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Claims Of Omniscience Confuse Ignorance With Knowing It All

The only way of testing claims that the Christian god knows everything would be through the comparison of the god’s range of knowledge with the range of knowledge of another sentient being already known to be omniscient. However, even if we could find such a being, the test would unravel into immediately infinite absurdity.

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Measuring the World (Book Review)

Its dust jacket declares Daniel Kehlmann’s novel Measuring the World to be “this season’s The Name of the Rose“. I find a closer affinity between the German novel (translated into English by Carol Brown Janeway) and Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Eco’s The

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Intercollegiate Studies Institute Civics Test Flunks Out

“Americans Don’t Know Civics,” flatly declares the USA Today headline. Agence France Presse and Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker dutifully follow suit, passing on the press release of the “Intercollegiate Studies Institute.” Americans are expected to recoil, recoil! at the following fact points: More than

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All Those John Adams Quotes Still Apply

“Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.” “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

Psst... what kind of person doesn't support pacifism?