Some Things of Interest on the Internet

First off, people are starting to call for a debate between Dr. William Lane Craig and me:

Kel is calling for such a debate and says:
Loftus was a former preacher and student of Craig who turned atheist and now runs the fantastic blog Debunking Christianity where he along with other former theists try to debunk Christianity. Now Craig has said he won't debate former students, though given the challenge it does seem appropriate to engage Loftus given his current credentials as a "new atheist". Unlike many of the other atheists recently putting out books, Loftus' book Why I Became An Atheist directly attacks Christianity in particular - contrasting the styles of Hitchens, Dawkins, Harris and Dennett who go after faith itself or the institution of religion.
Kel also offers some good reasons why Christianity is not more probable than atheism.

Christian Blogger Irish Farmer concurs. He wrote: “I'll second that. I think this would be a great debate, and if we can get a groundswell of support in favor of it then we should." Although he doesn’t think I will win. Others are doing so on Facebook, I’ve heard. I'd like still more Bloggers to call for such a debate if you think it would be both entertaining and educational.

A new book on my wish list is Wicked Plants. Here's the description:
A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. In Wicked Plants, Stewart takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations. It’s an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend. You’ll learn which plants to avoid (like exploding shrubs), which plants make themselves exceedingly unwelcome (like the vine that ate the South), and which ones have been killing for centuries (like the weed that killed Abraham Lincoln's mother).

Menacing botanical illustrations and splendidly ghastly drawings create a fascinating portrait of the evildoers that may be lurking in your own backyard. Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend, this compendium of bloodcurdling botany will entertain, alarm, and enlighten even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers.
Christians must ponder why these plants exist. I have a better explanation in blind evolution than either the supposed Fall in the Garden, or divine hiddenness (which one of these plants is God hiding behind to watch us?).

Fellow Blogger at Debunking Creationism, Nicholas Covington (aka AIGbusted), wrote a new book titled, Atheism and Naturalism. I haven’t seen it yet but he wanted me to mention it. Knowing him it's gotta be good.

I'm also getting some flack about a letter to the editor I wrote concerning the appropriateness of posting the Ten Commandments by Dr. Glenn Peoples, a Christian friend of mine who didn't adequately address my points.

4 comments:

AIGBusted said...

Thanks for the mention!

Jeff said...

You say that people are talking about it on Facebook? What, on a group or something? If so, where is it? I'll join.

John W. Loftus said...

Jeff I don't know. That's what I'm told though. Thanks!

Kel said...

Thanks for the shout-out for my blog, I honestly didn't expect anyone to find that entry.