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Average Joe's Corner

  • Do Atheists Live with Purpose?

    May 13, 2011

    In 2008 The Barna Group asked 1,003 adults what they want most in life (see Survey Reveals the Life Christians Desire). Those participating identified themselves (with some overlap) as either evangelicals, non-evangelical born agains, notional Christians, self-identified Christians, Catholics, Protestants, mainline Protestants, non-mainline Protestants, agnostics, and atheists.

    • Atheism
  • Does Rise of Spirituality Affirm Scripture?

    April 7, 2011

    Sedona, Arizona, should be on your short list of places to visit if you haven’t been there already. Stunning sandstone formations—especially at sunrise or sunset—and easy access to them will keep your camera busy.

    • Atheism
  • Singer's Zinger

    March 16, 2011

    For Christians accustomed to the distinguishing doctrine of the image of God (imago Dei), a negative, and justifiably angry reaction toward Singer—a fellow human being created in God’s image—is awfully tempting. Let’s try not venting the spleen for a bit.

    • Image of God
  • Ability to Comment Coming Soon

    July 29, 2009

    Assuming any readers of this average blog are still around, you will soon be able to comment—meaning that this blogger will get back to work and give you something to ponder. Hang in there.

  • Hey, where'd you go?

    March 3, 2009

    Nowhere, but the transition to the new website has required hours spent elsewhere.

  • Dawkins' Book Alongside Bible in Hotels?

    December 23, 2008

    You've retreated into the solitude of your hotel room after a tiring day of travel and business. More pensive than usual on this occasion, the weightier matters of life come to mind. Instead of reaching for the remote, using your cell phone, or going online, you open the top drawer of the bedside nightstand.

    • Atheism
  • Science in the New White House

    November 17, 2008

    A recent article (Science in the Obama Era) summarizing president-elect Barack Obama's view on science said that Obama would "take scientific integrity seriously" and remove ideology from scientific issues.

  • Mental Illness not Acknowledged by Church?

    October 27, 2008

    There's no way to dress this one up. Here's the first paragraph of a recent report titled, "Church Pastors Dismiss Mental Illness."

  • Care to Worship at the Science Temple?

    October 1, 2008

    How's this for a house of worship: cathedral-style stained-glass windows patterned to show the cosmic microwave background radiation, a liturgy based on sounds of the big bang, and a creed.

  • And Now ... A Politics Gene

    September 25, 2008

    Previous posts explored recent efforts to account for human sexual behavior, but now it really gets dirty. Few discussions can muster emotion faster than political exchanges, so please be advised that RTB does not endorse any particular candidate, party, or platform.

  • Adultery Gene?

    September 3, 2008

    Several previous Average Joe posts explored the question of whether there was a genetic connection to homosexuality (here, here, and here). To paraphrase some of your responses, it didn't matter if science eventually detected a genetic origin for homosexuality: the biblical injunction stands. After all, science has uncovered a genetic connection to alcoholism, and might yet divulge a genetic basis for behaviors like fornication or adultery.

  • Does Naturalism Better Explain Hoaxes?

    August 25, 2008

    The recent Bigfoot hoax garnered enough public attention to warrant comment all over the Internet. A fascinating article titled, "Monsters, Ghosts and Gods: Why We Believe," cited several experts and their research in an attempt to explain why people believe in the paranormal (psychics, witches, telepathy, channeling) and in such creatures as the Sasquatch, Loch Ness Monster, or even the chupacabra.

    • Naturalism
  • No room for God in science? How about other disciplines?

    August 6, 2008

    In an age when tolerance is expected of rational people, those who find some ideas objectionable nevertheless attempt to put those notions in a positive light. Others refuse to denigrate any ideas although they personally do not believe them.

  • Genetic Basis for Sexual Orientation? (cont'd)

    July 24, 2008

    Based on comments in previous posts, many of you maintain that despite a genetic predisposition (which science has not yet demonstrated), the Bible adjures us to overcome our sinful desires. The argument is that we are more than the product of our genes. Adultery, fornication, and drunkenness are choices, not merely predispositions. After all, scientists can probably find a genetic basis for every kind of sinful behavior. As some of you noted, evidently the brain changes can occur after established (willful) behavior patterns.

  • Is Sexual Orientation Biological?

    June 27, 2008

    A recent study, "Gay Men, Straight Women Have Similar Brains," seems to provide evidence for a biological basis for homosexuality. Researchers found that gay men and straight women share similar brain traits, including size and the function of the amygdala, which is tied to emotion, anxiety, and aggression.

    • Bible Difficulties
  • It's not about you. Or is it?

    June 4, 2008

    Dear readers, Since many of your comments are more insightful than those from this Average Joe, I decided to post a recent comment as the lead. Plus, the last thread was getting long, although it’s fine to keep it going or continue it here.

  • Testing, Anyone?

    May 6, 2008

    This sentiment is representative of the many who are critical of anyone positing an intelligent designer. We've broached the subject repeatedly in this space, so it's nothing new, but when theistic explanations for natural phenomena come in the form of testing, a similar complaint arises.

  • Hubris or Humility?

    April 18, 2008

    Reasons To Believe has long asserted that the universe seems designed specifically for the benefit of human beings. While not alone in this observation, RTB has certainly incurred the ire of some skeptics who charge that it is the height of arrogance to maintain that humans occupy the figurative center of such a vast cosmos.

  • Purpose in the Universe: Do People "See" What They Want to See?

    March 25, 2008

    Why is it that believers in God see unmistakable evidence for a Creator’s involvement in the natural realm, while skeptics find no such warrant? Believers take it even a step further, asserting that the Creator has imbued the universe with purpose.

    • Universe Design
    • Worldviews
  • Can Science Test the Supernatural?

    February 27, 2008

    Time to move on. The probability discussion seems to have reached an impasse. Maybe by changing the question a bit we can make some progress.


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