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If you keep an eye out for it, you'll notice how many religious apologetics arguments are based on emotion - literally, they're arguing that it ("it" being their religious beliefs) must be true, because they feel better about life if they believe it.

The skeptical critique of this kind of obviously fallacious rhetoric is simple: "Your problem is that you just can't handle the truth." It is exactly this kind of religious rhetoric that explains why skeptics frequently refer to religious belief as a "psychological crutch" - because that is exactly what it is.

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Man's habit of avoiding despair with distraction
Blasé Pascal, in his Pensees , reflected on how hopeless life is
without God. He believes that all men can recognize their state if they are
honest with themselves, but most men try to lie to themselves and seek to
escape this conclusion through distract...
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In discussions (ie: arguments) with apologists, they sometimes accuse me (or atheists in general) of making the emotional argument. It is hard to understand where this is coming from, but I think it is the core of their world view. They see themselves as rational, and emotionalism IS rationality.
Even among more rational/reasonable sort of believer, they may have a different understanding of reason.

In other news, have you seem the Panda's Thumb series on understanding Creationism.
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The beginning... In 50 years it won't be a memory stimulator - it will be memory-augment modules - and you'll even be able to add memories (i.e., information) that is not your own, that you did not experience directly in the first place.
The Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) up to $2.5 million to develop an implantable neural device with the ability to record and stimulate neurons within the brain to help restore memory, DARPA officials announced this week.
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David Castro Band - Dreaming

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The "divine hiddenness" argument used by Christian apologists is a rather strange beast because it's so backwards to all of the other apologetical arguments they use. The entire branch of Christian apologetics is for the very purpose of trying to explain/create-a-facade why belief in the Christian religion is supposedly based on good evidence - yet the "divine hiddenness" argument is an argument which is designed for the very purpose of explaining (admitting/making an excuse for) why we can't find good evidence for a god (the Christian god).

Pretty ironic, huh?

But, of course, as with many apologetics arguments, the Bible itself, the beliefs integral to the Christian religion itself, destroy the argument (another apologetics argument that is destroyed most directly in this explicit way is their argument about an alleged absolute/objective moral standard) - because if God must "hide" himself and not reveal good evidence, especially direct evidence, of his existence to people so as not to override people's free will choice to believe or disbelieve in God, then WTF are all those miracles and burning bushes and pillars of fire and other supernatural experiences all about? Hello??? (It also contradicts a popular piece of apologetics rhetoric where Christians try to pretend that atheists 'deep down really know/believe that God exists, but are just behaving in rebellious defiance against this'.)

It's just another example showing how the rhetoric of Christian apologetics - not unlike the rhetoric of creationism in particular - is merely a hodgepodge of word games put together in whatever specific context in which it looks like it makes a good excuse for religious belief, regardless of its actual overall rational coherence.

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Wait a minute... Wasn't this a television episode?

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A senior director with a key role in Yahoo's mobile efforts is named in a harassment suit by her female subordinate.
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Who said you need to be on drugs to hallucinate? Thanks to The Illusion Lab, a YouTube channel that puts together mind-bending optical illusions, you can induce hallucinations on your own -- just by watching a video. In one of the lab's most re...
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"While filming the small plane a UFO flies in front of the small plane."

There are two dark objects. If you track the second (larger) object frame-by-frame, it appears to be behind the small plane, which then, based on its shape, would make it a military jet quite a bit further in the distance than the small plane. If it is correct that the first (on the left) dark object is in front of the small plane, that would mean it is a bird - which would mean it is only "shape-shifting" due to the changing of its viewed form in two dimensions as it is flying (i.e., flapping its wings).
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Here is a Christian apologist (that's Vern Poythress in the picture) admitting that Christian faith/belief is based on abandoning reasoning. Indeed, it is "rebellious" to rely on reason and seek to employ a process of continuous improvement/revision in regard to our reasoning since we are in fact fallible.

Thank you, Vern, for acknowledge this very critical fundamental flaw in Christian apologetics. We appreciate it.

(Not to mention the circular argument fallacy inherent in his statement.)

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Vern Poythress on the impact of sin on human reasoning #VernPoythress #apologetics #logic #christianity 
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It's always amusing to see religious apologists trot out the god-of-the-gaps fallacy as as argument for the existence of their god (the most popular religious argument on the planet). But - seriously, you need to turn off your irony meters, or they will explode - take a look:

From the article: "...some naturalists will answer that the question itself [Where did the universe come from?] is meaningless.  They say that it is a nonsense question that has no answer.  The universe just is and there is no explanation for it.  As an explanation, however, this is no explanation at all."

But, of course, if you ask a Christian apologist, "What is the explanation for God?", his answer is "That's a nonsense question that has no answer because God just is and requires no explanation."

In the words of the Doobie Brothers: "What a fool believes he sees, no wise man has the power to reason away."

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What Explains the Existence of the Physical Universe? http://buff.ly/1o5TLow by Bill Pratt #apologetics
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More Sunday reading...

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"Can you explain in more detail about multiverse theory? Would each multiverse have different natural laws? Or would they all still operate under the same fundamental laws as us? Or both? Do they all come from what we see as the center of ours, or do they each have their own expansion/big bang beginnings?"

You've heard lots of hype and ideas about the multiverse, but what ideas are accepted and thought to be valid, what ideas are speculative but plausible, and what's simply wrong or untestable-in-principle? Find out how deep the multiverse goes!
Which ideas are likely, which ones are speculative, and which ones are pure fiction?
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I've been programming computers since the 1970s starting as a hobby in high school, and since the 1980s professionally. I read lots of books and magazines, especially on science and science fiction. I really enjoy things like spending a nice summer day canoeing/kayaking down a river, but it's a rare time I get that kind of opportunity. I play pool - I used to play pool in a league in Eaton County, Michigan, but now just play once in a while, since I moved. I was born in Marshall, Michigan, but grew up in Texas, Oklahoma, and Oregon, and I've also lived in California and Georgia, as well as Michigan. Recently I've set my sights on Florida - specifically, the Miami metro area. I had wanted to move to Arizona, but I finally realized I wanted to be not just in a warmer climate in the winter, but also close to the ocean.
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