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Truthbomb Apologetics: R.C. Sproul on the Task of Apologetics

January 17, 2015

R.C. Sproul on the Task of Apologetics

“The task of apologetics is to show that the evidence that the New Testament calls people to commit their lives to is compelling evidence and worthy of our full commitment. That often involves a lot of work for the apologist. Sometimes we would rather duck the responsibility of doing our homework, of wrestling with the problems and answering the objections, and simply say to people, ‘Oh, you just have to take it all in faith.’ That’s the ultimate cop-out. That doesn’t honor Christ. We honor Christ by setting forth for people the cogency of the truth claims of Scripture, even as God himself does. We must take the trouble to do our work before the Spirit does his work, because the Spirit does not ask people to put their trust and faith and affection in nonsense or absurdity.”

via Truthbomb Apologetics: R.C. Sproul on the Task of Apologetics.

Truthbomb Apologetics: Thinking about the Transgendered

January 10, 2015

A 2011 study at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden produced the most illuminating results yet regarding the transgendered, evidence that should give advocates pause. The long-term study—up to 30 years—followed 324 people who had sex-reassignment surgery. The study revealed that beginning about 10 years after having the surgery, the transgendered began to experience increasing mental difficulties. Most shockingly, their suicide mortality rose almost 20-fold above the comparable nontransgender population.”

Truthbomb Apologetics: Thinking about the Transgendered.

Alan Guth: “The Universe isn’t past-eternal after all”

January 6, 2015

“We refer to it as eternal inflation, but the word ‘eternal’ is being used slightly loosely. Semi-eternal might be more accurate. It’s eternal into the future. We do not think it’s eternal into the past…. We’ve been able to prove, mathematically, that’s it’s in fact not possible to extrapolate arbitrarily far into the past.”

— Alan Guth, after basically lying during the Craig-Carroll debate by suggesting that it’s past-eternal.

H/t: Wallace Marshall

When biologists forget that the Darwin cops might be listening … | Uncommon Descent

January 5, 2015

When biologists forget that the Darwin cops might be listening … | Uncommon Descent.

“The flexibility of tubulin and the consequent versatility of its self-assembly can hardly be an accident. We propose that the polymorphism of assembly unique to tubulin reflects an exquisite tuning mechanism for the complex interaction of different microtubule intermediates with cellular factors that need to detect or make direct use of the growing or shortening state of microtubules to play functional roles at the right time and place in the cell.”

Truthbomb Apologetics: A.W. Tozer on the Coming New Year

January 4, 2015

“I do not advise that we end the year on a somber note. The march, not the dirge, has ever been the music of Christianity. If we are good students in the school of life, there is much that the years have to teach us. But the Christian is more than a student, more than a philosopher. He is a believer, and the object of his faith makes the difference, the mighty difference. Of all persons the Christian should be best prepared for whatever the New Year brings. He has dealt with life at its source. In Christ he has disposed of a thousand enemies that other men must face alone and unprepared. He can face his tomorrow cheerful and unafraid because yesterday he turned his feet into the ways of peace and today he lives in God. The man who has made God his dwelling place will always have a safe habitation.”

Truthbomb Apologetics: A.W. Tozer on the Coming New Year.

Presuppositional Calvinists Appealing to Authority

January 1, 2015

If you want to see the self-refuting and incoherent nature of Presuppositional Calvinism in action, read this little debate between Molinist Tim Stratton (plus a few others) vs. a group of the aforementioned (including the well-known Sye Ten Bruggencate). This is a textbook example of “Appeal to Authority”. This went down on William Lane Craig’s Facebook page, after somebody isolated a video clip of Dr. Craig out of context and posted it to mock him. In the clip, Dr. Craig says he’s not “certain” that God exists, but what is not included is context that indicates he’s talking about a particular mathematical type of certainty. Reasonable people could disagree with what Dr. Craig said, but the way these people behaved was ABOMINABLE! By the end of the discussion, they started blocking the Molinists while simultaneously belittling them. It looked completely Medieval, to put it mildly:

Presup Discussion

Truthbomb Apologetics: Video: What is Molinism?

January 1, 2015

Molinism (a theological position named after 16th century Jesuit theologian Luis de Molina), is an increasingly popular model for reconciling God’s sovereignty and providence with human freedom and choice. Molinists maintain that God knows what we would do in counter-factual situations (middle knowledge), and that God uses this knowledge to accomplish his goals.[1] In this video, David Wood of Acts 17 Apologetics interviews William Lane Craig about the doctrine.  This is a great introduction to Molinism!

Truthbomb Apologetics: Video: What is Molinism?.

David Wood interviews William Lane Craig.

Why Thinking About God Matters | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

December 30, 2014

“Why think about God? After all, no one knows whether there is a God, much less which God is real. Well, I am not as sure as you that no one knows. If God exists, then he knows, to be sure. He would have no identity crisis. Besides, we ought not claim that no one knows that there is a God until after we have done our thinking about God. So one reason to bother thinking about God is to see if you can find good reasons to think that there is a God. Another reason is to see if you can find good reasons to think there is no such person as God.”

via Why Thinking About God Matters | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes.

Scientists discover double meaning in genetic code | UW Today

December 30, 2014

Since the genetic code was deciphered in the 1960s, scientists have assumed that it was used exclusively to write information about proteins. UW scientists were stunned to discover that genomes use the genetic code to write two separate languages. One describes how proteins are made, and the other instructs the cell on how genes are controlled. One language is written on top of the other, which is why the second language remained hidden for so long.

“For over 40 years we have assumed that DNA changes affecting the genetic code solely impact how proteins are made,” said Stamatoyannopoulos. “Now we know that this basic assumption about reading the human genome missed half of the picture. These new findings highlight that DNA is an incredibly powerful information storage device, which nature has fully exploited in unexpected ways.”

via Scientists discover double meaning in genetic code | UW Today.

Intelligent Design in Action: Archaeology – Evolution News & Views

December 30, 2014

“One of Western University’s strengths is X-ray CT scanning technology, specifically of objects up to 40 cm in size. This is perfect for digitizing artifacts the size of clay tablets. With the university’s microCT scanner, researchers such as Andrew Nelson can render the exterior — and interior — of any object.

With the touch of a button, the object was scanned, reconstructed and fully rendered using more than 3,000 individual images, allowing for high-quality visualization and inspection.

A digital database of archaeological artifacts can thus be made available to researchers around the world — a huge improvement over storage in warehouses. Speaking of warehouses, the university has intelligently designed that, too. In association with McMaster University and the Canadian government, Western’s “Sustainable Archaeological Repository” (SAR) can store 90,000 boxes of artifacts in its 18,000 square foot facility. Digitizing some of the millions of objects catalogued thus far will open these boxes to the world, allowing “anyone at home … access” to the history of civilization.”

via Intelligent Design in Action: Archaeology – Evolution News & Views.

How Does God Foreknow Free Choices? | Reasonable Faith

December 25, 2014

How Does God Foreknow Free Choices?

Greetings,

I have been listening to and reading a lot of your material over the last year, and have been learning a lot – not least from the Defenders podcast. I’ve been searching in your material for the answer to a specific question, but haven’t found it – and therefore I write you now.

I’m trying to sort out the matter of free will and God’s foreknowledge, and I’ve come to understand that there is no contradiction between God’s foreknowing a free choice, and that choice being truly free. Foreknowing doesn’t equal determining.

But – here is my question: How? How does God foreknow what I would freely choose? I can see how he could foresee my choices if I was determined to make a specific choice, based on my genetics/upbringing/situation. But then the will isn’t free – is it?

If God knows the position and speed of every particle in the universe – then he could foresee every future event, where the cause/effect is within the realm of materia. But our free choice isn’t.

So – in short: By what means can God know what I would freely choose?

Thanks for your time, and for your great work in the Lord.

Paulus

Norway

via How Does God Foreknow Free Choices? | Reasonable Faith.

Answering Bible Difficulties – Free!

December 23, 2014

How do we answer supposed Bible contradictions and difficulties? Below are all solutions from When Critics Ask: A Popular Handbook on Bible Difficulties (Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books, 1992). This covers every major Bible difficulty from Genesis to Revelation. This material is copyright © 2014 Norman Geisler and Thomas Howe. Used by permission.

via Answering Bible Difficulties.

This is a great resource, even if you don’t agree with every solution.

Dartmouth Physicist: When Science Shades Over Into Faith – Evolution News & Views

December 20, 2014

Marcelo Gleiser is a theoretical physicist at Dartmouth College who treads dangerous ground from time to time. He writes a regular commentary for NPR in which, in the past, he has admitted that even taking the origin of simple life on Earth as a given, the development of complex life poses an additional, extraordinary riddle. With only Darwinian evolution as a resource, to assume that complex biology is out there among the stars as well as on our planet is a tough one to swallow.

Now he provocatively acknowledges that science can shade over into the faith, when scientists cling to ideas beyond the point where the evidence has turned against them:

via Dartmouth Physicist: When Science Shades Over Into Faith – Evolution News & Views.