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Anthony Horvath

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The Christian and Harry Potter and Dumbledore: A Christian changes his mind?

Not too long ago I posted an article talking about Rowling’s outing of Dumbledore as a gay man.  In it, I expressed disappointment and wondered what the point and purpose of this unnecessary revelation was.  The battle still rages and I have got to say that many Christians are just being absurd.  Not only with this, but also with the upcoming release of Pullman’s book in movie form, “The Golden Compass.”  No one should misunderstand me.  I definitely take issue with Pullman’s ideas.  A fuller review is forthcoming on his books.

The problem is this:  we do not win the … continue reading...

I appear to have a stalker

I guess it was only a matter of time. It is Herr Professor, or shall I say, Hyperbole Boy. Me thinks the gent is having trouble finding content for his blog. 🙂

He read my most recent post and thought he ‘read it right’ that I was insinuating an atheistic plot at NBC. He takes a post that includes in the title… “a warm up” and figures he knows enough about what I really mean from such a brief intro that he can opine on it.

Or should we call him Jump to Conclusion Man?

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NBC’s Heroes and a Christian Response … a warm up.

NBC’s television show “Heroes” is pretty good, though I have to say that I agree in many respects with this guy who has grown tired of some of the plot elements.  I still have more hope, though, and I especially like watching deep philosophy play out on the TV screen.  In particular, I enjoy watching the evolutionary world view sink its claws into the imagination of Americans who would otherwise never think about it.

In this series, we are given to believe that evolutionary processes have allowed a class of people to emerge with special gifts like mind reading, flying, … continue reading...

Herr Professor on the Ropes with Watson

Apparently my most bitter barb of all for the Professor is that he failed to comprehend the salient points of the post that started it all.

I will remain silent on his more lengthy… rant? but focus on this quote because of course my contention is that his comments were poisoned at the well and this addresses that.

Which of course is why he spent the first four paragraphs talking about Watson putting his foot in it and this just goes to show that you shouldn’t give scientists “undue regard.” He was talking about the school board in Maine.

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Evolutionary Origins of Religion:

As I was skimming the web this evening I came across this site reviewing Hitchen’s “God is not Great.” I didn’t spend much time on the blog so I don’t know the gent’s background.  I’m going to comment on a few things he said as a springboard since I have heard it any number of times, including and perhaps especially Dawkins’ The God Delusion.

 However, as discussed in Religion Explained, religion and religious beliefs have natural evolutionary origins and arise out of how our mind works. So religion is here to stay. Even people who do not consider

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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...

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...

Final Reply to Herr Professor on Racism

 Herr Professor has issued yet another response in our saga of talking to each other without actually talking to each other.  This will be my final comments, unless the Professor in seeking the last word says something truly outrageous.

There are only a couple of points that are worth addressing.

In the first place, he thinks he still has got the upper hand in his view that I am siding with Watson’s allegedly racist remarks.  I am glad he returned to the original article, as it is a fine corrective to his accusations.  He gives several quotes which he … continue reading...

Watson, Racism, Evolution, Herr Professor, Reprise

Well, I suppose at some point this cycle of responses between Herr Professor and myself is going to have to end.  I thought it kinda funny to basically be in a conversation with the gent, but of course in the abstract, where I pretend that my comments are to some ethereal group of readers of my blog when in fact they are actually directly mainly at him.  At some point, I guess you just got to move on.

He has posted some thoughts again derived from my original post about Watson’s embarrassing comments linking genetics to intelligence.  If you start … continue reading...

What it means that Dumbledore is Gay, A Christian’s Response, and Objective Reality

I have a lot to cram in here, so I don’t know that it is even worth trying.  It may help if you go back to my first post on this subject.  This makes my third post on the subject.

Something interesting I found today was this article here by a certain, aptly named, Michael Dorf.   I thought it interesting because he makes the point that just because Rowling declares Dumbledore to be gay, it does not make it so.   It cannot be supported by the text, which stands alone.  I agree with this in a sense.  One … continue reading...

Anthony on the Radio- 10/22/07

I will be on 6:30 a.m. CST on this station here: http://www.reachfm.org/

You can listen live. I’m going to try to get a copy of the interview.

EDIT:

The interview was fun!  Many thanks to ReachFM for having me on, and for providing a copy of the program.  Here it is for download.  (I was interviewed in relation to the bulletin inserts with apologetical content which you can find linked at the top of the page).

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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...

JK Rowling is wrong: Dumbledore is not Gay… or, Does not Promote Tolerance

I blogged on this last night but still have thoughts on the matter.

Rowling indicated that her series were one long conversation about tolerance and as I skim the blogs I wonder if this is what she had in mind, a top ten list of ‘signs’ that Dumbledore was gay.The joke of course is that there was no hint of the question in the books and the irony is that if this is a component in her discussion on ‘tolerance’ it is very likely going to backfire.  Here are just a few items because I can’t post them all here…… 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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