Dammit, Rick! https://rickbeckman.org A Romance of Hope in the Wake of Belief Mon, 12 Feb 2018 04:43:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 1480476 Wheaton’s Law https://rickbeckman.org/log/wheatons-law/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/wheatons-law/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 07:27:00 +0000 https://rickbeckman.org/?p=4193 Sometime in the past year or two, I was added to a Facebook group called The Black Sheep. I didn’t think much of it, nor have I interacted much therein because I prefer interacting more in the public realm than within groups online for some reason. It seemed a peaceful place, though, and the conversations … Continue reading Wheaton’s Law

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God Chose the Strongest Women https://rickbeckman.org/log/strongest-women/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/strongest-women/#respond Wed, 24 Jan 2018 04:48:13 +0000 https://rickbeckman.org/?p=4148 two single-engine aircraft flying toward the horizon against the backdrop of a sunset

Working with the public, I see a lot of stupid shirts. Shirts with declarations of apathy and demotivation. Shirts with religious messages that completely butcher the message of the religion used. Shirts with profanity for profanity’s sake. Nonsensical pink t-shirts on men that say, “Don’t laugh; it’s your girlfriend’s shirt,” as if that actually makes any … Continue reading God Chose the Strongest Women

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A Requiem https://rickbeckman.org/log/on-friendship/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/on-friendship/#respond Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:20:09 +0000 https://rickbeckman.org/?p=4142 I’m coming up quick on my fifteenth anniversary of working at Walmart, along with only one other member of my hire-in group. I started out that journey working in the grocery department, which at my store consisted of three aisles containing some pop, water, soups, cereals, candy, coffee, snacks, and little else. It wasn’t a … Continue reading A Requiem

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Just… https://rickbeckman.org/log/just/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/just/#respond Mon, 08 Jan 2018 07:06:26 +0000 https://rickbeckman.org/?p=4106 child building with interlocking building blocks

Sometimes I wonder why I use the bookmarks feature of any web browser. Aside from keeping a list of quick-access websites in my bookmarks bar, any other bookmarks end up in a folder with hundreds of other sites which I’ll likely never actually get back to. I thought I’d do a bit of curating of my … Continue reading Just…

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Christmas 2017 Leads to Science! https://rickbeckman.org/log/christmas-2017-science/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/christmas-2017-science/#respond Mon, 08 Jan 2018 06:03:16 +0000 https://rickbeckman.org/?p=4099 an amber-colored ornament ball hanging from a Christmas tree

The earliest bits of this website date to 2003, fifteen years ago. That’s nearly half of my life! I keep telling myself that I need to tend to this site (currently called Dammit, Rick!, but who knows what it’ll be called next time I post here), but for the past few years, I’ve been objectively lax … Continue reading Christmas 2017 Leads to Science!

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Refusing to Remain Silent https://rickbeckman.org/log/refusing-remain-silent/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/refusing-remain-silent/#respond Sun, 15 Oct 2017 06:16:44 +0000 https://rickbeckman.org/?p=4047 Testing, testing. Is this thing on? It probably isn’t, but here I am anyway. A lot has happened over the course of the year since I last wrote here. My wife Jade and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary this month, not with fancy gifts but with several special dates over the course of this … Continue reading Refusing to Remain Silent

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Christianity Needs a Preacher https://rickbeckman.org/log/christianity-needs-preacher/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/christianity-needs-preacher/#respond Sat, 17 Dec 2016 06:57:12 +0000 https://rickbeckman.org/?p=3959 I once wanted to become a preacher. I believed so fervently in the Bible that the thought couldn’t escape me that the more I learned about it, the more I should share what I learn with others. It felt only natural. (Or supernatural, as it were.) My church gave me a few opportunities to preach, … Continue reading Christianity Needs a Preacher

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Christianity Is under Attack‽ https://rickbeckman.org/log/christianity-under-attack/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/christianity-under-attack/#comments Fri, 07 Oct 2016 06:18:08 +0000 https://rickbeckman.org/?p=3908

Ken Ham describes what he considers to be attacks against Christianity, but are they really? What's really going on here?

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When Hate Hits Close to Home https://rickbeckman.org/log/hate-hits-home/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/hate-hits-home/#respond Sat, 24 Sep 2016 03:57:58 +0000 https://rickbeckman.org/?p=3894 keyboard keys on a styrofoam background; the keys spell out "FUCK HATE"

Racist vandalism hit a local church, and I'm pissed off about it.

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Introducing “The Lie: Evolution”: An Examination https://rickbeckman.org/log/lie-evolution-introduction/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/lie-evolution-introduction/#respond Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:20:14 +0000 https://rickbeckman.org/?p=3883 Ken Ham posing next to a dinosaur exhibit

Introducing a series of posts in which Ken Ham's book The Lie: Evolution will be examined critically.

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Raising My Daughter in a Broken World https://rickbeckman.org/log/broken-world-parenting/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/broken-world-parenting/#respond Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:13:06 +0000 https://rickbeckman.org/?p=3880 When I first set out sixteen or so years ago publishing content online, I did so as a naïve child, using what little of a homepage I could build to unite my chat room friends, to socialize with a few local friends via guestbooks, and to share a little bit about my interests. The skills … Continue reading Raising My Daughter in a Broken World

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A Fully Modular Phone https://rickbeckman.org/log/fully-modular-phone-2/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/fully-modular-phone-2/#respond Tue, 06 Sep 2016 16:47:26 +0000 https://rickbeckman.org/?p=3875

Almost four years ago to the day, I asked for a modular phone. In the years since, I’ve learned that I would never want to use an Android device, but still, the idea of a modular phone? It almost happened. (And yes, I’m aware that there are other phones with modularity, though none were as … Continue reading A Fully Modular Phone

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The Universe in a Teaspoon https://rickbeckman.org/log/teaspoon-universe/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/teaspoon-universe/#respond Sat, 09 Apr 2016 15:32:00 +0000 https://rickbeckman.com/?p=53

Which seems the greater number? Stars in the universe or atoms in a teaspoon of water? The answer reveals an astounding fact about our universe.

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Jet Fuel Can Catastrophically Weaken Steel Beams https://rickbeckman.org/log/jet-fuel-steel-beams/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/jet-fuel-steel-beams/#respond Sat, 09 Apr 2016 03:20:25 +0000 https://rickbeckman.com/?p=48 a young girl, missing one of her bottom teeth

"Jet fuel can't melt steel beams!" the conspiracy theorists exclaim. But why is that so hard to believe? In light of what three out of ten Americans believe about a certain ancient city, though, it's no wonder that there's a celebrated ignorance on what it takes to knock down structures men and women build.

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Every Viewer an Editor https://rickbeckman.org/log/every-viewer-editor/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/every-viewer-editor/#respond Wed, 06 Apr 2016 05:25:00 +0000 https://rickbeckman.com/?p=43

What will the future of movielike entertainment look like? I picture a blending of video game role-playing customization, choose-your-own-adventure books, and modularity becoming the new entertainment norm.

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Periodic Parties https://rickbeckman.org/log/periodic-parties/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/periodic-parties/#respond Tue, 05 Apr 2016 20:47:55 +0000 https://rickbeckman.com/?p=39 Idea for celebrating the birthdays of science lovers: For every birthday, celebrate in a manner which coincides with the matching element on the periodic table. Turning 10? Break out the neon and party like it’s the 80s/90s. Seventeen coincides with chlorine, so hit the pool! At 28, ritually burn in effigy any Nickelback merchandise you … Continue reading Periodic Parties

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The Shadow of Death https://rickbeckman.org/log/deaths-shadow/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/deaths-shadow/#respond Tue, 05 Apr 2016 04:45:10 +0000 https://rickbeckman.com/?p=7 Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden while the serpent tempts Eve

Oblivion. Endless... null. Death. After life, what? Every religions gives us something to imagine, but what if reality is all the more cruel? I've wondered about this since early grade school, and I'm no closer to being comfortable with my thoughts.

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There and Back Again https://rickbeckman.org/log/sinners-tale/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/sinners-tale/#respond Fri, 01 Apr 2016 05:55:17 +0000 https://rickbeckman.com/?p=13

I was once a fervent Christian til a moral crisis robbed me of my faith; years have passed, but I realize now that in my unbelief, God was always faithful, waiting patiently for me to return.

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Bulk Up Your iOS App Catalog with FREE Premium Apps https://rickbeckman.org/log/premium-ios-apps-free/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/premium-ios-apps-free/#respond Tue, 23 Feb 2016 05:20:52 +0000 https://rickbeckman.org/?p=3781

If you've spent a small fortune on a cutting edge smartphone (the iPhone, naturally), you don't want to avoid grabbing nicer, premium apps. Let your device shine... without paying a cent! Assorted premium apps are always being dropped to the magnificent price of $0.00, and I'll tell you how to find them.

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I Ran into a Friend Today https://rickbeckman.org/log/saw-old-friend/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/saw-old-friend/#comments Sun, 08 Nov 2015 06:09:22 +0000 http://rickbeckman.org/?p=3742

I caught up with an old friend today. We talked about long lost friends, painting and drawing, and my quest to see the downfall of Christianity. It was a good conversation.

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How to Prove an Atheist Exists, Biblically https://rickbeckman.org/log/do-atheists-exist/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/do-atheists-exist/#comments Sun, 11 Oct 2015 03:49:40 +0000 http://rickbeckman.org/?p=3711

The Bible tells of a simple, repeatable experiment designed to show whether God exists, but can it prove atheists exist instead?

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Enabling Form Validation on WordPress Comments https://rickbeckman.org/log/wordpress-comment-form-validation/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/wordpress-comment-form-validation/#respond Fri, 09 Oct 2015 05:48:35 +0000 http://rickbeckman.org/?p=3704

Enable HTML5 validation of WordPress comment form fields to ensure only well-formed email addresses and URLs are used.

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How to Add Whimsical Form Field Placeholders to WordPress Comment Forms https://rickbeckman.org/log/wordpress-comment-form-placeholders/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/wordpress-comment-form-placeholders/#respond Thu, 08 Oct 2015 05:19:33 +0000 http://rickbeckman.org/?p=3700

Liven up your WordPress comment forms by using silly, punny identities as placeholders for the name, website, and email form fields.

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Definitively Proving God’s Existence, One Way or Another https://rickbeckman.org/log/proving-god/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/proving-god/#respond Tue, 06 Oct 2015 04:26:43 +0000 http://rickbeckman.org/?p=3681

It's often said that you cannot prove that God doesn't exist or that it takes faith to know he does exist. Would you believe both o these are lies? The Bible actually describes a repeatable test designed to show that God is real, and it's a test that can be done by just about anyone.

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The Past Two Years https://rickbeckman.org/log/past-two-years/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/past-two-years/#respond Fri, 25 Sep 2015 21:12:40 +0000 http://rickbeckman.org/?p=3593

A look back at the past two years by way of a personal update about my life. Where have I come from and where am I going?

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Go Support the Mars Generation! https://rickbeckman.org/log/mars-generation/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/mars-generation/#respond Wed, 16 Sep 2015 03:59:54 +0000 http://rickbeckman.org/?p=3536

Aspiring astronaut Abigail Harrison has launched a non-profit which aims to inspire the youth of the world to reach for the stars, promoting not only the future of space travel but also the furtherance science in fun and education.

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Happy Exaltation of the Cross Day! https://rickbeckman.org/log/cross-exaltation-feast/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/cross-exaltation-feast/#respond Tue, 15 Sep 2015 02:33:29 +0000 http://rickbeckman.org/?p=3526

Today marks the anniversary of the presentation of the "true cross" at a church long ago. Exciting, right? Fictions can be that way! Watch as a I share a bit of my favorite fiction and discuss some how fictions can inspire us to be better people.

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In Remembrance of 2001/09/11 https://rickbeckman.org/log/september-11-remembrance/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/september-11-remembrance/#respond Fri, 11 Sep 2015 14:09:43 +0000 http://rickbeckman.org/?p=3396

It has been fourteen years since religious terrorism caused the deaths of so many. We *still* haven't moved past religion. The time is now! Onward toward a secular now!

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Five Things Christians Get Wrong (About Their Own Religion) https://rickbeckman.org/log/five-things-christians-get-wrong/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/five-things-christians-get-wrong/#respond Mon, 07 Sep 2015 20:25:15 +0000 http://rickbeckman.org/?p=3378

As quickly as Christianity was created, it changed into something entirely different. One has to ask: Why don't Christians believe Christianity?

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On Mass Resurrections https://rickbeckman.org/log/mass-resurrections/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/mass-resurrections/#respond Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:32:09 +0000 http://rickbeckman.org/?p=3371

Oh, Death, where is thy sting? Oh, Resurrection, where is thy evidence? A brief look at the Bible's mass resurrection in Jerusalem, which despite having happened in the story of the Bible, made no discernable mark on history. Why?

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Are You Ashamed of Jesus? https://rickbeckman.org/log/ashamed-of-jesus/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/ashamed-of-jesus/#respond Sun, 05 Jul 2015 12:05:03 +0000 http://ascendingolymp.us/?p=68

Christians are wont to say that they are not ashamed of Jesus, which seems OK. But is there really no reason to be ashamed of him?

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Why Didn’t God Stop the Shooting? https://rickbeckman.org/log/shootings-and-god/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/shootings-and-god/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:07:03 +0000 http://ascendingolymp.us/?p=56 Speaker 1: "Why didn't God stop the shooting?" Speaker 2: "How could he? He's not allowed in school anymore."

If school shootings happen because God is banned from schools, then why do church shootings happen? Given what we know about God, perhaps he just doesn't exist.

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The Kingship of Jesus, A Meme https://rickbeckman.org/log/jesus-kingship/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/jesus-kingship/#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:30:39 +0000 http://ascendingolymp.us/?p=45

Is it true that no matter who is the United States president, Jesus is king? And if so, what does that mean for Christians?

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In Which I Went from Being a Christian Fundamentalist to an Atheist https://rickbeckman.org/log/belief-to-disbelief/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/belief-to-disbelief/#comments Sun, 14 Jun 2015 12:32:44 +0000 http://ascendingolymp.us/?p=28

After several years of faith in Jesus, I came across a passage in the Bible "face to face" -- absent the shield of commentary or apology. It would altogether kill my faith in the God of the Bible. This is my story of deconversion.

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The Ascent Begins… https://rickbeckman.org/log/ascent-begins/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/ascent-begins/#respond Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:30:06 +0000 http://ascendingolymp.us/?p=21

A look back at my past as a religious but unfocused blogger, the journey to ascend Olympus, to challenge the claims of religion, begins now.

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Reasons to Believe? https://rickbeckman.org/log/reasons-to-believe/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/reasons-to-believe/#respond Thu, 30 Apr 2015 02:41:18 +0000 http://www.rickbeckman.com/?page_id=76 Apologetics is the art of answering critical questions about a religion and in providing positive reasons to believe in a religion, both as a reassurance to current believers and as an invitation for unbelievers to become believers. If you’re one of the rare few who come here with very little experience with religion, then you might be wondering just … Continue reading Reasons to Believe?

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Gluten: The Facts and The Fad https://rickbeckman.org/log/gluten-facts/ Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:11:57 +0000 http://www.rickbeckman.com/?p=74 Learn a few basic facts about gluten and celiac disease; includes an infographic (along with a transcript). I learned something from it, and I hope you do too.

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Contribute to the Frontiers of Science with Nothing but Your Smartphone https://rickbeckman.org/log/crayfis-cosmic-rays/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/crayfis-cosmic-rays/#respond Sat, 25 Apr 2015 04:09:58 +0000 http://www.rickbeckman.com/?p=64 Become a citizen scientist by donating the idle time of your smartphone to the search for cosmic rays, a search that ordinarily requires extremely expensive equipment.

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The Hastening Sun — Ecclesiastes 1:5 https://rickbeckman.org/log/sun-hastens/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/sun-hastens/#respond Sun, 01 Feb 2015 05:42:46 +0000 http://www.rickbeckman.com/?page_id=51 It’s hardly any secret that the Bible speaks of a flat Earth. [ref]…unless of course you have a bias which requires the Bible to speak of a spherical Earth.[/ref] It was written, after all, when cosmology was a colorful array of imaginative ideas from all over the world — Atlas carrying the Earth, the sun … Continue reading The Hastening Sun — Ecclesiastes 1:5

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Made Out of the Invisible — Hebrews 11:3 https://rickbeckman.org/log/ex-nihilo/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/ex-nihilo/#respond Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:10:04 +0000 http://www.rickbeckman.com/?page_id=43 A large portion of religion relies on invisibility. We are told that unseen gods, angels, demons, demigods, spirits, and spectres are all around us, active in any number of mysterious ways in our world. These claims are easy to dismiss, though — if something is altogether undetectable, if something is not the indisputable effect to … Continue reading Made Out of the Invisible — Hebrews 11:3

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Stretching the North Over the Void — Job 26:7a https://rickbeckman.org/log/northern-void/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/northern-void/#respond Sat, 31 Jan 2015 07:23:46 +0000 http://www.rickbeckman.com/?page_id=41 “Space,” it says, “is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space, listen…”Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy With a sufficiently powerful telescope and a sufficient … Continue reading Stretching the North Over the Void — Job 26:7a

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He Hangs the Earth on Nothing — Job 26:7 https://rickbeckman.org/log/earth-hangs-nothing/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/earth-hangs-nothing/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:29:34 +0000 http://www.rickbeckman.com/?page_id=39 The ancient Greeks believed that the world was upheld by a Titan called Atlas. Various Native Americans, Hindus, and Chinese believed that the world was carried about by the World Turtle. Still others believed other animals labored tirelessly in carrying about our planet. We know those beliefs to be mythical, and we have photographic evidence … Continue reading He Hangs the Earth on Nothing — Job 26:7

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Science and the Bible https://rickbeckman.org/log/science-bible/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/science-bible/#respond Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:55:00 +0000 http://www.rickbeckman.com/?page_id=38 Various apologists, preachers, and Christian pamphleteers have often pointed out that the Bible contains many scientific truths, or facts about reality which we are to believe were penned with supernatural prescience about the world, with the inspirational aid of an omniscient deity, long before the scientific community would arrive at the same conclusions about reality. … Continue reading Science and the Bible

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Did Nehemiah Poorly Copy Ezra? — Ezra 2:1–42 v. Nehemiah 7:5–45 https://rickbeckman.org/log/nehemiah-botches-ezras-numbers/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/nehemiah-botches-ezras-numbers/#respond Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:31:55 +0000 http://www.rickbeckman.com/?page_id=35 Believe it or not, kids, there was a time when “copy/paste” wasn’t as simple as long-pressing a touchscreen to cause a context menu to appear allowing you to choose “select,” tapping “copy” in a subsequent context menu which appears, navigating to a different text box, long-pressing to pull up its context menu, and finally tapping … Continue reading Did Nehemiah Poorly Copy Ezra? — Ezra 2:1–42 v. Nehemiah 7:5–45

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Are All Sins Forgivable? — Mark 3:28–28 v. Colossians 2:13 & 1 John 1:9 https://rickbeckman.org/log/unforgivable-sin/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/unforgivable-sin/#respond Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:05:00 +0000 http://www.rickbeckman.com/?page_id=30

Christian theology tells us that Jesus died as a sacrifice for sinners, such that “whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). What, then, does it mean when the New Testament speaks of a sin which is “eternal” and unforgivable? And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the … Continue reading Are All Sins Forgivable? — Mark 3:28–28 v. Colossians 2:13 & 1 John 1:9

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Bible Contradictions https://rickbeckman.org/log/bible-contradictions/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/bible-contradictions/#respond Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:01:44 +0000 http://www.rickbeckman.com/?page_id=28 There is a lot of work which goes into making a two-hour movie. I remember watching a deleted scene for Iron Man after having watched the movie with my father. The deleted scenes were from an earlier stage of film development, prior to all of the finesse and post-production which goes into making films shine, … Continue reading Bible Contradictions

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On the Irreducible Complexity of the Eye https://rickbeckman.org/log/eye-irreducible-complexity/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/eye-irreducible-complexity/#respond Thu, 15 Jan 2015 01:58:08 +0000 http://www.rickbeckman.com/?p=20 A video from TED-Ed which explains the evolution of eyes, providing a response to those who would claim that eyes are irreducibly complex, requiring a designer.

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Ascending toward a Secular Now https://rickbeckman.org/log/secularnow/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/secularnow/#respond Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:01:34 +0000 http://www.rickbeckman.com/?p=18

If the end result of ascending Olympus is to learn that the gods the world worships aren't really there, what does that mean for society? How should morality be determined in a post-religion society? Let's take a look at our increasingly "secular now."

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There Ain’t No Mountain High Enough https://rickbeckman.org/log/challenging-the-gods/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/challenging-the-gods/#respond Mon, 12 Jan 2015 03:47:27 +0000 http://www.rickbeckman.com/?p=15

The ancient Greeks lived subserviently to a myriad of gods, the elite of which ruled from Mount Olympus. Why then did the Greeks not take to Olympus to see whether the gods were truly there? Why do we, today, not make every effort to see whether the gods of today's religions are truly there? It's time to expose the charades of religion, ascending their high places, and embracing a secular now.

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Creationist Russ Miller’s Glory of God Mathematics https://rickbeckman.org/log/creationist-russ-millers-glory-god-mathematics/ https://rickbeckman.org/log/creationist-russ-millers-glory-god-mathematics/#respond Wed, 19 Feb 2014 03:56:54 +0000 http://www.rickbeckman.org/?p=3150

Creationist Russ Miller claims that the universe declares the glory of God, and claims as support of this the presumed triune nature of various aspects of reality -- time, space, etc. But what happens when a creationist goes from talking about the imaginary world of biblical creationism to tying it into reality?

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