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Consciousness Undermines Evolution | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

February 24, 2017

“…What kind of explanation of the development of these organisms, even one that includes evolutionary theory, could account for the appearance of organisms that are not only physically adapted to the environment but also conscious subjects? In brief, I believe it cannot be a purely physical explanation. What has to be explained is not just the lacing of organic life with a tincture of qualia but the coming into existence of subjective individual points of view—a type of existence logically distinct from anything describable by the physical sciences alone. If evolutionary theory is a purely physical theory, then it might in principle provide the framework for a physical explanation of the appearance of behaviorally complex animal organisms with central nervous systems. But subjective consciousness, if it is not reducible to something physical, would not be part of this story; it would be left completely unexplained by physical evolution—even if the physical evolution of such organisms is in fact a causally necessary and sufficient condition for consciousness….”

Source: Consciousness Undermines Evolution | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

Why Is Evolution So Widely Believed? | Reasonable Faith

February 24, 2017

“It’s helpful to remind ourselves that the word “evolution” is an accordion-word that can be expanded or contracted to suit the occasion. The evolutionary biologist Francisco Ayala points out that the word “evolution” can be used to mean at least three different things:

1. The process of change and diversification of living things over time. It is in this sense that biologists say that evolution is a fact. But obviously this fact, so stated, is innocuous and would not be disputed even by the most fundamentalist Young Earth Creationist.

2. Reconstruction of evolutionary history, showing how various lineages branched off from one another on the universal tree of life.

3. The mechanisms which account for evolutionary change. Darwin appealed to natural selection operating on random variations in living things in order to explain the adaptedness of organisms to their environment. With the development of modern genetics, genetic mutations came to supplement the Darwinian mechanism of natural selection by supplying an explanation for the variations on which natural selection works. Accordingly, we can call this hypothesis “neo-Darwinism…”

Source: Why Is Evolution So Widely Believed? | Reasonable Faith

Parents Reject Abortion After Ultrasound Shows Identical Twins Cuddling Each Other | LifeNews.com

February 24, 2017

“…Lampshire said she learned about her Monoamniotic-Monochorionic twins when she was 12 weeks pregnant. The condition is rare, but it can be deadly for one or both of the twins.

“Because the boys were in the same amniotic sac, their cords could get tangled if they moved around, which would cut off their oxygen and food supply,” Lampshire explained. “If that did happen then it would be likely that we wouldn’t know, we couldn’t do anything to prevent it which was the scariest part….”

Source: Parents Reject Abortion After Ultrasound Shows Identical Twins Cuddling Each Other | LifeNews.com

Reasons To Believe : Logic: A Necessary Tool for Truth

February 23, 2017

“…In a critical sense, logicians would insist that to significantly think, speak, and act requires an appeal to, and dependence upon, the laws of logic. Logicians have powerfully shown that the laws of logic are unique in that they are ontologically real, cognitively necessary, and irrefutable.2 Broadly defined logic is a tool of philosophy, but in a stricter sense, logic or the laws of logic make rationality itself possible. Astronomers, biologists, physicists, and philosophers all depend upon the laws of logic to make their lives and studies intelligible…”

Source: Reasons To Believe : Logic: A Necessary Tool for Truth

Truthbomb Apologetics: Secular Jew Dr. David Berlinski on the Limits of Science

February 22, 2017

“Has anyone provided a proof of God’s inexistence? Not even close.

Has quantum cosmology explained the emergence of the universe or why it is here? Not even close.

Have the sciences explained why our universe seems to be fine-tuned to allow for the existence of life? Not even close.

Are physicists and biologists willing to believe in anything so long as it is not religious thought? Close enough…”

Source: Truthbomb Apologetics: Secular Jew David Berlinski on the Limits of Science

Evidence For Jesus’ Resurrection Leads Former Atheist Doctor, Greg Viehman, To Christ | Reasons for Jesus

February 22, 2017

“…Maybe the apostles stole the body, maybe they were seeing hallucinations; [there were] all these different theories but none of them were credible, none of them made sense. The only explanation from the historical facts was that the tomb was empty and he actually rose….”

Source: Evidence For Jesus’ Resurrection Leads Former Atheist Doctor, Greg Viehman, To Christ | Reasons for Jesus

Reasons To Believe : Does the Evolutionary Paradigm Stymie Scientific Advance?

February 22, 2017

“…Recent work by Duke University scientists demonstrates that, in spite of skepticism over the ENCODE project results, researchers continue to discover new functions for junk DNA. It turns out that these repetitive sequences serve a role in the process of cell division, expanding the role of junk DNA beyond regulating gene expression.

But in spite of these discoveries, many evolutionary biologists doggedly cling to the view that junk DNA must be nonfunctional because of their deep-seated commitment to the evolutionary paradigm. All of this makes me wonder, Is the skepticism about the functional utility of junk DNA—fueled by the demands of the evolutionary paradigm—a science stopper?”

Source: Reasons To Believe : Does the Evolutionary Paradigm Stymie Scientific Advance?

12 Reasons Millennials are OVER Church

February 21, 2017

“Only 4 percent of the Millennial Generation are Bible-Based Believers. This means that 96 percent of Millennials likely don’t live out the teachings of the Bible, value the morals of Christianity and probably won’t be found in a church…”

I agree with some of this, disagree with some, and recommend supplying the # 1 missing church ingredient in our modern age — Apologetics — as the solution.

We’re in the information age, and the way most churches avoid it like the “elephant in the room” is highly conspicuous to Millennials and the secular culture alike. It is INARGUABLY an excellent use of resources, per 1 Peter 3:15 and The Great Commission (Evangelism without Apologetics only works on simpletons).

Source: 12 Reasons Millennials are OVER Church

Dismembering living unborn babies is ‘very humane,’ Planned Parenthood backer tells Congress | Opinion | LifeSite

February 21, 2017

“…At first, Smith attempted to distinguish between abortions on viable and non-viable babies, but Goodlatte reminded her that Justice Kennedy had written of a baby whose arm was pulled off in an attempted D&E abortion, but was later born alive and lived…”

Anybody who can rationalize this is deeply confused!

Source: Dismembering living unborn babies is ‘very humane,’ Planned Parenthood backer tells Congress | Opinion | LifeSite

With Fresh Funding, ENCODE Team Continues Demolition of “Junk DNA” Myth – Evolution News & Views

February 21, 2017

“Is there treasure in the DNA’s so-called “junk” pile? Well, as the first half of a popular saying goes, money talks. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) just funded five centers to explore what the “dark matter genome” (the non-protein-coding part) is doing…”

Source: With Fresh Funding, ENCODE Team Continues Demolition of “Junk DNA” Myth – Evolution News & Views

Viruses observed sending chemical messages | Uncommon Descent

February 21, 2017

“…The discovery — in viruses that attack Bacillus bacteria — marks the first time that any type of viral communication system has ever been found. But researchers say that many other viruses could communicate with each other through their own molecular languages — perhaps even viruses that are responsible for human diseases. If that is the case, scientists might have found a new way to disrupt viral attacks…”

Source: Viruses observed sending chemical messages | Uncommon Descent

Today’s Progressive Christians are the Best Christians in History. Just Ask Them! | The Stream

February 21, 2017

“…Maybe, just maybe, progressive thinkers and activists are the best Christians in history. Perhaps the reason that they reject what every previous generation of Christians believed on a long list of subjects is that these people have finally discovered what Jesus really meant by all that He said and did. Maybe that’s the answer! It really could be that the core message of Christianity has been buried since the beginning, wrapped tight in a husk of cultural, human accretions. And it’s only now starting to sprout…”

Source: Today’s Progressive Christians are the Best Christians in History. Just Ask Them! | The Stream

The rise and fall and rise of logic | Aeon Essays

February 20, 2017

“…The history of logic should be of interest to anyone with aspirations to thinking that is correct, or at least reasonable. This story illustrates different approaches to intellectual enquiry and human cognition more generally. Reflecting on the history of logic forces us to reflect on what it means to be a reasonable cognitive agent, to think properly. Is it to engage in discussions with others? Is it to think for ourselves? Is it to perform calculations?…”

Source: The rise and fall and rise of logic | Aeon Essays

Does Planned Parenthood do any good for women’s health? These stats will shock your liberal friends | Opinion | LifeSite

February 20, 2017

“…What about those “other services” at Planned Parenthood? Well, they’re in a free fall just like mainstream media’s credibility. Breast cancer screenings…down 51.3% in the last five years. PAP tests…down 64.7%. Prenatal care (which looks to be facing an eventual phase out)…down 44%. HPV treatments…down 37%. All of these declines have occurred in Planned Parenthood’s fiscal years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014…”

Source: Does Planned Parenthood do any good for women’s health? These stats will shock your liberal friends | Opinion | LifeSite

Please Stop Saying — “God Told Me”

February 20, 2017

“…It happened again recently. I was listening to a sermon online and the preacher said, “God told me.” Apparently everyone in the congregation enjoyed it from the response I heard, but I immediately turned it off. This type of communication is becoming more prevalent in Christian circles. It’s showing up in conversations because people are hearing it from the pulpit and reading it in books they purchased from the local Christian bookstore. Perhaps it sounds spiritual or is emotionally stirring to the congregation…”

I’m not a Cessationist, but this article makes excellent points about how reckless some pastors and other people are. A “burning in your bosom” and other emotional phenomena do NOT necessarily make a proposition “God’s word”. Anybody who spouts things like this without making great efforts to distinguish them from their imagination is being extremely reckless.

Source: Please Stop Saying — “God Told Me”

‘My baby began thrashing about…She was in agony’: woman describes horrific saline abortion | The Pulse | LifeSite

February 20, 2017

“… When it’s a big fetus, you will hear them asking a lot of questions: “is it a boy or is it a girl?”, “Will it be baptized?” We’ve had many requests for that too. We do it, it doesn’t mean a thing. But if it rests somebody’s peace of mind, you baptize a fetus. I mean for the psychological effect. It’s not recognized by the church, how can you murder a fetus and then baptize it? I feel if it makes the woman happy, why not? If it satisfies her psychological hangup, whatever it is.… Anything under 24 weeks goes for the incinerators. They ask you what you’re going to do with the fetus, you can’t say incinerate it. I tell them it goes to city burials…”

Source: ‘My baby began thrashing about…She was in agony’: woman describes horrific saline abortion | The Pulse | LifeSite

Scientists Have Created Human-Pig Hybrids. So Now What? | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

February 17, 2017

“…The fact that our technology is progressing faster than our ability to place it in its ethical context is the biggest takeaway from the story. For those who hold to moral pragmatism—meaning the ends justify the means—then it makes sense to do whatever one wants in order to achieve a desired goal. Burt pragmatism isn’t real morality; it simply says the ends justify the means, which is a position used by tyrants…”

Source: Scientists Have Created Human-Pig Hybrids. So Now What? | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

Ten Tips for Spotting Fake Science News on Evolution – Evolution News & Views

February 16, 2017

“…[S]cience journalists are every bit as biased as their more traditional counterparts, perhaps even more so. They routinely hold double standards in regard to analyzing science policies. They conflate scientific evidence with science policy, immediately labeling anyone “anti-science” if he or she disagrees with their cultural beliefs. Worse, science journalists feel no inhibition whatsoever to cheerlead openly for their favorite politicians and to heap scorn upon those they dislike. Just read Twitter…”

Source: Ten Tips for Spotting Fake Science News on Evolution – Evolution News & Views

It’s Time for Churches to Sever Ties with Boy Scouts — Todd Starnes

February 15, 2017

“…As I wrote in “The Deplorables”, the time has come for every church and every parent in America to sever ties with the Boy Scouts. “This is Exhibit A of the insatiable demands of those pushing this sexual anarchy,” Family Research Council president Tony Perkins told me.

I recommend Trail Life USA, a Christ-centered scouting program that has exploded in growth since its founding in 2014. Nearly 30,000 young people are now involved in the program.Perkins, also gave Trail Life USA high marks.“It’s what the BSA used to be before its leadership compromised the core tenets of scouting,” he told me…”

Source: It’s Time for Churches to Sever Ties with Boy Scouts — Todd Starnes

Dutch gov’t panel: Doctor who forcibly euthanized elderly woman ‘acted in good faith’ | News | LifeSite

February 13, 2017

“…The woman, who was over 80, had dementia. She had allegedly earlier requested to be euthanized when “the time was right” but in her last days expressed her desire to continue living. Nevertheless, her doctor put a sedative in the patient’s coffee. The doctor then enlisted the help of family members to hold the struggling, objecting patient down so that she could administer the lethal injection…”

UTTERLY DISGUSTING!!!

Source: Dutch gov’t panel: Doctor who forcibly euthanized elderly woman ‘acted in good faith’ | News | LifeSite

Truthbomb Apologetics: Pt.1- Four Facts about the Fate of Jesus of Nazareth: Did Jesus Rise From the Dead?

February 9, 2017

“…four facts about the fate of the historical Jesus that are “widely accepted by NT historians today.”They are as follows:

1. After His crucifixion, Jesus was buried by Joseph of Arimathea in a tomb.

2. On the Sunday after the crucifixion, Jesus’ tomb was found empty by a group of His women followers.

3. On multiple occasions, and under various circumstances, different individuals and groups saw Jesus alive after His death.

4. The original disciples suddenly and sincerely came to believe Jesus was risen from the dead, despite having every predisposition to the contrary…”

Source: Truthbomb Apologetics: Pt.1- Four Facts about the Fate of Jesus of Nazareth: Did Jesus Rise From the Dead?

5 Key Points to Pray for President Trump’s New Administration • ChurchLeaders.com

February 7, 2017

“…Since the days of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the first 100 days of any new presidency have often been times of intense and focused activity. It appears that the Trump Presidency will begin with that same flurry of governmental activism. The decisions made during that time will greatly impact our nation. Here are some very practical ways we can pray for those critical days…”

Source: 5 Key Points to Pray for President Trump’s New Administration • ChurchLeaders.com

Logic Is Bedrock

February 7, 2017

“…All philosophical conversation, scientific hypotheses, mathematics, and conclusions based on the historical method entail the reality of logical laws. It would be impossible to engage in any of these disciplines if there were not logical absolutes providing parameters to help us reach conclusions that follow from given premises. Here are three fundamental Laws of Logic that are always required in rational interaction:…”

Source: Logic Is Bedrock

Are We 99% Chimps?

February 7, 2017

“…Newspapers the world over trumpeted the similarity between the two genomes as further proof of our close ancestry. What they neglected to mention was that the project only compared protein-coding segments of the genome, which in humans, account for just 2% of the total! The rest is what Francis Collins once termed “junk DNA.” Except, as scientists have since discovered and Collins has admitted, this “junk” serves regulatory roles that determine how other genes are expressed, particularly in the brain. In other words, “junk DNA,” which makes up the vast majority of our genome, is a vital part of what makes humans, human and chimps, chimps…”

Source: Are We 99% Chimps?

Tom Bethell’s Rebuke to Fellow Journalists: A Skeptical Look at Evolution Is Not Beyond Your Powers – Evolution News & Views

February 6, 2017

“…A unique feature of the book is its interviews. Philosopher of science Karl Popper, for example, spent time at the Hoover Institution at Stanford when Bethell was there and explained that despite reports, he never really recanted his rap on Darwinism (“…not a testable scientific theory,” “There is hardly any possibility of testing a theory as feeble as this”)…”

Source: Tom Bethell’s Rebuke to Fellow Journalists: A Skeptical Look at Evolution Is Not Beyond Your Powers – Evolution News & Views

Boy Scouts, Transgenderism and the Tyranny of Every Small God | The Stream

February 5, 2017

“Boy Scouts are FAGS!” the hipster jackals used to taunt when I was a kid in scouting. “Boy Scouts are GAY!” Despite the soul-shriveling corniness of the uniforms, I knew it wasn’t true, because — among other things — our code required us to be “morally straight”. I guess that’s all out the window now, which makes one wonder exactly what the purpose of the organization is, since once-upon-a-time it was about common sense, and preserving the good from tradition.

“…Self-identified transgendered adults experience exceedingly high levels of emotional and psychological distress. They attempt suicide — and succeed — at unusually high rates. So no one should predestine any child to enter into life that way. Let them grow out of it instead!…”

Source: Boy Scouts, Transgenderism and the Tyranny of Every Small God | The Stream

Horrified medical student: I was pro-choice, but I just saw a baby torn limb from limb in abortion | Opinion | LifeSite

February 3, 2017

“…Within a matter of seconds, the machine’s motor was engaged and blood, tissue, and tiny organs were pulled out of their environment into a filter. A minute later, the vacuum choked to a halt. The tube was removed, and stuck to the end was a small body and a head attached haphazardly to it, what was formed of the neck snapped. The ribs had formed with a thin skin covering them, the eyes had formed, and the inner organs had begun to function. The tiny heart of the fetus, obviously a little boy, had just stopped — forever…”

Source: Horrified medical student: I was pro-choice, but I just saw a baby torn limb from limb in abortion | Opinion | LifeSite

USA’s Founders Were Christians — not Secular, Deist, or Illuminati (Part 1) – Free Thinking Ministries

February 2, 2017

“…This is amazing!” I thought to myself; “just last night at another presentation somebody was trying to convince me that our Founding Fathers were Illuminati devil-worshippers! How cool it is that # 1) we have tons of documentation of their self-understanding as Christians, # 2) the freemasonry that a small fraction of them were involved with was then simply a mens’ club, and had none of the sketchy features which crept into it later, and # 3) the Deism (a type of Theism where God doesn’t interact with His creation) that a few of them got into at other times was not something they believed during our founding!…”

Source: USA’s Founders Were Christians — not Secular, Deist, or Illuminati (Part 1) – Free Thinking Ministries

Are We 99% Chimps?

February 1, 2017

“…Newspapers the world over trumpeted the similarity between the two genomes as further proof of our close ancestry. What they neglected to mention was that the project only compared protein-coding segments of the genome, which in humans, account for just 2% of the total! The rest is what Francis Collins once termed “junk DNA.” Except, as scientists have since discovered and Collins has admitted, this “junk” serves regulatory roles that determine how other genes are expressed, particularly in the brain. In other words, “junk DNA,” which makes up the vast majority of our genome, is a vital part of what makes humans, human and chimps, chimps…”

Source: Are We 99% Chimps?

The Death of Man | Counting to God

February 1, 2017

“…We humans have 3.2 billion letters of DNA – biological information coding. Sanford estimates our mutation rate is at least 100 letters per generation. We are all mutants. Genetic Entropy analyzes how fast our genes are degenerating, whether Darwinian evolution can fix the problem, and the fate of the human race.Sanford shows that natural selection cannot overcome this deterioration. Lethal errors can be weeded out, but those are rare. It is the gradual accumulation of “mildly deleterious mutations” that dooms us. They are invisible to natural selection. Sanford cites one study that “the extinction time is just slightly longer than 100 generations.” Another study found “the decrease in viability from mutation accumulation is now 1% to 2% per generation….”

Source: The Death of Man | Counting to God

The Church Now Has An Embarrassment of Riches in Introducing Kids to Apologetics — Pastor Matt’s Blog

January 31, 2017

“…All current available evidence states that evangelical Christians are losing their children to secularism at younger and younger ages. As such, it is past time to serious revamp our approach to children’s ministry. If you have young kids at home, I recommend picking up all the works mentioned above and if you are a children’s minister, I strongly encourage you to pick up Cold-Case Christianity for Kids immediately. Heck, even this 44-year old lawyer enjoyed reading it!”

Source: The Church Now Has An Embarrassment of Riches in Introducing Kids to Apologetics — Pastor Matt’s Blog

Two women are behind legalized abortion in America: now both of them want it reversed | News | LifeSite

January 30, 2017

“…In the debate over abortion in the United States, two women’s names appear more frequently than any others: Jane Roe and Mary Doe, the plaintiffs in the companion 1973 Supreme Court cases that legalized abortion in the country….”

Both became pro-life after realizing they had been lied to and used.

Source: Two women are behind legalized abortion in America: now both of them want it reversed | News | LifeSite

The Rich, Historic Roll Call of Great Christian Thinkers and Scientists | Cold Case Christianity

January 30, 2017

“…While this list may seem long, it’s only a small representation of theists who retained a robust belief in God while deeply exploring the truths they learned through reason and scientific observation. In fact, there’s a good chance I’ve accidentally omitted your favorite scientist. This only illustrates the point further; the history of scientific thought is replete with devout Christian believers…”

Source: The Rich, Historic Roll Call of Great Christian Thinkers and Scientists | Cold Case Christianity

University of Wisconsin Geoscience Postdoc: Bury Carbon, Get Animals – Evolution News & Views

January 30, 2017

“…So far so good. One can buy the argument up to this point. But what about those animals? Professor Shanan Peters comes forward.

“Burying the sediments that became fossil fuels was the key to advanced animal life on Earth,” Peters says, noting that multicellular life is largely a creation of the Cambrian.

A “creation”? But who or what used the key to open a door? Who is the “creator,” and how was multicellular life “created”? Shanan holds a trilobite in his hand. Instead of asking those questions, he asks, “Why is there oxygen in the atmosphere?”…”

Source: University of Wisconsin Geoscience Postdoc: Bury Carbon, Get Animals – Evolution News & Views

8 Ways that Anti-Intellectualism is Harming the Church – PastorBrianChilton.wordpress.com

January 29, 2017

“…Extreme fideism (believing that the Christian life is only about faith without reason) has led the church into a state known as anti-intellectualism. Anti-intellectualism is defined as the state of “opposing or [being] hostile to intellectuals or to an intellectual view or approach” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)…”

Source: 8 Ways that Anti-Intellectualism is Harming the Church – PastorBrianChilton.wordpress.com

Truth is a Person—Not Simply An Idea | CrossExamined.org

January 29, 2017

“…In the Christian worldview, truth can be personally known as well. In John 16:13-14, Jesus says:When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you…”

Source: Truth is a Person—Not Simply An Idea | CrossExamined.org

Is logic rising or falling and what difference does it make? | Uncommon Descent

January 28, 2017

“…In the Critique of Pure Reason (1781), Immanuel Kant stated that no progress in logic had been made since Aristotle. He therefore concludes that the logic of his time had reached the point of completion. There was no more work to be done. Two hundred years later, after the astonishing developments in the 19th and 20th centuries, with the mathematisation of logic at the hands of thinkers such as George Boole, Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, Alfred Tarski and Kurt Gödel, it’s clear that Kant was dead wrong…”

Source: Is logic rising or falling and what difference does it make? | Uncommon Descent

Was Hitler a Creationist? A Christian? Decoding a Famous Quotation from Mein Kampf – Evolution News & Views

January 28, 2017

“…Hitler stated: “Eternal Nature inexorably avenges the infringement of her commands.” If nature is eternal, then the “Almighty Creator” he mentioned in the following sentence could not have been a being who created the universe at some point in the past. Also, nature is the one giving commands in this passage, meaning that Hitler was personifying (and indeed deifying) nature. Nature was Hitler’s God, and he thought nature was eternal. Thus, Hitler was not a creationist in the sense that most people use the term…”

Source: Was Hitler a Creationist? A Christian? Decoding a Famous Quotation from Mein Kampf – Evolution News & Views

‘Scandalous,’ ‘shocking:’ Catholic experts blast Vatican invite to pro-abort ‘Population Bomb’ author | News | LifeSite

January 28, 2017

Life and family experts are calling it “scandalous,” “shocking,” “confusing,” and “perplexing” that the Vatican would invite Dr. Paul Ehrlich, the undisputed father of the modern, pro-abortion population control movement, to present a paper at an upcoming Vatican-run conference.

Source: ‘Scandalous,’ ‘shocking:’ Catholic experts blast Vatican invite to pro-abort ‘Population Bomb’ author | News | LifeSite

Why I Think the New Atheists are a Bloody Disaster – Michael Ruse:  Science and the Sacred

January 28, 2017

Every Friday, “Science and the Sacred” will feature an essay from a guest voice in the science and religion dialogue. This week’s guest entry was written by Michael Ruse, author and philosopher of biology at Florida State University. His upcoming book “Science and Spirituality: Making Room for Faith in the Age of Science“, published by Cambridge University Press, argues against the extremes of both creationism and “new atheism”.

Source: Why I Think the New Atheists are a Bloody Disaster – Science and the Sacred

An inside look at the International LGBT Leaders Conference and what really goes on | News | Lifesitenews

January 26, 2017

“…Among Victory Fund’s co-founders in 1991 is homosexual activist and major Democratic Party fundraiser Terry Bean, who in 2014 at age 66 was arrested by Portland, Oregon, police along with his 25-year-old ex-boyfriend, Kiah Lawson, on charges of sodomizing a 15-year-old boy. As LifeSiteNews reported, Bean, who is also a co-founder of the LGBTQ lobby group Human Rights Campaign, was charged with two felony charges of third-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree sex abuse…”

Source: An inside look at the International LGBT Leaders Conference and what really goes on | News | Lifesitenews

Poll: Voters Oppose Taxpayer Funding of Planned Parenthood, Support Comprehensive Care – Susan B. Anthony List

January 25, 2017

“…a majority of voters in 2018 Senate battleground states oppose giving tax dollars to Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, instead of comprehensive healthcare providers. A majority in North Dakota, Montana, Ohio, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Florida also said they would be less likely to vote for Senators who vote to keep sending tax dollars to the abortion giant…”

Source: Poll: Voters Oppose Taxpayer Funding of Planned Parenthood, Support Comprehensive Care – Susan B. Anthony List

Why Pastors Ought to Be Apologists | Cold Case Christianity

January 25, 2017

“…The reason the role of apologist is missing from New Testament leadership lists is not because it isn’t important enough to be represented as a separate office within the Church. Just the opposite is true. The responsibility of apologist is assigned to all of us as Christians. God intends each and every one of us to be “ready to make a defense to everyone who asks [us] to give an account for the hope that is in [us]” (1 Peter 3:15)…”

Source: Why Pastors Ought to Be Apologists | Cold Case Christianity

Five atheists who lost faith in atheism | Christian News on Christian Today

January 25, 2017

“…Not only are there countless people who have found themselves in church, or on an Alpha course, precisely because the arguments of Dawkins and others left them dissatisfied, but there are also many stories of formerly high-profile atheists who ended up losing their surety, and in many cases converting to the Christian faith…”

Source: Five atheists who lost faith in atheism | Christian News on Christian Today

Why Learn Apologetics? 16 Quotes from Christian Leaders and Thinkers

January 25, 2017

“…Instead of addressing teens’ questions, most church youth groups focus on fun and food. The goal seems to be to create emotional attachment using loud music, silly skits, slapstick games — and pizza. But the force of sheer emotional experience will not equip teens to address the ideas they will encounter when they leave home and face the world on their own. A study in Britain found that non-religious parents have a near 100 percent chance of passing on their views to their children, whereas religious parents have only about a 50/50 chance of passing on their views. Clearly, teaching young people to engage critically with secular worldviews is no longer an option. It is a necessary survival skill. —Nancy Pearcey…”

Source: Why Learn Apologetics? 16 Quotes from Christian Leaders and Thinkers

Refutation of a “Classic Case of Molecular Adaptation” | Uncommon Descent

January 25, 2017

“…One wonders what’s really left of Darwinism. Between Behe’s Edge of Evolution, Shapiro’s “Natural Genetic Engineering,” the whole field of epigenetics, the disappearing of “Junk-DNA”, and now the disappearance of a ‘fitness’ change in a “classic case” of molecular adaptation, can anyone seriously believe that Darwinism has much to say about how life evolves?”

Source: Refutation of a “Classic Case of Molecular Adaptation” | Uncommon Descent

Woman Defends Aborting Her Disabled 21-Week-Old Baby: “It Was What Was Best” for Her | LifeNews.com

January 24, 2017

“…One has to wonder whether Colleen and her husband were told all the facts about the situation – that their daughter may have experienced an extremely painful, brutal death. A strong body of scientific evidence indicates that unborn babies can feel excruciating pain by 20 weeks of pregnancy, if not sooner…”

Source: Woman Defends Aborting Her Disabled 21-Week-Old Baby: “It Was What Was Best” for Her | LifeNews.com

President of American College of Pediatricians: Promoting Transgenderism in Children is ‘Institutionalized Child Abuse’ | Daily Wire

January 21, 2017

A national association of pediatricians has come forward to condemn National Geographic for their promotion of transgenderism in this month’s “Gender Revolution” issue, which features a cover photo of 9-year-old Avery Jackson, a transgender “girl.” President of the American College of Pediatricians Michelle Cretella, MD, likened such promotion to “institutionalized child abuse”.

Source: President of American College of Pediatricians: Promoting Transgenderism in Children is ‘Institutionalized Child Abuse’ | Daily Wire

Evangelicals should be deeply troubled by Donald Trump’s attempt to mainstream heresy – The Washington Post

January 21, 2017

“…Like her mentor, T. D. Jakes, White adheres closely to the Word of Faith teachings. Besides throwing out doctrines like the Trinity and confusing ourselves with God, the movement teaches that Jesus went to the cross not to bring forgiveness of our sins but to get us out of financial debt, not to reconcile us to God but to give us the power to claim our prosperity, not to remove the curse of death, injustice and bondage to ourselves but to give us our best life now. …”

Source: Evangelicals should be deeply troubled by Donald Trump’s attempt to mainstream heresy – The Washington Post

French Revolution’s dark secret revealed in movie about war against Catholic peasants’ resistance | News | LifeSite

January 21, 2017

“…Official, secularized accounts of the government’s intervention in the localized civil war say military force was necessary to secure the revolution. But revisionist historians see it as a brutal precursor of the worst Stalinist and Maoist purges, a mass murder bordering on genocide, and an ideological war on Christian faith….”

Source: French Revolution’s dark secret revealed in movie about war against Catholic peasants’ resistance | News | LifeSite

Intelligence Is Not Magic. It’s a Cause We Know. – Evolution News & Views

January 20, 2017

“…One big problem stares you in the face before you write. It’s the hard, cold mathematics of probability. As Illustra Media shows in their recent film Origin, getting one functional protein to self-assemble without design is so outrageously, mind-blowingly, inconceivably improbable that it will never happen in uncountable quintillions of universes under the most ideal conditions imaginable — and that’s an understatement! Even if it did happen, it would be one lifeless protein. The same problem exists for DNA, RNA, and the other information-rich molecules of life. Tim Standish is overly kind when he remarks in the film that getting all the components for life in one little membrane-bound compartment at the same place and time is “the next best thing to impossible….”

Source: Intelligence Is Not Magic. It’s a Cause We Know. – Evolution News & Views

Mining for God | There is Truth Beyond Science – YouTube

January 19, 2017

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org

In 2015 Dr William Lane Craig was interviewed in the documentary: Mining for God. This provocative documentary takes us deep within the American mind and brings to the surface the big ideas that have influenced the way we think about ourselves and about God.

Mining For God features interviews with some of America’s most prominent Christian thinkers, including Lee Strobel, William Lane Craig, Paul Copan, Gary Habermas, Mike Licona, John Stonestreet, J Warner Wallace, David Geisler, Alan Shlemon, Mary Jo Sharp, Donald Williams, Mark Mittelberg, Nabel Qureshi, Craig Hazen, Michael Sherrard and others.

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For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org In 2015 Dr William Lane Craig was interviewed in the documentary: Mining for God. This provocative documentary takes us deep within the American mind and brings to the surface the big ideas that have influenced the way we think about ourselves and about God. Mining For God features interviews with some of America’s most prominent Christian thinkers, including Lee Strobel, William Lane Craig, Paul Copan, Gary Habermas, Mike Licona, John Stonestreet,

Case-Making 101: Prophecy and the Bible – Truth, Faith and Reason

January 16, 2017

“…J. Warner Wallace, Cold-Case Homicide Detective and former atheist turned Christian Apologist says: “There is so much evidence for the reliability of the Bible that it is like death by 1000 paper cuts,” and this is exactly the type of evidence he has used in prosecuting and winning cold-cases in the span of his career…”

This doesn’t prove inerrancy, but it does show that something heavy is going on.

Source: Case-Making 101: Prophecy and the Bible – Truth, Faith and Reason

Chinese Christian Woman Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Holding Bible Study

January 16, 2017

“…China Aid, which reports on human rights and persecution abuses in the world’s most populous nation, said on Sunday that Ma Huichao was taken by police along with four other Christians when they were accused by Communist Party authorities of meeting for the Bible study without government approval.

Her lawyer was apparently not allowed to plead innocent on her behalf, and Ma’s three-year prison sentence began on Friday…”

Source: Chinese Christian Woman Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Holding Bible Study

And once more: Life can arise naturally from chemistry! | Uncommon Descent

January 16, 2017

“…In physics, we discuss reversible and irreversible reactions. If entropy (or information) is unchanged, then the system is reversible. If entropy increases (loss of information), then the reaction cannot be reversed. Outside of Darwin’s theory of evolution, there are no irreversible reactions in which entropy decreases (information is gained), because that would enable a perpetual motion machine. Thus time is of no benefit for evolution, since a perpetual motion machine is no more possible if it runs slowly than if it runs quickly. And while errors may persist in biology because it may be too complicated to be sure of the entropy, the same cannot be said of chemistry. So the biggest boondoggle of all is attributing to precise and exact chemistry the magical anti-entropy properties of inexact and imprecise biology simply because one is a materialist reductionist who thinks life is a substance. I’m not picking on chemists or biologists, because I’ve even heard physicists say that evolution causes the multiverse to spawn us. Evidently this anti-entropy magic is just too powerful to keep it bottled up in biology alone, the world needs more perpetual motion salesmen, they spontaneously generate…”

Source: And once more: Life can arise naturally from chemistry! | Uncommon Descent

Fake Science: “About 99 Percent of Our DNA Is Identical to That of Chimpanzees” – Evolution News & Views

January 16, 2017

“…Man, this is a piece of fake science that, in the popular media, has taken on a life of its own. With fine timing, our colleague Sarah Chaffee has lately offered a four-part interview with Discovery Institute biologist Ann Gauger on the 99 percent myth. The series for ID the Future is here, here, here, and here.Are humans and chimps effectively identical in our respective DNA? The short answer is no, no way: not in our DNA, coding and non-coding, not in the way our genes are expressed, how chimps splice their DNA, the existence of human-specific genes, and more, not to mention how this all cashes out in terms of anatomy and behavior. To understand this takes a little sketching in of the relevant scientific background, as Dr. Gauger does, from the basics on up.This is very helpful, vindicating common sense that tells us there’s no genuine mistaking of the creature in the zoo or jungle with you or me, no matter how gross the manner in which we act, speak, or write. I recommend it to Mr. Williamson…”

Source: Fake Science: “About 99 Percent of Our DNA Is Identical to That of Chimpanzees” – Evolution News & Views

Just Announced: SBC Endorses NAR-Charismatic False Teaching – Pulpit & Pen

January 14, 2017

“…J. Gresham Machen was, as in the quote at the start of this article, giving an unwelcomed but accurate assessment of the woeful condition of the church in his day. Today his words ring with even louder clarity, if not too kind a tone. The “visible church” today – at least the portion occupied by the behemoth Southern Baptist Convention – isn’t merely falling “often into error and sin,” it is launching itself headfirst towards it…”

Source: Just Announced: SBC Endorses NAR-Charismatic False Teaching – Pulpit & Pen

You Already Support Goliath with Your Tax Dollars; Won’t You Consider Balancing the Scales? – Evolution News & Views

January 11, 2017

“…The incestuous world of science grants is one of the best-kept secrets of the Federal Government. Billions of dollars are involved and Congressional oversight is unimpressive. Moreover, the system is so big that it effectively shapes research priorities of universities, rather than responding to them. The Federal Government controls and monopolizes science research, and the whole business is in the service of something quite other than the legendary disinterested search for truth.Addicted and engorged, Big Science isn’t what most of the public pictures it to be. Professors don’t so much profess — they suck money as through a straw, thanks to a system that epitomizes the kinds of corruption we associate with government…”

Source: You Already Support Goliath with Your Tax Dollars; Won’t You Consider Balancing the Scales? – Evolution News & Views

Conservative Attorney Jay Sekulow Supports Judge on Trump’s Supreme Court Shortlist Who Called Abortion ‘a Right’ | Christian News Network

January 10, 2017

Both Sykes and Pryor have major flaws:

WASHINGTON — Well-known attorney Jay Sekulow, who serves as chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, which takes up cases for conservative, pro-life and pro-family causes, expressed his support on national television this week for two of the picks on President-elect Donald Trump’s Supreme Court shortlist—Judges Diane Sykes and Bill Pryor—stating that they have a…

Source: Conservative Attorney Jay Sekulow Supports Judge on Trump’s Supreme Court Shortlist Who Called Abortion ‘a Right’ | Christian News Network

Professor of New Testament, Craig Keener, explains his journey from atheism to Christianity. | James Bishop’s Theology & Apologetics.

January 10, 2017

“…Eventually, one day when I was walking home from school, a couple students from a fundamentalist Bible college cornered me and asked me if I knew where I would go when I died. I argued with them for 45 minutes, as they tried to explain about Jesus’ death and resurrection bringing salvation, something that made no sense to me. Finally I hit them with what I thought was the ultimate question: “If there’s a God, where did the dinosaur bones come from?”…”

Source: Professor of New Testament, Craig Keener, explains his journey from atheism to Christianity. | James Bishop’s Theology & Apologetics.

Young men giving up on marriage: ‘Women aren’t women anymore’ | News | LifeSite

January 10, 2017

“…Fewer young men in the US want to get married than ever, while the desire for marriage is rising among young women, according to the Pew Research Center. Pew recently found that the number of women 18-34 saying that having a successful marriage is one of the most important things rose from 28 percent to 37 percent since 1997. The number of young adult men saying the same thing dropped from 35 percent to 29 percent in the same time…”

Source: Young men giving up on marriage: ‘Women aren’t women anymore’ | News | LifeSite

Millions of Muslims turning to Christ – a global phenomenon

January 10, 2017

“…As a Church historian, I needed to know if what is happening today was unique, or if it was something that had occurred periodically in the 14 centuries since Islam began. What I discovered was that the flow from one religion to the other has been almost entirely from Christianity into Islam. So what we’re seeing today in the Muslim world truly is unique…”

Source: Muslims turning to Christ – a global phenomenon