Is the Old Testament Moral? – Part 1

Biologist Richard Dawkins was on a British talk show in 2012 as part of a panel discussing whether or not the Bible was still relevant in our modern age. Not surprisingly Dawkins had a low view of the judeochristian Scriptures and placed them alongside other myths of old such as Norse and Greek mythology. Dawkins was incredulous as to why we still elevated “biblical myths” higher than those myths of other cultures, such as that of the roman god Jupiter. How could we stick with old books about morality when we would never think of doing so with, let’s say, medical science? Do we not want constant upgrades in our lives? Including our morality about life and sex and alcohol? To this the audience approved with definite applause. Continue reading “Is the Old Testament Moral? – Part 1”

Islam Series – Part 1: Origins

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Islam is the planet’s 2nd biggest religion, second only to Christianity. Problems between our Western Civilization and the Islamic movement are very relevant today. It is not simply a matter of historical interest. In our series we will learn about the geopolitical and theological aspects surrounding Islam. Where else could we begin than with the origins of the Muslim religion…

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Often, people associate Islam with people of Arab descent. Arabs are an ethnicity whereas Islam is a religious system. The only reason the two are seemingly intertwined is that the prophet Mohamed and the first several generations of Muslims were from the Arabian Peninsula (modern day Saudi Arabia). As Islam spread throughout northern Africa, Asia Minor and south east Asia, the ethnic variability of Islam has changed drastically. Most Muslim immigrants to Europe and North America are from the Middle East, therefore most Westerners’ perspective of Islam is that it is synonimous with Arab descent. Yet there was a large variety of Arab peoples for thousands of years prior to the appearance of Islam. Continue reading “Islam Series – Part 1: Origins”

Human Sexuality Part 3: Environmental and Behavioural Factors in Homosexual Identity

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In 1973, Dr. Robert L. Spitzer led a movement within the American Psychiatric Association (APA) which successfully removed homosexuality from the psychiatric manual of mental disorders (DSM). This was a key step in the efforts of gay and lesbian activist groups in promoting a society-wide impression that homosexuality was normal and not a disease. This decision, however was not made due to new clinical evidence, but because of the growing popularity of the homosexual lifestyle, and consequent pressure applied by gay and lesbian associations. The APA is not a scientific organization but a political one. It consequently makes its decisions based on outside pressures such as financial needs, public outcry and political pressuring[1]. For the entirety of the DSM’s pre-1973 existence, homosexuality was deemed to be a reversible behavioral disorder. A view based on extensive clinical data, not political correctness. Some would argue, however, that the DSM is not the place for listing homosexuality, as it does not technically qualify as a mental illness. The working definition for mental illness amongst mental health professionals is something which impairs one’s ability to function normally at work, home or at play. Homosexuality alone does not produce this phenomenon. Continue reading “Human Sexuality Part 3: Environmental and Behavioural Factors in Homosexual Identity”

Credit to Islam for Scientific Revolution? What about Christianity?

The following post is from a colleague of mine at Reasons To Believe:

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I was looking at the claim that Islamic apologists are making that a Muslim named Abū ʿAlī al-Ḥasan ibn al-Ḥasan ibn al-Ḥaytham (965 – c. 1040 CE) (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alhazen) invented the scientific method today and that it’s Islam which is actually responsible for the rise of modern science in the world. Continue reading “Credit to Islam for Scientific Revolution? What about Christianity?”