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Sam Harris, author of Letter to a Christian Nation and End of Faith argues that we need to stop treating faith as an untouchable subject.  Just as we expect people to defend their political beliefs, we should also expect them to defend their religious beliefs.  Simply answering, “It’s just what I believe,” should not entitle anyone to a lack of critical inquiry.

I know that the host cut the debate short, but I think Hewitt skirted the final issue by simply telling Harris his ideas weren’t new.  This may be true, but doesn’t address the actual point Harris was making.

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I don’t watch a lot of television, but whenever I catch the beginning of Law & Order, even if I’m in the other room, I can’t help but finish the episode.

The one I caught today, Episode 406 from Season 18 (“Angelgrove”) reminded me an awful lot of Jesus Camp. Read the rest of this entry »

There’s been some heavy stuff on this blog in the last little while, so here’s a video to make you smile — theist and atheist alike.

Blogger Doug from dougsploitation premiered a video by ska praise-band Sonseed called “Jesus is a Friend of Mine” a few weeks ago. Ever since then, it’s been a source of online controversy. Real? Or a goofy jab at praise music?

The general feeling on the interwebs is that it’s legit. But really, who cares? The song is catchy, and the words are good for a chuckle.

Choice lyrics (1:40):

Once I tried to run,
I tried to run and hide.
But Jesus came and found me,
And he touched me down inside.

He is like a mountie,
He always gets his man,
And he’ll zap you any way he can…
Zap!

proud-lucifer.jpgThere’s a lot of talk among the pious about pride. They all seem to agree that pride is bad, and that bad people have pride. But what about evangelism? Is it a fundamentally proud position?

For a change, this post isn’t about the origins of the universe or the possibility of God.

I’m going to submit that evangelism is a prideful activity, and that if one believes pride is a sin, that person cannot (in good conscience) evangelize.

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As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found that God actually existed.On most demographic surveys that deal with religion, you’ll see many of the major faiths represented, and then a catch-all category for “Atheist or Agnostic.” This contributes to the popular confusion surrounding these identities.

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A while ago I received a Twitter friend request from a blog called CultureFeast. I added them back, but didn’t really follow much of what they Twittered about. However, a blog link published this week caught my eye: Defend Your Faith. Read the rest of this entry »

Sacre Couer, atop a hill in Montmarte, Paris

Sacre-Couer Basilica, atop a hill in Montmarte, Paris

Hi there! Sorry for unannounced and extended hiatus of this website. I got tied up at work, and then left for Europe for most of the month.

I’ve just finally had a chance to look at the discussions that unfolded in my absence. I’ve tried to weigh in where I thought it was appropriate, but I’d like to give special thanks to Sara from la tua ucellucia, Ubiquitous Che from rhetoric sans pareil, and of course Justin from Life of a Christian College Student.

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