Tuesday, December 2, 2014

About my blog.
Greetings. I guess I should start by telling you a little about myself and why I wrote the Vast Wastelands of Unbelief.

I was raised in a Christian school and had always been taught Christianity was true. I never was told much about nonChristians whether they call themselves atheists, humanists, agnostics, skeptics, or evolutionists. For reasons I will not go into here, I came to doubt that it was true because of numerous intellectuals I had encountered in several now defunct fidonet debating forums. In particular, a rather bitter and intellectually pushy atheist Lunatic Fringe did some damage my faith. But enough about the past. Now is the future.

I began to research not just Christianity but religions in general, theology, and political philosophy and came to numerous conclusions over the years that led to the writing of this book and this blog that supports the topics in this book.

I found that many evolutionists use sloppy arguments to promote their beliefs and are often biased toward them. I wrote two articles for my personal web page explaining these views:

Years later, after much research, I also discovered that modern evolutionist belief is willing to embrace contradictory suppositions all for the sake of maintaining Darwinian hegemony. The only reason I could see for this was the sinful desire to maintain a rebellion against belief in God since atheistic evolution did just that.  In 2014 I had my essay “Why Evolution Cannot Even Be Considered Scientific” published in one of the Lutheran Science journals. My concluding paragraph reads as so:

What explains this tendency of evolutionists to use one set of evidence for their theory but, often, use the exact opposite as well? Clearly evolutionists often bear animosity toward God and, therefore, are in love with a theory of origins different than Biblical creationism. They are either unaware they have sacrificed sound scientific methodology to prop up their beliefs or are unwilling to fix their situation. Fixing the problem would put evolution in a position to be falsified – a situation they would rather avoid. As of now, they have left evolution in a state where it cannot explain any of its facets I have described in this essay and, as such, has no scientific merit.

I also found little merit with pro-abortion arguments and wrote an article pointing out the fallacies in such reasoning.

I also took a look at the existence of the soul particularly the possibility of the soul existing apart from the body as demonstrated in near-death experiences. I was impressed with J.P. Moreland’s philosophical arguments - in Scaling the Secular City - for the soul having a separate “essence” from the body. It also made common sense, but I needed more. I found that in some cases there were impossible-to-refute incidences of people viewing circumstances while outside their bodies. I also found some experimental evidence in the book The Spiritual Brain.

What do “skeptics” think of such reasoning and evidence? I ran across Susan Blackmore’s The Meme Machine and devoted half a chapter of my book to her faulty reasoning regarding the existence of the soul. When I came across Greg Stone’s critique of Blackmore’s arguments against a soul or self at http://www.near-death.com/experiences/articles001.html my opinion that atheist arguments were incorrect became even more entrenched.

I also studied liberal political philosophy mixing it with humanist and socialist theories and came to a startling conclusion. One thing that animates all these non-religious people is the desire to prove that humans can create a better near-perfect world without belief in or need for God. It’s almost an obsession with them. The only reason I concluded they feel that way is that they have an innate knowledge that humans fall short of the perfection demanded by a deity. To me, that is further evidence Christianity is true since it teaches we are sinful and needed Jesus to be our Savior. I devote an entire chapter in my book to this political philosophy.

Well, that’s it. More to come in this blog. Let the fun begin.

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