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Is Christianity Shrinking in America? “Yes” and “No” | Cold Case Christianity

February 23, 2018

“…In fact, recent studies show that churches committed to teaching classic Christian principles (like the physical resurrection of Jesus, the efficacy of prayer and the reliability of the Bible) are far more likely to grow than churches avoiding such theological truths. Theology and rationality matter…”

Theologically sound churches tend to be growing, while compromised churches are dying out!

Source: Is Christianity Shrinking in America? “Yes” and “No” | Cold Case Christianity

The philosophical contradictions of the transgender worldview | Opinion | LifeSite

February 22, 2018

“…People say that we live in a postmodern age that has rejected metaphysics. That’s not quite true. We live in a postmodern age that promotes an alternative metaphysics. As I explain in When Harry Became Sally, at the heart of the transgender moment are radical ideas about the human person—in particular, that people are what they claim to be, regardless of contrary evidence. A transgender boy is a boy, not merely a girl who identifies as a boy. It’s understandable why activists make these claims. An argument about transgender identities will be much more persuasive if it concerns who someone is, not merely how someone identifies. And so the rhetoric of the transgender moment drips with ontological assertions: people are the gender they prefer to be. That’s the claim…”

Source: The philosophical contradictions of the transgender worldview | Opinion | LifeSite

Michael Medved and Richard Weikart Lay Bare the Evolutionary Roots of Nazism | Evolution News

February 22, 2018

“The newly launched podcast Great Minds with Michael Medved goes where few other podcasts would dare to tread. On a new episode, Medved talks with historian Richard Weikart about the clear intellectual and genealogical links between the thought of Charles Darwin and that of Adolf Hitler. Weikart, a meticulous scholar, traces the connection in his book From Darwin to Hitler, demonstrating that Darwin’s theory is tainted at its origins. This is an aspect of history that most historians won’t tell you about…”

Source: Michael Medved and Richard Weikart Lay Bare the Evolutionary Roots of Nazism | Evolution News

Origin: Probability of a Single Protein Forming by Chance | Reasoned Cases for Christ

February 22, 2018

“…an evolutionary search would need to be capable of locating sequences that amount to anything from one in 10^159 to one in 10^308 possibilities, something the neo-Darwinian model falls short of by a very wide margin…”

According to probability theorists, anything less likely than 1 in 10^50 is mathematically impossible, therefore a single cell forming by random chance is ludicrous!

Source: Origin: Probability of a Single Protein Forming by Chance | Reasoned Cases for Christ

A Heretical Bioengineer Asks: What Do the Darwinists Have to Hide? | Evolution News

February 21, 2018

“…The famous philosopher Antony Flew defended atheism for almost all his life. But in 2004 he changed his mind. “The argument to Intelligent Design is enormously stronger than it was when I first met it,” he wrote.

NYU philosopher Thomas Nagel — an atheist — endorsed a pro-ID book by Stephen Meyer. Then Nagel published a book with the pointed title Mind & Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False.

There he writes that design theorists such as Michael Behe and Stephen Meyer have offered “empirical arguments…of great interest,” and should not just be reviled and dismissed. “The problems that these iconoclasts pose for the orthodox scientific consensus should be taken seriously. They do not deserve the scorn with which they are commonly met. It is manifestly unfair…”

Source: A Heretical Bioengineer Asks: What Do the Darwinists Have to Hide? | Evolution News

Facebook blocks crowdfunding site for new movie on how abortion became legal in U.S. | News | LifeSite

February 21, 2018

“…Exceptional talent from the worlds of Hollywood and pro-life activism have joined forces with the goal of producing a film chronicling the little-known true story behind the 1973 U.S. abortion ruling Roe v Wade.

And Facebook doesn’t seem to like the project. The social media giant has blocked access to the crowdfunding site…”

Source: Facebook blocks crowdfunding site for new movie on how abortion became legal in U.S. | News | LifeSite

Information Enigma – YouTube

February 20, 2018

Encoding conventions, decoding conventions, and encoded information do not come from random chance. They only come from minds:

Beyond the Bell Curve, a New Universal Law | Quanta Magazine

February 19, 2018

Without a mind behind the universe, what are the odds of this being in place — in totally unrelated phenomena — by random chance?

“…Systems of many interacting components — be they species, integers or subatomic particles — kept producing the same statistical curve, which had become known as the Tracy-Widom distribution. This puzzling curve seemed to be the complex cousin of the familiar bell curve, or Gaussian distribution, which represents the natural variation of independent random variables like the heights of students in a classroom or their test scores. Like the Gaussian, the Tracy-Widom distribution exhibits “universality,” a mysterious phenomenon in which diverse microscopic effects give rise to the same collective behavior. “The surprise is it’s as universal as it is,” said Tracy, a professor at the University of California, Davis…”

Source: Beyond the Bell Curve, a New Universal Law | Quanta Magazine

Boys play with trucks, girls play with dolls: new study finds gender is biological | News | LifeSite

February 19, 2018

“…According to a new study, differences between boys and girls are biological and not fluid, as transgender theory claims.

Research revealed in the Infant and Child Development Journal concluded that gender preferences in children are not so much the result of their environment and upbringing as they are intrinsic within the child. These findings contradict prevailing LGBTQQICAPF2K+ belief that gender is both externally directed and fluid.

The sexual orientation/gender acronym, LGBTQQICAPF2K+, stands for “Lesbian,” “Gay,” “Bisexual,” “Transgender,” “Queer,” “Questioning,” “Intersex,” “Curious,” “Asexual,” “Agender,” “Ally,” “Pansexual,” “Polysexual,” “Friends and family,” “Two-spirit” and “Kink…”

Source: Boys play with trucks, girls play with dolls: new study finds gender is biological | News | LifeSite

Amazon Echo Calls Muhammad a Hypocrite! – YouTube

February 18, 2018

“Vocab Malone and I were setting up for a video about a Sharia-compliant version of Echo, when we realized that Alexa was completely willing to accuse Muhammad of hypocrisy for marrying more women than his own revelations allow!”

Vocab Malone and I were setting up for a video about a Sharia-compliant version of Echo, when we realized that Alexa was completely willing to accuse Muhammad of hypocrisy for marrying more women than his own revelations allow!

Is America Running Out of Patience with LGBT Activism? | Public Discourse

February 17, 2018

“…If you don’t believe that Caitlyn Jenner is a woman, you’re the worst kind of hateful. If you think a child deserves a mother and a father, you are a bigot. If you think a gender-dysphoric boy should not be treated as a girl, you’re evil. If you think a man should use the men’s restroom, regardless of what sex he thinks he is, you are discriminatory. If you think parents’ desire to get their children counseling help for their same-sex attraction is okay, you’re very dangerous. If your church teaches that homosexual sexual activity is wrong, your church is bigoted. You must agree with every part of LGBT values or be slimed. This dictatorial absolutism is not sitting well with many Americans…”

Source: Is America Running Out of Patience with LGBT Activism? | Public Discourse

Cosmologist Sean Carroll on why there is something rather than nothing: No “sensible answer” | Uncommon Descent

February 17, 2018

“…I don’t understand why Carroll is avoiding the problem of the universe having a beginning, unless he believes the universe is infinitely old, but that would conflict with the problem of traversing an actual countable infinite number of years before we could get to this one; we never would. I wonder if Carroll is failing to adequately distinguish between reality and mathematical models…”

Source: Cosmologist Sean Carroll on why there is something rather than nothing: No “sensible answer” | Uncommon Descent

‘It was incredible’: adult stem cells help paralyzed woman walk again | News | LifeSite

February 17, 2018

“…Cutting-edge treatment with adult stem cells helped a paralyzed woman regain feeling in her body and start to walk again.

The Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) released a new video of Laura Dominguez-Tauer, whose story they first told in 2011, showing the progress in her life since receiving ethical adult stem cell treatment.

Dominguez-Tauer was in a car accident when she was 16. It paralyzed her from the neck down. She underwent an experimental procedure using her own adult stem cells and is now able to walk with the help of a walker…”

Source: ‘It was incredible’: adult stem cells help paralyzed woman walk again | News | LifeSite

Sean Carroll’s Preposterous Universe | Evolution News

February 16, 2018

Carroll has submitted a new paper on “Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing”. Philosophers are not impressed:

“…Atheists have a risible idolatry for the “laws of physics,” on keen display here. Yet, whatever tale can be told about the Big Bang, quantum fluctuations, and the like, the laws of physics themselves are part of the explanandum, and stand in need of explanation themselves. To merely attribute the universe to the “laws of physics” explains nothing. It is an attempt to evade explanation…”

Source: Sean Carroll’s Preposterous Universe | Evolution News

‘Hateful content’? Twitter bans Christian radio interview opposing transgenderism | News | LifeSite

February 16, 2018

“…Twitter has banned an ad promoting an interview about transgenderism with Heritage Foundation scholar Dr. Ryan T. Anderson.

Issues, Etc., a Christian talk radio show, attempted to run an ad on Twitter highlighting its February 7 interview with Anderson, the author of When Harry Become Sally: Responding to the Transgender Movement. Issues, Etc. was unable to do so because the interview allegedly violated Twitter’s policy against “hateful content….”

Source: ‘Hateful content’? Twitter bans Christian radio interview opposing transgenderism | News | LifeSite

Why Liberals Can’t Listen | The Stream

February 15, 2018

“…But then along comes New York University psychologist Jonathan Haidt. He and his research team set out on a global project seeking to understand human morality. They found that wherever you go, you’ll find five basic “moral foundations”: Caring, Fairness, Loyalty, Authority/Respect, and Purity. He explains all this brilliantly in a TED talk, if you can overlook some lingering bias. (In his book The Righteous Mind he includes a sixth, Liberty.)

But there’s more. Haidt found a glaring difference between people on the left and people on the right. Conservatives, by and large, tend to live with all five of these moral dimensions in balance. Liberals don’t. They’re strong on Care and Fairness, but they’re weak on Loyalty, Authority and Purity.

And that’s a problem. Jonathan Haidt, who viewed himself as a liberal before doing this study, extended his research to look at what societies need in order to maintain stability and security. And he realized it isn’t just the left’s favorite pair. It takes all five moral categories. He paid attention: he’s a moderate now…”

Source: Why Liberals Can’t Listen | The Stream

Why LGBT activists can’t see what’s wrong with a nine-year-old drag queen | Opinion | LifeSite

February 15, 2018

“…Little ones are not only being robbed of their childhood and innocence but are being irreparably harmed, exploited, and perverted. Those most damaged include such pre-adolescent drag queens as “Lactatia,” kindergarteners encouraged to consider their “true selves” the opposite sex, children given puberty blockers and other transgender “chemical castration,” and groups of kids brainwashed in public library “story times“ normalizing grown men dressing as flamboyant, promiscuous women…”

Source: Why LGBT activists can’t see what’s wrong with a nine-year-old drag queen | Opinion | LifeSite

Jesus The Logician | Dallas Willard

February 14, 2018

A very thought-provoking piece by late USC Professor of Philosophy Dallas Willard:

 

“ABSTACT: In understanding how discipleship to Jesus Christ works, a major issue is how he automatically presents himself to our minds. It is characteristic of most 20th century Christians that he does not automatically come to mind as one of great intellectual power: as Lord of universities and research institutes, of the creative disciplines and scholarship. The Gospel accounts of how he actually worked, however, challenge this intellectually marginal image of him and help us to see him at home in the best of academic and scholarly settings of today, where many of us are called to be his apprentices…”

Source: Jesus The Logician | Dallas Willard

‘I truly hate these people’: Disgraced FBI agents trashed pro-lifers, wanted to stop March for Life | News | LifeSite

February 13, 2018

“…In what was intended to be a private message, Page told Strzok that “I truly hate these people,” referring to pro-lifers attending the January 22, 2016, March for Life in the nation’s Capitol. Strzok then replied that that the authorities should lie about a “snow emergency” to “cancel the permit” and stop the march.

Below is a transcript of their conversation:

FBI agent Strzok: “F*cking marchers making traffic problems.”

FBI attorney Page: “Yeah, some extremely offensive video screens set up in front of district. I truly hate these people. No support for the woman who actually has to spend the rest of her life rearing this child, but we care about ‘life.’ Assholes.”

FBI agent Strzok: “…Hey, I have an idea! Snow emergency, cancel the permit…”

Source: ‘I truly hate these people’: Disgraced FBI agents trashed pro-lifers, wanted to stop March for Life | News | LifeSite

Heretic Is Amazon’s #1 New Book on Evolution; Distinguished Scientists Endorse | Evolution News

February 13, 2018

“…What happens when an up-and-coming European bioscientist flips from Darwin disciple to Darwin defector, builds a highly successful scientific career, and then writes a book about it?

In its first week, Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design jumped into the top 25 Amazon books about evolution, and into the #1 spot for a New Release in Evolution.

The early feedback has been strong, too. “Leisola and Witt’s Heretic is a unique first-hand account of the life-long adventures of a scientist who dared to challenge philosophical principles of colleague scientists,” writes PhD biochemist and inventor Branko Kozulić…”

Source: Heretic Is Amazon’s #1 New Book on Evolution; Distinguished Scientists Endorse | Evolution News

Heretic, Intelligent Design, and the Materialism of the Gaps | Evolution News

February 13, 2018

“…We have no idea how the molecules that compose living systems could have been devised such that they would work in concert to fulfill biology’s functions….Those that say, “Oh this is well worked out,” they know nothing — nothing — about chemical synthesis — nothing….From a synthetic chemical perspective, neither I nor any of my colleagues can fathom a prebiotic molecular route to construction of a complex system. We cannot even figure out the prebiotic routes to the basic building blocks of life: carbohydrates, nucleic acids, lipids, and proteins. Chemists are collectively bewildered. Hence I say that no chemist understands prebiotic synthesis of the requisite building blocks, let alone assembly into a complex system. That’s how clueless we are. I have asked all of my colleagues — National Academy members, Nobel Prize winners — I sit with them in offices. Nobody understands this. So if your professors say it’s all worked out, if your teachers say it’s all worked out, they don’t know what they’re talking about…”

— Dr. James Tour, one of the world’s most-respected biochemists.

Source: Heretic, Intelligent Design, and the Materialism of the Gaps | Evolution News

Sports Writers Lashed Out at Tony Dungy for Celebrating Christianity. Bad Move | The Stream

February 13, 2018

“…Foles was not the only player to acknowledge faith’s role in football, as Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson and Wide Receiver Zach Ertz both openly thanked God on the field for their Super Bowl victory directly after the game.

“I can only give the praise to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving me this opportunity,” Pederson said, according to Townhall.”

Source: Sports Writers Lashed Out at Tony Dungy for Celebrating Christianity. Bad Move | The Stream

Shame: 2018 Winter Olympics allows men claiming to be ‘women’ to compete against real women | Blogs | LifeSite

February 11, 2018

“…For the first time, the IOC [International Olympic Committee] has ruled that transgender athletes can take part in the Olympics. Female-to-male athletes can compete “without restriction,” while male-to-female athletes must undergo hormone therapy. Previously, IOC guidelines called for athletes to have reassignment surgery followed by at least two years of hormone therapy in order to be eligible. The only remaining regulation is that male-to-female athletes must demonstrate that their testosterone levels have consistently been below the cutoff point for at least one full year prior to competition…”

Source: Shame: 2018 Winter Olympics allows men claiming to be ‘women’ to compete against real women | Blogs | LifeSite

Justin Trudeau once praised China’s ‘dictatorship’: He’s now making Canada a dystopian nightmare | Opinion | LifeSite

February 11, 2018

“…Prior to his election as Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau told a fundraising crowd on November 8, 2013, that he admired China’s “basic dictatorship” because it allows “them to actually turn their economy around on a dime” to get things done. The report below is even more significant in light of this comment…”

Source: Justin Trudeau once praised China’s ‘dictatorship’: He’s now making Canada a dystopian nightmare | Opinion | LifeSite

The Scientist Who Shouldn’t Exist — New Book by Matti Leisola, Jonathan Witt  | Evolution News

February 11, 2018

A case study of somebody who wrenched themself out of brainwashing:

“…Matti Leisola isn’t supposed to exist. According to the standard patter from evolutionists, there is no controversy about evolution in the scientific community, nor any need for serious consideration of the theory of intelligent design. That’s because no legitimate scientist doubts modern evolutionary theory; and even if there may be a handful of such doubters in the U.S., there certainly are none to speak of in enlightened Western Europe.

A new book by and about distinguished Finnish bioengineer Matti Leisola authoritiatively brushes aside these Darwinist talking points. The book is Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design, co-written with Discovery Institute’s Jonathan Witt, a Senior Fellow with the Center for Science & Culture…”

Source: The Scientist Who Shouldn’t Exist — New Book by Matti Leisola, Jonathan Witt  | Evolution News

6 Things You Can Tell Your Kids When Trying to Explain Pain and Suffering in Our World | Cold Case Christianity

February 10, 2018

“…Our conversations will certainly look (and sound) differently depending on the age and maturity of our kids, but in all the years that I have been discussing the “problem of evil” with students (either at conferences or as a youth pastor), several key issues continue to dominate my discussions. When explaining why an all-loving, all-powerful God would allow natural disasters (or human evil), consider incorporating the following truths:..”

Source: 6 Things You Can Tell Your Kids When Trying to Explain Pain and Suffering in Our World | Cold Case Christianity

More Evidence for God as Dark Matter Confirmation Nears

February 9, 2018

“…Before the Nobel Prize in physics can be awarded to Conlon and his team, they will need to confirm their discovery with measurements on other galaxy clusters and preferably individual galaxies. It also would be helpful if they could obtain detailed enough measurements that they could identify the cold dark matter particles responsible for absorption and reemission. Nonetheless, they have made a landmark discovery that should remove any residual doubts about the reality of cold dark matter and its theological implications that a Creator beyond space and time brought our universe into existence and exquisitely fashioned it to provide a home for physical life and human beings in particular. Thanks to powerful telescopes, the heavens are shouting the glory of God more loudly than ever before…”

Source: More Evidence for God as Dark Matter Confirmation Nears

An Interview with Alexa | Evolution News

February 9, 2018

“…Yes, I know everyone else is doing this, but I think the answers dispensed by the device about intelligent design, Discovery Institute, and Stephen Meyer are as false and biased as on any other subject, and more so. We also questioned Alexa about erased notable paleontologist Günter Bechly. Guess what we learned?…”

Source: An Interview with Alexa | Evolution News

The Sex-Change Revolution is Based on Ideology, Not Science | The Stream

February 9, 2018

“…Dr. Paul McHugh thought he had convinced the vast majority of medical professionals not to go along with bold claims about sex and gender being proffered by some of his colleagues. And as chair of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School and psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, McHugh put a stop to sex-reassignment surgery at Hopkins.

Once the elite Johns Hopkins did this, many medical centers across the nation followed suit.

But in recent years we have seen a resurgence of these drastic procedures — not in light of new scientific evidence, mind you, but as a result of a growing ideological movement. Such is our transgender moment…”

Source: The Sex-Change Revolution is Based on Ideology, Not Science | The Stream

Meet the abortionist who committed 75,000 abortions before becoming pro-life

February 9, 2018

“Bernard Nathanson was once a prolific abortionist. The New York OB/GYN was a co-founder of NARAL — an acronym for National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws — now simply called NARAL Pro-Choice America. NARAL was launched in the late 1960s, prior to Roe v. Wade‘s passage. Nathanson was the organization’s medical adviser. But prior to his death in 2011 at the age of 84, he worked hard to reverse the damage he did as an abortionist and leader in a movement he denounced after undergoing a dramatic pro-life and Catholic conversion. He details his history and conversion in his powerful memoir, “The Hand of God.” In his memoir, he bares all, telling the behind-the-scenes reality of the abortion industry, presenting a picture of the way men tried to push abortion on the women’s rights movement…”

Source: Meet the abortionist who committed 75,000 abortions before becoming pro-life

The Biblical Mandate for Apologetics – bethinking.org

February 8, 2018

“…Apologetics is really about evangelism. The word apologetics comes from the Greek word “apologia”, which literally means a reasoned defence.

Paul uses the word to describe his own ministry. In Philippians [1:7] he states that he is appointed for the defence and confirmation of the Gospel.

In 1 Peter a command is given that we should always be prepared to give an answer (apologia) for the reason for the hope that we have. For both Peter and Paul, they are clearly thinking of evangelism in these contexts.

A letter to the persecuted Church

“But in your hearts, set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you for the reason for the hope that you have, but do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience…” 1 Peter 3:15-16…”

Source: The Biblical Mandate for Apologetics – bethinking.org

Pedophile Says He’s a 9-Year-Old Trapped in Man’s Body. Therefore, He Is | The Stream

February 8, 2018

“…Roman was “charged with repeated predatory criminal sexual assault.” The kicker is that he told police that he’s really “a 9-year-old trapped in an adult’s body.”

If Roman was a 9-year-old, he obviously would not be guilty of sexual assault on the same scale a 38-year-old would be. The best the police could do is to call 9-year-old Roman’s parents and ensure that he gets a good talking to. He couldn’t even be spanked, because that’s abuse.

Well, Roman says he’s 9. His birth certificate says 38. Who’s right?..”

Source: Pedophile Says He’s a 9-Year-Old Trapped in Man’s Body. Therefore, He Is | The Stream

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

February 8, 2018

“…The tiny heart of the fetus, obviously a little boy, had just stopped — forever. The vacuum filter was opened, and the tiny arms and legs that had been torn off of the fetus were accounted for. The fingers and toes had the beginnings of their nails on them. The doctors, proud of their work, reassembled the body to show me. Tears welled up in my eyes as they removed the baby boy from the table and shoved his body into a container for disposal…”

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

The “Coming Out” of Christian Professors on Secular Campuses

February 8, 2018

“…Despite the squelching of religious freedom and free speech on the college campus, Christian professors are coming out and speaking out about how their faith impacts their worldview and therefore their teaching. Because their Christian worldview gives them a diverse perspective on their academic discipline, compared to secular professors, they are bringing about a renaissance in Christian thinking on the campus. They are rightly restoring the original principle of the university to bring unity in diversity of thought and opinion.

Ratio Christi, a campus apologetics alliance, is leading the charge in this endeavor and providing professors with both support and resources. The goal of the RC Prof ministry of Ratio Christi is a movement of missional professors active in every academic discipline and at the highest levels…”

Source: The “Coming Out” of Christian Professors on Secular Campuses

Shock: Reporter Allows Stephen Meyer to Respond to “God of the Gaps” Challenge | Evolution News

February 8, 2018

“…Just listen to how he allows Meyer to respond in his own words! It’s shocking.

Meyer explained that “god of the gaps” arguments fail to convince because they are arguments from ignorance. Such arguments “occur when evidence against a proposition is offered as the sole grounds for accepting an alternative position.” For instance: Evolution cannot explain this part of life, ergo there must be a designer.

Intelligent design does not work like this, the author argued. “Proponents of intelligent design infer design because we know that intelligent agents can and do produce specified information-rich systems,” Meyer wrote. “Indeed, we have positive, experience-based knowledge of an alternative cause sufficient to have produced the effect in question — and that cause is intelligence or mind.”

ID proponents like Meyer point out that even the most basic forms of life are remarkably complex. Each organism’s genetic code carries digital information remarkably similar to the kind of computer code humans invented using their minds.

Furthermore, Meyer pointed to the work of Douglas Axe, a biologist whose experiments revealed “that for every one DNA sequence that generates a short functional protein of just 150 amino acids in length, there are 1077 non-functional combinations — that is, 1077 amino acid arrangements that will not fold into a stable three-dimensional protein structure capable of performing a biological function.”

Random chance acting through the laws of nature has not been demonstrated to create this kind of complexity…”

Source: Shock: Reporter Allows Stephen Meyer to Respond to “God of the Gaps” Challenge | Evolution News

“Emergence” and the Soul | Evolution News

February 8, 2018

“…Emergence as a theory of mind is junk philosophy and junk science. It’s circular reasoning — the “emergent” explanation for the mind-brain relationship boils down to “It’s surprising!” The only reason to invoke emergence is to defend materialism from refutation by reality. It is a tactic, not an explanation. As such, it is a favorite of materialists, who, lacking explanations, are in dire need of tactics…”

Source: “Emergence” and the Soul | Evolution News

Cold-Case Detective Says Science Confirms That a Fetus Is Human

February 8, 2018

“…Crime scenes aren’t the only locations that have benefitted from scientific advances. Technology is also making it easier to identify fetal humans in the womb. In a recent article in The Atlantic, journalist Emma Green reported that prolife advocates “are tracking new developments in neonatal research and technology – and transforming one of America’s most contentious debates.” She’s right. When trying to answer the critical question, “What is a fetus, and when (if ever) is it human?” Science can now help provide us with an answer, using many of the same categories of forensic technology I’ve used at crime scenes:..”

Source: Cold-Case Detective Says Science Confirms That a Fetus Is Human

Priest calls for excommunication of 14 Catholic senators who voted against late-term abortion ban | News | LifeSite

February 7, 2018

“…A Catholic priest is calling on bishops to excommunicate the 14 Catholic-identifying U.S. senators who voted last week against banning late-term abortions. He is also calling on priests to deny the Catholic pro-abortion senators Holy Communion…”

Source: Priest calls for excommunication of 14 Catholic senators who voted against late-term abortion ban | News | LifeSite

Monkey Clones: Harbingers of Things to Come? | Evolution News

February 7, 2018

“A hot story has recently dominated science news: the cloning of macaque monkeys by somatic cell nuclear transfer. Wesley Smith wrote about it here. An amazing technical accomplishment, it also elicits dread. The Sun, in the United Kingdom, labeled the cloning “Monstrous,” saying, “The cloning of Macaques Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua have prompted fears from critics the technique will be used to create humans.”

And rightly so…”

Source: Monkey Clones: Harbingers of Things to Come? | Evolution News

The Verse the Culture Misquotes Most Regularly in an Effort to Quiet Christians | Cold Case Christianity

February 7, 2018

“…As a Christian, I’m often at odds with the culture around me. As our society embraces a growing number of unbiblical behaviors and attitudes, I find myself becoming more and more vocal in my opposition. I’m not alone; many other conservative Christians are also taking a stand for what the Bible teaches, particularly when it comes to moral behavior. Maybe that’s why I seem to hear Matthew 7:1 tossed around so frequently by those who want Christians to quiet down:

“Do not judge so that you will not be judged…”

Source: The Verse the Culture Misquotes Most Regularly in an Effort to Quiet Christians | Cold Case Christianity

‘A dark day for our republic’: Ireland to vote on repealing pro-life amendment in May | News | LifeSite

February 6, 2018

“…Earlier this week, the Irish government officially approved putting the country’s pro-life constitutional amendment to a vote at the end of May.

Ireland’s Eighth Amendment protects the right to life of pre-born babies and their mothers. This pro-life law, unique for a first-world country, has long been the target of pro-abortion organizations like Amnesty International and George Soros’ Open Society Foundation. The Eighth Amendment saves at least 5,000 lives a year…”

Source: ‘A dark day for our republic’: Ireland to vote on repealing pro-life amendment in May | News | LifeSite

The Battle for the Soul of America: Progressivism vs. Americanism

February 5, 2018

“…Most people are not aware of this. Most especially the young are filtered into the superstructure of indoctrination into this worldview system never understanding that those who seek to subvert and supplant the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and moral underpinnings of the security of our society are building a “progress” agenda effectively placed firmly on mid-air, that is, vague opinion, suspect scientific studies that may or may not be biased, feelings, emotions and “whatever feels right” at the moment to those who control this hegemony…”

Source: The Battle for the Soul of America: Progressivism vs. Americanism

Trudeau: religious leaders who don’t want to sign my abortion pledge are just liars. Really? | Blogs | LifeSite

February 5, 2018

“…Trudeau has no qualms using the tax dollars of Canadians to fund abortions overseas and push feticide in countries with no desire for his cultural colonialism. He has no qualms about using the hard-earned money of pro-life Canadians to fund the physical destruction of their tiniest pre-born neighbors. And he has no qualms pretending that legal abortion is somehow the pinnacle of a civilized and progressive culture, rather than a truly tragic failure of our society to protect the youngest of our members and offer compassionate alternatives that do not involve suction aspirators and dumpsters…”

Source: Trudeau: religious leaders who don’t want to sign my abortion pledge are just liars. Really? | Blogs | LifeSite

Darwinian Lysenkoism in America | Evolution News

February 5, 2018

“…The damage done to Soviet agriculture by Lysenko’s government-enforced scientific orthodoxy was enormous. Yet the damage done to American science by enforcement of Darwinian orthodoxy is substantial as well. As an illustration, junk DNA was historically a cornerstone of Darwinian science — the inference that most genomic DNA was evolutionary garbage accumulated over millions of years of undirected mutation and natural selection was considered a major piece of evidence supporting the Darwinian paradigm. Yet the Darwinian inference that most DNA is “junk” has recently been thoroughly discredited — much of what was traditionally considered junk DNA has discernable and important function in the genome. The discipline of molecular genetics was set back decades by the (government-backed) Darwin-only orthodoxy that most DNA is junk…”

Source: Darwinian Lysenkoism in America | Evolution News

Google’s new gadget can teach you about Mohammed. But it’s never heard of Jesus

February 5, 2018

“…A new Google device has been hitting the headlines because it doesn’t know who Jesus is!

You can ask the new Google Home question box “who is Jesus?” and it claims not to know. It does, however, have knowledge of figures from other religions, including Mohammed and the Buddha, and is apparently causing ‘outrage’ among some Christians.

Here’s the evidence:..”

Source: Google’s new gadget can teach you about Mohammed. But it’s never heard of Jesus

Is death still frightening if you believe the self is an illusion? Yes! An astonishing study of Tibetan Buddhists – Research Digest

February 4, 2018

“…Yet, when the researchers surveyed their participants about their fear of death and especially their fear of self-annihilation (gauged by agreement or not with items like “Dying one year from now frightens me because of the loss and destruction of the self / destruction of my personality”), to the researchers’ surprise they found that this fear was most intense among the monastic Buddhists. This was opposite to how they ought to have responded according to the Buddhist scholars…”

Source: Is death still frightening if you believe the self is an illusion? An astonishing study of Tibetan Buddhists – Research Digest

Embryonic Development Reveals “Staggering Complexity” | Evolution News

February 3, 2018

“…One of the main reasons for Duboule’s pessimism about the return of the EvoDevo comet is the staggering complexity and diversity of cellular and developmental regulatory processes. The configuration space for realistic models of such systems is vast, high dimensional, and potentially infinitely complex. [Emphasis added.]…”

Source: Embryonic Development Reveals “Staggering Complexity” | Evolution News

Abortion? Christianity Says No. It Always Has | The Stream

February 3, 2018

“In light of the back-to-back March for Life and “Women’s March,” we need a reminder of the ancient Christian position on abortion. It’s one of the signs of our age that what our Christian ancestors deemed a given for 2,000 years has, since the Sexual Revolution of the 1960’s, suddenly become matters of “debate” among self-proclaimed Christians. They seem to believe that Christian teaching on abortion was unclear throughout the ages.

It was not…”

Source: Abortion? Christianity Says No. It Always Has | The Stream

Wikipedia and “Astroturf” | Evolution News

February 2, 2018

“…And then there’s Wikipedia — astroturf’s dream come true. Billed as the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit, the reality can’t be more different. Anonymous Wikipedia editors control and co-opt pages on behalf of special interests. They forbid and reverse edits that go against their agenda. They skew and delete information, in blatant violation of Wikipedia’s own established policies, with impunity — always superior to the poor schleps who actually believe anyone can edit Wikipedia, only to discover they’re barred from correcting even the simplest factual inaccuracies. Try adding a footnoted fact, or correcting a factual error on one of these monitored Wikipedia pages, then poof! Sometimes within a matter of seconds you’ll find your edit is reversed…”

— Sharyl Atkisson

Source: Wikipedia and “Astroturf” | Evolution News

Worst Serial Killer in History Murdered 138 People. Planned Parenthood Killed 321,384 Babies Last Year | LifeNews.com

February 2, 2018

“…If you go to Wikipedia and look up “Worst Serial Killers in History,” you’ll find a long and horrible list:

Gary Ridgeway, known as the Green River killer, murdered as many as 90 women. Giovanni Brusca, a member of the Sicilian Mafia, killed at least 100 people. Luis Garavito, a Columbian known as “The Beast” is believed to have murdered at least 138 people, mostly children.

But if you go by numbers alone, you might wonder why Planned Parenthood didn’t make the list. The abortion giant’s death toll in 2017 is 321,384—all of them innocent babies. And that’s not counting women who die through so-called safe, legal abortions performed by Planned Parenthood abortionists…”

Source: Worst Serial Killer in History Murdered 138 People. Planned Parenthood Killed 321,384 Babies Last Year | LifeNews.com

Is There Meaning to Life? Jordan Peterson, Rebecca Goldstein, William Lane Craig – YouTube

February 2, 2018

Without God, there are no objective values, meaning, duties or purposes. Thank God there is good evidence for Him!

Watching Goldstein (and to some extent, Peterson) groping for crumbs of meaning out of Naturalism is a bit depressing, but it’s informative as to what a shallow well it is. By the way, Goldstein’s husband is Steven Pinker, whom Craig quotes (to her chagrin) near the end:

Richards resigns from Planned Parenthood, Americans want abortion restrictions, vulnerable pro-choice senators targeted, and LGBTQ acceptance declines

February 1, 2018

“…Shifting Pendulum? A new study released by the pro-gay group GLAAD found a “significant decline in overall comfort and acceptance of LGBTQ people.” According to Yahoo News, “This marks the first time in this particular study’s four-year history that the numbers have declined.” Harris Insights and Analytics conducted the online poll. It found that in “every single situation” the acceptance fell from the previous year. Three areas where discomfort showed a “significant increase” were “learning a family member is LGBTQ,” “learning my child’s teacher is LGBTQ,” and “learning my doctor is LGBTQ….”

Hmmm….

Source: Richards resigns from Planned Parenthood, Americans want abortion restrictions, vulnerable pro-choice senators targeted, and LGBTQ acceptance declines

Atheists, Your Values Are Showing | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

February 1, 2018

“The news report was startling. A group of children at Oakbrook Elementary School in wanted to do some good for those in their community who had little to nothing. So they raised some money to buy some groceries, planning on delivering them to the local food pantry, which is run by that giving food to the local food pantry, which happens to be run by Old Fort Baptist Church.

That’s when the atheist group stepped in and put a halt to the whole thing.1 Representatives from the American Humanist Association (AHA) claim that the project is unconstitutional since the school is raising funds that will “the proceeds of which will go directly to an evangelical Christian Church” according to the letter AHA attorneys sent to the school district (emphasis in the original).2 They halted the project and the accompanying food drive by threatening legal action. The school is holding both the food and the funds for fear of litigation, so the local poor get nothing…”

Source: Atheists, Your Values Are Showing | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

How Atheism Fails To Explain A Beginning To The Universe | Reasons for Jesus

January 31, 2018

“…Philosopher William Lane Craig thus explains, “suppose something could come into being from nothing. If that were the case then it is inexplicable why just anything and everything doesn’t pop into being out of nothing. But no-one here tonight is worried that while you’re listening to this debate a horse may have popped into being uncaused out of nothing in your living room, and is there defiling the carpet right now as we speak…”

Source: How Atheism Fails To Explain A Beginning To The Universe | Reasons for Jesus

Judge Issues Injunction Against University That Penalized Christian Club for Requiring Leaders to Refrain From Homosexual Behavior | Christian News Network

January 31, 2018

“IOWA CITY, Iowa — A federal judge appointed to the bench by then-President Barack Obama has issued a temporary injunction in favor of a Christian group at the University of Iowa that had been de-recognized for not allowing a student to serve in a leadership position because he refused to adhere to the group’s biblical beliefs as they pertain to sexuality…”

Source: Judge Issues Injunction Against University That Penalized Christian Club for Requiring Leaders to Refrain From Homosexual Behavior | Christian News Network

Christian group sues university after being booted for refusing to elect LGBT activist as leader | News | LifeSite

January 31, 2018

“…When gay activist Marcus Miller applied for BLinC leadership, he was disqualified because he refused to agree to BLinC’s convictions. “He expressly stated that he rejected BLinC’s religious beliefs and would not follow them,” the group explained.

Thus jilted, Miller filed a complaint with the university, claiming he was rejected because he is an openly practicing homosexual. UI, in turn, yanked BLinC’s status as a registered student group, effectively halting their activities on campus…”

Source: Christian group sues university after being booted for refusing to elect LGBT activist as leader | News | LifeSite

Anti-Intellectualism in the American Church is Not a Spiritual Gift | Rob Lundberg Apologetics.Com

January 31, 2018

“Over the past few months, even years, I have been wrestling with a gnawing issue on why the church is not amenable to apologetics. This is evidenced by the overwhelming anti-intellectualism that has been plaguing the church ever since 1859 when Darwin wrote his On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life as well as other influences…”

Source: Anti-Intellectualism in the American Church is Not a Spiritual Gift | Rob Lundberg Apologetics.Com

Woman behind Roe v. Wade: Helping legalize abortion was ‘the biggest mistake of my life’ | Blogs | LifeSite

January 30, 2018

“…She told her story in brief in a powerful ad from 2013. “Most of you won’t recognize me, or my real name,” she says in the ad. “It’s Norma McCorvey. I’m also known as Jane Roe.”

Yes, that Jane Roe – the young woman who was supposedly raped, and who was supposedly seeking the illegal abortion that she petitioned the Supreme Court to let her have.

The only problem? She wasn’t raped. She was told to lie about that by the pro-abortion activists who used a confused and impressionable young woman to achieve their aims…”

Source: Woman behind Roe v. Wade: Helping legalize abortion was ‘the biggest mistake of my life’ | Blogs | LifeSite

Archbishop to Trudeau: You’re ‘confused’ if you think you can be pro-abortion and Catholic | News | LifeSite

January 30, 2018

“…It’s “logically impossible” for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to consider himself Catholic and pro-abortion, Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast wrote. He made this point in an Ottawa Sun editorial slamming the Liberal government’s requirement that employers sign a pro-abortion, pro-transgender attestation for summer jobs grants…”

Trudeau is a ridiculous, pretty-boy joke, in my humble opinion.

Source: Archbishop to Trudeau: You’re ‘confused’ if you think you can be pro-abortion and Catholic | News | LifeSite

If You’ve Served On A Jury, You’re Already A Good Epistemological Philosopher | Cold Case Christianity

January 29, 2018

“Philosophy is an important academic discipline and there are many great, professional Christian Case Makers who work in the field. Alvin Plantinga, William Lane Craig, J. P. Moreland, Paul Copan; the list is large and growing. One area of examination for these philosophers is the topic of “epistemology”, the study of “knowledge” and “justified belief”. How can any of us know that something is true? What is the difference between “knowledge” and “justification” and how is evidence used to determine the truth?..”

Source: If You’ve Served On A Jury, You’re Already A Good Epistemological Philosopher | Cold Case Christianity

Pro-life battle is ‘greatest human rights struggle’ on earth: congressman tells March for Life | News | LifeSite

January 28, 2018

“…Everyone here today is part of the greatest human rights struggle on the face of the earth. It is the only human rights abuse that the abortionists dare call a human right, it is Orwellian, and yet it happens here and all over the world,” he said. “I know I’m speaking to the choir, but we need to double down on our prayer for healing,” Smith concluded…”

Source: Pro-life battle is ‘greatest human rights struggle’ on earth: congressman tells March for Life | News | LifeSite

Did the Apostles Lie So They Could Die as Martyrs? | Cold Case Christianity

January 27, 2018

“In the movie, God’s Not Dead 2, I was asked to defend the historicity of Jesus and the eyewitness reliability of the Gospels. As a skeptic, I believed that the story of the Resurrection was either a late distortion (a legend) created by Christians well after the fact, or a conspiratorial lie on the part of the original Apostles. It wasn’t until I started working homicides (and homicidal conspiracies in particular) that I decided an Apostolic conspiracy was unreasonable…”

Source: Did the Apostles Lie So They Could Die as Martyrs? | Cold Case Christianity

Hmm, Much of Dennis Venema’s Adam and the Genome Isn’t About Adam and the Genome | Evolution News

January 26, 2018

“…In fact, most of the issues Venema raises have to do with whether various aspects of biology could evolve, not whether they did evolve. Just because something could evolve doesn’t mean it did so. And the aspects of biology he’s discussing say very little about whether human mental and intellectual capacities, such as those many believe first appeared with Adam and Eve, can arise via blind evolutionary mechanisms…”

Source: Hmm, Much of Dennis Venema’s Adam and the Genome Isn’t About Adam and the Genome | Evolution News

Evangelicals ‘deeply worried’ as Bolivia cracks down on Christian meetings | Christian News on Christian Today

January 26, 2018

“Evangelical and other Christian groups across Bolivia are being put on high alert amid warnings that a new law could ban religious groups from sharing their faith, according to Evangelical Focus.

The National Association of Evangelicals in Bolivia (ANDEB) is warning a change in the Penal Code amounted to ‘state abuse’ against Christians because it could make evangelising a crime. The new law brackets criminal groups with religious organisations and bans people trying to ‘recruit’ others to take part in ‘armed conflicts or religious or worship organisations’…”

Source: Evangelicals ‘deeply worried’ as Bolivia cracks down on Christian meetings | Christian News on Christian Today

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

January 25, 2018

FLASHBACK:

 

“…But Cano has since claimed that the whole foundation of Doe v. Bolton was a lie: that she never actually wanted nor requested an abortion and that she was tricked into signing an affidavit about abortion in the process of filing for divorce from her husband and seeking to regain custody of her other children…”

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

Thinking Matters | The Cosmological Argument

January 25, 2018

“…Leibniz formalised all this into his famous Principle of Sufficient Reason: Everything that exists has a sufficient reason for its existence, either in an external cause, or in the necessity of its own nature. This principle is widely recognized as powerful and intuitive. And is, moreover, the way every rational person already thinks—even in the most extraordinary of cases. Suppose that you saw an adult horse materialise out of thin air. You would first seek a physical cause (“It is the work of an illusionist”) or, failing that, a psychological cause, (“I am hallucinating”) or, failing that, a supernatural cause (“It is an act of God”). As a last resort, you might simply give up and admit that you don’t know the cause, whatever it is, but what you would never do is conclude that, “There is no cause…”

Source: Thinking Matters | The Cosmological Argument