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May 18, 2007

Friendly people and friendly debate

I was walking through the Tesco car park today when some guy stealing traffic cones in a trolley (cunningly disguised as a car park worker) asked if he could speak to me. I thought he was about to accuse me of something like shoplifting, kicking a stray dog or mugging an old lady.

Instead, he just wanted to quip that his generation were the ones who gave my generation long hair and beards, and now his generation had lost them (the guy was balding). He then said that his generation were also responsible for getting naked and dancing to loud music, and I’m sure he was secretly disappointed when I denied having any interest in dancing to loud music, naked or otherwise.

We chatted for a couple of minutes, and then I felt the need to get on without hearing the other parts of his life story. He never did accuse me of shoplifting a stray old lady.


The only other interesting thing that happened today was thinking of a counterargument to a Christian argument for why sin exists:

Non-Christian: Why is there sin in the world? Wouldn’t it have been better to have made us incapable of sinning?

Christian: Aha! God gave us free will, which allows us to sin if we choose to. Without the capacity to sin, we would not have free will.

Me: But what about when you go to Heaven? Surely you won’t be able to sin when you are there; are you suggesting you won’t have free will in heaven?

It’s possible to argue that we sin because of the temptation of Satan, and he won’t be there in Heaven, but what’s to stop some other angel from rebelling and starting the whole thing over again in Heaven?

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