Monthly Archives: August 2010

Clark Pinnock on the purpose of Bible study

‘The purpose of Bible study is not to know the Scripture for its own sake, but to allow God to speak to you.’ ~ Clark Pinnock, late Professor of Theology, McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario

Posted in Biblical Studies, Theology

A fine tribute to Canadian theologian Clark Pinnock

In Memory of Clark Pinnock: A Ruthless Theologian by John Stackhouse

Posted in Theology

It’s called begging the question

‘Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.  They do, do they?  And  how do we decide whether a claim is “extraordinary”?  Well, “it’s obvious” isn’t it?  Whatever is not considered “normal” in our society, of course! Is there any practical difference between this … Continue reading

Posted in Atheism, Philosophy

The lessons of history, or why atheists have no cause for self-righteousness

‘Christians who have had the power to use force to promote their doctrines have done so, with bad consequences.  Christians, however, are the ones who eventually learned their lesson and separated church and state.  If atheists become sufficiently powerful politically … Continue reading

Posted in Atheism, Philosophy

What every fundamentalist home needs

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Posted in Fundamentalism, Humour

Coffee good for you, could give you a long life — I knew it!

A daily cup of coffee could hold secret to long life A unique investigation into what helps people live to be 100 shows even those with high blood pressure are healthier after a daily cup of coffee.

Posted in Popular Culture, Society

Be happy — go to church

A new study says that American women derive more happiness from religious services on Sunday than shopping.

Posted in Christian Churches

The liturgical Christ

‘We must not think of the future.  The prospects for a liturgical Christianity are poor.  From today’s perspective, the future model of the Christian religion seems to be that of a North American sect — the most frightful form religion … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Churches, Theology

First John the Baptist, then Odysseus, now it’s Eden!

Professor traces biblical Eden to Nigeria Calling Robert Cargill and Eric Cline – get to the nearest phone booth and put your debunking capes on!

Posted in Archaeology

Tom Jones, Welsh Presbyterian

‘I’ve always been into all kinds of music.  Growing up, gospel music was as important to me as rock ‘n’ roll.  Religion was important in those days in terms of the local community.  Every Sunday I’d go to the Presbyterian … Continue reading

Posted in Music, Popular Culture, Society, Presbyterian, Reformed

If you were very ill, which kind of doctor would you rather have: deeply religious or atheist?

A new study says doctors with deep religious beliefs are more likely to take steps to keep you alive, while those who aren’t religious are more willing to pull the plug.

Posted in Atheism, Politics, World Events, Theology

There are no atheists in foxholes

. . . nor down blocked mine shafts: The 33 trapped miners in Chile have asked for statues of saints and a crucifix to create a shrine in their underground encampment.

Posted in Atheism, Politics, World Events

A word you should know: misotheist

Misotheist: a person who hates God or the mere idea of God. Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens are misotheists.

Posted in Atheism

Leonard Woolley on the Bible and archaeology

‘We need not try to make history out of legend, but we ought to assume that beneath much that is artificial or incredible there lurks something of fact.’ ~ C. Leonard Woolley, archaeologist

Posted in Archaeology, Quote of the Day

Food for Pakistan — where are the atheist organisations?

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) is contributing over $2 million in initial food aid to Pakistan, with food kits containing rice, lentils, flour, oil, sugar, salt, tea and spices being distributed to flood victims.  CFGB is a cooperative initiative of … Continue reading

Posted in Atheism, Politics, World Events

Charles Darwin and racism

Darwin: The Father of Modern Racism? by Denis Alexander How Evolution Affirms the Oneness of Humankind by Michael Zimmerman Social Darwinism: A Bad Idea with a Worse Name by Michael Zimmerman Who Cares About Darwin? by Karl Giberson

Posted in Sciences

C. S. Lewis on choosing a denomination

‘Above all you must be asking which door is the true one; not which pleases you best by its paint and paneling. In plain language, the question should never be: “Do I like that kind of service?” but “Are these … Continue reading

Posted in C. S. Lewis, Inklings

Quote of the day — Søren Kierkegaard on poetry and poets

‘What is a poet?  An unhappy man who hides deep anguish in his heart, but whose lips are so formed that when the sigh and cry pass through them, it sounds like lovely music . . .  And people flock … Continue reading

Posted in Authors, Philosophy, Poetry, Quote of the Day

Pope speaks out on behalf of Roma gypsies

Pope Benedict XVI Criticizes France’s Roma Deportation In France, there are now serious signs of friction between President Nicolas Sarkozy and the Catholic Church over the mass deportation of these 200 gypsies. But once again, where are the atheists who are speaking … Continue reading

Posted in Atheism, Christian Churches, Politics, World Events

First the bones of John the Baptist, now the palace of Odysseus!

Greek Archaeologists Claim They Discovered Odysseus’ Palace Greek archaeologists have claimed they have found the palace of Odysseus during excavations on the Ithaca island in the Ionian Sea. On Tuesday, the archaeologist, Thanasis Papadopulos, who has been leading the excavation … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology

The flaws of fundamentalist ‘proof-texting’

‘I no longer get into “proof-text” conversations with people.  You probably know the kind I’m talking about – where a person attempts to make an entire case against someone or for something by quoting a verse or brief passage from the … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Studies, Fundamentalism, Quote of the Day

A prime example of fundamentalists’ selective literalism

The “Creation Museum” evidently doesn’t believe in interpreting the Ten Commandments literally: — Hours (Eastern Times): Museum Monday–Friday* 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m. Petting Zoo Monday–Friday* 10:30 a.m. … Continue reading

Posted in Fundamentalism

I wish my church looked like this medieval Stave church in Norway

Click on the image to enlarge it. Stave Churches – Medieval Wooden Churches in Norway

Posted in Visual Arts | Tagged , , , ,

Book Review: ‘The Line Through the Heart: Natural Law as Fact, Theory & Sign of Contradiction’ by J. Budziszewski

‘The Line Through the Heart: Natural Law as Fact, Theory, and Sign of Contradiction’ by J. Budziszewski This book has been compared to the works of C.S. Lewis, Alasdair MacIntyre and G.K. Chesterton.  I wouldn’t disagree with those comparisons.  Lively, insightful, … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Philosophy, Politics, World Events

The myth of secular neutrality

‘A conceit of contemporary liberal thought is that we have no business raising our voices in the public square unless we abstract ourselves from our traditions, suspend judgment about whether there is a God, and adopt a posture of neutrality … Continue reading

Posted in Philosophy, Politics, World Events, Secularism