Thursday, February 7, 2008

What's that Smell?

Consider the following three statements:

(1) Commenting on John McCain’s speech to at the Conservative Political Action Conference today, former House Majority leader Tom Delay told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: “He laid out a good treatise on what conservative principles are, but then he didn’t apply those principles to the issue of global warming for instance.” When asked the conservative position on global warming, Delay went on to say: “Man is not causing climate change. . . . It is arrogance to suggest that man can affect climate change.”

(2) Leading apologetics scholar, William Lane Craig says: “The way that I know Christianity is true is first and foremost on the basis the witness of the Holy Spirit in my heart. This gives me a self authenticating means of knowing Christianity is true wholly apart from the evidence.”

(3) Leading apologetics popularizer Josh McDowell says: “Postmodernism is a worldview that asserts that external, absolute truth—that is, a truth that is true for all people, in all places, and at all times—cannot be known through reason or science because truth is either nonexistent or unknowable.”

So there you have it. Delay denies the findings of the climatologists on the basis of political ideology. Craig rejects historical evidence in favor of his subjective religious feelings. Nevertheless, McDowell claims that it is the postmodernists rather than the theists who reject the idea of objective truth.

"There ain't nuthin' more powerful than the smell of mendacity!" Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams.


  1. Dimwit Delay's statement is about what I'd expect. He seems to think that humankind functions outside of nature rather than within it. We affect our environment and our environment affects us in an ongoing relationship. With a population in excess of five billion, with the technology that we have, there is no question in my mind that we definitely can and do affect our environment.

    Creepy Craig is a nitwit. Oh, he's pretty eloquent and he has a good vocabulary, but most of his talk is circular and unintelligible. If it all comes down to the Holy Spirit anyway, then why waste time developing the kalam argument and other such garbage?

    Moron McDowell's search for "truth for all people, in all places, and at all times" is useless. Truth is objective, but it is not fixed.

    Thanks for providing today's clips from the Three Twits.