresh air to see something thoughtfully done- with just a couple of slams out of dozens of decent remarks.  🙂  I will attempt to return the favor in this … continue reading...

Atheists on Morality: Jumping out of the Bottomless Pit

Atheists have a problem.  Ok, they have lots of problems.  🙂  But this one is a big one:  how to explain morality.

Now, for some reason atheists remained confused on some basic aspects of the issue.   It is common to hear from their camp something to the effect, “We do not need God to be moral.”

Indeed, the professional atheists have been churning out attempts to show that they can be moral without God.   This seriously misses the point.   The argument is not, “You are an immoral and evil clout because you reject theism.”  Nor is the theistic argument, “I … continue reading...

The Courage of Their Convictions: Jared Lee Loughner, James Jay Lee and the Power of Belief

The now humiliated mainstream media first tried to pin the attack by Jared Loughner on conservatives and the Tea Party only to discover that very few of Loughner’s views resembled conservative values  at all.  (As of this writing, I don’t think we do know what his motivations were even yet.)  Conservatives defended themselves with effect, but there was one portion of that defense that I wish to take issue with.

Conservatives have taken the tact of protecting themselves from the very charge they are fending off, bending over backwards to insist that not only did conservative values not influence Loughner, … continue reading...

What Does Atheism Become?

About five years ago I published a collection of essays that is no longer available for purchase.  The collection is titled after the essay below.  It is not, as far as I know, something I’ve published elsewhere.  I was thinking of it recently and decided it should be dusted off.  It seems as relevant today as when I first wrote it.

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That Which Atheism Becomes

Some might say that I just like to argue. The truth is that I believe that ideas have consequences and some consequences are more severe than others. Arguing, or more precisely, debating, these ideas … continue reading...

KFUO AM radio interview on the existence of God

Yesterday I was on KFUO AM radio out of St. Louis, MO.  You can listen to the segment here:

I believe I’m in the first half of the segment.

Topic:  “Can you prove there is a God?”

We could tackle this topic another 3 times before we’ve covered a fraction of what could be said.… continue reading...

On Free Will, Fair Trials, and the Problem of Evil

A recent series of comments on an article of mine characterizing Obama’s desire to have the KSM trial in NYC as a ‘show trial‘ prompted me to ponder one of the claims made in those comments.  I noted what appears to be a parallel between “Mark’s” argument and atheistic objections to God along the lines of free will and the problem of evil.  In saying this, I don’t mean to imply that Mark is actually an atheist.  I have no idea if he is.  Nor do I mean to unduly pick on him, because in my view youngsters are … continue reading...

Some More Thoughts on ABC’s Visitors

So ABC’s “V” was on again tonight.  I enjoyed it.  It lacked the same punch as the first episode but I still liked it.  It seems a little hurried to me.  Maybe there are too many commercials?  I’ve seen other hour long shows that seemed to really carry a narrative so I know its possible.  I can’t put my finger on it with “V” but it isn’t enough (yet) to push me away from future viewings.

In my previous post on the “V” series, I hoped that I would see some metaphysical conversation.  Perhaps its too early in the … continue reading...

Connecting the dots between unbelief and abortion

A recent entry on my discussion forum illustrates with crystal clarity the arguments I confronted in my book We Chose Life: Why You Should Too.   If you happen to get a hold of my book and you’re wondering if there are real people who hold those views, that example will do.

That’s not what I want to talk about.  The ‘person’ in question (I use the term ‘person’ here loosely, as definitions can change over time 😉  ) is an atheist and secular humanist.  His position on abortion follows naturally from his atheism.  I’m not saying it follows logically, … continue reading...

Would an atheist be happy in hell? Cue the Twilight Zone Theme Song…

On a recent thread on my discussion forum an atheist endorsed the view:  “It is better to rule in hell than serve in heaven.”  Of course, this atheist, like all atheists, rejects any notion that heaven and hell are real.  Nonetheless, there are a number of reasons for making the argument.  It essentially amounts to fundamental rejection of the ‘terms of engagement’ that Christians contend that God has laid out.   (This is especially fundamental when the atheist is, as in this example, an Ayn Rand Objectivist).  Additional layers of the argument take it as true for the sake of argument … continue reading...

Human Rights Without God?

I have been having a discussion with a Christia friend that started with his critique of my Birth Pangs fantasy/action adventure book series.  We started out talking about human rights in general but more recently we have focused on the question of abortion.  The gist of our debate is that I contend that there are ‘inalienable’ ‘rights’ and he doesn’t think so.  Both of us agree (I think) that apart from a theistic outlook, the question of ‘rights’ is nonsensical.  I wish to expand on that aspect due to its relevance to this blog.

That humans have intrinsic rights … continue reading...

Atheists strain to demostrate my description of them is not a strawman

I have been hugely entertained by reading an extended forum discussion responding to my post yesterday which was a paraphrase of several conversations I’ve had in the last few months.  As one might expect, it was immediately objected that my protrayal was mere strawman and does not represent the ‘real atheist’ position.   This begs a very interesting question:  isn’t any argument put forward by an atheist a real atheistic position?  It begs another question:  if I did not represent the real atheistic position, why do so many atheists espouse it, engage in the same kind of tactics, and why did … continue reading...

A Conversation on Final Regress and First Causes

I recently had a conversation with some gents that I thought I would paraphrase for my blog.  I think I’ve had the same kind of conversation a dozen times in the last three months.  I have combined all the conversations into one paraphrase.  The Internet is filled with conversations like this.  If you have got one feel free to share.  Enjoy.

Them:  We believe science is the only way to learn about the world and religion is just faith-mongering superstition.  There is no scientific basis for believing in the existence of God.  Belief is just irrationalism.  I know what you’re … continue reading...

The Euthyphro Dilemma: Does Man Prefer it Because it is Good or is it Good Because Man Prefers it?

Astute, yet snarky readers, will fix on this title and surmise from the start that I’ve got it all wrong.  I’ve done it backwards.  The Euthyphro Dilemma has nothing to do with Man and everything to do with God or the gods.  “He’s got it wrong!”  Nonsense.  I am a professional apologist.  I always know what I’m doing.  🙂

But seriously, it is not uncommon to hear the Euthyphro dilemma issue forth from atheists and skeptics.  There is always a smug satisfaction latent in their tone of typing as the invoke it, confident they’ve laid an unanswerable doozy in your … continue reading...

Sntjohnny Now Blogs on ChristianPost.com on Christianity in America

I am pleased to announce that the ChristianPost has asked me to be a blogger for them.  It is an honor.  The section I post in is called Christianity in Today’s America.  Here is the description:

An ongoing discussion on the current state of the Church in America, how it got there, and where it is going. What are a Christian’s responsibilities in an increasingly unChristian America? This blog will tackle tough issues for the Church in uncompromising terms while continuing to meet the challenges posed by a widening body of unbelievers.

It would appear that this is a … continue reading...