I’ve decided to make a post of the conversation I’ve had with a particular commenter named Francis Philip. My reasoning is as follows. First, I wish to showcase my own failings in this conversation, hoping that doing so will help me to improve in the future. Second, it has become difficult to respond properly in the … More Conversation with Francis Philip
About six months ago, I blogged about an interaction that I had on Twitter. Apparently, something about that conversation stuck with the other person, because s/he appears to have found that post and decided to try to continue the conversation this month. As JB has commented on five other places in addition, and most of … More Continuing Conversation on Homosexuality and Resurrection
Yes. Absolutely yes, there should be reasons for beliefs. Why? For one thing, if you don’t have a reason to believe something, then you have no ground to stand on if you want to argue for your position over another. This is also true if your reasoning is not sufficient, but for now I want … More Should there be reasons for beliefs?
Was I a TRUE Christian? I was once told, “Speaking biblically one can never leave God if they were with him in the first place.” To me, this is just further evidence that the Bible is wrong, for I was on god’s side right up until I asked for help staying on his side and … More On “REAL” Christians
A friend pointed me to this excellent article on a specific theologian’s attempt to reconcile the Catholic doctrines around Adam and Eve with what we know about genetics and evolution. It is a much better, but more specific, version of the post I wrote earlier on Catholicism and evolution.
Current Christmas Craft Countdown: 25 projects made, 1 in progress, 2 on my list not yet started. I’m rapidly running out of time, but maybe I can finish up one or two on the road. I intend to post pictures after giving away the results.
This post is largely inspired by my reading of A Faith Brief: A Lawyer’s Argument for Why Faith Prevails Over Doubt by Patrick M Garry, although I am unlikely to use quotes from the book for this. I was reading through it and adding commentary a bit over a year ago, but I stopped bothering with the … More Faith vs Doubt
I am writing this post because I quickly realized Twitter is not the proper medium for this conversation. This guy sent 19 tweets in a row. Twice. That’s too damn many to respond to properly, especially as the topic is such that I cannot respond to each tweet with a single tweet. Twitter isn’t a … More On Mythmaking and Twitter Arguments
Tonight, I’m going out to discuss this article at a group I personally like better than last night’s (familiarity might be part of that; also, tonight’s group is smaller, which is better for deep discussion). As far as I can tell, the point of this article is to say that we should choose to act … More Evolution or Emergence: Freedom and Paradox on a Saturated Beach
I’m about to head out to a group to talk about whether there’s an afterlife. On the meetup page, someone posted two links about reincarnation. Here’s the one, and here’s the other. My goal, of course, is to bring skepticism to the group (there are a couple other skeptics as well, but it was started … More Reincarnation and the Afterlife