Thank you for your very warm welcome.
I shall take your advice and even watch Expelled. I've always respected Ben Stein but can't say I was happy in the manner in which he treats Richard Dawkins in the film, I haven't seen the entire film but have seen the entire scene which includes Dawkins. I respect Dawkins mainly because he's intelligent, educated, doesn't care about PC, shoots from the hip and speaks his mind, sound familiar? That said I hope Dawkins is wrong in his position.
I will watch from the shadows, prowl around the perimeter of the discussions on the forum, maybe comment here and there if I feel 'qualified' to and eventually start a thread when I feel comfortable in my 'new' environment.
Thanks again, I usually despise those animated smiley things but yours feels awful sincere.
It most certainly was meant as sincere.
But now you also need to understand some things about the Dawkins piece. Dawkins clearly says there is a war between theism and atheism(science). All is fair in love and war and as a theist I believe taking Dawkins words out of context is tit for tat for his purposely antagonistic and controversial comments.
I do understand Dawkins is very antagonistic and controversial and he also goes out of his way to be rude. Not that I want to defend him but I see Ms. Coulter as antagonistic and controversial as well and respect her for it. Mr. Stein was dishonest, he involved Dawkins with his movie under false pretenses (according to Dawkins, admittedly I haven't looked into Stein's version of the events) he edited his piece in a very out of contextual fashion and that's just dishonest, in fact it reeks of Micheal Moore. If you have to make your points in a deceptive and dishonest fashion, why bother making them?
'Theists' are at a disadvantage in the 'Prove there is a God' debate. The only real physical evidence of the Him is a book written a very long time ago. You can only believe in God if you have faith, I don't think faith can actually be measured with a brain scan or some such instrument. This does not invalidate Faith in my eyes, not at all. I only mention it to explain why the 'Prove there is a God' argument is a bad one for Theists to engage in, the enemy has a 'superior' position. Never engage the enemy when he is in a 'superior' position, if you can avoid it. 'Just because you have no Faith does not invalidate my belief in God' or some version is a much better position. At least from my prospective.
I respect Dawkins but don't want to defend his positions, I just think the piece in the movie was very dirty pool. The only points Mr. Stein scored with me was he managed to hoodwink Dawkins, perhaps showing the smug professor shouldn't be quite so smug. It was definitely a slap in the face Psy-Ops style, Dawkins is likely still squawking about it to this day.
Thanks for the reply. If you think this thread should be moved elsewhere, and can do so, please do.
I would not recommend Godless for rediscovering your faith. That's not to say Godless isn't a good book (it is), but the subject material is politics and the godlessness of the left. By all means read Godless, but not as a way to try to rediscover your faith.
Similarly, ACOC is not the best place to rediscover your faith. You'll find many great Christian posters here, but this is a political forum.
A better place for rediscovering your faith is http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/
. WK focuses a lot on apologetics
and often links to arguments, lectures, and debates from prominent Christian philosophers such as William Lane Craig
. For example, he has a post
specifically on physical evidence for God's existence (atheists don't have the 'superior' position you think they have). Another great blog is Eternity Matters
. There you'll find plenty of apologetics, Bible study, etc. There's even a post
with advice and links for skeptics such as yourself. Predictably, the authors of both blogs are very conservative (that's
where Ann's Godless comes in -- after reading it you'll understand that the left is godless/unChristian, yet have built up an entire substitute "church").