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A recent poll has found that 1 in 25 people claim to have had near-death experiences. A quick search at Amazon will show many books have been written about near-death experiences (NDEs) claiming the experiences are proof of heaven, an afterlife or even hell.  I read my first book on NDEs back in the 90’s.  It was Dr. Maurice Rawlings’ book, To Hell and Back.  If you ask most people what they think about NDEs they will say it is always like heaven.  They will think of beings of light and lush indescribable gardens.  However, what struck me about Rawlings’ accounts was that the after-life people were experiencing was not always heavenly; in fact it was darn right hellish.  Recently a very popular book came out describing the events of a 4 year old boy who recounts an experience of heaven while his body was in emergency surgery.  In Heaven...

Posted by on in Ethics
Interesting online discussion on Abortion and Personhood Original Poster (OP) ‎"As the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade passes, it’s important to remember the both sides of the evangelical anti-abortion movement’s history. Yes, it did involve legitimate moral concerns about abortion, it did occasion serious reflection on the issue by evangelical scholars and pastors, and it did bring a formerly apolitical segment of America into the political process. But its founding moral outrage stemmed not from Roe v. Wade, but from the prospect of government-imposed desegregation; it rest its intellectual foundation on highly dubious, non-scholarly arguments advanced by Francis Schaeffer; it mobilized lay evangelicals to action by telling them the Bible teaches something it does not actually teach; and it actively suppressed the scholarship of evangelicals who held alternative viewpoints." (Me) I actually think the Bible does talk to this issue. Whether it comes from the commandment not to murder...

Posted by on in Education
Civil War book
Recently, I was listening to a Greg Koukl on a Stand To Reason podcast. He was relating an article entitled, “Struggle for Smarts? How Eastern and Western Cultures Tackle Learning” by Alix Spiegel. In summary the article says that Westerners see intelligence as something you have or don’t, while Eastern cultures see intelligence as something you build. This is demonstrated by how Eastern and Western parents and teachers talk to children. Ever since I heard Greg talk about this on his podcast, I have been thinking about this concept. I have always thought of intelligence as being something that you can build. Much like muscles, your intelligence grows the more you use it. The problem is I really didn't communicate that to my children. I feel bad that as a parent I have always reinforced the Western notion by telling my kids how smart they were when they got good...
Medieval Times
The Christian Crusades Dispelling Prevalent Myths About the Crusades Abstract: The term paper will cover some of the popular myths being used about the crusader era and will shed light on those myths. The popular myths are taken from recent atheist books and blogs along with some additional commonly held myths. The rebuttals I use for these myths are often taken from academic works that predate the use of these myths and yet the myths continue to be used. Popular myths about the Crusades Many popular myths about the Crusades pervade popular books and skeptics websites today even though many of the myths have been debunked.  The myths continue to grow and, in popular works, the myths are considered the gospel truth.  In this essay, I will first explore some of the popular myths.  Then, I will provide a brief response to those myths. Recent articles on the Crusades claim...

Posted by on in Christianity
A New Perspective
A Different Perspective on the 3 Wise Men The 3 wise men, or Magi as they were called, were a priestly class that had existed in various empires in the Middle East. They were astrologers, magicians and king makers. They had been around throughout the Babylonian Empire, the Medo-Persian Empire, the Greek Empire, the Roman Empire and the Parthian Empire. The Roman Empire had been at war with the Parthians for some time and Judea was the buffer state between the two empires. Rome backed Herod as governor of Judea, a move the Jewish Sanhedrin did not like because Herod was not a Jew, he was an Edomite. Herod and the Romans fled in 40 BC when Antigonus, with the help of the Parthians, took the throne as king. In Rome the Roman Senate elected him as king of Judea and in 37 BC he returned to claim the throne....

Posted by on in Apologetics
Marin Headlands 1
I had a long dialogue with an Atheist here in PDF form. I did change the names of the participants for privacy reasons. The conversation started with a post from a friend of mine that turned into an interesting dialogue. I have kept all of the posts even the ‘Troll’ posts, to preserve the feel and flow of the conversation. The conversation takes some time to get going, but, the bulk of the 23,000 plus words of the conversation is Sam’s objections to Christianity and his support for Atheism. Normally I would not take the time to try and address the numerous assertions he made. However, a number of people were interested and in asynchronous conversation more time can be spent addressing them. Some interesting comments by Sam included Christianity barrowed from Paganism, implied is that this disproves Christianity Science and Religion are at odds (specific example of Galileo) He...

Posted by on in Government
Debt Chart
Have you see the National Debt lately? Over $16 trillion (16,000,000,000,000). By the way the problem is far worse for us tax payers because this $16 trillion does not include the State and Local government debt. Local governments have already started filing bankruptcy. “We are rapidly approaching the tipping point. Our greatest threat to our future is our own fiscal irresponsibility. We are not exempt from the laws of prudent finance. If we don’t put our finances in order, then the opportunities for our children and grandchildren will be less and their standard of living we be less.” - David Walker United States Comptroller General 1998-2008 The Comptroller Generals is the Auditor General for the United States. Walker says we are two years from being at the point that Greece was when it collapsed. He says because the US dollar is still the favored reserve currency, we will last a...

Posted by on in Ethics
My hope is that this open, honest and civil dialogue about the issue of abortion will benefit people who struggle with this issue as they carefully consider and weigh both sides of this issue. Original post: What issues are people basing their vote on? Social, economic or foreign policy? Which one is more important? P1: Economic Me: Seems like it should be economic. I think without a strong economy social matters won’t matter much and foreign policy would be unenforceable without a strong economy. P2: Social. Without strong social policies, you can't have a strong economy. Me: I guess it depends on what you mean by social issues, I can make the case that without strong ethics a strong economy is not possible. Sure you can pass all kinds of laws but if people can’t self-govern they then need to be governed. That has always led to impoverished conditions. If...
A photo posted on facebook showing gay activists hold a sign that says, “With the divorce rate as 50% worry about your own marriage.” What follows is the comments to this post. Notice Deuteronomy 22:28–29 comes up in the discussion. The Poster commented: For the life of me, I cannot understand this argument. The argument seems to go: A: A lot of marriages end unhappily therefore: B: The definition of marriage ought to be altered so as to include relationships which do not involve a wife. Sort of like the argument, "Some people abandon their dogs or abuse them. Therefore, nobody should object to the definition of "dog" being altered such that Burmese pythons are included as dogs." I mite protest "there is absolutely no way pythons are dogs" Me If 50% of marriages end in devoice, why do they want to get married? Do they like paying lawyer’s fees?...

Posted by on in Travel
This summer I took a work related trip to New York City.  This was my first trip to New York City and kept some notes about my experience outside of work. The Sunday before I had work I was traveling to New York and my layover in Denver went from 2 to 5 hours and almost ended in staying the night in Denver.  Luckily with only 20 minutes to spare we were able to leave Denver before it was too late to leave.  I guess there was severe weather on the East Coast and a few earlier flights were diverted.  I did see an Orthodox Jewish family on my flight to New Jersey.  What seemed funny to me was the men were dressed in traditional black and white and their wives were dressed like they were on Jersey Shore.  It was a stark contrast. Monday after work I went to...
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