An introduction

In the past, a few theist bloggers have been featured on this site for different reasons but mainly because they either censor comments they don’t like or engage in a hit and run game where they make outlandish claims about atheism and when these are questioned they don’t respond. Today I am introducing an apologist, Debilis, who I must say is not guilty of the above crimes and to her credit I must say she engages with anyone who comments on her posts.

She is being featured here, as you will notice when you visit her blog, because of her obsession with creating a caricature atheist whom she then argues against and obviously ends up showing that atheists generally and new atheists specifically are either dishonest, uneducated on Christianity and many other faults she can find.

Having read most of her posts, I think her greatest failing is a misunderstanding of atheists and atheism in general. Atheists are like every other human being, maybe a bit more rational, but victims to the same frailties and flaws attendant to members of our species. We are only united in lacking a belief in gods, that is it. Again to use Dawkins, Dennette, Harris, Ayaan Hirsi and the late Hitchens as a standard of measure of who atheists should be is simply ridiculous. It should interest her that the many books I have read on atheism are not written by the above group and that if she, as she claims to be, were intellectually honest she could look further than she has done. In several posts, she has offered response to Russell’s why am not a Christian and has used it as a launching pad for attacking New Atheists[whoever these are]. In her posts you will notice her vitriol is aimed at New Atheists though she doesn’t say where these group of atheists differ from old atheists.

She says this of atheists

The confidence and scorn with which they attack all religion is wildly out of proportion with the (lack of) evidence and logical rigor they provide as support for their claims.

and does not provide evidence to support the claim that we don’t provide evidence. On the discussion of whether god exists, the theist has failed to define a coherent god [ she believes in the god of classical theism; this will be addressed at the end of this post], having failed at the definitions they have failed to show evidence for this god[this is impossible without a coherent god], and lastly have failed to show that theism is true.  The atheist [talking for myself and those I know] have to be confident because we know what we are talking about and can defend it. So she must indeed show where we fail or withdraw.

[…] a sense of loss when I think about the shallowness of the modern discussion on religion.

What shallowness is she referencing here? Who is being shallow? And how deep does she want us to get?

And the New Atheists, for all their sloppiness of thought, their commitment to rhetoric over rationality, and their refusal to understand the subject being discussed, have forced the Church to think.

Anytime a person in the church dares to think for themselves they end up quitting. As proof of this there is the Clergy project, an online group of former church ministers who no longer hold to supernatural beliefs. I have linked posts by Eric at Choice in dying, a former church pastor who writes mainly about the right to assisted dying but also on atheism. So to call atheists sloppy without providing proof is condescending to say the least and an insult to our [atheists] collective intelligence.

That is, a group of raging atheists calling Christians moronic, while using arguments that just a little study could overcome…

What arguments are these? Atheists have been classified as being second only to rapists, so don’t worry being called moronic at least they[atheists] can defend their use of invective against Christians and whilst saying this, I hardly meet atheists calling you moron.

They may well have set in motion events which will lead to theism being stereotyped as the intellectual position.

When this happens it will no longer be theism.

In order not to make this post longer, allow me to discuss the god of classical theism and its problems. I know this is the god she refers to her in her posts[ she told me].

The god of classical theism has the following qualities

  1. Transcendence
  2. Omnipotence
  3. Omniscience
  4. Omnipresence
  5. Absolute benevolence

 The following five qualities can not coherently be held by one person/ being. Transcendence means out of time and space and omnipresence means he is everywhere all the time. So either this god is beyond time and space and impersonal and having no need to create the universe[immutable and self-sufficient] or he is everywhere all the time.

Can god do something that is logically impossible? Or better still can god create a stone he can’t lift. If he can’t do this, it rules out the omnipotence argument and all we then can say that of this god is that it can only do logically possible things which again it has failed to do e.g it is logically possible for an all-powerful god to prevent an earthquake, something this god has failed to do even once.

If god knows everything, that is the present, the past and the future, then  he can’t change it. Whence then is the omnipotence? The three qualities, that is, omnipotence, omnibenevolence and omniscience can’t be coherently possessed by one individual.

As I said in the beginning of this post, the Christian apologist has their work clearly marked out;

  1. They have to define a coherent god
  2. show that such a god exists

Women in Islam

Each time we sleep with a Houri we find her virgin. Besides, the penis of the Elected never softens. The erection is eternal; the sensation that you feel each time you make love is utterly delicious and out of this world and were you to experience it in this world you would faint. Each chosen one [i.e. Muslim] will marry seventy [sic] houris, besides the women he married on earth, and all will have appetizing vaginas.” – Al-Suyuti, Al-Itqan fi Ulum al-Qur’an, p. 351

Women in Islam

My vision for Nairobi Metropolis

This is an open letter to the Governor of Nairobi, Dr Evans Kidero.

1. Building approvals

Dr. Kidero, as the governor of Nairobi County, I guess you are the boss of everyone at City Hall. There is a department that deals with development control. The first thing you ought to do is to disband it as currently constituted since it is inefficient. The new team should comprise architects and a new rule should be introduced that for every development that approval is being sought, the architect must make a presentation to the new team and knowing architects, no building will be approved and this will go along way in ridding the city of ugly buildings.

2. City council askaris [guards]

Please for the sake of all of us and for love of the city have all these guys fired. This is the one group of people second only to prison warders who have decided their brains are to be used as a shelter for rain and not for thinking. In the place of the current lot, employ university graduates in sociology, anthropology and music and train them in security and PR,  and maybe just maybe the face of CCN security apparatus may change. I am hoping university graduates are able to reason though I can’t say this of all them.

3. Revenue

The first thing you ought to do is to form Nairobi Revenue Authority and give them a mandate to collect taxes from anything that makes money and churches will be a good place to start. Forget about 24 hour economy, we are doing alright with 18 hours economy, the thing to do is to convince the MPs within the county to mobilize their fellows to repeal Muthutho Law, that way we will drink till morning and improve the economy. Related to this please do write a letter in your capacity as governor to EABL to reduce the cost of beer, this will go along way in making the economy grow.

4. Public transport

I don’t like the 14 seater contraptions we have on the roads. They are a nuisance and fill our roads leading to endless traffic. Encourage the city to invest in mass transit buses, have a central control and ensure the parking fees in town are so high to discourage people from using personal cars in the city. They pollute the air and cause traffic jams, I know you have seen this from your corner office.

5. Slums 

I know there must be a statute that allows the government to forcefully posses any land for the public good. Ensure that for every development approved in the upmarket areas, the developer must build a block of flats in the slums. This way we will eliminate slums and at the same time improve the housing conditions in Nairobi.

6. Unemployment

You don’t want your county to be ranked as one with the highest unemployment record in the country. To this end, have a team do a door to door inspection of residential areas. Those who are unemployed should be deported to their counties, that way they will not put a strain on the limited resources we have in Nairobi and you will have a good name.

7. Bhang and CSW

You should make Nairobi the bhangi capital of East Africa. By doing this we will attract revenue as there will be people coming from all over to visit our marijuana shops and they will sleep in our hotels, buy from our shops and this will contribute to the revenue of the county. In line with this, Koinange Street should be a fully fledged redlight district. The pastors will make noise but ignore them, they have more sex than anyone else. By doing this you will contribute to the Nairobi economy since as you well know, the services of CSWs are sought by the high and mighty as well as the low.

8. Flag and security detail

Please join the other governors in demanding to fly the flag, have a standard and outriders. This way there will be no difference between governor and president and in future we will not need presidents. The governors will elect one of their own to rule for a year on a rotating basis and this way no one will rig and then we can remove that clause in the constitution concerning presidential petitions. I say this because I have no trust at all at the courts to make any sensible ruling on anything and I hope me and you share this feeling.

9. Prisons

The prisons in Nairobi are overpopulated by petty offenders and I don’t think you desire this. Now you can write to the illegitimate president that we have and ask him to release all the petty offenders. They can be involved in community work or be let to go free. The only people who should remain are those who need to be monitored closely such as serial rapists, murderers and such who pose a risk to themselves and the society at large. When doing this ensure the prison warders are employed from the best of the society, people who can help in the rehabilitation of criminals not those who will make them turn out worse than they already are.

10. Housing

I don’t like the current housing costs. I can’t work just to pay rent. Use your powers to ensure the supply of good housing beats the demand for the same. This way rent will go down and I can live closer to work and drink more of my money.

I will add to this list when I can think of something else to add.