What’s wrong with the Kalam Cosmological Argument?

The Kalam argument is essentially that every action has a cause, and that an infinite set of cause/effect events can only stretch from an exact starting point into the future (e.g if yesterday you launched a rocket into space on an infinite journey).  It proposes we cannot have an infinite number of events in the past because the current event will always be waiting for an infinite number of prior events to complete. Any amount of events could logically occur, […]

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Scorning the Prophet is an act of violence – Tim Winters in The Telegraph

Tim Winters, also known as Abdal Hakim Murad, is a British Muslim theologian and broadcaster. To some he might only be known for video footage in which he explains how homosexuality is an “inherent aberration” and how homosexuals themselves are “ignorant people who don’t know what their bodies are for” (See here) The video footage is 15-20 years old and Timothy Winters has apologised for the offence caused by his statements and has distanced himself from them, although I’ve yet […]

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Blasphemy and the BBC

Recently I read this excellent article on the BBC news website by the historian Tom Holland.  Once again the BBC have not published  examples of the cartoons that caused the offence.  Personally I think it is important to show these kinds of images so that people can get a fuller idea of what exactly what was perceived as so offensive that it resulted in the murder of twelve people,  It is important that people see these images so they can be […]

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Apostasy in Islam

Here are my notes on apostasy from my recent discussion with Abdullah al-Andalusi Quran verses Q4.89 They long that ye should disbelieve even as they disbelieve, that ye may be upon a level (with them). So choose not friends from them till they forsake their homes in the way of Allah; if they turn back (to enmity) then take them and kill them wherever ye find them, and choose no friend nor helper from among them Q4.90 Except those who […]

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Mormon visits: Episode 8

Read 7th visit Text messages since our last meeting Me: Nice chatting with you yesterday! Me: I have just sent a copy of one of your images to an Egyptologist named Joann Fletcher, who works in the archaeology department at the university of York. Do you remember you said you would be willing to consider the possibility that the Book of Mormon was invented by Joseph Smith? What do you think the implications might be if his translations turn out […]

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Mormon visits: Episode 7

Read 6th visit Text messages since last visit: Me: Hi guys. Are you going to drop in this Egyptian stuff for me? Just thought, I can meet you and photograph it, that would take no time/effort at all. (June 24th) (No reply) My Mormon friends didn’t turn up last Monday, it seems our weekly meetings may have come to an end. However, they turned up out of the blue tonight (June 25th). They apologised for turning up without arranging it […]

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Mormon visits: Episode 6

Read 5th visit Text messages since our last visit. Me: Hi guys. I’ve been preparing for a debate on Islam/tolerance so not had time to read more of your book since we last met. Are we meeting tonight? I’m sorry I hurt your feelings last week. Them: Hi Peter. We have a landlord inspection later tonight and our rooms are less than tidy. If we do get time then it won’t be for as long as usual. (They didn’t turn […]

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Mormon visits: Episode 5

Read 4th visit A log of exchanges between our 4th and 5th meetings. Me: Hi guys. Was nice to see you both again! I had a thought about something you said. It was that your church is monogamous but there were reasons for ancient prophets for having multiple wives. Does this include Joseph Smith or was he monogamous? Them: There was a time in modern church history where polygamy was practiced. Starting while Joseph Smith was alive and finishing in […]

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The curious case of iERA and homosexuality

The Council Of Ex Muslims recently wrote a report on the various statements of staff of the iERA, the report claims they are a far-right extremist hate group. This report coincided with an announcement from the UK Charity Commision that they are investigating the iERA for its policies on invited speakers and payments to the charity’s trustees. The iERA have on numerous occasions had to distance themselves from comments made in the past by employees and even its own directors and founders. […]

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Mormon visits: Episode 4

Read 3rd visit During the week I had sent my Mormon proselytiser a text message letting them know how far I had read (I am about 25% way through now) and they were overjoyed. I mentioned that I was trying to find a verse in the 2013 edition of the book but was unable to because the chapter numbers have changed, what I see in chapter 4 in the 1830’s edition might be in chapter 8 in the 2013 edition. […]

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