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The beginnings of life: First evidence of molecular evolution of RNA

Reading Time: 2 minutes Research from the University of Tokyo has “provided the first empirical evidence that simple biological molecules can lead to the emergence of complex lifelike systems” as they created an RNA molecule that “replicates, diversifies, and develops complexity, following Darwinian evolution.” This is the holy grail of naturalism—abiogenesis—not the diversification of life itself but the start […]

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Disputing Miracles vs Disputing History (II)

Reading Time: 4 minutes This comment was left on a thread a few weeks ago: John, why dispute these facts and not go right for the miracles? Because, if miracles are possible, if it’s possible to extract water from a stone and part the sea, then it’s possible that Moses’ mother had a magical pitch pit in her back […]

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Disputing Miracles vs Disputing History (I)

Reading Time: 9 minutes I’m sorry, but I can’t remember who posted this comment but it is worth dwelling on; if I remember correctly, it was in response to me picking apart biblical narratives for their historical inaccuracies and problems, as well as their naturalistic impossibilities: John, why dispute these facts and not go right for the miracles? Because, […]

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Critically Analysing the Resurrection: A Walk-Through

Reading Time: < 1 minute Here is my latest video, walking through my book on the Resurrection of Jesus – The Resurrection: A Critical Examination of the Easter Story [UK]. Please like and subscribe and do all the things those UToobers tell you to.     Stay in touch! Like A Tippling Philosopher on Facebook: A Tippling Philosopher You can also […]

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2nd Covid Jab, My Multiple Sclerosis, and Qualia

Reading Time: 3 minutes This is what I just wrote on Facebook with regard to having my second covid jab yesterday and how it interacted with my multiple sclerosis: Wow. Oof. I had my second Astra Zeneca vaccine yesterday at about midday. That was a wild night. I thought I’d share my experiences with you in case some of […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes I posted the other day about motivated reasoning and eric commented as follows: It’s possible to ‘dispassionately argue’ but still be engaging in motivated reasoning. I just don’t think that’s really the case here. What that would look like is: let’s say Jonathan accepted pretty much every non-christian account of an unsubstantiated miracle, but used […]

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The Resurrection, Fideism and Circularity

Reading Time: 3 minutes The few times that New Testament claims intersect with history – namely, the Nativity accounts, and to a lesser degree, the Resurrection accounts – the claims fail, historically speaking. What epistemic right does the Christian then have for believing in Jesus, for being a Christian? If you ask the Christian “Why do you know that […]

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Being Skeptical of Near-Death Experiences (Pt 2)

Reading Time: 10 minutes The other day, I introduced the topic of Near-Death Experiences (NDEs), and today I will talk about naturalistic, scientific explanations for such phenomena. The problem with scientific explanations and hypotheses for such phenomena is that they aren’t as fun and exciting as some funky spiritual world operating in parallel, or whatever NDErs believe. This rather […]