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I believe in absolute truth, I just don’t believe any of us has it.
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Have you read “GOD is not Great” by C Hitchens? I’d be interested to hear your critique.
I haven’t, yet, no. I may look into it, though. If it’s philosophy, I’m sure I’ve heard better arguments against God. I would be curious either way, though.
It’s okay. He made some very good points that need honest responses instead of Christian platitudes, but it was spoiled a bit when he got obviously disingenuous — as in setting up strawman arguments that he must have known were misrepresentations. So … kind of uneven.
I agree with this post. I live in the South. I enjoy watching Second Presbyterian in Memphis on TV. It’s the same tired stuff in the Evangelicals Churches. I also enjoy most Methodist services, although they tend to be a lil too conservative down here. Look forward to reading more David.