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Go to: Christmas Present to Defenders of Darwinism

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I am a Creationist. Thank you for not shooting me. However, not only am I a Creationist (of the Young Earth variety, no less), I also disagree with Dr. Dembski's use of farting noises in mocking the puppetry of Judge Jones. It is unbecoming of a Christian to stoop to "filthiness" or "coarse jesting" (which the use of farting noises in effect is). And, I expressed my problem with that use to Dr. Dembski, in what I think was the first or second reply at "Uncommon Descent" on his first thread dealing with the animation.

I mention all this here because I notice that several respondents in this thread seem to think that all Evangelical Christians, or at least Creationists, are approving of Dr. Dembski's descent into adolescent humor. I am here to say: No, that is not the case. I myself do, though, agree with everything else about the animation.

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Sun, 17 Dec 2006 16:54:00 UTC | #11578

Go to: The God of the Bible is No Delusion!

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The proof that God is not a delusion is the existence of the State of Israel since 1948. If the vast majority of the commentators would like to find a bible and look up the prophecy of Ezekiel chapter 37. The whole chapter explains the modern miracle of God's people back in their own land, but one verse as an illustration:
Ezek 37:21
And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:

Mon, 27 Nov 2006 02:47:00 UTC | #9308

Go to: Battle of the New Atheism

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It seems that it has become impossible to put forward the very idea of atheism without some simpleton arguing that communism and nazism were somehow direct products of non-belief in God. (It may seem paradoxical that Marxism is largely viewed as the most compatible political ideology with christianity.) The argument against atheism from this viewpoint is interesting. In fact, let's look at nazism and consider how differently we might perceive it if it were considered a religion rather than a mere political ideology. Would this mean that we would have to respect it and refrain from criticism of it? Probably not, because nazism only came to exist in the 20th century without the authority of divine scrolls and schizophrenic prophets. But what if nazism had come into existence in some reasonably comparable form 2000 years previous? Actually, I would argue, we have a reasonably comparable analogue in Christianity, or - ironically - Judaism. All the worst elements of nazism are easily found in biblical history and even apparent in abrahamic religious doctrine. It's a matter of nazism being born too late that finds us without apologists or disingenuous intellectuals who will try to sell us ideas (similar to those seeking to justify Islam) that the "true" nazism is a philosophy of peace. Even this argument goes too far to give credibility to the idea that the failures of Communism and Nazism somehow lend credibilty to theism. Democracy can be (and arguably, at its core, IS) entirely God-less. It would seem that God is only truly necessary in systems wherein a dictatorial power is given divine authority.

Mon, 23 Oct 2006 21:28:00 UTC | #6316

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