This time last year, I was feeling pretty down about Trump's election and didn't have high hopes for 2017. But now that we're at the end of it, I've got to say that this has been a great year. I don't feel any better about Trump -- he's an embarrassment that can't be overstated --… Continue reading Year End Review
10 Year Anniversary!
Today marks 10 years since I started this blog! I had planned to do a big post in commemoration -- maybe talk about some of the first posts I wrote and call attention to all the commenters who have helped make this blog so interesting over the years. Sadly, I didn't have time to pull… Continue reading 10 Year Anniversary!
If you're a regular here, then I'm very sorry to say that we've lost a friend. A couple of nights ago, I found out that Arch (archaeopteryx1) has died. I've never met him in person -- didn't even know his real name -- but it really affected me to hear about his passing. I've considered… Continue reading Saying Goodbye
Debunking the Devil
Thought this was a great article. I haven’t researched it to the degree that this author has, so I can’t speak to the complete accuracy of what he says. But he makes a great case, and it’s the same view I’ve held for a while.
The ancient Persians had a significant impact upon some of the core myths that underscore Judaism and Christianity. Among other things, Judaism and Christianity owe thanks to the Persian priests of Zoroaster for the light versus darkness motif, the belief in an impending apocalypse, and the messianic dogma. But above all, both Jews and Christians should thank Persia for the Devil himself. I think it’s fair to say that had they not adopted this fictitious character from the Persians, they might not have succeeded with such ease in persuading and maintaining their frightened and superstitious flocks.
The religion of Zoroaster, or Zarathustra, received its name from a Magian Priest by the name of Zoroaster (Greek)/Zarathustra (Persian), who was a loyal servant of the “one true” Persian God Ahura Mazda, or Ormuzd. Ormuzd was commonly referred to as the “The Holy Spirit” in the pre-Christian portions of the Avesta.(1) This…
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In Case You Noticed All the Recent Comments…
Over the last 18 hours or so, many of my older posts received comments from a blogger called humblesmith. He's a Christian who believes that the Bible is reliable and was inspired by God. He and I have interacted a number of times over the years, and while we see things very differently, I think… Continue reading In Case You Noticed All the Recent Comments…
I Wonder [A Hughman #1]
Moral anti-realism and the problem of evil
This is one of Travis’s older posts, but it’s new to me, and I think it’s great. He offers a fantastic illustration that shows how moral realism is not a satisfactory objection (or resolution) to the problem of evil.
On several recent episodes of the Stand to Reason podcast, Greg Koukl has argued that those who do not hold to moral realism cannot put forth the problem of evil as evidence against the existence of God because, in short, they cannot define evil. J. Warner Wallace makes the same claim in Cold Case Christianity. They tie this back to the moral argument, wherein the existence of objective morality counts as evidence for the existence of God (as the ultimate grounding of that morality). They then show that this results in an ironic turnabout wherein the claim that evil exists actually counts in favor of God’s existence rather than against it.
Support for subjective morality means surrendering the most rhetorically appealing argument against God: evil.
– Greg Koukl in Solid Ground, May/June 2014
The problem of evil is perhaps the most difficult issue to address … When people…
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New Look, New URL, Same Old Blog
Hey gang, I've decided to make a few changes that I've been thinking about for a while, and I felt like they were big enough to comment on. First of all, I've finally moved away from a WordPress URL and gone with http://findingtruth.info. I would have loved .com or .net, but apparently the title of… Continue reading New Look, New URL, Same Old Blog
This is just to continue comments from the Frustrated post. Carry on! 🙂
2014 in review
Here's an excerpt from the 2014 annual report for this blog: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 98,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it. Click here to see… Continue reading 2014 in review