Sacred Tradition of the Old Testament

During the Q&A segment of the debate between Catholic Tim Staples and Reformed Baptist James White, Staples claimed that the validity of the Jewish canon required sacred tradition outside of the canon itself. This claim requires that the words of God contained within the Jewish canon are not, of themselves, sufficient: some …

Anonymous Leadership

I often write about marriage and the threats to it (e.g. feminism and divorce). I follow authors who write about these topics often. Many aggressively espouse patriarchal views of marital leadership. Recently the anonymous Deep Strength suggested that “your future wife should be happy to take your name”, arguing that a …

The Roles of Men and Women

As I lurk here and there on the internet, I occasionally run into those gems of insight that encapsulate my views exactly. Behold the words of one Boxer: My read of the bible doesn’t strictly say that women are second class. They’re just different. They have different strengths and a …

Did Jesus Give Peter the Papacy?

I’ve written in the past on the logical difficulties with the papacy. The Catholic Church uses fallacious reasoning to justify itself.[1] Doctrine is produced by papal authority. Those doctrines are defended by appeals to papal authority. Papal authority is defended by papal authority. Even the doctrines themselves are used to defend …

Why I Don’t Vote

I don’t vote. As a Christian I often take heat from other Christians for this stance. The argument is purely utilitarian: If you don’t vote for party A[1] then Party B will cause a much greater evil. If you don’t vote for the presumptive best candidate, you must therefore be held …

Bias in the News: Washington Post edition

Regarding illegal border crossings and separating children from their parents, Salvador Rizzo of the Washington Post’s fact checker concluded with this: The doublespeak coming from Trump and top administration officials on this issue is breathtaking, not only because of the sheer audacity of these claims but also because they keep …

Positivist Leftism

I’ve been interested in leftism’s relationship with Christianity for some time, especially the consequences of feminism and how it destroys families. A recent post by Boxer led to a discussion on the philosophy that drives feminism’s destructive promotion of promiscuity, abortion, divorce and single-motherhood. Unfortunately the discussion derailed on the question of what, …

Morality and Belief in God

The article “Why Did Dan Barker Leave Christianity For Atheism” at the Wintery Knight blog has attracted the attention of Atheist Bob Seidensticker, who I’ve written about before. This time Mr. Seidensticker has made an interesting reply to the author’s comment: Wintery Knight: “Immorality requires that you not believe in God.” Bob …

Do People Kill People?

According to the cliche, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Is this a true statement? If it were true, we would expect that changing the amount of gun possession would have no effect[1] on the total number of murders.[2] Indeed, this was exactly the case in Australia. How can this possibly …