Archive for June, 2007

A Review of Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion Part II

Elgin Hushbeck -

Listen to the MP3 June 29, 2007, Wausau, Wi — In  part I of my review of Richard Dawkins’, “The God Delusion” I looked at three errors in Dawkins view of religion.  Somewhat more surprising, however, is Dawkins view of atheism in America. He claims that “The status of atheists in America today is on a par [...]

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Iraq War – Should we Leave? Part II

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In the last post in this series I have looked at some of the reasons given for why we should leave Iraq. Probably the most serious argument for leaving is the claim that we cannot win and that the sooner we leave the better, often with a comparison to Vietnam. The comparison to Vietnam is very [...]

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A Review of Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion Part I

Elgin Hushbeck -

June 22, 2007, Wausau, Wi— Richard Dawkins’, “The God Delusion” is yet another in a long line of books which attempts to make the claim that believing in God is irrational.  As with the other attempts, Dawkins ultimately ends up only demonstrating his own lack of critical analysis.  There is a very simple rule in [...]

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Iraq War – Should we Leave? Part I

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In the previous posts I have looked back at the question of should we have gone to war in Iraq, and despite the fact that large stockpiles of WMDs were not found, on balance the reasons for going to war are still valid. But whether or not we should have gone into Iraq, the fact [...]

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Of Gods and Gaps

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Listen to the MP3 June 15, 2007, Wausau, Wi— Many skeptics see religion as little more than how people tried to make sense of the mysterious world around them, before the emergence of modern science.   Lightening was seen coming down from the clouds so there must be something in the clouds throwing it down, and this [...]

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Iraq War – Should we have gone? Part III

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In the last two parts I looked at the WMDs and humanitarian reasons for going to War. While, when put into context, I believe these justified going to war, I do not believe that these were the most important reasons. The most important reason for the removal of Saddam was not only a valid strategic [...]

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Irrational Nobility

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Listen to the MP3 June 8, 2007, Wausau, Wi— It has often been pointed out that adversity reveals a person’s true character better than anything except possibly the acquisition of power.  Whether it is the result of great tragedy such as the sinking of the Titanic, or the destruction of Greenburg Kansas, or great evil such [...]

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Did Prop 187 Destroy the Republican Party?

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Jeb Bush and Ken Mehlman in the Wall Street Journal argue that Prop 187 destroyed the Republican party in California. As someone who was active in California politics at the time, I think their analysis ignores several key factors, the most important being the internal struggle that existed in the party at the time, and [...]

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Iraq War – Should we have gone? Part II

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While many reasons could be, and have been given for why we should have gone to war in Iraq, the three that were always the strongest for me were, WMD, humanitarian, and strategic. While the subsequent failure to find large stockpiles of WMDs has cast some doubt on the first reason (as was discussed last [...]

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A Review of Sam Harris' The End of Faith Part VI

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Listen to the MP3 June 1, 2007, Wausau, Wi— I will conclude my review of Sam Harris’ The End Of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason, by looking at the alternative that Harris presents.  Harris fundamentally argues for a view of life that seeks happiness through the process of reason and evidence.  In his [...]

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