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For Darwin’s Birthday, Poll Shows Broad Support for Teaching Evidence For and Against Darwin’s Theory – Evolution News & Views

February 3, 2016

“Just in time for Charles Darwin’s birthday on February 12, a new nationwide survey reveals that 81 percent of American adults believe that “when teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution, biology teachers should cover both scientific evidence that supports the theory and scientific evidence critical of the theory.”Only 19 percent of Americans believe that “biology teachers should cover only scientific evidence that supports the theory.”

Source: For Darwin’s Birthday, Poll Shows Broad Support for Teaching Evidence For and Against Darwin’s Theory – Evolution News & Views

Book Review: The Fate of the Apostles by Sean McDowell | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

February 2, 2016

“As would be expected, the historical evidence shrinks when lesser-known apostles such as Simon the Zealot or Matthias are considered. Still, McDowell does a great job showing that even with some apostles’ fate in question, there is ample evidence of apostles who did in fact die for their testimony of the risen Jesus and there exists not a shred of evidence that any apostle recanted their belief.”

Source: Book Review: The Fate of the Apostles by Sean McDowell | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

How a 29-Year-Old G. K. Chesterton Flipped 4 Arguments Against Christianity Upside-Down | TGC

February 1, 2016

“Thus…the reasons that I have for believing in Christianity are, in very many cases, to repeat those arguments which Mr. Blatchford, in some strange way, seems to regard as arguments against it. His book is really rich and powerful. He has undoubtedly set up these four great guns of which I have spoken. I have nothing to say against the size and ammunition of the guns. I only say that by some accident of arrangement he has set up those four pieces of artillery with the tails pointing at me and the mouths pointing at himself. If I were not so humane, I should say: ‘Gentlemen of the Secularist Guard, fire first.’”

Source: How a 29-Year-Old G. K. Chesterton Flipped 4 Arguments Against Christianity Upside-Down | TGC

The Immune System: An Army Inside You – Evolution News & Views

February 1, 2016

“If microbes breach these passive barriers and enter the tissues, the second line of defense swings into action. This is called the immune system, and it consists of numerous different cells and proteins that work together to fight and usually defeat the invading force. For our earliest ancestors to survive long enough to reproduce, they would have needed this two-pronged defense. Neither the passive barriers that protect the underlying tissues, nor the immune system, is capable, on its own, of protecting the body from life-threatening infection. They both have to be present and in working order .”

Source: The Immune System: An Army Inside You – Evolution News & Views

What Old Testament Prophecies Predicted Jesus?

January 31, 2016

“In various ways, the Old Testament points to Jesus of Nazareth because he lived a unique life as prophet, priest, and king. These parallels between Jesus’ life and biblical prophecy are too precise to be explained as mere coincidence. It’s this accumulated evidence that compels belief in Jesus as the Messiah of the Old and New Testaments.”

Source: What Old Testament Prophecies Predicted Jesus?

Big Announcement, and Reflections on a Great Decade – Evolution News & Views

January 30, 2016

“We’ve been talking a lot lately about the 2005 Dover trial, which was my first major assignment after I started working at Discovery Institute. That September, I flew to Harrisburg, PA, and witnessed much of the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial in person. Among other things, I heard many contrived claims about intelligent design from the ACLU team that represented the plaintiffs.

For folks in the ID movement, this stuff was nothing new — we’d been hearing Darwin activists misrepresent ID arguments for years. But it was a major wakeup call to see a federal judge buy into those untrue claims, and literally copy and paste demonstrably false assertions into his ruling. It shook my faith in the judiciary’s ability to properly sift through questions, free from political influences and the temptations of worldly acclaim, to arrive at a just and reasonable conclusion.”

Source: Big Announcement, and Reflections on a Great Decade – Evolution News & Views

Massive Genetic Study Confirms Birds Arose in “Big Bang”-Type of “Explosion” – Evolution News & Views

January 29, 2016

“A literal reading of the fossil record indicates that the early Cambrian (c. 545 million years ago) and early Tertiary (c. 65 million years ago) were characterized by enormously accelerated periods of morphological evolution marking the appearance of the animal phyla, and modern bird and placental mammal orders, respectively.”

Source: Massive Genetic Study Confirms Birds Arose in “Big Bang”-Type of “Explosion” – Evolution News & Views

Banning God from Government isn’t Neutral | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

January 29, 2016

Look past the grammatical errors:

“It’s easy to try and play off secularism as a neutral position, but secularism isn’t neutral. It stands opposed to most religious belief systems. If our country is truly going to be a free one, then its citizens must be able to draw upon their first freedom of the free exercise of religion.”

Source: Banning God from Government isn’t Neutral | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

The Campaign to Embarrass Christians into Accepting Darwinism – Christian Research Institute

January 29, 2016

“Theistic evolutionists who believe their position saves theism from Darwin are wrong. The only force that can stop Darwin’s “universal acid” is a compelling scientific rebuttal based on a rigorous examination of the evidence. This is precisely what intelligent design offers—which is precisely why the Darwin lobby doesn’t want people hearing about it.”

Source: The Campaign to Embarrass Christians into Accepting Darwinism – Christian Research Institute

If John Wesley Showed Up at the United Methodist General Conference, Would They Ban Him Too?

January 29, 2016

Reinhold Niebuhr asserted that no institution could ever achieve the morality of the individual. Institutions, he warned, to extend their lives when confronted with collapse, will swiftly betray the stances that ostensibly define them. Only individual men and women have the strength to hold fast to virtue when faced with the threat of death. And decaying institutions, including the church, when consumed by fear, swiftly push those endowed with this moral courage and radicalism from their ranks, rendering themselves obsolete.” — Hedges.

That corrupt institutions like The Templeton Foundation and Biologos are hurrying the process along is quite hurl-inducing.

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

Source: If John Wesley Showed Up at the United Methodist General Conference, Would They Ban Him Too?

Four Self-Refuting Statements Heard on College Campuses Across America | Cold Case Christianity

January 28, 2016

“Science is the only way to determine truth” / “I only trust things I can determine through a scientific process” University students report this statement often, and it may take a little more thought to recognize as self-refuting. When a professor makes this claim, we simply need to ask, “Can science determine if that statement (about science) is true?” or “What scientific experiment provided that conclusion for you?” It turns out that there is no scientific process or procedure can be employed to validate this claim. It is a presumptive philosophical statement that is outside the analysis of science.

Source: Four Self-Refuting Statements Heard on College Campuses Across America | Cold Case Christianity

Denton’s Evolution: Still a Theory in Crisis, a Fresh and Powerful Challenge to Darwinism, Is Out! – Evolution News & Views

January 28, 2016

“He shows that the language of Darwinism, limited to adaptation and fitness, is bankrupt in the face of the most recent scientific knowledge. Denton shows how developments in evolutionary developmental biology and other areas suggest that Darwinian selection is past its sell-by date.”

Source: Denton’s Evolution: Still a Theory in Crisis, a Fresh and Powerful Challenge to Darwinism, Is Out! – Evolution News & Views

Don’t support ANY GOP candidate for president unless you can answer this ONE question – Allen B. West – AllenBWest.com

January 28, 2016

“Who of the 2016 presidential candidates do you believe would go to the Lord God — not political consultants — and ask for wisdom and discernment? Who do you think would stand before the Goliaths of today, and with personal character, prayer, conviction and a bag of stones, slay the “perceived” giants?”

Source: Don’t support ANY GOP candidate for president unless you can answer this ONE question – Allen B. West – AllenBWest.com

Apologetics 101: Did we win the galactic lottery or is the universe finely tuned?

January 28, 2016

“Last week we saw that Princeton physicist Peter Steinhardt rejects The Big Bang Theory out of hand because he refuses to believe anything could come into being with such a fine tuned design. He is not alone. The Big Bang Theory haunts science because if it is true then the universe had a beginning and no plausible naturalistic explanation can account for it. But it is not just the beginning that bothers naturalists, it is what happened immediately afterward that is truly mind-boggling.”

Source: Apologetics 101: Did we win the galactic lottery or is the universe finely tuned?

Wesley wd disagree with Methodist ID ban | Uncommon Descent

January 28, 2016

“John Wesley, the co-founder of Methodism, would surely have been banned by the United Methodist Church leadership from presenting his views on Intelligent Design at the church’s General Conference in May 2016, were he alive today. His crime? Not only was he unapologetically pro-Intelligent Design, but he also denounced the theory of evolution as godless. In a recent post over at Evolution News and Views, Professor Michael Flannery alluded to Wesley’s pro-ID views. In this post, I intend to remove all possible doubt, by supplying chapter and verse from Wesley’s own writings. (For those readers who haven’t been following the controversy over the United Methodist Church leadership’s decision to bar the Discovery Institute from sponsoring an information table at the church’s upcoming General Conference, I would highly recommend the following posts at Evolution News and Views: here, here, here, here, here and here.)”

Source: Wesley wd disagree with Methodist ID ban | Uncommon Descent

3 Bible Stories That Teach Kids About Wisdom

January 28, 2016

1. King Solomon Asks for Wisdom“At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, ‘Ask what I shall give you.’ ‘. . .And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in.

 . .Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?’ It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. And God said to him, ‘Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.’” 1 Kings 3:5, 7, 9-12 ESV

Source: 3 Bible Stories That Teach Kids About Wisdom

Baby Was Born Alive After an Abortion at 24 Weeks, Nurse Left Him on the Table Struggling to Breathe | LifeNews.com

January 28, 2016

The issue of infanticide following an abortion is very real — and statistics from the United States and Canada show hundreds of babies are left to die after they are born alive following a failed abortion.

And Obama stood alone on the floor of the Illinois legislature defending this year-after-year. Utterly vile.

Source: Baby Was Born Alive After an Abortion at 24 Weeks, Nurse Left Him on the Table Struggling to Breathe | LifeNews.com

A world-famous chemist tells the truth: there’s no scientist alive today who understands macroevolution

January 27, 2016

“Although most scientists leave few stones unturned in their quest to discern mechanisms before wholeheartedly accepting them, when it comes to the often gross extrapolations between observations and conclusions on macroevolution, scientists, it seems to me, permit unhealthy leeway. When hearing such extrapolations in the academy, when will we cry out, “The emperor has no clothes!”?…I simply do not understand, chemically, how macroevolution could have happened. Hence, am I not free to join the ranks of the skeptical and to sign such a statement without reprisals from those that disagree with me? … Does anyone understand the chemical details behind macroevolution? If so, I would like to sit with that person and be taught, so I invite them to meet with me.”

— James Tour

Source: A world-famous chemist tells the truth: there’s no scientist alive today who understands macroevolution

Scott Klusendorf debates an abortion advocate on the Unbelievable radio show | WINTERY KNIGHT

January 27, 2016

“The abortion debate reared its head again this summer after controversial tweets by Richard Dawkins made the news.

Justin hosts a discussion between Mara Clarke of the Abortion Support Network and Scott Klusendorf of the Life Training Instititute. Mara believes women need to be decide whether to terminate a pregnancy, but Scott says that all depends on whether we are dealing with a human life in the womb.”

Source: Scott Klusendorf debates an abortion advocate on the Unbelievable radio show | WINTERY KNIGHT

Are Atheists Right? Is “Free Will” An Unnecessary, Unimportant Illusion? – Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

January 27, 2016

“In a 1998 International Social Survey Program study, people from thirty-six countries were surveyed. More than 70% agreed their life was in their own hands. More importantly, a number of studies have demonstrated people behave differently if they can be convinced they have no free will. In 2008, researchers from the University of Minnesota and the University of British Columbia conducted experiments highlighting the relationship between a belief in Determinism and immoral behavior. They found students who were exposed to deterministic literature prior to taking a test were more likely to cheat on the test than students who were not exposed to literature advocating Determinism. The researchers concluded those who deny free will are more inclined to believe their efforts to act morally are futile and are, therefore, less likely to do so. In addition, a study conducted by researchers from Florida State University and Kentucky University found participants who were exposed to deterministic literature were more likely to act aggressively and less likely to be helpful toward others.”

Source: Are Atheists Right? Is “Free Will” An Unnecessary, Unimportant Illusion? – Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Doesn’t matter to Methodists what’s true | Uncommon Descent

January 27, 2016

“– It actually doesn’t matter to the United Methodist leaders what’s true. These days, anyone could have quickly found out, via an Internet search or phone call, what the Discovery Institute is, does and advocates. See, for example, Dover is over. But that is precisely what the United Methodist Church wouldn’t want to know. It reminds them too much of a past when they mattered.The skinny: That church is dying, like so many formerly great mainline denominations. See, for example, “The United Methodist Church has only 15 years to reverse its decline in the United States if it is to have a sustainable future, an economist warned church leaders” (May 20, 2015). But U.S. membership decline continues (November 20, 2015): According to the most recent data, The United Methodist Church has lost 116,063 members – the stark equivalent to losing a 318-member local church every day of the year.Like most such dying entities, the church clings to causes, beliefs, and hopes it thinks aren’t dying—irrespective of their relationship to Christianity. Without conviction, it goes out of its way to ingratiate itself with their sponsors. In this case, the cause is Christian Darwinism—a form of materialist atheism that allows the church a corpse candle of faith, to light the way out.”

Source: Doesn’t matter to Methodists what’s true | Uncommon Descent

The convert: Why I left Islam to follow Jesus

January 27, 2016

“But what reason is there to stand by the koranic claims about Jesus when all the other records disagree? The Koran was written 600 years after Jesus and 600 miles away. The only reason to believe the Koran is an a priori faith in Islam. That is why only Muslim scholars deny Jesus’ death by crucifixion. Ally was very sceptical with the Christian case but not nearly as critical of the Islamic perspective. No contrast, just one-sided criticism.”

Source: The convert: Why I left Islam to follow Jesus

‘Jane Roe’ of Roe v. Wade was so horrified by what she saw in abortion clinics, she became pro-life. | The Pulse | LifeSite

January 27, 2016

“While all the facilities [I worked in] were much the same, the abortion doctors in the various clinics where I worked were very representative of abortionists in general. The abortionists I knew were usually of foreign descent with the perception that the lax abortion laws in the United States present a fertile money-making opportunity. One abortionist, in particular, would sometimes operate bare-chested, and sometimes shoe less with his shirt off, and earned a six-figure income. He did not have to worry about his bedside manner, learning to speak English, or building a clientele.”

Source: ‘Jane Roe’ of Roe v. Wade was so horrified by what she saw in abortion clinics, she became pro-life. | The Pulse | LifeSite

What You Have to Believe to Not Believe in Intelligent Design – Evolution News & Views

January 27, 2016

“Contrary to popular belief, to be an ID proponent you do not have to believe that all species were created simultaneously a few thousand years ago, or that humans are unrelated to earlier primates, or that natural selection cannot cause bacteria to develop a resistance to antibiotics. If you believe that a few fundamental, unintelligent forces of physics alone could have rearranged the basic particles of physics into Apple iPhones, you are probably not an ID proponent, even if you believe in God. But if you believe there must have been more than unintelligent forces at work somewhere, somehow, in the whole process: congratulations, you are one of us after all!”

— Mathematics Professor Granville Sewell

Source: What You Have to Believe to Not Believe in Intelligent Design – Evolution News & Views

Oxford Professor Denis Noble lecture: Doubts re Darwinism | Uncommon Descent

January 26, 2016

Physiologist Noble doubts Darwinism, and does a good job of identifying problems with the Central Dogma and other stuff that just hangs around forever.

Denis Noble CBE FRS FRCP FMedSci is a British biologist who held the Burdon Sanderson Chair of Cardiovascular Physiology at the University of Oxford from 1984 to 2004 and was appointed Professor Emeritus and co-Director of Computational Physiology.

Source: Denis Noble lecture: Doubts re Darwinism | Uncommon Descent

Abortion and Slavery: The Same Old Arguments – Stand to Reason Blog

January 26, 2016

“The arguments for slavery were the same as the arguments now for abortion: Human beings are only instrumentally valuable. Some people are worth less than others because they lack particular qualities that I have. Therefore, my desires trump their rights.The arguments against slavery were the same as the arguments now against abortion: All human beings are intrinsically valuable and have equal natural rights, regardless of their characteristics.”

Source: Abortion and Slavery: The Same Old Arguments – Stand to Reason Blog

You Need an End Game for the Origin of Life | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

January 26, 2016

“…But the evidential situation of natural (as opposed to revealed) theology has been transformed in the more than fifty years since Watson and Crick won the Nobel Prize for their discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. It has become inordinately difficult even to begin to think about constructing a naturalistic theory of the evolution of that first reproducing organism.”

— Antony Flew

Source: You Need an End Game for the Origin of Life | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

Let’s Examine the United Methodist Ban on Intelligent Design in Light of Church Teaching – Evolution News & Views

January 25, 2016

“Is the apparent uncritical embrace of unguided evolution by certain UMC leaders really consonant with Methodist theology? These leaders claim that intelligent design is beyond the pale, but in reality it is the unguided Darwinian version of evolution that should raise real concerns.”

Source: Let’s Examine the United Methodist Ban on Intelligent Design in Light of Church Teaching – Evolution News & Views

The Yoga Boom: A Call for Christian Discernment – Part 1 – Christian Research Institute

January 25, 2016

“When you believe in things you don’t understand, you suffer”

— Stevie Wonder (Superstition):

This article first appeared in the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL, volume 31, number 02 (2008). The full text of this article in PDF format can be obtained by clicking here. For further information or to subscribe to the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL go to: http://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/ SYNOPSIS It has become virtually impossible to escape encounters with yoga in […]

Source: The Yoga Boom: A Call for Christian Discernment – Part 1 – Christian Research Institute

An infinite past can’t save Darwin? | Uncommon Descent

January 25, 2016

Robert Spitzer on the impossibility of traversing infinity in discrete steps (like moment-by-moment):

“Infinities within an aggregating succession imply “unoccurrable,” “unachievable,” and “unactualizable,” for an aggregating succession occurs one step at a time (that is, one step after another), and can therefore only be increased a finite amount.”

Source: An infinite past can’t save Darwin? | Uncommon Descent

350 Year Old Frenchman Talks About Facebook | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

January 25, 2016

“Proper thinking starts not with how others think of you but an honest self-examination. If you can identify your own biases and predispositions you are in much better shape to understand others’ points of view. You can see things like sources are not necessarily less credible simply because they lived centuries or even a couple of millennia before us. You will be more open to an honest exchange of ideas. You won’t be as susceptible to being led by feelings that can be manipulated and false.”

Source: 350 Year Old Frenchman Talks About Facebook | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

The Five Pilgrims

January 25, 2016

“The only way you can achieve an artificial equality of economic result is by force—and those wielding the force will not participate in the forced equality. Power tends to corrupt, and the absolute power required for the dictatorship, not of the proletariat but of the self-appointed elite acting in their name, corrupts absolutely. These outcomes are not avoidable; they are coded into the DNA of the system by its very nature, and not all the good intentions in the world can avoid them.”

Source: The Five Pilgrims

Listening to Young Atheists: Lessons for a Stronger Christianity – The Atlantic

January 25, 2016

“I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize. I don’t respect that at all. If you believe that there’s a heaven and hell and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life or whatever, and you think that it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward…. How much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?”

— Penn Jillette

Source: Listening to Young Atheists: Lessons for a Stronger Christianity – The Atlantic

Are Creationists Stupid?

January 24, 2016

“The best data we have are exactly what I would have predicted, had I nothing to go on but the five Books of Moses, the Psalms, the Bible as a whole.“ Nobel Prize winner Arno Penzias

“There is no doubt that a parallel exists between the Big Bang as an event and the Christian notion of creation from nothing.[3]” George Smoot

Source: Are Creationists Stupid?

Neil Shenvi: can quantum fluctuations make something appear out of nothing? | WINTERY KNIGHT

January 21, 2016

There is an accidental repeat of text in this article, but its central argument is sound:

P1. If a ‘quantum fluctuation’ occurs, then it can be described by a wavefunction

P2. Wavefunctions describe ‘something’, not ‘nothing’

C. Therefore, if a ‘quantum fluctuation’ occurs, then it is ‘something’ not ‘nothing’

Source: Neil Shenvi: can quantum fluctuations make something appear out of nothing? | WINTERY KNIGHT

More Background about the United Methodist Church’s Ban on Discovery Institute at Its General Conference – Evolution News & Views

January 21, 2016

I suspect that Biologos and The Templeton Foundation might be in the background pulling strings (because they’re dogmatically obsessed with Theistic Evolution).

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

Source: More Background about the United Methodist Church’s Ban on Discovery Institute at Its General Conference – Evolution News & Views

A Review of Patterns of Evidence: Exodus – Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

January 20, 2016

On Monday evening I went to see the much anticipated documentary film, Patterns of Evidence: Exodus by filmmaker Tim Mahoney and Thinking Man Films. Overall, I very much liked the film and my impression is that it was very well produced and thought out. In short, it was a very high quality production and has great potential to be effective for those on the fence about the historical account of the Exodus in the Bible. I offer the following thoughts to those who watched it on the night of its release, and for those who plan to watch it in the future, perhaps on the History Channel or on DVD. First I would like to state what I liked about the film and offer some positive comments. Secondly, I will point out where I think Mahoney missed a couple of valuable opportunities apologetically, historically and archaeologically. Yesterday I posted an article titled Navigating “Patterns of Evidence for the Biblical Exodus which essentially outlined where the film would focus most of its attention. That focus was on the dating of the Exodus or the chronology (or when it happened), and that was correct. More on this in a moment, but first some positive observations of the film. THE GOOD Production Quality One of the first things that impressed me about the film was its very high production quality. It had the feel of a National Geographic special. Throughout the film there was extensive use of computer graphics and 3D animation which was very helpful. In addition, Mahoney traveled to some amazing places in Egypt (Luxor), Israel and Europe to shoot the interviews. The shots were well crafted and well edited. The cinematography was top rate. Soundtrack The next thing might seem like a rather silly thing to comment on, but I think …

Source: A Review of Patterns of Evidence: Exodus – Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Movements cancelled after brain prepared | Uncommon Descent

January 19, 2016

Ever heard the claim that MRI data proves we have no free will? #Debunked:

“If subjects are able to evade being predicted based on their own brain processes this would be evidence that control over their actions can be retained for much longer than previously thought, which is exactly what the researchers were able to demonstrate. “A person’s decisions are not at the mercy of unconscious and early brain waves.”

Source: Movements cancelled after brain prepared | Uncommon Descent

The Myth of the Objective Scientist – Evolution News & Views

January 19, 2016

“A related problem is that just as liberals are devoted to their noble savage, they are perhaps even more devoted to the myth of the objective scientist. In this perspective, scientists are special, uniquely clear-sighted, distinctively noble, not unlike the precious, peace-loving, environment-friendly indigenous peoples of the world but with a lab coat instead of a loincloth.”

Source: The Myth of the Objective Scientist – Evolution News & Views

The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus – Kindle edition by Gary R. Habermas, Michael R. Licona. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

January 18, 2016

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Source: The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus – Kindle edition by Gary R. Habermas, Michael R. Licona. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

The Self-Refuting Nature of Naturalism

January 17, 2016

“Physicalism cannot be offered as a rational theory because physicalism does away with the necessary preconditions for there to be such a thing as rationality.” If a naturalist wants to argue that rationality does not exist, they will be making two grave errors: 1- They would be claiming to be non-rational, and 2- they would be making a rational argument that rationality does not exist. It seems the rational decision one ought to come to is that naturalism is irrational, and therefore, false.”

Source: The Self-Refuting Nature of Naturalism

Why the Prosperity Gospel Is the Worst Pyramid Scheme Ever

January 16, 2016

“Step One: A snazzy entrepreneur wants to make a lot of money. Said snazzy entrepreneur tells two little old ladies that if they sell his “Wow-What-A-Sham 3000,” they can make some dough to pay off their cat-sitting bills. That will cost them a startup investment of $401.76. And yes, Wow-What-A-Sham 3000 is a gimmick. But that’s okay, it’s not really about selling the product anyway; it’s about recruiting more salespeople.”

Source: Why the Prosperity Gospel Is the Worst Pyramid Scheme Ever

Carroll’s five replies to the fine-tuning argument: Number 1 | Letters to Nature

January 16, 2016

Cosmologist Luke Barnes on Sean Carroll’s denial of fine-tuning:

“Craig, in his response to Carroll’s first reply, states that a lot of physicists accept fine-tuning. As evidence, he cites a list of such scientists compiled by yours truly: Barrow, Carr, Carter, Davies, Dawkins, Deutsch, Ellis, Greene, Guth, Harrison, Hawking, Linde, Page, Penrose, Polkinghorne, Rees, Sandage, Smolin, Susskind, Tegmark, Tipler, Vilenkin, Weinberg, Wheeler, Wilczek.”

Source: Carroll’s five replies to the fine-tuning argument: Number 1 | Letters to Nature

To Be Sure….God Loves Us: CONVERSION STORIES: PEOPLE WHO CAME TO CHRIST THROUGH APOLOGETICS

January 15, 2016

Some REALLY interesting stuff put together by Brad Cooper!

“Some people say that you can’t argue anyone into the kingdom and that apologetics is a waste of time. Below are dozens of stories that say otherwise and relate the very practical importance of apologetics. Apologetics strengthens the faith of believers and persuades unbelievers.”

Source: To Be Sure….God Loves Us: CONVERSION STORIES: PEOPLE WHO CAME TO CHRIST THROUGH APOLOGETICS

Reviewing The Evolution Revolution, the NCSE Offers Uninformed Criticism that Misses the Point – Evolution News & Views

January 15, 2016

NCSE’s Levin (along with Darwinism) gets steamrolled here by Lee Spetner:

“As I stated in both this and my earlier book, there is no example of a random mutation that adds heritable information to the genome. That statement still stands. It is important because evolution is about building up information (Spetner 1964, 1968, 1970).Levin finds the statement astonishing, and it may well be to someone who believes evolutionary theory represents reality. But it happens to be true, and it indeed should astonish him because it is evidence that deals a death blow to evolutionary theory.”

Source: Reviewing The Evolution Revolution, the NCSE Offers Uninformed Criticism that Misses the Point – Evolution News & Views

Kansas Becomes the 8th State to Defund Planned Parenthood

January 14, 2016

“Planned Parenthood’s most recent annual report shows the vast wealth it has taken from taxpayers. The nation’s largest abortion business has made more than $800 million in profit over the last 10 years, taking more than $4 billion in taxpayer subsidies. In fiscal year ending June 30, 2015 alone, Planned Parenthood, a so called non-profit company, had $58.8 million in “excess revenue,” more than Abercrombie & Fitch, LinkedIn, Groupon, Barnes & Noble, Charter Communications, and even Amazon. No business that profited more than Amazon last year needs a penny of support from the government. Planned Parenthood also has more net assets than Cracker Barrel restaurants. Panera Bread, and Sprouts grocery stores.”

Source: Kansas Becomes the 8th State to Defund Planned Parenthood

Debunking the debunker: How Sean Carroll gets the fine-tuning argument wrong | Uncommon Descent

January 14, 2016

“What Dr. Carroll overlooks is that there are no less than five killer arguments against the multiverse. Dr. Carroll thinks he can answer one of these arguments – the “Boltzmann brains” argument – but that still leaves four arguments which he hasn’t answered. However, the most telling argument, put forward by physicist Paul Davies in a recent interview with Robert Lawrence Kuhn, is that if the multiverse is real, then we probably live in a fake universe with fake physics. Davies warns that using multiple universes to explain all existence is “a dangerous, slippery slope, leading to apparently absurd conclusions.” Davies is not alone. Physicist Paul Steinhardt, who helped to create the theory of cosmic inflation but now rejects it, writes: “The multiverse idea is baroque, unnatural, untestable and, in the end, dangerous to science and society.”

Source: Debunking the debunker: How Sean Carroll gets the fine-tuning argument wrong | Uncommon Descent