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Back on YouTube!

When I saw this video from my now not-so-secret YouTube crush, Angie the Anti-theist, I wanted to respond because it touched on issues that I have dealt with in conversations with another atheist on Twitter.

Exposure to culture, in this case a song like “All Bees go to Heaven,” isn’t the same as indoctrination.  Indoctrination is forced acceptance of a particular viewpoint, through various brainwashing tactics.  Mere exposure to heaven in a song doesn’t mean that you’re indoctrinating the poor lad to believe in Christianity.

Here’s the video:

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Answers to Tough Questions #1-3

In my recent podcast, I told a lie.

I said that the first three videos in the series answering Shawn, aka “azsuperman01” were up. That’s because when I recorded the introduction, the videos were written but not recorded or produced. I had planned to record and produce those videos prior to the podcast “airing.” Well, that didn’t happen.

So, finally, I have gotten around to producing the videos. Here they are:

Question #1: When Can God Forgive?

Question #2: Crimes of Mankind

Question #3: Free Will

Reply to NonStampCollector’s Game Show

Atheist YouTuber NonStampCollector has proven himself a simplistic thinker, forcing false dichotomies and disallowing any middle ground as a plausible explanation to his badly drawn video animations. In a recent video, he depicts a game show in which the host asks a question about God or Christianity, and each contestant answers differently. The host tells them that they are both correct, and the “contradictory” verses showing that both contestants are correct appear in subtitles.

I wasn’t about to touch it. NSC is one of several atheists that I have vowed to ignore. P.Z. Myers and the production team behind Mr. Deity are other examples. J.P. Holding of Tekton Apologetics Ministry, however, started a YouTube channel recently and he has taken the video on, giving a pretty good answer (although, as per Holding, he pokes fun at NSC himself as well as the argument).

That video only scratches the surface of NSC’s claims. The rest Holding details in this article.

It’s worth looking at as a primer on how atheists view Bible contradictions, and a good defense of why the Bible is inerrant in a sense not typically espoused by atheists.

Humongous Project Underway!

It’s been a while since I’ve attempted to tackle a project of epic proportions. Of course, I still have the update to my God is Imaginary answers to work on, as well as the e-book refutation of John Loftus’s series on what must be the case if Christianity is true. I want to get to The Christian Delusion, as well.

That said, I want to tackle Shawn’s (YouTube user azsuperman01) video series, Tough Questions for Christians. He has 36 videos in the series, so I’m going to have my work cut out for me. But I think I should be able to knock 1-2 out per week. I may not be able to produce the videos at quite that rate, but we shall see.

So, my thoughts on how I’m going to have to do this is by crafting a rigorous writing schedule. I may have to devote only a specified time on blog reading and social networking each day (say, an hour), and devote the rest of the time to writing these responses.

This will test the mettle of my time management skill!

YouTube Video Finally Up

I have decided to add YouTube videos to my repertoire of apologetics. This was not a light decision. I really didn’t want to produce them, since I am not a good “off the cuff” speaker. I can’t sit down with an idea for a speech and make it. I have to have a careful outline. If I don’t, I will end up sounding really stupid.

Fortunately, I have found an excellent open source scriptwriting package, Celtx, that allows for the preparation of audio-visual scripts. This allows me to plan out YouTube videos. Celtx also includes a storyboarding feature, so I can lay out my videos prior to making them. All I needed was video editing software, and I was good to go.

The short version of the story behind the following YouTube video is that it was really annoying to make. This is an answer to the video “Five Questions for Christians” by Netwriter.

The long version of the story is that after I decided to answer that video and had written and storyboarded the script, I searched for video editing software. Obviously, I can’t pay for it, so I went the open source route. I found some great software, but it was for Linux only. They had a link to AVS4YOU, which is for Windows.

I assumed that the software that was recommended by an open source website would itself be open source. So I downloaded the software unquestioningly, and used it to edit the video I had scripted. Once I was satisfied, three hours later, I selected the “Produce Video” option. A dialogue box appeared informing me that unless I paid the $59 subscription fee, a watermark would be added to my video. I was, needless to say, a bit irritated.

My next step was to search for open source video editing for Windows, but I couldn’t find anything. I did, however, come across a review of the best free video editors. So I clicked on that link, and the first package listed was Microsoft Movie Maker. To my added irritation, I discovered that it is included with Windows XP on up.

So I looked on my Start Menu, and sure enough: there it was all along.