Essays

Apologetics and Green Eggs and Ham

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I constantly argue that the main opponent against Christianity is not militant atheists (even though they are the loudest) but those who do not care. How do we get those people to care – we put a stone it their shoe as Stand to Reason would put it. In order to do that we need to be alert for a thoughtful conversation/question, to keep asking, and using different approaches – much like the hero in Dr. Seuss’s classic Green Eggs and Ham. To remind us of that strategy below is a parody of that story: (more…)

The Force of Logic

Yoda – about to lose in a logic fight.

While I am a huge science-fiction fan, the Star Wars series really has not grabbed me like other series. I do have some friends who are really into this universe of telekinetic swashbucklers and scoundrels. When one of these friends told me to watch the last few episodes of the last season of the animated Clone Wars show; I asked why. He told me that it put all the pieces together between the 2nd and 3rd film of the prequel trilogy. I am a sucker for storytelling and how storytellers connect their work, so I was intrigued. Recently, I took a day off work to spend some more time with my baby daughter. (more…)

Rocks and Water – A Rebuttal about Relationships

A solid defense is always needed

What is an apology?  Is it something that necessitates forgiveness? Is it something that one must do if they are in the wrong?  No, of course not (not with what I am going for).  The true definition is something far more powerful. An apology is a defense of something you believe in strongly.  It is written  in “The Apology” that Socrates gave his defense of what he believed.  It is also written in John 18:37 that Christ gave his reason, his apology: “To testify for the Truth”.

So what am I “apologizing” about? Let me defend what I wrote a while ago.  In that post I shared some of my story and the ideal woman I am questing for.  (more…)

Repost – The Rhetorical State of the Internet

The founding fathers had it easy.  They only had to convince 13 pseudo-states to unite and throw off the oppressive bonds of monarchy.  Their congress like today was filled with earmarking (Jefferson went to the Orient as an ambassador to steal rice to give to American farmers), scandals (that dirty old Benjamin Franklin), and eccentrics (Franklin again – he really was the Strom Thurman of his day).  The only thing that they did not have that is used today is the Internet; the blackberry John Adams had was not the same as Obama’s… one’s a fruit. (more…)

Repost – Jumping Off the Shoulder of Giants

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Kenneth Grahame, the famous British writer was noted for saying “Monkeys very sensibly refrain from speech, lest they should be set to earn their livings.” Before we take a wild ride like Mr. Toad let the wind of that drift through the willows of thought. Can you imagine an infinite number of monkeys sitting around tables throwing papers around, writing up speeches for an important chattering in front of a captive audience? Then leaving a mess for unfortunate souls to clean up afterward – wait that happens all the time… just look what happens at press conferences. (more…)

Repost – Aristotle 6 and Games

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This is a paper I wrote for one of my last classes in college:

In my wanderings in the library I came across a fascinating picture in a National Geographic. The image had a anthropologist sitting playing a game in the dirt with an African native. The game that they played has appeared on scraps of paper, in the dirt, and even on the spines of books to the chagrin of librarians – everywhere and anywhere there are players willing.  This game played from Toronto to Tokyo is one of linking shapes together. It is the game of tic-tac-toe(more…)