Thursday, August 30, 2012

Franklin Roosevelt, Christian Theocrat

Who knew that FDR was such a rabid right-wing, Bible thumping theocrat? 

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

How do you know a light bulb is a light bulb?

There is only one test that matters. It must emit light. And so: One Cʘsmos: Don't Look a Gift Cosmos in the Mouth:
So you cannot "prove" Christianity in the usual way; it cannot be illuminated from the outside, because it illuminates everything else, from the inside out.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Could be both, not either

Reporters pretend they’re confused about rape: "Either reporters are pushing an agenda supportive of abortion rights or they’re idiots. "

There is no reason to have to choose. These are not mutually-exclusive possibilities.

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Out of Mani, the Won

Out of Mani, One -

An explanation of the Manichean world view of the Left, which today includes all of the Democrat party. As I put it here:
This is an administration that seems reflexively to personalize and demonize opponents rather than deal with opposition to policy. The White House staff, from the president down, seems to think of themselves as children of light and the opposition as children of darkness. This is, of course, literally a religious word view, and worse, an apocalyptic one that moves inexorably toward a decisive showdown when the children of light crush their enemies absolutely.
It may work in Chicago, but how soon, as James Taranto asked in the Wall Street Journal, will Mr. Obama understand that following the Rules for Radicals is not governing?
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Friday, August 24, 2012

New Statesman - Atheism+: the new New Atheists

New Statesman - Atheism+: the new New Atheists:
Less than a week old in its current form, Atheism+ is the brainchild of Jen McCreight, a Seattle-based biology postgrad and blogger at the secularist Freethought network. She has called for a "new wave" of atheism on that "cares about how religion affects everyone and that applies skepticism to everything, including social issues like sexism, racism, politics, poverty, and crime." 
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Atheists are good at insults

Robert Hutchison, "Why I Secretly Root for Atheists in Debates..."
In the process, I made a shocking discovery. It turns out that the atheists are really, really good at insults but are actually quite poor debaters. The atheists insult Christianity, Judaism and religion generally with a nastiness that is almost breathtaking. They belittle. They demean. They insinuate. But the one thing they don’t do is offer intelligent arguments that disprove the existence of God. 
In fact, they don’t actually reason at all.
There seems to be a common thread among materialists: they do not seem to understand that their entire world view sits atop nothing but fog.

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Allan R. Bevere: Science and the Eschatological Challenge to Theology (Part 2)

Allan R. Bevere: Science and the Eschatological Challenge to Theology (Part 2):

The universe is indeed moving toward nonexistence in and of itself. Christians must understand that. Polkinghorne writes, "It is not for theology to deny the validity of science's 'horizontal' extrapolation of present physical process, but theology can point out the limited character of the prediction, in that it necessarily fails to take into account the 'vertical' resources, not accessible to scientific thinking" (p. 146). The natural evolutionary process is no cause for optimism. Left to its own processes, the history of the universe will end in futility. There can be no denying this.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

The Church of England's Finest Hour?

The American Spectator : This Could Be Its Finest Hour:

The Church of England defends traditional marriage reverently, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of God. ... 
It's also true than in a secularizing country, the Church of England (unlike U.S. Episcopalians, who mostly just resent more numerous evangelicals) appreciates the threat to religious liberty under a regime of imposed same sex marriage. How would the established church disallow what the civil law requires? The church may have to disestablish, especially if it desires any continued leadership over global Anglicans. 
British media quoted church officials dismissing government plans as "'half-baked,' ‘very shallow,' ‘superficial' and ‘completely irrational.'" Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Archbishop of York John Sentamu only slightly more diplomatically lamented that government proposals "have not been thought through and are not legally sound." The church's official response rejected the government's push with vigorous, point-by-point rebuttals.

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The Charts That Doom Obama

The Charts That Doom Obama | Power Line

Would be nice if most voters actually considered charts like these. But I take the same tack here as on Romney's tax returns or pretty much any other election "issue:" I think the great majority of people who will actually vote have already made their minds up. There are precious few of the mythical Undecideds left to persuade.

So these charts do not, per se, doom Obama. They illustrate why Obama is already doomed.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

How to destroy Christianity

Flatland Apologetics: How to destroy Christianity:

Yep, that would do it.

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Science and Eschatology, Part 1

Eschatology is the theology of the end of things. In the three great monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, eschatology means the "end of the present age" or the end of the present order of things. That is to say, the future time when God's plan for the universe is finally brought to final fulfillment.

Some eschatologies hold that the present order is wiped away entirely and a completely new order is put in place. Others hold that the present order is redeemed and transformed into the new order.

In either case, modern astrophysics poses a challenge because it holds that the universe has perhaps 100 billion years or more to go before it runs out of steam. So we need not look skyward for the hand of God swooping down anytime soon.

And so this: Allan R. Bevere: Science and the Eschatological Challenge to Theology (Part 1)

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Phoenix bans church from giving away water to thirsty festival goers | National News - Kentucky News Network

Phoenix bans church from giving away water to thirsty festival goers

You have to be licensed to give away free bottled water. The latest episode in the nation's compliance officer employment programs.

normblog: How the 2012 Olympics changed the world

normblog: How the 2012 Olympics changed the world:

(1) From now on there will be much less litter. People will value every trip to the bin as part of their training routine.
(2) There will be less crime, and for the same kind of reason; everyone will be so busy training. Who would even think of a robbery, to say nothing of a (says nothing of it)?
(3) There will be a huge step forward towards social equality. This is because everyone will be so attached to the idea of a level playing field that they'll think of themselves lying down on one next to their very rich or very poor compatriots, and feel they are all of similar height.
(4) The homeless will no longer be with us. Give everyone a bicycle and they'll spend their nights cycling around. Their bikes will be their homes.
(5) Flooding will cease to be a problem. Why? On account, you suggest, of the increase in swimming? Forget about it; the Olympics have been far more radical than that in their transfomative influence. Those whose homes are flooded will simply pole-vault out of them on to the high ground.

The mighty eagle

Warning to the Fed

The Spike In Oil Prices On QE3 Expectations Should Be A Warning To The Fed

When the Fed tries to stimulate the economy with "quantitative easing" - which does not actually stimulate the economy - one of the major effects is that oil prices spike.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Do the rich pay their fair share?

Do the rich pay their fair share? « Hot Air:

  1. In 2009, the top 20% of earners brought in an income about 10 times that of the bottom 20% of earners. However, they paid about 221 times as much in taxes.
  2. Breaking down the top one percent of earners is even worse for the liberal argument. To wit: The top one percent of earners made about 50 times as much money as the bottom quintile in 2009, but paid about 1,500 times as much in taxes.
Let me repeat this: in 2009 the top one percent paid about 1,500 times as much in taxes as the average in the bottom twenty percent. So now the question arises: what is the fair share the wealthy should pay? Is 40% of their income going to the federal government enough? How about half? Does it matter that the 50% or so of Americans who pay little or no non-retirement income taxes basically get a free ride when it comes to federal roads, immigration control, etc. –on the backs of the wealthy?

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

WIKILEAKS: Surveillance Cameras Around The Country Are Being Used In A Huge Spy Network - Business Insider

WIKILEAKS: Surveillance Cameras Around The Country Are Being Used In A Huge Spy Network

Enemy of the State is here.
"Former senior intelligence officials have created a detailed surveillance system more accurate than modern facial recognition technology—and have installed it across the U.S. under the radar of most Americans, according to emails hacked by Anonymous. 
Every few seconds, data picked up at surveillance points in major cities and landmarks across the United States are recorded digitally on the spot, then encrypted and instantaneously delivered to a fortified central database center at an undisclosed location to be aggregated with other intelligence. It’s part of a program called TrapWire and it's the brainchild of the Abraxas, a Northern Virginia company staffed with elite from America’s intelligence community."
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Atrocities Against American Pows In Korean War

Atrocities Against American Pows In Korean War

Brutality beyond belief

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Friday, August 10, 2012

The self destruction of liberal Christianity

American Nuns and the Fate of Liberal Christianity -
Looking at the decline and dissolution of self-consciously progressive denominations, churches and religious orders over the last two generations, one possible conclusion is that their central problem has been a deficit of real, genuine belief, and that only a reaffirmation of historical Christian practice and conviction can restore liberal Christianity’s vitality.

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Jesus did talk about sex, too

Is it true Jesus never addressed same-sex marriage?
Jesus made it clear that sex is a good gift from a great God, and this good gift is to be enjoyed within heterosexual covenantal marriage. It is simply undeniable that Jesus assumed heterosexual marriage as God's design and plan. Third, Jesus sees all sexual activity outside this covenant as sinful. Fourth, it is a very dangerous and illegitimate interpretive strategy to bracket the words of Jesus and read into them the meaning you would like to find. We must not isolate Jesus from His affirmation of the Old Testament as the Word of God nor divorce Him from His first century Jewish context.
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Who are the mysterious non-liberal Obama supporters?

» Do I live in the same country as these mysterious non-liberal Obama supporters? - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

Certainly we cannot be overconfident just based on our gut feelings.  But I get the same feeling as Rahe when I hear polls about how popular Obama still is.
I wonder, who are these people?
Sure, I know the liberals, but only one-fifth of the population self-identifies as liberal.  Really, after 3 1/2 years of Obama, who are all the non self-identifying liberals who are going to return Obama to office?
Sure, there are many people dependent on government largess and some otherwise conservative people who will vote for Obama for racial and/or ethic reasons, but can combining liberals with non-liberal government dependents and racial/ethnic voters really get Obama over the top?
Do I live in the same country as these mysterious non-liberal Obama supporters?

Jim Thorpe is still the greatest Olympian ever

Why Are Jim Thorpe’s Olympic Records Still Not Recognized? | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine:
Mallon, co-founder of the International Society of Olympic Historians, who has served as a consultant statistician to the IOC, believes that Thorpe’s 1912 performances establish him as “the greatest athlete of all time. Still. To me, it’s not even a question.” Mallon points out that Thorpe was number one in four Olympic events in 1912 and placed in the top ten in two more—a feat no modern athlete has accomplished, not even the sprinter and long-jumper Carl Lewis, who won nine Olympic gold medals between 1984 and 1996. “People just don’t do that,” Mallon says.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Atheism's baseless thinking

How "new atheists" misrepresent Christianity

Chuck Colson was a Nixon staffer sent to prison for his role in Watergate. He wrote,
I know the Resurrection is a fact, and Watergate proved it to me. How? Because 12 men testified they had seen Jesus raised from the dead, and then they proclaimed that truth for 40 years, never once denying it. Everyone was beaten, tortured, stoned and put in prison. They would not have endured that if it weren’t true. Watergate embroiled 12 of the most powerful men in the world and they couldn’t keep a lie for three weeks. You’re telling me 12 apostles could keep a lie for 40 years? Absolutely impossible.

Japan's forgotten battle

The Japanese have forgotten Guadalcanal

The Battle of Midway ended the Japanese navy's offensive string of successes in June 1942. A little more than two months later, the Japanese army permanently lost the initiative when US forces landed at Guadalcanal. American Marines were the first US troops to land, but they were joined soon by US Army formations, including Army National Guard units, one of which proved critical in the Battle of the Perimeter because of its greater firepower than the resource-starved Marine units. By the end of November, the Marines had been withdrawn and the rest of the fighting was done by the US Army.

Though the battle lasted six months and killed only 25,000 Japanese soldiers, a surviving Japanese general said it was the "graveyard of the Japanese army."

Before Guadalcanal, the Japanese army had never lost. After Guadalcanal, the Japanese army never won.