My Journey

Posted May 3, 2015 by kevingdrendel
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Walking


It’s time for a little update, not much, but I am no longer new to blogging, though I still write as part of my profession, only blogging is more interesting. “Everyone” has a blog. The hyperbole isn’t far off, but there is something in the discipline of writing that sharpens ideas and fleshes them out.

I have been on a journey for truth since I emerged from the haze and confusion of adolescence, much of it self-induced. Stepping out of that myopic existence I began to get an inkling that there existed a world of truth that I wanted to encounter, and so I set off. I didn’t realize how much faith accompanies truth. Read the rest of this post »

The Myth of Objectivity

Posted September 16, 2016 by kevingdrendel
Categories: Materialism, Morality, Religion, Science

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Thoughtful and thought-provoking articles are a source for many articles I write. Those two characteristics are not always exemplified in the same single article, but an article by Trent Horn, Neil DeGrasse Tyson Shows Why Science Can’t Build a Utopia[1], is an exception.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, of course, is the outspoken agnostic ambassador of science. The article was precipitated by Tyson’s tweet: “Earth needs a virtual country: #Rationalia, with a one-line Constitution: All policy shall be based on the weight of evidence.”[2] And Horn counter-tweeted: “@neiltyson ‘Rationalia’ is as useless as ‘Correctistan,’ or a country whose constitution says, ‘Always make the correct decisions.'”

To illustrate what he means by his counter-tweet, the author used the example of a driverless car. Fatalities have already happened with them and will undoubtedly happen again. That isn’t the point, though. The point is this: how should they be programmed when confronted with two options – to run over pedestrians or run into an object that may kill the passengers?

How does Rationalia weigh the evidence to determine which is the best course? Read the rest of this post »

Equality in the Economy of God

Posted September 15, 2016 by kevingdrendel
Categories: Christian, Phsychology, Sociology

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“Culture tells us two great lies about success: you can be whatever you want to be, and you can be the best in the world.”

This was a statement in a newsletter I received. It couldn’t be truer. Not that we want to hear that sort of thing. We want to be told we “can do it”! And, we like believing the lie.

The truth is that we can’t all be the best. We can’t be whatever we want to be.

Just being real here.

I don’t want to buy into the lies. I want the truth, and I think most people (many people anyway) really want the truth. We get tired of the lies. Give me something I can stand on. I don’t want a pipe dream. Read the rest of this post »

The Jesus We Meet in the Gospels

Posted September 13, 2016 by kevingdrendel
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I didn’t want to read the NY Times article, What Religion Would Jesus Belong To, by Nicholas Kristof.[1] As I suspected, when I read it, the article was devoid of a deep understanding of Christianity, and Christianity is lumped together with the other religions of the world. I don’t know the depth of the author’s understanding of Christianity, but it didn’t show in the article (though he claims a conservative Christian background).

The problem is that the article makes a good point, and I shouldn’t be so reluctant to admit it.

American churches don’t reflect “the Jesus we met in the Gospels”. Never mind that the author’s proof is another NY Times article complaining of the Christians of the Republican Party.[2] The author seems to equate Jesus with the current moral landscape, as if Jesus would condone it, rather than the modern church; but the modern church doesn’t reflect the Jesus we meet in the Gospels either. Read the rest of this post »

Destined for Tribulations

Posted September 12, 2016 by kevingdrendel
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“I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation[1] and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.”

This is how John begins relating the revelations he received that are preserved in the Book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament. Sometimes we read over things quickly that other times will stick out. This verse sticks out today, perhaps, because we have a good friend who is fighting cancer. Today is also the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

I recently wrote about the charge from atheists that people have faith in God because of wishful thinking. Nothing could be more wishful. True faith is forged only in tribulation. Read the rest of this post »

Counter-Critiquing the Moral Argument for God

Posted September 9, 2016 by kevingdrendel
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At the 9/11 Museum underneath the World Trade Center

At the 9/11 Museum underneath the World Trade Center

The moral argument for God is one of the basic arguments for proving that God exists. In this piece I follow a critique by Dr. William Lane Craig presents of a critique done by Richard Dawkins of the moral argument for God. Read the rest of this post »

One Too Many Gods

Posted September 3, 2016 by kevingdrendel
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A.C. Graying, in The God Argument, the Case Against Religion and for Humanism, claims that religious belief is really just wish fulfillment. The book accepts the premise that many atheists and agnostics assume, which is that people believe in God for psychological reasons. I would add that people believe for emotional reasons as well, but generalizations usually belie a different truth.

The wishful thinking premise is a common assumption and is often used to undermine the basis of faith. But does it really support the point it boasts of making: that faith is the product of wishful thinking? Read the rest of this post »

One Less God

Posted August 31, 2016 by kevingdrendel
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Stephen F. Roberts famously said that we are all atheists, he just believes in one less God (or less gods) than others. It is a rather clever statement that many self-described atheists or agnostics have repeated often, but it’s merely a kitschy statement with no substance or meaning. Nice try! But it doesn’t mean anything.

Atheism could be defined as belief in no God, but atheists often object to that because they don’t perceive themselves, or don’t want to perceive themselves, as believing or having faith in anything. That’s absurd, of course. We we all believe in something – even if we believe there are no gods.  Read the rest of this post »


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