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The previous post (“A Frank Conversation”) touched two kinds of liberal arts college for Erskine. Here in blue is the relevant paragraph from the article (“What’s Going On At Erskine: A Perspective From the Current Administration”) and in red the responding paragraph: The term “Christian liberal arts college” was commonly... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2012 at Death Spiral
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The theme of the current issue of InsidErskine is stated on the cover: “Gaining Perspective: A Frank Conversation About What’s Going On At Erskine.” The article “What’s Going On At Erskine” reflects the cover theme and is therefore the key article in the magazine. The purpose of this article is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2012 at Death Spiral
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A point of discussion on the Erskine alumni Facebook sites has been the anonymous article which appeared in the most recent issue of InsideErskine. The article offers, it says, “a perspective from the current administration.” That perspective seems to me, with decades more time at Erskine than anyone in that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2012 at Death Spiral
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Index-Journal, September 8, 2011 Erskine dismisses English professor 2009-10 professor of the year fired by Due West institution; school won’t discuss details By MICHELLE LAXER Erskine College fired a tenured English professor Wednesday morning, an unusual and rare move for a higher education institution. Bill Crenshaw, a 35-year employee at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2012 at Death Spiral
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What’s wrong with this picture? Where to start . . . Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Djinn and Tonic
We can’t know exactly what the extremists want to turn Erskine into, but we have several models that we can examine to get the general — and perhaps a frightening specific — idea of where they want to take us. This is, I believe, far from the “umbrella model” most... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2011 at Death Spiral
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Orthodoxies, Inerrancies, and Erskine As was said in Part 1, once the position on the Fundamental Rule of Righteousness of a denomination or individual believer is known, the Rule can be used to predict many other theological, political, social, intellectual, and even emotional and psychological positions. This, as they say,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2011 at Death Spiral
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The inerrancy clause. The Good Friday Letter. The Snow Synod (aka the March Putsch). The seminary firings. The Hering case. Whither or Whither. The calls for increased church discipline, for more robust purging. The ARPTalk. Undue influence. Board stacking. What’s going on? Basically, fear is going on. Fear that manifests... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2011 at Death Spiral
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We been snookered. What we have to learn — or maybe what we have yet to learn — is that TOS does not play nice. I would think that should be obvious by now. The problem with OS — Our Side — is that we act as if TOS does... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2011 at Death Spiral
Daniel: You say . A. Bill, Regarding natural selection, the point made by Plantinga is that the mechanism describes the evolutionary process so as to attain the goal of fitness/survival of a species. I assume that this paraphrase is accurate: Plantinga's point is that the mechanism of natural selection describes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2011 at Death Spiral
Ah — the premise — "true beliefs." There's the rub. What does Plantinga mean by "true beliefs" vis-a-vis evolutionary theory? Please define — Collins would require it. And what do you mean by the metaphor that natural selection is "concerned" with? Natural selection has no concerns. It is simply a term used to describe why some living things survive while others don't. Now artificial selection — selective breeding — does have an intent, but that is because it is guided by an intelligence and it is an intentional and directed process. Natural selection comes into play only when changes in environmental pressures favor one set of genes over another set because of the traits those genes produce in the particular flora or fauna. There is no "concern" at work here; the metaphorical analogy is faulty. The premise is unsound. Of course the conclusion is. Now if I'm misparaphrasing the premise, please correct me. But be specific and concrete in your explanation. The conclusion "he affirmation of a non-theistic ontology is epistemically suicidal" — has no meaning outside of the hermetically sealed environment of philosophy; it does not obtain in the real world which the theory of evolution accurately describes. And I love this: "Bill, I don't know why you argue against this. You yourself are a theist and aren't a metaphysical naturalist. This argument doesn't say that methodological naturalism in science is wrong. Why the disagreement?" You can see things only in philosophical terms. You assume that because I am a theist, I must perforce reject ideas that don't fit into your philosophical and theological presuppositions. Is it really so baffling to you? I don't accept your point of view because it does not work. It denies fact because of doctrine. I separate myself from ALL Christian apologists who in any way deny the discoveries of science based on their presuppositions and predilections. Christianity will not survive in a world if it denies the reality of the world. Call my Christianity RBC — Reality Based Christianity. I reject woo. Plantinga is interested in preserving woo with deductive arguments based on spurious theses concocted in the rare air of philosophical speculation. Plato, god bless him, thought the best way to study astronomy was inside your house. Aristotle knew enough to step outside and look at the stars. So what you're saying is that because I'm a theist I ought to buy into Plantinga's apologia? I repeat a word that I use often with you: Nonsense. How very tribal of you.
Toggle Commented Apr 8, 2011 on Daniel again — all about him at Death Spiral
Daniel — Just read enough on the Churchlands to know that they are not your allies in this. Clearly "eliminative materialism" would be about as antithetical to your inerrant religiosity as any thing could possibly be. The Churchlands would give your arguments absolutely no quarter and would have no truck with the ideas of Plantinger, so the fact that you're citing them shows an act of desperation. If you want to read about the mind, try Steven Pinker.
Toggle Commented Apr 7, 2011 on Daniel again — all about him at Death Spiral
Daniel — Well, why didn't' you quote him in the first place. How is an anonymous quote a clarification. I agree — let's let the readers see who is promoting nonsense. I know Plantinga and I'm familiar with his "arguments" and convinced by none. Haven't heard this one, before, but if I ask you for what support he cites for his conclusion, I know the only thing you will be able to do is to point me to a presupposition that he uses as a thesis from which he deduces that conclusion. So I'm asking and giving you a chance to prove me wrong: what is the Plantinga's support for his conclusion? As for the married Churchland team — providential name, wot? — I don't know them. But I will soon. Your comment, by the way, clarified nothing. So it was easy to make fun of. Don't you have any arguments with meat on the bones? Maybe your answer to my Plantinga question will show me some?
Toggle Commented Apr 7, 2011 on Daniel again — all about him at Death Spiral
Daniel — What arrant nonsense. This not only doesn't address the comment, it distorts it and even then offers nothing but fortune cookie quotes. It is prima facie BS. Please. Stop bringing rubber knives to the gunfight. Oh, wait . . .
Toggle Commented Apr 7, 2011 on Daniel again — all about him at Death Spiral
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False equivalence Posted on: December 29, 2008 11:21 AM, by PZ Myers I've been seeing this argument a lot lately: it's a brand of exceedingly indiscriminate relativism that is being prominently peddled by Answers in Genesis. Creationists and evolutionists, Christians and non-Christians, all have the same evidence--the same facts. Think... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2011 at Death Spiral
Don't tick off the Big Guy . . . (I'm just speechless.) Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2011 at Death Spiral
Daniel — here's the response to the All-About-You comment you put up earlier. ______________ Oh, please, Daniel. What a pose. Love the false dichotomy at the end, especially. Let's go through this point by point. 1) "Bill, you may want this anyway, but I will not continue to dialogue with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2011 at Death Spiral
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This response to Daniel was too long for Facebook, so I'm posting it here. ________ Oh, please, Daniel. What a pose. Love the false dichotomy at the end, especially. Let's go through this point by point. 1) "Bill, you may want this anyway, but I will not continue to dialogue... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2011 at Death Spiral
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On Monday of last week, Erskine's academic dean sent all faculty a link to an article about what the author called "a perfect storm in undergraduate education." The dean noted that "As conversations continue about our QEP and even broader curriculum issues, I thought this article might fuel some of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2011 at Death Spiral
Fellow babies! We've been outed!! By my crazy uncles and aunts and cousins!!! Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2011 at Death Spiral
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A student once accused me of being a devil’s advocate. Well, he thought he was making an accusation. I took it as a compliment. In fact, under my office nameplate is my unofficial title: Advocatus Diaboli. Why did the student think that “devil’s advocate” was a negative term? As it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2011 at Death Spiral
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010 WorldNetDaily Is Harry Potter in cahoots with hell? Hit movie renews concerns that children are being lured to Satan Posted: November 29, 2010 9:45 pm Eastern By Drew Zahn For the second weekend in a row, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 " –... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2010 at Hot Topics, Cool Heads B
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Creepy Christian Patriarchy Movement Shackles Daughters to Their Fathers and Homes By Gina McGalliard, Bitch Magazine Posted on November 29, 2010, Printed on November 30, 2010 http://www.alternet.org/story/149022/ “Daughters aren’t to be independent. They’re not to act outside the scope 
of their father. As long as they’re under the authority of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2010 at Hot Topics, Cool Heads B
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DADT Study: Pentagon Report Says Gays Could Serve In Military With No Harm ANNE FLAHERTY | 11/30/10 06:22 AM | WASHINGTON — The Pentagon study that argues that gay troops could serve openly without hurting the military's ability to fight is expected to re-ignite debate this month on Capitol Hill... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2010 at Hot Topics, Cool Heads B
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