Bob's blog – A skeptical lawyer

Biblical inerrancy – The silent lie

Posted on July 19, 2019

      Judge Frank M. Coffin, former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, wrote, “The most telling discovery a judge can make is that a brief has neglected to deal with an issue.”[1]  Judge Coffin understood that people who have no intelligent response to an argument will […]…Continue reading

Biblical inerrancy – Crabtree’s Bludgeon

Posted on July 8, 2019

    In a previous post, Biblical Inerrancy – Fixed Ideas and Occam’s Razor, I gave my two cents about how belief in biblical inerrancy requires evangelical Christians to explain away hundreds of errors and contradictions in the Bible. Evangelicals must ignore Occam’s razor and instead employ its polar opposite – Crabtree’s Bludgeon. Crabtree’s Bludgeon […]…Continue reading

Biblical inerrancy – Fixed ideas and Occam’s razor

Posted on July 5, 2019

Most evangelical Christians believe Biblical inerrancy forms the foundation of Christian faith.  Biblical inerrancy means that Scripture is:    (1) without error or fault in all its teaching.  (2) internally consistent and without contradiction, and (3) scientifically and historically accurate. Biblical inerrancy can be a fixed idea The dictionary defines a fixed idea as “an […]…Continue reading

Noah’s flood – What creationists believe

Posted on June 18, 2019

. . In a previous post, Creationism Chronology – Vegan Rattlesnakes And Dinosaur Dragons?, I prepared a chronology summarizing what creationists believe. I will now attempt the same thing for Noah’s flood. As with my previous post, I will not try to debunk creationist claims. Instead, I merely wish to briefly describe some interesting creationist […]…Continue reading

God’s Not Dead 2, Ripped from the headlines?

Posted on January 3, 2019

The credits for God’s Not Dead 2 begin with a statement that the movie “was inspired by the following legal cases where Americans were condemned for their faith.” A list of twenty-four cases follows, but the letters are difficult to read even on a large screen television. The film’s press materials claim: GOD’S NOT DEAD […]…Continue reading

God’s Not Dead 2 – Legally stupid

Posted on December 31, 2018

You might wonder why I would use a poster for a cheesy 1950s science-fiction movie in a post about a recent Christian film. Pure Flix, the producer of God’s Not Dead 2, would not give me permission to use a picture from their film, and I don’t want to be sued for copyright infringement. Matthew […]…Continue reading

Creationism chronology – vegan rattlesnakes and dinosaur dragons?

Posted on August 29, 2018

As a lawyer, I sometimes work on cases with complicated facts, and I usually prepare a chronology. Knowing when and in what order things happened – or what people claim happened – is often the first step in sorting out complex and conflicting stories. I cannot prepare a definitive chronology for creationist beliefs because creationists […]…Continue reading

My religious background – For inquiring minds who want to know.

Posted on February 18, 2018

      In the 1971 movie, They Might Be Giants, George C. Scott played Justin Playfair, a man who believed he was Sherlock Holmes. Playfair’s psychiatrist, named Dr. Mildred Watson and played by Joanne Woodward, explored his delusion.     Watson:     Do many people call you Holmes? Playfair:    No. Scarcely anyone. Watson:     That must […]…Continue reading