Archive for August, 2013

Dawkins: Debates Make us Look Bad

It would be refreshing indeed, if these folks would apply the same logic to Dawkins’ hatred of Christianity… but I don’t see that happening any time soon.

IMHO, they’re just afraid of Islamic retaliation. After all, vengeance and jihad are not the norm for your average Baptist, Lutheran, or Presbyterian, they’re fair game…but not Islam.

“And here’s whats really awful: he’s failing as a scientist. It might be true that Islam is holding back scientific and other achievement among Muslims. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if it were. But you don’t get to simply assert it, because there are far too many other variables. Islamic countries are themselves usually poorer than Western ones and far poorer than the average Trinity alumnus. Their standards of public health are lower, nutrition, education, everything. Does the average Muslim do worse in the Nobel prize stakes than the average similarly deprived Christian or atheist or Hindu? I don’t know. You need to do proper analysis, statistical regression, to work that out. Whats worse, Dawkins knows that Dawkins may believe that he is criticizing only the religion, and its effects on the people who hold it, rather than the people themselves “don’t hate the player, hate the game”, but his gleeful hurling of rhetorical stick-bombs doesn’t make that sort of distinction. Is he being racist? Maybe not, depending on how narrowly you define it. But whatever he’s being, it’s not nice, and it certainly isn’t advancing the various causes of secularism, atheism or everyone just bloody getting along.”

via Please be quiet, Richard Dawkins, Im begging, as a fan – Telegraph Blogs.

On the bright side, it is just a little gratifying to see Islam take it on the chin, and not be treated with kid gloves. Yet the hypocrisy of this author just smells of fear.

Later…

simul iustus et peccator,

Eric Adams
Rossville, GA
godsguy12@comcast.net
christianreasons@gmail.com
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“Finally, let me finish with some reflections by John Stott. The cup, he says, “symbolizes neither the physical pain of being flogged and crucified, nor the mental distress of being despised and rejected even by his own people, but rather the spiritual agony of bearing the sins of the world, in other words, of enduring the divine judgement which those sins deserved. That this is the correct understanding is strongly confirmed by Old Testament usage, for in both the Wisdom literature and the prophets the Lord’s ‘cup’ was a regular symbol of his wrath. A wicked person was said to drink of the wrath of the almighty Job 21:20….“This Old Testament imagery would have been well known to Jesus. He must have recognized the cup he was being offered as containing the wine of God’s wrath, given to the wicked, and causing a complete disorientation of body staggering and mind confusion like drunkenness. Was he to become so identified with sinners as to bear their judgment? From this contact with human sin his sinless soul recoiled. From the experience of alienation from his Father, which the judgment on sin would involve, he hung back in horror.”But he went through with it nonetheless for our sakes. He loved us that much that he endured such horrific agony and pain. Leon Morris offers a fitting summary here:“The Scripture is clear that the wrath of God is visited upon sinners or else that the Son of God dies for them. Either sinners are punished for their misdoings or else there takes place what Hodgson calls ‘that self-punishment which combines the activities of punishing and forgiving’. Either we die or He dies. ‘But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us’ Rom. 5:8.”

via On Drinking the Cup » Bill Muehlenberg’s CultureWatch.

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