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Sources for “Where the Gospels Came From”

Posted on Oct 08, 2015

Someone on Facebook asked for a footnoted version of my satire, “Where the Gospels Came From. Here it is. The links I’ve placed in here are representative of many, for these beliefs are widespread. I doubt you could find one single atheist source that makes all these claims about the source of the gospels, but they’re all floating freely “out there” on the atheist Internet. RS is shorthand for representative source material.

Back in the Bronze Age the world was naive. People knew nothing …

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Where the Gospels Came From

Posted on Oct 07, 2015

Have you ever wondered where the gospels came from? Here’s your answer, compiled from Bart Ehrman (for the telephone game) and too many atheist Internet sources to list. (Yes, this is satire.)

Back in the Bronze Age the world was naive. People knew nothing of the sciences of reproduction, decay, entropy, metabolism, genetics–and therefore they didn’t know that babies are never born to virgins, and men who die never rise from the dead.

One of those naive tribes was the Jews, living under subjugation …

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Chemistry, Not Character, and Why Is No One Suing Ohio Over This?

Posted on Oct 03, 2015

Driving on I-75 in Cincinnati the other day I passed a billboard telling people with a gambling problem, “It’s not your character, it’s your chemistry.” The web link on the billboard took me to a site put up by the state of Ohio that leads after a couple clicks to the same slogan.

And the Freedom from Religion Foundation hasn’t sued the state for it.

This saying isn’t unique to Ohio or specific only to gambling. Christian pastor Rick Warren has gone on record …

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The “If you walk away I win” Fallacy (The Incompetent Impasse)

Posted on Sep 27, 2015

(I wrote this in a comment yesterday, and I’ve decided to bring it out here for future reference.)

“If You Walk Away I Win” — Even If His King Is In Checkmate

There’s a situation in chess called an “impasse:” an ending in which a player who is not in check cannot make any legal move. The game is over, but no one has won or lost. It’s a form of a draw, a tie, so to speak.

Consider the opposite: the player has …

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George Yancey: “Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias”

Posted on Sep 26, 2015

Book Review

Some time ago I reviewed the book So Many Christians, So Few Lions,, sociologist George Yancey’s academic report on anti-Christian hostility in the United States. Having had some social science training I found it fascinating. Since then Dr. Yancey has released a follow-up for the rest of us: Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias.

Plenty of books have been written about increasing anti-Christian hostility in the United States. Most are based in anecdotal information, lending themselves to guffaws …

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Corrected Article

Posted on Sep 23, 2015

As comments 4 and 5 indicate, I wrote this article without checking facts first as I should have.  

The core of this particular argument was based on my belief that large proportions of Planned Parenthood government funds were used for abortions. That is not correct.  

I stand firmly with my position that abortion in general is self-centered and a sin against the next generation.  It’s mostly a matter of teens and adults killing defenseless children for the sake of satisfaction without obligation.

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Don’t Pray for Patience

Posted on Sep 23, 2015

There’s a common saying among Christians: “Don’t pray for God to teach you patience–you won’t like what he’ll put you through to learn it!”

I don’t think much of that saying. It makes God look like a nasty schoolmaster, for one thing. It’s also the wrong reason. That is, I agree with the advice, “Don’t pray for patience.” I just think there’s a far better reason for it.

Lessons from experience

I think I have a bit of background from which to speak about …

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Abortion’s Other Death

Posted on Sep 21, 2015

The fog of multiple deadlines and of recent foot surgery is clearing—barely, yet noticeably. I’m on final editing for my next book, which was unexpectedly difficult for a while, but got smoothed out when another editor took over at the publisher’s. I’m learning to walk again on a foot whose muscles are very unaccustomed to being asked to do anything.

Anyway, things are improving for me. I think this time (maybe!) when I pick up the pace on this blog again, it will be …

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They Also Serve

Posted on Sep 09, 2015

I’m waiting. I’ve been waiting. I can’t tell you how much of my life lately has been about waiting.

I’m waiting for my foot to heal from surgery so I can walk again. I’m waiting for someone’s decision on a major proposal. I’m waiting for the release of my next book. I waited days for tech support to bring this website back up again from disaster.

I’m not waiting passively. I have plenty to do, and I’m keeping busy. Still I wait.

Which brings …

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