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Rationality vs. The Resurrection

What is it that can make debates about our origins so bitter, not to mention ineffective at convincing one side that the other is "right" on an issue? It is not the different sets of beliefs. We disagree with numerous individuals on a regular basis without the slightest tinge of malice. That's not the problem. What is the problem is the ardent displays of disgust that come from defenders of both sides of an issue. This disgust expresses our contempt for the other's idea of what it means to "prove" something true or false. Each side is rendered speechless when their opponents do not automatically acknowledge errors and change their minds. Each side doesn't like the responses the other side makes to their arguments--what's new, right?

Minds grow apart in a debate the longer the proposition is disputed. Then attitudes show up and begin to hammer in the progess-halting and oh-so-common, "Sheesh, I can't believe you believe that crap!" menta…

Bird Brain!

"13. Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich? 14. Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust, 15. And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them. 16. She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not her's: her labour is in vain without fear; 17. Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding." (Job 39:13-17)

The truly amazing thing about this passage is not that God created a merciless ecosystem where certain animals are incapable of caring for their young, but the fact that the ancient writers, like most unobservant theists today, honestly did not give the matter a second thought! Characteristically, God-believers have always tended not to notice when heinously sadistic characteristics of the "nature" that God created are pointed out to them. Apparently, they have willfully blinded themselves to the implica…