Daily Archives: April 18, 2010

A Hiccup in Service, and Some Miscellaneous

This blog may be slowly gaining some popularity, but it still only reaches a relatively small audience. Therefore, few people (if anyone) probably noticed a short hiccup in service. The domain “josiahconcept.org” wouldn’t have worked after midnight on April 17 through the early morning hours of April 18. I apologize for the temporary inconvience.

I pay two fees in order to maintain this site. I register the domain through GoDaddy.com (which uses women in bikinis to advertise its services, so go ahead and let’s hear the charges of hypocrisy based on 1 Tim 2:9; I’m ready!), which has pretty reasonable prices and good service. WordPress.com also charges a nominal fee to redirect web traffic via the purchased domain instead of forcing me to use the default blog address (called domain mapping).

I was an idiot and kept putting off renewing my subscription to domain mapping, which expired on April 16. Therefore, beginning on the 17th, attempts to reach this site via josiahconcept.org would be met with an error. This morning was my first opportunity to correct that problem.

Also, this past week my mother-in-law was in town. She sleeps in the same room as the computer is located, so I can only blog sporadically when she is home. As chance would have it, I didn’t get to blog at all. This also contributed to the domain mapping subscription running out under my nose.

As a result, there is a serious backlog in comments. I got to most of them this evening, but there are still two really long ones (both from HeHe) that I haven’t mustered the werewithal to dig through and answer yet. I should get to those soon.

There are also two comments in moderation (again, both from HeHe) that I haven’t got around to yet. I should have all this resolved shortly.

Hopefully soon I can begin work on two big projects for the blog. The first is digging back through previous posts to find some material that can either be adapted or stand as-is for articles under my “Articles” tab. That will probably be ongoing for the remainder of this year.

The second is a multi-part essay that aims to answer the question “Who is a True Christian?” Many skeptics believe that all it takes to be considered a Christian is a profession of Christian faith, such as that made by Fred Phelps. Based on Matthew 7:17-19 and 12:33, however, the issue is a bit more complex than a simple mental assent to Jesus as Savior (see also Jms 2:19). Anytime we apologists attempt to disown a character like Phelps, the skeptic whips out the “No True Scotsman” fallacy. I hope to put that to bed for good.

Speaking of the “No True Scotsman” fallacy, philosopher Anthony Flew (the fallacy’s inventor) died on April 8. Flew, an able apologist for atheism, recently became convinced of the existence of God. He wasn’t a Christian, so I join James White (and hopefully many others) in wondering why the EPS touted him as a great victory over atheism. Maybe he was closer to the truth, but he still didn’t embrace truth in its fullness. Either way, his books are still going to be on my reading list, particularly the book that describes his conversion to deism.

I Have No Words for This

The following comment was attached to my “A Few Things Atheists Need to Know About Christians” post, but was caught (with good reason) in my spam folder:

Hello, I was reading another thing about this on another blog. Interesting. Your perspective onto it is diametrically contradicted to what I read earlier. I’m still pondering on the opposite points of view, but I’m leaning to a great extent toward yours. And irrespective, that’s what is so wonderful about modern-day democracy and the marketplace of ideas online.

It came from someone who named himself “online matchmaking” and listed a lesser-known Christian singles website as his homepage. Advertisement, anyone?

I mean, seriously: “diametrically contradicted,”  “I’m still pondering on the opposite points of view,” and “modern-day democracy and the marketplace of ideas online?” Who talks like that?