Only in America

The American Dream is alive and well. America is truly a land of opportunity, where anyone may make their dream come true and achieve wealth, fame and influence. How do I know this is true? You may well ask. But, I have overwhelming evidence to prove...

Pinkville

As time goes by, we are confronted by more and more disclosures of war crimes. It is obvious that these crimes, the killing of civilians, the torturing of prisoners, were not the outcome of a few deranged individuals. These crimes have been sanctioned...

Constitutional Scholar

I am sure you will remember Barack Obama's presidential campaign. I am sure you will recall how he criticised, on legal grounds, the treatment of people imprisoned in Guantamano. I am sure you will recall how this doctor of law asserted that he would...

Unbelievable

Christian Whiton on Fox News.com is, amongst other things, calling ' for the president to designate WikiLeaks and its officers as enemy combatants, paving the way for non-judicial actions against them.' By non-judicial actions, Mr Whiton means...

Bill O'Reilly

I have recently discovered the charming Mr Bill O'Reilly. He is amazing. One can see immediately how he earns his ten million dollars a year income. Mr O'Reilly is a stranger to truth, facts, impartiality. His practice of the craft of journalism...

Anti-abortion nutcases

I see the anti-abortion nutcases are at it again. When I say again, I am referring to the practice of issuing Wanted Posters, providing detailed personal and professional information on doctors who perform abortions. In the past, when these posters...

MSC: sustainability or scam?

The world of charities and not-for-profit organisations looks increasingly like the familiar landscape of the trans-national capitalist corporations. The power, reach and methods of the two sectors are remarkably similiar. And increasingly, these...

Atheist Extremism

I have noticed that the chattering classes are increasingly concerned about an apparently new phenomenon. It seems they are terribly concerned about atheist extremism. So, what does this extremism consist of, one may well ask. Have the godless run...

WikiLeaks Again

WikiLeaks has released a further tranche of hundreds of thousands of US military documents. These documents reveal such matters as orders to ignore allegations of torture and the killing of people attempting to surrender. Hillary Clinton and the...

God shrinking!

I wonder if you have noticed? God is not looking any too well of late. Think back to the those days of yore, when he was the great Yahweh in the sky, creating planets and stars, playfully separating light and dark, creating and destroying people for...

Richard Swineburne

Professor Swineburne is acknowledged as a leading theologian. I have just read his article, 'The Justification of Theism' and I have to say, I can only marvel that such pseudo scholarly endeavour still has any place in the halls of academia. His...

Minister for Science!

To be the minister responsible for Science and Technology is obviously an important post. In the contemporary world, our whole civilisation is premised on Science and its fruits. When politicians mess with Science for reasons of ideological bias,...

Meet the Phillip E Johnson

Phillip E Johnson is a lawyer. Apparently, a very good one. He is also a born again Christian and he decided to put evolution on trial. Indeed, the title of one of his books is Darwin on Trial. And in writing that book he used all his decades of legal...

Deus sive Natura

  If a stone has fallen from a room onto someone's head and killed him, they will show, in the following way, that the stone fell in order to kill the man. For if it did not fall to that end, God willing it, how could so many circumstances have...

Martin Luther

Martin Luther is recognised by many as the founder of Protestantism, freeing Christianity from such mal-practices of the Universal Church as the sale of indulgences and providing people with access to scripture in their own tongue, thus offering a...

Ecclessiastes

Ecclessiastes is a remarkably modern text. If we ignore the use of the word god and the literary style, it could easily have been written by Albert Camus. Indeed, it far more perfectly captures Camus' philosophical view of life than the 'Myth of...

Nothing new under the sun

'The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.' Ecclesiastes 1:9   There is nothing new under the sun asserts the inerrant word of god. Now this...

Apologetics

I have repeatedly noticed here in the Blogosphere that there are many people who acritically accept the claims of Apologetics, apparently believing it to be a subject of scholarly endeavour, equivalent to History or Biblical Criticism or Sociology, or...

The Gospels

The Bible is the bestselling book of all time. Why wouldn't it be? If god had written a book, who would not want to know what it said? No wonder there are more copies of the bible than any other book, by far. However, if the billions of Christians...

Stem cells

Embryonic stem cell research is a marvel of science. It has the potential to provide treatments for a large number of serious ills, such as cancers, diabetes, heart disease, spinal cord injuries and many other life threatening and debilitating...

Non-overlapping magisteria

The great biologist, Steven Jay Gould, famously argued that there is no conflict between religion and science. He claimed they dealt with different and completely distinct areas of human experience. Drawing upon the language of the Catholic Church, he...

Determinism and Freewill

Determinism and freewill is a topic that often results in a terrible tangle. Partly, this would seem to reflect the fact that one underlying principle of language is binary opposition. Black and white, good and evil, rich and poor, hot and cold, and...