Funny that Paul took so many days off from apophatic theology.… Read the rest
Archive for October 2009
A Louisiana justice of the peace refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple.… Read the rest
The Butterflies & Wheels news round-up has linked to an article about the American ‘conservative’ alternative to Wikipedia, a site called ‘Conservapedia‘, which boasts of being ‘The Trustworthy Encyclopedia’.
Conservapedia, it transpires, has started a ‘Conservative Bible Project‘, which aims to correct what it sees as liberal bias in Biblical translation and scholarship. The article reports:
The folks behind Conservapedia, a right-leaning version of Wikipedia, have launched the Conservative Bible Project, aimed at getting rid of what they call liberal bias, wordiness, emasculation and a general dumbing down of the Old and New Testaments.
A dozen or so users, led by Conservapedia founder Andy Schlafly – the son of conservative political activist Phyllis Schlafly – are
A priest who works for something called ‘the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace’ doesn’t like the way secularists use the word ‘tolerance’. He says that ‘neutrality toward world views cannot be truly tolerant and respectful’ – which could be because he is inflating ‘tolerant’ to mean ‘respectful’ and ‘respectful’ to mean ‘obedient’ or ‘groveling’ or ‘slavish.’
When secularized citizens act in their role as citizens, they must [not] deny in principle that religious images of the world have the potential to express truth.
Ah yes – you’d like that, wouldn’t you. You’d like us to stop – when acting in our role as citizens, which presumably means doing anything at all public, such as writing for magazines or … Read the rest
Oh dear, poor Tony Blair.
A couple of days ago Matthew Parris went to visit the bones of St Thérèse of Lisieux which are paying a neighborly visit to Westminster Cathedral. It was all very festive.
Already there was a near-carnival atmosphere surrounding the bones. A temporary fish-and-chips stall had sprung up beside a smoothies-and-coffee tent.
And that’s not the only treat.
Next, a big notice. “The Plenary Indulgence … A plenary indulgence is the complete remission of the temporal punishment due to sin.” Apparently Pope Benedict has declared a special grant of indulgences to pilgrims to these relics at Westminster. “One plenary indulgence may be gained each day and may be applied either to a soul in Purgatory
The resort offers colon cleansing, healing by harnessing the consciousness of a dolphin, ‘vortex experiences.’… Read the rest
Viewer challenged the claim that Actimel was ‘scientifically proven to help support your kids’ defences.’… Read the rest
Government has no business telling corporations not to force employees to sign away their rights!… Read the rest
And there he bumps into Tony Blair.… Read the rest
All bargains in a market system are characterised by an information deficit on one side or the other.… Read the rest
Dear Male Senators:
All of you recently heard testimony about the case of Jamie Leigh Jones, a young woman who was sexually assaulted in 2005. Ms. Jones had been working for defense contractor Halliburton/KBR in Baghdad, Iraq when she was drugged and raped by seven co-workers. After reporting her rape to the company, she was kept locked in a shipping container without food or water for approximately one day and warned that if she left Iraq to receive medical treatment, she would lose her job.
Halliburton later informed Ms. Jones that her employment contract prohibited her from bringing sexual assault charges to court, and would require her to settle her complaints through private arbitration. Although the 5th Circuit Court of … Read the rest
Another thought from Tom Clark on supernaturalism.
If one takes the “ontological features” of consciousness, free agency, rationality, and moral knowledge to be fundamental to reality – as resident in an all powerful God – then of course it’s no surprise that God’s favored creations should also possess such features. But absent independent evidence-based reasons to believe in God, and given competing naturalistic explanations that meet high standards of coherence, verifiability, transparency and simplicity, Moreland’s supernatural hypothesis has little appeal for those wanting to know how things really work. It’s their evidential and methodological constraints that make naturalistic explanations worth pursuing, and it’s the lack of such constraints that makes the supernatural hypothesis facile, uninteresting and ultimately empty.
That’s … Read the rest
Defending science, respect, sensitivity of religious belief, defending scientific epistemology, and more.… Read the rest
If Singh accuses the BCA of defamation they will have to justify their allegation as a fact.… Read the rest
The BCA quickly removed the defamatory accusation from its press release, but it’s still out there.… Read the rest
Defeat for Singh would set a dangerous legal precedent, could deter others from exposing pseudoscience.… Read the rest
‘This is a shocking and serious (and indeed defamatory) accusation.’… Read the rest
‘BCA would never seek to stifle legitimate open scientific debate.’ Oh obviously not.… Read the rest
Dinesh D’Souza is a bestselling conservative who in previous books has praised Ronald Reagan and blamed the left for 9/11. In his latest he answers the atheists, humanists, materialists and rationalists who are knocking religion down. Why bother, if, as he believes, ‘God is the future, and atheism is on its way out’? (:11). Because, as he explains in a recent interview, atheism is for the first time a serious option for young Americans.
The God option, on the other hand, involves thoroughly confusing one’s readers. Take for example the argument that moral laws are ‘absolute’. According to D’Souza, this corresponds to the Christian idea of heaven and hell, places where we will be measured against a common standard and … Read the rest
I was reading Tom Clark on the emptiness of supernaturalism and was prompted (not for the first time) to think about the idea of objective morality.
…it’s difficult, perhaps impossible, to find in impersonal Nature any sort of validation for our moral intuitions, intuitions which evolutionary accounts suggest had adaptive value, whether or not they reflect objective values. Yet we ordinarily suppose our moral norms do reflect something objective, something that’s independent of them but which they accurately reflect. This moral logic says murder is objectively and intrinsically wrong, period, so we’re right to strongly feel that it’s wrong.
We do strongly feel that murder is wrong, but that’s because we’re the kind of beings we are; a different kind … Read the rest