The Personal Website of Mark W. Dawson
Containing His Articles, Observations, Thoughts, Meanderings,
and some would say Wisdom (and some would say not).
Having an interest in religion I have written several essays on religion. I hope that you will enjoy these thoughts, or a least they will provoke your own thoughts on these subjects.
- Religiosity - (Sep 2018) - My thoughts and beliefs on religion and spirituality.
- God's Forgiveness (Jun 2020) - When you meet your maker, he will know all that you have said and done, and what was in your heart, and judge you accordingly and forgive you as appropriate. The truth of God’s forgiveness is in two tales from the Bible; 1) The New Testament Tale of Saul of Tarsus, and 2) The Old Testament Tale of David and Bathsheba as examined in this article.
- The Ten Commandments (Jun 2020) - The Ten Commandments are a solid basis for living a moral and ethical life. However, there is much misinterpretation and misunderstanding of these commandments. Misinterpretations often due to the numerous translation faults and the different meanings of the words throughout history. To help clear up these misinterpretations, I have rewritten them in modern English and provided my pithy comments on these rewrites.
- The True Miracles of Exodus (Nov 2018) - A scientific explanation of the Biblical Exodus miracles and what are the true miracles of Exodus.
- Science versus Religion (Aug 2019 update) - I am a firm believer that science is the best way of explaining the physical properties and physical laws of the universe. I also am a firm believer that God created our universe and established its physical properties and physical laws And I see no conflict between the views of Science and Religion.This article explains why I believe this to be true.
A Personal Note
You may be wondering about my qualifications to pontificate on
these subjects. I believe that I am qualified because I am a
thinking human being. I utilize my knowledge and experience in life,
as well as researching both the facts and opinions of others,
including those with whom I may disagree. I then apply my reasoning
and logical skills to reach an opinion. And it is just my opinion
which I readily admit. I am also willing to admit that I may be
wrong, and if I discover that I am wrong I am just as readily
willing to change my opinion. Therefore, check-back every so often
to determine if I have changed my opinion which can be determine by
the date of the article.
The incandescent light bulb has often been described as a heat
source that provides some light, given that a light bulb generates
more heat than it does light. In today's public debates we often
find the proponents of an issue providing a lot of heat and only a
little light. These observations are meant to provide illumination
(light) and not argumentation (heat).
Opponents in today's society often utilize the dialog and debate methodology of Demonize, Denigrate, and Disparage their opponent when discussing issues, policies, and personages. To demonize, denigrate, or disparage the messenger to avoid consideration of the message is not acceptable if the message has supporting evidence.
The only acceptable method of public discourse is disagreement - to be of different opinions. If you are in disagreement with someone you should be cognizant that people of good character can and often disagree with each other. The method of their disagreement is very important to achieve civil discourse. There are two ways you can disagree with someone; by criticizing their opinions or beliefs or critiquing their opinions or beliefs.
- Criticism - Disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings.
- Critique - A serious examination and judgment of something.
Most people, and most commentators have forgotten the difference
between Criticism and Critique. This has led to the
hyper-partisanship in today's society. In a civil society critiquing
a viewpoint or policy position should be encouraged. This will often
allow for a fuller consideration of the issues, and perhaps a better
viewpoint or policy position without invoking hyper-partisanship. We
can expect that partisanship will often occur, as people of good
character can and often disagree with each other. Criticizing a
viewpoint or policy position will often lead to hostility, rancor,
and enmity, which results in the breakdown of civil discourse and
hyper-partisanship. It is fine to criticize someone for their bad or
destructive behavior, but it is best to critique them for their
opinions or words. We would all do better if we remember to critique
someone, rather than criticize someone.
I would ask anyone who disagrees with what I have written here to please keep this disagreement civil. I am open to critique and will sometimes take criticism. I will always ignore demonization, denigration, and disparagement, or point out the vacuous nature or the character flaws of those that wish to silence the messenger rather than deal with the message.
Please remember that if you disagree with the messenger it is not acceptable to kill the messenger. You may kill the messenger, but the message will remain.
If you have any comments, concerns, critiques, or suggestions I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will review reasoned and intellectual correspondence, and it is possible that I can change my mind, or at least update the contents of these articles. This is why these articles are dated. Whenever I make a change to these articles they will be re-dated. So check back and see if any articles have been updated (or perhaps I shall add articles).