Monthly Archives: February 2017

Natural Disasters: Good, Evil or Whatever

Argumentum ad Ignorantiam: (appeal to ignorance) A logical fallacy that claims a proposition is true simply on the basis that it has not been proved false or vice versa. Central tenets of the Christian faith include the ideas that God created everything from nothing, knows everything that can be known, and benevolently “watches over” his flock. A problem that believers have to deal with is the pesky fact that a lot of bad stuff happens, seemingly contradicting that benevolence. This essay Read more [...]

Are Man’s Powers Divinely Gifted?

Several years ago, I participated in an online discussion about how Man had influenced the evolutionary process. The premise was that since no other animal had ever had the capability to do this, it must be the result of a gift from God. Here are some excerpts: Sy says: “I now realize that while Darwinian evolution might have been the single predominant force for change during the almost 3 billion year history of life on Earth, this is no longer true, and it is likely that it will never be true Read more [...]

A Penny Saved

"A penny saved is a penny earned” ---one form of an old proverb Growing up in a small town in Michigan in the middle of the twentieth century, I heard this proverb frequently, and it always puzzled me. In elementary school, I earned a weekly allowance by performing household chores like mowing the lawn and drying and putting away the dishes as my mother washed them. My income was a quarter a week, and I usually blew it on candy bars and “pop” as we called carbonated soft drinks back then. Read more [...]