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Genetic Code Complexity Just Tripled | Evolution News

June 25, 2017

“…Neo-Darwinian evolution is supposed to work by mutating DNA codons, either making them “synonymous” with the prior codon (i.e., yielding the same amino acid), or “non-synonymous” (i.e., putting a different amino acid in its place, potentially affecting the resulting protein). If codons could be treated as independent entities acted on by natural selection, Darwinians at least understood the challenge before them. If these researchers are correct, the stakes just skyrocketed…”

Source: Genetic Code Complexity Just Tripled | Evolution News

What Pliny the Younger Learned When He Interrogated Christians (ca. A.D. 110)

June 23, 2017

“…Pliny learned that Christians met together on one particular day of the week before dawn.

He learned that when Christians gathered, they would sing hymns to Christ as to a god.

He learned that Christians promised not to steal or commit adultery, and vowed to pay back money when they owed it.

He learned of a role in the Christian community called a deaconess, and furthermore learned that slave women could become deaconesses.

He learned that Christian associations were comprised of males and females, older and younger, and people of various social classes.

He learned that Christians were not just found in towns, but were spread out in villages and rural areas as well.

He learned that many Christians believed that a true Christian would never recant one’s faith even under duress…”

Source: What Pliny the Younger Learned When He Interrogated Christians (ca. A.D. 110)

Judge who censored undercover Planned Parenthood videos was on pro-abortion group’s board | News | LifeSite

June 23, 2017

“…The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) is seeking to disqualify the judge who censored its undercover footage of an abortion conference because of his ties to a pro-Planned Parenthood organization that lets the abortion company run a clinic on its premises…”

Source: Judge who censored undercover Planned Parenthood videos was on pro-abortion group’s board | News | LifeSite

Is Today’s Far Left ‘Possessed’? | The Stream

June 23, 2017

“…We’re not living out Idiocracy. Instead we’re re-enacting Dostoevsky’s The Possessed.For those of you who didn’t work as night doormen in college, reading Russian lit in a polyester uniform, here’s what happens in that novel: A band of youthful “nihilists” emerge in a sleepy provincial town. They have no positive program for reform, or even revolution. Instead, they focus solely on tearing down what’s around them — everything from the family to the church, from private property to linear modes of rational thought. They’ve decided that the world as it really exists is so hopelessly tainted and evil, that only “pure” destruction can offer the clean slate needed to start again…”

Source: Is Today’s Far Left ‘Possessed’? | The Stream

Farmer Banned From Selling Blueberries For Not Supporting Gay Marriage

June 23, 2017

“…Gender activists are once again in the spotlight for using the legal system to force private businesses to support their views and lifestyles, even when that means state-sponsored religious discrimination.This time their target is Steve Tennes and his family, the owners of the Country Mill Farms fruit orchard in Charlotte, Michigan. Now banned by the city of East Lansing from selling his fruit at the local farmer’s market,Tennes’s only crime was referring a lesbian couple to another orchard for their marriage ceremony, since to host the ceremony would violate his Christian beliefs that a marriage is a sacred covenant between a man and a woman…”

Source: Farmer Banned From Selling Blueberries For Not Supporting Gay Marriage

8 more areas in Sweden added to list of so-called ‘no-go zones’ — RT News

June 22, 2017

“…for some service providers at least, the term “no-go zones” is more literal. In March, the president of Sweden’s ambulance union called for enhanced security for his personnel when working in the so-called “no-go zones,” saying first responders need “special” military-grade equipment to withstand the dangers of the mainly migrant-populated areas. And in April, the government-owned postal service PostNord has halted mail delivery to some addresses near the troubled Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby, where a large-scale riot took place earlier this year…”

Source: 8 more areas in Sweden added to list of so-called ‘no-go zones’ — RT News

Waiting for Mutations: Why Darwinism Won’t Work | Evolution News

June 22, 2017

“…How long before a single, new mutation appears and becomes fixed? An estimate from a recent paper using numerical simulations is 1.5 million years. That is within the range of possibility. But what if two specific mutations are needed to effect a beneficial change? Their estimate is 84 million years. Other scientists have done this calculation using analytical methods, but their numbers are even worse. One report calculates 6 million years for one specific base change in an eight base target typical of the size of a DNA binding site to fix, and 100 million years to get two specific mutations. (That work was later amended to 216 million years.) Extrapolating from other published data merely confirms the problem…”

Source: Waiting for Mutations: Why Darwinism Won’t Work | Evolution News

Killer Whales — Zombie Science Author Explains a Fatal Challenge to Evolution | Evolution News

June 22, 2017

“…There are a few problems with conventional accounts of whale evolution. Actually you could group them under three headings. Together they’re a killer.First, there is the massive reengineering required to turn a swimming but otherwise land-living mammal into an exclusively marine mammal. Second, there is the difficulty that all this, every single step on the way, would need to be achieved through blind, purposeless shuffling alone. Third, there is the short time period available to accomplish it by such unintelligent, purely natural processes – under a million years, it now seems.

In his new book Zombie Science: More Icons of Evolution, biologist Jonathan Wells devotes a chapter to the fatal challenge to Darwinian theory posed by the enigma of whales. In a brief video conversation, starting with how the wolf-life fossil Pakicteus (“Pakistani whale”) was named, you can see Dr. Wells trying gamely to suppress a smile at the absurdity of it all…”

Source: Killer Whales — Zombie Science Author Explains a Fatal Challenge to Evolution | Evolution News

Transgender? That’s so yesterday. Now, meet the ‘transabled.’ | Blogs | Lifesitenews

June 22, 2017

“…The National Post ran a feature on “transabled” people yesterday, beginning their story with a shocking account of a man who intentionally cut his right arm off. “One-Hand Jason,” as he calls himself, is apparently not the only one. From the Post:

“We define transability as the desire or the need for a person identified as able-bodied by other people to transform his or her body to obtain a physical impairment,” says Alexandre Baril, a Quebec born academic who will present on “transability” at this week’s Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Ottawa…

“The person could want to become deaf, blind, amputee, paraplegic. It’s a really, really strong desire.”

[Within this community] Many people, like One Hand Jason, arrange “accidents” to help achieve the goal. One dropped an incredibly heavy concrete block on his legs — an attempt to injure himself so bad an amputation would be necessary. But doctors saved the leg. He limps, but it’s not the disability he wanted…”

Source: Transgender? That’s so yesterday. Now, meet the ‘transabled.’ | Blogs | Lifesitenews

4 Informal Logical Fallacies & Biblical Examples

June 21, 2017

“…Is logic foreign to the New Testament? Is it a field of study we should reserve for the philosophers and let the theologians be by themselves? Of course not! Logic is logic and works in every field of reality. If God is the God of Truth then we should expect to see Him, the inventor of logic, using logic. Humans didn’t invent logic, we simply use it, name it, and study it. Today I want to look at a few examples of Informal Logical Fallacies and how the Bible actually uses these principles correctly…”

Source: 4 Informal Logical Fallacies & Biblical Examples

Truthbomb Apologetics: Video: The Quran, the Bible, and the Islamic Dilemma by Dr. David Wood

June 20, 2017

“…1. Either Christians have the inspired, preserved and authoritative Word of God or we do not.

2. If we have the inspired, preserved and authoritative Word of God, Islam is false because the Quran contradicts Christian Scriptures.

3. If we don’t have the inspired, preserved and authoritative Word of God, Islam is false because the Quran affirms the inspiration, preservation and authority of the Christian Scriptures.

4. So, if the Bible is the Word of God, Islam is false. If the Bible is not the Word of God, Islam is false.

5. Therefore, Islam self-destructs…”

Source: Truthbomb Apologetics: Video: The Quran, the Bible, and the Islamic Dilemma by Dr. David Wood

Are atheists generally smarter than religious people? | Nope! Uncommon Descent

June 20, 2017

“…In any event, religious affiliation tends to grow, not shrink, with education level. Joel Slotkin notes, “A new University of Nebraska study finds that with each additional year of education, the odds of attending religious services increased by 15%.” This finding accords with Charles Murray’s review of research in Coming Apart (2012)…”

Source: Are atheists generally smarter than religious people? | Uncommon Descent

Pediatricians group counters attacks for rejecting transgender ideology | Opinion | LifeSite

June 19, 2017

“…The American College of Pediatricians is a professional organization confident in the science we present and in the traditional ethics we uphold. In the past, we have typically directed critics to the relevant content on our website. On May 8, 2017, however, Psychology Today published a piece by Mr. Jack Turban that is not only libelous, but also denies the fact that untold numbers of American children are being experimented upon, and many of them permanently sterilized, under the guise of treating a largely transient disorder known as Gender Dysphoria of Childhood. This warrants a more public response…”

Source: Pediatricians group counters attacks for rejecting transgender ideology | Opinion | LifeSite

Grounded in the Gospel | Zeitgeist

June 19, 2017

“…Zeitgeist was originally released in June 2007 and got 50 million viewers in first couple weeks. Since then its makers have released sequels that have been viewed by countless others. I encounter many guys in their twenties and thirties who consider this film the death blow to Christianity.

In this post I will focus on the part of the documentary that relates to Christianity for that is the area I am most concerned with. It is my hope that no reader will abandon their trust in Christian truth claims over some convincingly illustrated, yet poorly argued documentary such as Zeitgeist…”

Source: Grounded in the Gospel | Zeitgeist

Texas Governor fights to keep ‘transgender’ men out of women’s bathrooms | News | LifeSite

June 17, 2017

“…Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday called a special session of the state legislature to deal with 20 bills, including pro-life legislation and the Women’s Privacy Act (SB 6), designed to protect women and girls against gender-confused (“transgender”) men using female restrooms and locker rooms…”

BRAVO!

Source: Texas Governor fights to keep ‘transgender’ men out of women’s bathrooms | News | LifeSite

How Not to Show You Have Truth… | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

June 17, 2017

“…I explained what I was doing there – that I had questions about the LDS faith and that I was there to find out more about the religion and discuss how it differs from Christianity.I later found out the older sister missionary got reprimanded for “debating” with us, that “debating was not what they were here to do,” and that “if she continued to do this, there would be problems.” But the discussion we had was highly civil, respectful and mutually enjoyed – which the sisters themselves verbally acknowledged…”

Source: How Not to Show You Have Truth… | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

Truthbomb Apologetics: Open Theism, Fatalism or Molinism: An Analogy

June 16, 2017

“…Open Theism (Arminianism): God has no idea what each will choose. William freely chooses to give God the thumbs up and Richard freely chooses to give God “the finger”. God doesn’t know what will happen next.

Fatalism (Calvinism): God has determined before the foundation of the world that William, predestined and elect by God’s unconditional grace, will give God the thumbs up. After being regenerated by the Holy Spirit and receiving saving faith from God, William gives God the thumbs up. Richard, without election or grace, in his depraved state gives God “the finger”. God has also determined and knows what will happen next.

Molinism: Both William and Richard have free will to make a choice about God and can give either a thumbs up or “the finger”. God foreknows there are possible worlds in which both give the thumbs up, there are possible worlds in which only one gives a thumbs up and there are possible worlds where both give “the finger”. God desires that both would give the thumbs up. God foreknows there are some worlds in which William freely gives the thumbs up and other worlds in which he freely gives “the finger”. God foreknows there is no feasible world in which Richard ever freely gives a thumbs up. God creates the actual world. William freely gives God the thumbs up. Richard freely gives God “the finger”. God foreknows what will happen next.

So what do you think of the analogy? Is it a good representation of the doctrinal views?…”

Source: Truthbomb Apologetics: Open Theism, Fatalism or Molinism: An Analogy

Medical expert: Science is ‘conclusive’ that unborn babies feel horrific pain of abortion | Opinion | LifeSite

June 15, 2017

“…Dr. David Prentice: The science is pretty conclusive at this point. And there are always going to be people, especially those in favor of abortion, who will say, “Oh that really doesn’t happen, and they’ll throw up a smokescreen. And what they usually do is they refer to an old study back in 2005 that was published actually by people who had associations with Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

But the real science – and there’s some new things in fact, that have come out in the last few months – but the science pretty conclusively demonstrates: Young babies still in the womb at 20 weeks after conception, and probably even earlier, do indeed feel pain, and in fact, may feel more intense pain than a newborn or an adult…”

Source: Medical expert: Science is ‘conclusive’ that unborn babies feel horrific pain of abortion | Opinion | LifeSite

How Evolutionary Virologist & Molecular Biologist, Karma Carrier, Converted to Christianity | Reasons for Jesus

June 14, 2017

“…Some of the thrust behind his conversion was due to reading a book penned by Richard Dawkins of which “led me down a path where I eventually came to reject atheism. You might say that, at some level, I came to reject atheism and pursue a path that led me to Christianity because of Richard Dawkins.” Other former atheists have a similar story in how it was actually Dawkins who led them to religion. Here are two other such testimonies…”

Source: How Evolutionary Virologist & Molecular Biologist, Karma Carrier, Converted to Christianity | Reasons for Jesus

Worshiping a God Who Might Damn Your Children | Reasonable Faith

June 14, 2017

See WLC’s response to this question:

“…How can you worship a God who might send your children to Hell?

Would you send your child to an eternity of suffering, simply because of thoughts in their heads? If your child or children lead wonderful lives, but don’t believe that Jesus Christ died for their sins, would you send them to hell? What if they just can’t wrap their heads around the concept? Would you still send them to hell? If the answer is no, how can you love and worship a God who you believe would do that to your children? How can you think that is a fair and reasonable thing for anyone or anything to do?

Dale

Canada…”

Source: Worshiping a God Who Might Damn Your Children | Reasonable Faith

The Interrupted Search for King David’s Palace – Biblical Archaeology Society

June 14, 2017

“…Soil from the excavation of the Northern Tower was wet-sifted by the Temple Mount Sifting Project. Wet-sifting is a technique refined by the project in which excavation dirt is initially dry-sifted over a sieve, and then water is hosed over the contents to remove the dirt and more clearly detect artifacts. The finds recovered from the Northern Tower proved to be worth the effort, for they are shedding light on the administrative personnel of the monumental Iron Age building in the City of David—what may be King David’s palace…”

Source: The Interrupted Search for King David’s Palace – Biblical Archaeology Society

Why Science Does Not Support Atheism – Please Convince Me

June 13, 2017

“…God – if he exists at all – is that being a greater than which cannot be conceived. There is no power he lacks, no knowledge he fails to possess, no ability that eludes him. Yet, the challenger assumes that, after setting in motion rules for his creation, he would be bound by them; unable to affect them. But upon what is this assumption based?Consider: a computer programmer can write a program in which he embeds various laws or rules. Those rules will apply consistently – unless of course he allows for the rules to be suspended. What this means in essence is that the primary rule – the one that we usually observe – is subject to a greater law or rule – the one that overrides the general or usual rule. What would stop the programmer from doing this? Could the subject of his rules challenge him for being inconsistent? Even if this fictitious programmer created artificially intelligent beings, they would not even become aware of his existence unless he wanted them to be; and then, only to the extent that he wanted them to become aware. He could do what he wanted with his rules and no one would ever know…”

Source: Please Convince Me

I’m ‘Tranimal’: ‘Transgender man’ identifies as female hippo in peer-reviewed article | The Pulse | LifeSite

June 13, 2017

“…A University of Arizona visiting scholar published an article in a peer-reviewed journal about how she self-identifies as a hippopotamus.Media reports about the article by Florentin Félix Morin refer to Morin as a “transgender man.” In the article, Morin seems to indicate that she is biologically a woman. She says, using more colorful language, that she started identifying herself as a lesbian hippo stuck in the body of a “transmale” as a way to “escape” the “several sets of categorization that govern human bodies,” like “‘gender,’ ‘sexuality,’ [and] age….”

Source: I’m ‘Tranimal’: ‘Transgender man’ identifies as female hippo in peer-reviewed article | The Pulse | LifeSite

Christians who reject transgenderism banned from adoption, working with children in Illinois | News | LifeSite

June 11, 2017

Our culture is going insane right before our eyes!

“…The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has instituted sweeping changes to its policies and procedures in caring for children who experience gender dysphoria that essentially weed out all employees and volunteers who cannot in good conscience support and promote transgender ideology…”

Source: Christians who reject transgenderism banned from adoption, working with children in Illinois | News | LifeSite

Politics Disguised as Science: When to Doubt a Scientific ‘Consensus’ | The Stream

June 10, 2017

“…Imagine hundreds of world leaders and NGOS, science groups, and UN functionaries gathered for a meeting. It’s heralded as the most important conference since World War II, in which “the future of the world is being decided.” These officials seem to agree that institutions of “global governance” need to be set up to reorder the world economy and restrict energy use. Large numbers of them applaud wildly when socialist dictators denounce capitalism. Strange activism surrounds the gathering. And we are told by our president that all of this is based, not on fiction, but on science — that is, a scientific consensus that our greenhouse gas emissions are leading to climate catastrophe…”We don’t have to imagine that scenario, of course. It happened at the UN climate meeting in Copenhagen, in December 2009. It happened again in Paris, in December 2015.

Source: Politics Disguised as Science: When to Doubt a Scientific ‘Consensus’ | The Stream

Core Doctrines of the New Religion: Group Identity and Cultural Relativism – Darrow Miller and Friends

June 10, 2017

“…The new religion we are exploring in this series is underpinned by a set of unquestioned worldview assumptions, or “givens” that frame everything else. As I’ve studied the new religion over the past few years, four major assumptions emerge as particularly foundational. You might think of them as the four core doctrines of the new religion. Understanding them is a prerequisite for understanding the values, beliefs and actions of its adherents.

I’ll cover these four core doctrines in two posts. In this post, we’ll consider the first two: (1) group identity, and (2) cultural relativism, or multiculturalism, both of which are rooted in postmodernism…”

Source: Core Doctrines of the New Religion: Group Identity and Cultural Relativism – Darrow Miller and Friends

How Christians—Not the “Enlightenment”—Launched the Age of Reason : Strange Notions

June 9, 2017

“…So much, then, for nonsense about the “triumph of barbarism and religion.” So too for silly claims that the “Age of Reason” dawned in about 1600. Perhaps the most utterly revealing aspect of this nonsense is the claim that it was René Descartes who led the way into, and epitomized the “Age of Reason.” In fact, Descartes very explicitly modeled himself on his Scholastic predecessors as he attempted to reason his way from the most basic of axioms (“I think, therefore I am”) to the essentials of Christian faith. Various philosophers have subsequently attacked the validity of steps in his deductive chains, but what is important is that Descartes was not revolting against an “Age of Faith,” but was entirely comfortable extending the long tradition of Christian commitment to reason…”

Source: How Christians—Not the “Enlightenment”—Launched the Age of Reason : Strange Notions

Update: Coptic Christians Were Murdered After Refusing to Renounce Their Faith – Faithwire

June 8, 2017

“…The Christians were riding in a bus, on their way to pray at a monastery, when they were gunned down by terrorists. But the attackers didn’t just instantly open fire, they first removed everyone off the bus and asked them each, individually, if they were a Christian. After answering affirmatively, which was a feat of bravery in and of itself, they were then asked to renounce their Christian faith and profess Islam as their religion.

Everyone, including the children, refused to do so. It was after this brave stand that they were mercilessly executed…”

Source: Update: Coptic Christians Were Murdered After Refusing to Renounce Their Faith – Faithwire

The greatest academic hoax in over 20 years gets published – The College Fix

June 8, 2017

“…over 20 years ago, Sokal, a physicist, submitted a paper titled “Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity“ to a cultural studies journal. In it he “maintained that quantum gravity was a social construct,” and made copious use of the typical “sophisticated” postmodern academese.Now, Peter Boghossian of Portland State University (whose name may sound familiar to Fix readers) and author James Lindsay have emulated Sokal, getting published in the journal Cogent Social Sciences their paper “The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct…”

Source: The greatest academic hoax in over 20 years gets published – The College Fix

Video Catches Planned Parenthood Abortionist Joking About Eyeballs From Aborted Babies “Rolling Into Our Laps” | LifeNews.com

June 7, 2017

“…Several attendees made jokes about eyeballs from aborted babies and other aborted baby body parts “rolling down into their laps.”

Talcott Camp, a top pro-abortion attorney for the ACLU jokes: “I’m like — Oh my God! I get it! When the skull is broken, that’s really sharp! I get it! I understand why people are talking about getting that skull out, that calvarium.”

Dr. Ann Schutt-Aine, a Planned Parenthood abortionist, is show describing abortions this way: “If I’m doing a procedure, and I’m seeing that I’m in fear that it’s about to come to the umbilicus [navel], I might ask for a second set of forceps to hold the body at the cervix and pull off a leg or two, so it’s not PBA [partial-birth abortion]…”

How compassionate!

Source: Video Catches Planned Parenthood Abortionist Joking About Eyeballs From Aborted Babies “Rolling Into Our Laps” | LifeNews.com

Bathrooms are just the beginning: a scary look into the trans movement’s end goals | News | LifeSite

June 7, 2017

“…The battle over men accessing women’s bathrooms and vice versa has little do with bathrooms or even transgenderism, a well-known LGBT activist admitted last week. It has everything to do with re-working society and getting rid of the “heterobinary structure” in which we live—eliminating distinctions between “male” and “female” altogether…”

Source: Bathrooms are just the beginning: a scary look into the trans movement’s end goals | News | LifeSite

How Oxford and Peter Singer drove me from atheism to Jesus – The Veritas Forum – The Veritas Forum

June 7, 2017

“…In the Summer of 2008, I began a new job as Assistant Professor at Florida State University, where I continued my research examining the relationship between the history of science, Christianity, and political thought. With the freedom of being an outsider to American culture, I was able to see an active Christianity in people who lived their lives guided by the gospel: feeding the homeless every week, running community centres, and housing and advocating for migrant farm laborers.

One Sunday, shortly before my 28th birthday, I walked into a church for the first time as someone earnestly seeking God. Before long I found myself overwhelmed. At last I was fully known and seen and, I realised, unconditionally loved – perhaps I had a sense of relief from no longer running from God. A friend gave me C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity, and one night, after a couple months of attending church, I knelt in my closet in my apartment and asked Jesus to save me, and to become the Lord of my life…”

Source: How Oxford and Peter Singer drove me from atheism to Jesus – The Veritas Forum – The Veritas Forum

BREAKING: Judge censors video exposing Planned Parenthood. See it here. | News | LifeSite

June 6, 2017

“…A federal judge may hold David Daleiden in contempt of court after his attorneys defied a gag order and posted videos on their website of top abortion executives discussing decapitating babies and selling their body parts. The shocking video, which was a compilation of comments made at a secretive abortion trade show, has been pulled from YouTube “for violating YouTube’s Terms of Service.LifeSiteNews saved a copy of the video, and posts it here without the consent or knowledge of the Center for Medical Progress, David Daleiden, or his attorneys…”

Source: BREAKING: Judge censors video exposing Planned Parenthood. See it here. | News | LifeSite

Dawkins Successor Gives a Second Thought to God | Evolution News

June 6, 2017

“…I wonder, though, whether, as I come to the end of my exploration, I have changed my mind about declaring myself an atheist,” he writes. “With my definition of a God as that which we cannot know, to declare myself an atheist would mean that I believe there is nothing we cannot know.”Du Sautoy no longer believes that. “In some sense I think I have proved that this God does exist. The challenge now is to explore what quality this God has….”

Source: Dawkins Successor Gives a Second Thought to God | Evolution News

‘I need 4 intact limbs’: Planned Parenthood abortionists describe beheading, ripping apart babies to sell body parts | News | LifeSite

June 3, 2017

“…The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) has released video footage from the National Abortion Federation (NAF) conference during which abortionists admit they work they do is “killing,” complain about how “difficult” it is to tear apart a fetus, and lament that they’re not given a place to discuss the “heads that get stuck that we can’t get out….”

Source: ‘I need 4 intact limbs’: Planned Parenthood abortionists describe beheading, ripping apart babies to sell body parts | News | LifeSite

The Ongoing Struggle against the Culture to Defend Intrinsic Human Value | Stand to Reason

June 3, 2017

“…This is what is scary—and completely unsurprising—about all this: These people weren’t monsters who were fundamentally different from us. We’re the same. There is an inborn capability to sin in all of us, and when the culture as a whole doesn’t exert pressure against this tendency, it will come out wherever it’s allowed to break through. In the Roman era, ordinary people routinely killed babies by leaving them on trash heaps. Today, ordinary people routinely kill babies in the womb by tearing off their limbs one by one…”

Source: The Ongoing Struggle against the Culture to Defend Intrinsic Human Value | Stand to Reason

Radical Canadian bill could mean jail for rejecting transgenderism: critics | News | LifeSite

June 2, 2017

“Canadians who disavow gender theory could be charged with hate crimes, fined, jailed, and compelled to undergo anti-bias training if the Trudeau Liberals’ Bill C-16 passes, critics told a Senate committee last week. The Senate could vote as early as May 30 on Bill C-16, which adds “gender expression” and “gender identity” to Canada’s Human Rights Code and to the Criminal Code’s hate crime section…”

Source: Radical Canadian bill could mean jail for rejecting transgenderism: critics | News | LifeSite

U.S. pediatricians: Kids can’t cross street on their own. But they can pick their own gender | The Pulse | LifeSite

June 1, 2017

“Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published an excerpt, in their AAP Daily Briefing, from a study in the April Journal of Experimental Psychology. The study reported that children under the age of 14 are not cognitively capable of crossing a busy street “because children lack the perceptual judgment and physical skills needed to consistently get across safely.” This same AAP, however, also frequently promotes the claim that children this age or younger are cognitively capable of deciding that they are the wrong sex. Moreover, the AAP also deems children cognitively competent to consent to puberty blockers, toxic sex hormones and mutilating sex reassignment surgery…”

Absolute PC insanity!

Source: U.S. pediatricians: Kids can’t cross street on their own. But they can pick their own gender | The Pulse | LifeSite

Reasonable Faith, Biblical Interpretation and “Tipping Point” Evidence | Cold Case Christianity

June 1, 2017

“…I occasionally get asked to review cold-cases for local agencies. I examine the evidence they’ve collected to help them determine if they’ve got enough to file the case with the District Attorney. I employ an approach that I’ve described in Cold-Case Christianity, called “Abductive Reasoning”; a process that also has application for those of us who examine the evidence of Scripture. One local cold-case, like all my cases, relied on a cumulative collection of circumstantial evidences. Convincing circumstantial cases emerge when a large number of facts are most reasonably explained by the same common cause. If a particular suspect can account for all the evidence in the case, that suspect is the most reasonable candidate. In this particular local case, there just wasn’t enough evidence. I called the I/O (investigating officer) and told him the bad news: The case needed a “tipping point”…”

Source: Reasonable Faith, Biblical Interpretation and “Tipping Point” Evidence | Cold Case Christianity

Preborn babies may feel pain in first trimester, new study reveals | News | LifeSite

June 1, 2017

“…For now, it’s almost conclusively provable that preborn babies can feel pain at 20 weeks gestation, although they respond to touch as early as eight weeks. There is also increasing evidence that preborn babies can feel pain much earlier than 20 weeks — possibly as early as five weeks. Some evidence exists to show that fetal pain may be even worse in the first trimester, “due to the uneven maturation of fetal neurophysiology…”

Source: Preborn babies may feel pain in first trimester, new study reveals | News | LifeSite

ISIS Lays Down Arms After Katy Perry’s Impassioned Plea To ‘Like, Just Co-Exist’

June 1, 2017

MAYADIN, SYRIA—Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, released a statement Wednesday confirming that ISIS would be immediately surrendering its fight to establish a powerful caliphate after viewing an interview in which pop singer Katy Perry said, “The greatest thing we can do just unite and love on each other and like, no […]

Source: ISIS Lays Down Arms After Katy Perry’s Impassioned Plea To ‘Like, Just Co-Exist’

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Stick to Your Day Job – Free Thinking Ministries

May 31, 2017

Neil deGrasse Tyson is a world renowned astrophysicist and, in my opinion, the leading science popularizer in the world today. I greatly respect Tyson as a scientist, but he is not a good philosopher and a much worse theologian! In fact, Tyson’s philosophy is that philosophy is “useless” and that it “can really mess you up.” Be … Continue reading Neil deGrasse Tyson: Stick to Your Day Job

Source: Neil deGrasse Tyson: Stick to Your Day Job – Free Thinking Ministries

Oops. Planned Parenthood’s latest ad celebrates ‘slaying.’ Seriously. | The Pulse | LifeSite

May 31, 2017

“…Inexplicably, someone at Planned Parenthood thought “Watch, Share, Slay” was a good title for an ad highlighting a pro-abortion video by Hollywood director Joss Whedon.”If there’s anything we’ve learned from Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, The Avengers) over the years, it’s this — every single one of us has a hero inside, and it’s our responsibility to use our superpowers to slay.”

Oblivious to the semantic faux pas, the terminators continued to embarrass themselves.

After exhorting the faithful to watch the video propaganda, the ad tells Planned Parenthood minions to “share, share, share,” concluding:

“That’s how we slay…”

Source: Oops. Planned Parenthood’s latest ad celebrates ‘slaying.’ Seriously. | The Pulse | LifeSite

Here’s Why You Need to Read “Forensic Faith” by J. Warner Wallace Right Now – Book Review – Alisa Childers

May 28, 2017

“A few years ago, I taught my first apologetics class for the women’s ministry at my church. Afterwards, a woman approached me, thanked me for the class, and then said something interesting:

‘I don’t really need apologetics because my faith is strong, but my 13 year old daughter is seriously questioning Christianity and I don’t know what to tell her.’

I was a bit puzzled that she didn’t seem to connect the dots—that the faith she had handed down to her daughter was void of some important answers. And if she didn’t think they were important enough to learn, why should her daughter? Since then, I have discovered that some of the toughest objections to the discipline of apologetics come from within the church itself. Time and time again I’ve heard claims like, “I don’t need apologetics because I don’t have any doubts,” or “I don’t want my intellect to get in the way of my heart,” or “You can’t argue anyone into the kingdom…”

Source: Here’s Why You Need to Read “Forensic Faith” by J. Warner Wallace Right Now – Book Review – Alisa Childers

The Discovery of Joshua’s Ai at Khirbet el-Maqatir – Epic Archaeology

May 27, 2017

“…As it turned out, Khirbet el-Maqatir met all 10 requirements in stunning detail. Here are the criteria outlined by Wood from looking at the details in the Biblical text: 1 Adjacent to Beth-aven (Josh 7:2) 2 East of Bethel (Josh 7:2) 3 An ambush site between Bethel and Ai (Josh 8:9,12) 4 A militarily significant hill north of Ai (Josh 8:11) 5 A shallow valley north of Ai (Josh 8:13-14) 6 Smaller than Gibeon (Josh 10:2) 7 In the vicinity of Bethel (Josh 12:9) 8 Occupied at the time of the conquest 9 Fortified at the time of the conquest (Josh 7:5; 8:29) 10 Gate on the north side of the city (Josh 8:11)[8]…”

Source: The Discovery of Joshua’s Ai at Khirbet el-Maqatir – Epic Archaeology

‘Sick and twisted’: Scientists keep embryos alive outside womb up to 13 days for experimentation | News | LifeSite

May 26, 2017

“…Two teams of scientists have announced that they have been able to keep human embryos alive outside the womb for 13 days for the purpose of conducting scientific experiments. Some call the announcement the onset of a “Brave New World,” while others are petitioning lawmakers to lift sanctions that would keep scientists from experimenting on newly conceived babies even longer.Researchers from Cambridge University, King’s College, and Rockefeller University said in two separate reports that they stopped at 13 days only to avoid violating an internationally accepted law. At least 12 nations restrict the amount of time a newly conceived child may be kept alive in a laboratory to 14 days, the point at which scientists believe “individuality” begins…”

Source: ‘Sick and twisted’: Scientists keep embryos alive outside womb up to 13 days for experimentation | News | LifeSite

Alveda King & Frank Pavone: The legal fiction that kills the unborn

May 26, 2017

“…According to a 2014 Argentine court ruling, an orangutan is a “non-human person.” According to decisions this year in New Zealand and India, rivers can be, in the words of an Indian judge, “living entities having the status of a legal person.” And according to American jurisprudence, a corporation is a legal “person,” but an unborn baby is not.

All are legal fictions. But the last one – that a human being in the womb is not a person – doesn’t just defy reality; it offends the inherent dignity and equality of every human being. It’s one thing to extend human rights to nonhumans; it’s quite another to deny human rights to humans…”

Source: Alveda King & Frank Pavone: The legal fiction that kills the unborn

Netflix censors classic Bill Nye show that says chromosomes determine gender | The Pulse | LifeSite

May 26, 2017

“Bill Nye the Science Guy” has apparently approved of censoring scientific facts. The video streaming service Netflix features several of Nye’s educational children’s shows. One explained how XX and XY chromosomes determine gender. But extremists consider this scientific truth taboo and view gender as self-chosen and in flux. And so Netflix simply altered the segment…”

Source: Netflix censors classic Bill Nye show that says chromosomes determine gender | The Pulse | LifeSite

Crowd boos GOP lawmaker for invoking the name of God — in a church: Video – TheBlaze

May 25, 2017

“…I have never seen such rudeness displayed in public as what I experienced at my town hall this week.A sizable group of people in the audience mocked the pastor’s invocation prayer, mocked the mention of church, and mocked the idea that in the Western tradition our rights come from God.This is not the classical liberal tradition of the Democratic Party we all grew up knowing. Something new and toxic is brewing. I don’t think many of my Democratic friends are happy about this new debasement of their tradition. Even Democrats left my town hall early because they were upset and wanted nothing to do with the behavior they witnessed firsthand. It will be very interesting to see who emerges as the next spokesperson for the Democratic Party…”

I guess these fools prefer alienable rights (gov’t-grounded) to inalienable rights (God-grounded). God help us!

Source: Crowd boos GOP lawmaker for invoking the name of God — in a church: Video – TheBlaze

Company receives backlash for turning frozen embryos into ‘jewelry’ | News | LifeSite

May 25, 2017

“…The Australian company that says it has pioneered a process to make frozen human embyros into jewelry is facing backlash after a story on it went viral last week. Baby Bee Hummingbird, started by midwife Amy McGlade in 2014, has “crafted” 50 pieces of jewelry from “embryo straws,” which it preserves and cremates, making an “embryo ash” that can be preserved in resin, according to a report in Kidspot…”

Source: Company receives backlash for turning frozen embryos into ‘jewelry’ | News | LifeSite

The Old Testament and the Tel Dan Inscription – Faith, Philosophy, and Science

May 25, 2017

“…Let us now take turn to what God told us in the story of 2 Kings 9:1-29. Here, we are told that a prophet of God named Elisha came to a man and army commander named Jehu, and anointed him to be king over Israel. However, at the time, Joram was the king of Israel and Ahaziah was the king of Judah (the divided monarchy). So, Jehu took off on his chariot, and in perhaps a single day, slew both Joram the king of Israel and Ahaziah the king of Judah. This magnificent battle and short biblical narrative is vividly affirmed in the Tel Dan Inscription…”

Source: The Old Testament and the Tel Dan Inscription – Faith, Philosophy, and Science

Bathrooms are just the beginning: a scary look into the trans movement’s end goals | News | LifeSite

May 24, 2017

“…The battle over men accessing women’s bathrooms and vice versa has little do with bathrooms or even transgenderism, a well-known LGBT activist admitted last week. It has everything to do with re-working society and getting rid of the “heterobinary structure” in which we live—eliminating distinctions between “male” and “female” altogether…”

Source: Bathrooms are just the beginning: a scary look into the trans movement’s end goals | News | LifeSite

PETER HITCHENS: The Marxist Revolution is alive and well – in your child’s school – Mail Online – Peter Hitchens blog

May 23, 2017

“…Governments come and go, supposedly Left-wing and supposedly Right-wing – though the supposedly Right-wing ones usually turn out to be nothing of the kind. But in the schools, the universities and most of the public sector, the wild Marxist Cultural Revolution quietly continues its long march through the institutions…”

Source: PETER HITCHENS: The Marxist Revolution is alive and well – in your child’s school – Mail Online – Peter Hitchens blog

Friends Exiting ‘The Shack’ Matinee Excitedly Discuss Newfound Misconceptions About The Trinity

May 23, 2017

“…I just love how the Father was represented as a matronly woman, just hangin’ out and making pancakes for everyone,” one of the moviegoers reportedly said as he tossed his empty bag of popcorn into a waste bin. “That’s definitely the most faithful representation of Almighty God I’ve seen on the big screen…”

Source: Friends Exiting ‘The Shack’ Matinee Excitedly Discuss Newfound Misconceptions About The Trinity

Mathematics of Eternity Prove The Universe Must Have Had A Beginning – MIT Technology Review

May 23, 2017

“…Although inflation may be eternal in the future, it cannot be extended indefinitely to the past,” they say. They treat the emergent model of the universe differently, showing that although it may seem stable from a classical point of view, it is unstable from a quantum mechanical point of view. “A simple emergent universe model…cannot escape quantum collapse,” they say…”

Source: Mathematics of Eternity Prove The Universe Must Have Had A Beginning – MIT Technology Review

New Israeli Research Reveals that Men Are Men and Women Are Women | CBN News

May 22, 2017

“…A new study by Israeli researchers found that a man cannot become a woman by simply “identifying” as one and vice versa. Geneticists from Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science discovered certain genes that are only expressed in women, while others are only expressed in men. Professor Shmuel Pietrokovski and Dr. Moran Gershoni studied 20,000 genes, sorting them by sex, and searching for differences in expression in each tissue…”

Source: New Israeli Research Reveals that Men Are Men and Women Are Women | CBN News

Are you Ready to Argue Like Jesus? | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

May 22, 2017

“…arguing doesn’t mean yelling, fighting, or hurting someone’s feelings. Arguing is simply discussing your beliefs with another person, but doing so by providing reason and evidence, or as Michael Palin defined it: “An argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a proposition.” It means we talk and support our belief with the reasons why we think that such a belief is true…”

Source: Are you Ready to Argue Like Jesus? | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

If I ‘end up in jail, so be it:’ Christian sued for refusing to print gay wedding invitations won’t back down | News | LifeSite

May 21, 2017

BRAVO TO THIS BROTHER!

“…Cesar Mosquera is not angry. The 38-year-old Chilean father of two is a soft-spoken family man who was raised as a Christian, but it wasn’t until he turned 18 that he started taking his faith in Jesus as a way of life. He is also the pastor of a small Evangelical church. As previously reported by LifeSiteNews, Cesar was sued after refusing to print same-sex civil union invitations. He spoke with LifeSite about his ordeal and his resolve despite the threats he has faced:…”

Source: If I ‘end up in jail, so be it:’ Christian sued for refusing to print gay wedding invitations won’t back down | News | LifeSite