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Rev. Peterson: Black Lives Matter Is ‘Evil, They’re Wicked … Worse Than The KKK’

September 24, 2016

“…Peterson said, “I have a new book out called The Antidote: Healing America From the Poison of Hate, Blame, and Victimhood, and I write about people like Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Barack Obama, Louis Farrakhan, and all of them. And one thing they have in common is that they all grew up without a father in the home. Barack, you hear all this stuff, and then not being raised by his father, he has that emptiness as well. He doesn’t have love, he doesn’t feel love. He has anger due to the lack of love from his father. That’s why he can identify with a group like Black Lives Matter….”

Source: Rev. Peterson: Black Lives Matter Is ‘Evil, They’re Wicked … Worse Than The KKK’

Women’s shelters must admit ‘transgender’ men: Obama admin rule | News | LifeSite

September 24, 2016

“Christopher Hambrook said he identified as female before abusing multiple women in a Toronto shelter for women. Hambrook, whom court documents described as “hypersexual,” had already molested a five-year-old girl and raped a 27-year-old woman with cognitive delays. Inside the shelter, he watched women shower.”

Source: Women’s shelters must admit ‘transgender’ men: Obama admin rule | News | LifeSite

The Dire Threat of “Neoskepticism” – Evolution News & Views

September 24, 2016

“…People are dubious about global warming, and more precisely, the proposed “treatments” for it, because the computer models have mostly proved to be erroneous, hysterics have branded each and every bad patch of weather “what one would expect from a warming planet,” because of the ubiquitous attempts (as by Golden) to stifle debate, and because the proposed policy prescriptions promote liberalism, a world technocracy, and reduced prosperity…”

Source: The Dire Threat of “Neoskepticism” – Evolution News & Views

The world has gone mad. We must remain cheerful. | Opinion | LifeSite

September 24, 2016

“…True, more of life every day is determined by the rulings of the “spittle-flecked nutties” — increasingly in positions of power. A friend sent me this morning, for instance, an official poster from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, instructing all faculty and students, whether familiar with each other or not, to begin every conversation with her/his/their/zir/hir name, and preferred pronouns. (See here.) The humour, while real, is entirely unintentional; the instruction is deadly serious…”

Source: The world has gone mad. We must remain cheerful. | Opinion | LifeSite

From The Stranger, Seattle’s Alternative Paper, an Odd but Welcome Embrace of Evolution’s “Third Way” – Evolution News & Views

September 24, 2016

…which is NOT Darwinism, but is rather purposeful:

“…ID doesn’t assume the supernatural or, as Mudede says, the “transcendental.” It merely weighs evidence of purpose in nature, which could be wholly in nature and not outside. But leave that aside. Shapiro is a daring and original thinker — and no Darwinist. How fascinating that a writer for The Stranger takes it in stride that life down to the level of DNA is “goal-oriented” and that such a teleological view, clearly contradictory of Darwinism, is “obvious and tested,” and “could not be otherwise…”

Source: From The Stranger, Seattle’s Alternative Paper, an Odd but Welcome Embrace of Evolution’s “Third Way” – Evolution News & Views

Surprise Grows Over Importance of Previously Dismissed Portions of the Genome – Evolution News & Views

September 23, 2016

“…News from Duke University announces, “Variation in ‘Junk’ DNA Leads to Trouble.” Trouble, indeed: “unstable genomes, cancer, and other defects.” That’s what they found can happen when apparently worthless repetitive sequences around centromeres are varied…”

Source: Surprise Grows Over Importance of Previously Dismissed Portions of the Genome – Evolution News & Views

What Is Genetic Entropy And Does It Disprove Darwinism? [Video Quick Answers] – iApologia

September 23, 2016

“It has been said that for every beneficial mutation, there is approximately a million harmful mutations. We are degeneration through mutations.

Each generation is losing functional information, approximately 100 more mutations than their parents. The average 16 year old has approximately 6,000 mutations per cell. The average 60 year old will have 40,000 mutations per skin cell…”

Source: What Is Genetic Entropy And Does It Disprove Darwinism? [Video Quick Answers] – iApologia

Atheism Is a Catastrophe for Science – Evolution News & Views

September 23, 2016

“…Vanishingly few great scientists have attributed the world to “undirected processes.” Atheism, in fact, has a dismal record in science. For much of the 20th century, a third of humanity lived under the boot of atheist ideology. What was the great science produced by atheist scientists in the Soviet Union? What are the scientific contributions of Communist China and Cuba and Vietnam and Albania? Compare the scientific output of East Germany (atheist) to that of West Germany (Lutheran and Catholic). Compare the scientific output of North Korea (atheist) to that of South Korea (Christian and Buddhist)….”

Source: Atheism Is a Catastrophe for Science – Evolution News & Views

Students, Scientism, and Straw Men – Evolution News & Views

September 22, 2016

“In ‘The Edge of Evolution’, biochemist Michael Behe examines mutations necessary to develop chloroquine resistance by malaria parasites, and concludes that two simultaneous mutations is the most evolution can accomplish. Furthermore, based on population sizes and frequency of mutations arising, he says, “No mutation that is of the same complexity as chloroquine resistance in malaria arose by Darwinian evolution in the line leading to humans in the past ten million years.”

Source: Students, Scientism, and Straw Men – Evolution News & Views

Knowledge Puffs Up? — Deflating a Popular Proverb | Bible.org

September 22, 2016

“…Proverbs 1:7 reads, “The fear of the lord is the beginning of knowledge (tu^D*).” Knowledge, according to this proverb, is a desirous commodity to be sought in conjunction with the fear of God. It is the fool, according to Proverbs 1:22, who hates knowledge (tu^d*); the wise store it up (10:14). Solomon, whom God endowed with great wisdom and understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore, was skilled not only in government and rhetoric, but also in botany and zoology (1 Kings 4:29-33)…”

Source: Knowledge Puffs Up? — Deflating a Popular Proverb | Bible.org

Jerry Coyne doesn’t like Tom Wolfe making fun of the Darwin legend | Uncommon Descent

September 22, 2016

“…Using the surgical kit of New Journalism, Wolfe flays Darwin and Chomsky as imperious, self-aggrandizing snobs, each humiliated by a lower-class “clueless outsider who crashes the party of the big thinkers.” In Darwin’s case it was the naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, who not only hit on the idea of natural selection at roughly the same time as Darwin, but then argued that it couldn’t explain important aspects of humanity….”

Source: Jerry Coyne doesn’t like Tom Wolfe making fun of the Darwin legend | Uncommon Descent

William Dembski on the “Science vs. Science” Debate, the “Two Strands” in ID Research, and More – Evolution News & Views

September 22, 2016

“As a New Yorker cartoon put it over half a century ago — attorney speaking to client: “You have a pretty good case, Mr. Pitkin. How much justice can you afford?” I’d say we have a very good case, but propaganda and ideology can be formidable foes.”

Source: William Dembski on the “Science vs. Science” Debate, the “Two Strands” in ID Research, and More – Evolution News & Views

Taking the Bible Literally is One Way of Abusing the Bible | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

September 22, 2016

“Symbols are part of the Bible’s makeup. The “talking snake” that atheists like to deride in Genesis chapter three is explained to be a symbolic reference to Satan in Revelation 12:9. In fact, even the most conservative of Biblical scholars readily acknowledge that Revelation is awash in symbols pulled from other Old Testament books. Similarly, Jesus primarily used parables to teach people about the Kingdom of God and how they should act.”

Source: Taking the Bible Literally is One Way of Abusing the Bible | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

University of Chicago President Decries “Efforts to Suppress Discussion of Charles Darwin’s Work” – Evolution News & Views

September 21, 2016

“…Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called “trigger warnings,” we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual “safe spaces” where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own…”

Source: University of Chicago President Decries “Efforts to Suppress Discussion of Charles Darwin’s Work” – Evolution News & Views

Tom Wolfe: Human Exceptionalist – Evolution News & Views

September 21, 2016

“Speech is not one of man’s several unique attributes — speech is the attribute of all attributes! Speech is 95 percent plus of what lifts man above animal! Physically, man is a sad case. His teeth, including his incisors, which he calls eyeteeth, are baby-size and can barely penetrate the skin of a too-green apple. His claws can’t do anything but scratch him where he itches. His stringy-ligament body makes him a weakling compared to all the animals his size. Animals his size? In hand-to-paw, hand-to-claw, or hand-to-incisor combat, any animal his size would have him for lunch. Yet man owns or controls them all, every animal that exists, thanks to his superpower: speech.What is the story? What is it that has left endless generations of academics, certified geniuses, utterly baffled when it comes to speech? For half that time, as we will see, they formally and officially pronounced the question unsolvable and stopped trying. What is it they still don’t get after a veritable eternity?”

— Tom Wolfe

Source: Tom Wolfe: Human Exceptionalist – Evolution News & Views

Pro-Choice: The Wrong Side of History, Science, & Logic – Free Thinking Ministries

September 20, 2016

“There is conclusive scientific evidence that all pre-born children share four common characteristics:

Complete. From the moment of fertilization the pre-born child is complete. All the information that needs to be there is there. It simply needs time to grow.

Unique. The scientific evidence of DNA proves that the pre-born child is unique and genetically distinct from his or her mother. The pre-born child is not a part of the mother (like an appendix), but a unique entity inside his or her mother.

Living. The laws of biology tell us that the pre-born child is alive because it is growing, developing, and undergoing metabolism and responding to stimuli.

Human. The scientific law of biogenesis states that living things reproduce after their own kind. So, dogs beget dogs, cats beget cats, goldfish beget goldfish and humans beget humans. Not parasites or blobs of cells, but humans—complete and unique living human beings.

Challies reiterates for the sake of clarification: “Science tells us unequivocally that the pre-born child is a complete and a unique living human being.”

Source: Pro-Choice: The Wrong Side of History, Science, & Logic – Free Thinking Ministries

How the Church’s Anti-Intellectualism Will Be Her Jailor — Michael C Sherrard

September 19, 2016

“Solomon [quoting his father, David] pleaded with his son to not scorn wisdom. Wisdom ought to be sought, and when it is sought it is found, and when it is found it pours out its treasure to its seeker. But when wisdom is ignored, it laughs at our calamity and mocks us when terror strikes. I fear we are nearing the sound of wisdom’s mocking laughter. We have not sought wisdom as we should.”

Source: How the Church’s Anti-Intellectualism Will Be Her Jailor — Michael C Sherrard

Middle Knowledge and salvation: What happens to those who never heard of Jesus?

September 18, 2016

Probably the single most-frequently invoked objection to Christianity is the notion that any individual who never heard of Jesus Christ goes to hell as a result. This doesn’t seem fair! Nobody wants to think that their ancestors (or others who never heard The Gospel) are burning in hell, and unfortunately many have never opened their minds to even the mere possibility of Christianity being true as a result of their exposure to this notion.

This idea has been propagated both by well-meaning (but still learning) Bible scholars, and by atheist cheerleaders like Richard Dawkins and Samuel Harris, who cherry-pick scripture to support their anti-Christian worldview with no regard to context. In the following paragraphs, I will show that there is good evidence from the Bible that this notion is incorrect. While individuals can be certain of their own salvation due to their own trust in Jesus, it seems that the biggest key factor in salvation for those who never had a chance due to their circumstances is something we can only estimate (at best): the inclination of the individual soul.

By “inclination” I simply mean the spiritual direction towards which an individual is inclined, and towards which they would be inclined if they had had the opportunity. The theological term for knowledge of all that would happen given various future circumstances is “Middle Knowledge”.

Some theologians believe that there is an “age of accountability” (usually one of the teen years) before which all who perish will go to heaven. But there is no scripture explicitly stating that, and that notion has a major flaw. The problem I see with that view is that a soul who would commit tremendous evil if given the chance (say, a Hitler, Mao or Stalin) would then enter heaven simply due to their early physical demise. Why would a God with foreknowledge allow this? Contrarily, if God used middle knowledge to judge souls based on their inclination, that would be more just.

Because similarly, some individuals who grow into adulthood perish without being exposed to the gospel (yet may have gladly believed if they had been) and since God is fair, it seems to follow that they also would be included by God. Think about it for a minute; this comports perfectly with the scripture “…From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.” (Luke 12: 48). Obviously, the inverse: “to whom less is given, less is required” would be true as well.

Again, it’s important to make clear that I don’t mean to suggest God’s omniscience is limited in such a way that he would need to make a “projection” based on only what actually occurred (or would occur) in this life. Since God knows everything, He knows what choices each individual would make in any concievable situation, in any possible world, which certainly includes what they would do over the course of a long life on earth if they perished as an infant. He’d know if and how you’d react to knowledge of The Gospel, if given a fair chance, in every conceivable world, and as a consequence, knows if you ought to get to Heaven. The common attribute, then, that would describe all of the saved, would be: “those who would accept Christ if they were given a fair chance”. Bear with and see if this doesn’t seem correct by the time you finish reading this article.

In the first chapter of the book of Romans, the apostle Paul wrote:

20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

So here we have at least a hypothetical example of how someone could be saved without being explicitly exposed to The Gospel; namely, having an inclination to honor God (who could be understood through what has been made) and give thanks. Compared to what we’ve been given (with our knowledge of Christ in Western Civilization), they were given little, and less was required of them compared to what is required of us. There are several other scriptures like this which speak of various people as if they are “saved”, when it seems that they have not explicitly received Christ as their savior. What they all seem to have in common is the representation of an underlying “inclination” to gravitate in the direction of God, frequently manifested in the individuals’ following of their consciences.

Now, one question that might come to mind is: “wait a minute — are you saying we’re saved by works?” Answer: “No!” I think every single soul that is saved is saved by the blood of Christ being applied through grace. That application is not bound by time any more than God is. Yet it seems that every soul that has been, or will be saved has in common that attribute I choose to call “inclination”, and the blood of Christ can certainly be retro-actively applied to them as it was to the Old Testament saints. Another example of this is stated several times by the apostle Paul in the New Testament: “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness” (Romans 4: 3, Galatians 3: 6). The content of Abraham’s faith in this case didn’t include specific knowledge of Jesus, but Abraham was inclined in the right direction and God blessed him for it.

Let’s analyze the relationship between guilt and inclination using a random illustration. Suppose you have an inclination to call an old friend on the phone, but if you don’t have their phone number, you can’t (because it is contingent upon the opportunity afforded by knowing their number). You may feel a sense of obligation — like you really ought to call them because you’ve lost touch for a number of years — but you simply can’t find the number. In this case you couldn’t rightly be blamed for not calling your friend, because you had the right inclination, but not the opportunity.

This type of knowledge that theologians call “Middle Knowledge” has been described in different language over the centuries, but was perhaps most throughly developed by a Jesuit scholar named Luis De Molina in the 15th century, and thus is usually is considered a feature of the the system known as “Molinism” which avoids the problems attendant to Calvinism and Arminianism. I can think of no good reason that God wouldn’t apply this middle knowledge to the fate of individual souls, particularly in the cases of those who were died in infancy/childhood, or who were simply born in a time/place/circumstances where they didn’t hear a substantially true version of The Gospel (if somebody heard a counterfeit gospel, I don’t think that really counts).

Let’s try another example: if Pontius Pilate had never been born, God still would have “Middle Knowledge” of the theoretical-but-not-yet-existent-Pilate’s inclination. He knows that if Pontius Pilate WERE to be born, that in similar circumstances Pilate would freely give the order for Jesus to be crucified. If Pilate had been born into different circumstances without opportunity, however, it’s entirely possible that no hint of his cruelty would ever become obvious. Yet the lack of opportunity should not be exculpatory, as the inclination of his heart would still be crystal-clear to God through His middle knowledge.

Similarly, if a baby is aborted or miscarried, God knows what that person would have freely done if they had been born normally and grown up, including whether or not that particular person would receive Christ as their savior given a fair chance.

Somebody might argue, “but what if my inclinations were different in different circumstances?”, yet I don’t think this objection flies. Of course our temporary inclinations ebb and flow like the tide, but we’re not talking about those, but rather about our macro-inclination – the one that characterizes our soul over the course of our earthly life, and distinguishes it from others. I think if we sit back and reflect on it, we won’t conclude that it’s random and circumstantial. To offer an extreme example, if we imagine having been born into entirely different times and places, is it conceivable that something terrible (say, torturing a child for fun) would be a copacetic activity for us? Of course not! If we move from extreme examples up through sequential thought experiments, I think it becomes clear that our moral values would become manifest (albeit imperfectly) in whatever passion play in which we find ourselves. Our souls are not playthings of randomness, but rather will always feature an objective, first-person “you” in them, working with a heart, and the body which we temporarily inhabit, to stumble our way through being the best “you” we can be. The details would differ, but the “you” would persist.

Now let’s look at some specifics of scripture.

In Revelations 5: 9-10, heavenly creatures are seen in the future saying something very interesting to Jesus:

“And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood {men} from every tribe and tongue and people and nation{emphasis mine}. You have made them {to be} a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.'”

There are many “tribes, tongues, peoples and nations” in the history of the world that ceased to exist without ever making any contact with Israel or Christianity, yet they are mentioned here in a prophecy of the future. How, then, do they achieve their status as rulers and priests here reigning alongside of Jesus Christ after His return to the earth?
There’s a clue in Jesus’ words in Matthew 11:20-24:

“Then He began to denounce the cities in which most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent. ‘Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles had occurred in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. Nevertheless I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in {the} day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day. Nevertheless I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in {the} day of judgment, than for you.'”

In the above passages we see that some persons (namely, the Tyrians, Sidonians and Sodomites in this case) are given judgmental “credit” for what they would have done, had they been given greater revelation (if you like jargon, these possibilities are known as “subjunctive counterfactuals of creaturely freedom”, but you don’t need to remember that). Logicians will recognize the resemblance in the scripture above to the “If P, then Q” structure known as “modus ponendo ponens” (if you don’t recognize that, don’t worry about it — it’s a technical term). Since we know from scripture that:

1) God is fair, and no respecter of persons (Deut. 10: 17, Ezekiel 18: 25, Acts 10: 34-35, Romans 2: 11, etc.);

2) That God desires all to be saved (John 3: 16, 1 Tim. 2: 4, 2 Peter 3: 9, etc.);

3) That God knows what any creature would do in any conceivable situation (Psalm 139: 16, Jeremiah 1: 5, Matthew 11: 20-24, Acts 2: 23, Ephesians 1: 4-5, 11, 1 Peter 1-2, Romans 8: 28-30, etc.), and

4) That Jesus Christ has purchased persons from every tribe and tongue and people and nation through His sacrificial death (Rev. 5: 9-10),

…does it not then follow that peoples who were never exposed to Christ or Israel in any meaningful way would also be accorded credit IF (and only if ) they would have accepted Christ, had they been given a fair chance? I think it does!
The particular scriptures many stumble on in this topic are Acts 4: 12 and John 14: 6. Acts 4: 12 says the following:
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”.

The Greek word ” onoma“, commonly translated as “name” here, would actually be better rendered as “authority”, or “person of power” in this context (Strong’s Greek Dictionary). This translation as “name” has caused many to stumble. To conclude that one needed to know the phonetic name ” Jesus” to be saved, would doom all humans that existed prior to his ministry to hell, including babies and the Old Testament saints, so we have very good evidence that that is incorrect. “Authority” is the rendering which makes more sense in this context.

John 14: 6, which says: “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me'” is basically what I think Acts 4: 12 is trying to communicate. As the second person of the Trinity, Jesus has existed from eternity-past; that is to say, He never began to exist at some point prior to the Incarnation — He has always existed. Because He is God, He has always had perfect foreknowledge of the future (including all of our potential free-will choices in any conceivable situation), and we see in Revelations 13: 8 that the names of those who will be saved were written in “The Book of Life of The Lamb who was slain” from the foundation of the world. “The Lamb who was slain” is Jesus. According to 1 Peter 1-2, the saved are “chosen” because of God’s foreknowledge of something. Now, if God foreknew the inclination of every soul that will ever be created (including those who die without ever being aequately being exposed to The Gospel), why wouldn’t He use that as the criterion as to whether their names were written in The Book of Life?

That the atoning blood of Christ can be applied retroactively (to persons who existed before Christs’ incarnation) under certain circumstances is clearly implied throughout the New Testament (even to non-Israelites like Melchizedek). The only key question that remains is: “what are the parameters of those circumstances?” One thing that is important to note is that those who have heard a substantially accurate account of Jesus Christ and have rejected Him have no reason to think this grace will be afforded to them. All the souls I have described herein have one thing in common: since they gravitate towards God, truth and righteousness, they would receive Christ as their savior if given a fair chance.

Now some have claimed that the Revelations 5: 9-10 passage about “persons from every tribe and tongue and people and nation” is speaking hyberbolically; that it doesn’t really mean to include all of those groups. Well, for the sake of discussion I could grant that, and the thesis still holds. Even if that were the case, we STILL have pre-Christian (even pre-Mosaic) Old Testament characters like Abraham, Job and Melchizedek who the Bible suggests are saved. And they all have something in common: an inclination towards truth and righteousness. They followed their consciences (generally speaking). The content of their faith was not as complete as that which we have, but they had an inclination towards God, and God needed them to know neither Jesus’ name, nor the specific means of their salvation, for God to impute salvation backwards in time (so to speak) to them.

What about those who have heard of Jesus Christ, but haven’t looked into it enough to have made a decision yet? My question to them would be “what are you waiting for?” He is the pivot point of human existence; the Tree of Life–all else is roadkill in comparison. Don’t tempt God by preferring roadkill. As Albert Einstein once said “…I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene….No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.”

Doug Axe on fear of critical thinking in science | Uncommon Descent

September 17, 2016

“Let’s distinguish between “smart people” and “intellectuals” (people whose currency is mere ideas).

Anyone can be deceived; even smart people are sometimes deceived. But intellectuals are better than most of us at arguing away the obvious. Many political disasters, costing million of lives, have resulted from this fact.”

Source: Doug Axe on fear of critical thinking in science | Uncommon Descent

Why Does Man Have Language? – Evolution News & Views

September 17, 2016

Tom Wolfe:

“Speech is not one of man’s several unique attributes — speech is the attribute of all attributes!… Darwin had [a big] problem: a huge gap in evidence when he came to language, which set humans far apart from any animal ancestors. It gnawed at him. He could explain man’s opposable thumb, upright stature, and huge cranium, but he couldn’t find one shred of solid evidence that human speech evolved from animals. Speech seemed to have just popped up into the mouths of human beings out of nowhere. He thought and thought and thought… Wait a minute, what was speech?”

Source: Why Does Man Have Language? – Evolution News & Views

Ignore the Right of Conscience at Your Peril | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

September 16, 2016

“What makes the states’ actions all the more insidious is the fact that there is no imminent threat of “rebellion or invasion” which Lincoln pointed to when issuing his suspension of the law. There aren’t even any pirates that threaten one’s life, peace, and property. There are only those who assert they must quash such acts of defiance in order to fight “discrimination,” as Colorado Civil Rights Commissioner Diann Rice declared in ruling against Masterpiece Cakeshop:…”

Source: Ignore the Right of Conscience at Your Peril | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

Why Andy Stanley is Right About the Foundation of Christianity and How to Defend It

September 15, 2016

“This aspect of historical reliability is unique to Christianity among world religions. The fact that Christians tend to ignore the unique verifiability of their belief system and insist people just take it on “faith” like other religions do makes little sense, and it ignores Jesus’ directive to examine the evidence. He said to his disciples, “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves (John 14:11).” Since Jesus cited evidence shouldn’t we?”

Source: Why Andy Stanley is Right About the Foundation of Christianity and How to Defend It

Science Mag on the ancient Greenland fossils | Uncommon Descent

September 15, 2016

“From Ben Andrew Henry at Science: “Earth’s surface 3.7 billion years ago was a tumultuous place, bombarded by asteroids and still in its formative stages,” Allwood writes. “If life could find a foothold here, and leave such an imprint that vestiges exist even though only a minuscule sliver of metamorphic rock is all that remains from that time, then life is not a fussy, reluctant and unlikely thing. Give life half an opportunity and it’ll run with it.”More.

Really? Just half a chance? But then why isn’t spontaneous generation happening now, when conditions are more favorable?”

Source: Science Mag on the ancient Greenland fossils | Uncommon Descent

Now on YouTube, the “Honest Wow” of Michael Denton and Fire-Maker – Evolution News & Views

September 14, 2016

“As the narrator says, “In order for our planet to fully realize the life-giving powers of fire, a multitude of precise and exacting conditions had to be met.” Those conditions include Earth’s planetary size and atmosphere, man’s body size and terrestrial, android design, with muscles strong enough, nerves fast enough, hands dexterous enough, plus ample fuel in the form of large woody plants, abundant material for metallurgy (notably iron and copper), and more.

Take any of it away and that new iPhone 7, also released today, would be impossible. We take it all for granted but in fact the conditions are highly exacting. We and our planet are “uniquely fit” to use fire. Both are ideally designed for it. That is fact, not sentiment.”

Source: Now on YouTube, the “Honest Wow” of Michael Denton and Fire-Maker – Evolution News & Views

Truthbomb Apologetics: Book Preview: Cold Case Christianity for Kids by J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace

September 14, 2016

“Children between 8 and 12 are at the critical age when they start to ask if Christianity is true. Cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace knows the thrill of high-stakes investigation and presents the case for Jesus in a compelling way while training kids “how to think, not just what to think” as they examine their faith intelligently.”

Source: Truthbomb Apologetics: Book Preview: Cold Case Christianity for Kids by J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace

This Pattern Suggests Conservative Christians are Being Targeted | The Stream

September 14, 2016

“In each of these ten circumstances the social groups who commonly prosecute or attempt to shame Christians have either been silent or have even encouraged the perpetrators to violate this principle of public accommodation — which makes me suspect that they truly do not care about the principle, but rather about punishing people they do not like.”

Source: This Pattern Suggests Conservative Christians are Being Targeted | The Stream

This man spends all day, EVERY day in front of this abortion clinic: and he has saved hundreds of lives | Blogs | Lifesitenews

September 13, 2016

“…We start singing again. Amazing Grace. A few minutes later, and the door opens. She comes back out. John meets her at the curb and talks to her and a fellow in the van that pulls up. The van pulls away a few moments later, and the couple are waving all the way down the street. “It was the singing!” John tells us. “Praise God, she’s keeping her baby! Seven months along, changed her mind, they’re so happy, did you see that? Look they’re still wavin’!” He laughs, and it’s gruff, but it sounds light and bubbly…”

Source: This man spends all day, EVERY day in front of this abortion clinic: and he has saved hundreds of lives | Blogs | Lifesitenews

Darwin’s Doubt, Signature in the Cell Will Be Audiobooks; Hear the Prologue to Darwin’s Doubt Now! – Evolution News & Views

September 12, 2016

“Our good friend and colleague Andrew McDiarmid, assistant to Stephen Meyer and a media relations specialist at Discovery Institute, has narrated the Prologue to Darwin’s Doubt. Hear it now on a new episode of ID the Future:”

Source: Darwin’s Doubt, Signature in the Cell Will Be Audiobooks; Hear the Prologue to Darwin’s Doubt Now! – Evolution News & Views

Hey, ‘Science Guy’ Bill Nye: Come Out of the Ark and Face the Flood of Evidence Against Darwinism | The Stream

September 10, 2016

“I’m sure that kind of publicity is hard for either man to resist, but shouldn’t Nye at least try to resist it? If he’s really a science guy, shouldn’t he pay less attention to jousting with Ham and more attention to the weighty scientific case against Darwin’s account of life? After all, how serious can he really be about Darwinian evolution if he ignores all the research that shows it doesn’t do nearly what is advertised?”

Source: Hey, ‘Science Guy’ Bill Nye: Come Out of the Ark and Face the Flood of Evidence Against Darwinism | The Stream

Latest Archaeology Discovery May Prove Biblical References

September 10, 2016

“The monumental building was built over 3,000 years ago during the 10th century BCE in the royal city of Gezer, Israel’s Haaretz reported Wednesday. Although archaeologists haven’t found any evidence of which Israelite king lived there – if any – the excavators predict the building was created during King Solomon’s reign after finding Philistine pottery that coincided with biblical accounts of Philistinians living in Gezer until the city was vanquished by King David, Solomon’s father.”

Source: Latest Archaeology Discovery May Prove Biblical References

In The Kingdom of Speech, Tom Wolfe Tells the Story of Evolution’s Epic Tumble – Evolution News & Views

September 10, 2016

“Chomsky’s theory reigned supreme until 2008 when a flycatcher, Daniel Everett, revealed a primitive language, that of the Pirahã, a people of the Amazon, that lacked a key linguistic feature (recursion) that Chomsky held to be universal. It must be universal if a shared, evolved “organ” was responsible for all human speech. The conclusion of Everett’s research was that speech, not a product of evolution, was in truth an “artifact” of human devising.”

Source: In The Kingdom of Speech, Tom Wolfe Tells the Story of Evolution’s Epic Tumble – Evolution News & Views

School District Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Declare Dept. of Education Lacks Right to Dictate Restroom Rules | Christian News Network

September 10, 2016

“The term ‘gender identity’ is nowhere in Title IX,” the writ of certiorari reads. “If ‘sex’ signifies, not biology, but rather one’s ‘internal’ sense of maleness or femaleness, the whole concept of permissible sex-separation collapses.”

Source: School District Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Declare Dept. of Education Lacks Right to Dictate Restroom Rules | Christian News Network

Why Every Christian Needs to Be A Sheepdog | Cold Case Christianity

September 10, 2016

“When I first read the many “sheep” passages related to the teaching of Jesus, I was encouraged and inspired. In many ways, Jesus seemed to be talking like a police officer. Law Enforcement officials (like military officials) tend to divide the world into two distinct categories: “sheep” and “wolves”. Jesus also recognized this distinction. When commissioning His disciples to preach in neighboring communities, he told them, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves…” (Matthew 10:16).”

Source: Why Every Christian Needs to Be A Sheepdog | Cold Case Christianity

Christianity is rejected because of dislike rather than rational reasons | Real Life Apologetics

September 10, 2016

“The majority of religious skeptics and critics I have spoken with say that they reject Christianity for rational reasons. When I ask them to explain further, they often reveal that their reasons are actually emotional roadblocks. There are certain things that they don’t like about Christianity, and therefore they reject the faith. Some common emotional reasons for rejecting Christianity include:…”

Source: Christianity is rejected because of dislike rather than rational reasons | Real Life Apologetics

To Practice Science, We Must Philosophize – Evolution News & Views

September 9, 2016

“Heisenberg would have never done quantum mechanics without being full of philosophy. Einstein would have never done relativity without having read all the philosophers and having a head full of philosophy. Galileo would never have done what he did without having a head full of Plato. Newton thought of himself as a philosopher and started by discussing this with Descartes and had strong philosophical ideas…. When Heisenberg does quantum mechanics, he is in a completely philosophical frame of mind. He says that in classical mechanics there’s something philosophically wrong, there’s not enough emphasis on empiricism. It is exactly this philosophical reading that allows him to construct that fantastically new physical theory, quantum mechanics.”

Source: To Practice Science, We Must Philosophize – Evolution News & Views

What are some reasons why God might allow his creatures to suffer? | WINTERY KNIGHT

September 8, 2016

“• Eleonore Stump (Philosophy professor at Saint Louis): “Natural evil—the pain of disease, the intermittent and unpredictable destruction of natural disasters, the decay of old age, the imminence of death—takes away a person’s satisfaction with himself. It tends to humble him, show him his frailty, make him reflect on the transience of temporal goods, and turn his affections towards other-worldly things, away from the things of this world.” [“The Problem of Evil” Faith and Philosophy, 2 (1985): 409.]”

Source: What are some reasons why God might allow his creatures to suffer? | WINTERY KNIGHT

Truthbomb Apologetics: Michael Sherrard on Anti-Intellectualism in the Church

September 8, 2016

“The pursuit of the knowledge of God is replaced in many with a pursuit of something that merely works. And by works, often what is pursued is a version of Christianity that brings forth the American dream rather than the Kingdom of God. This prosperity and selfish attitude has caused a slumber, a slumber in the proverbial classroom, and the church is now awakening to an exam for which it is not prepared…There was a time in American history where the pastor and the politician were on a level playing field. There was a time when clergy were thought to have answers. And it was not just because people didn’t know any better back then. It was because many men and women of faith were intellectuals. They knew their Bible and their history. They could speak about theology and chemistry. Now many believers are ill equipped to speak about anything that does not have a mascot in a meaningful way. And in that regard, society should place us at the kids table. If we don’t have anything meaningful to say, we ought not say anything at all.”

Source: Truthbomb Apologetics: Michael Sherrard on Anti-Intellectualism in the Church

Free Your Mind – Free Thinking Ministries

September 6, 2016

“It never ceases to amaze me how many people seem to have a revulsion against the idea that humans possess genuine free will. Even when there is logical and deductive proof that we do possess this genuine freedom, many go to great lengths to reject it. With that said, however, those devoted to determinism do not think they have a choice to reject free will or not.”

Source: Free Your Mind – Free Thinking Ministries

We’re Seeing a Clash of Worldviews, Not an Inevitable Force of Progress – Stand to Reason Blog

September 4, 2016

“In his analysis of David Gushee’s recent article exhorting Christians to not be “left behind” by all of the other American people and institutions on the issue of homosexuality and same-sex marriage, Jake Meador calls attention to (and argues against) the idea that this revolutionary change in our society is the result of some kind of inevitable force:”

Source: We’re Seeing a Clash of Worldviews, Not an Inevitable Force of Progress – Stand to Reason Blog

The Feminization of Christianity | The Art of Manliness

September 4, 2016

“the number one reason high-achieving men don’t go to church is they don’t respect the pastor. Those men who did go to church often chose a megachurch because they saw the pastor as their leadership peer. ‘Respecting the senior pastor is vital to predicting whether a man is actively involved,’ Lindsay says.“Men respect pastors who are properly masculine,” Murrow opines. “They are drawn to men who, like Jesus, embody both lion and lamb. They find macho men and sissies equally repulsive.”

Source: The Feminization of Christianity | The Art of Manliness

The Center for Public Theology | Where’s Niebuhr? On Alan Jacobs’s Essay on Christian Intellectuals

September 2, 2016

“Jacobs seeks a diagnosis for this sorry state, and finds it largely, though not exclusively, in the self-marginalization of Christians. Speaking of leading schools like Wheaton and Notre Dame, he argues that “As these institutions grew stronger and more confident, they provided ways for highly educated Christians, Christians who perhaps in an earlier era would have had a chance of becoming significant public intellectuals, to talk to one another more than to the culture at large. As they devoted themselves to these labors, all around them the Sixties were happening; by the time they realized just how dramatically the culture had changed, it was too late for them to learn its language — or for it to learn theirs.”

Source: The Center for Public Theology | Where’s Niebuhr? On Alan Jacobs’s Essay on Christian Intellectuals

A Billion Genes and Not One Beneficial Mutation – Evolution News & Views

September 1, 2016

“The exomes from 60,706 individuals from a variety of ethnic groups have been collected and analyzed. If we multiply 60,000 people by the 20,000 genes in the human genome (the lowest estimate), we get a minimum of 1.2 billion genes that have been examined by ExAC for variants. That sounds like a pretty good sample size for scrutinizing some of those beneficial variations that Darwin said his law of natural selection could add up and preserve.”

Yet not one beneficial mutation was found!

Source: A Billion Genes and Not One Beneficial Mutation – Evolution News & Views

Is Intelligent Design Undeniable? This Cambridge-Trained Scientist Says Yes. | The Stream

September 1, 2016

“He finds no reason to question the scientific community on issues like how many moons orbit Neptune or how many protons are found in the nucleus of a cobalt atom. He notes, “Why would anyone distort facts of that kind? Matters where everyone wants to see things a certain way, however, are a completely different story. With those we should always apply a healthy dose of skepticism.” He recognizes that worldview, peer pressure, desire for prestige and other human tendencies often taint how science is done.”

Source: Is Intelligent Design Undeniable? This Cambridge-Trained Scientist Says Yes. | The Stream

Foundations Crumbling Around ‘Impossible People’

August 28, 2016

“In the opening scene of the 2001 film adaptation of “The Fellowship of the Ring,” Cate Blanchett’s Galadriel whispers hauntingly, “The world has changed. I can feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost; for none now live who remember it.”

Western Christians in 2016 can relate. Something has shifted. The world we inhabit seems to have become disenchanted, and so many of those around us have entered a state in some ways worse than atheism—a state of indifference toward God and the supernatural.”

Source: Foundations Crumbling Around ‘Impossible People’

The Amazing Pro-Life Stories of Olympians Simone Biles and Kristin Armstrong | LifeNews.com

August 23, 2016

“The TV ad reveals Celeste’s and her husband’s ordeal with a medical emergency during pregnancy in which she was pressured by doctors to abort one of her twins, which is sometimes callously referred to as “selective reduction”. They refused to give up and medical technology was used to heal and not to harm at NewYork Presbyterian. Endoscopic laser surgery, in utero, was performed and saved her twin boys, Elias and Mattin.”

Source: The Amazing Pro-Life Stories of Olympians Simone Biles and Kristin Armstrong | LifeNews.com