Tuesday, January 25, 2011

who needs god?

The western world is in the process of deciding that it doesn't need God. Well, most of us that is, or at least, most of the time. But here's one atheist who thinks other people truly need God, even if he doesn't.

Monday, January 24, 2011

does religion poison everything?

Atheist Christopher Hitchens subtitled his book "How religion poisons everything". But does religion, specifically christianity, merit this comment? What is the evidence?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

peter norman deserved better

(An old post re-visited)

I've never been a great fan of the Olympic Games, but I take an interest in the fortunes of Australians who compete. And so I can remember the silver medal won by Peter Norman in the 200m sprint in the 1968 games. And of course I can remember the "scandal" of him standing on the dias with two black American athletes giving what was said to be a black power salute. But I didn't know the rest of the story until two years ago.

Photo from Wikipedia

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

where is god in natural disasters?

Yesterday I posted some information on extreme weather events which seem to indicate that global warming is having an increasing effect. But these natural disasters also raise the question of where is God at these times, and why does he allow them?

Monday, January 17, 2011

extreme weather

Australia has been experiencing some extreme weather lately.

In December, the first month of summer, we had a heat wave in Perth, with some bushfires, light snow in Tasmania, a cool Christmas in Sydney and torrential rain and flooding in Queensland.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

could jesus have been raised from the dead?

Just about the central claim of christianity, and probably the most contentious and difficult to believe, is that he was raised to life after he was executed. You'd think this would be a difficult argument to win in a debate, and yet christians have won many debates with atheists on the matter. (Some examples that come to mind: Gary Habermas vs Antony Flew, when he was still an atheist, and William Lane Craig vs many non-believers.)

Some time ago (1995), agnostic Jeff Lowder, summarised the debate and concluded: "On the basis of the available evidence (and the arguments I've seen), I conclude that a rational person may accept or reject the resurrection." But the debate about the resurrection continues. Here are a few recent highlights.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

hope

This beautiful video is worth watching if you have 6 minutes.

Hope from SNC CreativeArts on Vimeo.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

visions of jesus

After my last post on why believe?, I remembered some other interesting stories I had read. People from non-christian backgrounds, mostly Muslim, having visions of Jesus which led to their conversion.

So I did a bit of searching, and came up with these: