Author Archives: Alan Burkhart

About Alan Burkhart

I consider myself a free thinker and as such, I'm skeptical of just about everything. I've discovered over the years that the truth is often found in the unlikeliest of places. I don't claim to be an expert on anything. But I do enjoy sharing my thoughts. Your thoughts are of course welcome as well.

Out Of Order

God_the_GeometerOne of the most obvious untruths in the Christian Bible can be found at the very beginning. If one compares the Genesis creation story to scientific fact, the whole thing just falls apart. What becomes obvious is that the Bible was not divinely inspired by a Creator. Why? Because the order of events is all wrong, and the laws of physics are laughably violated. There is an order to how things work in the cosmos. And like it or not, it’s how things have to work. If the Bible was divinely inspired by the god who created the universe, then it would have an accurate account of that creation. It does not, and therefore the Bible cannot be divinely inspired unless God is either incompetent or an outright liar. Let’s take a day-by-day look at what Genesis (KJV) has to say, compared to how we know “Creation” had to have occurred. Continue reading

Simpler Times

Does anyone besides me miss the good old days of the Internet? I’m talking about before the Internet became this simultaneously wonderful and hideous thing that we all depend upon while loving and hating it at the same time. It used to be so simple. Now it’s a bloated mess buried in intrusive advertising and spyware, and infested with no-gooders who want to steal everything from my credit card data to my grandchildren. It’s rather like a gigantic city. It’s mostly safe as long as you know what neighborhoods to avoid. But even then the equivalent of digital street gangs slip into the good neighborhoods to steal your stuff when you’re not looking.

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How Will You Spend Eternity?

Have you ever thought about how you’ll spend eternity? I don’t mean Heaven or Hell, but rather how you’d spend your time in Heaven? Eternity is an awfully long time. I’ve been thinking back to some of the descriptions I was given of Heaven when I was a kid and also of what others have said about it as time has gone by. Continue reading

Mental Midgetry

America is heading down a dangerous road. I’m not talking about Socialism or Anarchy (yeah, those are bad too). I’m referring to our free-fall into ignorance. Far too many Americans are rejecting obvious facts in favor of what they want to believe. They’ll reject a beneficial scientific discovery because they think it conflicts with their religious beliefs. They reject common sense precautions against Covid-19 because they’ve been deluded into thinking their rights are being violated. We reject vaccines because some goofball on youtube strings together a bunch of unrelated information. We are becoming a nation of people unwilling or unable to think outside the box. I find myself torn between wanting to help fight the tidal wave of stupidity or just giving up.

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Preaching To A Choir Of One

More and more, I’m seeing memes on social media from Christians about how “God is in control.” And the more out of control the world becomes, the more they insist otherwise. At some point, true believers are going to have to face the truth: No, God isn’t in control because He doesn’t exist. Or if He does exist, they need to fire Him and hire a more competent deity to govern their fate.

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The Great Human Disconnect Of The 21st Century

AngryBabyMaskMore and more Americans are becoming disconnected from reality. Does anyone recall the USA ever being in such a mess? Violent civil unrest, unwarranted attacks on innocent people, rampant conspiracy theories, looting and rioting and more. We’ve had civil unrest in the past, and not all of it bad. Women, blacks and gays all had to fight for equality in a nation dominated by old white men reluctant to give up their stranglehold on American society. They won, and that’s a good thing. We’re supposed to be a free nation. But… We might be free but we’re certainly not united.
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Bicycles and Testicles

So today whilst cruising along I-90 in South Dakota a good friend of mine called me and as per usual, we ended up gabbing at least an hour. Somehow the conversation wandered off to boyhood memories of riding our bicycles and this led to our mutual fondness of the great Huffy and Schwinn bikes of the 70s (when we grew up). And now, a few hours later I have a few rhetorical questions for those who design and build bicycles. Mainly, what were you thinking?!

No, There Wasn’t A Load Of Contaminated Masks

So this guy Steve decided to toss out a hoax about a truckload of contaminated PPE. Supposedly the truck driver died and his whole load of face masks was contaminated with coronavirus. I did some checking and figured out the whole thing is bogus. He literally just made it all up and posted it on Facebook. Not a good thing in current times. I challenged him on it and he got just downright juvenile about it. Anyway, I screen-captured our conversation and edited out other comments so it’s just me and him.
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What A Mess

FloydProtests_01What a mess America is in right now. Between Covid-19, the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and others, high unemployment and whatever Trump and the Democrats are fighting about this week it’s as if the whole country is upside down. One blog post obviously can’t cover it all. But there are a few things I’d like to address. We The People are getting kicked around pretty badly, and sadly a lot of it isn’t Us vs Them. It’s Us vs Us. But that is something we can fix.

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