Homepage for Lewis Loflin
Welcome to my website. This is my 15th year on the net and this site covers a vast number of subjects that I find interesting mainly relating to applied science-engineering, history, religion, and some local events. The goal is to invoke thought and I reject any form of correctness - political, theological, or climate correctness s rejected. I'm neither liberal nor conservative as defined by either political party today.
I'm former US Army and here is A picture of my duty station in West Berlin and was a military occupational specialty was 33S intercept systems technician and I held a top-secret SI clearance.
I grew up and graduated high school in Norton, Virginia from John I. Burton High School in 1977. For more on Norton Virginia area see Remote Area Medical 2008. I left King College in Bristol due to financial reasons and graduated with honors from Northeast State Technical Community College in Computer Information Technology and university parallel.
I've been married for 30 years and my wife is severely disabled and I'm on income restrictions due to her having to be on Medicaid. So we had to learn to live on a limited income and the secret is simply being responsible and getting a job and sticking with it. We both grew up in poverty and I have little sympathy for those today with their cell phones, cars, and air conditioners demanding free stuff.
Yes I'm on Facebook and Skype.
I've been a part-time adjunct professor at a local community college teaching electricity and electronics. My electronics website reflects what I've taught or been asked to look into by visitors. I have 40 years experience in electronics from vacuum tubes to modern solid state and industrial controls. In college I had a year each of physics, chemistry, and biology along with C, C++. Pascal, and assembly.
I taught myself the coding for Arduino, PICAXE, Raspberry Pi, Microchip PIC, Debian and Slackware Linux, CSS etc which I approach in a way to give my students a basis for their own projects. Every page on this website was hand-coded by me. My education philosophy is learn the basics, find working examples, then use what works as a foundation for further learning. Modify and try new ideas. I'd say my job title would be applied technologist. See List of Electronic Projects
"We can not command religion, for no man can be
compelled to believe anything against his will."
These words from Theodoric the Great are my motto. My beliefs are stated as follows:
I reject the authority of religious leaders to dictate belief to anyone. Be aware of those with political or social agendas. Study the works of the heretics and put these great works in proper context. Many conclusions about the Bible, etc. are based on reason and the "literal" word - claims of special revelation is simply opinion of the claimant.
I believe in the separation of religion and state. There's no such term as "church" or such terms in the Constitution. The State is to remain neutral which is not the case today. Ongoing efforts to de-Christianize the culture and substituting other secular pseudo-religions (environmentalism is the most common) is not neutrality.
Anyone that thinks environmentalism isn't a religion needs to read Al Gore's Earth in the Balance for proof on that. I bought the book, read it, and can prove it.
To quote Frank Furedi Professor of Sociology at University of Kent, "...the authors of children's books and school officials also use environmentalism as a vehicle for socializing youngsters." This is not a function of schools that today produce millions of dysfunctional and illiterate graduates. If the Religious Right did this there would be screaming in the faculty lounge. What happened to separation of church and state?
Reason keeps us sane, but the spiritual makes us human. I understand people differ and have differing views of reality, but any time society attempts to enforce conformity history shows this leads to tyranny and eventually ruin. Just be aware and be moderate on these issues.
So make no mistake I reject Environmentalism when it involves any form of spiritualism or enters politics. The other belief system I have zero tolerance of is Leftism.
'Leftism' is a term coined by Dennis Prager. He writes,
You cannot understand the Left if you do not understand that Leftism is a religion. It is not God-based (some left-wing Christians' and Jews' claims notwithstanding), but otherwise it has every characteristic of a religion. The most blatant of those characteristics is dogma. People who believe in Leftism have as many dogmas as the most fundamentalist Christian ... dogma - a belief system that transcends reason...
- Exposing 'Non-Jewish Jews'
- An Overview Gnosticism
- Apostle Paul Founder of Christianity
- Apostle Paul versus Pelagius
- List of Electronic Projects
- Topics on Religion and Environmentalism
- Proof Limiting Mass Immigration Helps the Working Poor
- Mass Immigration Displaces Black Workers
- Modern Deist Manifesto Based on Classical Deism
- Gnosticism as Explained by Bishop N. T. Wright
- Deist Critique of the Gospel of Mark
- Religious Syncretism and Christianity
- Classical Deist' View of Religion and Its Application Today
- Taking a Closer Look at Gnosticism and Christianity
- Thoughts on Theistic Evolution and Deism by Lewis Loflin
- My Answer to a Secular Fundamentalist by Lewis Loflin
- Separation of Pseudo-Religion and State
- Environmentalism Religion or Political Philosophy?
- Why Christian Morals Need to be Rejected
- Myth of Early Islam
- Sickness of Afghan-Muslim Culture
- Failure in Seattle Schools
- Looking at Radical Islam
- Myths of Early Islam by Lewis Loflin
- Looking at Gnosticism and Christianity
- Afghan-Muslim Culture We Won't Address by Lewis Loflin
- Free Speech Banned in Sullivan County
- Look at C.S. Lewis on Evolution
- Quotes from C.S. Lewis
- Permission to believe (in God) Dr Gerald Schroeder
- Where the Bible meets the Big Bang
- Evolution and the early church, and Islam
- Christian Orthodoxy On Creationism and Evolution
- Handbook on the History of Modern Science
Science and Why I'm an Evolutionist
We are often given a choice of two extremes - either one must have blind faith in some book with dictated nonsense or in atheism. Both are false choices and I'm not buying it.
Science has been a life-long love and I'm very defensive of it. I reject the abuse of science to bolster various political claims and the invasion of money, religion, and politics into research. I define science as strictly the description of the physical operation of the universe as defined by my chemistry professor in college, a devout Christian.
Science is no more about "truth" than the computer gadgets I build on my other website. Those divices do give some indication of their builder-creator, but are hardly objects for worship in themselves.
I've had college level physics, chemistry, and biology, but claim no expertise in these fields. I've read every science text in the school library and have been an amateur geologist since I was a kid. I loved collecting fossils and rocks from the coal-mining sites near Norton, Virginia. Strip mines are great for collecting fossils.
I'm very strict on the scientific method and the proper use of it. To quote, "It is a process for making observations, recording data, and analyzing data that can be duplicated by other scientists...If a theory cannot be tested, it cannot be a scientific theory." That makes me a big skeptic of any claim that refuses to follow it. Without verifiable scientific proof I'm not going to buy into it for the same reason I reject literal Six-Day Creationism.
- Introduction to the scientific method.
- The scientific method.
- How Alarmists undermine Science and Theology
- 25 Questions and answers for Creationism
- Why fundamentalists are beyond reason.
- Evolution debate in schools
The problem is that democracy is not freedom. Democracy is simply majoritarianism, which is inherently incompatible with real freedom. Our founding fathers clearly understood this, as evidenced not only by our republican constitutional system...Simply put, freedom is the absence of government coercion.
- My View of Other Faiths
- Progressivism as Democratic Tyranny
- How Bloggers are Taking on the Press in Bristol VA/TN
- Origins of the US Constitution
- Why Your College Degree is Worthless in Tri-Cities
- Humanism, the Early Church, and Rational Religion The American Unitarian
To quote a visitor to this website:
I think it is safe to say, that with the election of Barack Obama as president, that there is no way that a tiny elite of rich powerful Jews controls the world. The conspiracy theories that say a tiny elite of rich powerful Jews controls the world are undeniably flat wrong. If there was such a powerful group they would have never let him become president. The Jewish conspiracy theory is completely busted.
D.C. RN, BSN
The Wall Street Journal reports (April 22, 2002) that some colleges are recruiting Jewish students to give them higher status in terms of SAT scores. The Journal also reports that highest three groups in SATs are Unitarians, Jews, and Quakers.
- Christianity as a sect of Judaism?
- Who killed Jesus?
- Remembering the Jews of Monticello
- Why Judaism is not a Race
- Questions on Christian Antisemitism by Lewis Loflin
- Alexander, the Jews, and Hellenism
- More on Alexander the Great, the Jews, and Hellenism
- Hellenistic Period After Alexander
- Alexandrian Philosophy and Judaism
- Platonism and Christianity
- Demiurge Creator of the World
- Allegorical Interpretation
- Hellenism and Its Influences on Judaism in Alexandria
- Historical Jesus FAQ by Jorn Barger
- Overview Hellenistic Judaism
- History of Christianity in Egypt
- Christian Gospels a Christian Overview
- Zoroastrianism and Judaism According to the Jewish Encyclopedia
A Modern Deist Creed
I believe in God sustainer and creator of the universe and all that is in it.
All men and women are created equal in the "eyes" of our creator. All people regardless of race, sex, etc. are be treated equally and not divided into differing groups seeking special privileges or falling prey to those seeking to divide us.
That we are to be judged by God (and thus society) based only by individual merit, character, and conduct.
All people are "in the image of God" in the sense that we are conscience beings. We exist above nature for that very reason.
God is unitary or One and has no sons, relatives etc. God is neither male nor female as we understand it, but perhaps has "sides" of both.
God transcends Creation and is beyond time and space from the material universe we inhabit. Thus God doesn't inhabit matter nor is matter in God. I reject all forms of New Age nonsense such as pantheism or panentheism. Conflating God with matter is defacto atheism regardless of how good it feels.
The soul is immortal and the next life will be contingent on our conduct in this one. (Classical Deism, Judaism, etc.)
God alone as creator and sustainer of the universe is to be worshipped alone. Worshipping matter is nonsense.
God does not perform magic tricks or suspends the laws of physics - God has no reason to guiding the universe as is.
God is present and active in the universe, but is non-controlling. Humans have free will and the ability to choose their own path within limitations of the world we live in.
I reject wholesale concepts such as Original Sin, eternal damnation, any form of Satan or a Devil, prophecy, etc. The idea little children killed by abortion or die as infants are going to burn in Hell for not converting to Christ is repugnant and irrational.
The idea humanity is collectively condemned for the alleged actions of two people is repugnant and I reject it. We are responsible for our own actions - not that of others.
While I believe divine revelation is more than possible, these claims are unreliable and unprovable. Reason must overrule blind faith or else one can get sucked into cults and extremism. I reject all forms of religious fundamentalism and dogmatic secularism.
Reason like all things human is limited and prone to error. The Bible, Torah, etc. should be studied and considered with an open mind and treated with respect - I believe they contain "truth" and can counter the extremism of dogmatic secularism. In other words faith can moderate reason and reason can moderate faith.