Sometime ago, I went out with my friend Eduardo Marafon, to take some photos of Londrina at night. Here I share a few I liked the most from that night 🙂
Há algum tempo atrás, eu saí com meu amigo Eduardo Marafon para fazer algumas fotos de Londrina à noite. Aqui estão algumas que gostei mais 🙂
As you can see, my city is not exactly small. 500,000 inhabitants. Because I take many photos on the surrounding rural area, many people think Londrina is just one big farmland. As you can see, that’s not the case 🙂
Beautiful night shots, lots of color and depth
Sam Harris, the New Atheists and Truth
The End of Faith, a poisonous diatribe against religion, mainly Christianity, written by Sam Harris, is pure unadulterated inflammatory rhetoric. The book is replete with inconsistencies, recycled arguments, and lapses of logic, to say the least. Here we have one more atheist, trying to carve his place in history by writing a book, in a futile attempt to ridicule Christianity and other faiths. He’s not the first atheist to do it in a long history of unsuccessful attempts to discredit true Christianity in particular and religion in general, and I’m sure he will not be the last.
Any well informed defender of the Christian faith can shred to pieces Sam Harris’s overheated attacks against Christianity and the falsehoods and misinterpretations of Scripture that fuel his disdain for the Christian faith.
Sam Harris, in spite of being defeated on televised debates (one particularly devastating for him against Christian attorney Hugh Hewitt comes to mind), went on to publish a second diatribe against religion, Letter to a Christian Nation. This book found a ready audience among those who lacked the training to see through its flimsy façade, the hordes of gullible and bewildered people, enthralled by the false allure of atheism in the world, and the ever increasing numbers of Bible illiterates, blown to and fro by any wind of doctrine, who lack discernment.
Sam Harris’s writings, together with a number of other books promoting militant atheism, written by spiritually cynical cronies like Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens and others, have confused spiritual seekers and even shaken the faith of some Christians. However, every time this dragon of unbelief (the bankruptcy, hopelessness and purposelessness of living as if there is no God) has appeared in generation after generation before us, it has been slain by those who without fear have been prepared to wield the sword of truth. As one author has stated, “this emperor of atheism has no clothes, and none of Harris’s frantic efforts can succeed in covering him up.”
Is Atheism an Intellectual or a Moral Rebellion Against God?
Atheism is not an intellectual rebellion against God, as many people erroneously assume; it’s a moral revolt. “The fool has said in his heart, there is no God (Psalm 14:1).” In other words, people get rid of God in their lives for moral reasons, and then they attempt to explain the rebellion with philosophical arguments. Atheism almost invariably leads people down a path of narcissism, hedonism, and unhappiness. Atheism does not offer any hope to man, because it is false and destructive. It goes against the grain o life and reality. Life doesn´t just happens and then one day it stops, and that´s all there is to it, like atheism purports. Only God offers the promise of eternal life, of a soul that will go on living beyond death. Atheism offers nothing but extinction. Biologist Julian Huxley, an atheist and grandson of Thomas Huxley, friend and ally of Darwin, said: “I had motives for not wanting the world to have a meaning: consequently I assumed that it had none, and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption… For myself, as no doubt for most of my contemporaries, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation. The liberation we desired was…liberation from a certain system of morality. We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom.” (Italics mine).
Concerning atheism, we should honestly ask the following questions: Does atheism represent the best description of reality to me? Does it give me a lot to live for or look forward to?
A recommend the reading of four books, three of them written by former atheists: More Than a Carpenter, by Josh MacDowell, The Case for Christ, by Lee Strobel, What’s so Great About Christianity, by Dinesh D’Souza, and The End of Reason, by Ravi Zacharias, which is a response to Sam Harris’s books and the new atheists. More often than not, when we hear one side of a case presented, the “evidence” sounds convincing. However, when we hear the other side of the story we see the initial case crumble in the light of the new facts and arguments presented. Last but not least, I recommend reading the Gospel of John. You must be warned- reading the Bible could lead to a radical transformation in your own life. Remember, the atheist and the believer in Christ cannot both be right about this issue. This is the law of non-contradiction: the opposite of true is false. However, if the Christian is wrong, he has nothing to lose, but the atheist, the unbeliever, would have everything to lose, because Christ said that he is the only way to heaven, and the only ticket out of hell. The law of gravity is an absolute truth. Even if you deny it’s true, if you jump from a ten story building, you will surely pay the consequences.
Fundamental biblical truths about Christianity are the same. You
may choose to reject them, but you will surely pay the consequences of your decision, and not invalidate those truths at all. What you believe or not will not change biblical truths; however it will definitely affect every decision you make, your priorities, character, values, relationships, worldview and your eternal destiny.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).”
ALL HAIL TRON!
now… whyyyy isn’t my spam filter working? Why? How come all this crazy was allowed in?
why do people feel this need to just go around the web pasting their non-sense where it doesn’t fit? Does having a blog mean I’ll be pestered with these forever?
I could delete it, sure. But I will leave it, as a record of the crazy that people are.
I’m amazed with these Night Shots!
they are Awesome!
I hope that some day I go at there to visit!
I give you on these awesome shots of your city Londrina a grade 10 or A+
Indeed Londrina is very big. It looks even bigger than Pittsburgh, the city where I live — and I live in the suburbs like you. I like the photos you’ve shown here – it is nice to have a view of this city to get perspective and to realize the extent of your city and the world.
Thank you Doug 🙂
And to “Paul Jones”, with fake name and e-mail address
I hadn’t moderated your comment yet, it’s still pending.
but after your second comment, I am sure now that I want nothing from you. So yeah, you are very welcome to never come back.
I would approve your comment whenever I thought that “he” wouldn’t see it. There’s no need to offend and sadden someone WHO BUYS MY PRINTS. Unlike you, who I have a feeling has never done anything good for me. Not only that, goes back to my blog to offend me. People have the nerve. Who do you think you are? Someone who surely thinks to highly of himself to be so angry over an unapproved comment on the internet.
Also, that extremely unpleasant person who pastes non-sense in every blog he finds deserves no appreciation from me. It’s just one more view on my blog. Just one more comment, and if I were so darned worried about it, I could “summon” my friends and family to visit and comment.