Monday, October 12, 2009

What is Atheism?

Some atheists like to twist or redefine this word "atheism", but here is the real definition.

Atheism: (a - "no"; theos - "God" or divine being(s)): Atheism is the philosophical position that denies the reality of the God of theism or other divine beings.

Whenever you hear a person, professing to be an "atheist", if they are an honest atheist, they will admit to this definition, and throw in the non-existence of "the flying spaghetti monster", "pink unicorns", "Zeus" et al. 

Some will say that 'we are all atheists, and that we are just atheistic to one more God than you Christians." This is an escape hatch and a ruse to try and get one up on the Christian's belief in one true God. I will address this one, I'm sure in the future.

In summation and short examination, atheism is an absolute denial of any divine absolute, which in terms is self-contradictory. It claims that it has "absolute certain knowledge that there is no Being that exists with absolute attributes like, power, presence, knowledge, love, infinite nature, and is eternal.

Atheism is certainly not an intellectual leap if what we have summed in this posting is true.  More on this later.

Monday Movie Review: The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry

Yesterday afternoon, my family and I hit the movie theatre to see the movie, "The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry." Let me say that I had some things that I needed to be doing before heading back off to church for the evening service, but this movie was great!

Best buddies Dustin, Albert, and Mark, are twelve year old boys looking forward to a summer of fun in 1970. Dustin has a crush on Tyanya and wants to ask her out on a date, something he has never done before. His main obstacle though is the town bully, Nick, who also likes Tanya. When Dustin mows the lawn of seventy-five year old Jonathan Sperry (Gavin MacLeod), a man he has seen at church, a unique friendship develops.

What happens the rest of the summer is something Dustin and his friends...will never forget.

Now I don't want to ruin the plot for you. I will provide for you a video church promo spot following this posting. But if you have seen movies like Time Machine, Come What May, Fire Proof, Fly Wheel or The Final Inquiry, this movie fits in the same genre. It is not the "turn or burn" movies that were produced in the 70's. It is a movie that not only has values but is of value because of the message.

I want to encourage you to go and see it. If you are a Christian, it will encourage you. If you are not a Christian and you are reading this posting, let me say that you will be very surprised by the quality of the movie's production for a low budget film. You may even find it a pleasant view.

It is not often that Christian movies of this caliber make it to the theatres. So if you are one of many in the faith that want to see it, let me encourage you to catch it at a theatre near you. It is even the kind of movie where a church could purchase bulk tickets and as a large group go and view it together. The more the interest shown, the more the potential for more movies of the Christian genre to make to the movie theatres.

Oh, make sure you pop the popcorn, and don't wait for it to come out in DVD. Enjoy the movie, and let me know how you liked it.


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Monday, October 5, 2009

What is Agnosticism?

Agnosticism (a - no; gnosis - knowledge) holds the position that neither affirms belief in God (theism), nor denies the existence of God (atheism) but instead suspends judgment. This suspension of judgment is based upon a "lack of knowledge" or "no true knowledge" on God's existence or non existence.

It is beneficial to distinguish the "soft agnostic", who simply claims the inability to decide the question of God's reality from the "hard agnostic", who claims that no one can decide the question and that suspension is the only reasonable option. The soft agnostic is willing to listen to the evidences while the hard agnostic is not willing to hear the evidences that would assist in making a decision on God's existence.
(C. Stephen Evans, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2002, s.v., "agnosticism".)