July 30, 2010
"For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; and as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries."
— Robert Jastrow, from God and the Astronomers
July 29, 2010
Buon giorno. Today, I'm going to ask you to spend some time (I have audio clips) and do some thinking (the audio clips contain arguments). I was listening to Rev. Matt Slick of CARM. (He has a radio show called "Faith and Reason" that takes callers and discusses atheism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormonism, Islam and other heresies.) On the broadcast for July 22, 2010, they were discussing some things that frankly, I do not understand. I'm planning on listening to the podcast a few more times until I can get the hang of them. So if you want to argue about what is presented, don't ask me, capice?
Like I said, Matt takes callers. If you want to challenge him and have a debate, fine, call him up when he's on the air and go for it. He loves that kind of thing. The times and phone numbers are here. You can also send him hate mail, (he loves that, too), or call, or whatever. That link is here. But I'm telling you not to debate with me, because I don't have a handle on this stuff yet. Don't make me repeat myself again.
Oh, and when you call, tell him Stormbringer from New York sent you. He'll say, "Who?"
First, we have the TAG argument, the Transcendental Argument for the existence of God. The written version is here, and the audio overview is below (you can hear some sounds from the caller):
Next is the longer one. Information Theory is a huge problem for evolutionists. So is this clip. Not only is the logic devastating, but it's just over 8-1/2 minutes:
If you need the full show that is about an hour long, the link is here.
Have fun. Arrivederci!
Have fun. Arrivederci!
July 27, 2010
Buona sera. I know that I have comments to moderate and responses to give. But I'm on my lunch break, and want to give better replies than break time will permit, capice?
And now for something completely the same as before: Computer stuff. A short rant.
I tend to get a bit ruffled when some cafone starts spouting off that "computers are evil", "television is evil", "the Internet is evil", "playing cards are evil", "abbreviations of Latin expressions are evil", etc. Listen, just about anything can be used for an evil purpose. As for the computer, there is plenty of evil on it — and some of that is based on your point of view. Most of us agree that child porn is evil. From my Christian standpoint, atheistic Communist sites are evil. Sharia law-loving Muslims would say that my Weblog is evil.
An object or process, in and of itself, is neutral. F'rinstance, I am using this computer to listen to great Bible teachings by Charles Stanley, Alistair Begg, Chuck Swindoll and others. I have been blessed to be able to listen to many messages online. When I was searching for something about Charles Stanley, I saw some links and images that had nothing to do with my search, and it was a reminder that other people who have goals and interests quite different from mine are using the Web for their own purposes. Because a pornographer is using the Web, does that make the whole thing evil, and my preacher pals should stop using it?
To quote a very unbiblical source, "Tony Montana": "What, are you nuts?"
What else is evil? The tools that the (insert religious persuasion of your choice here) mechanic that worked on the car are evil because he's not (whatever)? Microphones, because they are used to promote communism as well as good things? Business suits, because "worldly" bankers wear them?
Let's get real, people! Use the tool at your disposal for your purposes. Make it a holy thing by using it for holy purposes, if you like. But don't label the Internet itself (or any other valuable tool) as evil so that you have to quit using it. Stop that. That's silly.