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Whence comes intelligent design?

May 19, 2006 | By | 11 Replies More
Whence comes intelligent design?

In a recent post (http://dangerousintersection.org/?p=166), I discussed God’s attractive nuisance in His garden of Eden:  the Tree of Knowledge.  Let’s take that discussion one step farther.  Not only did God plant his deadly tree smack in the middle of His garden (bad garden design), not only did He fail to put a barrier fence around […]

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US military rejects gays, but deploys mentally ill

May 15, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
US military rejects gays, but deploys mentally ill

CNN reported last week that the US military has been ignoring its own rules concerning the deployment of soldiers known to be mentally ill.  Last year alone, the practice contributed to the suicide deaths of 22 US soldiers, which was a stunning 20% of all non-combat fatalities.  I wish someone would explain to me why the US […]

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The people we-the-people stomp on

May 13, 2006 | By | 4 Replies More
The people we-the-people stomp on

Consider the following people: George is a circuit court judge in a large city. He is well-respected by his peers and highly involved in the community. Karen is an attorney who works as a criminal prosecutor.  She is also involved in on the boards of several charitable organizations. Joan is a married mother of three beautiful […]

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A few more problems with the “literal truth” of the Bible

May 12, 2006 | By | 23 Replies More
A few more problems with the “literal truth” of the Bible

Further to my previous post about the problem of God’s attractive nuisance in the garden of Eden, here are some more questions from Genesis for readers to ponder.  First, exactly where did Cain’s wife (in Genesis 4:17) come from?  The book of Genesis never says God created her from scratch, as He did Adam and […]

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God’s attractive nuisance: the Tree of Knowledge

May 12, 2006 | By | 70 Replies More
God’s attractive nuisance:  the Tree of Knowledge

Imagine for a moment that you go into your neighbor’s home one day and discover a large homemade bomb sitting in the middle of his living room.  “Don’t touch that.” your neighbor tells you, “If you do, the bomb will explode and our entire block will be destroyed.”  How would you react?  If you have […]

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Why the creationist argument that “irreducible complexity” disproves evolution is utter nonsense

May 10, 2006 | By | 26 Replies More
Why the creationist argument that “irreducible complexity” disproves evolution is utter nonsense

Irreducible complexity refers to a system (e.g., a living organism) in which the various parts work together to produce a given function, such that the function will not occur if any of the parts is removed.  Creationists claim irreducible complexity disproves evolution. Evolution refers to the natural adaptation of a species to its environment over time, […]

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The Same Only Different?

May 10, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
The Same Only Different?

I’m something of an amateur historian.  I find most rewarding research that shows how someone–an individual, a community, a movement–got to where they ended up.  It’s the most instructive part of studying history, because you can begin to see how things relate, how one incident, taken in isolation, may make no sense at all, but […]

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Bush’s “Wag The Dog” presidency

May 9, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Bush’s “Wag The Dog” presidency

Further to Sarah’s post about films that help make sense of George Bush’s presidency, another film that should be required viewing for anyone trying to make sense of Bush’s America is the movie, “Wag The Dog.”  As entertainment, it’s a disappointing movie; but, as political commentary, it utterly anticipates George Bush’s presidency. The movie, released in […]

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The Two Paths: No Self versus extended Self

May 7, 2006 | By | 14 Replies More
The Two Paths: No Self versus extended Self

Sometimes we can get to the same place taking opposite paths. One path is the Buddhist belief that “self” is a delusion. The objects with which people identify themselves—fortune, social position, family, body, and even mind—are not their true selves. There is nothing permanent, and, if only the permanent deserved to be called the self, […]

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