“…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.
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…”
“…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…”
“…Historians often request two sources of evidence when piecing together histories, yet we have an astounding forty-two sources within one hundred and fifty years of Jesus’ resurrection that support accounts of Jesus (Habermas & Licona, 2004). These are as follows:..”
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…”
“…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…”
“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!
“…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…”
“…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…”
“…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…”
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…”
“…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….”
“…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…”
“…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…”
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…”
“…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.
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…”
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…”
“…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.
“…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.”
“…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…”
“…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…”
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…”
“…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:..”
“…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…”
“…A couple of recent news items reinforce the perception of a backlash against the LGBT agenda. Even in the U.S. and Europe it seems support for the homosexual and transgender agenda is waning. At the very least there are signs that contestation of the LGBT agenda is not going away anytime soon…”
“…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?…”
“…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…”
“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…”
“…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…”
“…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?..”
“…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…”
“…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…”
“…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 1077non-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…”
“…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…”
“…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:..”
“…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…”
“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.”
“…Georgetown University is accused of misappropriating donations intended for a pro-family campus group called Love Saxa that promotes traditional marriage and redirecting the money to LGBT organizations during the 2017-18 academic year…”
“…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:
“…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…”
“The thinking of transgender activists is inherently confused and filled with internal contradictions. Activists never acknowledge those contradictions. Instead, they opportunistically rely on whichever claim is useful at any given moment…”
“…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…”
“…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…”
“…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…”
“…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.
“…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…”
“…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.]…”
“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.
“…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…”
“…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…”
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:
“…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….”
“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…”
“…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…”
“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…”
“…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…”
“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…”
“…Last week, we featured a list of books for parents to read to equip themselves with the tools they need to teach their children apologetics. Below is a list of books that elementary age children can read on their own! My daughters have read the majority of them so they are kid-tested!…”
“…The actual comparisons between the species have contradicted the common descent pattern over and over. It is, as we have documented so many times, not even close. If evolution predicts the common descent pattern, then by modus tollens, evolution is false.”
“…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.
“…Whether it’s through one of my online book read along groups, private emails, blog comments, Facebook messages, or at speaking events, when parents reach out to me about their kids walking away from faith, their words are laced with painful sadness and a sense that they in some way failed…”
“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?..”
“…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…”
In fact, these scholars determine that the percentages of Americans who are the most vibrant and serious in their faith is actually increasing a bit, “which is making the United States even more exceptional over time.”
“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…”
“…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…”
“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’…”
“…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…”
“…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…”
“…By putting together probabilities for each of these design features occurring by chance, we can calculate the probability of the existence of a planet like Earth. This probability is 1 chance in 1099. Since there are estimated to be a maximum of 1023 planets in the universe (10 planets/star, see note below), by chance there shouldn’t be any planets capable of supporting life in the universe (only one chance in 1076). Design or random chance?..”
“…Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight and actor/producer Nick Loeb are involved in the making of “Roe v. Wade: The Movie,” along with Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and other pro-life leaders.
This week, Loeb told World News Daily that he believes the social media giant is censoring them because of the film’s pro-life message and its exposure of Planned Parenthood’s eugenic history…”
“…There is a sudden appearance of animal phyla at the base of the Cambrian era geological records. Instead of slowing evolving life as evolution suggests, complex animal fossils first appeared at the base of the Cambrian. These fossils have been our “base body plans” for most of the major animal groups that are alive today…”
“…As Stephen C. Meyer describes in Signature in the Cell, there isn’t a single example anywhere in the history of the universe in which information came from anything other than an intelligent source. Information is coded by the writer and decoded by the reader; when we see specific information, we can trust that an intelligent writer is involved. When we see information in DNA, guiding the formation of proteins and molecular machines within organisms, the most reasonable inference is the existence of an intelligent writer…”
“…This increasing solar luminosity poses a threat to Earth’s life, which can survive only about a one percent change in incident sunlight (and the heat it brings). Life’s survival depended on some kind of thermostat. A semi-periodic cycle of extinction events followed by speciation events served that purpose. The extinction events removed life-forms less reflective of sunlight and less able at removing greenhouse gases from Earth’s atmosphere, which trap the Sun’s heat. The speciation events that followed introduced new life-forms more efficient in removing greenhouse gases and more reflective of sunlight…”