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Mar. 28th, 2007

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A Very interesting Game at an interesting Philosophy site. These were my results. Unfortunately for them, I see some logical fallacies in their statements (and some "she" quotes about God).

 

Direct Hit 1
You answered "True" to questions 2 and 3, and "False" to Question 12.
These answers generated the following response:
You've just taken a direct hit! You claimed earlier that there is no basis for morality if God does not exist. But now you say that if God does exist, she cannot make what is sinful good and vice-versa. But if this is true, it means that God cannot be the basis of morality. If God were the basis of morality, then she could decide what is good and what is bad. The fact that you think that God cannot do this shows that things must be right or wrong independently of what God decides. In other words, God chooses what is right because it is right; things are not right just because God chooses them.
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Direct Hit 2
You answered "True" to questions 10 and 14.
These answers generated the following response:
You've just taken a direct hit! Earlier you agreed that it is rational to believe that the Loch Ness monster does not exist if there is an absence of strong evidence or argument that it does. No strong evidence or argument was required to show that the monster does not exist - absence of evidence or argument was enough. But now you claim that the atheist needs to be able to provide strong arguments or evidence if their belief in the non-existence of God is to be rational rather than a matter of faith.
The contradiction is that on the first ocassion (Loch Ness monster) you agreed that the absence of evidence or argument is enough to rationally justify belief in the non-existence of the Loch Ness monster, but on this occasion (God), you do not.
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Direct Hit 3
You answered "True" to questions 3 and 5, and "False" to Question 16.
These answers generated the following response:
You've just taken a direct hit! You say that God does not have the freedom and power to do impossible things such as create square circles, but in an earlier answer you said that any being which it is right to call God must be free and have the power to do anything. So, on your view, God is not free and does not have the power to do what is impossible. This requires that you accept - in common with most theologians, but contrary to your earlier answer - that God's freedom and power are not unbounded. He does not have the freedom and power to do literally anything.
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Mar. 22nd, 2007

This is Disturbing...

    According to the New York Times, it seems that another judge has decided to create legislation per se.  He argued that internet pornography was a protected right by the First amendment, making me wonder if this sort of thing was ever in the minds of those who started this nation.  The judge stated "Despite my personal regret at having to set aside yet another attempt to protect our children from harmful material, [Judge Reed wrote, he was blocking the law out of concern that] . . . perhaps we do the minors of this country harm if First Amendment protections, which they will with age inherit fully, are chipped away in the name of their protection.”  I hate to have to be the one to break the news to him, but children are not covered under the First amendment.  This is obvious by the amount of times their "rights" are violated by "restrictive" parents who refuse o let them drive their car to the store.  Also by those same evil parents who do not allow their parents to play on the freeway.  Those poor children are being hampered by the parents inability to handle their creative drives.  Makes me laugh and cry.  Also the ACLU had a very revealing point to make regarding this decision... "If this law had gone into effect, it would have resulted into dumbing down of the Internet, all Internet would have had to be brought down to a level that is acceptable to a 6-year-old and that would have had a devastating effect on the kind of interactions that take place on the Internet."  So what sort of interactions are taking place?  Those that are innapropriate for children, let alone adults.  Pornography is basic prostitution.  Those who "act" in these are getting paid for the use of their bodies which, if I recall, is what prostitution is.  Why must we be free to pollute and destroy?!
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Feb. 20th, 2007

On Evolutionary "Cousins"

Well, I guess this explains why we survived and the Neanderthals didn't.  They decided to stay where it was cold (sea temp. averaged around 46 degrees Fahrenheit), instead of visiting their cousins in Africa (where "homo sapiens" come from supposedly).  I mean, if you ask me, that sounds almost chilly.  They must have been miserable.  Oh, and by the way, they are now a little closer on the time line than before."It looks pretty severe and also quite short," Professor Finlayson told BBC News. "Things like olive trees and oak trees that are still with us today managed to ride it out. But a very fragmented, stressed population of Neanderthals - and perhaps other elements of the fauna - did not."  So it must have lasted...  a year?  These people have not lived very far north have they?  Trees can last for some time without leaves (deciduous) but will not last long as they begin to dry out and die.  And the Neanderthals were idiots enough to just run around without coats right?  where were their mothers?  And of all things my favorite part...  ready for this?  "Neanderthal bones have also been excavated from these sediment units, including a male skull fragment which could potentially be very recent [italics mine]."  Wow.  Sometimes I have a hard time telling between a guy and a girl from the back of their head... when they are living.  What gave it away?  The lack of makeup?  Or was the nose plastic?

 - Chris
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Feb. 19th, 2007

God vs. the gods

I was thinking the other day.  I know, dangerous thing to do, but here it is.  We know that God is sovereign, and immanent/transcendent, etc. right?  With such a concept as this from the dawn of creation, where did the idea of "the gods" come from?  This made me start thinking.  We know that the idea of "gods" is a devolution from the concept of the Creator God.  The world started to see forces in nature and life that they could not directly explain, and left the concept of God and went on to gods.  In OT times Baal and Ashtorah were popular" gods, if you can label them as such.  But time passes on and the Greeks had a multitude of gods.  From Zeus to Hades to Diana and so on.  The romans even had a God of drunkenness.  So where did they all come from?  well, a basic answer would be to say that if you don't like the standards of the Creator, then pick the ones (plural) that carry your ethos/pathos.  This was fairly easy to find in the Greek and Roman days.

So what were they?   If, as 1 Cor. 10:19-20 implies, that the "gods" are fallen angels [vis. demons] then "the gods" would be comprised of angels.  Now in theory (speaking as someone who has very little knowledge of anthropology) it would be possible to slide in thinking from God to "the little gods [angels]" fairly easily.  You can find that in some churches today even.  Some revere angels almost, if not as much as, they revere Christ.  So you have a continuing battle that Satan tries to wage against God.  However, I tend to think that Satan is not using this tactic quite as much today.  As C.S. Lewis says, "the pagan man is the eminently convertible man."  I wonder if Satan has realized it is better to keep man's mind off the supernatural and on the material.  Thus Atheism.
 - C

Feb. 12th, 2007

On Justice and Desert

This is actually more of a poll than anything.  I want as many thoughts or comments as possible, and to do such I am planning on cross-posting this elsewhere.

Question 1:
    Do "criminals" deserve punishment?  If so, why?  If so, what is too much punishment?

Question 2:
    What is "Justice?"

Question 3:
    Do "criminals" need cured from criminal activity?  If so, why?  If so, how could they be cured?


I would appreciate all responses, or if you think the question could be worded better, I would greatly appreciate that too!  Fire away!

Chris
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