April 16, 2011

Atheist Standards of Morality - Part 2

Buona sera. In the first installment of this "series" (which may end after Part 3), I used an excerpt from Greg Koulk's "Stand to Reason" radio show/podcast. He was discussing with a caller certain logic fallacies of atheists, and I pointed out that these matched my own experiences fairly well. Now, I am going to expand on that with an excerpt from "Faith and Reason" with Matt Slick.

This excerpt is heavily edited. Well, my parts are. I made some attempts at humor, did some "ummm" things and had some other false starts. Those are distracting, so I edited myself, capice? Matt's comments are intact, however. But since some petty trolls think that all Christians are liars, you can check the source material for yourself here. If your time is valuable and you want the essence of the conversation, it is below and runs for less than 7-1/2 minutes:

By the way, the challenge is still open for atheists who want to call in. He gets calls from various places around the globe, including England and Australia. Don't be afraid. If you're going to be civil, not insulting him or his family, sticking to the topic, take time to actually dialog instead of rant, you won't get spanked.

A Bit of Perspective

"I been hit, and I been down —
but I never carried my cross through town!"
— Resurrection Band

So how was your day?

Let's rock!

If I pay, will you take me away, prove your worth to me?
We've been lied to before - how can we be sure?
What if... what if it hurts to believe?
Oh, anyway, open up your door...
Open up the door and I'm coming in.
I know I'm tired of following sin!
I want to give myself to you, Jesus.
But I got some problems I want to talk to you about now...

Oh, Lightshine!

I been hit and I been down, but I never carried my cross through town!
I don't understand it, oh, and I might not be willing to learn.
Tell me, why did you come,
And why were born where the dogs eat dog, and the pigs get all the corn?

Oh, Lightshine, will you be mine?
Do you understand where I've been?
Twilight carries into night,
If I go there, will you follow me in?

What does it mean for a rebel to dream?
I'm a gambler - how can I win?
Am I in danger?
Don't be a stranger to me!

I used to sit and wonder where I was going,
I used to wonder where it would be,
When the curtain fell and time caught up with me.

Have you heard the satanic symphony?
Have you realised that conductor runs you too, unless you know Jesus?
Oh, when the Father calls, do you stall and stall,
Or will you search for the key and receive the truth?

But if your yoke is easy, and your burden is light,
We can take it one day at a time.
Oh Lord, if you change my heart and you change my life, 
that will surely change my mind!

Oh, Lightshine, will you be mine?
Do you understand where I've been?
Twilight carries into night,
If I go there, will you follow me in?

What does it mean for a rebel to dream?
I'm a gambler - how can I win?
Am I in danger?
Don't be a stranger to me!

"Lightshine" by Resurrection Band, written by Glenn Kaiser
from "Awaiting Your Reply", 1978

April 15, 2011

Sock Puppet — A Confession

Buona sera. Almost from my first day on the Internet (back when we used carrier pigeons, wires and tin cans), people have been bandying about the term "sock puppet". It's a fake online persona (not to be confused with a pseudonym, such as "Stormbringer" or "Cowboy Bob"), generally used for deception.

I get accused of having sock puppet accounts. Also, I have seen other people accused of the same "crime". The most outrageous accusation in this area is that I made up people who hate me, so I can have someone to fight with, which would include making up entire Websites and Weblogs.

Also, on more than one occasion, I would have to create entire sites for people who agree with me on more than one occasion. (People so desperate to attack are downright sick in the head, I promise you.) Mind you, there were times I went to a Weblog and read comments that I wrote but did not recognize ("I wrote that? Hey, that's pretty good!"), as well as reading comments that sounded just like me. Perhaps I posted in my sleep? Nah. 

The criteria people use for accusing me of having a sock puppet account? Similarity of "speech" patterns.

In addition, if someone agrees with or compliments me, it must be me using a fake account; if I receive a comment that agrees with my post, I have been accused of creating the identity for that purpose. Duh! As if it's impossible for someone to actually agree with me. People are so blinded by hate, they want to believe that everyone agrees with them in their belief that the object of their hate must be eradicated. They show their own blithering idiocy by doing this.

Anyway, I figured that I was missing out on some fun. So, I made up a sock puppet that is not linked to me in any way (like my other pseudonyms). This account is "independent". I call it Mr. Stupnya. But I do not understand the popularity of sock puppet accounts, because they make it so difficult to type:

April 14, 2011

Presupposing that Miracles Cannot Happen

From Apologetics 315. 

There are some interesting comments about Hume's work and circular reasoning.

The Question of Miracles: Interview with Craig Keener. Click here for the rest.

The Workplace Computer

I had a co-worker take the picture with my camera phone, after making certain that there was no confidential information showing. Pointing at something was the least ridiculous way that I could show off the stretch bandage (which I expect to be able to ditch tomorrow):
Now if you'll excuse me, lunch break is over.

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