Monthly Archives: June 2011

Science, faith, and J. I. Packer’s Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, by Peter Enns

Science, Faith, and the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy “God is ‘Truth’”: The First Summary Statement of CSBI Imprecise Language about the Bible’s Authority: The Second Summary Statement of CSBI The Scope of the Bible’s Authority: CSBI Summary Statements 3 … Continue reading

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Why the rest of the fundie Rapturists are just as irrational as Harold Camping

Epistemology and the End of the World by Gary Gutting

Posted in Fundamentalism, Philosophy, Theology

John Dickson pits historical facts against atheist schoolyard delusions

Pitting historical facts against atheist schoolyard delusions by John Dickson A motif quite common in atheist literature: the boy wounded or disillusioned, sometimes understandably, by early religious experiences grows up to be an ardent atheist (Richard Dawkins’s testimonial is the most … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology, Atheism, Biblical Studies, History, Philosophy

G. K. Chesterton on arguing with Richard Dawkins and Ken Ham

‘If you argue with a madman, it is extremely probable that you will get the worst of it; for in many ways his mind moves all the quicker for not being delayed by the things that go with good judgment.  … Continue reading

Posted in Atheism, Authors, Fundamentalism

Quote of the day: John Dickson on the ‘Jesus mythicism’ embraced by Richard Dawkins and the New Atheists

‘Michel Onfray, Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins all suggest that the very existence of Jesus is still in doubt among the historians.  Dawkins cites an authority who has made what he describes as a “serious historical case that Jesus never … Continue reading

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Phoenix restaurants brace themselves for arrival of low-tipping Southern Baptist Convention delegates

Posted in Fundamentalism

Pic of the day: Lioness tries to devour smiling one-year-old but is stopped by six-inches thick glass

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Book Review: ‘Atheist to Catholic: 11 Stories of Conversion’ by Rebecca Vitz Cherico

Book Review: Atheist to Catholic: 11 Stories of Conversion by Rebecca Vitz Cherico These people did not convert lightly and many of them are intellectuals.  As graduates of schools like Yale or Stanford, they were steeped in an environment where people … Continue reading

Posted in Atheism, Book Reviews, Christian Churches

New Irish Presbyterian Moderator speaks out against Britain’s militant state secularism

NI church leader: Christian belief is not tolerated “Christians have had their wings clipped in our politically correct world”, the new Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland has warned. Dr Ivan Patterson also highlighted the recent case of a … Continue reading

Posted in Presbyterian, Reformed, Secularism

Two interesting posts about the Bible, interpretation and theological beliefs

Adam Kotsko discusses biblical literalism and the simple beliefs of simple believers.

Posted in Biblical Studies, Theology

Tony Blair, Catholic convert and Britain’s most hated politician, reads the “immensely instructive” Koran every day

I read the Koran every day, says Tony Blair ‘I read the Qur’an [Koran] every day.  Partly to understand some of the things happening in the world, but mainly just because it is immensely instructive.’ Yes Tony, you want us to … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict XVI pledges support for Gypsies at first-ever papal audience for them at the Vatican

Pope Benedict XVI listened to Gypsies recount their way of life at a first-ever papal audience for them at the Vatican on Saturday, decried their persecution by the Nazis during World War II and called on Europe to help end centuries … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Churches

Malawi legal system shows how to deal with fundamentalist ‘Rapture’ predictors like Harold Camping

Malawian pleads guilty over failed Rapture A Malawian man has pleaded guilty to circulating false documents, after distributing leaflets predicting the end of the world would happen last month, a court official said Sunday. Saduki Mwambene, a 39-year-old bicycle repairman, was … Continue reading

Posted in Fundamentalism

Sri Lanka’s promotion of Buddha statues interferes with secular image of nation

Sri Lanka’s Promotion of Buddha Statues Interferes With Secular Image of Nation  Sri Lankan diplomats are concerned about the Sri Lankan government’s decision to send 26 Buddha statues to Sri Lankan missions overseas.  Today’s Sri Lanka Sunday Leader reports that the move, … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, World Events, Secularism

Thanks be to God: American fundamentalist denomination the Southern Baptist Convention is still in decline

SBC reports statistical decline The Southern Baptist Convention reported declines last year in several categories traditionally used as markers of denominational vitality, according to annual statistics released June 9 by LifeWay Christian Resources. The 2010 Annual Church Profile showed dips … Continue reading

Posted in Fundamentalism

Hitchens on Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams

‘I don’t mind bishops intervening in our national life.  That’s what they are for.  I like having them in the House of Lords to remind us of the foundations on which our country stands.  But they are not there to … Continue reading

Posted in Peter Hitchens, Politics, World Events, Quote of the Day

Christian health worker sacked for passing colleagues a booklet warning of psychological damage of abortion

Christian sacked after abortion leaflet row A Christian mental health worker has been sacked after passing colleagues a booklet warning of the physical and psychological damage some women suffer after an abortion. The 40 year-old, from Battersea, south London, was … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, World Events, Secularism

Veteran Japanese filmmaker Shigeki Chiba describes how Mother Teresa led him to God

Mother Teresa leads filmmaker to God “Mother Teresa’s philosophy of seeing Jesus in the poorest of the poor touched me so much that I began to read the Bible to find Jesus,” says Shigeki, insisting that it was Mother Teresa … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Churches, Visual Arts

Quote of the day: James F. McGrath on scholarship and the Bible

‘Scholarship can be an aid to faith – as long as you are willing to allow it to change and transform your views, and not merely try to use it to justify views you already hold.  It disturbs me that conservative … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Studies, Quote of the Day

Prince Philip’s latest gaffe: says he favours ageism — discrimination against older people

‘There is an ageism in this country, as everywhere, and quite rightly so, because I think you go downhill – physically, mentally and everything.’ ~ Prince Philip

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The Roman Catholic Church: some facts and figures worth bearing in mind

Cited here: The Catholic Church , world-wide, runs: 5, 428 Hospitals 18, 025 Dispensaries 529 Care Homes for Lepers 15,985 Homes for the Elderly, Chronically Ill or Disabled 9, 962 Orphanages 11,902 Child Care Centers 13,945 Marriage Counselling Centers 34,945 … Continue reading

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Indian Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil is in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize

Indian Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil is in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize. The candidacy of Archbishop Menamparampil for the Nobel Peace Prize was launched by the Italian magazine “The Salesian Bulletin”, which remarked how the Archbishop, a skilled mediator … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Churches, Politics, World Events

Writers’ quote of the day: Ian Fleming on how to write a thriller

‘I write for about three hours in the morning – from about 9:30 till 12:30 and I do another hour’s work between six and seven in the evening.  At the end of this I reward myself by numbering the pages and … Continue reading

Posted in Authors, Quote of the Day, Writing

Why extreme views must be opposed from the very beginning

The Simon Wiesenthal Center displayed a 1919 letter from one Adolf Hitler, the earliest known expression of Hitler’s anti-Semitism and desire for the “removal of the Jews.” Wearing white gloves to protect the fragile, yellowing document, Hier, founder and dean … Continue reading

Posted in Atheism, Fundamentalism, Secularism

Students finally see through professional atheist windbag A.C. Grayling and his money-grubbing secularist schemes

AC Grayling forced to flee smoke bomb protest at Foyles debate on private university Professor AC Grayling was forced to abandon a public talk on Tuesday night after protesters opposed to his plans to set up a private university set … Continue reading

Posted in Atheism, Secularism