Surprise- prayer doesn’t heal little girl Wednesday, Mar 26 2008 

WESTON, Wis. — An 11-year-old girl died after her parents prayed for healing rather than seek medical help for a treatable form of diabetes, police said Tuesday.

Vergin said an autopsy determined the girl died from diabetic ketoacidosis, an ailment that left her with too little insulin in her body, and she had probably been ill for about 30 days, suffering symptoms like nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst, loss of appetite and weakness.

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This is the ugly side to religion, for sure.

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Ricky Gervais on God Monday, Mar 10 2008 

We all know and love him. Even Christians thank God for The Office. See his thoughts on his deconversion here.

This is messed up Saturday, Mar 8 2008 

Weird.

A PARISH priest who lied to his flock about having cancer used money they gave him to help pay for a trip to Lourdes for a “miracle cure”.

When Father Richard Abourjaily’s lies about having prostate cancer were uncovered he was condemned as “delusional” by the head of the Catholic Church, Cardinal George Pell, and suspended from his duties at All Hallows Parish Church at Five Dock in Sydney’s inner west.

Parishioners have been left bewildered and hurt by the actions of the 29-year-old priest they welcomed into their hearts and homes when he was ordained last year.

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Alright, I don’t know how to comment on this, so I won’t.

The Pope will reevaluate Luther Friday, Mar 7 2008 

Hmmm….

Pope Benedict will issue his findings on Luther (1483-1546) in September after discussing him at his annual seminar of 40 fellow theologians — known as the Ratzinger Schülerkreis — at Castelgandolfo, the papal summer residence. According to Vatican insiders the Pope will argue that Luther, who was excommunicated and condemned for heresy, was not a heretic.

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James White versus Dick Dawkins Saturday, Mar 1 2008 

For the most part, I dislike James White. I find his style of writing highly defensive and his philosophical beliefs indefensible. It is difficult for me to imagine someone that has actually spent some time in Calvinism/Arminian debates even slightly attracted to Dortian positions. In any case, I was really hoping that he would take Dick to task in this video clip. Unfortunately, he does not. Have a looksy:

What is funny is that James White is apparently saying that people can choose their religious beliefs (known as doxastic voluntarism), and I am nearly certain that a Calvinist cannot say that. No, for him God capriciously chooses random people, all equally deserving of wrath, to spend eternity in heaven with him.

I’ll hop off that soap-box for now. Jimmy does not appear to be very impressed with Dawkins retort to the question “what if you’re wrong?”. I think that Dawkins answer is fine here. There are thousands of gods that Christians and atheists both upset on a daily basis, so this question is not solely for the atheist. No one is a part of every religion, so we all are pissing off some deity or another. The question is simply irrelevant. As much as I hate to say it, Jimmy got pwnd by Dick.

HT: Atheism Sucks

Why Inerrancy? Saturday, Dec 22 2007 

Evangelical Christians tend towards a position of inerrancy. Usually, this means that the Bible is without error. For the somewhat more sophisticated Christian, this means that the original documents are without error, but mutations/scribal errors, etc. made their way into the text over the thousands of years of their existence (see the Chicago Statement). The last qualification is made because there are indeed mistakes in the Bible you hold in your hand (yes, even the 1611 AV has mistakes), and so they apparently want to preserve some semblance of absolute truth in the originals.

But why?

The way I see it, whether the originals were inerrant or not, the texts we have now are not inerrant. We still have to test the the contents of the Bible we have whether it was originally inerrant or it was not.

I think inerrancy is an unfortunate burden for Christians to shoulder. Imagine how many trees would be saved if Christianity just stopped trying to mesh the Genesis story with modern science (that whole plants before the sun thing is pretty wicked), and just admitted that it is a myth? Does that mean that Jesus all of the sudden becomes Satan? Does that mean that the entire Bible gets thrown out, because of making mistakes? Wouldn’t have to be. I’ll be honest here, my parents have been wrong about things. Does that mean that everything they say is automatically worthless/false? Of course not. All it means is that you take things with a bit of salt and do your best to objectively test things out.

The equation of Inerrancy to Christianity is an unfortunate substitution, and I pretty much guarantee that the “silly stories” of the Bible are only harmful to one’s faith if just assumed into the storage banks of memory without discretion. Hopefully this is yet another thing Christianity progresses beyond.

Now Reading Thursday, Nov 15 2007 

Crazy for God by Francis Schaeffer‘s apostate son Frank. Well, nearly apostate son. Frank left the religious right that his father helped kick-start, and now is one of it’s most literate critics. I very much enjoyed his balanced presentation of his parents- I can imagine that it would be very hard to write a book revealing the wrongs of a movement your parents started. Well, actually I can imagine it because we are kind of in the same boat, except for the literate part and the whole I’m in the closet yet. But hey, I’ll take whatever I can get.

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