The following blog entry is an answer to points brought up in the following 3 minute video:
1. There Are Many Religions. Christianity is Only One Of Them.
Dawkins states that because there are a myriad of religious beliefs, it would be silly to suppose one of them was an accurate description of our world. There is no logical power to this statement. Dawkins would simply need to look at his own realm of scientific academia and the history of the scientific process to see that a thousand voices are constantly erupting and making contradictory claims. But once the truth is discovered, it becomes the lone pillar of truth in a pantheon of errors. This is the case with politics as well. There is a right way to govern but a hundred theories. Whether or not Christianity is true will not be settled by the mere fact that it has competitors. Continue reading “Examining Dawkins Part 1: Faith”
The following blog entry is based on the following 3 minute video with Bill Nye:
1. Fertilized Eggs Are Not Human
Bill Nye states that simply having a sperm fertilize an ova does not mean a person now exists. Many people find this believable. After all, a single cell does not seem very personable does it? Yet, the problem with this view is that if we do not count this moment as the “big bang” of a human, we literally have no other scientific event on which to pin the origin of person-hood. Continue reading “Examining Bill Nye Part 1: Abortion”
This blog entry is an answer to the following 3 minute Sam Harris video from Big Think:
1. God’s Existence is Not A Testable Hypothesis
Dr. Harris’ first point is that the notion of a Creator or a God is “unfalsifiable.” He means there is no possible evidence for it so how can it be intelligently discussed? We may as well believe that we are brains in a scientist’s lab and all we experience is a result of his poking and prodding with electric impulses. Such a scenario is basically to be taken “on faith” and cannot be tested. Harris claims belief in God is just as frivolous. Continue reading “Examining Sam Harris Part 1: Considering a Creator”
please see our part 1 if you are interested in a complete review of the Ten Commandments
Our current series is looking at the laws and ordinances of the Old Testament in light of our modern perspective on ethics and life in general.
Commandments 6 through 10
6. “You shall not murder.”
Most people think the sixth commandment says “thou shall not kill.” This is because the King James Version says exactly that. But the Hebrew verb for “kill” is ratsach and it mostly implies murder. This makes sense because the very next chapter in the Old Testament (Exodus 21) talks about an offense whose punishment is death. Most modern English translations agree that it leans towards villainous death and therefore say murder instead of kill. Continue reading “Is the Old Testament Moral? – Part 2”