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God, The Shack, and the Christian Mind | CrossExamined.org

March 28, 2017

“…How does Young, or anyone else, know that The Shack’s success is a work of God rather than something being used by the enemy to weaken the life of believers and confuse unbelievers? Well, according to Young, he doesn’t know that because He says he doesn’t want to “understand the purposes of God.” He claims to be a “child” because it’s too much work to be an adult…”

Source: God, The Shack, and the Christian Mind | CrossExamined.org

Gay activist leads obscene campaign to sabotage Christian political event | News | LifeSite

March 27, 2017

“…The hate campaign was organized by well-known vocal Australian LGBTI activist/provocateur Simon Hunt, a lecturer in art and design at the University of New South Wales. On the Facebook page of his alter-ego ‘Pauline Pantsdown,’ he encouraged his nearly 23,000 fans to spam ACL’s RSVP page with fake registrations and “be creative with your name,” saying his motivation was “to encourage my (predomin­antly LGBTI) Facebook followers to let off steam.”

He later attempted to distance himself from the resulting maelstrom by saying “when I suggest people be ‘creative’ with their RSVP names, I am not responsible for how people interpret that…”

When Johnny Cash Was Weakest, He Was Also His Strongest

March 27, 2017

“…An hour after June had passed away and shortly before recording the songs that inhabited the album “Ain’t No Grave,” Rubin says Johnny said, “You know I’ve been through tremendous pain in my life, and I have never felt anything like this.” Rubin followed up by asking where he was with his faith, and Cash answered, “My faith is unshakable…”

Source: When Johnny Cash Was Weakest, He Was Also His Strongest

Study: The Rise of Christianity in Name Only – Entering the Public Square

March 22, 2017

“…According to the American Culture & Faith Institute, only 4% of adults between the ages of 20 and 29 could be described as an Integrated Disciple. This research defined an Integrated Disciple as, “people who are designated as having a biblical worldview based on integrating their beliefs and behavior into a lifestyle that reflects foundational biblical principles.”

To translate this into straightforward English, only 4% of millennials are actually looking like Christians. Sure, some people might identify as Christian; Christianity is still the cultural default especially in many parts of America. However, only 4% of millennials actually have a biblical worldview that influences their behavior. Only 4% of people in this age group actually try to apply a traditional Christian value system to their everyday lives…”

Source: Study: The Rise of Christianity in Name Only – Entering the Public Square

This is the ‘Single Greatest Contributor’ to Millennials Abandoning Faith According to New Book – Faithwire

March 22, 2017

“…I could see now why they questioned God, His nature, and His unconditional love,” Jimenez writes in “Abandoned Faith.” “If what their parents believed was true, why didn’t they live it? If God is so loving, why didn’t their parents show that same love to each other?…”

Source: This is the ‘Single Greatest Contributor’ to Millennials Abandoning Faith According to New Book – Faithwire

The Shack: Helpful or Heretical?

March 22, 2017

Geisler and Roach:

“…The Shack may do well for many in engaging the current culture, but not without compromising Christian truth. The book may be psychologically helpful to many who read it, but it is doctrinally harmful to all who are exposed to it. It has a false understanding of God, the Trinity, the person and work of Christ, the nature of man, the institution of the family and marriage, and the nature of the Gospel. For those not trained in orthodox Christian doctrine, this book is very dangerous. It promises good news for the suffering but undermines the only Good News (the Gospel) about Christ suffering for us. In the final analysis it is only truth that is truly liberating. Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32). A lie may make one feel better, but only until he discovers the truth. This book falls short on many important Christian doctrines. It promises to transform people’s lives, but it lacks the transforming power of the Word of God (Heb. 4:12) and the community of believers (Heb. 10:25). In the final analysis, this book is not a Pilgrim’s Progress, but doctrinally speaking The Shack is more of a Pilgrim’s Regress….”

Source: The Shack: Helpful or Heretical?

Stunning photos of baby Nathan, miscarried at 14 weeks, prove the humanity of the unborn | News | LifeSite

March 22, 2017

“…He was so active that he would hardly stay still for her to get a steady reading of his heartbeat. I cried when we saw him for the first time. I loved him from the moment I knew he was mine, but then I heard his heartbeat with my sister-in-law’s Doppler, and he burrowed himself a little deeper into my heart, and then I saw his face on the ultrasound and his tiny feet and beating heart and was head over heels…”

Source: Stunning photos of baby Nathan, miscarried at 14 weeks, prove the humanity of the unborn | News | LifeSite

Want to Adopt? 5 Kansas Children in Need of a Loving Home Are Looking to Be Adopted Together – Faithwire

March 21, 2017

“…Five Kansas children are looking for one loving family to welcome them into their home so that they can continue growing up together.The children, who range in ages 2 to 11, are active in their church but other details surrounding the whereabouts or condition of their birth parents aren’t clear….”

Source: Want to Adopt? 5 Kansas Children in Need of a Loving Home Are Looking to Be Adopted Together – Faithwire

Reasons To Believe : Protein-Binding Sites ENCODEd into the Design of the Human Genome

March 21, 2017

“…Our understanding of genomes is in its infancy. Forced by their commitment to the evolutionary paradigm, many biologists see genomes as the cobbled-together product of an unguided evolutionary history. But as this recent study attests, the more we learn about the structure and function of genomes, the more elegant and sophisticated they appear to be. And the more reasons we have to believe that genomes are the handiwork of our Creator…”

Source: Reasons To Believe : Protein-Binding Sites ENCODEd into the Design of the Human Genome

Scott Hamilton Reveals His Third Brain Tumor Has Shrunk Without Treatment: I Was the Recipient of a Spectacular Miracle

March 20, 2017

“…I kind of heard a little voice when I first got the news, to get strong, so I decided to do that,” he says. “And it was about that same time that I realized things like that love to feed on sugar, and I go, I don’t really want to do anything to give it anything it wants.’ So I just decided to give up sugar. That was the end of August, and I went back at the end of November, and they scanned it again, and it hadn’t grown at all. So I stayed with the program, eliminated all the unhealthy stuff have been getting strong and have been pouring myself into the word, and I really tried to draw as close to the Lord as possible. I went back Feb. 10, I checked in, got my MRI done, and it actually shrunk…”

Source: Scott Hamilton Reveals His Third Brain Tumor Has Shrunk Without Treatment: I Was the Recipient of a Spectacular Miracle

Physicist Considers a Possibility Forbidden to Biologists | Evolution News

March 20, 2017

“…We’ll have to go back to our assumptions and determine if there was a flaw somewhere. And we’ll need to encourage more people to join us in studying science since we need fresh eyes on centuries-old problems. I don’t have the answers and I’m still searching for them. But someone, maybe she’s in school right now, maybe she’s not even born yet, could eventually guide us to see physics in a completely new way and to point out that perhaps we’re just asking the wrong questions. Which would not be the end of physics, but a novel beginning…”

– See more at: https://www.evolutionnews.org/2017/03/physicist-considers-possibility-forbidden-biologists/#sthash.LiTobf0m.dpuf

Source: Physicist Considers a Possibility Forbidden to Biologists | Evolution News

When The Scientific Method Needs To Hand The Reins To Philosophers And Theologians

March 20, 2017

“…Interpreting Scientific Data Is A Philosophical Process

Evidence is only as valuable as the ability of the person who is interpreting it. That is one reason that it is a mistake for people to esteem scientists too highly. They often draw conclusions that exceed the evidence. For example, when Neil deGrasse Tyson uses his expertise as a scientist and his knowledge of how the universe began to conclude that “we do not need God,” he is speaking out of turn. The evidence can only tell you how to the universe began, and to conclude that you do not need God is to stretch the evidence further than it will go.

Specifically, he would need to understand the philosophical arguments for the existence of God that are related to the beginning of the universe. These arguments will work even if we understand how the universe came to exist (In fact, they are stronger if we understand how the universe came to exist). To understand implications about the existence of God, it is not enough to understand the evidence. The evidence can tell you, “This is how the universe began.” But it cannot tell you about why the universe began or whether God brought the universe into being.

Think of a pot boiling on the stove. The scientist will be able to tell you that heat is applied to the pot, which causes the water to boil. But the scientist will not necessarily be able to tell you who put the pot of water on the stove. These would be two separate questions. At this juncture, the scientist would need to hand the reins to a philosopher or a theologian…”

Source: When The Scientific Method Needs To Hand The Reins To Philosophers And Theologians

Norwegian couple had 5 kids seized over Christian ‘indoctrination.’ Will their case finally be heard? | News | LifeSite

March 17, 2017

“…The Bodnarius are a Norwegian-Romanian couple whose five children were all seized by the Norwegian child welfare agency Barnevernet in November 2015. The seizures took place reportedly because officials were concerned that the parents’ strong Pentecostal Christian beliefs would harm their children, as well the fact that they use corporal punishment…”

Source: Norwegian couple had 5 kids seized over Christian ‘indoctrination.’ Will their case finally be heard? | News | LifeSite

The Designed Body, Continued: Coherence Wins, Gradualism Fails | Evolution News

March 17, 2017

“…Though Glicksman uses medical rather than engineering terminology, the human body is an engineering marvel — an amalgam of interlocking chemical and engineering solutions, sort of like chainmail armor — with dozens of diverse, interdependent control systems driving hundreds of functional subsystems, composed of tens of thousands of specialized parts, and comprised of ~37 trillion individual cells. Each cell is itself an engineering marvel, comprised of thousands of interdependent parts, precisely arranged and coordinating their actions. To make this work, the human body generates around 200 specialized cell types and well over ten thousand specialized proteins. All this “unfolds” from a single cell at fertilization, in a precisely choreographed process…” – See more at: https://www.evolutionnews.org/2017/03/designed-body-coherence-wins-gradualism-fails/#sthash.mSxSwcRw.dpuf

Source: The Designed Body, Continued: Coherence Wins, Gradualism Fails | Evolution News

The Shack by William P. Young – a review

March 16, 2017

“…He wants desperately to show us the God of love as found in Scripture (1 John 4:8), but he ignores the other side, the God of utter holiness (Isaiah 6:1-5) and, ultimately, the final Judge (Revelation 20:11-15). Any presentation of God that shows only one side of His nature is wrong. In an effort to counter a false view of God as only the judging avenger of wrath, we must not go the opposite direction and present Him only as a loving, indulgent parent who never judges sin. Both extremes are false in that they present an incomplete picture of God as He shows Himself to us in Scripture…”

Source: The Shack by William P. Young – a review

Science confirms that human life begins at fertilization | NRL News Today

March 16, 2017

“…In their latest edition of The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, professors Keith Moore, TVN Persaud, and Mark Torchia shed significant light on the development of the human person – and they don’t shy away from the reality of when life begins. Here are six revealing quotes on fetal development:…”

Source: Science confirms that human life begins at fertilization | NRL News Today

Abortionists are “Grade B doctors” says OBGYN. Other doctors agree.

March 15, 2017

“Jack Hitt interviewed a number of abortionists for his article, “Who Will Do Abortions Here?” One common theme running through the article and Hitt’s interviews is the stigma the medical community has against those who commit abortions. Often, this stigma arises from the knowledge that most abortionists are not good doctors…”

Source: Abortionists are “Grade B doctors” says OBGYN. Other doctors agree.

Stephen Hawking: Darwinian Evolution, Ergo Bring on Global Government | Evolution News

March 15, 2017

“…Nobody is forcing Dr. Hawking to say such grim and foolish things. At least I assume he isn’t being directly manipulated in that way. But while conceding there’s a great deal to admire in the courage he shows in bearing up under his physical trials, let’s also be honest. Were it not for his appearance and disability, he would not have the voice he has for broadcasting nonsense….”

Source: Stephen Hawking: Darwinian Evolution, Ergo Bring on Global Government | Evolution News

What Does The Shack Really Teach? “Lies We Believe About God” Tells Us – Tim Challies

March 15, 2017

“…Years ago when I reviewed The Shack I said, “Despite the amount of poor theology, my greatest concern is probably this one: the book has a quietly subversive quality to it. Young seems set on undermining orthodox Christianity.” “Seems set?” Now we know he is set. He is set on revoking and replacing the very pillars of the Christian faith…”

Source: What Does The Shack Really Teach? “Lies We Believe About God” Tells Us – Tim Challies

“L.A. Law” Actor Corbin Bernsen Regrets Aborting His Baby, It’s “The Worst Day of My Life” | LifeNews.com

March 15, 2017

“…So we made this choice, we go in for what you can’t possibly tell me was not the worst day of my life and we terminate,” he said. “You know you don’t have to use all of the words like ‘abortion’ cuz they have these beautiful words that make it sound like it’s okay, [but] it was the worst day of our life…”

Source: “L.A. Law” Actor Corbin Bernsen Regrets Aborting His Baby, It’s “The Worst Day of My Life” | LifeNews.com

SIGN THE BOYCOTT: Tell Disney ‘NO’ to LGBT agenda in Beauty and the Beast – #BoycottDisney | LifePetitions

March 12, 2017

“…The director of the much-anticipated Disney live action version of Beauty and the Beast has proudly revealed the the movie will feature Disney’s first-ever “exclusively gay moment.” The “gay” moment involves character Lefou, the sidekick of villain Gaston, played by actor Josh Gad. “LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” director Bill Condon said this week…”

Source: SIGN THE BOYCOTT: Tell Disney ‘NO’ to LGBT agenda in Beauty and the Beast – #BoycottDisney | LifePetitions

Jiminy Cricket! Disney Goes Gay | The Stream

March 10, 2017

“The folks who gave us Mickey Mouse and Goofy have decided it’s time for your children to enjoy same-sex romance while they slurp down their Fruit Loops. Disney just broadcast their very first gay cartoon kiss. The smooch happened during the second season of Star vs. The Forces of Evil, a cartoon broadcast on Disney XD. An audience scene shows two guys kissing and a later scene show two ladies sharing an intimate moment…”

Source: Jiminy Cricket! Disney Goes Gay | The Stream

Coverage of Evolution Debate Shows Mainstream Media are Purveyors of ‘Fake News’ | The Stream

March 9, 2017

“…We’ve found that journalists routinely prevaricate and mislead and, when challenged, almost invariably refuse to correct the record. Though “fake news” is a recent coinage, we’ve been documenting it for years in media outlets from the national level — the Washington Post, ProPublica, the New York Times, the Guardian, Mother Jones, The Atlantic, Vox, Inside Higher Ed, Religion News Service, National Review, Slate, Science, and more — to a range of local newspapers…”

Source: Coverage of Evolution Debate Shows Mainstream Media are Purveyors of ‘Fake News’ | The Stream

Reasons To Believe : Were They Real? The Scientific Case for Adam and Eve

March 8, 2017

“…Moreover, analysis of mitochondrial DNA (which provides insight into the origin of the maternal lineage) indicates that humanity traces back to a single ancestral sequence that could be interpreted as a single woman. Likewise, characterization of Y-chromosomal DNA (which provides insight into the origin of the paternal lineage) indicates that all men trace their origin back to a single ancestral sequence that could be interpreted as a single man.These astounding results harmonize with a traditional reading of the biblical account of human origins, and suggest that Adam and Eve likely existed as real persons who gave rise to all of humanity…”

Source: Reasons To Believe : Were They Real? The Scientific Case for Adam and Eve

Christianity, the World’s Most Falsifiable Religion – CredoHouse – Making Theology Accessible

March 7, 2017

“…This belief has been a source of contention with many people, even Christians, in the past. But the more I research, the more I find it to be the case that Christianity is the only viable worldview that is historically defensible. The central claims of the Bible demand historic inquiry, as they are based on public events that can be historically verified. In contrast, the central claims of all other religions cannot be historically tested and, therefore, are beyond falsifiability or inquiry. They just have to be believed with blind faith…”

Source: Christianity, the World’s Most Falsifiable Religion – CredoHouse – Making Theology AccessibleCredoHouse – Making Theology Accessible

Witches, violent protestors show up to support Planned Parenthood at pro-life rally | The Pulse | LifeSite

March 6, 2017

“…The third sign, “Never Again” (featuring a coat hanger), is a typical pro-abortion mantra. What the witches may not realize is that the number of women seeking illegal abortions before Roe v. Wade was a fraction of what abortion proponents claimed they were. Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who co-founded the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), admitted to lying about the numbers:

We claimed that between five and ten thousand women a year died of botched abortions. The actual figure was closer to 200 to 300 and we also claimed that there were a million illegal abortions a year in the United States and the actual figure was close to 200,000. So, we were guilty of massive deception…”

Source: Witches, violent protestors show up to support Planned Parenthood at pro-life rally | The Pulse | LifeSite

Planned Parenthood’s abortion quota certificate proven authentic – by Planned Parenthood | The Pulse | LifeSite

March 5, 2017

“…The certificate, “For Exceeding Abortion Visits,” was awarded to the Aurora Planned Parenthood facility back in May of 2013, but still stirs up controversy four years later. Live Action received emails and Facebook comments after Rose’s post, questioning the validity of the award. Some claimed the photo was doctored or photo-shopped…”

Source: Planned Parenthood’s abortion quota certificate proven authentic – by Planned Parenthood | The Pulse | LifeSite

Peter Singer Thinks Intellectually Disabled Less Valuable than Pigs – Evolution News

March 5, 2017

“In his apologetics for infanticide, Princeton bioethicist Peter Singer has used a baby with Down syndrome as an example of a killable infant based on utilitarian measurements. (He actually supports infanticide because babies — whether disabled or not — are, in his view, not “persons.”)

To Singer, moral value primarily comes from intellectual capacities, and that means developmentally and cognitively disabled human beings (also, the unborn and infants) have less value than other human beings, and indeed, a lower worth than some animals…”

Source: Peter Singer Thinks Intellectually Disabled Less Valuable than Pigs – Evolution News

The Need for Justice and the Problem of Evil | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

March 4, 2017

“…Frodo: It’s a pity Bilbo didn’t kill him when he had the chance!

Gandalf: Pity? It was pity that stayed Bilbo’s hand. Many that live deserve death, and some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them, Frodo?Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. Even the very wise cannot see all ends. My heart tells me that Gollum has some part to play yet, for good or ill before this is over…”

Source: The Need for Justice and the Problem of Evil | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

3 Textual Variants Every Christian Should Know About – Alisa Childers

March 3, 2017

“…Why do Christians need to know about these variants?

These variants are common knowledge among scholars, skeptics, and atheists, but are virtually unknown to many Christians outside the academic world. Often this information is used to blindside believers in an attempt to sabotage their faith or undermine their confidence in the Bible. If we are already familiar with these variants, we will be much less likely to be rattled by a clever skeptic on social media…”

Source: 3 Textual Variants Every Christian Should Know About – Alisa Childers

Why the Transgender Debate Is About Redefining Reality

March 2, 2017

“…If you want to change a society, you merely need to get the public to shift an idea from the category of “unthinkable” to “policy.” You’ll know you’ve been successful when the formerly unthinkable has become public school policy.

For instance, 50 years ago it would have been unthinkable for an elementary school teacher to contradict the claim that sexual intercourse was reserved for one man and one woman within the bonds of marriage. Today, in many if not most public schools, it’s now school policy that teaching that notion to children—and claiming any violation of that standard is immoral—is cause for termination…”

Source: Why the Transgender Debate Is About Redefining Reality

Leading Physician Confirms Unborn Children Feel Excruciating Pain During Abortions | LifeNews.com

March 2, 2017

“…The unborn child responds to sensory input as early as seven weeks (gestational age). All of the organ systems of the developing human demonstrate function simultaneously with the appearance of the anatomical structure. By 10 weeks, the human embryo has well-developed organ systems and most of the anatomy can be named with the same nomenclature that we use in adults…”

Source: Leading Physician Confirms Unborn Children Feel Excruciating Pain During Abortions | LifeNews.com

Pro-life stance gains following among millennials | The Blue & Gray Press

March 2, 2017

“…I have seen a change in the pro-life movement, growing from primarily faith-based organizations to broader spectrums. Non-profits such as Feminists for Life and Secular Pro-Life have gained a growing number of followers and supporters. I believe that this is because millennials are beginning to see how valuable life is and how the abortion issue is not a political issue, but instead a human rights one…”

Source: Pro-life stance gains following among millennials | The Blue & Gray Press

Archaeologists uncover city gate destroyed by Hezekiah – History – WORLD

March 2, 2017

“…Archaeologists found benches with armrests, jars, scoops for loading grain, and stamped jar handles in the chambers. Two of the handles have a seal impression indicating they belonged to the king of Hebron. Another impression bears the name, lnhm avadi, probably a senior official during King Hezekiah’s reign. It appears the jars were part of military and administrative preparations to defend the city against Sennacherib’s army…”

Source: Archaeologists uncover city gate destroyed by Hezekiah – History – WORLD

Gay ‘marriage’: It’s not gay, and it’s not marriage | Opinion | LifeSite

March 2, 2017

“…One of the pressing issues of Chesterton’s time was “birth control.” He not only objected to the idea, he objected to the very term because it meant the opposite of what it said. It meant no birth and no control. I can only imagine he would have the same objections about “gay marriage.” The idea is wrong, but so is the name. It is not gay and it is not marriage…”

Source: Gay ‘marriage’: It’s not gay, and it’s not marriage | Opinion | LifeSite

Schools are Teaching Islam but Banning Christianity: These Jersey Moms Want to Find Out Why | The Stream

March 1, 2017

“…The moms were disturbed to learn that the boys were studying the doctrines and tenets of the Muslim faith, including the five pillars of Islam. One assignment required them to complete the sentence, “There is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger.” Further, the class curriculum included a 20-slide PowerPoint presentation about Islam, and two videos, one of which was a cartoon character teaching a non-Muslim friend about Islam, the second of which taught the five pillars of Islam…”

Source: Schools are Teaching Islam but Banning Christianity: These Jersey Moms Want to Find Out Why | The Stream

Cosmologist Sean Carroll: If we are Boltzmann brains, our perceptions are befuddled | Uncommon Descent

February 28, 2017

Smug Sean Carroll accidentally affirms premise 2 of the Kalam Cosmological Argument or God’s existence:

“…If our brains spontaneously fluctuated into existence, he reasons, then we must be living in the very far future, since the universe needs a near-infinite time for such fluctuations to become a reality. But our measurements suggest that the universe began a mere 14 billion years ago…”

Source: Cosmologist Sean Carroll: If we are Boltzmann brains, our perceptions are befuddled | Uncommon Descent

Scientists Want to Genetically Engineer Humans – Evolution News & Views

February 28, 2017

“…Just over a year ago, an international group of scientists said it would be “irresponsible to proceed” with making heritable changes to the human genome until risks could be better assessed and there was “broad societal consensus about the appropriateness” of any proposed change. No one is pretending that such a consensus now exists…”

Source: Scientists Want to Genetically Engineer Humans – Evolution News & Views

Truthbomb Apologetics: How Atheist Guillaume Bignon Became a Christian Theologian – David Wood interview

February 28, 2017

“…But of course, if I was going to refute Christianity, I first needed to know what exactly it affirmed. So I picked up a Bible to figure it out. And at the same time, since I’m a scientist, I figured there was at least one experiment that could be carried out to dis-confirm the belief that God exists: I thought “if any of this is true, then there is a God who exists right now and presumably cares greatly about this project of mine”, so I started to pray in the air as an atheist “If there is a God, then here I am, I’m looking into this, why don’t you go ahead and reveal yourself to me. I’m open.”

According to Dr. William Lane Craig, “That was his fatal misstep as an unbeliever – turning to God and praying that prayer!”

Source: Truthbomb Apologetics: How Atheist Guillaume Bignon Became a Christian Theologian – David Wood interview

Responding to Pro-Gay Revisionist Talking Points – Christian Research Institute

February 28, 2017

“…Revisionist scholars have both a strategy and a specialized message to persuade this new generation that God blesses same-sex relationships. Many in the church are not prepared to answer these “new” arguments. Still, there are no persuasive reasons to abandon the plain meaning of Scripture as it has been understood for roughly two thousand years. And yet we must be ready with an informed answer so we can lovingly “contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3)…”

Source: Responding to Pro-Gay Revisionist Talking Points – Christian Research Institute

Pampers’ astonishingly powerful new ad celebrating babies – born and preborn | The Pulse | LifeSite

February 28, 2017

“…This month, Pampers released a new ad: “A Newborn Journey of Firsts.” Pampers has been known in the past for its beautiful, visually stirring ads that broadcast a pro-life message. A previous ad called babies miracles who “deserve protection” and referred to a baby on an ultrasound screen as a “he” instead of an “it…”

Source: Pampers’ astonishingly powerful new ad celebrating babies – born and preborn | The Pulse | LifeSite

Flashback: Pope’s retreat preacher speaks on Antichrist as a ‘pacifist, ecologist and ecumenist’ | Blogs | LifeSite

February 26, 2017

“…A worldly, modern “social justice” list of priorities dominates Vatican actions and statements today – a dramatic change from the more emphatically spiritual and moral emphases of recent papacies.Now, Francis has even just praised and worked together on a February conference in California with the George Soros-funded organization, PICO — People Improving Communities through Organizing.

OnePeterFive reports, “Leftist watchdog website Discover the Political Networks describes PICO as a group that ‘uses Alinsky-style organizing tactics to advance the doctrines of the religious left.” In an Aug. 23, 2016 article, LifeSite’s Westen reported that Soros paid out $650,000 to PICO and another organization to “influence Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit to the USA with a view to ‘shift[ing] national paradigms and priorities in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign…'”

Source: Flashback: Pope’s retreat preacher speaks on Antichrist as a ‘pacifist, ecologist and ecumenist’ | Blogs | LifeSite

More Marvels in the Molecular Machine Menagerie – Evolution News & Views

February 25, 2017

“…As what we know about cells and their contents has dramatically sharpened in detail and focus, orthodox evolutionary thinking correspondingly fades in its persuasiveness. That’s a lesson of what we wrote yesterday on molecular machines (“Molecular Machine Menagerie Brightens”), but the latest news on that theme can’t be encompassed by a single article, or two. Therefore we move on to automated security agents, linemen, recyclers, thermostats, assemblers, inspectors, bodyguards, and more…”

Source: More Marvels in the Molecular Machine Menagerie – Evolution News & Views

Consciousness Undermines Evolution | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

February 24, 2017

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

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

Why Is Evolution So Widely Believed? | Reasonable Faith

February 24, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 24, 2017

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

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

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

Reasons To Believe : Logic: A Necessary Tool for Truth

February 23, 2017

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

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

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

February 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

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