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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

Born at just 23 weeks, this micropreemie is exposing the truth about abortion | The Pulse | LifeSite

August 19, 2016

“The story of former “micropreemie” Trevor Frolek couldn’t come at a more awkward time for Planned Parenthood. Currently, the largest abortion provider in the country is scrambling to defend killing babies up to 20 weeks gestation and beyond, and selling their body parts for profit…”

Source: Born at just 23 weeks, this micropreemie is exposing the truth about abortion | The Pulse | LifeSite

Truthbomb Apologetics: Common Objection #30- “God Sending Jesus to Die for the Sins of the World is Cosmic Child Abuse!”

August 16, 2016

“In 1935, Fiorello LaGuardia, the major of New York, presided over a court case in which an old woman had been caught stealing bread to feed her grandchildren. Although LaGuardia wanted to offer her mercy, the shopkeeper demanded justice…”

Source: Truthbomb Apologetics: Common Objection #30- “God Sending Jesus to Die for the Sins of the World is Cosmic Child Abuse!”

The Status of Women According to Islam

August 15, 2016

“O women! Give alms, as I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hell-fire were you (women).” They asked, “Why is it so, O Allah’s Apostle?” He replied, “You curse frequently and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you.”

Source: The Status of Women According to Islam

Darwinism Makes a Child’s Error – Evolution News & Views

August 13, 2016

“Not every intuition is accurate or insightful, obviously, but this one is. Every human life that reaches adulthood is a long-term experiment repeatedly confirming it. That’s why it is properly termed “scientific.” It’s a lesson that every child has to learn: profitless work, step by step, guided by forethought, must come before enjoying the reward. A bed doesn’t make itself, as Axe points out, any more than an omelet does.”

Source: Evolution Makes a Child’s Error – Evolution News & Views

Scientism, Values, and the Public Interest – Evolution News & Views

August 11, 2016

“A 2016 survey probing attitudes about academic freedom suggests as much. Of respondents, 84 percent said that “attempts to censor or punish scientists for holding dissenting views on issues such as evolution or climate change are not appropriate in a free society.” Similarly, 86 percent affirmed that “disagreeing with the current majority view in science can be an important step in the development of new insights and discoveries in science.” And 88 percent said that “scientists who raise scientific criticisms of evolution should have the freedom to make their arguments without being subjected to censorship or discrimination.

“Scientism, it seems, is more problematic, in more ways, than some observers have realized.”

Source: Scientism, Values, and the Public Interest – Evolution News & Views

America’s Lost Boys | Samuel D. James | First Things

August 11, 2016

“A connection between enslavement to video games and enslavement to pornography is not far-fetched. As Russell Moore has noted, the former offers “fake war,” while the latter offers “fake love.” Between the Xbox and the X-rating, a young man can oscillate from the primal thrills of conquest to the orgasmic comfort of faux-intimacy. When these two temptations meet in the lonely dark of Mom and Dad’s basement, what’s not to like?”

Source: America’s Lost Boys | Samuel D. James | First Things

“Anti-Science” Is Increasingly Turned Against Its Creators – Evolution News & Views

August 9, 2016

“But check out recent headlines and articles that use the term. Judging by Google News, you’ll see the once-pliable beast has gotten quite out of control. “Global Warming Alarmist Reveals The Anti-Science Con” (Investor’s Business Daily) “GMO fear-mongering shows anti-science attitudes aren’t limited to the right” (Dallas Morning News) “Nobelists To Greenpeace: Drop Your Anti-Science Anti-GMO Campaign” (Forbes) “Look Who’s ‘Anti-Science’ Now” (Investor’s Business Daily, which observes “two-thirds of Democrats are anti-science”) “Are Anti-Science Obama Administration Policies Fostering Zika?” (CNSNews) “Neil Degrasse Tyson to Bill Maher: Liberals Are Anti-Science Too” (Christian Post) “Neil DeGrasse Tyson Tells Bill Maher That Anti-Science Liberals Are Full of S*** Too” (Gizmodo) “Pro-Abortion Group Complains Newspaper Rejected Ad Calling Pro-Life People ‘Anti-Science'” (LifeNews.com)”

Source: “Anti-Science” Is Increasingly Turned Against Its Creators – Evolution News & Views

ID the Future | Discovery Institute

August 6, 2016

“20th Anniversary Celebration of Center for Science & Culture

Upcoming Event August 12, 2016 Seattle Pacific University – Seattle, WAThis coming August 12, celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture (CSC) by attending the Center’s twentieth anniversary gala in Seattle, which will feature the world premiere of a new hour-long documentary titled Revolutionary: Michael Behe and the Mystery of Molecular Machines, followed by a lively discussion of intelligent design and the future of science hosted by CSC Director Stephen Meyer, author of Signature in the Cell and Darwin’s Doubt, and including CSC Senior Fellow Michael Behe, author of Darwin’s Black Box and The Edge of Evolution; Biologic Institute Director Douglas Axe, author of the new book Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition that Life is Designed; and former Smithsonian Institution biologist Richard Sternberg. You will also get to learn about some of the milestones in the CSC’s twenty-year history and hear special messages from CSC Fellows from around the world.”

Source: ID the Future | Discovery Institute

Miracles in Evolutionary Theory – Evolution News & Views

August 6, 2016

“In Signature in the Cell, building on research by Douglas Axe on protein function, Stephen Meyer calculated the probability of one relatively short protein 150 amino acids in length as being one chance in 10 to the 164th power (10-164, pp. 210-212). In other words, expecting just one protein by chance exceeds the universal probability bound calculated by William Dembski (10-150) by 14 orders of magnitude — 100 trillionth the chance! The word “miracle” doesn’t even come close to belief in such an event. Yet these evolutionists want us to believe that somewhere between 355 and 463 genes or protein products, all working in concert, emerged by chance.”

Source: Miracles in Evolutionary Theory – Evolution News & Views

Mother Who Miscarried Shares Photo of 11-Week Son as Testament to Personhood of Unborn | Christian News Network

August 5, 2016

“Burns outlined that her child, even just a few weeks old, had physical features that clearly showed his humanity.“He had a heartbeat. Such a sweet sound. He had life!” she said. “He was not a blob. He was not just a clump of cells. He was formed. Perfect. Look at the details. His sweet fingers. Toes.”

Source: Mother Who Miscarried Shares Photo of 11-Week Son as Testament to Personhood of Unborn | Christian News Network

Rotary Engine Technology in Living Cells – Evolution News & Views

August 5, 2016

“When J.B.S. Haldane argued in a 1949 debate that natural selection would not be expected to produce wheels or magnets, he basically proposed a test: finding such structures would falsify Darwinian evolution. But holding evolutionists to their rules is like trying to win at Calvinball; they can change the rules of the game as they play.”

Source: Rotary Engine Technology in Living Cells – Evolution News & Views

How Do I Interpret General Relativity Theory? | Reasonable Faith

August 4, 2016

“It’s true that Einstein tried to extend his principle of relativity to cover not only uniform motion (special relativity) but accelerated and rotational motion as well (general relativity). But this is the part of Einstein’s paper that is generally recognized to be a failure. He did not succeed in enunciating a general principle of relativity or in relativizing all motion. What he did do was discover a new theory of gravitation to replace Newton’s. The name “general theory of relativity” is thus recognized to be a misnomer, a historical vestige. It is a gravitational theory, not a relativity theory.”

Source: How Do I Interpret General Relativity Theory? | Reasonable Faith

Now You Can Try Stylus, a Computer Model for Protein Evolution, for Yourself – Evolution News & Views

August 4, 2016

“Douglas Axe and Winston Ewert have just published a paper announcing the debut of a website where Stylus can be downloaded and installed on any laptop, so that experiments can be run by anyone. It’s intended for schools, for private individuals, and even scientists to play around with. The paper describes its use. It also provides links to the website and the first Stylus papers, so anyone can see just how elegant and analogous this computer model really is to protein evolution. For verisimilitude it beats Avida hands down.”

Source: Now You Can Try Stylus, a Computer Model for Protein Evolution, for Yourself – Evolution News & Views

Key Points on the “Christian Vote” in 2016

August 3, 2016

“…Catholics and Orthodox I dialogue with oppose the, “lesser of the evils” approach and claim that this is in fact embracing a Utilitarian philosophy that is not Christian. But this appears overly simplistic. On any given day, we perform numerous tasks based on the pragmatic or utilitarian approach to problem solving. Voting for the lesser of the evils in no way makes us official philosophical “Utilitarians”…

Source: Key Points on the “Christian Vote” in 2016

Scientists Aren’t Exempt from Feelings, Any More Than the Public Is – Evolution News & Views

July 30, 2016

“In the evolution controversy, the context we know best, here’s how the dynamic works. So much hinges on the dread of “creationism.” No one should ever forget the power of that scare word, “creationist,” with all it implies by way of not only scientific but social opprobrium. Though ID is emphatically not creationism, being called “creationists” is something ID proponents face every day. This is the major way in which the orthodox, including scientists, confuse the public in order to tamp down dissent and skepticism.”

Source: Scientists Aren’t Exempt from Feelings, Any More Than the Public Is – Evolution News & Views

Witty map of the road to belief in one-man show about C.S. Lewis | Chicago Sun-Times

July 29, 2016

“In 2008, actor-adapter-director Max McLean brought his production of C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters” to the Mercury Theater Chicago, where it became a huge (and surprising) box office hit. Now, in his new one-man show, “C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert,” McLean chronicles the writer’s journey from determined atheist to Christian believer with such wit, grace, braininess and economy that those on either side of the “God spectrum” are sure to delight in it.”

Source: Witty map of the road to belief in one-man show about C.S. Lewis | Chicago Sun-Times

On Junk DNA Claim, Francis Collins Walks It Back, Admitting “Hubris” – Evolution News & Views

July 26, 2016

“In terms of junk DNA, we don’t use that term anymore because I think it was pretty much a case of hubris to imagine that we could dispense with any part of the genome, as if we knew enough to say it wasn’t functional. … Most of the genome that we used to think was there for spacer turns out to be doing stuff.”

Source: On Junk DNA Claim, Francis Collins Walks It Back, Admitting “Hubris” – Evolution News & Views

What Is Consciousness? – Evolution News & Views

July 25, 2016

“René Descartes in the 17th century created the Hard Problem, out of whole cloth. Descartes cast aside the hylemorphic (matter-form) metaphysics of the scholastics, and replaced it, in his psychology, with substance dualism. Descartes proposed that the mind and the body were separate substances, rather than just two principles inherent to one human being. The body (res extensa) and the soul (res cogitans) were joined, in Cartesian metaphysics, to make a whole person, but he identified the person with the res cogitans (the intellectual substance), and depicted the res extensa (the physical substance) as essentially a machine. After Descartes, a human being was a “ghost in a machine.”

Source: What Is Consciousness? – Evolution News & Views

Behold, an Article on Faith and Evolution with No Axe-Grinding; Congratulations to Tyler O’Neil – Evolution News & Views

July 25, 2016

“He gives his four reasons, but is also aware of scientific problems with the evidence for Darwinan theory as an adequate explanation for biological complexity and diversity, so that “while Christians can believe in evolution, they may not want to.” That is, they should not feel compelled to do so just out of respect for science, since the science is ambiguous.”

Source: Behold, an Article on Faith and Evolution with No Axe-Grinding; Congratulations to Tyler O’Neil – Evolution News & Views

Jesus Foreshadowed By Joshua The High Priest – Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

July 25, 2016

8 “‘Listen, High Priest Joshua, you and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic of things to come: I am going to bring my servant, the Branch. 9 See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it,’ says the LORD Almighty, ‘and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day.10 “‘In that day each of you will invite your neighbor to sit under your vine and fig tree,’ declares the LORD Almighty.”

Source: Jesus Foreshadowed By Joshua The High Priest – Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Helpful Survey of the Best ID Literature Illuminates Distortions of the Evolution Debate – Evolution News & Views

July 23, 2016

“Stuff like the Ark Park is the perfect dodge for Darwinists who want to avoid a real debate about substantive issues of science and faith. Indeed, this month, Dr. Axe’s book is out, as you know, which is in part a shot across the bow directed at “Science Guy” Bill Nye. Both Mr. Nye and Dr. Axe have written books called Undeniable — borrowing the title was a witty move of authorial appropriation on Axe’s part. Axe, as you know already, presents a serious yet accessible argument that our near universal intuition about Darwinism — that it can’t explain biological innovations, while intelligence can — has scientific merit.”

Source: Helpful Survey of the Best ID Literature Illuminates Distortions of the Evolution Debate – Evolution News & Views

Why I Reject A Young Earth View: A Biblical Defense of an Old Earth – Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

July 21, 2016

“I am trained as a scientist (I’m a postgraduate student in evolutionary biology). And, as a scientist, the arguments for an ancient earth seem to be very compelling (needless to say, when it comes to Darwinian evolution, it is a very different story).”

Source: Why I Reject A Young Earth View: A Biblical Defense of an Old Earth – Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Celebrating the Release of Undeniable, Doug Axe Offers an Excellent Summary of the Argument; Watch It Now – Evolution News & Views

July 21, 2016

Oxford PhD (Doug Axe) who has done the math: “Darwinism is mathematically impossible”.

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

Source: Celebrating the Release of Undeniable, Doug Axe Offers an Excellent Summary of the Argument; Watch It Now – Evolution News & Views

Evolution’s Enforcers Are Waaaaay Out of Step with Public Opinion – Evolution News & Views

July 20, 2016

“The newly released opinion survey we’ve been talking about here found that academic freedom is strongly favored across every demographic — age, sex, political and religious affiliation.

The first question asked: Rate your level of agreement or disagreement with the following statement:

Teachers and students should have the academic freedom to objectively discuss both the scientific strengths and weaknesses of the theory of evolution.

Fully 94 percent of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed.”

Source: Evolution’s Enforcers Are Waaaaay Out of Step with Public Opinion – Evolution News & Views

Why Do You Feel Guilty About Evangelism But Not Apologetics? | Cold Case Christianity

July 16, 2016

“Both Peter and Jude were unequivocal in their directives to Christ followers. Unlike Paul, who clearly said that not all of us are evangelists, Peter and Jude made a point to say that all of us are Case Makers. So, given the clarity of God’s call on our lives to be accomplished, prepared and articulate Christian Case Makers, why do you still feel guilty that you aren’t a better evangelist, yet are comfortable as a less than adequate Christian Case Maker? Maybe it’s time for all of us to rethink the joyful “burden” we all share as Christians.”

Source: Why Do You Feel Guilty About Evangelism But Not Apologetics? | Cold Case Christianity

Here’s What Happens When You Eliminate Science’s Spiritual Foundations – Evolution News & Views

July 11, 2016

“If this sounds needlessly dire to you, go back and watch the video at the top, which I’ve already brought to your attention (as have others), where University of Washington students insist that a thirty-something 5’9″ white guy may in fact be a seven-year-old 6’5″ Chinese woman.”

Source: Here’s What Happens When You Eliminate Science’s Spiritual Foundations – Evolution News & Views

Why is devolution counterintuitive? | Uncommon Descent

July 10, 2016

“Didier Raoult, the discoverer of giant Marseillevirus said, provocatively, in 2009, “The idea of a common ancestor makes no sense in the light of viruses. That was Darwin’s idea, but he was clearly wrong.” Raoult, also the discoverer of the mimivirus (2003), considered “the most productive and influential microbiologist in France” according to Science, published a pop science book in 2011 that “flat-out declares that Darwin’s theory of evolution is wrong.”

Source: Why is devolution counterintuitive? | Uncommon Descent

Keeping Skepticon Safe: Richard Carrier to be Banned

July 10, 2016

“The accusations specifically against Richard Carrier are, sadly, not so surprising to the Skepticon organizers. While he was a featured speaker for many years, we stopped inviting him to speak partly because of his repeated boundary-pushing behavior, including towards someone involved in Skepticon. What has been made clear by the recent discussions is that our attendees’ well being and comfort is put at an unacceptable risk by Carrier’s presence, and so we are officially prohibiting Richard Carrier…..”

Source: Keeping Skepticon Safe: Richard Carrier to be Banned

‘Flat Earth’ Theory: A Secular Myth Fabricated to Defame Christianity | OrthodoxNet.com Blog

July 6, 2016

“Thomas Aquinas wrote the following in his greatest work, Summa Theologica“: “The physicist proves the earth to be round by one means, the astronomer by another: for the latter proves this by means of mathematics, e.g. by the shapes of eclipses, or something of the sort; while the former proves it by means of physics, e.g. by the movement of heavy bodies towards the center, and so forth.”

Source: ‘Flat Earth’ Theory: A Secular Myth Fabricated to Defame Christianity | OrthodoxNet.com Blog

Monkeys Do Not Have a “Stone Age” Culture – Evolution News & Views

July 2, 2016

“Here are the “Seven Elements of Culture”:

Customs: Are the written and unwritten rules of society. They can refer to a culture’s laws, but also its moral and ethical expectations.

Religion: Unites people under a common belief system and values. Religion is the most important aspect of many people’s lives, and is a major bonding factor within communities.

Government: Offers protection and order, and defines power and responsibility within a culture.

Language: Can act to join people of the same culture, but can also distinguish people of different sub-groups within a common culture.

Communication: Vital to the spread of culture, so you can see how having the same language is important in cultural terms.

Arts: Art and literature is one of the most powerful ways of spreading cultural knowledge and beliefs.

Economy: A culture’s economy regulates what it needs to survive in terms of resources.”

Source: Monkeys Do Not Have a “Stone Age” Culture – Evolution News & Views

Toward a Consensus: An Open Letter to BioLogos on the Genetic Evidence – Evolution News & Views

June 29, 2016

“MicroRNAs are short RNA molecules that regulate gene expression, for example, by binding to messenger RNA molecules which otherwise would code for a protein at a ribosome. Increasingly MicroRNAs are understood to be lineage-specific, appearing in a few species, or even in just a single species, and are nowhere else to be found. In fact one evolutionist, who has studied thousands of microRNA genes, explained that he has not found “a single example that would support the traditional [evolutionary] tree.” It is, another evolutionist admitted, “a very serious incongruence.”

Source: Toward a Consensus: An Open Letter to BioLogos on the Genetic Evidence – Evolution News & Views

Trans Theory Is A War Against Reality

June 22, 2016

“Enter Zack Ford. The LGBT editor of ThinkProgress got into a spat with several contributors to The Federalist over the image used as a header for an article on transgenderism. His problem with the image, not selected by the author, was that it depicted an individual not sufficiently transgender. He based his conclusion on the appearance of the gentleman, specifically his haircut, watch, and other things. Ford promptly got his lunch eaten for violating nearly every single commandment inflicted upon modern society by LGBT advocacy groups, but most specifically misgendering an individual based on external appearances.”

Source: Trans Theory Is A War Against Reality