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Categories : Academic, Religion, Science
Here’s a link to a sample chapter from Zoo Guide: A Bible-Based Handbook to the Zoo.
It truly is terrific reading. But it makes one think. My new rule?
You can’t accept any science if you don’t accept all science.
Evolution is a theory which has come about out of scientific research – the scientific method so to speak. If you don’t accept the results of so many reputable scientists (the near unanimous support of evolution as a working theory) you obviously have a problem with the scientific method, and therefore you shouldn’t accept anything derived from it.
Creationists call evolution bad science. Here’s a little quote from the above mentioned book:
To gain a better understanding that there was no “living creature death” before the Fall of Adam, we must interpret the Bible correctly and read what God has written. God’s Word plainly teaches that death is the result of sin. Therefore, there was no human or animal (nephesh chayyâh) death before sin. Adam, Eve, and all the animals ate plants and probably lower invertebrates before the Fall.
Yeah. That’s good science. It also shows that God HATES invertebrates. I always thought a slug’s antennas looked a lot like horns. And if any creationist out there needs proof that we descended from monkeys, just look at George W. Bush.
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Categories : Academic, Religion
My favorite website – http://www.answersingenesis.com has a new article entitled “God and Natural Law“. The article explains how it is impossible to say that God is not responsible for all the natural laws that bind our universe together.
The most fundamental laws of nature exist only because God wills them to; they are the logical, orderly way that the Lord upholds and sustains the universe He has created. The atheist is unable to account for the logical, orderly state of the universe. Why should the universe obey laws if there is no law-giver? But laws of nature are perfectly consistent with biblical creation. In fact, the Bible is the foundation for natural laws.
Ah yes. The classic circular argument. God is the creator of natural laws because God created them. I also like the question, “Why should the universe obey laws if there is no law-giver?” Do Christians really believe that a rock doesn’t spontaneously explode because it is afraid of divine retribution?
Since we have been made in God’s image, we instinctively know the laws of logic. We are able to reason logically (though because of finite minds and sin we don’t always think entirely logically).
Perhaps it’s believing every word you read in a dusty old book that makes YOU unable to think logically.
We have seen that the laws of nature depend on other laws of nature, which ultimately depend on God’s will. Thus, God created the laws of physics in just the right way so that the laws of chemistry would be correct, so that life can exist.
Laws depend on god’s will. Thus god created the laws. HOLY CRAP I don’t understand how anyone could accept that argument! Can anyone explain this to me?
Dear god – make it stop – some people are so ignorant it hurts.
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Categories : Religion
The Human Rights Campaign website has a new feature – “Out in Scripture” Yes, it is what you think.
I’ve always thought of gay and christian as almost contradictory. To be gay and christian means you need to edit out the parts of scripture that you don’t like. That begs the question, what makes the edited parts any less valid than the unedited parts? It’s like reading World War II literature and choosing not to believe in the Holocaust. Alright, I know that’s an unfair analogy – but what I’m trying to ask is if you feel you can ignore certain parts of a belief system, doesn’t that sort of also invalidate the parts that you do believe in? If you can’t take the bible’s word on homosexuality how can you take its word on anything else?
People grow up in church – they get comfortable in church – they rely on it as a staple of their lives and therefore they don’t question it. Maybe their afraid of losing that part of their lives, something they’ve grown to find comforting. For some reason people think of athiests of being immoral. People think that if they reject the church they’ll be immoral. Morality isn’t a christian exclusive.
I would like to hear the viewpoint of someone who is both gay and religious. I’d like to hear how they deal with the contradictions – how they find peace with it. Any thoughts?
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Categories : Academic, Politics
Onegoodmove has an excellent clip of Van Taylor doing an interview. Taylor is evidently a republican who doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Surprise surprise. This is evidenced by the fact that he refuses to directly answer the questions posed him, but only goes off onto what sound like memorized sound bites.
I don’t understand why you would run for office – or go on TV to defend something you know nothing about. What happened to being afraid of intellectual scrutiny? When did it become OK to be completely ignorant of what you claim to know everything about?
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Categories : Politics
Here’s a snippet from Bush’s recent press conference:
Q: A lot of the consequences you mentioned for pulling out seem like maybe they never would have been there if we hadn’t gone in. How do you square all of that?
Bush: You know, I’ve heard this theory about, you know, everything was just fine until we arrived and —- you know, the stir-up-the-hornet’s- nest theory. It just doesn’t hold water, as far as I’m concerned.
The terrorists attacked us and killed 3,000 of our citizens before we started the freedom agenda in the Middle East. They were …
Q: What did Iraq have to do with that?
Bush: What did Iraq have to do with what?
Q: The attacks upon the World Trade Center.
Bush: Nothing. Except for it’s part of —- and no body’s ever suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack. Iraq was a —- Iraq —- the lesson of September the 11th is: Take threats before they fully materialize, Ken.
Nobody’s ever suggested that the attacks of September the 11th were ordered by Iraq. I have suggested, however, that resentment and the lack of hope create the breeding grounds for terrorists who are willing to use suiciders to kill, to achieve an objective. I have made that case.
It appears that in Bush’s mind the attacks of September 11th is linked with the invasion of Iraq. A reporter points out to him that he is using Sept 11th as justification for going into Iraq and then he starts back peddling.
It raises the question: What does Bush actually believe? Does he believe what is true or what he wants to be true . . .? Here is the transcript.
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Categories : Links, Software
Google recently purchased the free online word processor – Writely . Writely (supposedly) does everything word does and you can output your document to your blog, to a file, or to a PDF file which is a nice option. In fact, I’m using writely right now to make this post.
Another great feature is the collaboration feature which lets multiple users edit the same document.
Word to the wise: if you’re a terrorist, don’t use writely to plot your next attack – it’s a great free website but I’m not sure how private it actually is.
And another thing. Writely’s spell check doesn’t recognize ‘writely’ as a word.