Tag Archives: debate

Nothing to see here, folks

Andrew Skegg at Godless.biz has written a couple of replies to my Ultimate Questions post, which you may find interesting reading: here and here. Meanwhile, we had a brief exchange on Twitter this morning, over a link which I'd sent him ...

Twitter jokes: @abcreligion vs @kyliesturgess

I wasn't initially going to blog about a recent bemusing twitter exchange (trying not to pick fights), but an interesting issue has arisen. @abcreligion posted the following tweet:   Both of them? RT @atheistcon: Gold Passes SOLD OUT! #atheistcon — ABC Religion (@abcreligion) March ...

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Two posts on online disagreement

This week I read a couple of excellent, challenging posts about disagreement and how it plays out on social networks. Mark Mynell's: To pund or not to pund: the baits and traps of tweology:  The platform gets used to stoke the fires of ...

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The pitfall of labels

Labels can be useful. Labelling bottles in the pantry, for example, is extremely important*. Unlike condiments, however, labeling people, or in particular, giving their views a label is not always as helpful. Putting labels on views can be a useful shorthand, giving a ...

A reply to Rachel Held Evans (a guest post from my wife!)

I have to admit, when I first read this article from the Christian Post, I groaned. I could see the reaction from certain circles already. Then I read the full transcript and saw what Piper was saying (and how the CP ...

The Kevin & Jeff exchange re: Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus video

Given the amount of nasty inter-Christian fighting that's been going on this past week* this, from Kevin DeYoung really made my day. No doubt, you've all seen the Jesus vs Religion spoken word (isn't it just a poem said with a ...

When Christians Disagree – Great series from Hugh Palmer

This three-part series from Hugh Palmer entitled When Christians Disagree is just great, and should be mandatory listening. Don't argue, just listen to it. Hugh looks at the different kinds of disagreements Christians can have - the differing levels of importance ...

Caught in the net? A reply to @askegg

Andrew Skegg recently posted a reply to an older post of mine highlighting Eddington's fishing-net analogy: Science is not the only way of knowing… Scientists who deny this would be well advised to consider limits of their own tools… [Eddington] described ...

Dickson takes on Pataki

Several weeks ago I this article by the philosopher Tamas Pataki about his objections to SRI in public schools. One of his reasons was a dabble in the area of historical accuracy, and some of his claims, seemed rather like ...

How to avoid writing stupid comments on the internet

One of the problems with the internet is the lack of normal social inhibitions that help us moderate our own behaviour and language. I'm sure we've all seen people write the most outrageous things that they would almost certainly not ...