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Reflections on Islamophobia

by Dan Kersey

  • 27 December 2015
  • Author: Scott Cherry
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I recently attended an event at a local mosque on the topic of Islamophobia. Bear in mind the recent negative images of Islam in the news; the Paris and San Bernardino terror attacks, the crisis in Europe as that continent, already struggling to integrate large Muslim minorities, absorbs 1,000,000 mostly Muslim refugees, and all this to the backdrop of the ongoing atrocities of ISIS. Additionally, being that 2015 is headed into a presidential election year, you have presidential candidates vying to outdo each other in their denunciations of Islam. So when I learned of this event, I figured I would have to go; both in that I feel it is important reach out and bridge the gulf between myself and the “other” in my midst, but also just for the thrill; maybe produced by the vulnerability of hearing “their” side of the story and on “their” turf. What I heard, saw, and learned I feel is worth passing along, so here is my report.

The Philosophy of Intelligent Design, part 1

Why it is Unreasonable to Exclude ID from Institutional Science

  • 22 December 2015
  • Author: Scott Cherry
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Regardless of scientist's personal views on the subject, public institutions highly favor evolution in the name of pure science, and disfavor Intelligent Design due to its religious implications.  If it is any sort of rule it is a philosophical one, not a scientific one. But is it a fair and a reasonable one? And is it truly scientific?  With support from philosopher Thomas Nagel, I argue that it is not.  The prevailing institutional science of origins has unfairly “ruled out” a priori all possible causes that are not strictly naturalistic (i.e. mindless and purposeless) as pseudo-science.  Not even false per se, just disallowed.  This discussion will give special attention to the notion of irreducible complexity that Dr. Michael Behe develops in his book, "Darwin's Black Box".

The Philosophy of Intelligent Design, part 2

Why it is Unreasonable to Exclude ID from Institutional Science

  • 22 December 2015
  • Author: Scott Cherry
  • Number of views: 2681
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Regardless of scientist's personal views on the subject, public institutions highly favor evolution in the name of pure science, and disfavor Intelligent Design due to its religious implications.  If it is any sort of rule it is a philosophical one, not a scientific one. But is it a fair and a reasonable one? And is it truly scientific?  With support from philosopher Thomas Nagel, I argue that it is not.  The prevailing institutional science of origins has unfairly “ruled out” a priori all possible causes that are not strictly naturalistic (i.e. mindless and purposeless) as pseudo-science.  Not even false per se, just disallowed.  This discussion will give special attention to the notion of irreducible complexity that Dr. Michael Behe develops in his book, "Darwin's Black Box".

The Philosophy of Intelligent Design, part 3

Why it is Unreasonable to Exclude ID from Institutional Science

  • 22 December 2015
  • Author: Scott Cherry
  • Number of views: 2784
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Regardless of scientist's personal views on the subject, public institutions highly favor evolution in the name of pure science, and disfavor Intelligent Design due to its religious implications.  If it is any sort of rule it is a philosophical one, not a scientific one. But is it a fair and a reasonable one? And is it truly scientific?  With support from philosopher Thomas Nagel, I argue that it is not.  The prevailing institutional science of origins has unfairly “ruled out” a priori all possible causes that are not strictly naturalistic (i.e. mindless and purposeless) as pseudo-science.  Not even false per se, just disallowed.  This discussion will give special attention to the notion of irreducible complexity that Dr. Michael Behe develops in his book, "Darwin's Black Box".

The Christmas Story as it Occurs in the New Testament (Injeel)

A Scripture Reading of All the Events Related to Christmas in the Gospels

by Marc Bayne

The events of Christmas exist in a popularized form (manger with wise men, angels, and shepherds all at once) and are even lost in a secular form. The following 5 pages are all of the events in the Bible related to the birth of Christ. It can be read or it is also highlighted so it can be broken into a play with 15 characters.

Download the pdf documents to print them. A great idea is for kids to act out the entire ACTUAL Christmas narrative.

Enjoy!

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