13 reasons to be a theist

No, I haven’t become one. I think most Christian apologists are loonies. Take for instance this theist is offering in so many words 13 reasons not to be an atheist. If you have time click on the link.

The reasons below were given as support of why you shouldn’t be an atheist. I think they are good reasons to be a christian. I have endeavoured to summarize them as much as possible.

13. Because the atheist can’t live consistently with his claims, and that he needs to steal from other worldviews

We do this by

as long as the atheist continues to reason, or to assume the uniformity of nature, to assume past experience as reliable, to trust his cognitive faculties he is not reasoning within his worldview. Instead, the atheist must borrow from the Christian worldview whereby such things are grounded within the being and nature of a transcendent God

and I say bollocks.

12. Because of insurmountable improbabilities that defies atheism:

The universe is fine tuned, let’s be theists.

11.  Because the atheist has to delude himself daily:

by telling yourself your life has meaning, you are a deluded atheist. Stop that right away and start praying. God is the source of all meaning.

10. Because most atheists hold to the view of scientism

There are other ways of knowing and faith is one of them. Forget the scientific method, take your bible and start praying.

9.  Because of the presupposition of human dignity and worth

Since you kiss your wives and attend funerals of your friends you can no longer be atheists. You lying heathens, closeted theists you all!

8.  Because of the reality of miracles

Because you secretly believe in miracles, you can no longer be atheists.

7.  Because of uniformity in nature:

This is my best reason. Lions eat antelopes, antelopes eat shrubs and then finally all die and become worms. How can this beautiful uniformity not make you theists? Since the sun is likely to be shining tomorrow, there is a god. Silly atheists, stop denying god.

6. Because of the origin of life itself

It is irrational to believe that life came from non-life but it is ok to believe that a disembodied spirit created the universe by saying let there be. All atheists report to the church near you to be registered as members because all of you believe the universe was created 6K years ago.

5. Because truth seeking is not the ultimate good on atheism:

All atheists cannot be after truth even though this is part of being human. Friends, this

For instance, if seeking the truth on any given subject would diminish human flourishing then seeking that truth would be evil, and thus we would be morally obligated to avoid or suppress knowledge of that truth.

is at the apex of stupid. I can’t help but think what type of dunce writes such a thing?

4. Because to be a true atheist is impossible

Enough said, however, I will add this gem

I believe that a worldview is irrational if it needs to be redefined because it cannot bear the burden of proof it needs to carry – especially of those who claim to be an agnostic atheist

3. Because of Big Bang cosmology

Scientists looking through telescopes have seen brush marks in the cosmic microwave background radiation, evidence of a hand in the movement of galaxies which all points to an active strong and intelligent agency. You therefore cannot hold BB as true and be an atheist.

2. Because of a lack of moral motivation, on atheism

As an atheist, you have no reason to aspire to be moral. Only theists can do this and if any of you heathens has dreamt of being moral, you are a closet theist.

1. Because thoughts have no value, on atheism

I will let our interlocutor speak for himself.

On atheism all we are is matter, and our thinking is nothing but the misfiring of electrochemical processes in our brains. On top of this the atheist has to hold dogmatically that evolution supports his naturalism. Not only would this be unprovable but it can’t be used to dismiss God’s activity in the world, for God could have guided, overseen or initiated the process

From the foregoing, yours truly believes that the author of this post is a bozo who has lost all his wits

What should be done to improve the morality and integrity of Kenyan leaders?

This is a question asked by one of the media houses yesterday on twitter.

My first answer was nothing. Trying to improve the morality of the present crop of Kenyan leaders would be akin to propping up a mature tree. Impossible. Maybe there are a few men and women of integrity in the different positions of leadership, but against a mob of inefficient, corrupt, sleazy, lazy and tribal colleagues, they are out gunned, out witted and out voiced, they can never be heard.

Is it all bleak?

The first solution in my view is to revolt. A system wide revolt with one single goal, to remove the current crop of leadership. The bigger problem with this is its success is never sure. Look at the example of Egypt or Libya though in each of this cases there could be other matters at play. Tunis is an example where the revolution seems to have led to some positive change. So I make this proposal but have a lot of misgivings for lives would be lost in a violent revolution and to what end?

Education. What type of education? An education that teaches people how to think and not what to think. The majority those who claim to have some education in this country, I am afraid, are not. They were trained to be machines. Their training is about how to follow orders, make yourself employable and nothing more. Their education did not train them to think and this has unfortunately led the dearth of thinkers and great statesmen and women.

Distribution of resources. The history of this country is one of systematic gross inequalities. The élite/ ruling classes have used their positions always to marginalize those not in power. No regime has ever focused on building a nation. It is tribe or communities against others. How would a person unable to put food on the table think about integrity when choosing their leaders? Anyone who promises to give them money, any amount, regardless of how corrupt or inefficient will get their vote. Improve the lives of every citizen, and they are sure to make proper choices, though not always, of who should lead them.

Institutions. If it were possible to purge all institutions of the corrupt and lazy officers, this would work. The police force wins almost yearly as the most corrupt arm of government. This is the arm charged with implementation of laws, how would you expect them to  perform? We get treated to a theatre of the absurd for the last almost four years of vetting in the judiciary. Judges and magistrates have been found wanting in integrity, how would we expect an already corrupt house to arbitrate on matters of integrity? There are scandals in house committees, committees that are to checking the government! You have cabinet secretaries who have difficulties obeying simple traffic rules, what would you expect of their performance in office? The presidential nominees to several bodies get rubber-stamped by parliament regardless of how poorly qualified the fellow is just to appease his tribe! What stupidity is this?

God. In the discussions we had, a few suggested that maybe god would solve the problem. I said an emphatic no. Not just because am godless, but because the politician sees himself as a god and only answerable to one. The politician must be made to know he is an employee of the people and only answerable to them, if he wants to answer to god, then he should become a member of the clergy.

And lastly I ventured to say that our media is part of the problem. They would want us to see them as holy Joe’s while they sleep with the politicians. They pretend to do exposes on political shenanigans only long enough to raise our anger and in the next moment they are again in bed with them doing their bidding. We get treated to several hours of idiotic speech from politicians in the name of fair play. If those who work in the media think they have something to offer, they should stay critical and above reproach or else stay quiet.

on men and brains

Someone tell me how H. L Mencken got away with such all gloves off war on men? Writing about intuition, he finishes that chapter by writing

Men, too, sometimes have brains. But that is a rare,rare man, I venture, who is as steadily intelligent, as constantly sound in judgement, as little put off by appearances as the average women of forty-eight.

H. L Mencken in his book In defense of women