(paraphrased for brevity and clarity)

Me: Intelligent Design Theory only proposes that terrestrial life, and the universe in general, show evidence of… intelligent design.

Creation Scientist: Well, if that’s all it is, then all Creationists are IDr’s!

Me: No. First, because you make an unverifiable (but not implausible) claim about the identity of the intelligence involved. Second, Intelligent Design is an evolutionary theory. Believing that the first human being was formed complete out of a ball of mud, discounts you as an Intelligent Design theorist.
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Creation Scientist: All Christians should learn Hebrew? That’s a pretty high bar to set!

Me: Not relatively. Expecting people to accept a story as historical fact, when it flies in the face of reason to do so, is a high bar to set. Knowing what the Old Testament ACTUALLY MEANS, instead of what a biased translator wants you to hear, before you start making those demands of people–not a high bar.
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Creation Scientist: The Bible is God’s Word. You must accept it as literal fact, or you might as well be an atheist!

Me: Well, I actually know a bit of Hebrew and Aramaic…

Creation Scientist: Don’t you make an argument from authority at me!

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I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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