Daily Archives: May 13, 2010
Loftus put up this post on his blog, and then appears to have modified it into an article on The Christian Delusion‘s official website, here. I have posted my answer here. I don’t care if John is a fundamentalist or not. I focus on his rather childish argument that if God exists, he doesn’t care. The answer to the question, “Does God exist?” literally defines how you live the rest of your life. Loftus doesn’t realize that; in fact, he so completely glosses over it that it is pathetic. I have tried to repent of using ad hominem attacks, but in this case it is more than warranted to make my point. It does matter what you think about the existence of God!
I have completed the first step of a complete revamp of my Articles tab. All of the on-site article links now point to a URL on the website instead of a shared Google Docs page. For interested parties (read: everyone who disagrees with me), that means that all of the articles now allow comments.
The Google Docs was actually a carry over idea from when I used to use Blogger. At the time, Blogger didn’t allow static pages the way WordPress does. They do now, but not to the same extent as WordPress has always allowed them. To construct articles, I had to use Google Docs and then link the shared document to Blogger. That way, I could create the “illusion” of a website/blog.
Discovery of WordPress was a godsend. WordPress allows the creation of static pages outside of the blog chronology, so the user can essentially create an entire website with a blog built in. And, the static pages utilize the same template as the blog posts, so the whole project looks more unified. The user can even program a specific homepage that is not the blog itself, so the blog can be secondary to the website! (That’s what I did with the original God is NOT Imaginary blog.)
For some reason, it took me almost four years to go through my Articles tab and eliminate the articles that weren’t tied directly to apologetics, then take the ones that were Google Docs and cut & paste them into a proper WordPress page. I always thought it would take longer than the half hour that it actually took.
Make sure to revisit the Articles tab! Read some of my work. Now, you can comment on all of it!
Second step will be much bigger. I want to go through my posts–all of my posts–and isolate the ones that will make good stand-alone articles. Then, link to them from the Articles tab. I’m so not looking forward to that, especially in light of my other two ongoing projects, which also take up quite a bit of time! Also, some of the posts might require some editing (and joining ot other posts in a series) to be better stand-alone articles. That has “time consuming” and “tedious” written all over it. Wish me luck!
Since I added the link to my answer site for John W. Loftus’s The Christian Delusion to my sig line on Theology Web, I decided that it might be a good idea to actually put some content up there.
Maybe tomorrow I can start adding some answers to the bonus material. I’m sure I can answer the essay about God and animals (see Gen 9:5 and Rom 8:22; animals are punished for the sins of Adam). Usually, when one defines terms, the will of God becomes clearer. There are multiple things we could mean when we say “God’s will.” But I won’t get into that now; the essay on the will of God could take a completely different turn.