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How to Talk with Your Kids About God (Interview with Natasha Crain) | Cold Case Christianity

October 21, 2017

“…As my readership grew, people started sharing more and more of my blog posts. Those shares started bringing a consistent wave of nonbelievers to my site. They began leaving comments on my posts challenging all kinds of truth claims about Christianity, and they were challenges I had never even considered. They told me there wasn’t any evidence Jesus ever existed, that the Bible was filled with errors, that evolution had replaced a need for God, that there was no evidence for God’s existence, and much more. I had been blogging about much simpler things—like good worship songs for young kids. These comments blew me away. I realized I was raising kids in a VERY different world than the one in which I grew up and that I was totally unprepared as a parent. Honestly, I was a bit shocked as well at the realization that in 30-some years of being a Christian, the church had never confronted me with these issues…”

Source: How to Talk with Your Kids About God (Interview with Natasha Crain) | Cold Case Christianity

European Parliament Classifies Laws against Abortion as “violence against women and girls” | NRL News Today

October 21, 2017

I think somebody’s Irony Detector is broken:

“…The European Parliament (EP) took shocking and disturbing action last week when it adopted a parliamentary report which charges “the denial of sexual and reproductive health and rights services, including safe and legal abortion, is a form of violence against women and girls…”

Source: European Parliament Classifies Laws against Abortion as “violence against women and girls” | NRL News Today

One Important Reason the Church Will Continue to Compromise | Cold Case Christianity

October 21, 2017

“…When people leave Christianity because they no longer believe it is true, then return only because there are useful aspects of the Church community, don’t be surprised to find the resulting group struggling to come to agreement on the historic teachings of the Church. Many will return, but not necessarily because they believe the Bible teaches the truth. Instead, these returnees have been profoundly impacted by their young adult experiences away from Christianity (mostly in their college years). Yes many of them will return to our family, but they come back with a new view of the world. It’s not an entirely Christian view. It’s been compromised.This is why I think it’s so important for us to make young Christians the focus of our efforts as Christian Case Makers (“apologists”). It’s not just about reversing the trend related to the departure of young Christians. It’s about securing a future Church that has been inoculated from compromise…”

Source: One Important Reason the Church Will Continue to Compromise | Cold Case Christianity

Thought Snack: God’s Involvement in Inductive Reasoning – A Clear Lens

October 20, 2017

“…Why, most of the time, do we find that regularities that we have observed continue to be observed? Philosophers have puzzled over these conundrums, but they have not reached a consensus. If we listen to what the Bible says, we have the beginning of an answer. God has created a world that has regularities in it. He has created a world using his wisdom, and he has made a world suitable for human habitation…”

Source: Thought Snack: God’s Involvement in Inductive Reasoning – A Clear Lens

Building Faith Muscles in Your Kids | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

October 20, 2017

“…I’ve talked with many people who in college lost their faith. It wasn’t because they thought the objections to Christianity were too difficult to overcome. Instead, they concluded that, since their parents and pastors told them to just ignore those “troublemakers” with tough questions that Christianity didn’t really care about the truth at all. Since they had never faced someone antagonistic to their beliefs before, they never knew that Christianity could handle to toughest shots thrown at it…”

Source: Building Faith Muscles in Your Kids | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

Philosophers warn Europe: protect borders, restore marriage if you want to survive | News | Lifesitenews

October 20, 2017

Cultural unity can be found through Christianity, the Paris Statement says:

“…The true Europe has been marked by Christianity. The universal spiritual empire of the Church brought cultural unity to Europe, but did so without political empire. This has allowed for particular civic loyalties to flourish within a shared European culture. The autonomy of what we call civil society became a characteristic feature of European life. Moreover, the Christian Gospel does not deliver a comprehensive divine law, and thus the diversity of the secular laws of the nations may be affirmed and honoured without threat to our European unity. It is no accident that the decline of Christian faith in Europe has been accompanied by renewed efforts to establish political unity—an empire of money and regulations, covered with sentiments of pseudo-religious universalism, that is being constructed by the European Union….”

Source: Philosophers warn Europe: protect borders, restore marriage if you want to survive | News | Lifesitenews

True Beliefs and The Truman Show | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

October 20, 2017

“…We can see the value of true beliefs by watching The Truman Show. In Peter Weir’s film, Jim Carrey plays Truman Burbank, who had been adopted by a television company so they could film his every reaction to the scripted life they created. Truman is real, but he has grown up in a false world. Friends and family are scripted actors. His town is a gigantic soundstage with the capacity to manufacture weather and change night into day. Since Truman doesn’t realize that he’s being manipulated, he thinks he’s living in the real world. Yet something is gnawing at him. He senses that things in his little town of Seahaven are too perfect and yet too restricting. Living here is safe, but it isn’t living. Ultimately, Truman would rather die than not experience the greater reality of life in all its gritty messiness…”

Source: True Beliefs and The Truman Show | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

Christians face worse persecution than at any time in history, new report claims | Christian News on Christian Today

October 20, 2017

“…Looking at 13 countries where Christians face the worst abuses the study by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), released on Thursday, found the outlook has worsened in all of them with the one exception being Saudi Arabia ‘where the situation was already so bad it could scarcely get any worse’, the report says…”

Source: Christians face worse persecution than at any time in history, new report claims | Christian News on Christian Today

Why the genome must be a product of intelligent design | Uncommon Descent

October 20, 2017

Cool video!

“…Our metaphors let us down. Science writers like to compare the genome to a textbook or a blueprint. That conveys the fact that it stores information, but glosses over its buzzing, dynamic nature – proteins docking on and off to control the activity of genes, huge stretches of DNA that fold and unfold to reveal or hide their sequences,,, jumping genes that copy themselves and hop throughout the genome… None of our information stores – not sheet music, not recipe books – are this intricate…”

Source: Why the genome must be a product of intelligent design | Uncommon Descent

Why the Efficiency of Biological Organisms Cannot Be Explained by Evolution | Cold Case Christianity

October 19, 2017

“…The irreducible complexity of this large assemblage of pieces means the finished design of the flagellum must be constructed in one sweeping step; it cannot be assembled over several generations, unless the prior intermediate micro-machines also offer some advantage to the bacterium. If they don’t offer an advantage, and are instead a misshapen liability, or simply an unnecessary addition, natural selection will not favor the presence of the structure within the organism. In other words, natural selection will not “select” the “intermediates” to allow for further additions…”

Source: Why the Efficiency of Biological Organisms Cannot Be Explained by Evolution | Cold Case Christianity

With Plant Galls, Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig Falsifies Darwinism | Evolution News

October 18, 2017

“…Charles Darwin famously offered the following suggestion as to how his theory could be falsified: If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.

Dr. Lönnig has repeatedly offered examples that defy a gradualist explanation. For example, listen to this interview where he discusses carnivorous plants, whose complicated traps were clearly useless until almost perfect…”

Source: With Plant Galls, Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig Falsifies Darwinism | Evolution News

Apologetics Training is No Longer an Option: 12 Quotes

October 18, 2017

“…The only way teens become truly “prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks” (1 Pet. 3:15) is by wrestling personally with the questions. Ironically, those who have never grappled with diverse worldviews are actually the most likely to be swept away by them. As G. K. Chesterton wrote, ideas can be dangerous — but they are far more dangerous to the person who has never studied them…we should always couch discussions of Christianity in the language of reasons and evidence. We should be giving apologetics from the pulpit and in the Sunday school classroom. Every course in a Christian school should be an opportunity to show that a biblical perspective does a better job than any secular theory of accounting for the facts in that field, whether psychology, biology, government, or business. Apologetics should be naturally woven in to all our discourse. —Nancy Pearcey…”

Source: Apologetics Training is No Longer an Option: 12 Quotes

Cheaters Never Prosper? Sure They Do in Origin-of-Life Papers | Evolution News

October 18, 2017

“…working against the known laws of chemistry and probability in order to maintain a philosophical preference is anti-scientific. The only way to claim progress is to play games, as these three instances show: speculating, imagining, and hyping. In essence, they commit materialism-of-the-gaps to bridge huge chasms that keep growing wider with each new discovery about the complexity of life…”

Source: Cheaters Never Prosper? Sure They Do in Origin-of-Life Papers | Evolution News

Persistently Unconscious Patient Awakened | Evolution News

October 18, 2017

“…But I can hear the bioethicists now — because I have read their advocacy: It is more urgent to remove the feeding tubes from the minimally conscious because they may be in horror at their impaired condition or otherwise suffering. And, in fact, people with minimal awareness are legally dehydrated in all fifty states.Except that a study of patients in a locked-in state, with the appearance of complete unconsciousness but actually being aware, shows that most are “happy,” and majorities would not want euthanasia. (Scientists can now communicate with such patients.)…”

Source: Persistently Unconscious Patient Awakened | Evolution News

Elisha’s Prophetic Message for Millennials: Stop Leaving Your Options Open | Christianity Today

October 18, 2017

“…The story begins with Elisha behind a team of oxen, plowing his field. Elijah approaches and puts his cloak around him, a gesture signifying prophetic calling in ancient Israel. Elisha responds by hosting a giant oxen-barbeque for the whole village, fueled by his plowing equipment. With no plow and no more oxen, there is no turning back for Elisha. Israel’s new prophet is born…”

Source: Elisha’s Prophetic Message for Millennials: Stop Leaving Your Options Open | Christianity Today

Four Truths About the Universe You Can Share with Your Kids to Demonstrate the Existence of God | Cold Case Christianity

October 17, 2017

“…One thing is certain: whatever caused the cosmos must be something other than space, time or matter (since these didn’t exist prior to the beginning of the universe). That means we’re looking for something non-spatial, non-temporal, non-material, and incredibly powerful. Sounds a lot like God, doesn’t it?..”

Source: Four Truths About the Universe You Can Share with Your Kids to Demonstrate the Existence of God | Cold Case Christianity

What’s the Difference Between Man and Dog? | The Stream

October 17, 2017

“…We need to teach — as we did throughout American history until the 1960s — that human beings are created in God’s image and animals are not. That is the only compelling reason to save a human being you don’t love before the dog you do love.What we have here is the classic tension between feelings and values — or, more precisely, between feelings and revelation (i.e., divinely revealed values).

All of us feel more for a being we love than for a being we don’t know, let alone love. Therefore something must supersede our feelings. That something must be values. But these values must be perceived as emanating from something higher than us; higher than our opinions, higher than our faculty of reason, and even higher than our conscience.

And that higher source is God…”

Source: What’s the Difference Between Man and Dog? | The Stream

What Would Jesus Say to a Gay Couple Today? | The Stream

October 17, 2017

“…It’s not just that gay sex seems inherently wrong to me. It isn’t even just my conviction that God’s word says it’s not good. It’s what we can observe with our own eyes — or the eyes of researchers. The New Atlantis reported on this at length last fall: the LGBT life is not an emotionally healthy one, and it isn’t just because of anti-gay stigma.Even gay-friendly researchers find that gay men typically connect with an extraordinarily high number of partners. This is not a picture of life-giving relational health. Rather it’s a picture of always seeking, always hoping, and always being disappointed.

Which is why I believe Jesus would ask them, “What would you have me do for you? Do you want to be healed?…”

Source: What Would Jesus Say to a Gay Couple Today? | The Stream

The Disciples Were Not Afraid to Worship Jesus (Even Though They Should Have Been) | Cold Case Christianity

October 15, 2017

“…from Jesus’ very first appearance on planet earth, He was worshiped as God. The fact that Jesus was worshiped in this way (in a culture that demanded and commanded the worship of God alone) is a powerful evidence of Jesus’ Deity. We either have to believe that thousands upon thousands of eyewitnesses and early believers (all of whom were much closer to Jesus than we are today) were in dangerous rebellion to their cultural and moral law or convinced by their observations Jesus was God:..”

Source: The Disciples Were Not Afraid to Worship Jesus (Even Though They Should Have Been) | Cold Case Christianity

Dan Brown Thriller Has MIT’s Hand-Waver Jeremy England in It; Brian Miller Puts the Science in Perspective | Evolution News

October 15, 2017

“…Meanwhile, with impeccable timing, our colleague Brian Miller, himself an MIT-trained physicist, offers a new ID the Future episode with interviewer Sarah Chaffee. They discuss England’s work and the hype around it. Has Dr. England solved the problem of abiogenesis? Listen to the podcast here and find out…”

Source: Dan Brown Thriller Has MIT’s Jeremy England in It; Brian Miller Puts the Science in Perspective | Evolution News

Wonderful! Michael Denton’s New Book, The Wonder of Water, Is Out | Evolution News

October 15, 2017

“…If water served only these two very different vital ends, it would be miracle enough. But as we shall also see in the chapters ahead, water’s unique fitness for life on Earth involves a vast ensemble of additional elements of fitness serving a vast inventory of diverse vital ends. These include the formation of the Earth itself, formation of the oceans, climate moderation and the hydrological cycle, tectonic plate movement, continent formation, and photosynthesis. The unique properties of water are also needed to make soil, cool the human body, fold proteins, and form cell membranes. Water enables phenomena and processes that unfold on vastly different spatial and temporal scales, from thousands of kilometers and millions of years to nanometers and milliseconds…”

Source: Wonderful! Michael Denton’s New Book, The Wonder of Water, Is Out | Evolution News

Planned Parenthood Spends Almost 10X More Money Buying Political Influence Than the NRA | LifeNews.com

October 14, 2017

“…According to the report, the NRA has donated $3,555,194 to current members of Congress. In contrast, Planned Parenthood spent $38 million on the 2016 elections alone. Almost all of the abortion chain’s money went to pro-abortion Democrats, despite Planned Parenthood’s claims of being “non-partisan….”

Source: Planned Parenthood Spends Almost 10X More Money Buying Political Influence Than the NRA | LifeNews.com

How Should We Share Our Faith On-line (or Should We Do It At All)? | Cold Case Christianity

October 14, 2017

“…It can be brutal out there and the level of vitriol and passion is sometimes overwhelming. After taking a berating on-line, several people have written to ask if it is still wise to share what we believe on the Internet, given the nature of discourse that often occurs. I’ve also struggled with this, even as a Christian apologist! Given many failures and a few successes, I’d like to offer a few words of advice…”

Source: How Should We Share Our Faith On-line (or Should We Do It At All)? | Cold Case Christianity

“Our humanity shines brightest when we stand up for those who are suffering, when we protect people from pain.” | NRL News Today

October 13, 2017

“…The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act recognizes the medical evidence that unborn children feel pain.It is no wonder that 60 percent of Americans believe that abortion should not be permitted after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

It is shocking that the United States is one of only 7 countries on Earth—including North Korea and China—that allows abortion on demand after 20 weeks.

American citizens and nearly every other nation recognize the truth: it is past time for our nation to do the right thing and end this violence against children…”

Source: “Our humanity shines brightest when we stand up for those who are suffering, when we protect people from pain.” | NRL News Today

No terrorism charges for Somali refugee with ISIS flag in vehicle who stabbed policeman, ran down pedestrians | WINTERY KNIGHT

October 13, 2017

“…Rod Knecht, chief of the Edmonton Police Service, said that officers had found an Islamic State flag in the car that hit the police officer. “Currently, we believe this is an individual who acted alone,” Chief Knecht said in a statement released on Sunday morning…”

Source: No terrorism charges for Somali refugee who stabbed policeman, ran down pedestrians | WINTERY KNIGHT

Warm Little Pond? PNAS Paper Admits Difficulties Generating RNA on Prebiotic Earth | Evolution News

October 12, 2017

“…A new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is frank about some of the problems facing the prebiotic synthesis of organics on the early earth. Here’s something amusing from the Abstract:

We find that RNA polymers must have emerged very quickly after the deposition of meteorites (less than a few years).

Really? That sounds amazingly good for origin-of-life research, until you grasp their reasoning:

[T]he rapid losses of nucleobases to pond seepage during wet periods, and to UV photodissociation during dry periods, mean that the synthesis of nucleotides and their polymerization into RNA occurred in just one to a few wet–dry cycles.

In other words, a “warm little pond” (as Darwin quaintly called it) is actually a very hostile environment for generating nucleotides. Why? Because within a year or two they’ll (a) lose their nucleotides due to “pond seepage” or (b) dry up, causing nucleotides to photodissaociate.  So you must generate them very quickly before one of these terrible things happens and kills your nucleotides…”

Source: Warm Little Pond? PNAS Paper Admits Difficulties Generating RNA on Prebiotic Earth | Evolution News

Trouble in Paradise? At BioLogos, Theistic Evolutionists Fall Out Among Themselves | Evolution News

October 11, 2017

“…Perhaps Keller is wrong, but those arguing against him must do so without claiming the authority of science. There is absolutely zero evidence against Keller’s confession of the de novo creation of Adam and Eve “from the dust.”

Here’s where it gets really awkward. Swamidass says not only is the possibility of a historical first couple of this kind not ruled out, but this fact is known to BioLogos: “This unequivocal scientific fact is an open secret among many BioLogos biologists, including many of those on the Board.” This is a remarkable statement. They know the truth, he says, but deliberately broadcast a different message…”

Source: Trouble in Paradise? At BioLogos, Theistic Evolutionists Fall Out Among Themselves | Evolution News

Babies can feel the abortionist ripping them apart: here’s the scientific evidence | Blogs | LifeSite

October 11, 2017

“…The fetus, in many cases, dies just as a human adult or child would: It bleeds to death as it is torn from limb from limb,” Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote of D&E abortions in his dissent for Sternberg v. Carhart in 2000. “The fetus can be alive at the beginning of the dismemberment process and can survive for a time while its limbs are being torn off…”

Source: Babies can feel the abortionist ripping them apart: here’s the scientific evidence | Blogs | LifeSite

Does Science Rule Out a First Human Pair? Geneticist Richard Buggs Says No | Evolution News

October 11, 2017

“…It is easy to have misleading intuitions about the population genetic effects of a short, sudden bottleneck. For example, Ernst Mayr suggested that many species had passed through extreme bottlenecks in founder events. He argued that extreme loss of diversity in such events would promote evolutionary change. His intuition about loss of diversity in bottlenecks was wrong, though, and his argument lost much of its force when population geneticists (M. Nei, T. Maruyama and R. Chakraborty 1975 Evolution, 29(1):1-10) showed that even a bottleneck of a single pair would not lead to massive decreases in genetic diversity, if followed by rapid population growth. When two individuals are taken at random from an existing large population, they will on average carry 75% of its heterozygosity (M. Slatkin and L. Excoffier 2012 Genetics 191:171–181). From a bottleneck of a single fertilised female, if population size doubles every generation, after many generations the population will have over half of the heterozygosity of the population before the bottleneck (Barton and Charlesworth 1984, Ann. Rev. Ecol. Syst. 15:133-64). If population growth is faster than this, the proportion of heterozygosity maintained will be higher…”

Source: Does Science Rule Out a First Human Pair? Geneticist Richard Buggs Says No | Evolution News

Where is God in a Mass Shooting? – Discover

October 11, 2017

“…The first thing we must do in the aftermath of this sort of horror is to make sure that we do not take the name of God in vain. After a natural disaster or an act of terror, one will always find someone, often claiming the mantle of Christianity, opining about how this moment was God’s judgment on an individual or a city or a nation for some specified sin…”

Source: Where is God in a Mass Shooting? – Discover

New Research Supports Claim that People Have Inherent Sense of God – Free Thinking Ministries

October 8, 2017

“…This research has extended, believe it or not, to atheist sections of the population, as well. In a 2011 study titled “Anger toward God: Social-cognitive predictors, prevalence, and links with adjustment to bereavement and cancer,” self-professed atheists were prompted with images and words related to God. In a statistically significant number of those tested, these images and words triggered feelings of anger. Anger not toward religion or the religious, but toward God.

Moreover, studies have suggested that even scientists and the highly rational, if forced to answer “why” questions quickly, will tend to give answers which suggest intentionality and design in nature, rather than mechanical processes…”

Source: New Research Supports Claim that People Have Inherent Sense of God – Free Thinking Ministries

The Importance of Incorporating Suffering Into Our Children’s Worldviews – Mama Bear Apologetics

October 5, 2017

“…The promise that we have from Jesus is not freedom from suffering, but rather company during suffering. The best sermon I have ever heard on this subject is by my old pastor in Santa Barbara, Britt Merrick. If anyone knows suffering, it is his family. They watched their daughter suffer through years of childhood cancer, before being eventually called home to Jesus. In the midst of this process, Britt describes his crisis of faith. He felt abandoned and alone. However, it was through this horrific process that he began to understand what Jesus meant about promising to be with him through the trials and tribulations. See the powerful sermon below. I recommend it to anyone who has experienced significant suffering…”

Source: The Importance of Incorporating Suffering Into Our Children’s Worldviews – Mama Bear Apologetics

Study redefines impacts of education on religious beliefs | Announce | University of Nebraska-Lincoln

October 4, 2017

“…Also among the study’s findings:

— Education had a strong and positive effect on religious participation. With each additional year of education, the odds of attending religious services increased 15 percent.

— Increases in education were associated with reading the Bible. With each additional year of education, the odds of reading the Bible at least occasionally increased by 9 percent…”

Source: Study redefines impacts of education on religious beliefs | Announce | University of Nebraska-Lincoln

NYT Religion Correspondent: Other People’s Religions Are Funny | The Stream

October 3, 2017

“Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times has written an anti-Semitic news story for that paper. The topic was Amy Coney Barrett, whom Donald Trump has appointed to a federal judicial court seat. The attack wasn’t actually on Judaism this time; it was on Barrett’s Catholicism. Still the piece used all the methods of classic anti-Semitism — the upper-crust, sneering sort of Jew-baiting you find between the lines of some T.S. Eliot poems…”

Source: NYT Religion Correspondent: Other People’s Religions Are Funny | The Stream

‘In Satan we trust’: Florida teacher plans demonic park display, pastor vows to destroy it | Christian News on Christian Today

October 3, 2017

Behold the words of a moron:

”…May the Children Hail Satan’ is an artistic expression of defiance toward the Sanborn Square nativity scene, which performs an annual re-enactment of predatory indoctrination in a public park targeting young children before they have critical thinking skills. Satan and God are clearly both fictional characters devoid of any verifiable peer-reviewed scientific evidence…'”

Source: ‘In Satan we trust’: Florida teacher plans demonic park display, pastor vows to destroy it | Christian News on Christian Today

Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt: The Passover as a Foreshadow of Christ – Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

October 3, 2017

“…the Passover represents a profound prototype in the Jewish Scriptures which points — in virtually every dimension — towards Christ and the Gospel. Is this incident merely another fluke of “happy coincidence”, or could this be a pointer, set out by God Himself, as a sign by which we will know that He is the author of Scripture and the Grand Architect behind salvation? I encourage readers to view this excellent video, which summarizes the above points…”

Source: Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt: The Passover as a Foreshadow of Christ – Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Charles Darwin, Michael Behe — Two Revolutionary Scientists | Evolution News

October 3, 2017

“…Referring to the new online documentary Revolutionary: Michael Behe and the Mystery of Molecular Machines, Keas points out that Darwin set a very crisp and simple challenge for anyone who would upset his theory. Behe took up the challenge and no Darwin partisan has yet found a way to satisfactorily answer him.

Behe’s discovery was spurred by Darwin’s challenge in “Origin of Species”: “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.” Thousands of irreducibly complex molecular machines in living cells seem to break down neo-Darwinism beyond credible belief. 

What has become of Behe’s argument in the last few decades? Although some say irreducible complexity has been refuted, here’s a list of essays that show otherwise. In some respects the irreducible complexity argument against neo-Darwinism and for intelligent design is more robust than ever before…”

Source: Charles Darwin, Michael Behe — Two Revolutionary Scientists | Evolution News

Do Neurological Studies Prove Free Agency Is An Illusion? | Cold Case Christianity

October 2, 2017

“…Many consistent atheists, like neurological philosopher Sam Harris, do not believe free agency exists in a deterministic, material universe. Harris denies any of us have the ability to choose freely: “Free will is an illusion. Our wills are simply not of our own making. Thoughts and intentions emerge from background causes of which we are unaware and over which we exert no conscious control. We do not have the freedom we think we have… You are not in control of your mind—because you, as a conscious agent, are only part of your mind, living at the mercy of other parts. You can do what you decide to do—but you cannot decide what you will decide to do.” (Sam Harris, Free Will, page 5 and pp. 37-38)…”

Source: Do Neurological Studies Prove Free Agency Is An Illusion? | Cold Case Christianity

Atheistic Quagmire | Reasonable Faith

October 2, 2017

“…The problem my atheist friends bring up the most against me is they think logic and reason is due to chemical compositions in the brain. They always tell me how all we are are chemicals and electricity and everything is reducible to that.

My question is how can I show that reason and logic are not reducible to molecules and atoms?..”

Source: Atheistic Quagmire | Reasonable Faith

How the Hidden Higgs Could Reveal Our Universe’s Dark Sector | Quanta Magazine

October 2, 2017

“…The problem in the Standard Model lies in the fact that the measured mass of the Higgs is about 100 million billion times smaller than what quantum mechanics suggests it should be. From the standpoint of the Standard Model, this can be true only as a result of an extremely unlikely coincidence involving the values of some of the universe’s fundamental building blocks. (The coincidence is also exceptionally fortunate, because without it, atoms and everything they’re made of couldn’t exist.) Physicists call this situation the “hierarchy problem” and see it as evidence that the Standard Model is only an approximation of a more comprehensive theory that would explain the Higgs mass “naturally” — as the result of some mechanism other than an apparent miracle…”

Source: How the Hidden Higgs Could Reveal Our Universe’s Dark Sector | Quanta Magazine

It Is Scientifically Proven that Media Affects You – A Clear Lens

October 2, 2017

Can anybody really doubt this?!

“…media “bends, blurs, and blends” our perception of reality, especially because television is not real life.  People aren’t dying for sex three times a day.  Not everyone sleeps around with strangers.  Everyone doesn’t swear one hundred times in two hours.   But because this is what we’re seeing on television, and because it shapes our worldview, then all of a sudden those activities, and especially ones that we might say “aren’t so bad” seem completely acceptable and even good.  This is why Dr. Gerbner said that whoever controls the stories of a culture, controls that culture…”

Source: It Is Scientifically Proven that Media Affects You – A Clear Lens

Scott Turner’s Darwin-Skeptical Purpose and Desire Wins Praise from the New York Times | Evolution News

October 1, 2017

“…A “notable” addition to the Darwin literature, a “good read and a strong pitch” — agreed, though we’d go further. If Turner is right, his argument would change everything and open the door wide for a variation of design theory to walk on in. But David Dobbs isn’t “buying” it. Why not? Alas, he doesn’t elaborate there…”

Source: Scott Turner’s Darwin-Skeptical Purpose and Desire Wins Praise from the New York Times | Evolution News

Christianity would still true even if the Bible contained errors | Theo-sophical Ruminations

September 30, 2017

“…Many people think it’s the Bible that makes Christianity true.  That’s why they question the truth of Christianity when they are confronted with supposed errors or contradictions in the Bible.  A moment’s reflection reveals this to be wrongheaded.  After all, couldn’t God have chosen to communicate the Gospel truths orally rather than in a written format?  Of course!  Indeed, that’s how it was transmitted in the early church.  If Christianity could still be true without any written Bible at all, then surely it could still be true even if the Bible contains errors…”

If we simply accept the key facts surrounding The Resurrection that the majority of scholars (including skeptics) agree are true, there is no plausible conclusion which can be reached logically, aside from the fact that it occurred. Inerrancy is not required; just a lack of materialistic bias.

Source: Christianity would still true even if the Bible contained errors | Theo-sophical Ruminations

Would A “Loving” God Allow Anything Bad to Happen to His Creation? | Cold Case Christianity

September 30, 2017

“…If our concept of love, when applied to the Creator of the universe, is limited to gentleness and tenderness, we will likely have difficulty reconciling the existence of a Divine Creator with the presence of nearly any hardship we experience. No one likes to experience “tough love”; we much prefer to experience love in its more hedonistic, self-serving forms. As C. S. Lewis so aptly observed, “We want, in fact, not so much a Father in heaven as a grandfather in heaven—a senile benevolence who, as they say, ‘liked to see young people enjoying themselves,’ and whose plan for the universe was simply that it might be truly said at the end of each day, ‘a good time was had by all…’”

Source: Would A “Loving” God Allow Anything Bad to Happen to His Creation? | Cold Case Christianity

Billy Graham School creates apologetics program, Blount appointed chair – News – SBTS

September 29, 2017

“…As Western culture grows increasingly secular, apologetics will become more and more essential for the practice of evangelism,” Jones said. “I’m excited to be part of this new apologetics program that equips students for effective evangelism by equipping them to be wise and winsome apologists. The breadth of knowledge and disciplines represented in this department in the Billy Graham School is truly outstanding, bringing together individuals with deep expertise in philosophy, history, human development, and practical ministry…”

Source: Billy Graham School creates apologetics program, Blount appointed chair – News – SBTS

Over 60 scholars correct Pope Francis for ‘propagating heresies’ | News | LifeSite

September 28, 2017

“…Expressing “profound grief” and “filial devotion,” Catholic clergy and lay scholars from around the world have issued what they are calling a “Filial Correction” to Pope Francis for “propagating heresy.”The Filial Correction, in the form of a 25-page letter, bears the signatures of sixty-two Catholic academics, researchers, and scholars in various fields from twenty countries. They assert that Pope Francis has supported heretical positions about marriage, the moral life, and the Eucharist that are causing a host of “heresies and other errors” to spread throughout the Catholic Church…”

Source: Over 60 scholars correct Pope Francis for ‘propagating heresies’ | News | LifeSite

Conservation of Information and Coevolution: New BIO-Complexity Article by Ewert and Marks | Evolution News

September 27, 2017

“…complex innovations, such as new body plans, require radical innovations which, in turn, require large amounts of new information. The environment is often claimed to provide this new information, which is believed to be hidden in the fitness landscapes coupled to coevolutionary interactions. However, this research by Ewert and Marks directly challenges the claim. The search space corresponding to biological forms is vastly greater than what could be searched through random mutations in the offspring of any species. And natural selection cannot help without being provided large amounts of information on where new forms reside. For coevolutionary processes are no more efficient at solving problems than traditional evolutionary algorithms, and the latter are no more efficient on average than random searches.”

Source: Conservation of Information and Coevolution: New BIO-Complexity Article by Ewert and Marks | Evolution News

Sexual Orientation Is Fixed, But Gender’s Completely Fluid. And 2 + 2 = 5.

September 26, 2017

“As I wrote in Part One of this series, the theory that gays are “born this way” is not the fruit of science. It’s a political orthodoxy enforced by media, pressure groups, and increasingly the government. It stands in stark and strange contrast to what those same groups want us to think about being male and female. We’re not born that way. “Gender” is fluid and shifting, but “sexual orientation” is fixed…”

Source: Sexual Orientation Is Fixed, But Gender’s Completely Fluid. And 2 + 2 = 5.

Teen reversing his gender transition – Family & Society – WORLD

September 26, 2017

“…It’s the most incomprehensible thing I’ve come across in all my time of medicine,” said Western Sydney University professor John Whitehall, according to The Daily Telegraph of London. “Prepubertal children have no idea about sexuality and choices of procreation afterwards. We’re messing with their limbic system and expecting them to make this great evaluation…”

Source: Teen reversing his gender transition – Family & Society – WORLD

Alexander Vilenkin: “All the evidence we have says that the universe had a beginning” | WINTERY KNIGHT

September 25, 2017

“…Vilenkin’s final strike is an attack on a third, lesser-known proposal that the cosmos existed eternally in a static state called the cosmic egg. This finally “cracked” to create the big bang, leading to the expanding universe we see today. Late last year Vilenkin and graduate student Audrey Mithani showed that the egg could not have existed forever after all, as quantum instabilities would force it to collapse after a finite amount of time (arxiv.org/abs/1110.4096). If it cracked instead, leading to the big bang, then this must have happened before it collapsed – and therefore also after a finite amount of time.

“This is also not a good candidate for a beginningless universe,” Vilenkin concludes.

So at the end of the day, what is Vilenkin’s verdict?

“All the evidence we have says that the universe had a beginning…”

Source: Alexander Vilenkin: “All the evidence we have says that the universe had a beginning” | WINTERY KNIGHT

American College of Physicians Opposes Assisted Suicide | Evolution News

September 25, 2017

“…From the ACP Position Paper:

Society’s goal should be to make dying less, not more, medical. Physician-assisted suicide is neither a therapy nor a solution to difficult questions raised at the end of life.

On the basis of substantive ethics, clinical practice, policy, and other concerns, the ACP does not support legalization of physician-assisted suicide. This practice is problematic given the nature of the patient–physician relationship, affects trust in that relationship as well as in the profession, and fundamentally alters the medical profession’s role in society.

Furthermore, the principles at stake in this debate also underlie medicine’s responsibilities on other issues and the physician’s duty to provide care based on clinical judgment, evidence, and ethics.

Control over the manner and timing of a person’s death has not been and should not be a goal of medicine. However, through high-quality care, effective communication, compassionate support, and the right resources, physicians can help patients control many aspects of how they live out life’s last chapter…”

Source: American College of Physicians Opposes Assisted Suicide | Evolution News

Understanding “Evening” and “Morning” of Days in Genesis (with Dr. Fuz Rana) – YouTube

September 24, 2017

From Ep. 65 of A Clear Lens Podcast

In this clip Gene chats with Dr. Fuz Rana of Reasons to Believe (http://www.reasons.org) about:

1. How the “evening” and “morning” of the days in Genesis make sense from his Old Earth perspective

2. Why he does not read the biblical lineages as complete accounts

From Ep. 65 of A Clear Lens Podcast In this clip Gene chats with Dr. Fuz Rana of Reasons to Believe (http://www.reasons.org) about: 1. How the “evening” and “morning” of the days in Genesis make sense from his Old Earth perspective 2. Why he does not read the biblical lineages as complete accounts

Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Spending Hundreds of Thousands to Elect Ralph Northam in Virginia | LifeNews.com

September 24, 2017

“The abortion chain Planned Parenthood is shelling out a huge chunk of cash to back pro-abortion candidate Ralph Northam for Virginia governor this fall.Politico reports the abortion chain’s political arm partnered with several other liberal PACs to buy $2 million in digital ads for the pro-abortion Democrat. The ads begin this week and will continue through November….In contrast, Republican candidate Ed Gillespie has a strong pro-life record. According to NRLC, he has promised to support legislation to protect unborn babies from abortion and people who are elderly or have special needs from assisted suicide and euthanasia…”

Source: Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Spending Hundreds of Thousands to Elect Ralph Northam in Virginia | LifeNews.com

Spot the Problems in This Story | Prof. Granville Sewell: Evolution News

September 24, 2017

“…Imagine that an astronaut returns to Earth after a trip to deep space, and reports that he has discovered a planet whose inhabitants are so intelligent that — a long time ago — they succeeded in designing a very primitive car which carried its own completely automated automobile factory around in its trunk.Every once in a while, the trunk opens and out pops a new little automobile, which slowly grows into a full-sized car, complete with its own fully automated auto factory in the trunk. The cars on this planet continue to reproduce, and make nearly perfect copies of themselves, generation after generation. The inhabitants don’t have to do anything but watch…”

Source: Spot the Problems in This Story | Evolution News

Theology in Biology Class: Vestigial Structures as Evidence for Evolution | Evolution News

September 24, 2017

“… Scadding also objected that Naylor’s “less than perfectly designed” argument was “based on a theological assumption about the nature of God, i.e. that he would not create useless structures. Whatever the validity of this theological claim, it certainly cannot be defended as a scientific statement, and thus should be given no place in a scientific discussion of evolution…”

Source: Theology in Biology Class: Vestigial Structures as Evidence for Evolution | Evolution News

Prayer for Healing–1 Two Confusions: Clay Jones

September 23, 2017

Very thoughtful pieces on healing by BIOLA Professor Clay Jones:

“Many Christians are confused about prayer for healing. Like The Little Engine that Could, some contend that the sick should say “I believe God will heal me, I believe God will heal me, I believe God will heal me,” because to get God to heal them they cannot doubt that God will heal them. Others treat the Lord as if He were a cosmic combination lock that must be dialed precisely to release the treasured healing. In years past I’ve done both and both are scripturally mistaken, spiritually and emotionally unhealthy, fundamentally misunderstand who God is, and often result in our being a bad witness to the lost…”

Part 2: http://www.clayjones.net/2017/09/prayer-for-healing-2-confused-christians/

Part 3: http://www.clayjones.net/2017/09/prayer-for-healing-iii-gods-our-father/

Source: Prayer for Healing–1: Two ConfusionsClay Jones

Celebrating Michael Behe’s Intelligent Design Revolution, Documentary Is Now Free Online! | Evolution News

September 23, 2017

“…Watch Revolutionary, written and directed by John West, to see how this Lehigh University professor examined the cell and first began questioning whether Darwinian evolution could account for molecular machines. Could these tiny integrated systems be built through gradual random changes? Behe thought not and reasoned that they were “irreducibly complex.” Learn about how, influenced by Behe, paleontologist Günter Bechly, microbiologist Scott Minnich, and protein chemist Douglas Axe came to the same conclusion…”

Source: Celebrating Michael Behe’s Intelligent Design Revolution, Documentary Is Now Free Online! | Evolution News

‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Contestant Makes First Public Appearance Since Surgery Paid for By Simon Cowell – LADbible

September 23, 2017

Props to Cowell!

“…The reality TV competition was her last chance at raising enough money to go to the US for an operation, which would hopefully prevent her from losing the ability to dance. Despite the troupe not taking out the top prize, the 15-year-old was shocked when Simon announced he’d pay for the operation, which cost a whopping £175,000 ($236,147)…”

Source: ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Contestant Makes First Public Appearance Since Surgery – LADbible

Modern Thinkers Increasingly Confirm a Designed Universe

September 23, 2017

“…Says Kaku:“

All this is pure mathematics. And so the final resolution could be that God is a mathematician. And …the mind of God, we believe, is Cosmic Music – the music of strings, resonating through eleven-dimensional hyperspace.”

Kaku makes a great deal of Supersymmetry and the unification of physics and mathematics in order to explain the functioning of the natural world, such that, even if he was using the term “Mind of God” metaphorically, it could not escape notice that he frames his understanding of the order and functioning of the universe in terms of “mind…”

Source: Modern Thinkers Increasingly Confirm a Designed Universe

Gender dysphoria purely a ‘social craze’ that will lead to regrets: psychiatric expert | News | LifeSite

September 23, 2017

“…The “transgender” phenomenon is an “ongoing social and psychological experiment” with children used as guinea pigs and which society will come to regret, says an expert in gender dysphoria. Moreover, evidence shows that 80 percent to 90 percent of children with gender identity confusion “revert to their natal sex” if they are “left to their own devices,” says Dr. Paul McHugh, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine…”

Source: Gender dysphoria purely a ‘social craze’ that will lead to regrets: psychiatric expert | News | LifeSite