A blogger who calls himself God's Advocate posted a list of 20 questions that "atheists struggle to answer," and claims that "there have not been any decent responses to them in the past 40yrs" (sic). Here's his list, followed by my explanation of why this list is stupid:
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
[ This is part five of an ongoing series I call "Journey of One," which is meant to contain articles about me, my story, my journey, and the lessons learned from the life experiences. Here is the entire series so far: Journey of One. ]
Monday, May 28, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
In honor of today being Towel Day (i.e., the day celebrating the life and works of Douglas Adams), I thought I'd share with you my own personal liturgical calendar of holidays and events I celebrate throughout the year:
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I had some interesting responses to my post on The Dawkins' Scale. Bruce's comment made me think, though. How do we define "god"? I would typically say I'm closer to a 5 on the scale, but when it comes to specific god-concepts that humans have invented throughout the ages, I may be closer to a 6 and even a 7. When it comes to whether any kind of "god" exists (however the term is defined), I think I'm actually a 4, but that's because not only am I uncertain that anyone knows anything about whether a god exists, I am uncertain that anyone could define or describe such an entity. I find the specific descriptions/definitions of "god" much more dubious. The Abrahamic religions' construct of diety makes the least sense to me, so I'm between a 6 and 7 concerning that "god." I find the god-concept of eastern pantheistic monism, particularly in Hinduism, much more palatable. My lack of belief concerning such a view stems from the absolute lack of evidence for such a view. Here I'm closer to a 5 on Dawkins' scale.
If there's any god I could believe in, it'd probably be this one:
Monday, May 21, 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012
Yes, it's true. The only reason I want to try shawarma is because of the Avengers movie. I really wish I could go all hipster and say "I was eating shawarma before Iron Man made it cool," but I can't. I will say though that, being from Chicago, I have been a long-time fan of the gyro, and I hear there's some similarities.
Now, to the heart of the matter: can anyone point me towards a shawarma joint anywhere in central Illinois, or do I need to drive back to Chicago to try it?
In the meantime, I'm heading out to grab a gyro (and for the record, it's pronounced "YEE-roh").
Happy weekend, everyone.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
[ This is part four of an ongoing series I call "Journey of One," which is meant to contain articles about me, my story, my journey, and the lessons learned from the life experiences. Here is part one: Journey of One: Brotherhood, and part two: Journey of One: Purpose, and part three: Journey of One: Mortality. ]
Monday, May 14, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
Amidst the moans and groans (my own included) of "why are we still talking about Elevatorgate?" I realize now why Elevatorgate got so much attention - and why it's still a relevant topic today. Regardless of which side of the debate one finds herself, Elevatorgate touches on sensitive and important issues: feminism, women's rights, decent behavior, objectification of women, rape, sexuality, et al; moreover, Elevatorgate has revealed the worst in people. For reasons which are still unclear to me, Elevatorgate has elevated the emotional reactions of people to such issues which are already emotional firestarters. The results have been rather disturbing.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
The problem with being a Bible college graduate is that I'm friends on Facebook with a lot of other people who attended my alma mater. Usually that's not so bad. Sometimes, however, I see stuff like this:
Monday, May 7, 2012
I mentioned before that I am a long-time Magic: the Gathering player. For those who don't know, Magic is a competitive trading card game with a fantasy theme: magic, wizards, angels, vampires, dragons, knights, zombies, et cetera. I've been playing the game since its release in 1993. I've made a lot of friends at local game stores along the way. I don't play nearly as often as I used to, but I still keep up with the latest news about the game by visiting some of the popular sites dedicated to Magic, such as StarCityGames.com, MTG Salvation, and Channel Fireball. Magic is one of many activities which fall under the "gamer" subculture, a culture frequently mocked, parodied or stereotyped (for example, Comic Book Guy).