The Necessity of Negative Theology

In theology, regardless of religious background, there are essentially two types of statements which can be made.  The first is cataphatic theology, or positive theology; the practice of making positive statements about the nature of God.  God is good, God is love, God is universal consciousness, etc.  While this sort of practice can be useful to […]

Conversations With Atheists 5

This conversation occurred in a discussion thread for a video by Dr. William Craig regarding the nature of First Cause.  The atheist in question posted an identical set of objections to basically everyone who did not react negatively to the video.  Unlike previous posts, this is not paraphrased; I have simply copied and pasted the final […]

No War on Christianity..?

Well, I’m back folks.  I was in Germany for three weeks, and recovering from jet lag for another…  I can’t really say that I’m happy about what has been going on in the U. S. while I was away (see below for a brief summary of my opinion on the SCOTUS “marriage” ruling).  Since returning, […]

Penn, Science and Religion

Originally posted on Home of the Little-Known Blogger:
“If every trace of any single religion were wiped out and nothing were passed on, it would never be created exactly that way again. There might be some other nonsense in its place, but not that exact nonsense. If all of science were wiped out, it would…

Conversations with Atheists 2

Paraphrased for brevity and clarity: —– Her: You don’t need god (sic) to explain creation. Multiple universes explains exactly how our universe came to be. Me: Even if it were a valid hypothesis, which it isn’t, MUT only pushes First Cause back one step. It doesn’t eliminate the logical necessity. Her: It’s more valid that […]

On Science, Faith, Religion, and Mythology (Part I)

It is essentially the raison d’etre of the ‘New Atheist’ movement to assert an existential enmity between ‘science’ and ‘religion’; one that has always existed and can only be ended when ‘religious superstition’ is finally swept away by ‘scientific truth’. Which sounds awesome. But is any part of that statement valid? I shall examine this […]

The Word of God

One of the most common, and most vehement, arguments in which I find myself with other people who call themselves “Christian” regards the Bible as the “Word of God”. This post will demonstrate why that belief is both untrue and unjustified. Although I am an Aramaic primacist, as much as possible I shall use Greek […]

The Issue of Biblical Literacy

Well. Here’s a post that EVERYONE will hate. 🙂 So, as we have previously established, the Liturgical Churches (namely, the Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican Communions) all agree that the Bible is a manual for spiritual growth, and not to be used as a textbook of science or history. The Evangelical Churches, on the other […]

Religious Freedom, Homosexuality, and Bigotry

So, opponents of Kansas’ RFRA law say that it opens the door for private citizens to sue any government agency for NOT discriminating against people based on “sexual orientation”. Hm. First, that’s not a good use of the word “discrimination”. I’m sure it’s in the dictionary that way now, but what you really mean is […]

Questions About my Religious Development

An old friend from high school and college just asked me some rather deep question about my religious experience and beliefs. I thought that they were interesting enough to share, both the questions and my answers. For reference, I was raised in an Evangelical Church (Presbyterian); became an atheist when I went to college; began […]