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Global Warming, Intelligent Design, and The Null Hypothesis

November 24, 2014 3 comments

You’re probably not going to read this. It’s long. It’s technical. People just don’t want to read long, technical material any more. There aren’t going to be any pretty pictures, and there will be a minimum of snark. What’s more, this is one of those posts that is going to upset a lot of people, both liberal and conservative alike. It’s also one of those that will likely cause the immediate reaction to be flat, bald-faced dismissal and angry rejection.

So why write it?

I write it for a couple of reasons. First, when it comes to rational debate on these subjects I see very few. If I want to throw my voice into the wind, I’m going to try to make sure it’s one of the reasonable, rational ones.

Second, I think that the bulk of people who wonder about controversial topics such as these actually do want to understand how to process facts and data. I think they don’t know how to evaluate evidence, and are stuck in a loop where the most intellectual arguments are “a whole bunch of smart people believe X” or, worse, “if you don’t believe X then you are too stupid to justify wasting oxygen.”

So, for this blog post, I’m going to explain why the approach to justifying Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) is exactly the same argumentative style as Intelligent Design (ID), and why they’re both wrong.

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On Robert G. Ingersoll, Liberty, and the Jews

July 30, 2014 1 comment
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Robert G. Ingersoll photo from Wikipedia page

Most people who know me, know that I am a rabid individualist. Nearly every morning for the past 7 months or so I’ve posted a quote of the day through my twitter feed; sometimes it is retweeted, most of the time they are not. Obviously the short ones are more likely to be retweeted. Nevertheless, these quotes (not all I agree with, by the way) are shared because they make me think, and perhaps they will make others think as well – if only for the span of time it takes to glance through a tweet in someone’s feed. Read more…

Response: Final Entry on “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be an Atheist”

December 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Originally published 12/9/2005. Links were valid at the time of publication.
I’ve spent nearly 6 months straight pouring over books by Crabb, C.S. Lewis, Strobel, Gonzalez, and of course Geisler and Turek regarding Christianity. The latter authors of “I don’t have enough faith to be an Atheist” I’ve written about in my commentaries have been the ones who have had the most recent, although not most important, impact on my own views. After reading through 8 chapters and 217 pages I’ve finally decided that it is no longer worth the energy or effort trying to decipher or contextualize some of the worst and disingenuous writings on the Christianity/Atheism debate I’ve ever read. Read more…

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Response: Ch. 8 of “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be an Atheist”

December 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Originally published 12/7/2005. Links were valid at time of publication.
This chapter makes some of the most logical arguments regarding the existence of God, but also makes some of the most bizarre conclusions as well. In the scorebook we could almost call this chapter a draw, if the authors had actually made a point. Read more…

Response: Ch. 7 of “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be an Atheist”

December 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Originally published 11/24/2005. Links were valid at time of publication.
In this chapter the authors are on much more familiar ground, discussing Moral Law as it pertains to some of the arguments atheists (and relativists) make. However, the authors’ binary solution (absolutism vs. relativism) illustrates some of the weaknesses in their own stance as well. Read more…

Response: Ch. 5 of “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be an Atheist”

December 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Originally published 11/2/2005. Links were valid at time of publication.

For those people who are attempting to ask some serious questions about whether or not Christianity can provide answers that Atheism can not, this book professes to provide a guide to why Christianity requires less faith than Atheism. However, this chapter tends to make some very strange assumptions regarding science as well as Christianity that require some faith (if you’ll excuse the word) of its own. Note: This is a companion piece to Chapter 5 of the book, and while I’ve made every attempt to provide background when possible, there may be times when I did not adequately describe the chapter for those who have not yet read the book. Read more…

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Response: Ch. 6 of “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be an Atheist”

December 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Originally published 10/28/2005. Links were valid at time of publication.

For those people who are attempting to ask some serious questions about whether or not Christianity can provide answers that Atheism can not, this book professes to provide a guide to why Christianity requires less faith than Atheism. However, as this chapter delves into Intelligent Design – and does so poorly – it leaves me wondering about the motivations and the manipulative nature of Christians, instead. Note: This is a companion piece to Chapter 6 of the book, and while I’ve made every attempt to provide background when possible, there may be times when I did not adequately describe the chapter for those who have not yet read the book. Read more…

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