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Can Atheists Solve the Problem of “Free Will” by Redefining It? | Cold Case Christianity

April 28, 2017

“…In my book, God’s Crime Scene, I explain how free agency presents a problem for atheistic naturalists who try to explain it from “inside the room” of the natural universe. In God’s Crime Scene, I examine eight pieces of evidence in the universe to determine if the best explanation for these evidences are found “inside” or “outside” the “room”. Free agency is one of the eight evidences I investigate. Materialistic atheists must address an important dilemma: according to their worldview, we live in a physical universe in which natural laws act on matter over time, yet we have the persistent, practical experience of making what appear to be free choices as we love, reason and make moral judgments. We also condemn or praise each other as though our choices and decisions are our own. How are we to reconcile the material, deterministic nature of the universe with our own experience of free will and responsibility?…”

Source: Can Atheists Solve the Problem of “Free Will” by Redefining It? | Cold Case Christianity

My Daughter Is Not Transgender. She’s a Tomboy. – The New York Times

April 28, 2017

“I just wanted to check,” the teacher said. “Your child wants to be called a boy, right? Or is she a boy that wants to be called a girl? Which is it again?”

I cocked my head. I am used to correcting strangers, who mistake my 7-year-old daughter for a boy 100 percent of the time.

In fact, I love correcting them, making them reconsider their perceptions of what a girl looks like. But my daughter had been attending the after-school program where this woman taught for six months.

“She’s a girl,” I said. The woman looked unconvinced. “Really. She’s a girl, and you can refer to her as a girl…”

Source: My Daughter Is Not Transgender. She’s a Tomboy. – The New York Times

‘Transgender’ conditioning is ‘child abuse’ | Opinion | LifeSite

April 26, 2017

“…Indeed, notwithstanding the politically driven “LGBT” agenda that pretends otherwise, those who suffer with “gender dysphoria” disorder will stay, as born, either male or female, whether or not they play dress up, sterilize themselves and destroy healthy reproductive organs. Hence, it’s of little surprise that, tragically, of those who put themselves through this imaginary “transition,” 41 percent will subsequently attempt suicide…”

Source: ‘Transgender’ conditioning is ‘child abuse’ | Opinion | LifeSite

What Your Biology Teacher Didn’t Tell You About Charles Darwin

April 26, 2017

“…Darwin’s writings converted an empire with a conscience into an empire with a scientific philosophy. Four years after Darwin published The Origin of Species, James Hunt turned it into a justification for slavery. In his 1863 paper, “On the Negro’s Place in Nature,” he asserted: “Our Bristol and Liverpool merchants, perhaps, helped to benefit the race when they transported some of them to America.”Christian reformers had spent decades in the early 19th century teaching Britain to view non-European races as their equals before God. In a matter of years, Darwin swept not only God off the table, but also the value of people of every race with him…”

Source: What Your Biology Teacher Didn’t Tell You About Charles Darwin

The angels of mercy: How John Njoroge’s life was turned around by strangers – Entertainment News

April 25, 2017

“…The first time John met Judy, he was a famished 13-year-old boy, hoping to get some food for himself and his seven siblings, one of whom is mentally handicapped. Their mother had been hospitalised and their dad had long abandoned the family. They hadn’t had a meal in three days. This was what prompted the little boy to go out in search of sustenance for his siblings.”I knocked on the door of the first house I saw not knowing who lived there. When Judy opened the door I was overcome by despair and broke down…”

Source: The angels of mercy: How John Njoroge’s life was turned around by strangers – Entertainment News

Reasons To Believe : Can Science Detect the Creator’s Fingerprints in Nature?

April 25, 2017

“…As a biochemist, I am deeply impressed with the elegance, sophistication, and ingenuity of the cell’s molecular systems. In my view, these features reflect the work of a mind—a divine Mind. But the evidence for intelligent design in the biochemical realm is much more extensive. For example, the eerie similarity between the structure and function of biochemical systems and the objects and devices produced by human designers further evinces the Creator’s handiwork…”

Source: Reasons To Believe : Can Science Detect the Creator’s Fingerprints in Nature?

This adorable Rube Goldberg machine tells the story of brotherly love – The Verge

April 25, 2017

Somewhat random, but this put me in a good mood:

“…The segment comes from Japanese children’s TV program Pitagora Suitchi (Pythagora Switch). The charming tale follows Biita and Biigoro, two unlikely heroes who must help their brother Biisuke escape the trap of two giants. It’s a bit more abstract than that sounds. The brothers are toy balls, the prison is a massive Rube Goldberg machine, and the story is told mostly in song…”

Source: This adorable Rube Goldberg machine tells the story of brotherly love – The Verge

Scientists and Scholars Team Up to Set Straight the March for Science | Evolution News

April 25, 2017

“…Perhaps the key benefit of the March for Science is that so many of the activists who try to hide under the mantle of science are no longer hiding,” says Jay Richards, executive editor of The Stream. “This will allow Americans to see them for what they are: left wing ideologues….” — Jay Richards, PhD.

Source: Scientists and Scholars Team Up to Set Straight the March for Science | Evolution News

Touching story: 26-week-old preemie reaches out to nurse with tiny hand in captivating photo | News | LifeSite

April 25, 2017

“…A picture of a 26-week-old preemie reaching out to touch a nurse’s hand affirms the humanity of the most fragile human beings. The Daily Mail published the photo, found on a website for medical staff called Figure 1. It shows a tiny baby girl, born at 26 weeks’ gestation and weighing less than one pound, “seeking the comfort of human touch….”

Source: Touching story: 26-week-old preemie reaches out to nurse with tiny hand in captivating photo | News | LifeSite

College Students Claim Objective ‘Truth’ Is A Racist ‘Myth’ | Daily Wire

April 25, 2017

“…Historically, white supremacy has venerated the idea of objectivity, and wielded a dichotomy of ‘subjectivity vs. objectivity’ as a means of silencing oppressed peoples. The idea that there is a single truth–’the Truth’–is a construct of the Euro-West that is deeply rooted in the Enlightenment, which was a movement that also described Black and Brown people as both subhuman and impervious to pain. This construction is a myth and white supremacy, imperialism, colonization, capitalism, and the United States of America are all of its progeny. The idea that the truth is an entity for which we must search, in matters that endanger our abilities to exist in open spaces, is an attempt to silence oppressed peoples…”

Source: College Students Claim Objective ‘Truth’ Is A Racist ‘Myth’ | Daily Wire

Abortion and Breast Cancer: Statistics of Abortion’s devastation keep piling up in the West | NRL News Today

April 24, 2017

“…NRL News readers are largely aware that I have lately been documenting the epidemic of breast cancer that has followed the expansion of abortion into Asia—China and India in particular. But lest we forget that abortion and breast cancer are still wreaking havoc among women in the West, a new authoritative paper on the state of the breast cancer epidemic in the UK has just been published…”

Source: Abortion and Breast Cancer: Statistics of Abortion’s devastation keep piling up in the West | NRL News Today

Shroud of Turin — Christ’s Blood Is Both There and on the Sudarium of Oviedo | National Review

April 23, 2017

Blood and markings on two relics venerated as burial cloths of Christ match, providing physical evidence of His torture, execution, and resurrection.

“…Another important matter is that the cadaver that was wrapped by both the Sudarium and the Shroud suffered death by crucifixion, but was afforded a Jewish burial. This is highly unusual because most crucifixion victims were left on the cross for days and the bones were later deposited in common graves. Bennett adds that the “new research establishes approximately 20 points of correlation [between the Shroud and the Sudarium], which more than satisfies the standards of proof used by most judicial systems around the world, which require only 8 to10…”

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/434153/shroud-turin-jesus-christ-blood-relic-sudarium-oviedo

Source: Shroud of Turin — Christ’s Blood Is Both There and on the Sudarium of Oviedo | National Review

Teens are becoming transgender because it’s trendy, expert says | News | LifeSite

April 22, 2017

“…Psychiatrist Stephen Stathis, who runs the gender clinic at Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and is responsible for diagnosing gender dysphoria, reports that “many” youth are “trying out being transgender” in order to stand out. Apparently, declaring oneself “transgender” is trendy. “One said to me, ‘Doctor Steve … I want to be transgender, it’s the new black,’” Stathis related…”

World gone mad!!!

Source: Teens are becoming transgender because it’s trendy, expert says | News | LifeSite

Pro-life congresswoman demolishes Planned Parenthood: ‘Abortion is not healthcare. It kills children.’ | The Pulse | LifeSite

April 21, 2017

“…Many of the facts presented by Rep. Wagner can be found in the following Live Action video, which debunks Planned Parenthood’s claim that abortion is only a small percentage of what it does. Planned Parenthood has shown in many ways that its true focus is on abortion, not on women’s healthcare:…”

Source: Pro-life congresswoman demolishes Planned Parenthood: ‘Abortion is not healthcare. It kills children.’ | The Pulse | LifeSite

Five (Bogus) Reasons Why Some Christians are Shroud Skeptics – News and Events

April 21, 2017

“At first glance, I might seem to be the least  likely candidate to be writing  an article addressing Christians’ belief’s about the Shroud of Turin, because I am Jewish . (Of course, so is the man on the Shroud)! On the other hand, I was a member of the only research team ever permitted to perform an in-depth scientific examination of the cloth . In 1978, I was one of 24 researchers who spent 120 non-stop hours over five days and nights examining it directly and performing a battery  of non- destructive tests on the cloth. We spent the next three years evaluating  all of our  data and writing the results into formal scientific papers, which were submitted and published in highly regarded peer reviewed scientific journals.  Our research ultimately conclude d that the Shroud was not an artwork . In spite of that, I remained a die-hard skeptic and it took me another 17 years before the scientific evidence finally convinced me of its authenticity…”

Source: Five Reasons Why Some Christians are Shroud Skeptics – News and Events

Nature & Scripture: Argument for God from Mathematics

April 20, 2017

“…The important point is not merely that there are regularities in nature, but that these regularities are mathematically precise, universal, and “tied together.” Einstein spoke of them as “reason incarnate.” The question we should ask is how nature came packaged in this fashion. This is certainly the question that scientists from Newton to Einstein to Heisenberg have asked – and answered. Their answer was the Mind of God…”

Source: Nature & Scripture: Argument for God from Mathematics

Bangladesh Family: ‘Vogue’ Model Killed for Refusing to Wear Islamic Garments

April 20, 2017

“…Her style of clothing was branded as ‘immodest’ and ‘un-Islamic’ even though she adhered to the dress code in the college premises by wearing a veil covering her face,” he added. “But she was criticized for wearing jeans and was repeatedly told she couldn’t wear it at the Muslim college – which has a lot of extremist connections and support…”

Source: Bangladesh Family: ‘Vogue’ Model Killed for Refusing to Wear Islamic Garments

10 babies born alive after botched abortions in 2015…in just 3 states | News | LifeSite

April 20, 2017

“…Documents from three states indicate that babies may be born alive after abortions more often then we might expect. Published data for 2015 shows that ten babies in just Florida, Minnesota, and Michigan were reported to have been born alive following an abortion attempt. The documents indicate that many more may have been born alive after abortions in previous years…”

Source: 10 babies born alive after botched abortions in 2015…in just 3 states | News | LifeSite

5 Ways to Deal with Emotional Doubt – A Clear Lens

April 20, 2017

“…According to Gary Habermas, emotional doubt is where “the factual data is judged by how one feels about it, rather than on its own merits. Thus, instead of coming to grips with the strength of the evidence, the one experiencing the quandary often responds by emoting about it.” This differs from intellectual doubt, which is where a person has reservations about the truthfulness of Christianity…”

Source: 5 Ways to Deal with Emotional Doubt – A Clear Lens

The New York Times’ editorial board just defended dismembering unborn babies…because it’s ‘safe’ | Opinion | LifeSite

April 20, 2017

“…From the beginning, the board bashed Kansas’ decision to be the first state to “ban the safest and by far the most common method of ending a second-trimester pregnancy.” That method, they said, is “dilation and evacuation, which involves dilating the cervix and removing the fetus, often in parts….”

Source: The New York Times’ editorial board just defended dismembering unborn babies…because it’s ‘safe’ | Opinion | LifeSite

In Iceland 100% of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted. Think about that. | Opinion | LifeSite

April 19, 2017

“…In Iceland,” the doctor said, “every single baby—100 percent of all those diagnosed with Down syndrome—are aborted.” The horrors of the statement above can scarcely be grasped. Iceland has become the first nation to boast of eradicating Down syndrome from its country…”

Source: In Iceland 100% of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted. Think about that. | Opinion | LifeSite

Evolutionists’ Certainty Comes from Metaphysics, Not Science | Evolution News

April 19, 2017

“…This is an example of an evolutionary prediction that has gone terribly wrong, and the fossil record gives a plethora of examples. As we have explained many times, the general character of the fossil record is precisely the opposite of what evolutionists had expected. Rather than the traditional evolutionary tree pattern of new species gradually appearing over time, the fossil record reveals the exact opposite. The strata show several bursts of new species appearing on the scene, followed by a winnowing…”

Source: Evolutionists’ Certainty Comes from Metaphysics, Not Science | Evolution News

Muslim Mob Beats Student to Death for Blasphemy – YouTube

April 19, 2017

On April 13, 2017, a Muslim mob beat Mashal Khan to death on the campus of Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, Pakistan. Khan’s crime was blasphemy. In this video, David Wood turns to the Muslim sources to see if Muhammad promoted the death penalty for blasphemy.

On April 13, 2017, a Muslim mob beat Mashal Khan to death on the campus of Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, Pakistan. Khan’s crime was blasphemy. In this video, David Wood turns to the Muslim sources to see if Muhammad promoted the death penalty for blasphemy.

‘I am not ashamed of my faith:’ Air Force officer punished for Christian view of marriage speaks out | News | LifeSite

April 19, 2017

“…Despite Madrid being completely cleared after a thorough Air Force investigation into allegations that he spoke derogatorily about homosexuals, Major Gen. John E. McCoy arbitrarily and without evidence accused Madrid of lying and issued a surprise Letter of Admonishment against him, ensuring he would never be promoted and could be demoted…”

Source: ‘I am not ashamed of my faith:’ Air Force officer punished for Christian view of marriage speaks out | News | LifeSite

New Mexico bans therapy for minors with unwanted gay attractions | News | LifeSite

April 18, 2017

“…The law bans doctors, nurses, and licensed therapists from any attempt to talk to clients about recovering from gay temptation. It also prohibits any professional from helping a boy accept that he is a male or a girl accept that she is a female…”

A tyrannical, cruel, anti-Science violation of The 1st Amendment!

Source: New Mexico bans therapy for minors with unwanted gay attractions | News | LifeSite

Christian couple says child welfare removed foster children because they refused to say Easter Bunny is real | National Post

April 18, 2017

“…Derek recounted an awkward meeting with the worker, where she told the Baars they were “required” to “affirm the existence of E.B. and S.C.” — with the worker using initials for the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus as the children were present…”

Source: Christian couple says child welfare removed foster children because they refused to say Easter Bunny is real | National Post

Jesus: Philosopher and Apologist – Christian Research Institute

April 18, 2017

“…This brief article does not do justice to the wealth of Jesus’ philosophical and apologetic arguments across a wide variety of important issues. Our sampling of Jesus’ reasoning, however, brings into serious question the indictment that Jesus praised uncritical faith over rational arguments and that He had no truck with logical consistency. On the contrary, Jesus never demeaned the proper and rigorous functioning of our God-given minds. His teaching appealed to the whole person: the imagination (parables), the will, and reasoning abilities…”

Source: Jesus: Philosopher and Apologist – Christian Research Institute

There is absolutely no scientific debate about when life begins. It begins at conception. | Opinion | Lifesitenews

April 17, 2017

“…It’s time to own up to the truth. Science has already affirmed what we have long since suspected: we can call them fertilized eggs, zygotes, morulas, blastocysts, products of conception, embryos, or fetuses, but that doesn’t change reality. And that reality is this: they are autonomous humans from the very beginning.”

Source: There is absolutely no scientific debate about when life begins. It begins at conception. | Opinion | Lifesitenews

Is Jesus as Reliable as a fingerprint? – YouTube

April 16, 2017

Hat-tip: Ken Wiebe.

“The chances that 2 people will have the same fingerprint is about 1 in 64 Billion.

That’s why fingerprints are used in criminal cases because they are considered near certain proof.

What if it was possible to be that certain about Jesus? What would qualify as “proof” of Jesus’ divine nature?

If there were prophecies that were
(1) accurate,
(2) specific,
(3) written before the events happened,
(4) which couldn’t be fulfilled on purpose,
(5) and less likely to happen than 1 chance in 64 billion
Then the case for the divine nature of Jesus could be called “proven” by modern legal standards.

For your consideration, exhibit 1

(1) The Messiah would be a descendant of Abraham. (Deuteronomy 18:18, written in 600s B.C.)
Based on world population estimates, any random person has less than a 1 in 350 chance of being the right race to fulfill this prophecy.

(2) The Messiah would be from the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10, written in the 900s B.C.) and the Messiah would be a descendant of David (2 Samuel 7:12, written in the 500s B.C.)
The odds that any given descendant of Abraham could fulfill this prophecy is about a 1 in 10 chance.

(3) The Messiah would arrive while the temple was still standing. (Malachi 3:1, written in the 400s B.C.) and the Messiah would be revealed by 33 A.D. (Daniel 9:24-27, written in the 500s B.C.)
Any person who has lived since then, had a 1 in 16 chance of being born close enough to this date.

(4) The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. (Micah 5:2, written in the 700s B.C.) There was a 1 in 3968 chance of a Roman-era Jew being born in the right place to fulfill this prophecy.

(5) The Messiah would be wounded and pierced before his death and would be assigned a grave with criminals. (Isaiah 53:5-9, written in the 700s B.C)
That has a 1 in 306 chance of being randomly fulfilled.

Virtually all credible religious, agnostic, and atheist experts of history agree
-That Jesus was born in Bethlehem,
-a descendant of Abraham, Judah and David,
-was alive during the second temple period,
-was hailed by the crowd as Messiah in 33 A.D.
-was wounded and pierced before his death,
-and was assigned a grave with criminals.

Historians also agree that the verses that predicted these things were written down hundreds of years before Jesus’ life.

Calculated together, the probability of all of these predictions being randomly fulfilled in one person is about a 1 in 68 billion chance. (1:68,000,000,000) That means it’s slightly less likely than two people having the same fingerprint which is estimated at a 1 in 64 Billion chance. (1:64,000,000,000).

So, if you trust a fingerprint as proof you should trust Jesus too…”

Gay ‘marriage’ is legal. So why aren’t gay men happy? | Opinion | LifeSite

April 16, 2017

“…But here’s the problem with the bullying hypothesis. In countries like the Netherlands and Sweden where same-sex “marriage” has been the law of the land for years, gay men remain three times more susceptible to mood disorders and three- to ten-times more likely to engage in “suicidal self-harm…”

Source: Gay ‘marriage’ is legal. So why aren’t gay men happy? | Opinion | LifeSite

My Philosophy of Mental Illness – Mike Adams

April 15, 2017

“…Acceptance. When you actually accept the idea that the he is a she then you have crossed a pretty serious line. Quite often, those who say they accept the transgender delusion are lying. They just want to come across as hip or cutting edge. But if they actually accept the delusion then they are also suffering from a delusion. Put simply, if you look at the he who says he is a she and actually come to believe he is a she you have lost your sanity. It is no different than hearing a man declare that he is a poached egg and then coming to believe that he really is a poached egg. In other words, true acceptance and internalization of craziness is properly dubbed as craziness….”

Source: My Philosophy of Mental Illness – Mike Adams

ACLU Waging All-Out War to Prevent Women From Seeing Ultrasound of Their Baby Before an Abortion | LifeNews.com

April 15, 2017

“…The ACLU represents EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville, the last abortion clinic in the state. Abortionist Tanya Franklin told the judge Thursday that some of her patients are distraught because they have to look at the ultrasound images…”

Source: ACLU Waging All-Out War to Prevent Women From Seeing Ultrasound of Their Baby Before an Abortion | LifeNews.com

Oxford’s Denis Noble Advocates “Fundamental Revision” in “Reductionist…Neo-Darwinism” | Evolution News

April 14, 2017

“…In this elegantly written and personal book world-renowned physiologist and systems biologist Denis Noble effectively argues for a fundamental revision of the theory of evolution. Against the reductionist, gene-centered approach of Neo-Darwinism, which has dominated biology for more than a century, Noble passionately pleas for a more integrated approach…”

Source: Oxford’s Denis Noble Advocates “Fundamental Revision” in “Reductionist…Neo-Darwinism” | Evolution News

Shocking Video: Planned Parenthood Director Caught Admitting Babies Born Alive After Abortion are Killed | LifeNews.com

April 14, 2017

“…Taylor explains to the investigators, “In Arizona, if the fetus comes out with any signs of life, we’re supposed to transport it. To the hospital.” When one investigator then asks, “Is there any standard procedure for verifying signs of of life?”Taylor replies, “Well, the thing is, I mean the key is, you need to pay attention to who’s in the room, right?…”

Source: Shocking Video: Planned Parenthood Director Caught Admitting Babies Born Alive After Abortion are Killed | LifeNews.com

Nebraska rejects pro-LGBTQ bill, enacts first pro-life law since 2011 | News | Lifesitenews

April 14, 2017

“…Nebraska joins at least 14 other states and 70 cities that have rejected “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” proposals in the last year, according to Liberty Counsel, which opposed LB 173. “Sexual orientation” and “gender identity” measures — always enacted in the name of nondiscrimination and equality — have for decades been the basis for punitive lawsuits and actions by state agencies and LGBT activists targeting people of faith who believe homosexuality and “gay marriage” are morally wrong…”

Bravo, Nebraska!

Source: Nebraska rejects pro-LGBTQ bill, enacts first pro-life law since 2011 | News | Lifesitenews

Evolving Icons of Evolution | Evolution News

April 14, 2017

“…In short, nothing the Grants presented rises to the level of evidence required to distinguish their view from those of intelligent design or even Young Earth Creationism. What’s perhaps most illuminating about the Grants’ article is the frank admission that, 158 years after Darwin’s Origin, and after 40 years on Daphne Major studying finches, evolutionists still do not understand microevolution, let alone macroevolution…”

Source: Evolving Icons of Evolution | Evolution News

Lesbian teacher: How I convince kids to accept gay ‘marriage’, starting at 4 years old | News | LifeSite

April 14, 2017

“…A primary grade lesbian teacher from an Ontario public school revealed in a workshop at a homosexual activist conference for teachers earlier this month how she uses her classroom to convince children as young as four to accept homosexual relationships…”

Source: Lesbian teacher: How I convince kids to accept gay ‘marriage’, starting at 4 years old | News | LifeSite

The Frustrating Fallacy of Friendship Evangelism | Cold Case Christianity

April 13, 2017

“…But there is an important fallacy underlying the concept of friendship evangelism. The reason friendship evangelism is statistically dominant is simply because we, as Christians, are so uncomfortable sharing our faith with strangers. We have created this statistical reality. We typically only share our faith with people we know, so it’s shouldn’t surprise us that these are the people who come to know something about our faith! But does it have to be this way, and more importantly, is this approach consistent with what the New Testament teaches?…”

I submit that discomfort in sharing our faith is made MUCH worse by being ignorant on how to answer rebuttals. Getting stumped can sting, so preparation is everything!

15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence…” — 1 Peter 3.

Source: The Frustrating Fallacy of Friendship Evangelism | Cold Case Christianity

(49) The New Stockholm Syndrome – YouTube

April 13, 2017

“Stockholm syndrome” occurs when hostages form an emotional or psychological bond with their captors. But there’s a new kind of Stockholm syndrome that occurs when victims of terror defend the ideology that promotes terrorist attacks.

Lee Strobel: Young people are ‘looking for something solid’ in today’s ‘post-truth’ culture – TheBlaze

April 13, 2017

“…[The scholar] said, ‘Young people especially are not interested in evidence for the faith, they’re just not interested,’” Strobel recalled. “So I went home and told Leslie , ‘No one’s gonna read my book. I’m wasting my time!’”

But when the book released in the late ’90s — and every year since — the “single biggest group of people” who have read the book, reached out, and subsequently come to the Christian faith have been 16- to 23-year-olds, Strobel told Christianity Today’s Richard Clark…”

Source: Lee Strobel: Young people are ‘looking for something solid’ in today’s ‘post-truth’ culture – TheBlaze

Your Kids Need to Think Critically About the Resurrection…Because Secular Media Does Not

April 13, 2017

“…Every year at Easter time, secular publications feature articles on the resurrection, and every year they’re cringe-worthy.

In this post, I’ll highlight two key ways this particular article actually teaches bad critical thinking, then provide a three-point framework for helping your kids think more logically about the subject…”

Source: Your Kids Need to Think Critically About the Resurrection…Because Secular Media Does Not

Truthbomb Apologetics: Video: What Good is Christianity?

April 13, 2017

“…In this new video, the Impact360 Institute argues that “2,000 years ago Jesus Nazareth turned the world upside down…the historical record is unmistakably clear…no other cultural influence, no othersocial movement, no other teaching philosophy or religion, has done more to promote the well-being of more people than Christianity.”

This video is a sound refutation of the contention that religion poisons everything…”

Source: Truthbomb Apologetics: Video: What Good is Christianity?

When two reporters decided to watch a D&E dismemberment abortion, this is what they saw

April 13, 2017

“…Abortionists themselves have admitted to the graphic nature of the D&E. Testifying under oath, abortionist Timothy Johnson said:

THE COURT: Doctor, when you’re actually performing the removal of the fetus from the uterus, that process usually results in dismemberment of the fetus; is that correct?

THE WITNESS:  Usually in my case. Yes, sir.

He also answered questions about crushing the baby’s skull:

THE WITNESS: “The instruments are thick enough and heavy enough that you can actually grasp and crush with those instruments as if you were picking up salad…”

THE COURT: “Except here you are crushing the head of a baby.”

THE WITNESS: “Correct.”

He was later asked:

THE COURT: Does it ever cross your mind when you are doing a dismemberment?

THE WITNESS: I guess whenever I –

THE COURT: Simple question, Doctor. Does it cross your mind?

THE WITNESS: Does the fetus having pain cross your mind?

THE COURT: Yes.

THE WITNESS: No.

THE COURT: Never crossed your mind.

THE WITNESS: No.

Abortionist Philip Bennett put it even more flippantly:

I dismember the fetus – pull it apart limb from limb – and remove it piece by piece and two hours later I’ve forgotten them…”

Source: When two reporters decided to watch a D&E dismemberment abortion, this is what they saw

Michael I. Kaplan: Christians WILL NOT Defeat Anti-God Bias with Biblical Illiteracy

April 13, 2017

“…Fewer than half of all adults can name the four Gospels. Many Christians cannot identify more than two or three of Christ’s disciples. 82 % of Americans believe that, “God helps those who help themselves,” is a Bible verse. 60 % of Americans can’t name even five of the Ten Commandments. 50 % of high school students thought that Sodom and Gomorrah were husband and wife. Many Americans believe that the Sermon on the Mount was preached by Billy Graham. 12 % of adults believe that Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife.

‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Becauseyou have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.’~ Hosea 4:6 ~…”

Source: Michael I. Kaplan: Christians WILL NOT Defeat Anti-God Bias with Biblical Illiteracy

Planned Parenthood claims to fight breast cancer… but they’re actually causing it | Opinion | LifeSite

April 12, 2017

“…However, the literal meaning of “reproductive health” is incompatible with two of Planned Parenthood’s main activities: abortion and the provision of hormonal contraception. For at least two decades researchers have been tracing a link between these birth control methods and the rising incidence of breast cancer – a link denied or ignored by the scientific and medical establishment…”

Source: Planned Parenthood claims to fight breast cancer… but they’re actually causing it | Opinion | LifeSite

Reasons To Believe : Does the Evolutionary Paradigm Stymie Scientific Advance?

April 10, 2017

“…Many regard the shared “junk DNA” sequences in the genomes of humans and the great apes as the most compelling evidence for evolution. When the human genome sequence was first reported in the early 2000s, geneticists estimated that at least 95 percent of human DNA sequences are junk.

Over the last decade, discovery after discovery has demonstrated that many classes of junk DNA display function. In fact, the ENCODE project indicates that a vast proportion of the human genome is functional, not junk.

Yet, many evolutionary biologists reject the results of the ENCODE project, insisting that this research effort has mistakenly assigned function to many of the human genome DNA sequences. Why are evolutionary biologists skeptical of the ENCODE project results? It is because if these results are valid, then the evolutionary paradigm can’t be correct…”

Source: Reasons To Believe : Does the Evolutionary Paradigm Stymie Scientific Advance?

Protein families are still improbably astonishing – retraction of Matlock and Swamidass paper in order? | Uncommon Descent

April 10, 2017

“…A more realistic simulation falsifies the conclusions in the Matlock and Swamidass paper. At present, their paper falls substantially short of the standard we should expect for science, and requires significant revision if it is to be salvaged. More likely, it should be retracted from the public archive bioRxiv…”

Source: Protein families are still improbably astonishing – retraction of Matlock and Swamidass paper in order? | Uncommon Descent

Abortion: a consequence of the ideological veiling of reality | NRL News Today

April 8, 2017

“…As I processed this experience over the next few hours, and into the next few days, I could not help but sum it up as the unveiling of reality. From the earliest moments of my pregnancy I have mused over how much happens outside of our control, and in fact outside of our awareness. In the beginning, when all you feel is sickness, it’s hard sometimes to believe that it is even real. Yet, there on the screen, I was given a glimpse into the reality of what was occurring, the unfolding of a little life…”

Source: Abortion: a consequence of the ideological veiling of reality | NRL News Today

Media Ignores California Attorney General’s Links to Planned Parenthood | Heat Street

April 8, 2017

“…Omitted from AP’s original reporting and several other mainstream outlets including Buzzfeed, NBC, CNN, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, NPR and Washington Post is that Becerra, a former Democrat congressman received thousands of dollars in donations from Planned Parenthood over the course of his career, including $1000 as recently as 2014. Over the course of his congressional career, Beccerra received over $7,000 in donations from Planned Parenthood, which also receives public funds.  This seems like an important detail that’s been omitted from news reports…”

Source: Media Ignores California Attorney General’s Links to Planned Parenthood | Heat Street

Mom went to drastic measures to save her preborn baby boy… and it worked

April 7, 2017

“…What Adams learned is that women in other countries, including the United States, were able to help their preborn children after their water broke too soon by drinking an excessive amount of water. When the mother drinks more water, her baby is also drinking more water and, as a result, urinating more frequently, creating amniotic fluid. After six days in the hospital, Adams was sent home, where she began to constantly sip water, hoping to make it to 24 weeks gestation, when doctors would be more willing to help her son if he were born too soon…”

Source: Mom went to drastic measures to save her preborn baby boy… and it worked

Study: Only 4 Percent of Millennials Hold a “Biblical Worldview” | The Stream

April 7, 2017

“…Millennials are so far to the left-of-center” that “even a typical amount of repositioning” will leave them very liberal, says George Barna. It’s unlikely that even 10 percent will ever hold a biblical worldview, he says. Barna is the Executive Director of the ACFI and is cited in the study…”

The Church is certainly to blame for part of this, namely, teaching cotton-candy (Emotionalism, Fideism, Presuppositionalism, Calvinism, wooden Literalism, etc.) rather than sound Apologetics. In a world where knowledge and cynicism are increasing daily, shaky reasoning is a tough sell.

Source: Study: Only 4 Percent of Millennials Hold a “Biblical Worldview” | The Stream

Cosmology’s Serious Embarrassment–The Need for God – PastorBrianChilton.wordpress.com

April 6, 2017

“…Cofield described the embarrassment in further detail by denoting the problem of “vacuum catastrophe. Truly empty space, sucked dry of any air or particles, still has an inherent energy to it, according to observations” (Cofield 2015). Cofield further described that “when scientists use theories of quantum mechanics to try to calculate this vacuum energy, their results differ from the measured results by about 120 orders of magnitude, or the number 1 followed by 120 zeroes” (Cofield 2015)…”

Source: Cosmology’s Serious Embarrassment–The Need for God – PastorBrianChilton.wordpress.com