Saturday, May 30, 2015

Some Interesting Arguments On The Existence Of God

I got this via email a while back from a believer named Perry Marshall. From a pure logical standpoint, I'm not sure Mr. Marshall has proven God exists (as his argument does leave open the possibility that extraterrestrial aliens could be involved), but he brings up a lot of points that Atheists dogmatically refuse to discuss, let alone refute.

I'll excerpt the email and post the key points. Perry Marshall wrote:

"In June 2005 I delivered my lecture "If you can read this I can prove God exists" and posted it on my website."

"A few months after I posted my talk, a gentleman named Rob sent me an email that said, "I see right through your sophistry and pseudoscience..." and an intense discussion began."

Marshall's argument is this:

1. The pattern in DNA is a code (by definition)

2. All codes we know the origin of are designed (by observation)

Therefore we can explore five possible conclusions:

a) Humans designed DNA
b) Aliens designed DNA
c) DNA occurred randomly and spontaneously
d) There must be some undiscovered law of physics that creates information
e) DNA was Designed by a Superintelligence, i.e. God.

Marshall then elaborates:

(a) requires time travel or infinite generations of humans.
(b)could well be true but only pushes the question back in time. 
(c) may be a remote possibility, but it's not a scientific explanation in that it doesn't refer to a systematic, repeatable process. It's nothing more than an appeal to luck.
(d) could be true but no one can form a testable hypothesis until someone observes a naturally occurring code. So the only systematic explanation that remains is:
(e) a theological one.


3. To the extent that scientific reasoning can prove anything, DNA is proof of a designer.

While Marshall's conclusion is debatable, it does present certain irrefutable points.

Technically, DNA is not jut a code, but it contains a combination of coding genes and proteins. Recently, scientists have discovered new coding sequences within DNA that only increase the complexity of how it works.While Marshall may not be able to prove that it's impossible to generate DNA code naturally, the newest findings suggest that the mathematical odds against DNA occurring naturally increase as newer complexities are discovered, or in a more raw sense, as we learn more about DNA.

The more we learn, the harder Naturalism becomes to justify. At least, to those who attempt to keep an open mind. Unfortunately, Atheism's proponents continue to pull these shenanigans, as Marshall pointed out:

"If you spend any time on Infidels, you'll see - it's not like those guys are real big on manners. The anger and hostility is so thick you can cut it with a knife. The Infidels website is 6,000 pages of rage and vitriol."

Perry Marshall's commentaries can be found at:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Jesus-Never-Existed Dot Com: Still Out There...

...and still a steaming pile of pseudo intellectual dung.

The Webmasters of this site are still roping the ignorant into believing the site's spurious outdated claims.

This is not surprising, considering the comical condescending commentary that drips from every article on this site. The site founder, Kenneth Humphries, clearly has a hatred for Judeo-Christianity and he seems bent on belittling these faiths every chance he gets.

Even sadder still: it appears that while archaeological discoveries going on TO THIS DAY are shedding new light on the history contained within the Bible, the people behind jesusneverexisted still continue to make claims that have been debunked by scholars who actually know what they're talking about. On top of that, not all these scholars are believers in God.

For example:

The Humpreys site still claims that there were no enslaved Canaanite peoples in Egypt, despite the evidence from a massive archaeological dig in the area of Egypt that the Bible referred to as Goshen, or the Land of Rameses. These digs have been going on for 30 years. Update, guys, update!

Here's a sample of the content right from the header page of jesusneverexisted.

Jesus threatens torture to his unforgiving slaves

"The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves … The lord released a slave and forgave his debt.
But that same slave threw his fellow slave into prison. In anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt.
So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart."
– Matthew 18.23-35

So, from a simple story, we're supposed to assume Jesus endorses torture. Let's recap:

A king freed a BOND-SLAVE and released him from a huge debt.

We're supposed to ignore that fact the slave shafted one of his fellows for a fraction of what he was forgiven. So the King gave this ungrateful jerk what he was asking for. Outrageous.

On top that, it's a PARABLE. Google "parable", guys.

I could go on for hours.

The only thing sadder is that I still get links to this site dropped in my comments box as if I've never seen it and somehow it will torch my faith.