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Truly Chilling Holocaust Reminder: Russian Backed Eastern Ukraine Looks to Have Fascist Factions

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in Politics, The News | 2 comments

This is truly chilling stuff. The Second World War had some pretty terrible moments (a huge understatement), but the lead up to the Jewish Holocaust and how it was organised and delivered, especially with knowledge of the consequences as we now have, was spectacularly scary to the point where you think something like that would have no chance of ever happening again. Perhaps we too easily forget our history.

BHA President Jim Al-Khalili delivers 2014 Voltaire Lecture

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Humanism, Science | 1 comment

The room was heaving in Conway Hall last night as British Humanist Association (BHA) President, physicist and broadcaster Professor Jim Al-Khalili gave this year’s Voltaire Lecture on the theme of ‘Lessons from the past: science and rationalism in medieval Islam.’ The lecture was chaired by his predecessor as President, and current BHA Vice President, the journalist Polly Toynbee.

Heartbleed

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Random | 28 comments

It is extremely important that everyone be wary of any sites requiring user validation (e.g., social media, email, online banking, etc.) for the next few days until it is clear that the released patches to a recently exposed vulnerability in the OpenSSL cryptographic library have been applied.

William Lane Craig Misrepresents and Strawmans CA on His Podcast, Denying Science

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Apologetics, Featured, Naturalism, Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Science, Science and religion, time | 228 comments

William Lane Craig and his obsequious co-host recently slammed Counter-Apologist and his criticisms of Craig's use of time and the Kalam, in his recent podcast. Craig takes chap potshots at CA and is pretty disingenuous. I have red a transcript of CA's upcoming reply, and he is spot on. Check this video out as it will give you some background.

Does Matthew’s Gospel Pre-Suppose a Supernatural Star of Bethlehem?

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Biblical Exegesis, cosmology, Featured, Science and religion, Skepticism | 11 comments

A few days ago at the National Catholic Register, a blog post was put up about the Yuletide star that I have been so interested in. The author of the piece, Jimmy Akin, wrote up about how the text of the Gospel of Matthew does not necessarily talk about a Star that moves around in such a way that it can only be supernatural. Akin, who besides having a cool red beard, is a Catholic apologist, and he categorizes his efforts here about the Star under apologetics (as seen on the blogs tag). I read the blog entry after I saw it come up in a search on Twitter, and the first thing I noted was that he said that the text does not support the supernatural reading, but he never actually cited the Greek text!