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Another surprising church sign

Another surprising church sign

| December 21, 2006 | 1 Reply

I wouldn’t have believed it had I not seen it with my own eyes:        I guess we are making a few converts out there.

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Refreshingly honest church sign

Refreshingly honest church sign

| December 21, 2006 | 7 Replies

I can’t believe a church would have such an outrageous sign.    At least the message is refreshingly honest.  But I just can’t believe that a church would really put this sort of message on its sign. 

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Church Advertising

Church Advertising

| December 21, 2006 | 2 Replies

Sometimes I see signs in front of churches and wish I could change the message.  Here’s a location where you can make your own sign.  The site includes many actual signs, at least that is the claim, because some are just too ironic (or honest) to be real signs.  For example:   Is it any wonder, with […]

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Can’t stop watching Internet videos . . . skate-boarding doggie . . .

Can’t stop watching Internet videos . . . skate-boarding doggie . . .

| December 20, 2006 | 2 Replies

I’m not addicted to web videos . . . Really.  I don’t think I am.  Am I?   Oh, come on!   Watch this skate-boarding doggie and tell me it didn’t make you smile.   This video really makes me want to know how to train a dog to do these tricks. 

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Condemn yourself to hell and get a free DVD

Condemn yourself to hell and get a free DVD

| December 20, 2006 | 3 Replies

I hadn’t heard of the “Blasphemy Challenge” until today. The Rational Response Squad is giving away 1001 DVDs of the movie “The God Who Wasn’t There.”  To be eligible, one must record a short message damning oneself to Hell (using the phrase “I deny the Holy Spirit”), then upload it to YouTube.  For more on the […]

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Creationism: another casualty of Innumeracy

Creationism: another casualty of Innumeracy

| December 20, 2006 | 11 Replies

Some of us who sincerely treasure the scientific fact and scientific theory of evolution have brought on some of our own problems with our choice of nomenclature. For instance, sometimes “random mutations” gets uncoupled from natural selection, leading some to believe that it is the randomness of the process that is the be-all and end-all of evolution. Consider also Francis Crick’s description of the associations of amino acids with their three base codons as a “frozen accident.”

Creationists, ignoring these (legitimate) scientific and scientific/poetic usages, have jumped all over the terms such as “random” and “accident” to characterize scientific evolutionary theory in the following warped way: “All life forms just suddenly spring into existence as accidents.” Though I am aware that sophisticated creationists would embellish this attack, this characterization is certainly the straw man put forth by most of the people out there who tremble at the thought that human beings are (gad!) animals.

It recently occurred to me that, perhaps, creationists’ willingness to assume that evolutionists are claiming that complex life forms “just happen” might be another symptom of “innumeracy.” It might be that they don’t understand how incredibly rare it is that biological “accidents” survive and reproduce. In his bestseller, Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences (1988), John Paulos introduced the term “innumeracy” to refer to “an inability to deal comfortably with the fundamental notions of number and chance.” Paulos bemoaned that innumeracy “plagues far too many otherwise knowledgeable citizens.”

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Post Biblical Morality

Post Biblical Morality

| December 20, 2006 | 59 Replies

There are simple reasons to reject Biblical authority. Very simple. One above all others–the Bible assigns people to roles from which, by virtue of divine mandate, they cannot abandon. It accords thinking beings no grant to be other than what the Bible says they should be. Now, a lot of people treat this in one […]

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If the entire Bible is inerrant, don’t skip these parts . . .

If the entire Bible is inerrant, don’t skip these parts . . .

| December 19, 2006 | 52 Replies

I’m getting so incredibly tired of hearing from the cherry-picking fundamentalists (yes, I admit.  I shouldn’t have listened to fundamentalist talk radio on the way home from work tonight). Here’s a challenge for each of them:  If the entire Bible is inerrant, then read each of its passages closely.  Don’t skip these parts.   If the […]

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In case our political posts get you down . . .

In case our political posts get you down . . .

| December 19, 2006 | 2 Replies

When I finished reading Grumpypilgrim’s recent post on the Bush administration’s abject denial of reality and its incompetence, it made me mad. It got me in a bad mood. Perhaps his post had the same effect on you. Don’t worry. We’re not going to let you leave this site in a bad mood. Here’s the […]

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