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August 20, 2014
"There are saints who are inoffensive, such as the protohippie Francis of Assisi. But the saints officially canonized by the Church include a shocking number of persons who, in all honesty, must be considered major nut cases. It's an indication of how deranged the religious impulse can be that their lunacy is not merely unrecognized, but reinterpreted as an expression of supreme sanctification."
July 12, 2014
"Even Catholics don't know very much about the Popes. If they did, they might well wonder how such an assortment of buffoons and villains could ever have been given the job. Why, it could make one lose faith in the infallible guidance of the Holy Spirit! Presented here are some of the more interesting and juicy cases."
June 20, 2014
New in the Kiosk: A Review of The God Problem: How a Godless Cosmos Creates (2014) by E. C. Huddleston
The God Problem: How a Godless Cosmos Creates is a recent offering by sociologist and rock 'n' roll publicist Howard Bloom. The book claims to have answered a question that cosmologists and philosophers have been asking since the origins of their fields: How could something as spectacular as the universe have come to be without a divine intelligence devising and setting it into motion? The only attempt the book actually makes at solving the God problem is by outlining what is referred to as, "the Bloom Toroidal Model of the Universe," (also called "the big bagel theory").
June 9, 2014
Substantially revised The Kalam Cosmological Argument Yet Again: The Question of the Metaphysical Possibility of an Infinite Temporal Series (2003; 2014) by Arnold T. Guminski on the Theistic Cosmological Arguments page and William Lane Craig page under Christian Apologetics and Apologists in the Modern Documents section of the Secular Web Library.
Arnold T. Guminski's "The Kalam Cosmological Argument Yet Again: The Question of the Metaphysical Possibility of an Infinite Temporal Series" was originally published on the Secular Web in 2003 and then updated in 2005. Because of the need for some substantial changes, a revised version is now published to replace the updated 2005 version. In his first essay ("The Kalam Cosmological Argument: The Question of the Metaphysical Possibility of an Infinite Set of Real Entities" [revised 2014]), Guminski showed why the kalam cosmological argument fails insofar as it is grounded upon the alleged metaphysical impossibility of any infinite set of real entities. In the present essay he shows why the kalam cosmological argument fails insofar as it is grounded upon the alleged metaphysical impossibility of an infinite temporal series.
June 1, 2014
The home-schooled son of a pastor tells us about his Christian upbringing and eventual deconversion.