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Go to: RDF TV - Insurance Policy: Two Eggs, One Survivor

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Can anyone not giggle everytime Richard says boobies?

Wed, 09 Sep 2009 19:28:00 UTC | #395624

Go to: Dembski Exam

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4. No amputees are recorded as having been healed in the New Testament (i.e., no one with a missing limb is said to have grown back the limb in response to a prayer by Jesus or one of the Apostles).
Indeed, throughout Church history it appears that no such miracle has occurred (if you know of a well-confirmed case, please cite it). Atheists therefore argue that if miracles really happened and gave evidence of God, God would have performed a healing like growing back the limb of an amputee. Do atheists have a point here? How do you maintain that miracles are real in the face of such criticism?


For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. - Matthew 17:20

I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. - Matthew 21:21

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. - Mark 11:24

So yeah... why doesn't he heal amputees?

Sun, 09 Aug 2009 05:53:00 UTC | #386365

Go to: VOICES OF SCIENCE - Available Now on DVD

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Debunk One! 68 of them. If it is silliness; then it should be very easy. Go ahead

Wow, such grand studpity from such a small little man.

How can one debunk ancedotes? A crazy peasant lady claims she has seen a young girl, that no one else but her sees. How is this a miracle?

Also a few nice facts about this girl:
Her body, which is on display, is alleged to be incorruptible, but the face and hands, which look so lifelike, are made of wax.

Over the past 150 years, some 200 million people have made the pilgrimage.* For those who care, that's a success rate of .0000335% or 1 out of every 3 million. Furthermore, since 1947 anyone claiming a miraculous cure has to go before a medical board. "From 1947 to 1990, only 1,000 cures were claimed and only 56 were recognized in that time, averaging 1.3 cures a year, against 57 a year before 1914."* Since 1978, there have been only four recognized cures.* So, if you're thinking of going to Lourdes for a miracle cure, the odds are not very high in your favor.

Of all the cures alleged to have occurred at Lourdes, however, none have involved dramatic, unambiguous events like the growing back of a severed limb. Belgian philosopher Etienne Vermeersch likened this fact to the lack of clear, unambiguous data in support of the existence of Bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster. He also claimed that there have probably been significantly more fatal accidents suffered by pilgrims on their way to or from Lourdes than there have been cures.

Yeah, God never does anything impressive. The things he is most likely to cure are diseases that the body's immune system is able to fight off on its own (or with the help of science, 'cause I'm sure these people not only just prayed, they've also taken their meds).

Wed, 16 Jul 2008 19:31:00 UTC | #201296

Go to: 3QD interviews Richard Dawkins

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I'd have to concur with the previous commenters, this really was a very interesting interview with lots of fresh new questions.

The interviewer was brilliant too.


Mon, 12 May 2008 19:44:00 UTC | #170038

Go to: Richard Dawkins interviewed by John Humphrys on Cardinal Murphy O'Connor

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Richard totally mopped the floor with this John Humphrys guy. Hymphrys was at a loss when he tried to explain why you don't need to demand evidence when talking to religious people. He was lucky that the "interview" was so short.

Fri, 09 May 2008 09:42:00 UTC | #168503

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