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Choose Your Own Topic / A trilingual Christmas tale :-)
« on: December 24, 2013, 08:27:31 am »
Dear fellows,

I have just written a Christmas tale in three languages taking place in my region.

I'd really love to learn what your impression of it is.

Lovely greetings in Christ and merry Christmas.

P.S: due to the presence of many pictures and format, it was very difficult to copy the content here.
I apologize for this.

Choose Your Own Topic / Dr. Richard Carrier against Barth Ehrman
« on: December 06, 2013, 12:10:38 pm »
What is your opinion about this online debate?

Who won?

Choose Your Own Topic / Re: Would you be disappointed?
« on: December 05, 2013, 11:57:32 am »
I believe in salvation by love , don't believe in this idea of sinful nature  and penal substitution.

So to my mind the only reason that someone won't be saved is that because he does not truly and sincerely desires God. But I don't believe that such a person will burn eternally in hell but will eventually cease to exist, after having paid for all the times he violated the Golden Rule.

Choose Your Own Topic / Re: Was Jesus your average Joe?
« on: December 04, 2013, 09:48:57 am »
Yes, and it is important to begin with, since influential folks like Richard Carrier and Rezla Aslan deny that Jesus existed or was special.

So if everyone agree with this that would be fine  :)

Otherwise I'd like to read objections to this simple thesis.


Choose Your Own Topic / Re: The tree of the knowledge of good and evil
« on: December 04, 2013, 07:05:40 am »
I personally don't buy at all this idea of a transmitted sinful nature God cursed the whole mankind with because two persons ate the wrong fruit.

As I argued at length in a post about Calvinism , it is extremely unlikely that the author of Genesis believed in this concept.


Choose Your Own Topic / Was Jesus your average Joe?
« on: December 04, 2013, 06:55:35 am »
Many people skeptical of the truth of the Christian faith hold fast on the idea that Jesus of Nazareth was just an ordinary man among many others.

According to them, the origin of the Christian faith can be understood as follows:

1) After the death of Jesus the disciples experienced wonderful hallucinations which made them believe he rose from the dead

2) They didn’t believe in an empty tomb, this aspect was completely irrelevant for them

3) Paul held the same belief

4) Later writers made up stories about the honorary burial of Jesus and the empty grave

There are many not-implausible, contradictory theories about the historical Jesus which are hard to evaluate owing to the lack of hard data.

But I believe this kind of scenarios can be ruled out as being unlikely.

There were after and before Jesus time quite a few Jewish apocalyptic prophets who suffered an atrocious death as martyrs. Why did none of their followers develop a faith in the resurrection of their master? Why did none of them develop a faith that their master was God Himself?

Both aspects were present within the early Church very soon after the death of Jesus.

So I believe that the minimal conclusion that there is something special about Jesus of Nazareth is warranted.

Further conclusions are going to be hugely dependent on the presuppositions of one’s worldview.

P.S: this was a blog post I published several months ago. I tried to draw minimal conclusions about Jesus. I'd be glad to learn your reaction to that.


Hello, I have been horrified by the recent Calvinist assertions during "Strange Fire".
McArthur and other New Calvinists state that 500 millions Charismatics are non-believers.
I will turn this assertion on its head.

All are my fellow humans I ought to love, but if McArthur and Piper worship a being who PREDETERMINED so many people to burn forever, caused their eternal suffering before they were born, then THEY are not my fellow believers for we truly don’t worship the same God.

I know it is hard but this blasphemy is so serious that I need to expose it as clearly as possible, even though I don’t want to uselessly hurt someone.

I started a series of post on Calvinism from a progressive Christian perspective:

 I would be glad if more conservative Arminians (and Calvinists) would join in the conversations so that we will have an interesting and respectful discussion.

This is a general invitation I also sent elsewhere, I hope this does not bother you.
I want to foster an open discussion about the implications of this theology.
I apologize if you feel annoyed by that, I know that some people view that as spamming while it is fully acceptable for others.

Lovely greetings from Europe.

Choose Your Own Topic / Is Bayesianism meaningful?
« on: October 29, 2013, 05:23:21 pm »
Hello folks, this is what I am currently wondering as I explain here
I would be very glad if you could give me your opinion wherever you want.

I truly hope we will have a enjoyable conversation.

P.S: I had difficulties pasting my text here due to wordpress hyperlinks.

Choose Your Own Topic / Re: Christianity: the hard way and the easy way
« on: September 23, 2013, 02:15:18 pm »
I think that logical thoughts about God can alleviate such an Angst:

By requirement I can paste everything here but there is a picture.

Friendly greetings from Europe.
Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son

Choose Your Own Topic / Re: Does the universe require a 'cause'?
« on: September 23, 2013, 02:13:03 pm »
Militant Atheist: do you know (more or less) plausibly that the universe had no cause?

Or do you believe it stemmed possibly from another universe?

What about our universe being a gigantic computer simulation by much more advanced aliens?

Friendly greetings from Europe.
Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son

Choose Your Own Topic / How the hell is the Bible inspired?
« on: September 18, 2013, 10:07:29 am »

Hello folks.

The question of how the Bible should be viewed is a very important one and I offer some of my modest thoughts here:

I'd be glad to receive (critical) comments wherever you want.

Please tell me if this forum is not appropriate for such discussions.

Lovely greetings.

Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son

Hello folks.

In all my interactions with materialists who hold fast on the idea of an objective morality, I've realized that their favorite strategy is to DEFINE an objective materialist ethics into existence.

They say that a feeling is a ensemble of physical and chemical processes which leads an organism to act in a certain manner and dominate its behavior.

Pain is a set of physical and chemical processes which leads an organism to avoid or search to avoid a certain situation.

Something is significant or meaningful for an organism if it exerts a great influence on its behavior in a way non-conscious processes don't.

Pain is objectively meaningful because evolution programmed our brain to search to reduce it both in ourselves and in other living things (empathy).

Saying that we ought to do something simply means that we should act in a certain way to fulfill our dominant evolutionary desires.

Morality is our striving to reduce pain and increase pleasure.

And so morality exists and is objective by definition.
What is more, this definition is almost perfectly consistent with the way the man in the street views morality.

Now I am sure that a materialist could come up with more sophisticated definitions of these words than those I have proposed.

What's your take on that?

Lovely greetings from continental Europe.

Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son

Choose Your Own Topic / My argument against reductive materalism
« on: September 09, 2013, 11:41:41 am »
Hey folks I'd be grateful if you could take a look at it and tell me your opinion:

Lovely greetings from France and Germany.
Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son

-Dear Sam, why do we "ought" to reduce the pain we see around us?
-That's simple, that's just the way the word "ought" is defined.
- but Sam I don't accept this definition...
- this shows me you're a psychopathic idiot who should get jailed immediately

Winner: Sam Harris, as always.

Lovely greetings from Europe.

Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son

Choose Your Own Topic / Re: Creationists
« on: September 08, 2013, 12:02:14 pm »
Hello ArtD, you're entirely right with your observations.

The Bible is a collection of human writings about God and as such it is inevitable it contains mistakes.

But it might very well be the case that they and actually people from many other religions really experienced the divine, albeit not necessarily in a supernatural manner.

Lovely greetings from Europe.

Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son

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