Against Fideism

By Ken Niemann My attempt here is to offer a brief survey of fideism in the Christian church and elucidate it’s deviation from orthodoxy and just plain common sense.  It will be shown that, while often well intentioned fideism requires gross distortion of scriptural content and actually serves to undermine the nature of man’s relationship to…

Socrates on Intellectual Freedom

Socrates was charged with corrupting the youth of Athens with his teachings. The Court offered to free him if he would recant his teachings before the youth, but he chose the poison Hemlock instead because the truth was that important to him. Many think this event launched the discipline of Philosophy itself. “And I swear…

A Universe from Nothing?

Here, William Lane Craig debates atheist Larry Krauss who holds the view that something may come from nothing thereby undermining the Cosmological Argument for the existence of a transcendent creator. Craig’s best point, in my view, was a reference to Columbia philosopher David Albert’s  point that Krauss equivocates on what is meant by “nothing” and…

Responding to Thomas Piketty

  See also: Are there problems with Piketty’s data? Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century How to respond to Thomas Piketty’s inequality alarmism The Piketty Fallacy Remarks on Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” Why I am not persuaded by Thomas Piketty’s argument Unequal to the Task Capital Punishment Picketty Misses the Point

Avoiding Pedantism

Although no fan of chiropractors, I have to credit Clair Johnson for a brilliant treatment of what seems to be par for modern education. I have returned to this article many times over the years for focus and encouragement. Enjoy! AVOIDING PEDANTISM

A Salute To Peele on Genetic Freedom in Addiction Theory

Stanton Peele Writing for The Raw Story   Adam Cohen’s book, Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck, chronicles the horrors of the eugenics movement. It focuses on the 1927 Supreme Court decision in Buck v. Bell, in which an 8-1 majority upheld forced sterilization. Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote in the decision: “It…

BMJ: Medical Error Is Third Leading Cause of Death in US

Medical Error Is Third Leading Cause of Death in US Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer, according to findings published today in BMJ. As such, medical errors should be a top priority for research and resources, say authors Martin Makary, MD, MPH, professor of surgery,…