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by Luke Muehlhauser on July 6, 2010 in News

What a Christian university course on Logic looks like.

The trailer is all I need to see, but I’m glad Dinocroc vs. Supergator exists. Starring David Carradine.

Funny but probably accurate: How to Introduce Your Atheist Partner to Evangelical Parents. But really I know I’m linking it because the girl is cute.

37 Ways Words Can Be Wrong.

Important collection of articles: How to Actually Change Your Mind.

Children will turn you into an amateur philosopher.

John Loftus has compiled Reality Check: What Must be the Case if Christianity is True?

Bob Price tears William Lane Craig a new one over his defense of Canaanite genocide.

Totally awesome new Teaching Company course: Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida. Currently only $50! (Also, I like the Teaching Company’s new, less bombastic intro music.)

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Taranu July 7, 2010 at 2:01 am

Related to what Bob Price said. I wonder what eventually happened to all the Canaanite tribes mentioned in the Bible. Did they die out, did they merge into one nation, were they exterminated by an empire?
Oh and the part with Craig and Wright selling used cars was… hilarious :)

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G'DIsraeli July 7, 2010 at 3:04 am

Children will turn you into an amateur philosopher. – GREAT!
Reminded me of the pre-Socratics and investigative articles calming philosophers are actually babies(!!!) that just -look- like grown men. Luke you are actually a little above 6 years old now (I’m about 2.3 now?)
And of course of W.L Craig, the mentality depicted baby.
Many mentality depicted babies come together and call each other: theologians.
They eat each other’s kaki & then cry to daddy, which left mother (nature) a long time ago (Jews last seen him 6000 years ago? Christians 2000 years ago? W.L Craig 5 billion years ago? Naturalists claim she was a whole with not only 1 daddy, but multidaddies?).

Anyhow, as usual Luke great stuff.
I’m expecting a book from you, will order it all the way here.

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lukeprog July 7, 2010 at 5:05 am

Thanks. I’m working on a book, but it will be a few years, I suspect…

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G'DIsraeli July 7, 2010 at 7:51 am

It’s OK, I’ll still be waiting. You have been an huge inspiration for many people Luke.
By the way, I love the TeachingCompany courses, usually there clear and good.

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TV's Mr. Neil July 7, 2010 at 2:43 pm

To be fair, only gave Dr. Price a small snippet of what Dr. Craig was saying. Craig’s conclusion that the Israelites were wronged by God’s commands was a facetious one. However, if he had just quoted a few more paragraphs, he would have gotten to the part where Craig concludes that the Israelites were national heroes, which is EVEN WORSE!

I’ve got to hand it to Robert M. Price, though. Even for the parts that were left out, his response pretty much covers the entire gambit of what Craig was saying without having to read the entire sicking apologetic.

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Steven July 7, 2010 at 4:38 pm

I wonder what the logic courses at Notre Dame are like.

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Evolution SWAT July 7, 2010 at 8:54 pm

I think it would be nice if someone could make a high quality, highly publicized film that shows old testament genocide and what was actually probably going on at the time (if it happened). It’d be interesting to people’s reactions to watching men going into houses and butchering mothers in front of their children, and then chasing the children around and killing them too. Just imagine the ‘righteous’ men chasing the little girls, trying to yank them out from under the bed in order to kill them with swords.

I think such a movie would produce a lot of moral outrage, but it would provoke a lot of good discussion because that kind of violence is exactly what is in the Bible.

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Reginald Selkirk July 8, 2010 at 5:34 am

I think such a movie would produce a lot of moral outrage, but it would provoke a lot of good discussion because that kind of violence is exactly what is in the Bible.

I think your expectations might not be met. look at Mel Gibson’s ultra-violent The Passion of the Christ. It was torture porn, but the true believers were not provoked to “good discussions” and “moral outrage,” but rather cheered it as an expression of their beliefs.

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al friedlander July 8, 2010 at 11:52 am

“look at Mel Gibson’s ultra-violent The Passion of the Christ. It was torture porn”

You might be purportedly sarcastic, but in case not, I actually think it would spark some discussion/moral outrage, because the violence done unto Christ represents his ‘salvation of our souls’, or a highly-moral act. You can “excuse it”, but with regards to the old-testament, I think a lot of people would have to just try to pretend it never happened.

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al friedlander July 8, 2010 at 2:34 pm

*by ‘it’, I mean the violence in Gibson’s film.

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AgeOfReasonXXI July 17, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Craig = insane despicable fanatic

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