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midwifetoad



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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,09:03   

I wounder if "three" objects can exist in the absence of an intelligence to count them.

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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,09:15   

Quote (midwifetoad @ July 24 2009,09:03)
I wounder if "three" objects can exist in the absence of an intelligence to count them.

I had that argument with a creonut once, where he/she was insisting that numbers themselves were from the mind of god, and require intelligence to perceive/exist. Therefore an omniscient god exists, or numbers wouldn't.

Apparently, three asteroids (or "gleep" asteroids...if 3 = gleep) would simply cease to exist. A triad of distinct asteroidal entities is impossible without Huitzilopochtli, heathen unbeliever.

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midwifetoad



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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,09:20   

"Wounder" is obviously a Freudian spelling.

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Dr.GH



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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,10:00   

Quote (GCUGreyArea @ July 24 2009,06:37)
BillB responds to KF as well:
       
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KF, your comment at 257 makes it quite clear that you are still struggling with the basic concepts and methodologies behind scientific models of physical reality. Not to worry, these can be difficult concepts however I don’t see much point in my trying to explain again so I’ll give up now, particularly in light of your move towards rhetorical dismissal and insult in 256, your proclaimed victory in 259 and the tiresome appeals to onlookers.
By the way, you said this:      
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Physics does not program ponds to make life molecules, at least if the thermodynamics numbers are to be believed.

Making blind assertions will not win arguments, unfortunately I haven’t yet managed to track down the reference but there is research indicating how early life and protein evolution is consistent with thermodynamics. From what I gather some of those materialistic scientists you grumble about are actually doing the research rather than just making claims.

Physics IS the program you moron.  Struggling with the basic concepts is putting it politely!

Any idea what he might be referring to re thermodynamics - I'm sure I read some newsy thing about this recently as well. If I remember correctly it was about how the earliest proteins are also the most thermodynamically easy to generate - the most likely to form by 'random' processes and consistent with an evolving organism.

There is this pre-print: "A thermodynamic basis for prebiotic amino acid synthesis and the nature of the first genetic code"
Paul G. Higgs and Ralph E. Pudritz
PDF

But, I recall something further as well.

Maybe this, "Thermodynamic Origin of Life"
Authors: K. Michaelian
(Submitted on 1 Jul 2009)
PDF

Edited by Dr.GH on July 24 2009,08:03

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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,10:17   

Quote (deadman_932 @ July 24 2009,09:40)
Quote (didymos @ July 24 2009,08:24)

You know what he'll say:  See! It requires internets!

That or he'll fixate on the manufactured G-M tube.  Probably both.


Yeah, he would say that "true" generation of random numbers requires intelligence. Or that numbers themselves require intelligence, or that detection of random numbers requires intelligence.

All while missing the point that randomness is built in to the entire universe, so far as we know, and that "numbers" are just designations in an axiomatic system...and that "detectors" and "random decay" would exist whether or not intelligent observers observed them, so far as we know.

Eh, it's hardly worth bothering, is it.

ETA: After reading this thread: https://www.blogger.com/comment....0873634 with Joe "CakeBoy" Gallien struggling mightily to show how baseballs, aardvarks, ice and broken branches contain mathematically-determinable "CSI," -- well, hell, it's not worth the bother to try to deal with him in any way.

I did appreciate the humor from Blipey and RichardTaHugs and Hawks poking at him, though.

Damn, that's some serious tard in that cakeboy mix. .

ahhh that's good tard

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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,10:19   

Quote (deadman_932 @ July 24 2009,10:15)
Quote (midwifetoad @ July 24 2009,09:03)
I wounder if "three" objects can exist in the absence of an intelligence to count them.

I had that argument with a creonut once, where he/she was insisting that numbers themselves were from the mind of god, and require intelligence to perceive/exist. Therefore an omniscient god exists, or numbers wouldn't.

Apparently, three asteroids (or "gleep" asteroids...if 3 = gleep) would simply cease to exist. A triad of distinct asteroidal entities is impossible without Huitzilopochtli, heathen unbeliever.

the history of this argument is thousands of years old.  it's still stupidly unnecessary.  anyone who is going to yammer about ideas in the minds of god is someone i want to GTF away from quickly.  keep them at keyboards length lololol

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You're obviously illiterate as hell. Peach, bro.-FtK

Finding something hard to believe based on the evidence, is science.-JoeG

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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,10:25   

Quote (Dr.GH @ July 24 2009,10:00)
Quote (GCUGreyArea @ July 24 2009,06:37)
BillB responds to KF as well:
         
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KF, your comment at 257 makes it quite clear that you are still struggling with the basic concepts and methodologies behind scientific models of physical reality. Not to worry, these can be difficult concepts however I don’t see much point in my trying to explain again so I’ll give up now, particularly in light of your move towards rhetorical dismissal and insult in 256, your proclaimed victory in 259 and the tiresome appeals to onlookers.
By the way, you said this:        
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Physics does not program ponds to make life molecules, at least if the thermodynamics numbers are to be believed.

Making blind assertions will not win arguments, unfortunately I haven’t yet managed to track down the reference but there is research indicating how early life and protein evolution is consistent with thermodynamics. From what I gather some of those materialistic scientists you grumble about are actually doing the research rather than just making claims.

Physics IS the program you moron.  Struggling with the basic concepts is putting it politely!

Any idea what he might be referring to re thermodynamics - I'm sure I read some newsy thing about this recently as well. If I remember correctly it was about how the earliest proteins are also the most thermodynamically easy to generate - the most likely to form by 'random' processes and consistent with an evolving organism.

There is this pre-print: "A thermodynamic basis for prebiotic amino acid synthesis and the nature of the first genetic code"
Paul G. Higgs and Ralph E. Pudritz
PDF

But, I recall something further as well.

Maybe this, "Thermodynamic Origin of Life"
Authors: K. Michaelian
(Submitted on 1 Jul 2009)
PDF

Ah, they look familiar -  I was missing the all important keywords amino acid

   
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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,10:25   

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Joseph: So if recombination is limited deterioration is inevitable?

But wait males also have an X, therefor that X should also show signs of deterioration.

The X-chromosome in a male comes from his mother. X-chromosomes recombine in mothers. (It's believed that sex chromosomes evolved to progressively restrict recombination between male and female chromosomes, a result of clustering of male advantageous traits.)

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Joseph: Therefor if a man has a son, who then has a son, who then also has a son, we should be able to see some X chromosome deterioration somewhere along that patrilineage in at least some of the gametes.

The father does not pass his X-chromosome down to his son. A son acquires his X-chromosome from his mother—who just happens to have two recombining X-chromosomes.

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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,10:27   

Quote (oldmanintheskydidntdoit @ July 24 2009,06:58)
ID in a nutshell from KF
{snip}

That's not as easy as it looks.



Edited by Lou FCD on July 26 2009,09:58

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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,10:59   

Quote (Zachriel @ July 24 2009,10:25)
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Joseph: So if recombination is limited deterioration is inevitable?

But wait males also have an X, therefor that X should also show signs of deterioration.

The X-chromosome in a male comes from his mother. X-chromosomes recombine in mothers. (It's believed that sex chromosomes evolved to progressively restrict recombination between male and female chromosomes, a result of clustering of male advantageous traits.)

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Joseph: Therefor if a man has a son, who then has a son, who then also has a son, we should be able to see some X chromosome deterioration somewhere along that patrilineage in at least some of the gametes.

The father does not pass his X-chromosome down to his son. A son acquires his X-chromosome from his mother—who just happens to have two recombining X-chromosomes.

Exactly. The dumbass has now been straightened out.

KC

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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,11:14   

lololol
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Dave Wisker

07/24/2009

10:31 am

Joseph,

Males contribute X chromosomes to their daughters, which can then undergo recombination and be passed on to their sons and daughters, and so on. In other words, every male receives his X chromosome from his mother, where it underwent recombination with its homologous X. Surely this doesn’t have to be explained to you further.


don't call him shirley.  and you know it will have to be explained to him further.  looking forward to seeing his response

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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,11:24   

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kairosfocus: Similarly, in a GA, its code is not allowed to vary at random as part of the normal execution. Nor that of the underlying operating system

After all this time, they still haven't learned the fundamentals of modeling. They still think you have to randomly mutate the operating system to simulate evolution. Or spin the computer on a rope to simulate planets in orbit. Or heat a computer in a vat to simulate the turbulence of boiling water.

Gil Dodgen, what have you wrought!

I always wonder if Gil drops his computer out of a plane when he is testing his  
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guidance, navigation and control (GN&C) software
by simulating  
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precision-guided airdrop systems
. And what does his boss think about this.

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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,12:13   

Quote (Erasmus @ FCD,July 24 2009,11:14)
lololol
   
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7

Dave Wisker

07/24/2009

10:31 am

Joseph,

Males contribute X chromosomes to their daughters, which can then undergo recombination and be passed on to their sons and daughters, and so on. In other words, every male receives his X chromosome from his mother, where it underwent recombination with its homologous X. Surely this doesn’t have to be explained to you further.


don't call him shirley.  and you know it will have to be explained to him further.  looking forward to seeing his response

I didn't think it was possible, but joe is far stupider than I thought:



joseph:

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Did you have a point?
How did what you posted address:
BTW each male carries a population of gametes.
In that population we should see the X chromosome deteriorate over time.
That is if your premise is correct.

My point is that a dad can give a deteriorated X to his daughter.
And you still haven’t addressed:
So if recombination is limited deterioration is inevitable?
IOW how does recombination prevent deterioration?


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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,12:21   

because Clive, Baby might just see this "Dave Wisker" guy as 'uncivil' lololol

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Dave Wisker

07/24/2009

11:32 am

joseph,

My point is that a dad can give a deteriorated X to his daughter

And my point is that X can then undergo recombination with its homologue, which can ameliorate the overall degenerative effect. The Y cannot do that at all.

And you still haven’t addressed:

So if recombination is limited deterioration is inevitable?

IOW how does recombination prevent deterioration?


If you cannot see how a chromosome that never recombines with its homologous chromosome can avoid eventual deterioration, then you need to brush up on your basic population genetics. The situation is similar to what happens with asexual populations. The genomes of asexual populations inevitably accumulate deleterious and degenerative mutations under a process known as Muller’s Ratchet. Without recombination, the Y will accumulate degenerative mutations in the same way, with no means of bringing in “healthier’ DNA from a homologous chromosome.

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Dave Wisker

07/24/2009

11:46 am

joseph,

A good explanation of Muller’s Ratchet and recombination can be fo8und in Joe Felsenstein’s paper on the advantages of recombination:

Felsenstein J (1974). The evolutioinary advantage of recombination. Genetics 78: 737-756


The If part of this statement in #9 is not in doubt.  The Then part will never fly.

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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,12:40   

Check out this interesting find. Every once in awhile I'll check out Dembski's syllabi that he puts online at his Design Inference website. he is teaching a new undergraduate course and ID an UNintelligent Evolution.

First off, does he think that just because evolution doesn't have the word intelligent in it makes it dumb and that becasue ID does that makes it smart. I think he is dumb.

Second, he requires students to create "At least 10 posts defending aspects of the Christian worldview totaling at least 3,000
words on “hostile” websites — 10 percent positive. "

No wonder there has been a sharp uptick in tard the last year.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,12:43   

Oh yeah . .  he also deals with some special needs students:

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Individuals with documented impairments who may need special circumstances for exams, classroom participation, or assignments should contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester in order for special arrangements to be considered.


Damn, that must be his whole class!!!! They are already going to Southwest Tardilogical Seminary.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,12:48   

Dembskis apologetics Final Exam . . .
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TAKE-HOME FINAL EXAM
Please answer each of the following questions in 500 words or less. Answer every part of each question. Be concise. This exam is open-book, but  you can only consult general reference books (e.g., the Bible), the  five books read in class, and the notes you took in class. You may not cruise the Internet in search of answers or in any way seek the help of others. Your completed exam needs to be emailed to the grader, Jack Greenoe, by Thursday 12:00 noon. In turning this paper in you agree, on pain of divine judgment, that this is entirely your own work.



Answer the following questions [20 points each, no more than 500 words per question]:

1. Defend the Vincentian Canon to a 21st century skeptic of Christianity.

2. You just learned that your nephew or niece is going off to study theology at a liberal seminary. You suspect the place is teeming with “Homer Wilsons,” i.e., professors intent on eroding any real faith of the seminary students. Write a letter to your nephew or niece outlining the pitfalls that they are likely to face and how they should protect their faith from eroding.  

3. According to Richard Dawkins, faith is believing in the absence of evident. By contrast, Nancy Pearcey argues that the attempt to remove Christian faith from the realm of knowledge and evidence has led to Christianity’s cultural captivity. Make the case that Christian faith is a matter not of subjective opinion but of objective knowledge.

4. No amputees are recorded as having been healed in the New Testament (i.e., no one with a missing limb is said to have grown back the limb in response to a prayer by Jesus or one of the Apostles). Indeed, throughout Church history it appears that no such miracle has occurred (if you know of a well-confirmed case, please cite it). Atheists therefore argue that if miracles really happened and gave evidence of God, God would have performed a healing like growing back the limb of an amputee. Do atheists have a point here? How do you maintain that miracles are real in the face of such criticism?

5. Philosopher and theologian Nancey Murphy, who is on the faculty of Fuller Theological Seminary, argues that humans do not have a soul, that soul is a Greek invention, and that the original Hebrew understanding of the human person was as a purely physical being. Thus, for her, our immortality consists not in having immortal souls but in the prospect of God resurrecting us to a new physical existence. Contra Murphy, argue that we do have a soul and that it is more than our physical bodies.


  
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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,12:51   

lolololol

that's the only way they can get new UD posters!!!

I betcha "Barb" is one of DrDrDrDrDrs tarduate students

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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,12:59   

Quote (hooligans @ July 24 2009,12:40)
Second, he requires students to create "At least 10 posts defending aspects of the Christian worldview totaling at least 3,000 words on “hostile” websites — 10 percent positive. "

Kind of calls to mind the old saying that those who can, do; those who can't, teach.

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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,13:15   

From Dembski's fall 2005 final exam in Christian Doctrine and the Natural Sciences. Question 3 is my favorite:
   
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3. It’s some time in the future. New leadership at the Templeton Foundation has decided it’s time to use the $50,000,000 that the foundation spends yearly on promoting the relation between science and religion to overthrow scientific materialism and the evolutionary worldview it has fostered. You are the Templeton Foundation’s new program director and are charged with overseeing its programs and directing its funds. Sketch out a 20-year plan for defeating scientific materialism if you had $50,000,000 per year in current value to do so. What sorts of programs would you institute? How would you spend the money? [Example of a zero-credit answer: give all the money to the ACLU or to the UN.]

I don't know. Give it to Bill Dembski? Did I get an A?

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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,13:28   

3 of the 4 "courses" "taught" by DrDrDrDrDr Dembski have the same requirement "10 posts defending baby jesus on interwebz". for 10 points

this spring, all 3 "courses" "taught" by DrDrDrDrDrDR Dembski had that same requirement, for 20% of the grade.

if i didn't know better (yukyukyukyuk) I'd say Friar Sweater was trying to mass produce copies of BA^77


etA


from apologetics 2006 quiz chosen more or less at random

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Answer the following questions [2 points each]:
Define “viewpoint discrimination.”
Restricting the expression of a particular view on a given subject when other views on the same subject
are allowed.


ahhh smell the pomo bill.  it's all just viewpoints, right, bill?

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How do “truthful traitors” differ from “loyal liars”?
Truthful traitors tell their congregations outright that Christianity is bunk whereas loyal liars play along
with the Christian sensibilities of their congregations but really are just as heretical as the truthful
traitors, believing likewise (without saying so outright) that Christianity is bunk.


wow.  in the same frikking quiz as the first question.  wow.

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According to Greene, is it more effective to motivate people through reason or emotion? Is an
immediate emotional appeal effective?
Although Greene regards emotional appeals as far more effective than mere appeals to reason, he also
suggests that people are naturally defensive, so that an overt emotional appeal may not succeed but
instead often requires a set-up.


hmmm, a set-up.  like a good old home grown flash animation with fart sounds?

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What does Robert Greene mean by a “perfect economy”?
Greene here is talking about a very focused use of force that wastes no resources on one’s own end and
creates maximal damage on the enemy’s end by exploiting the enemy’s weaknesses.


PERFECT ECONOMY FAIL

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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,13:31   

Quote (Erasmus @ FCD,July 24 2009,13:28)
3 of the 4 "courses" "taught" by DrDrDrDrDr Dembski have the same requirement "10 posts defending baby jesus on interwebz". for 10 points

this spring, all 3 "courses" "taught" by DrDrDrDrDrDR Dembski had that same requirement, for 20% of the grade.

if i didn't know better (yukyukyukyuk) I'd say Friar Sweater was trying to mass produce copies of BA^77

You might say he is the Dick Cheney of Information Theory Christian Apologetics.  Quite willing to send young people off to act as cannon fodder, but always managed to get a deferment when it was his turn.

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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,13:37   

What's a "hostile website"? Stormfront.org?

Seems likely.

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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,13:38   

Quote (carlsonjok @ July 24 2009,14:31)
Quote (Erasmus @ FCD,July 24 2009,13:28)
3 of the 4 "courses" "taught" by DrDrDrDrDr Dembski have the same requirement "10 posts defending baby jesus on interwebz". for 10 points

this spring, all 3 "courses" "taught" by DrDrDrDrDrDR Dembski had that same requirement, for 20% of the grade.

if i didn't know better (yukyukyukyuk) I'd say Friar Sweater was trying to mass produce copies of BA^77

You might say he is the Dick Cheney of Information Theory Christian Apologetics.  Quite willing to send young people off to act as cannon fodder, but always managed to get a deferment when it was his turn.

check out the napkin scribbling here and you might come up with another analogy

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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,13:40   

Quote (hooligans @ July 24 2009,10:40)
Second, he requires students to create "At least 10 posts defending aspects of the Christian worldview totaling at least 3,000
words on “hostile” websites — 10 percent positive. "

Oh, that's nice:  "Go troll materialist blogs if you want an A.  Hmm, lemme see.  OK, for example: Panda's Thumb, Pharyngula, Richard Dawkins.net...did I already mention Richard Dawkins.net?  OK, maybe ATBC at antievolution.org.  Oh, and Richard Dawkins.net. That's a good one.  Also, Richard Dawkins.net.  And of course, Richard Dawkins.net......I hate that guy.  CURSE YOU RICHARD DAWKINS!!!!!111!!!!!!"

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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,13:48   

Quote (hooligans @ July 24 2009,13:48)
Dembskis apologetics Final Exam . . .  
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TAKE-HOME FINAL EXAM
Please answer each of the following questions in 500 words or less. Answer every part of each question. Be concise. This exam is open-book, but  you can only consult general reference books (e.g., the Bible), the  five books read in class, and the notes you took in class. You may not cruise the Internet in search of answers or in any way seek the help of others. Your completed exam needs to be emailed to the grader, Jack Greenoe, by Thursday 12:00 noon. In turning this paper in you agree, on pain of divine judgment, that this is entirely your own work.



Answer the following questions [20 points each, no more than 500 words per question]:

1. Defend the Vincentian Canon to a 21st century skeptic of Christianity.

2. You just learned that your nephew or niece is going off to study theology at a liberal seminary. You suspect the place is teeming with “Homer Wilsons,” i.e., professors intent on eroding any real faith of the seminary students. Write a letter to your nephew or niece outlining the pitfalls that they are likely to face and how they should protect their faith from eroding.  

3. According to Richard Dawkins, faith is believing in the absence of evident. By contrast, Nancy Pearcey argues that the attempt to remove Christian faith from the realm of knowledge and evidence has led to Christianity’s cultural captivity. Make the case that Christian faith is a matter not of subjective opinion but of objective knowledge.

4. No amputees are recorded as having been healed in the New Testament (i.e., no one with a missing limb is said to have grown back the limb in response to a prayer by Jesus or one of the Apostles). Indeed, throughout Church history it appears that no such miracle has occurred (if you know of a well-confirmed case, please cite it). Atheists therefore argue that if miracles really happened and gave evidence of God, God would have performed a healing like growing back the limb of an amputee. Do atheists have a point here? How do you maintain that miracles are real in the face of such criticism?

5. Philosopher and theologian Nancey Murphy, who is on the faculty of Fuller Theological Seminary, argues that humans do not have a soul, that soul is a Greek invention, and that the original Hebrew understanding of the human person was as a purely physical being. Thus, for her, our immortality consists not in having immortal souls but in the prospect of God resurrecting us to a new physical existence. Contra Murphy, argue that we do have a soul and that it is more than our physical bodies.


Good stuff.  #s 1 & 2 - Reinforce the persecution complex, check.  #3 - Faith is not about faith, but Truth!!1!, check. #4 - Anyone got a good way to answer those atheists on this? Bueller?  #5 - Let's crack this one before the atheists get wind of it...

Not included is the extra credit question:

If you had $50 to spend on a book that could be mistaken for a text book; what topic would you be most interested in, and what title would most catch your eye?  How much would you pay for that same book in paperback?

I went looking for Homer Wilson - I half expected him to be the prof in the Chick tracts.  Maybe from here?

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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,13:49   

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3 of the 4 "courses" "taught" by DrDrDrDrDr Dembski have the same requirement "10 posts defending baby jesus on interwebz". for 10 points

this spring, all 3 "courses" "taught" by DrDrDrDrDrDR Dembski had that same requirement, for 20% of the grade.

if i didn't know better (yukyukyukyuk) I'd say Friar Sweater was trying to mass produce copies of BA^77

You might say he is the Dick Cheney of Information Theory Christian Apologetics.  Quite willing to send young people off to act as cannon fodder, but always managed to get a deferment when it was his turn.

check out the napkin scribbling here and you might come up with another analogy

I like how, at page 5, Dembski juxtaposes "hyper-Darwinist atheists like Richard Dawkins," on the one hand, with "creationists/intelligent design proponents like me," on the other.

Letting your slip show a little there, Dr. Dr.?

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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,13:56   

what about this pathetic bit of wishful thinking???

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2. You are an expert witness in the Dover case. You’ve been asked to summarize why you think intelligent design is a fully scientific theory. Do so here. Sketch out ID’s method of design detection and then show how it applies (or could apply) to biological systems. Further, indicate how ID is testable: what evidence would confirm ID and what evidence would disconfirm ID?


TELL ME WHAT I SHOULD HAVE DONE PLEASE

aaaaaaaaaand the real meat and taters of the ID 'movement'

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4. You’ve been assigned to teach six Sunday school lessons on intelligent design over six consecutive Sundays. Each lesson is an hour and fifteen minutes. Outline how you would conduct these lessons. What would you have people read? In what order? What would you present? What would you want participants to take away at the end of the six weeks? 2


BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,14:07   

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Second, he requires students to create "At least 10 posts defending aspects of the Christian worldview totaling at least 3,000
words on “hostile” websites — 10 percent positive. "

Oh, that's nice:  "Go troll materialist blogs if you want an A.  Hmm, lemme see.  OK, for example: Panda's Thumb, Pharyngula, Richard Dawkins.net...did I already mention Richard Dawkins.net?  OK, maybe ATBC at antievolution.org.  Oh, and Richard Dawkins.net. That's a good one.  Also, Richard Dawkins.net.  And of course, Richard Dawkins.net......I hate that guy.  CURSE YOU RICHARD DAWKINS!!!!!111!!!!!!"

So at the beginning of every semester, these sites should register a sudden influx of never before seen names. I wonder if that is actually discernable. Enrollment might be too low to see it above the noise.

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(Permalink) Posted: July 24 2009,14:09   

can anyone provide any evidence that any other 'players' in this petty worldview war (constructed in Dembski's head) instruct their students to go out and troll creationist blogs?  

what a warped sombitch

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You're obviously illiterate as hell. Peach, bro.-FtK

Finding something hard to believe based on the evidence, is science.-JoeG

the odds of getting some loathsome taint are low-- Gordon E Mullings Manjack Heights Montserrat

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