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I agree with you, but the historical fact is that no other world view, not humanism, atheism, or any other ism besides Christianity finally did lead to abolition. In practice, what you do is examine your religion as if you were not part of it. Jake, yes, yes indeed.

The basic thesis is that there is so much animal suffering especially suffering built right into the evolutionary process that it is unreasonable to assume that an all-good, all-powerful, and all-knowing God exists. Original sin — all men are broken, and the fact that all mean sin, and all men die, proves it, from a Christian perspective.

Keep that in mind for next time: Jack David Eller Contributor.

Last year he won the Stanley Cup. That claim is that all creation fell with the sin of the literal Adam and Eve. Quotes from The Christian Del I think that this is a noncontroversial, descriptive point about how people in general reason about things.

If, however, you have never critically read The Bible, accept it as infallible and think that Christianity is better than all other religions including no religion at allthen these essayists beg to differ.

The compelling outsider test for faith. Central is a defense of his “outsider test of faith,” arguing that believers should test their faith with the same skeptical standards they use to evaluate the other faiths they reject, as if they were outsiders.


Language has fascinated me as well, though my dictionary collection is not what it was. If you are unaware of it, you are certainly not the person I will be turning to for meaningful opinions on biological science. Overall, I really liked this book. He is also the editor of The Christian Delusion: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The others were all of great interest to me and well written — including a chapter by David Eller, the anthropologist who wrote “Natural Atheism” see my previous review of that work.

There is certainly much more good that could be said of the book, but I’ll move on to a more negative critical approach. Perhaps Jesus should have been more clear here as to whether his words in the discourse pertaining to his identity as the bread of life actually did or did not have bearing on the sacrament that he was only later going to institute.

The track record shows it is as much a mixed moral bag as any other worldview.

How John Loftus’s The Christian Delusion Fails: Part One – Thinking Christian

The scholarly credentials of all of the authors and the soundness of their arguments make the articles well worth reading, although several of them will not win friends based on the tone that they take. So these two verses from the Bible are reinterpreted. The callers on the other hand, not so much. One of the better points made is that most If you are looking for a critique of the Christian religion, The Christian Delusion makes a much better case than The God Delusion.

Thinking Christian

Lateral gene transfer depends for its success on a shared genetic code, and the near-universality of a common genetic code is itself evidence of common ancestry. The basic unit of meaning is not the word but the sentence, which provides the smallest unit of context for how a word is used i. Anyway, this is how I would start to unpack the Christian understanding of faith and the mind. Loftus and other authors make arguments for why Christianity is false.


This is the classic problem of evil reformulated to deal with animal suffering. Again, a charitable understanding needs to take place between us.

Dear Luke, Have considered to interview the most technical contemporary philosophers of religion? What is moral or immoral, ethical or unethical?

Where did you run across that quote from Patrick, though? To be nit-picky, though, I’ll mention that I found Loftus to be a little too stringent on what he’s expecting from Theism–no one can answer every question, however, if the Christian God exists, then we can work with the assumption that He has a purpose for the animal loss of life; and this answer is perfectly consistent with the Christian worldview.

A section on falsifiability and a less combative tone would have made the book worthy of five stars. Belief is faith-that, and trust is faith-in. Worth reading if you’ve ever come away from the Bible, a sermon or a lecture with more questions than answers.

To claim that precludes any later conflict of science with religion is a genetic fallacy. We have the fossils.

Of course your Christianity absorbed these ideas when it could no longer condemn them. We have witnesses not just Joseph Smith! This is one of the reasons that I returned to Christianity after leaving it for many years.