March 31, 2011


I am still pretty new to Twitter. I am still getting use to how to use it, and how to get the most out of it. I also am still getting used to sorting out who to follow. One person I followed sometime ago is Adam Savage from The Mythbusters. I have been a fan of the show for years. So following Adam and Jamie seemed like a no brainier. What I didn't know from watching the show, (though in retrospect I am not surprised) is the Mythbusters are Humanists.

A few weeks ago Adam tweeted a link to the acceptance speech he gave when he was honoured with a lifetime achievement award from the Harvard Humanists. The speech was given about a year ago, but like me, people are still discovering it.

March 29, 2011

Forget Paul, Stick With Jesus

OK so the title may have been a little misleading. To be clear I mean forget Paul the alien not Paul the apostle.

A few days ago Paul hit theaters. This movie is brought to you by the same duo who brought us Hot Fuzz and Shawn of the Dead. Seeing the trailers I was conflicted. I enjoy a good sci-fi movie but I didn't care for the other movies made by these guys. In the end I skipped it. Which I guess I am grateful for. The trailers never showed that this movie has a strong anti-religious tone.

Paul through touch was able to convince a devote Christian girl, Ruth Buggs that God did not exist.

March 24, 2011

An Apology To No One In Particular

I admittedly don't remember if I ever talked disparagingly about 1, 5, or 10 minute devotionals or not. I suspect I have because I certainly have thought disparaging thoughts about said devotions. Since most thoughts that stomp through my mind inevitably find their way to my mouth I am almost certain that I have. I suspect somewhere along the lines I said something like 'they are a waste of time, and money.  Any Christian worth their salt would not make use of such surface level materials'.

I have changed my mind.

March 22, 2011

Little Eye's Be careful What You See

Now call me a little paranoid but I think Waybuloo is trying to turn my son into some kind of Eastern Mystic.

March 17, 2011

A Little More On God And Evil

I really had planned on being finished with the topic of God and evil. In a real sense I was not enjoying it. Spending a few weeks thinking about, reading about, and writing about pain, suffering and evil is not what I like to do to relax. Plus I have a new daughter and I am stressed enough without being starkly reminded just how bad things can be on a daily bases. Besides for the most part I felt like I had said it all I wanted too.

March 15, 2011

God And Evil Pt 5 - Why The Presence Of Evil Is Not Really A Defeater For The Existence of God

We have reached the end of our journey talking about God and evil. And in this short time we have covered a fair amount of ground. We took seriously the challenge of Epicurus when he said, ''Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?'

We talked about the source of evil. We considered whether human free will and God omniscience are incompatible. We looked at reasons for why God lets evil happen. And just the other day we mussed over why God just doesn't put a stop to evil once and for all

So what does that leave us with? Today we are going to turn the tables, so to speak. I would like to suggest that the existence of evil does not disprove God's existence as Epicurus and many others assert. Instead I think the evil is a hint that there is a God.

March 10, 2011

God and Evil Pt 4- Why Doesn't God Stop All Bad Things From Happening?

As we explore questions surrounding God and evil, this is a question that is no doubt on everyones mind; why doesn't God stop all bad things from happening?* This is an excellent question! After all we constantly talk about God being good, and God being love. And yet if God really was good and really loved us wouldn't he just stop all evil from happening?

March 8, 2011

God and Evil Pt 3- Why Does God Allow Bad Things To Happen?

Alright now that we have covered where evil came from, and took a short detour to discuss freewill and God's omniscience it's high time we get to the question that plagues most of us; 'Why does God allow bad things to happen?' 

March 3, 2011

God and Evil Pt 2- Free Will and The Omniscience of God

Well let's continue our exploration of  God and evil shall we. My last blog post outlined the basic Christian explanation for the existence of evil. God made the world, and humanity good. Humanity and the world we inhabit fell due to our rebellion against God. Now this argument lives or dies on the premise that an all knowing and all powerful God created humans with free will.

Many would say that human free will and God's omniscience cannot coexist. The standard argument goes something like this;

March 1, 2011

God And Evil Pt 1 - The Christian Story Of Why Evil Exists

A few weeks ago I posted a blog about responding to people in the midst of tragedy. By doing that I left myself with the feeling that I started with the last piece of a rather long and very important discussion. While I mussed over what to do when tragedy strikes I leapfrogged over the two very important questions, why does evil exist, and why do bad things happen to people? This post will seek to address the first question, the following posts will try to address questions around free will, why God allows bad things to happen, and a revisit to how we ought to respond to tragedy.