I MUST CONFESS....
I grow more tired of Ken Ham every day. In a new article on Answering Genesis, Ken Ham is spreading misinformation with regards to what is being taught in science classrooms. In his latest post he is claiming the following,
Imagine if public school students in their science classes were encouraged to worship the sun. And yet this is happening! But how do they get away with it? Well, they just call worshipping the sun “science,” and then claim they can teach this “science” in the public schools!
To support his claim, he cites Neil DeGrasse Tyson saying the following,
Our ancestors worshipped the sun. They were far from foolish. It makes good sense to revere the sun and stars because we are their children. The silicon in the rocks, the oxygen in the air, the carbon in our DNA, the iron in our skyscrapers, the silver in our jewelry—were all made in stars, billions of years ago. Our planet, our society, and we ourselves are stardust.
Now, anyone who can reflect on this for more than 30 seconds can note that this is not an encouragement of sun worship. When one interprets this through the lens of anthropology, one can note that Tyson is giving an explanation for why people worshiped the sun, not that one ought to worship the sun. This is no different from a history teacher giving a reason as to why people adopted Christianity, Judaism or Taoism. Such is not unconstitutional, nor does it encourage anti-Christian behaviour. All Tyson ...more
Every post is going to start with my apologizing for not writing anything...so sorry. Last week I fell to the communists, which means lots of me writhing in pain and misery and my depression being ten times worse.
I didn't write anything, but I did start watching Legend of Korra with a friend of mine. I loved Avatar: The Last Airbender, so I've been wanting to watch this for a long time. The following is my facebook feed with my impressions of the first seven episodes:
All of my friends have been telling me to watch this show, so they were pretty excited when I announced it.
There were about 20 comments on this consisting mostly of "OMG i love this show!" and also others arguing over which season is best
Almost every time Tenzin said anything about bending I heard it in Bender's voice.
When the Equalists showed up in the first episode, I expected it to be a riff on MRA's and supposed "humanists" but it turns out they have some valid points...at first...
Then I got distracted by the teenage romance drama.
Oh, fyi, the only thing I knew about this show going into it is that Korasami is canon, so...
This is when I start feeling conflicted about the Equalists
Again, everything Tenzin says I hear as Bender...
Back to the romance stuff...
Omg, can we talk about how much I love Bolin?? He's silly and goofy and adorable and I swear, drunk!Bolin is me.
This is true. You can ask the friend I was watching ...more
I MUST CONFESS...
It might be odd to think, but I have arrived at the conclusion that not all Christians should be for the argument from design. While it may be interesting to think that there is an argument steaming from scientific exploration leading to a deduction of God's existence, if it is incompatible with Christian theology, then we need not bother.
So, what exactly does Christian theology have that makes it impossible to utilize the design argument? Well, before going to that, I shall spell out the argument from design. Arguments from design are those that argue for the existence of God though utilizing features of the universe and concluding that based on the complexity of the structure, it is better to conclude that the universe was designed and the structure did not come out of either chance or necessity. but rather design from an outside entity. This entity we call God. This can be done through probabilistic inference (in that it was too improbable from purely naturalistic means), or through a process of elimination (i.e. the other options do not work).
How exactly is this incompatible with Christianity? On Christian theology, it would seem, we would expect that God designed the universe. According to Romans 1:20
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
According to the Psalm 19:1
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. The heavens are ...more
I MUST CONFESS...
I think that despite his machismo, Chuck Norris is still a homophobe who needs to be taken down a peg (especially since his rather disparaging remarks ). The Nostalgia Critic does a rather funny job when he brings out humor from Norris' ignorance. I encourage everyone to check out his video of Forest ...more
I MUST CONFESS...
My Grandfather had a lot of funny stories to tell, mostly because he was quite the lovely bastard. He lived in a small town in Lebanon and ran into a lot of situations that made for some great . One of these was when the local Eastern Orthodox priests part in front of the local grocery stores. When my Grandfather told him that if he were to park there, some car was sure to hit him. The priest had assured him that God would protect his car. My Grandfather preceded by scratching the priest's car with his keys. When the priest inquired to what happened, my Grandfather told him that a car scrapped it. To which the priest responded by shouting, roughly translated, "My dick in you G-d". Suffice to say, he must have had a fun time. May God have mercy on their souls.
Maximus' Grandfather and Grandmother.
To date this is one of my favorite stories about the man. May he rest in peace
May My Confession Be With You ...more
I MUST CONFESS...
I have not heard something so dumb, at least on TV. In his latest claim to stupidity, and attempt to further his theocratic agenda, the former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and evangelist James Robinson utilized the oxymoron of "secular theocracy”, as in
We have a theocracy right now, It’s a secular theocracy
- James Robinson
Now, suffice to say, when we use words, the basic premise to them is that they do not have contradictory properties. Things like "squared circles" and "horny numbers" are thus oxymorons with the semantic meaning of "fdvnodfnv". It's just noise. I can say "secular theocracy" is on that level. I can say more, but I will just let my main man Ibn Sina take it away
Anyone who denies the law of non-contradiction should be beaten and burned until he admits that to be beaten is not the same as not to be beaten, and to be burned is not the same as not to be burned.
I do not endorse this view myself, but I can say that if the former governor disagrees, he will see why his comment is so stupid.
May My Confession Be With You All...
1. Ibn Sina, Metaphysics, I; commenting on Aristotle, Topics ...more
I recently witnessed someone make the mistake to tell Ed Brayton that there is no difference between democrats and republicans. Here was his response (which I think is spot on):
frankly, that claim is total bullshit. When it comes to issues where a moneyed interest has a lot at stake, they're pretty similar. Big business is going to get 100% of what it wants from Republicans and 90% of what it wants from Democrats (because they're able to buy off both parties with unlimited campaign and lobbying spending). But where there isn't a lot of money at stake, on issues involving equality and social justice, there's a HUGE difference. If Democrats had been in charge of the House and state legislatures since 2010 instead of Republicans, we wouldn't have mandatory ultrasound laws and abortion clinics shutting down all over the country. We wouldn't have laws banning same-sex marriage and bills to pass the Federal Marriage Amendment to ban it at the federal level. With fewer Republican appointees to the Supreme Court, we wouldn't have decisions like Hobby Lobby or Citizens United. We wouldn't have people in charge of science committees who say things like, 'Global warming is a hoax because God said he wouldn't destroy the earth again after the flood.' So no, the two parties are not the same and they're not equally bad.
While others pointed out -- legitimately -- on the same thread that American foreign policy, under both Democrats and Republicans, has been fairly appalling, it was ...more
I was supposed to write something yesterday, but I accidentally left my laptop at my mom's work, then I was too tired to figure out how to do it on my tablet when I got home. I have about five different ideas for posts floating around in my head right now, but I've barely had the energy to eat today let alone write anything. It seems that merely existing is exhausting for me. So today you get a series of pictures of Starbuck hiding his face.
Kitty Hiding Face Under Blue Blanket
Kitty Partially Hiding Face Under Wolf Blanket
Kitty Hiding Face Under Blue Blanket #2
Kitty Hiding Face While Stretching In Sleep
Kitty Hiding Under Curved Scratching Post
Kitty Hiding Face Under Paw
Kitty Hiding Face In Gold Blanket
Kitty Hiding In Closet
Maybe tomorrow I'll have more energy to write something substantial. In the meantime I'm going to snuggle my Starbuck...if he'll let ...more
I MUST CONFESS….
I have a love for the movie Rocky V, despite the terrible reviews, I still hold it to be a good and underappreciated movie. I have decided to go back through my email records and retrieve my essay that I first wrote and submitted to my university film class last year. The following is a revised version of that essay I decided to fix up for my blog.
May my confession be with you all.
Aristotle and the Redemption of Rocky V; Understanding Why Rocky V Reverses Standard Neoliberal Narratives of the Rocky Series via an Aristotelian Poetic Framework.
Looking at a film screen playing the Rocky series can at times be reminiscent of going to a rodeo. While there is a lot of action to look forward to, there is still however a lot of bull. This is not to report to the quality of films (although, one could make that case) as a whole, but to point to the fantastical nature that the series contains and progresses. The series hero, Rocky Balboa, is an amateur boxer when we are first introduced to him. On his journey to the fifth movie, he has accomplished the following achievements;
Becomes world the heavyweight champion
Loses and regains heavyweight championship
Becomes a multimillionaire
Has wife and kids
Beats steroid enhanced Russian Olympian gold medal holder (who killed his mentor).
While it is noted that the point of the series is to see an underdog conquer all the odds, these odds are far more extravagant than they need to be. Given the ...more
I am calling this ongoing series "Bad Atheism" because it is simple, provocative, and because I am too lazy to think of different titles for every post I am going to make on what I see as wrong with modern atheist thinking. "Part X" is just so much simpler. Additionally, in case anyone was wondering, I have no clue about how long this series will be going, or all the different things I will write about. I just wanted a nice catch-all for any potential topic I may get inspired to write about.
I really dislike the common "lack of belief" definition of atheism. You hear it all the time, and it usually goes something like this, "atheism is not a belief, it is a lack of belief in God or gods." There are a few different things I find annoying about this definition, and here I will attempt to list them.
First though, a preliminary note: the definitions of words are not set in stone. There is no great dictionary-in-the-sky that makes some words only have a certain definition or definitions. So, herein I am not trying to argue for the "correct" definition of atheism, and likewise, I do not take any "but this is THE definition of atheism" argument seriously. Even if someone points out the whole, "atheism is a-theism, the a- means without, therefore, it is simply without theism" breakdown of the word itself, I do not find that convincing, as we go against what a word, when broken down, ...more