Mike

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Date registered: March 9, 2010

Latest posts

  1. Free Will and Meaning — April 28, 2015
  2. Jesus was not a Christian — February 23, 2015
  3. Brief Comments on the Resurrection — February 20, 2015
  4. Christian and Atheist Round Table Discussion and Q&A: Morality – Part 1 — February 25, 2014
  5. Christian and Atheist Round Table Discussion and Q&A: Morality – Part 2 — October 25, 2013

Most commented posts

  1. Is everything in the Bible true? — 80 comments
  2. Free Will and Evil — 77 comments
  3. Intention in Eden — 49 comments
  4. On Absurdity: William Lane Craig and Actual Infinites — 36 comments
  5. Gospel Truth: Important Contradictions — 28 comments

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Sep 07

Lawless Events and Evidence for God

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There is a very interesting post by Kenny Pearce on The Prosblogion called Lawless Events and the Existence of God. He gives two versions of an argument—one inductive and one deductive—for thinking that a God with the traditional attributes would create a world with few lawless events (or none). I’ll only quote Pearce’s inductive version …

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Sep 02

Should the 9/11 ceremony be religious?

The Huffington Post currently has an article describing some controversy over the exclusion of religious clergy/material from the 9/11 memorial service. Bloomberg has pledged to maintain his position despite conservative religious group protests. A spokesperson for the Mayor said, “The ceremony was designed in coordination with 9/11 families with a mixture of readings that are …

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Aug 30

The Problem of Divine Hiddenness

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I like to think of The Problem of Divine Hiddenness as atheism’s version of the Fermi Paradox. If God exists, where is he? If God is real and honestly wants me to come to know him, then he would give me the evidence I need to believe. Or, at the very least, he could have …

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Aug 26

Parade of Fools

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A new nationwide Gallup poll provides insight about who the current frontrunners are for the GOP nomination. As you can see in the figure below, the only candidates I would ever support—Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman—didn’t even crack the top four. These two didn’t even make a respectable showing.   Now, I don’t think Gingrich and …

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Aug 19

Should the clay judge the potter?

I’ve never understood why people, especially Evangelicals, use this question as if it has force. The answer seems like an obvious “Yes,” but to clearly see why, let’s unpack the assumptions. First, let’s consider the analogy: the clay should not judge the potter. Humans (and I presume animals) are supposed to be the clay and …

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Aug 16

God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

Penn Jillette, along with his partner Teller, are part of a great American tradition of debunking. Not nearly enough people know about this tradition, but that is precisely why it’s needed. The efforts of people like them, along with James Randi and Houdini, have already had a considerable impact on belief in psychics, witchcraft, faith …

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Aug 15

Mendeleev and the Fossil Record

What can the history of chemistry teach us about the popular-level objection to evolution regarding the “gaps” in the fossil record? I think we can gain insight from Dmitri Mendeleev and the creation of the Periodic Table of Elements. Mendeleev (1834 – 1907) sought to group the known elements in an organized and informative way. …

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Aug 14

Is Hell simply separation from God?

There is something called the Problem of Hell. It goes a bit like this:   1. Hell is a place of eternal punishment and torture. 2. God is all-loving and all-good. 3. A God that has these properties (from 2) would not send people to Hell. 4. Therefore, either Hell does not exist or God …

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Aug 12

What ethical system best describes God?

Ethical or moral systems can generally be described as consequentialist or non-consequentialist. Let’s consider a popular example to help define these terms – the trolley problem. Imagine you are the driver of a trolley and you suddenly notice that your brakes have stopped working. But that is not your only problem. Just ahead are five workers …

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Aug 09

A Mormon President

We have two Republican presidential candidates that are Mormon. In lieu of this, Joanna Brooks discusses here how Mormons aren’t so bad (she is a Mormon herself). She looks to dispel five myths people believe about Mormons. The campaigns by Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr. for the GOP presidential nomination, along with the popular …

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