I recently watched a debate between William Lane Craig and Lawrence Krauss; the former, a Christian Philosopher, and the latter, an atheist physicist – and I was overcome by a familiar frustration I’ve come to expect while watching atheists debate theists on the question of God and morality. Time and again, Craig made the point that […]Read more "The Dishonesty of ‘New Atheism’"
What has been done to mother is a story rarely told Of how we stripped and begged her to carry all the coals Like chattel she was made, it seems to bend and rend and stretch To run down the clock in payment of someone else’s debts A mother spends her energy sometimes it seems […]Read more "What Has Been Done To Mother"
Have you considered the possibility that ‘Reason’ might just be taking us all for fools? That it gives us just enough truth for us to trust it on a day to day basis but on the really big questions it’s just playing a game of bait and switch? In what follows I will argue that Reason might not […]Read more "Reason Eats Itself"
The argument from ‘Possible Textual Influence’ or ‘Literary Similarity’ IS NOT THE SAME as the argument from ‘Source Plagiarism’. Apologists dismiss the former by attacking the latter which is a ‘straw man fallacy’. I neither need to prove that Joseph Smith read any of the books included below before the publication of the Book of […]Read more "Argument from ‘Possible Textual Influences’ Against The Book of Mormon"
Yes. It most likely is the case that your DNA “made you do it” along with a vast array of other factors that swirl around in the cauldron of human causality. So let me try to prove it to you now, by argument, that you don’t have freedom of will… Consider, for a moment, what it actually […]Read more "You Don’t Have Free Will"
It seems almost beyond doubt that if Joseph Smith did not have in his possession actual “gold plates” of the ancient and Nephite variety, then he most likely produced an imitation with which to deceive his family and friends, including the eight witnesses. An imitation which, for the most part and as far as we can […]Read more "What Did the Eight Book of Mormon Witnesses Actually “Witness”?"
Two O’ Clock On A Saturday Afternoon At two o’ clock on a Saturday afternoon the world is alive with activity. People are out: thriving, creating, learning, building; relishing life, forming relationships and refining talents. But not me. Here in my bedroom at two o’ clock on a Saturday afternoon I lie in my bed. My body […]Read more "It’s Art, Folks … Three Short Poems"
1. The united voice of the First Presidency can “never lead the church astray” [Wilford Woodruff], “…or send forth counsel to the world that is contrary to the mind and will of the Lord” [Joseph Fielding Smith]. The phrase “lead the church astray” is ambiguous but perhaps it can be restated more broadly to mean… […]Read more "Mormon Prophets and Circular Reasoning"