Monday, May 07, 2007

This looks like an interesting site to tell some of our young people about. It has a range of articles / stuff on apologetics, and there are a good number of mp3's for download.


Thursday, March 22, 2007

Sects and Cults Podcast

Check out the Sects and Cults Podcast at:
Unlike many xian podcasts on these issues, this is much more objective and presents a more balanced argument on what each of the "sects" or "cults" are about.
You can find this feed listed in iTunes - search for sects and cults. Their website is


Monday, December 11, 2006


I've just got around to listening to the In our time podcast on Altruisim. Check it out.


Sunday, November 12, 2006

Humphrys in Search of God

See this
"John Humphrys as you've never heard him before - talking with religious leaders about his unfulfilled desire to believe in God.

How is faith possible in a world of suffering, much of it arguably caused by religion or religious extremism and to which God seems to turn a blind eye? Is there a place for religion in an age dominated by science?

His guests are the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams; Professor Tariq Ramadan, Muslim academic and author; and Sir Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi."


Friday, November 10, 2006

Richard Dawkins "God almost certainly does not exist"

Check out these clips.


Thursday, November 09, 2006

Homer proves there is no God


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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The Incredible Design of the Earth and Our Solar System

Check this out:


Tuesday, April 25, 2006

How do we know if God exists - some of the arguments for and against

I've been looking into the arguments further and here is a summary of what I've found so far...
Arguments for:
Arguments against:
But science has explained everything - evolution etc.
  • Primarily a theist will base there answers on the supernatural answers, where as a scientist will base their beliefs on what can be "observed".  That, of course, does not mean that the two are entirely mutually exclusive, or that either can prove that the other is right or wrong.
    • See God of the Gaps - the idea that we attribute the bits we don't understand to God.  The more we understand, the less need we have for God.
  • Evolution: fact or fiction?   The main points in this book are:
    • not every scientist believes evolution to be true
    • there are two types of evolution - "micro-evolution" which evolution within a specific species and "macro-evolution" which says that one species can create other new species over time 
    • there is no dispute that "micro evolution" occurs - this can be proved.   Those who breed animals do this via cross breeding etc. to introduce small changes.
    • there is no direct empirical evidence to support "macro-evolution", be that in the laboratory, or fossils, palaeontology etc.   Anybody who says otherwise is basically theorising or taking an educated guess.
    • "Evolution requires intermediate forms between species and palaeontology does not prove them", i.e., there is not evidence that shows the gradual changes of one species to another.  There are some attempts to explain this, but it's just theory.  I heard some argue that can't prove it because it not enough time has elapsed - i.e., if evolution takes millions of years, it might take us millions of years (or a long time) to prove it.
    • The fossil records also indicate "explosions" of life in very short periods of time, which does not wholly fit in with evolutionary theory.  There is some argument that this points more towards a creationist view point
    • The book suggests that homo sapiens are separated from all other species that can not be explained by evolution.  There are several listed, including "We [humans] have a spiritual dimension, a sense that these is a world beyond the material".  Why is this? Why do we have a spiritual dimension?
    • Young-Earth Creationism
    • Old-Earth Creationism
    • Theistic evolutionism, also known as "evolutionary creationism"
    • Neo-Creationism
  • Even Richard Dawkins doesn't completely rule out the existence of God "We cannot prove that there is no God, but we can safely conclude the He is very, very improbable indeed"
  • The Bible was not written from a scientific point of view
Other points of interest
  • Atheists - a common mistake that Christians make is assume that Atheists are those who do not believe in God. An Atheist can also be someone who makes no claim either way.  I've heard several atheist argue from the point of view that have not yet been convinced that God exists, which from their point of view is different to not believing in God.  In several arguments I've heard, the atheist will use this card...i.e., argue I'm not anti-god, it's up to you to prove god's existence to me...
  • In debates between Evolutionists and Creationists, some Evolutionists seem to use the term to refer to the whole process of creation where others refer to different sciences:
  • Check out the articles here
  • Special revelation - "knowledge of God or spiritual matters that would not be available to mankind without God's intervention to make that knowledge available"
  • General revelation - "the knowledge of God and spiritual matters which can be discovered through natural means, such as observation of nature, philosophy and reasoning, or conscience"
    • All of nature points to God (is there some verse about nature cries out glory of god etc? Psalm 91:1?)
  • Some Christians argue that their "Faith gives us hope", i.e., that there is something better than this life, this world etc.  To an Atheist, this life is all that there is - if there is no hope here, then tough luck!
If we assume that God does exist...
Video's you might use
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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Why does bad stuff happen?

I mentioned other week, I'm thinking of doing some sessions on tricky questions such as Why does bad stuff happen. While I don't want this to be an academic debate, I thought I'd try and come up with all arguments and some of the counter arguments. Here are some that I've come across so far:

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Friday, February 17, 2006

Humanist Manifesto III

I never realised that this document was reissued in 2003.


Friday, February 03, 2006

The Da vinci code - separating fact from fiction

I read this booklet on the Da Vinchi code while traveling to the's not a bad read. It attempts to counter some of the arguments / issues raised by the book. The website can be found here.

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Monday, December 26, 2005

What is the meaning of life?

Check out what children and young people said here


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