Nov 24, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
I quite like Plato, from what little I have read that is attributed to him. I also like Nietzsche in how straight-up he is. This quote relates and contrasts the two, along with the incarnation, in a way that I find quite brilliant.
Nov 9, 2011
I'm currently learning (studying/cramming I guess) about rats and cocaine with relation to neurotransmitter transport. Fun stuff.
Nov 6, 2011
The nature of our nation
the beauty of creation
the tui in the tree
flitted and swooped
- and sang, next to me
mid-gray clouds match the sea
- a mood of ambiguity
many gifts, bestowed;
- their giver unknown
ceaseless timepiece universal
or quiet indication,
a .. purposed manifestation?
softly conscience whispers
questions, perceives these qualities;
cause? (for thought) - one wonders
Nov 5, 2011
Oct 26, 2011
Likewise, if you believe moral improvement has actually occurred over the centuries,
As with anything, you may be mistaken in your beliefs, but nevertheless you believe them. Much as you believe that the sun is a source of heat for the earth. etc.
Oct 24, 2011
This is a fair response to it I think.
I am a little tired of the cheerleaders on both sides. Craig is not perfect, but he seems to me a nice enough guy who presents classical Christian apologetical arguments in a rigorous-yet-accessible way to audiences of university students, academics and other interested people. He is a gifted communicator and probably rightly widely regarded as the foremost defender of Christian theism today. His well-publicised debates are backed up with scholarly and popular books and articles, particularly concerning the metaphysical implication of the origin of the universe and the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.
Dawkins has done some well respected work in evolutionary biology, but his main area of influence has been through his popular science books and of course his more recent railing against religion. He is an effective communicator and like Craig is charismatic with a wide following. However, I cannot take him seriously as an academic outside his field of expertise in biology or as a public intellectual rather than a polemicist, given his reluctance to actually interact with the arguments he claims do not exist or to have refuted . One notable exception was in his debates with John Lennox; yet in these he is widely regarded as having come across as the least persuasive of the two. Supporters of his who have imbibed the 'new atheist' hatred of religion and religious people need to calm down and learn to have a reasonable academic discussion - even with those who pointedly disagree - or they will face accusations of insularism, anti-intellectualism and cowardice.
Religion is here to stay and the New Atheism probably is too in some form; ridicule and invective from either side (as guilty of it as I may be) strikes me as a fairly unproductive route and a highly frustrating one when the actual issues are covered up by personal attacks and ignorant bluster. If anything is to sort out the fundamental misunderstandings contributing so greatly to this cultural divide, perhaps it is numerous instances of friendly chats over coffee, combined with a little prayer and a challenge to actually explore the claims being made by each 'side' for oneself. I for one am happy to engage in this project!
Oct 22, 2011
Prof Tim McGrew is an authority on 'evidence', being known as an academic in the field of the philosophy of science. He is also one of the world's foremost experts on historical Christian apologetics (i.e. past apologists) and particularly, apologetics which makes use of historical argument to show the plausibility and truth of the gospel and related claims about Jesus.
This 10 min youtube clip is worth watching, at least taking a peek at to get the gist.
Or for a paragraph summary of the idea, see here: http://historicalapologetics.org/blunt-john-james/
More on this after exams perhaps.
Oct 20, 2011
so ..., we throw our pain at this canvas
again and again we throw our pain
and it all seems so random, pointless
and it sloshes and reverberates
but we have fun; break the dreariness
told it’s all absurd we learn to laugh
but this too is fleeting, shallow,
‘til ... the great Painter flips our canvas
revealing Jesus, the true meaning
Oct 18, 2011
I'm the last person to help out here. And I will very soon have a degree in this stuff, more or less.
God help us all.
Oct 13, 2011
"The idea of a faculty system for the SUEU was broached for the first time in 1945; teams of students to minister in schools and on missions were established in 1946; as well as a more elaborate sub-committee structure for administration. Of course, the danger which these moves were seeking to prevent was that of nominalism ..." http://www.sueu.org.au/about/history/building_foundations
Oct 11, 2011