“…Was Jesus just a spiritual leader, like Krishna, Buddha, Confucius, and Muhammad? Or is he something else entirely?
In God among Sages, Ken Samples presents a biblical and historical portrait of Jesus, grounded in the claims Jesus makes about himself. Then he compares and contrasts Jesus with Krishna, Buddha, Confucius, and Muhammad and explores the competing philosophies of religious pluralism, inclusivism, and exclusivism. The result is a clear understanding of what sets Jesus apart as not simply a teacher to follow but God himself, worthy of our full allegiance and worship…”
“…The discoveries of modern science have provided a powerful argument for the work of a creator. Not only have we discovered that life suddenly appeared, but it appeared as soon as the stage was set for that life. If the laws of logic have not changed, and if it is sound to reason from sudden appearances (preceeded by apparent preparation for the appearance) to a purposeful cause (agent) of the appearance, then it is also sound to reason from the preparation of earth for animal life and subsequent Avalon and Cambrian explosions that they too are the result of an Agent…”
“A Brazilian Catholic priest has been convicted of “impeding” a legal abortion and ordered to pay the equivalent of $18,537 USD (60,000 Brazilian Reals) in damages for successfully petitioning a court to prohibit the killing of an unborn child in 2005.”
“…Scientists differ in their view of where such borders rest,” said David Johnson, an assistant professor at the University of Nevada in Reno and the paper’s lead author. “And they may even view belief in a deity as irrational, but they do not view questions related to the existence of deities or ‘the sacred’ as within the scope of science…”
“…The first result — the anthropic principle — has been accepted by physicists for 43 years. The universe, far from being a collection of random accidents, appears to be stupendously perfect and fine-tuned for life. The strengths of the four forces that operate in the universe — gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear interactions (the latter two dominate only at the level of atoms) — for example, have values critically suited for life, and were they even a few percent different, we would not be here. The most extreme example is the big bang creation: Even an infinitesimal change to its explosive expansion value would preclude life. The frequent response from physicists offers a speculative solution: an infinite number of universes — we are just living in the one with the right value. But modern philosophers such as Thomas Nagel and pioneering quantum physicists such as John Wheeler have argued instead that intelligent beings must somehow be the directed goal of such a curiously fine-tuned cosmos…”
“…The State Council upheld the ban from the French Broadcasting Council on November 10, stating that depicting people with Down syndrome smiling was “inappropriate” because that showed they are “happy,” and such a depiction would “disturb the conscience of women who had lawfully made different personal life choices.” In other words, mothers who chose to terminate their babies because of a possibility of Down syndrome might feel a tinge of doubt if they saw a Down child smile…”
“…God is Lord of (and therefore transcendent to) time, space, matter and energy. Therefore He could restore every aspect of your loved one exactly as he/she was when they passed on if He so chose. In fact, if He wanted to, He could at any point in time negate the event of their passing on entirely, along with any memory of it that you have (somewhat like waking up from a bad dream). He apparently has something even better in mind, however…”
“…At first he questioned my choice to study a discipline that seemed abstract and speculative (not to mention a field that doesn’t pay all that well). However, being part of an American infantry division that had liberated a Nazi concentration camp, my dad knew that ideas (and especially ideologies) mattered and had inevitable consequences. He, therefore, came to approve of my academic studies…”
“…Even though Jesus and the thief on the cross experienced physical death, Jesus told the thief, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” The word used here for “paradise” is the Greek word, “paradeisos” and it is the same word that Paul uses to describe heaven in 2 Corinthians 12:2-4. The Bible clearly describes a disembodied life; the soul does not die when the body dies. Solomon also acknowledges this reality when he describes life beyond the grave. Solomon says that while people are still mourning our absence, we are on our way to the God that created us in the first place. We are not stationary. We are not lying in the grave. We are alive and moving…”
“…CLC noted in a petition against Bill C-16 aimed at MPs that sexual predator Christopher Hambrook “was jailed indefinitely in 2014 after pretending to be a transgender ‘woman’ named Jessica in order to obtain entry to women’s shelters in Toronto, where once inside, he sexually assaulted two vulnerable women….”
“A new report states that the oldest alphabet in the world is Hebrew, and substantiates Biblical claims that the Hebrews indeed lived in Egypt at the time of the Exodus. Archaeologist and epigrapher Douglas Petrovich of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada studied stone slabs at several Egyptian sites, and found that the Israelites translated hieroglyphics into Hebrew 1.0 over 3,800 years ago…”
“…Harris’ action was in response to The Irish Times’ report that at one crisis pregnancy center a staffer informed a pregnant woman that abortion increases her risk of developing breast cancer. Harris called the crisis pregnancy cter’s advice “repulsive, spineless, unacceptable to any right thinking person,” and concluded, “It should not and will not be tolerated.” And yet scientific evidence is clearer than ever, proving that abortion is a real, powerful trigger for breast cancer…”
“Is the United States a Christian Nation? That depends on what we mean. In this video (drawing on the work of John Adams, James Madison, Plato, Eric Hoffer, and Francis Schaeffer), David Wood argues that the United States is a Christian nation because Christianity is the force that prevents it from becoming a tyranny.”I can honestly say that I have never seen this question answer in this manner. This video is very challenging and very well argued.”
“…What does it mean to be conscious? Who or what is the conscious entity we’re associated with? We all perceive the answer to that to be, “I am the conscious entity.” But this is difficult, on natural terms. Consciousness includes awareness of sensation, thought, intention, and so on. What is it within our brains that is aware in the relevant sense? Dennett spoke of a “theater of the mind,” but it’s very difficult on naturalistic terms to define who’s watching it…”
Among the 64% of respondents who support the legislation, 43% said they “strongly support” the bill and 21% said they “somewhat support” the bill. Among the 28% who oppose the bill, 22% “strongly oppose” the legislation and 6% “somewhat oppose” it.
Notably, women voters supported the bill in higher numbers than men with 65% of women supporting the late-term abortion limit compared to 63% of men.
“I recently read an article, Pandora’s Nursery: Adults Raised by Gays Take Up the Cause of Children’s Rights, by Terrell Clemmons here at Salvo. The article discusses the harm done to children in the name of family equality as chronicled in Bobby Lopez’ book Jephthah’s Daughters: Innocent Casualties in the War for Family “Equality.” I found the following paragraphs noteworthy:…”
“…I recently read an article, Pandora’s Nursery: Adults Raised by Gays Take Up the Cause of Children’s Rights, by Terrell Clemmons here at Salvo. The article discusses the harm done to children in the name of family equality as chronicled in Bobby Lopez’ book Jephthah’s Daughters: Innocent Casualties in the War for Family “Equality.” I found the following paragraphs noteworthy:..”
“…Mormonism is a worked-based theistic system; while Mormons use the word “grace,” they don’t truly believe God gives us eternal life as an unmerited gift. Mormons must work to achieve a place in celestial kingdom where they will be in the presence of Heavenly Father and exalted as Gods:..”
“Former judge Richard Page is suing the National Health Service in England for refusing to consider him for a director’s job he held for four years because he said in court and in the news media that children do better with a father and a mother of different sexes.”
In other words, for being honest about the undeniable conclusions from the data.
“…Some time ago my father and I were speaking at a student conference in the southeast. Noticeably upset, a young female youth worker approached us afterwards and (essentially) said, “I wish you guys had a more biblical view of faith. We don’t need evidence. Real faith involves believing something without proof.” And then she stormed away. Sadly, this young lady had bought the idea that faith involves believing something blindly without evidence. If she were right, then apologetics wouldbe frivolous. But the Bible both teaches and models a different view of faith. Simply put, evidence is offered to give people a confident faith (E.g., Exodus 14:31; John 20:30-31; Acts 1:1-3)…”
“…Hillary was, think about all of the things they did with Planned Parenthood and all of that type of stuff. That type of stuff is to take our community, and forget gentrification, it’s real genocide, and it’s been like that for years…”
“…This argument is jarring because the atheistic conclusion that “Therefore, God almost certainly does not exist” seems to come suddenly out of left field. You don’t need to be a philosopher to realize that that conclusion doesn’t follow from the six previous statements…”
“…Doctors say Noah’s brain is now nearly fully-functional — a miracle after such a heartbreaking prognosis. Noah’s life is precious, and if his parents hadn’t held onto hope and believed their son deserved a chance, he wouldn’t be here today to do the good he’s doing. Noah proves abortion is never the answer…”
“Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh says he wants to set up his city as a refuge for abortionists, what some have dubbed an “abortion mecca.” “I think a lot of the [abortion] clinics would probably look to cities like Boston to come to [for abortions],” he told Herald Radio. “That is something I am sure we will be focusing on as we move forward in the next weeks and months.”
“…This morning I had the privilege of reading Eric Chabot’s piece entitled, Why Does Opposition to Apologetics Come from Mostly Within the Church? In his posting he brings in a series of five issues that are potential catalysts for this opposition…”
A poll released yesterday by the polling company, inc./WomanTrend reveals that just under two-thirds of Americans support legislation prohibiting abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, including almost 80 percent of Millennials. The polling group interviewed 824 respondents over the course of Election Day, choosing only individuals who were registered to vote and had either already voted or planned to cast a ballot.Forty-three percent of those surveyed said they would strongly support a measure to limit abortions to early in pregnancy, while only 22 percent strongly oppose it. Men and women were about equally as likely to support such a bill, with 63 percent of men and 65 percent of women saying they’d support it. In addition, Millennials were one of the groups most likely to support such a bill, at 78 percent, which is a particularly positive sign for the future of the pro-life movement.The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is one such bill that would prohibit abortion procedures after 20 weeks of pregnancy, based on extensive scientific research showing that unborn babies are able to feel pain as early as five months. The federal measure was passed by the House of Representatives last fall but failed under cloture in the Senate, despite having received 54 votes in its favor. As of late May, 14 states had passed their own legislation protecting unborn children after the 20th week of pregnancy, but given the results of the recent election cycle, many in the pro-life movement hope that the federal version of such a bill might be revived next term, passed by the GOP-led Congress, and signed by President Trump. This poll indicates that the majority of Americans would approve.EDIT: An earlier version of this post stated that the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was never considered in the Senate.
“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
“…Two years ago, in August 2014, ISIS massacred thousands of Yazidis in Sinjar, Iraq. In just one day, thousands were killed or abducted; tens of thousands were forced to flee.
Just recently Amal Clooney drew the UN General Assembly’s attention to this tragic anniversary.
Reportedly, more than 3,200 Yazidi women and children have been held in captivity since. This statistic is yet another reminder that two years after ISIS unleashed its genocidal campaign against Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities, the terrorist group has not been stopped and continues to commit atrocities in the Middle East and beyond…”
“…Last year, without my knowledge or consent, without any court hearings or legal process, without any involvement on my part whatsoever, a legal aid group that gives free services to low income people created a notice of emancipation for my 15-year-old son,” Anmarie Calgaro outlined at a press conference on Wednesday. “Suddenly, my son, without any notice to me, was no longer under my supervision.”
Calgaro was consequently prohibited from receiving any information about her son, who was treated as an adult by the Department of Human Services and provided with public services, including assistance with food, housing and medical services.
“It was then brought to my knowledge that my son had begun receiving hormone replacement treatments from Park Nicollet health services to transition from male to female with medical assistance paying for this,” she said. “I was not consulted or informed about this in any way. I had no way to give or receive any information about my son…”
“…These are people denied their very freedom due to diagnosed severe mental disease! They are undoubtedly being treated with powerful psychotropic medications. In what universe could they possibly be deemed “not to be suffering from impaired judgment due to a mental disorder”?..”
“Summary: It used to be true that most of the great scientists were believers in God But now science has advanced and we have better instruments – is it still true? Today, many people believe that science has shows that the universe and Earth are not special We used to believe that the Earth was the center of the universe, and Darwin showed we are not designed The problem with this view is that it is based on old science, not modern science…”
Brad Avakian, the Oregon labor commissioner who investigated and then fined Christian bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein for refusing to bake a “gay wedding” cake for two lesbians, lost his race for Secretary of State last week in a historic election that broke the Democrats’ 14-year hold on statewide offices.
“…After months of repeated and massive national protests against Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s initiative to amend the constitution to create homosexual “marriage,” the amendment has been killed by a committee vote in the nation’s Chamber of Deputies, with a majority of members of the president’s own party voting against it…”
“…You may have heard this rhyme as a child. Perhaps your parents or a teacher calmly reminded you that even though another child on the playground called you a name or said something you didn’t like, you didn’t have to let it make you feel bad.
But today’s version probably goes a little more like this: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will always hurt me especially if I don’t like what you have to say…”
“…Whereas Aristotle argued that reality is divided up between various substances, Kant argued that reality is divided up between the actual world (the noumenal) and the world as it appears to us (the phenomenal). Others would eventually build from Kant’s characterization essentially arguing that we should doubt that material things exist at all…”
“Determinism is self-stultifying. If my mental processes are totally determined, I am totally determined either to accept or reject determinism. But if the sole reason for my believing or not believing X is that I am causally determined to believe it I have no ground for holding that my judgment is true or false.”
1 Peter 3:15 “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect”
“…One of these is Matthew 1:20 in which an angel tells Joseph, referring to Mary the mother of Jesus, that ‘what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit’. Particularly striking are the verses describing Jesus conception and inter-uterine development in Luke 1. Here we see Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, prophesying over Christ in his first month of gestation, and the baby John ‘leaping’ in her womb. The timing is given in some detail. It was in the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy…”
“…But what does the Bible say about faith? Is it what Simon Peter demonstrates when he climbs out of the boat and walks over the water towards Jesus? Or is it what Thomas has after he has put his hand in Jesus’s side? Interestingly, biblical faith isn’t believing against the evidence. Instead, faith is a kind of knowing that results in action. The clearest definition comes from Hebrews 11:1. This verse says, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” In fact, when the New Testament talks about faith positively it only uses words derived from the Greek root [pistis], which means ‘to be persuaded.’ In those verses from Hebrews, we find the words, “hope,” “assurance,” “conviction” that is, confidence. Now, what gives us this confidence?…”
“…As Thomas Jefferson declared, “No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.” And James Madison called conscience “the most sacred of all property….”
“…Over the years, I’ve interviewed about 50 people so far. While some of those include a homeless man, a five-year old, a rabbi, and a few professors, the majority of interviews are with students, both American and international. What was unique about Pieter is that he grew up as a fourth-generation atheist on both sides of his family, which is rare to find in our country…”
“…C. S. Lewis described this phenomenon, which has come to be known (in Christian apologetics) as the argument from desire:Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for these desires exists….If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world…”
“…A Trump administration can fix this right away. President-Elect Trump can instruct his Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide robust religious liberty protections to the HHS mandate. And Congress can pass legislation, which Trump can sign, to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Likewise, the Obama administration has engaged in a series of executive actions—some of which were likely unlawful—to advance a radical transgender agenda. This, too, Trump can end…”
The brute Laws of Logic simply exist. They are eternal and uncaused. Nothing can exist without them. That’s just the way it is.
God is eternal, uncaused, omniscient and omnipotent. He is the all-knowing and all-powerful Creator; the necessary, uncaused first cause of all matter, space and time. He has thoughts and possesses a particular character, essence and nature. Because He is all-powerful and all-knowing, these attributes are perfected (an all-powerful and all-knowing God has the power to eliminate imperfection). The Laws of Logic are simply an attribute and reflection of God’s perfect existence; God does not create these laws, they are an innate and immutable aspect of His nature. As God is necessary for all else to exist, so are the Laws of Logic. They are merely a reflection of His Being, and they permeate all of His creation.”
“Editor’s note: Barronelle Stutzman was sued by the state attorney general for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding. The Washington Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in her case on Tuesday. What our state Supreme Court will decide is whether the government has the power to separate my creativity from my soul – by compelling me to create artistic expressions that celebrate something that goes against my conscience.”
“…Another word to stay away from is “faith” When our culture hears faith they think of a blind leap in the dark or believing in spite of the evidence. Instead I like the word trust because our audience understands it and it actually better defines the Greek word…”
“…Unfortunately, there are loud voices—Internet atheists, new atheists, new new atheists—who think belief in God is on the same level as belief in fairies, leprechauns, and flying spaghetti monsters. And there are other voices—fideists, anti-intellectualists, naïve believers—who think evidence for God exists as much as evidence exists for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Both views are extremes, and both are mistaken…”
“…Darwinists like Kenneth Miller look to future discoveries, and to the type III needle complex as a machine possibly co-opted on the evolutionary path to the bacterial flagellum. The argument is riddled with problems, while Behe’s case is more secure than ever twenty years on. Miller’s attempt, however, shows that he at least understands perfectly well that Behe’s argument is testable…”
Were the Middle Ages, also known as the Dark Ages, characterized by oppression, ignorance, and backwardness in areas like human rights, science, health, and the arts? Or were they marked by progress and tolerance? Anthony Esolen, an English Literature professor at Providence College, explains.
“…Look at popular Christian films. In Facing the Giants, we see several miracles that never happen to most Christians. Fireproof tells us that going to Christ will save any relationship (and turn any unwilling partner into a cooperative convert). There are wonderful things in these films that we should appreciate. But they also promote the idea of the world that Christianity is shallow and has no real cognition to it. Why don’t we ever see a film about an atheist studying his way to faith?…”
“…Many scientists have concluded the T3SS is not an evolutionary precursor to flagella, but is more reasonably a product of the decay and devolution of the flagellum. Research such as this demonstrates the frustration in trying to arrive at either irreducibly complex micro-machine from naturalistic explanations…”
“The bottom line: In light of this new insight, it is hard to argue that DNA replication has been cobbled together via a historically contingent pathway. Instead, it is looking more and more like a process ingenuously designed by a Divine Mind.”
“GreatAgain.gov, the transition team’s official website, has a healthcare section that says the Trump administration will repeal Obamacare and “protect innocent human life from conception to natural death, including the most defenseless and those Americans with disabilities.”
“People tend to follow other people. That’s the way we are as humans. So there’ve been lots of ideas through the course of human history, big ideas, that get a big following, that are not true ideas. They turn out not to be correct. They’re false. But they’ll still have years and years and years, sometimes generations and generations of followers. Whenever you have an idea like that, it generates a huge volume of literature. But the mere fact that there’s literature does not prove the idea. It simply proves that lots of people buy into the idea.”
“…The problem answering the Where question is due largely to a problem in answering the How question. There’s a ‘chicken and egg problem,’ when it comes to explaining the origin of life. You need biological. molecular machines to build the proteins necessary for life to exist, but the machines themselves are built from… proteins. The more we examine life at the molecular level, there more we see “chicken and egg” problems…”
“Thought and reasoning are correct or incorrect in virtue of something independent of the thinker’s beliefs, and even independent of the community of thinkers to which he belongs. We take ourselves to form true beliefs about the world around us, about timeless domains of logic and mathematics, and about the right thing to do. We don’t take these capacities to be infallible, but we think they are often reliable in an objective sense, and that they can give us knowledge. The natural internal stance of human life assumes that there is a real world, that many questions, both factual and practical, have correct answers, and that there are norms of thought which, if we follow them, will tend to lead us toward the correct answers to those questions. It assumes that to follow those norms is to respond correctly to values or reasons that we apprehend. Mathematics, science, and ethics are built on such norms.”
“…Of course, these are the typical mischaracterizations directed at those who set a foot outside the limits of rigid evolutionary dogmatism — mislabeling the content Hedin taught as creationism (he only taught intelligent design (ID), which is not creationism, and ID was only one among several topics covered in the interdisciplinary honors — not core science — course), and then going the extra step and labeling Hedin himself as a creationist…”
“…Though there have been great gains in pro-life legislation in various states, the federal government remains a pro-death institution intent on supporting Planned Parenthood and using our tax dollars to kill hundreds of thousands of children a year. Good grief, Planned Parenthood got caught selling baby parts last year, and the Feds still didn’t budge!…”
“…I can only think of what Alexandr Solzhenitsyn said about the catastrophic consequences of the Russian revolution. ‘I recall,’ he said, ‘hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.’…”
“Molecular machines — the bacterial flagellar motor, joined by “energy-producing turbines, information-copying machines, and even robotic walking motors,” all “exquisite examples of nanotechnology” — have generated “heated controversy among biologists over the past two decades.” And rightly so. Those twenty years mark the time since biologist Michael Behe published his revolutionary book Darwin’s Black Box, followed by other insurgent work.”