Monthly Archives: August 2012

Faith comes in all shapes and sizes…

I found the following statement from Dr. Karl Payne very enlightening…

The New Atheist, like Harris, Hitchins, and Dawkins, represent nothing new as far as scientific discovery regarding the promotion of their opinions. Their thinking represents little more than an old idea with a new face; another verse on an old song. They sit in a peculiarly awkward position of assuming the validity of their arguments apart from the scientific testing method they champion, while criticizing and decrying anyone not strictly adhering to the testing method they assume and presume, but fail to demonstrate empirically.

They need a world that exists; is governed by laws that are predictable, rational and consistent; which can be known, understood and trusted. They have no ability to explain or prove empirically how nothing combined with time and blind luck could be responsible to account for everything that exists, including their methodology and conclusions.

At least the old atheists were honest about the inability of their position to empirically account for their basic assumptions regarding origins, life, natural law, laws of philosophy, the existence of information, aesthetics, ethics and morals. The New Atheist assumes their conclusions and condemns anyone disagreeing with them as wishful idiots. It would appear that theists are not the only ones who can be accused of living by faith. Does the inability of the New Atheists’ to test their own assumptions by their own empirical standard, and willingness to explain the origin of life through a leap of faith, constitute a tacit admission that they too should be included in the membership of those choosing to live by faith? It is time for the New Atheists to admit that words like “bigot”, “ignorant”, “zealot”, and “hypocrite” can be applied to atheists and well as theists.

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21 Suggestions for Success

  1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.

  2. Work at something you enjoy and that’s worthy of your time and talent.

  3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

  4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

  5. Be forgiving of yourself and others.

  6. Be generous.

  7. Have a grateful heart.

  8. Persistence, persistence, persistence…

  9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.

  10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.

  11. Commit yourself to constant improvement.

  12. Commit yourself to quality.

  13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power, prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.

  14. Be loyal.

  15. Be honest.

  16. Be a self-starter.

  17. Be decisive  even if it means you’ll sometimes be wrong.

  18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.

  19. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.

  20. Take good care of those you love.

  21. Don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your mom proud.

by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

My rock star turns 15 Friday!

Axis Salvation spent a few days at Roadrunner Studios in Eugene recording 4 original songs. Working on a full CD, 4 down….

The Perfect Man…..

Robert Pattinson Quote: “If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2am clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are…You deserve a girl who can give you the most colourful life imaginable. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.”

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