Honolulu Chapter

Is there a link between suicide and irreligion?

August 23, 2017

“…Several recent studies on religion and depression provide support for Kheriaty’s thesis. A 2016 study by influential Harvard psychiatrist Tyler VanderWeele, for example, revealed that religious participation among American women was closely linked to lower rates of suicide. Between 1996 and 2010, those who attended any religious service once a week were more were five times less likely to commit suicide…”

Source: Is there a link between suicide and irreligion?

Reasons To Believe : The Image of God Gives All Human Life Value

August 23, 2017

“…The Bible states that of all God’s creatures, only human beings were created in the express image of God. While the Judeo-Christian Scriptures specifically mention the imago Dei (Latin for “divine image”) only a half dozen times (Genesis 1:26–27, 5:1, 9:6; 1 Corinthians 11:7; Colossians 3:10; James 3:9), it seems all of Scripture is written with the imago Dei in mind…”

Source: Reasons To Believe : The Image of God Gives All Human Life Value

Unborn baby shown clapping along to “If you’re happy and you know it” | NRL News Today

August 22, 2017

“…The 15-second-long video is simultaneously touching and hilarious. Here’s Jen’s brief introduction:At our 14 week ultrasound our baby was clapping, so I sang a song with our doctor as my husband filmed.

And sure enough, as you watch the baby appears to be clapping along at just the right times to “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”

As Mrs. Cardinal writes

The experience is one I’ll never forget. The baby clapped three times, and then the doctor rewound and scrubbed it while we sang. No mystery. It was amazing…”

Source: Unborn baby shown clapping along to “If you’re happy and you know it” | NRL News Today

Curricula on Intelligent Design Are Urgently Needed — And Here They Are! | Evolution News

August 22, 2017

I get nothing from this, but it looks like a spectacular resource:

“…Published recently by Discovery Institute Press, Discovering Intelligent Design is a comprehensive curriculum presenting the biological and cosmological evidence in support of the scientific theory of intelligent design, as well as challenges to neo-Darwinism. Designed for readers ranging from middle-school students (in private or home schools, not public) to adults, this is a perfect place to begin your studies or to gain an overview of the arguments to date. Topics include the fine-tuning of the universe, solar system, and planet Earth, the irreducible complexity of biochemical systems, challenges to the traditional “tree of life,” and even strategies for engaging in the larger debate. With plenty of images, discussion questions, and accompanying videos, this curriculum stands to captivate students, professionals, families, youth groups, and more.Or are you already comfortable with the basic framework of ID arguments? Delve deeper with The Design of Life, a beautifully illustrated college-level textbook that covers topics related to human origins, genetics, and macroevolution, the fossil record, the origin of species, irreducible complexity, and much more! Written by mathematician William Dembski and biologist Jonathan Wells, this book presents a compelling scientific case for the intelligent design of biological systems using critical analysis, clear explanations, and brilliant analogies. It will engage every reader, from trained scientist to curious layperson…”

Source: Curricula on Intelligent Design Are Urgently Needed — And Here They Are! | Evolution News

Reasons To Believe : DNA: Designed for Flexibility

August 21, 2017

“…It appears that DNA has been optimized for data storage and retrieval. This property is critical for DNA’s capacity to store genetic information. DNA harbors the information needed for the cell’s machinery to make proteins. It also houses the genetic information passed on to subsequent generations. If DNA isn’t stable, then the information it harbors will become distorted or lost. This will have disastrous consequences for the cell’s day-to-day operations and make long-term survival of life impossible…”

Source: Reasons To Believe : DNA: Designed for Flexibility

On Origin of Life, Synthetic Chemist James Tour Delivers Chastisement to Jeremy England | Evolution News

August 21, 2017

“…Tour goes on, referring to the notion that random atoms will become a plant if given plenty of light and plenty of time:

The interactions of light with small molecules is well understood. The experiment has been performed. The outcome is known. Regardless of the wavelength of the light, no plant ever forms.

We synthetic chemists should state the obvious. The appearance of life on earth is a mystery. We are nowhere near solving this problem. The proposals offered thus far to explain life’s origin make no scientific sense.

Beyond our planet, all the others that have been probed are lifeless, a result in accord with our chemical expectations. The laws of physics and chemistry’s Periodic Table are universal, suggesting that life based upon amino acids, nucleotides, saccharides and lipids is an anomaly. Life should not exist anywhere in our universe. Life should not even exist on the surface of the earth.17

It’s somehow more satisfying that England isn’t identified in the body of the article, but only in a footnote. That is a memorable instance of a senior scientist quietly taking a junior colleague out behind the woodshed…”

Source: On Origin of Life, Synthetic Chemist James Tour Delivers Chastisement to Jeremy England | Evolution News

Nature & Scripture: A Physicist Discusses the Amazing Synergism Between Science & Christianity

August 20, 2017

“There is an incredible synergism between what is discovered when you study nature and what is discovered when you study God! Professor Jonathan Feng, PhD, makes this point in his interview on Purpose Nation Podcast Episode #3 (published on August 14, 2017). Professor Feng is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at University of California, Irvine. He holds degrees from Harvard, Cambridge, and Stanford and he is a committed Christian!Here is Professor Feng’s bio: http://hep.ps.uci.edu/~jlf/…”

Source: Nature & Scripture: A Physicist Discusses the Amazing Synergism Between Science & Christianity

Dawkins: Maybe the hard problem of consciousness can never be solved | Uncommon Descent

August 18, 2017

“…Dawkins: It certainly isn’t tractable by me. At times I find myself inspired by the confidence of my friend Daniel Dennett. At other times I lean towards his fellow philosopher Colin McGinn’s pessimism: the view that the human mind is flatly incapable of understanding its own consciousness…”

Source: Dawkins: Maybe the hard problem of consciousness can never be solved | Uncommon Descent

Researcher: DNA folding in Archaea very similar to complex cells. “It just blows my mind.” | Uncommon Descent

August 18, 2017

“…By studying the 3-D structure of proteins bound to DNA in microbes called archaea, researchers have turned up surprising similarities to DNA packing in more complicated organisms. “If you look at the nitty gritty, it’s identical,” says Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Karolin Luger, a structural biologist and biochemist at the University of Colorado Boulder. “It just blows my mind….”

Source: Researcher: DNA folding in Archaea very similar to complex cells. “It just blows my mind.” | Uncommon Descent

Christian Apologetics Quotes: John Lennox

August 18, 2017

“God is not an alternative to science as an explanation, he is not to be understood merely as a God of the gaps, he is the ground of all explanation: it is his existence which gives rise to the very possibility of explanation, scientific or otherwise. It is important to stress this because influential authors such as Richard Dawkins will insist on conceiving of God as an explanatory alternative to science – an idea that is nowhere to be found in theological reflection of any depth. Dawkins is therefore tilting at a windmill – dismissing a concept of God that no serious thinker believes in anyway. Such activity is not necessarily to be regarded as a mark of intellectual sophistication. ― John Lennox (from God’s Undertaker)…”

Source: Christian Apologetics Quotes: John Lennox

The Appearance of Age & Young Earth Creationism – Free Thinking Ministries

August 17, 2017

“…YEC folks are dividing the church over a non-essential subject, and worse, pushing scientifically minded individuals away from Christ! I used to be an aggressive YEC guy myself, and now that I have “changed teams,” I have felt their contemptuous onslaught (so much for Jesus’s second great command)! Three times in the past three years, YECers from other churches have unsuccessfully tried to get me fired or severely reprimanded as a pastor (the EFCA allows for my position), and one “young earther” has recently physically assaulted me on the issue in the middle of a church service! It’s getting out of control and the non-believing world is watching their actions and being pushed farther and farther away. I know of one science professor who has experienced death threats from YEC folks because of his old earth view. This is lunacy, the epitome of sin, and is bordering on Islamic tactics. I know of zero old earth creationists making death threats or physically assaulting YEC brethren. This does not logically prove YEC is false, but it should at least provide some “cause for pause.”I do think God created the universe nearly 14 billion years ago, but even if it was really only a few thousand years ago, it sure looks billions of years old. Stop fighting over irrelevant matters…”

Source: The Appearance of Age & Young Earth Creationism – Free Thinking Ministries

BreakPoint: America’s Suicide Crisis

August 17, 2017

I suspect the opiate epidemic has the same cause. Just as Solzhenitzin described happening in the USSR just before it turned into Hell, “we forgot about God”.

“…How bad is America’s suicide problem? Well, it’s so bad that Americans’ overall life expectancy has declined for the first time since the 1930s.As Aaron Kheriaty writes in First Things, the suicide crisis in America has reached epidemic proportions. Rates are growing coast to coast, in rural and urban areas, among the poor and the rich, the young and the old. What in the world is going on, and what do we do about it?

In his article, Kheriaty, director of the Medical Ethics Program at Cal-Irvine, describes a witch’s brew of factors behind this epidemic of death—ones we’ve talked about for years on BreakPoint: social fragmentation, an overall decrease in religious involvement, utilitarianism, and—yes—the growth of assisted suicide laws.

But in the end, Kheriaty boils the problem down to one word: Despair. Despair, as in the utter lack of hope…”

Source: BreakPoint: America’s Suicide Crisis

A. N. Wilson’s forthcoming book on Darwin as fraud | Uncommon Descent

August 17, 2017

“…Darwin was described by his friend and champion, Thomas Huxley, as a ‘symbol’. But what did he symbolize? In Wilson’s portrait, both sympathetic and critical, Darwin was two men. On the one hand, he was a naturalist of genius, a patient and precise collector and curator who greatly expanded the possibilities of taxonomy and geology. On the other hand, Darwin, a seemingly diffident man who appeared gentle and even lazy, hid a burning ambition to be a universal genius. He longed to have a theory which explained everything…”

Source: A. N. Wilson’s forthcoming book on Darwin as fraud | Uncommon Descent

A Neurosurgeon Rebuts Evolutionist Jerry Coyne’s Call to Kill Some Newborns | Multimedia Library

August 17, 2017

“On this episode of ID: The Future, host Ray Bohlin talks with neurosurgeon Michael Egnor about Jerry Coyne’s recent argument for killing handicapped newborns. Egnor rebuts Coyne’s reasoning and shows that Coyne’s recommendation has antecedents in some of the eugenics practices of Nazi Germany.”

Source: A Neurosurgeon Rebuts Evolutionist Jerry Coyne’s Call to Kill Some Newborns | Multimedia Library

Gorakhpur Hospital Tragedy: When Doctor Kafeel Ahmad Emptied His Own Pocket to Keep Kids Breathing

August 16, 2017

Sounds like this man did some good works! I wish more could have been done:

“…Later, he managed to gather 12 more cylinders and ferried them to the hospital in his car. When finally a supplier agreed to provide oxygen if paid in cash, he sent a staff member to withdraw Rs 10,000 from his bank account to pay them. Meanwhile, junior doctors and Ahmad’s team continued to help the dying children with Ambu bags…”

Source: Gorakhpur Hospital Tragedy: When Doctor Kafeel Ahmad Emptied His Own Pocket to Keep Kids Breathing

William Lane Craig: We must distinguish between a childlike faith and a childish faith

August 16, 2017

“…Sometimes people try to justify their lack of intellectual engagement by asserting that they prefer having a “simple faith.” But here I think we must distinguish between a childlike faith and a childish faith. A childlike faith is a whole-souled trust in God as one’s loving Heavenly Father, and Jesus commends such a faith to us. But a childish faith is an immature, unreflective faith, and such a faith is not commended to us…”

Source: William Lane Craig: We must distinguish between a childlike faith and a childish faith

Atheism Specifically Targets Christianity Above Any Other Religion. Why? | HubPages

August 16, 2017

“…Another possible motivation for the exclusive attacks on Christianity is political. In his January article for The Weekly Standard, David Gelernter makes the following observation:

“Almost all human beings need religion, as subway-riders need overhead grab bars. The religious impulse strikes conservatives and liberals alike. But conservatives usually practice the religion of their parents and ancestors; liberals have mostly shed their Judaism or Christianity, and politics fills the obvious spiritual gap. You might make football, rock music, or hard science your chosen faith. Some people do. But politics, with its underlying principles and striking public ceremonies, is the obvious religion substitute.

“Hence the gross asymmetry of modern politics. For most conservatives, politics is just politics. For most liberals, politics is their faith, in default of any other; it is the basis of their moral life…”

Source: Atheism Specifically Targets Christianity Above Any Other Religion. Why? | HubPages

Purdue researcher verifies the existence of 53 people mentioned in Hebrew Bible – Purdue University

August 15, 2017

“…He calls such verifications his passion and says it’s important because, “This evidence shows that it is not essential to have religious faith in order to understand and accept much of what the Bible presents. It demonstrates that even on the basis of writings outside of the Bible alone, Scripture does have a considerable degree of historical credibility.”

Source: Purdue researcher verifies the existence of 53 people mentioned in Hebrew Bible – Purdue University

Professor: One day killing newborn babies will be widespread, and ‘it will be for the better’ | News | LifeSite

August 15, 2017

“…The same justification for aborting unborn children with genetic defects should apply to newborns and infanticide, University of Chicago professor Jerry Coyne argued in a recent blog post.“If you are allowed to abort a fetus that has a severe genetic defect, microcephaly, spina bifida, or so on, then why aren’t you able to euthanize that same fetus just after it’s born?” Coyne wrote. “I see no substantive difference that would make the former act moral and the latter immoral.”

Coyne, who teaches in the university’s ecology and evolution department, said killing a newborn child with an adverse prenatal diagnosis is the same morally to killing it in the womb because the child lacks an awareness of death and the ability to make judgments, and these children are not as conscious as those older than them…”

Source: Professor: One day killing newborn babies will be widespread, and ‘it will be for the better’ | News | LifeSite

The Origin of Life, Self-Organization, and Information | Evolution News

August 15, 2017

“…As I mentioned in the previous article, origin-of-life researchers often argue that life developed in an environment that was driven far from equilibrium, often referred to as a non-equilibrium dissipative system. In such systems, energy and/or mass constantly enters and leaves, and this flow spontaneously generates “order” such as the roll patterns in boiling water, the funnel of a tornado, or wave patterns in the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction. The assertion is that some analogous type of self-organizational process could have created the order in the first cell. Such claims sound reasonable at first, but they completely break down when the differences between self-organizational order and cellular order are examined in detail. Instead, the origin of life required complex cellular machinery and preexisting sources of information…”

Source: The Origin of Life, Self-Organization, and Information | Evolution News

Netherlands and Belgium are Euthanizing Mentally Ill Patients and Harvesting Their Organs | LifeNews.com

August 14, 2017

“…In my very first anti-euthanasia column, published by Newsweek in 1993, I worried that once medicalized killing became accepted, it would soon be joined by “organ harvesting as a plum to society.”

“Alarmist!” I was called. “Slippery slope arguer!” It will never happen, I was assured.

Until it did.

Now in both Netherlands and Belgium, mentally ill and disabled patients are voluntarily euthanized and their organs harvested after being killed. Canada is discussing joining the infamous duo…”

Source: Netherlands and Belgium are Euthanizing Mentally Ill Patients and Harvesting Their Organs | LifeNews.com

Thermodynamics of the Origin of Life | Evolution News

August 14, 2017

“…The challenge for the origin of life is then explaining how billions of atoms could spontaneously come together into a state of significantly higher free energy. The chance of such an event happening through thermal fluctuations was calculated by biophysicist Harold Morowitz to be less than 1 part in 10 to the power of a hundred million. This number comes directly from an estimation of the free energy of life, and the free energy is a path-independent function. Therefore, this maximum probability estimate is not meaningfully dependent on the theoretical route that led to life (e.g., protein-first versus RNA world) or on the number of steps involved. The probability is always essentially zero…”

Source: Thermodynamics of the Origin of Life | Evolution News

Cultural Marxism Is NOT A Natural Drift — It Is Deliberate Manipulation

August 14, 2017

“Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity. … In the new order, Socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches and the media by transforming the consciousness of society.”
—Antonio Gramisci, Italian communist (1915)

Welcome to The Transformation…
Deconstruction 101.
Have a seat here in our classroom
Your religion, son, is done.

Welcome to the New World Order
Where disorder’s now “in style”.
Drink the Kool-Aid…It is finished.
What was Sacred’s now defiled.

Yes, The Father has been ousted…
Now Big Brother’s center stage.
The Abyss is yawning wider…
Socialism’s all the rage.

* * *

Stroll with me, Man, in this Garden…
You, of course, won’t surely die!
We’ve got new rules for obeying.
Fall in line…Give it a try!

* * *

“Who can say he [Gramasci] was wrong? What are kids being taught (formally and informally) in schools and universities about sexuality, marriage, the taking of life in the womb? What messages on these and other social issues does the mainstream media send in a thousand subtle—and sometimes not so subtle—ways? In which direction have the mainline churches gone? Is there any doubt that a “transformation of consciousness” has occurred? Whose moral doctrines are preached by liberal religious organizations, those of traditional Christianity and Judaism? Or those of secular liberalism or socialism, now dressed up in the garb of religion?” – Robert P. George

Hat-tip to Tom Graffagnino, who wrote the poem and post above.

There is no “natural” drift towards the secular left. When people speak of “Cultural Marxism” and “The Long March Through The Institutions”, they are talking about DELIBERATE MANIPULATION which has been going on for over a century via Euro-trash imports trying to undermine the USA. If you don’t believe me, do a little research on The Frankfurt School and The Fabian Socialists.

Birthplace of Peter the Apostle found in Israel | Daily Mail Online

August 12, 2017

“Experts say they have found the birthplace of the first followers of Jesus

The lost Roman city of Julias is said to have been built on the ruins of Bethsaida

Archaeologists have been digging at a site near the banks of the Sea of Galilee

They uncovered fragments of pottery, coins and the remains of a public bath

Based on these findings they believe the site is likely to be Bethsaida…”

Source: Birthplace of Peter the Apostle found in Israel | Daily Mail Online

Praying for Jamerian Bennett | NRL News Today

August 12, 2017

Please pray for this poor young man:

“…Jamerian’s lungs have failed following pneumonia and a bad reaction to medication, leaving him on a lung bypass machine so his body can have oxygen. He is currently conscious, but his condition is serious and he may need a lung transplant. Jamerian is conscious but unable to speak.

Jamerian’s mother Brandee is as much as a fighter as he is, and when his situation was unsure, she went to bat for his care. After WXYZ began reporting on his case, a lawyer offered free pro-bono help to the Bennett family.

Currently they are working on getting a transfer in place to an out-of-state facility that specializes in pediatric lung conditions…”

Source: Praying for Jamerian Bennett | NRL News Today

Journalist: Pride parades so nasty they’ll turn ‘all of society against the LGBT community’ | The Pulse | Lifesitenews

August 12, 2017

“…We spent forever, forever laughing at old conservatives who would go on rants about the slippery slope of legislating homosexual marriage, and now we’re here in the current year with state-enforced pronouns and 52-year-old dads abandoning their family and children to become six-year-old girls,” Southern says.“I mean, the slippery slope is appearing to be very freaking real right now despite everyone saying it was an exaggeration,” she adds.

“You have kids cutting their genitals off, you have men identifying as children, you have people pretending to be pets and demanding you identify them that way, you have laws being passed forcing you to use their ze, zer zare unicorn pronouns…”

Source: Journalist: Pride parades so nasty they’ll turn ‘all of society against the LGBT community’ | The Pulse | Lifesitenews

The Intellectual Cowardice behind ‘Agnostic Atheists’ | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

August 11, 2017

“…The theist believes in some type of God, the atheist does not believe in some type of God, and the agnostic makes no claim either way; he neither believes nor denies God’s existence. His answer is a simple “I don’t know.” The so-called agnostic atheists try to claim that while the term atheist describes the beliefs of a person, the term agnostic describes the knowledge claim of the person. They do this by abusing the term agnostic by breaking it down to its Greek gnosis which translates into the English knowledge…”

Source: The Intellectual Cowardice behind ‘Agnostic Atheists’ | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

Pediatrician: ‘Transgender’ ideology has created widespread child abuse | Opinion | LifeSite

August 11, 2017

“…Transgender politics have taken Americans by surprise, and caught some lawmakers off guard.Just a few short years ago, not many could have imagined a high-profile showdown over transgender men and women’s access to single-sex bathrooms in North Carolina.

But transgender ideology is not just infecting our laws. It is intruding into the lives of the most innocent among us — children — and with the apparent growing support of the professional medical community.

As explained in my 2016 peer reviewed article, “Gender Dysphoria in Children and Suppression of Debate,” professionals who dare to question the unscientific party line of supporting gender transition therapy will find themselves maligned and out of a job…”

Source: Pediatrician: ‘Transgender’ ideology has created widespread child abuse | Opinion | LifeSite

Philosopher in NY Times: The Universe Has No Purpose, But We Can Pretend… | Evolution News

August 11, 2017

With gibberish like this being peddled as fact, no wonder there is an opioid epidemic in this country!

“…Carter’s materialist nonsense is regnant in modern science. The fundamental error is the denial of teleology in nature. This denial is not the result of any scientific data or of any informed scientific reasoning, nor of any coherent logic. Teleology was cast out of science by the early modern philosophers, most notably Bacon, who asserted that the proper goal of science was to manipulate and conquer nature, rather than to understand it in a metaphysical sense. To this end, scientists began to treat only truncated efficient causes, and not the traditional material, formal, and final causes of Aristotle, as pertinent to scientific investigation. From this emerged a mechanical philosophy, in which nature was seen as a machine (a clock was a favorite metaphor) and the efficient causes inherent to the machine were deemed the only important objects of study…”

No evidence was ever presented that disproved final cause. Teleology was cast aside by stipulation, not by demonstration.

Source: Philosopher in NY Times: The Universe Has No Purpose, But We Can Pretend… | Evolution News

Archaeological Discovery: Home of 3 of Jesus’ Disciples Possibly Found

August 11, 2017

“…Kinneret College said in a statement that it is widely believed that a church used to be on the former site of the Apostles’ home, thus adding evidence that the recent find is legitimate.”The discovery of dozens of golden glass mosaics in the previous season and the present season attests to the fact that the church was an important and magnificent place,” stated the college, as reported by i24news.com…”

Source: Archaeological Discovery: Home of 3 of Jesus’ Disciples Possibly Found

Intelligent Design and Cancer – A Clear Lens

August 10, 2017

The Second Law of Thermodynamics causes things in this universe to tend towards DISORDER, not ORDER. This begs the question of how so many things became marvelously and wonderfully orderly, in contradiction to the general tendency of the universe. A Mind with agency is the only plausible answer!

There are numerous compelling theories as to why The Designer allows things to go haywire sometimes, but those cases cannot negate the basic case for design.

“…The fact that cancer is so disastrous is far more evidential for design than evolution. Cancer is evolution is real-time. For years we’ve all read summaries and scholarly reports that evolution is all about small changes. If, we are told, that one genome within a strand of DNA mutated and began producing something different, we would see evolutionary change. News flash, cancer is mutated cells producing something different. In this case, the difference is deadly. Cancer isn’t producing a sixth finger or a third eye or an 8 chamber heart, or cold resistant capillaries. Cancer is destroying the things that are working; the design is more clearly viewed through the lens of the broken…”

God, please bless Kelsy and her family!

Source: Intelligent Design and Cancer – A Clear Lens

Anonymous single mom exposes behind-the-scenes details at Planned Parenthood in emotional interview – TheBlaze

August 10, 2017

“…There is a room in the back that is called a POC room — ‘products of conception.’ It’s where things are processed,” the caller said through tears. “They refer to it as either ‘tissue’ or ‘fetus’ but I saw it for the first time. It’s a baby. It’s not tissue. It’s really bad. It is. It’s a baby; there’s legs, there’s arms and there is eyes. It’s a baby.”

She said sometimes during ultrasound procedures, unborn children appear to be “fighting back.”

“It’s murder, it’s just not right,” she said as she cried, adding that abortion is “what the pro-life people say it is, they’re telling you the truth…”

Source: Anonymous single mom exposes behind-the-scenes details at Planned Parenthood in emotional interview – TheBlaze

‘I’m not going to modify basic biology’: Ben Shapiro destroys transgender, pro-abortion arguments | The Pulse | LifeSite

August 10, 2017

“…Ben Shapiro expertly rebutted anti-science arguments on gender and abortion at one of his latest speaking gigs.In a video posted on the commentator’s Facebook page, Shapiro answers questions about whether society should pretend that “men are women and women are men.” He also calls out an abortion supporter for using rape and incest as an excuse to justify all abortions.

“The idea that sex or gender are malleable is not true,” he said. “And I’m not denying your humanity if you’re a transgender person; I am saying that you are not the sex to which you claim to be. You’re still a human being, and you’re a human being with an issue that I wish you Godspeed in dealing with in whatever way you see fit.”

“But if you are going to dictate to me that I’m supposed to pretend – I’m supposed to pretend – that men are women and women are men, no. My answer is no,” Shapiro continued. “I’m not going to modify basic biology because it threatens your subjective sense of what you are … if I call you a moose, are you suddenly a moose?…”

Source: ‘I’m not going to modify basic biology’: Ben Shapiro destroys transgender, pro-abortion arguments | The Pulse | LifeSite

Think Divinely – What Every Christian Should Know about a “Forensic Faith”

August 10, 2017

“…Jim came to the faith through the evidences of Christianity. As a retired cold-case detective, that professional career trained him well to look for the truth in cases that had little to no hard evidence. He mostly solved crimes from personal eye-witness accounts of events that took place decades ago. He eventually took these same detective techniques and applied them to the New Testament Gospel stories, figuring he’d disprove them. However, his investigative background led him to believe the eye-witness accounts in the Gospels. Jim became a Christian based on the evidences of the eye-witness testimonies as described in the New Testament, as well as other credible, historical sources. He now calls himself an “Evidentialist…”

Source: Think Divinely – What Every Christian Should Know about a “Forensic Faith”

Why Evangelism Requires Both Logic and Loveliness | CT Women | Christianity Today

August 10, 2017

A very thoughtful piece by Dr. Holly Ordway:

“…Years later, as an atheist and graduate student, I wrote my doctoral dissertation on fantasy novels and had J. R. R. Tolkien’s great essay “On Fairy-stories”—with its powerful statement of the evangelium, the Good News—at the heart of it. When I became a college professor, I was deeply moved and intrigued by the writings of Christian poets. In time I realized that the faith of these writers was more complex and more interesting than I had thought, and I decided to learn more…”

Source: Why Evangelism Requires Both Logic and Loveliness | CT Women | Christianity Today

Should Old Testament Difficulties Be an Obstacle to Christian Belief? – Reasonable Faith

August 9, 2017

“…The most important move you make dialectically is exploiting the Christological implications of rejecting the historicity of the problematic Old Testament narratives. Your claim is that since Jesus evidently believed in the historicity of these stories, then if we allow that these narratives are not historical, we allow that Christ has erred. But what are the Christological implications of that?Now that’s a really good question which theologians need to explore! Did Jesus hold false beliefs in his human consciousness? Did he think the sun goes around the Earth? Did he think the Earth was at the center of the universe? Did he think there were any stars beyond those we can see at night? I’m not going to try to answer those questions, but I think they’re worth asking. Did God stoop so low in condescending to become a man that he took on such cognitive limitations that Jesus shared false beliefs typically held by other ordinary first century Jews? Since I have good reason to believe in his deity, as explained above, I would sooner admit that Jesus could hold false beliefs (that ultimately don’t matter) rather than deny his divinity. Rather than impose on him our a priori conceptions of what divinity implies, we need to be open to learning from the Gospels what the incarnation entailed…”

Source: Should Old Testament Difficulties Be an Obstacle to Christian Belief?

The evidence: Trump fails on gay/trans/religious liberty issues | Blogs | LifeSite

August 9, 2017

“August 4, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The first three posts in this series revealed why social conservatives have had good reasons to be astonished and grateful for many bold pro-life actions by President Trump. However, he has disappointed and not yet adequately honored his promises on religious liberty especially regarding “LGBT … ” issues…”

Source: The evidence: Trump fails on gay/trans/religious liberty issues | Blogs | LifeSite

Mother shares photos of baby miscarried at 14 weeks: ‘He is very obviously human’

August 9, 2017

“…Felicia chose to share photos of her son Japeth (in a post that was removed by Facebook without explanation), because she wanted “to show life at this stage of development and to hopefully save the life of another.” In a second Facebook post, she writes:

Our beautiful Japeth Peace, miscarried July 24th at 14 weeks 6 days. He is perfectly and wonderfully formed, right down to his amazing tiny toes and fingers. Even his fingernails are formed and visible. Tiny veins that carried his own blood to his precious body can be seen through his delicate skin, even his wonderfully formed muscles are visible. At less than half gestation he is very obviously human, not a cluster of cells, not a lump of tissue, not a blob of unformed flesh. He is a beautiful child, formed by God, and now gone to be with Him.

I am posting this in hopes of offering information to those who may not know how completely a child of only 14 weeks gestation is formed. And therefore not something to be taken lightly…”

Source: Mother shares photos of baby miscarried at 14 weeks: ‘He is very obviously human’

Tiny molecular machines that keep chromosome numbers correct have been identified | Uncommon Descent

August 9, 2017

The idea that this arose by random chance is idiotic:

“…From ScienceDaily:“During cell division, a mother cell divides into two daughter cells, and during this process the DNA in the mother cell, wrapped up in the form of chromosomes, is divided into two equal sets. To achieve this, rope-like structures called microtubules capture the chromosomes at a special site called the kinetochore, and pull the DNA apart,” said Dr Viji Draviam, senior lecturer in structural cell and molecular biology from QMUL’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences…”

Source: Tiny molecular machines that keep chromosome numbers correct have been identified | Uncommon Descent

NT Wright attacks ‘fashionable fantasy’ of allowing children to choose their own gender

August 9, 2017

“…Wright clearly had in mind some of these recent stories when he wrote the following letter:“Sir, The articles by Clare Foges (“Gender-fluid world is muddling young minds”, July 27) and Hugo Rifkind (“Social media is making gender meaningless”, Aug 1), and the letters about children wanting to be pandas (July 29), dogs or mermaids (Aug 1), show that the confusion about gender identity is a modern and now internet-fuelled, form of the ancient philosophy of Gnosticism. 

“The Gnostic, one who “knows”, has discovered the secret of “who I really am”, behind the deceptive outward appearance (in Rifkind’s apt phrase, the “ungainly, boring, fleshly one”). 

“This involves denying the goodness, or even the ultimate reality, of the natural world. Nature, however, tends to strike back, with the likely victims in this case being vulnerable and impressionable youngsters who, as confused adults, will pay the price for their elders’ fasionable fantasies.”

The Rt Rev Prof Tom Wright

St Mary’s  College, St Andrews…”

Source: NT Wright attacks ‘fashionable fantasy’ of allowing children to choose their own gender

Abby Johnson Recalls: Planned Parenthood Alarm Was 2229 (BABY) | LifeNews.com

August 9, 2017

These jokes clearly indicate “mens rea” — a guilty mind. This depravity is similar to Satanism.
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“…They were joking about how the fetal tissue floating in this dish looked like bar-b-que. Did I hear that right? Did they really just say that? Then one of them said, “I actually think this part looks like strawberry jam.” I turned around and walked out without saying a word. I felt sick to my stomach. How did that conversation begin? How could they say that? Was it enough to make me leave? No. I was one of them now. I am drenched in the evil of this place…”

Source: Abby Johnson Recalls: Planned Parenthood Alarm Was 2229 (BABY) | LifeNews.com

Atheist Physicist Sean Carroll: An Infinite Number of Universes Is More Plausible Than God | Evolution News

August 9, 2017

“…The distance to which atheists will go to deny the existence of God is astonishing. Infinite universes, warm little ponds with life magically popping out, surviving survivors randomly evolving the genetic code (without a genetic code to do the evolving), spontaneously evolving molecular nanotechnology from no purpose at all, and meat thinking for itself, all seem, to an atheist, tremendously more plausible than the existence of a Mind as the ground of reality…”

Source: Atheist Physicist Sean Carroll: An Infinite Number of Universes Is More Plausible Than God | Evolution News

How one conservative stood up to transgender bullies… and won | Blogs | Lifesitenews

August 9, 2017

“…He stood up to the enforcers of political correctness, and he won. He has not only withstood the attempts of cultural Marxists to destroy his career and reputation, but has uncovered a massive audience of young people who are fed up with political correctness, too — and were simply waiting for someone to articulate why with the intelligence and insight Peterson provides…”

Source: How one conservative stood up to transgender bullies… and won | Blogs | Lifesitenews

New Jersey forces girls to share bathrooms with ‘transgender’ boys | News | LifeSite

August 8, 2017

“…A new state of New Jersey law requires teachers, school administrators, and students to refer to boys as “girls” and girls as “boys” if that’s a person’s preferred “gender identity.” The law, signed by Republican Gov. Chris Christie, also requires public schools to change students’ names if asked and to open girls’ toilets, locker rooms, and showers to boys who “identify” as female, or else construct “alternative arrangements…”

Source: New Jersey forces girls to share bathrooms with ‘transgender’ boys | News | LifeSite

From KGB spy to church planter

August 8, 2017

“…I realised I could no longer keep both my faith and job. I had to quit one or the other. I couldn’t quit my faith – I’d found Jesus! And I couldn’t quit the KGB because you don’t quit the KGB just like that. Initially the only basis on which you could quit were either you go crazy or you were dead. I didn’t like either option so I waited until an opportunity came…”

Source: From KGB spy to church planter

What Should a Christian Think About Near-Death Experiences? – Cyber Penance

August 8, 2017

“…The most interesting near-death accounts are the dozens claiming that the dying person, during his turmoil, actually observed events that were later reported and verified. These events may have taken place some distance away and could not have been observed from the individual’s location even if he had been completely well. Sometimes the near-death individual had extended periods without a heartbeat during these observations. On a few occasions, no brain activity was reported. A number of blind persons have also produced accurate descriptions of their surroundings…”

Source: What Should a Christian Think About Near-Death Experiences? – Cyber Penance

3 Ways the World Will Try to Indoctrinate Your Kids, and 3 Bible Verses You Can Pray Over Them – Alisa Childers

August 7, 2017

“Politics is downstream from culture.” Andrew Breitbart.

Some of the greatest evil done in the world is in the contexts presented as “normal” in The Media. Anti-Christian forces have been deliberately doing this for decades (it’s well-documented), and resistance is imperative.

“…Now our kids have virtually every worldview, philosophy, and theory at their fingertips. Philosopher Peter Berger said, “The internet is a celebration of pluralism.” He’s right, and young people have never been under more pressure to accept contradictory worldviews as being equally true. Here are 3 specific ways the world is trying to indoctrinate, deceive, and influence your child, and 3 corresponding Bible verses to pray over your kids:…”

Source: 3 Ways the World Will Try to Indoctrinate Your Kids, and 3 Bible Verses You Can Pray Over Them – Alisa Childers

Solar eclipses inspire awe, declare the Divine Designer’s glory

August 7, 2017

“…It turns out the conditions for this dazzling display are incredibly rare. The moon has to be just the right size, orbiting a planet just the right distance from its host star. And it so happens that although the sun is 400 times bigger than the moon, it’s also (coincidence?) 400 times further from us, meaning that the two objects appear roughly the same size in the sky. This allows the moon to block the sun in precisely the right way for scientists to study the solar atmosphere.And of course, all of these conditions must be met on a planet that also supports intelligent life capable of appreciating the eclipse. The Earth, conclude Gonzalez and Richards, is uniquely suited as an observatory for such astronomical wonders — almost as if it were designed for that purpose…”

Source: Solar eclipses inspire awe, declare the Divine Designer’s glory

Vilenkin on the Universe’s Coming into Being without a Cause | Reasonable Faith

August 7, 2017

“…The absence of anything to prevent the universe’s coming into being from nothing does not imply the metaphysical possibility of the universe’s coming into being without a cause. To illustrate, if there were nothing, then there would be nothing to prevent God’s coming into being without a cause, but that does not entail that such a thing is metaphysically possible. It is metaphysically impossible for God to come into being without a cause, even if there were nothing to prevent it because nothing existed…”

Source: Vilenkin on the Universe’s Coming into Being without a Cause | Reasonable Faith

A Scientist Discovers God – FaithGateway

August 6, 2017

“…Then the unexpected happened. Sandage set the room abuzz by turning and taking a chair among the theists. Even more dazzling, in the context of a talk about the big bang and its philosophical implications, he disclosed publicly that he had become a Christian at age fifty. The big bang, he told the rapt audience, was a supernatural event that cannot be explained within the realm of physics as we know it…”

Source: A Scientist Discovers God – FaithGateway

Bible Studies at the White House: Who’s Inside This Spiritual Awakening? | CBN News

August 6, 2017

I hope this is real:

“…WASHINGTON – A spiritual awakening is underway at the White House.Some of the most powerful people in America have been gathering weekly to learn more about God’s Word, and this Trump Cabinet Bible study is making history.

They’ve been called the most evangelical Cabinet in history – men and women who don’t mince words when it comes to where they stand on God and the Bible…”

Source: Bible Studies at the White House: Who’s Inside This Spiritual Awakening? | CBN News

Reject ‘Passive’ Christianity, Former MMA, WWE Star Ken Shamrock Tells California Megachurch

August 6, 2017

“…Speaking at Valley Bible Fellowship of Bakersfield on Sunday, Shamrock warned against being indifferent in witnessing, advising: “Don’t sit on your Bible…Don’t hug it to your chest and keep it to yourself. God created you a certain way. Just because you’ve become a Christian doesn’t mean you become passive,” said Shamrock.”It doesn’t mean you become all-loving and all-caring and there’s no discipline. You got to stand up and become the aggressive person God made you to be or the loving and intelligent person He made you to be…”

Source: Reject ‘Passive’ Christianity, Former MMA, WWE Star Ken Shamrock Tells California Megachurch

Why Modern Man is More Gullible than Christian Believers | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

August 4, 2017

“…Personally, I find it on any showing quite ludicrous to suppose that, for nineteen of Christendom’s twenty centuries, Christians were credulous idiots ready to believe any tomfoolery the Bible fostered, and that then, with the coming of Darwinism and all that followed therefrom, the scales fell from their eyes, and they realised that the Biblical truths they had been induced to accept were largely fraudulent and absurd. For one thing, it would seem to me that our twentieth century, far from being notable for scientific scepticism, is one of the most credulous eras in all history. It is not that people believe in nothing — which would be bad enough — but that they believe in anything — which is really terrible…”  — Muggeridge.

Source: Why Modern Man is More Gullible than Christian Believers | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

Did the Apostles Lie So They Could Die as Martyrs? | Cold Case Christianity

August 4, 2017

“…As I examine the motives and consequences related to the testimony of the Apostles, I still find their martyrdom to be one of the most powerful evidences related to the veracity of their testimony. Think about it for a minute: twelve designated eyewitnesses traveled the known world to testify to the Resurrection. Not a single one of them recanted their testimony. Not a single one of them lived longer because of their testimony. Not a single one benefited financially or relationally. These folks were either crazy or committed, certifiably nuts or certain about their observations…”

Source: Did the Apostles Lie So They Could Die as Martyrs? | Cold Case Christianity

Taking Back Christianese #1: “The Christian Life is All about Being Transparent and Vulnerable” – Canon Fodder

August 4, 2017

“…First, being “vulnerable” can be used as a replacement for repentance.  If honesty and openness become the ultimate goal then people will get the impression that sharing about their sins is all that is needed.  They need only “get it off their chest” and all is well.This may create a culture of “sharing” but it doesn’t create a culture of repentance.  To put it another way, such repentance-free vulnerability may create intimate community with fellow believers but not necessarily more intimacy with God.  It runs the danger of prioritizing the horizontal over the vertical.

Second, the push towards vulnerability (if not correctly balanced out) can communicate that there is no real power to fight sin in the Christian life.  Putting so much emphasis on being open about failure, can lead to minimizing the power of the Spirit at work inside each believer.

The goal ceases to be renewed obedience, but instead simply becomes admitting defeat…”

Source: Taking Back Christianese #1: “The Christian Life is All about Being Transparent and Vulnerable” – Canon Fodder

U.S. judge to inmates: Get sterilized and we’ll reduce your prison time | News | LifeSite

August 4, 2017

Great idea that I’ve been promoting for about 20 years. Offer junkies $ too — the only people who would trade their fertility for that shouldn’t be producing offspring.

“…A judge in White County, Tennessee has signed a standing order that offers to shorten prison sentences by 30 days for inmates that agree to accept long-term or permanent birth control.

In order to qualify, male inmates must agree to be sterilized via vasectomy, and female inmates must agree to accept Nexplanon, a three-year contraceptive implant. The birth control methods are being offered to inmates free of charge. According to the Daily Beast, 32 women have so far had the implant installed and 38 men are awaiting vasectomy procedures…”

Source: U.S. judge to inmates: Get sterilized and we’ll reduce your prison time | News | LifeSite

Of Course You Aren’t Living in a Computer Simulation. Here’s Why. | Evolution News

August 4, 2017

“…Now, the next question. What is the mind? What is the human ability by which we ask the question “Am I living in a computer simulation?” What is it about a thought that distinguishes a thought from other things, like physical objects? Nineteenth-century German philosopher Franz Brentano gave an answer that seems decisive: Thoughts are always about something, whereas physical objects are never (intrinsically) about anything. He called this aboutness of thoughts “intentionality,” using a word derived from the scholastic philosophers’ theory of mind that dates back to Aristotle.Thoughts are intentional, in the sense that they always point to something — to a concept, to an object, to a person, etc. Our thoughts always have an object (conceptual or physical) to which they are intrinsically directed. Our thoughts always mean something.

So are we living in a computer simulation? As I noted above, meaning is precisely what computation lacks. The most fundamental human power — the power of thought to have meaning — is just what a computer simulation cannot do.

Computation is syntax, whereas thought is semantics. If we were living in a computer simulation, and our mind were computation, the one thing we couldn’t do is think…”

Source: Of Course You Aren’t Living in a Computer Simulation. Here’s Why. | Evolution News

Darwin’s God: Human Evolution: Missing Link Still Missing

August 4, 2017

“…As Colin Barras reveals in his recent article at the BBC, There are conflicting evidences, a lack of details, opposing hypotheses held with great confidence, and a wide range of explanatory mechanisms that are routinely used as needed. That much is obvious. What is a bit more subtle, and arguably even more important, is the absence of a serious evaluation of the theories at hand…”

Source: Darwin’s God: Human Evolution: Missing Link Still Missing

Journalist Sam Tanenhaus Assails Conservatives on Science | Evolution News

August 3, 2017

“I’m a big fan of the journalist and historian Sam Tanenhaus, former editor of the New York Times Book Review. He wrote an amazing biography of Whittaker Chambers and is completing the definitive work on the life of William F. Buckley Jr. The latter I absolutely can’t wait to read. But Tanenhaus stumbles in an op-ed for Bloomberg…”

Source: Journalist Sam Tanenhaus Assails Conservatives on Science | Evolution News

Report: Atheism in Russia Falls by 50 Percent in Three Years

August 3, 2017

“The number of Russians who identify as atheists has fallen by 50 percent in just three years, according to a recent poll by the Levada research center.The poll, which was conducted in late June, revealed that the number of Russian atheists, or those who consider themselves “absolutely irreligious,” fell sharply from 26 percent in 2014 to just 13 percent in 2017…”

Source: Report: Atheism in Russia Falls by 50 Percent in Three Years

Actor Dennis Quaid promises new faith-based movie about MercyMe singer Bart Millard will be ‘uplifting’ | Christian News on Christian Today

August 2, 2017

“…Actor Dennis Quaid will be starring in the upcoming film “I Can Only Imagine,” which is based on the popular Christian song of the same name. Quaid says the movie highlights the power of a changed heart. In a new promotional video promoting the film’s release for Easter 2018, filmmakers The Erwin brothers, MercyMe’s frontman Bart Millard and some of the cast of “I Can Only Imagine” share what they believe is the heart behind the film set…”

Source: Actor Dennis Quaid promises new faith-based movie about MercyMe singer Bart Millard will be ‘uplifting’ | Christian News on Christian Today

Subcellular Map of the Human Proteome Reveals “Highly Complex Architecture” | Evolution News

August 2, 2017

New research is using antibodies to map out the spatio-temporal locations of 12,003 different proteins in human cells. The results are another example of how, as Bruce Alberts put it in 1998, “We have always underestimated cells.”Alberts explained how cells were once naïvely viewed as something of a haphazard affair, where molecules “were thought to diffuse freely, randomly colliding.” The new research reveals the “the highly complex architecture of the human cell” and adds more detail to the fact that the workings of the cell are far from random:..”

Source: Subcellular Map of the Human Proteome Reveals “Highly Complex Architecture” | Evolution News

Why Are Millennials Leaving Church? Millennials Explain

August 2, 2017

“…Bock invited them to try to better understand what millennials are thinking and why so many are leaving church.

For one, millennials want to be mentored, not preached at.”Preaching just doesn’t reach our generation like our parents and grandparents. See: millennial church attendance. We have millions of podcasts and Youtube videos of pastors the world over at our finger tips,” Eaton wrote on his 2016 blog.

“Millennials crave relationship, to have someone walking beside them through the muck. We are the generation with the highest ever percentage of fatherless homes. We’re looking for mentors who are authentically invested in our lives and our future. If we don’t have real people who actually care about us, why not just listen to a sermon from the couch?…”

Source: Why Are Millennials Leaving Church? Millennials Explain