May 7, 2011

Science of the Gaps

Buon giorno. Almost seven months ago, I had an exchange with Zach, an atheist, in the comments of this post. (I also exchanged comments with an obstreperous atheist who only wanted to sneer, and I gave back what I was given. Interesting contrast.) Then, I continued the discussion by giving Zach his own post, so to speak. In essence, he wanted to know when believers stop using science and start inserting God as an explanation for observations.

I struggled with my explanation because sometimes it becomes difficult for me to put something that I know into coherent words that other people can understand. But I think I did reasonably well.

Since then, I have learned more about the faith of atheists. Yes, faith. There are presuppositions and conditions that many atheists use:
  • There is no God, that is a fact. No, that is a statement of faith. It also violates logic.
  • Everything must be explained through naturalism. This "rule" is essentially based on the above statement as well as a desire to control the discussion; it's my ball, I make the rules.
  • If theists can't explain something, they just shove in "Goddidit" as an explanation (a  "God of the gaps" approach). This attitude is based not only on presuppositions, but on ignorance and Dawkinsite conditioning.
  • Theists are stupid. When someone starts with that kind of arrogance, there is not much point in expecting to have a rational discussion.
Greg Koukl of "Stand to Reason" had a recent broadcast that dealt with the "God of the gaps" accusation extremely well. Brace yourselves, people faint when I say this: He did a much better job here than I did a few months ago. He told a caller that when science runs out of evidence, scientists tend to use a "Science of the gaps" approach. That is, they have faith that maybe someday science will come up with an explanation for something that cannot be explained now. On the other hand, theists will use the available evidence, following where the evidence leads, and come up with a scientific explanation. Listen for the comparison between "event causation" and "agent causation". The clip (below) is about fourteen minutes, and definitely worth the time. Or you can listen to the entire podcast here. It's long, but has some great material, capice?

I hope Zach finds his way back here sometime and sees this article. Arrivederci! Belay that, I have an Addendum: Here is an article that is a good follow-up to this one.

May 6, 2011

Bravado Incarnate

Warning: If you click the links, you will be subjected to strong profanity.

Buon giorno. Why is it that atheists cry, "Victory is mine!" like Stewie Griffin, even when they humiliate themselves? Some in my acquaintance could slam their hand in a car door and still claim that they won a debate with the car.

One of the most obstreperous atheists (who does not believe in free speech link disabled) that I have ever encountered took a challenge (for some reason, I get all the credit, but others challenged him as well) to call Matt Slick's radio show, Faith and Reason (now renamed to "Matt Slick Live". He was angry that the "kiddie pool" at the "Please Convince Me" Weblog was not challenging enough. Surprisingly, he did not scream or use profanity, something that I fully expected him to do. The show was entertaining and interesting, to say the least. Unfortunately, he was typical of Internet atheists:
  • Rude
  • Arrogant
  • Prideful
  • Self contradicting
  • Broke basic rules of logic
  • Interrupting and talking over the show's host right after bragging, "We don't do that in the UK"
  • Creating new definitions of terms that only exist in his mind
  • Bouncing around topics like a table tennis ball in a clothes dryer
  • And, the most typical is the refusal to even consider the possibility that a Christian can be right about anything
If you want to see his profane bravado, you can go herehere, here and here the targets of the links proving my points have been disabled. I can guess why... What an astonishingly huge ego! If you see the stunningly vapid comments (including "Matt Slick was pathetic"), there is an accusation in the newest one by one of Norman's sock puppets that a commenter is Matt himself. Now, why is it inconceivable (yes, that word does mean what I think it does) that more than one or two people can disagree with an atheist? 

There is an amazing accusation that the Weblog owner made against another atheist that it was me in disguise (I get accused of using multiple fake names all the time by people who use multiple fake names. However, most of mine are clearly marked so they can be traced back to me.)  Here, they are accusing someone else of being Matt Slick. Guess what, Poindexter? Matt told me personally that he does not post comments because there are impostors.

Also, the comments are full of braggadocio and of vacuous atheists uniting in hate. My feeling is that people who would not be able to tolerate each other in other things are self-congratulating, "Good job! You really told him!", for the sake of hating God. What is it with pride and egos with these atheists? The ones who want real discussions should stay far away from this type!

By the way, Slick said to him, "You hate God". He denied it. Liar (link disabled).

Now, I hate to tell Matt this, but I felt that he dropped the ball on a couple of points. But he's the one that has done real debates, not me. And this was a "cold call" from a revved up, angry hatebag who had prepped himself for the call.

So, if he thinks Matt was not a challenge, he should move up the ladder. I would like to see this deluded egomaniac humiliate himself further (even though I spanked him several times in public myself, but he still could not learn basic logic). How about calling Greg Koukl at Stand to Reason? Or better yet, call another outspoken Calvinist and apologist, James White? They would send you crying and hiding in Norman the Paranoid Troll's basement with the poisonous talking wall fungus, and you would still scream, "Victory is mine!" Or even go on "Unbelievable" with Justin Brierley and show the world what an intellectual giant you really are.

By the way, Matt told me to tell you (remember, he does not post himself) that he wants you to call back and show people again what atheism does to the mind.

Anyway, I am done with this brain damaged maniac and liar. I have better things to do; harvesting my crops on Farmville is more intellectually stimulating that dealing with this clown, capice?

Safe linkIf you want to listen to the "discussion", click here, it starts about 17 minutes 55 seconds in.

Addendum: He's laughing at me laughing at him (also disabled). For students of logic, take a look. Count the ad hominem attacks (from the beginning), look for straw man arguments, misrepresentation and just downright bad writing. Reinhold Niebuhr said, "No amount of contrary evidence seems to disturb humanity's good opinion of itself." That is definitely true of this blighter.

May 5, 2011

Muslim Convert James A. Larry Gets Life in Prison after Murdering Family for Rejecting Islam

Answering Muslims: Muslim Convert James A. Larry Gets Life in Prison after Murdering Family for Rejecting Islam: "A man who was angry that his family would not go along with his conversion to Islam was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday in the slayings of his mother, pregnant wife, infant son and two nieces in a rampage last year on the South Side."

Is Atheism "More Rational"?

A letter from "T.B." of the UK illustrates the way that many atheists try to shift the goalposts of the debate in their favour. Dr Jonathan Sarfati, Creation Ministries International, Queensland, Australia responded to show that Christians need not play by self-serving new rules made up by their opponents. Click here to read the article.

May 4, 2011

Do Atheists Get Stereotyped?

Here is a feedback article from Creation Ministries International that features an email exchange between Brandon M. from Canada and CMI’s Dr Don Batten, where Dr. Batten shows how they haven’t stereotyped atheists in our article on atheism. Click here for the article, Arnie.

May 3, 2011

More Persecution Fest

From The Telegraph, reported on Palm Sunday:
Electrician faces sack for displaying Christian cross in his van. An electrician and former soldier faces the sack for displaying a small palm cross in the window of his company van.

Christian Evangelist Abraham Abera Beaten to Death by Muslims in Ethiopia. International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on April 21 four Muslims beat an evangelist to death and assaulted his pregnant wife in Worabe, Ethiopia, an area that is 97% Muslim.

Christian Arrested in California for Reading the Bible in Public. And the cop acted like a jerk, including not saying what the charge was! Video is less than six minutes.

Repent America (RA) is denouncing the Winchester, Virginia Police Department for again assigning an undercover police officer to secretly record the free speech activities of peaceful Christian evangelists last weekend at the city's annual Apple Blossom Festival, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors to the city.

Violent protests broke out across Nigeria’s Muslim northern region on April 18 after an overwhelming election victory by President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian from the South. Angry crowds burned homes belonging to non-Hausa/Fulani (non-Muslim) residents, as well as cars and churches. The homes of traditional Muslim leaders who supported non-Muslim political candidates were also targeted. More than 500 have been killed and over 150 churches burned, according to Release International.

Chinese government persecution of the church in China continued to worsen in2010, the fifth straight year of escalating persecution, according to an annual report released Thursday by the Christian monitoring group ChinaAid Association.

Stating that "the Muslim persecution of Christians has reached Genocidal proportions," the Freedom Center has produced a shocking flash video about the "millions of Christians being put to death for the sole reason that they are Christian." (Viewer discretion is advised - very disturbing images.) 

May 2, 2011

Kirk Cameron Interview

"Christianity is not what I thought." Video is less than ten minutes.

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