This is the beginning of a 2-part series (within each part there will be separate for/against threads). Here are the topics:
- 1.A) Give me your best argument FOR the existence of god.
- 1.B) Refute/Give me your best argument AGAINST the existence of god.
- 2.A) Assuming god exists, give me your best argument that Christianity IS true.
- 2.B) Assuming god exists, refute/give me your best argument that Christianity IS NOT true.
Continue reading “Group Study: The Existence of God”
If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end: if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth.
A friend of mine is a big fan of C.S. Lewis, and I asked for a recommendation for which one to read first. “Mere Christianity” was the response. So, like most books of this nature I like to take notes so that I can internalize the content better. Also like most books that I read, I may or may not finish it, but I’ll get as far as I can! Continue reading “Mere Christianity”
Smash every idea with as much intellectual strength as you can muster.
Jordan Peterson has been taking the internet by storm lately. Yes, he has had a long career as a professor and he’s spent a lot of time reading, thinking and developing his ideas, but it just seems like only lately he’s inserted himself into the limelight, and the internet is just EATING HIM UP–myself included. I find myself utter fascinated by his insights, but they’re so new and far from my usual thoughts, that I find it hard to internalize and summarize his ideas when telling other people about them. Continue reading “Strengthen the Individual”
“It’s not an easy thing to live in a truthful manner, but the alternative is hell.” —Jordan Peterson
Jordan Peterson, author of “Maps of Meaning“, likes to retell old stories. It seems that the overarching objective of many of his interviews and lectures is to provide modern people with a more robust interpretation and deeper understanding of these stories so that they can be practically applied to each person’s life rather than dismissed as “silly” or “irrelevant”. In a sense, he is trying to draw out a map for people to navigate their “being” in the world.
Continue reading “Truths & Symbolism in Judaism & Christianity”
“Tell a lie long enough, loud enough, and big enough, people will believe it.” —Kent Hovind on Evolution
I started to work my way through Kent Hovind’s Creationism Seminar. I had heard them all before when I was Christian, and they were very influential in providing me the “evidence” I needed to believe in Creationism. I’m listening to them again with my new perspective, and as I go, I’ll jot down my thoughts right here. Continue reading “Creationism”
We only cook and eat babies on special occasions.
Nearly every atheist blogger probably has a list like this, so if you’re looking for original content on the subject, move along. I created my own list in order to help me to internalize some of the potential concerns or responses people have to atheism, along with my own replies to each. As I’ve done in past articles like “The Perks of Atheism“, I polled my Facebook group for some potential replies. Continue reading “Misconceptions About Atheism”
Suppose you’re speaking with a believer who says, “Well I think evolution is true, I just believe that God designed the world through evolution.”
I think it’s great that the believer is so accepting of scientific research. It’s very, very important to learn about ourselves and our world! But let me spell out the differences between the neutral view and the theistic view. Continue reading “Theistic Evolution”
Research ideas, defense of religion, attacks on atheism, creation and evolution etc.
I’m in a number of Facebook groups that discuss atheism and theism. Usually I am a silent observer as I read through the threads. Sometimes I have a few thoughts that I feel like jotting down, which is what this article is; a hodge podge of ideas. I’ll organize as I go, and if a section gets big enough I’ll break it into its own post.
Continue reading “Thoughts on Religion & Atheism”
Common arguments for the existence of god and their refutations.
In conversations with theists, here are a number of ideas I’ve been told are “proof of god”. I will start with saying a few things:
First, this discussion cannot exist in the scientific realm. The reason? A scientist does not start with an answer and then cherry pick observations that support that answer. It can only exist in the philosophical realm where both sides present arguments for and against the existence of a god. Continue reading “Proof of God”
In this year I had splurged and purchased a beautiful leather-bound journal. I wanted to fill it. Problem is, I tend to not stick with writing because I find it hard–it tires my hand out quickly and I can’t really say what I want to say. Writing is never linear for me, it’s a back and forth process. Here are excerpts from my journaling efforts this year. It’s not long after this that I officially adopted this online blogging habit. Continue reading “2014 – Age 29”