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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

Law Review Article Documents the Role of Anti-Religious Activism in Evolution Advocacy – Evolution News & Views

June 17, 2016

“…But Luskin notes that even Francis Collins — a leading biologist, who is deeply religious and an evolutionist — has observed these tensions result not necessarily from the religious community but from atheists in the scientific community who have aggressively used science to attack religion. Collins says: I don’t think it’s fair to blame believers for getting defensive about attacks on the Bible when they see their whole belief system is under attack from some members of the scientific community who are using the platform of science to say, “We don’t need God anymore, that was all superstition, and you guys should get over it.” Believers then feel some requirement to respond, and this has led to an unfortunate escalation of charges and countercharges.”

Source: Law Review Article Documents the Role of Anti-Religious Activism in Evolution Advocacy – Evolution News & Views

Universities Shouldn’t Hire Evolution Dissenters, Says Intellectual Diversity Advocate – Evolution News & Views

June 15, 2016

“What? First, Kristof groups dissent from evolution with racism. Second, he labels anyone who questions evolutionary theory as “a nincompoop.” Not only is this not complimentary, but it ignores the growing scientific dissent from neo-Darwinism.”

Source: Universities Shouldn’t Hire Evolution Dissenters, Says Intellectual Diversity Advocate – Evolution News & Views

Why Evolution is Different | Uncommon Descent

June 14, 2016

“…if an increase in order is extremely improbable when a system is isolated, it is still extremely improbable when the system is open, unless something is entering which makes it not extremely improbable.” The fact that order can increase in an open system does not mean that tornados can turn rubble into houses and cars, and it does not mean that computers can appear on a barren planet as long as the planet receives solar energy; something must be entering our open system which makes the appearance of computers not extremely improbable, for example: computers.”

Professor Granville Sewell

Source: Why Evolution is Different | Uncommon Descent

When Does Cultural Insanity Hit the Breaking Point? | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

June 10, 2016

“The gorilla protesters aren’t a big thing by themselves. However, the event is indicative of a very scary trend that has been developing rather quickly in society. People have basically decoupled themselves from reality. We have seen it in the transgender issue where people not only wish to believe their desire is enough to change the reality of their biology; they demand that everyone else reinforce their desire.”

Source: When Does Cultural Insanity Hit the Breaking Point? | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

From the BBC, Human Evolution in 15 Easy Steps – Evolution News & Views

June 4, 2016

“The subhead reads:

‘Over the course of several million years, apes gradually transformed into humans. This video shows you the key changes along the way.’

More accurately, it should say: ‘Over the course of several million years, apes gradually transformed into humans, so it is said. This video shows you the key changes some speculations that are currently popular in the media, but disputed in the scientific literature, about how it might have happened.'”

Source: From the BBC, Human Evolution in 15 Easy Steps – Evolution News & Views

Darwin’s God: The Naked Ape: BioLogos on Human Chromosome Two

June 3, 2016

“It is crucial that we understand and teach the science without bias. As we have seen, common descent in general, and the particular case of chimp-human common descent, are astronomically unlikely. This is no mystery. These problems and contradictions are from the empirical evidence. Common descent makes no sense on the science. And the arguments and evidences given by evolutionists in support of common descent do nothing to change this. In fact, generally they do not even address the problems and contradictions. I hope that changes.”

Source: Darwin’s God: The Naked Ape: BioLogos on Human Chromosome Two

The patients whose cancer just dies | Uncommon Descent

June 3, 2016

“What happened to Grace is sometimes called by another biblical name: the Lazarus effect, after the story in which Jesus stands outside the tomb of Lazarus of Bethany and summons him back to life. Many veteran oncologists have seen cases like Grace’s, and the stories of these unlikely recoveries, shared online or by word of mouth, have become a source of hope for patients. Yet for the field itself, the Lazarus effect has been a source of persistent frustration.”

Source: The patients whose cancer just dies | Uncommon Descent

Obama’s Transgender Orders: 43 Republican Traitors Supported Them | National Review

May 28, 2016

Malignant insanity:

“I was up in the wee hours after midnight Thursday when Daniel Horowitz’s tweet crossed my radar: The GOP-controlled House had just voted in the dead of night to write into law Obama’s executive order banning federal contractors who “discriminate” against transgendered individuals.We all know now what that means: If you refuse to let anatomical males into your women’s dressing rooms, locker rooms, or bathrooms, you are just a bigoted hater, end of story.#ad#Just ask Representative Zoe Lofgren (D., Calif.), who descended, Trumplike, to insults when challenged by a witness. “You’re a bigot, lady,” she said, wagging her finger disapprovingly at Gail Heriot, who is a law professor and member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.Or ask the poor Queens bartender, or Brooklyn dry cleaner, who now faces massive fines for failing to adequately grasp how to address the 31 genders, beginning with “bi-gendered,” and including “cross-dresser, Drag King, Drag Queen, woman, man, butch,” and my personal favorite, “non-binary transgender androgyne.”Given that the Obama administration, in the last few years, has unilaterally redefined prohibitions on sex discrimination throughout federal law to include LGBT individuals, the willingness of Republicans to step forward and positively reinforce his agenda with legislative action is pretty remarkable. As Horowitz wrote, it “would forever lay down the marker that Republicans are okay with making transgenderism a legitimate national religion codified into law.”RELATED: This Is Not about Jim CrowWho are the 43 Republicans who actively sided with the Democrats so fully that they were willing to insert transgender protections in an unrelated bill?Here is the list of the GOP 43:Amash (Mich., third congressional district), Brooks, S. (Ind., 5), Coffman (Colo., 6), Costello (Penn., 6), Curbelo (Fla., ), Davis, R. (Ill., 13), Denham (Calif., 10), Dent (Penn., 15), Diaz-Balart (Fla., 25), Dold (Ill., 10), Donovan (N.Y., 11), Emmer (Minn., 6), Fitzpatrick (Penn., 8), Frelinghuysen (N.J., 11), Gibson (N.Y., 19), Heck (Nev., 3), Hurd (Texas, 23), Issa (Calif., 49), Jolly (Fla., 13), Katko (N.Y., 24), Kinzinger (Ill., 16), Lance (N.J., 7), LoBiondo (N.J., 2), MacArthur (N.J., 3), McSally (Ariz., 2), Meehan (Penn., 7), Messer (Ind., 6), Paulsen (Minn., 3), Poliquin (Maine, 2), Reed, (N.Y., 23), Reichert (Wash., 8), Renacci (Ohio, 16), Rooney (Fla., 17), Ros-Lehtinen (Fla., 27), Shimkus (Ill., 15), Stefanik (N.Y., 21), Upton (Mich., 6), Valadao (Calif., 21), Walden (Ore., 2), Walters (Calif., 45), Young, D. (Iowa, 3), Young, T. (Ind., 9), Zeldin (N.Y., 1).#share#Tom Emmer was the Republican nominee for governor of Minnesota when a GOP-controlled state legislature elected to put the question of gay marriage to voters. Even though the state’s electorate actually approved gay marriage, Emmer lost his race, and was treated as a pariah in certain circles. Hamline University withdrew an offer to let him teach when faculty complained about his “bigotry.” Apparently he has learned his lesson. (I called Emmer’s office and asked for an explanation of his vote but have received no response.)Michigan’s Justin Amash is (or was) a tea-party favorite, a fan of Ron and Rand Paul, the great next-gen hope of the Liberty Movement. I called Amash’s office to ask why he voted as he did. Jordan Bush, Amash’s district director, referred me to his boss’s Twitter account, where he wrote, “They are mischaracterizing the amdt. It simply prohibits discrimination by VA/military construction contractors in hiring.” In response to another question about his vote, Amash wrote, “Contrary to what some claim, this amendment preserves all existing religious liberty protections from the Bush administration,” leaving unanswered the question of whether refusing to let people with penises into women’s most private spaces is really discrimination or not.RELATED: Transgender Activism Has Produced a Legal AbsurdityAmash’s defection represents the problem with bending over backward to avoid the Left’s charges of hatred and discrimination on all things LGBT: It puts liberals in control of what the conservative movement can do and say on basic issues of human rights and human decency. If only one party is fighting, that party is going to win eventually.But defeatism in the name of realism is no virtue, and it’s politically stupid, to boot.In an April 25 news release, Public Policy Polling, the Democratic pollster, claimed in a headline, “HB2 Deeply Unpopular in North Carolina,” and confidently predicted that Governor Pat McCrory’s support for the now-famous bill may have “closed the door on any chance” he had of winning reelection. Instead, a new Civitas poll shows that McCrory has surged 9 points, to take a five-point lead in his campaign, a 15-point swing in just a month.RELATED: Turning American Law Upside Down for the TransgenderedI went to bed last night astonished by the betrayal of so many House Republicans. I woke up to find that…”

Source: Obama’s Transgender Orders: 43 Republican Traitors Supported Them | National Review

Debating Common Ancestry – Evolution News & Views

May 27, 2016

“You can see it on display in the recent, fascinating exchanges between ID proponents Cornelius Hunter (a biologist and Discovery Institute Fellow) and ID-supporter Vincent Torley, a gifted philosopher who writes at Uncommon Descent. This type of robust exchange on the evidence for common descent is the sort of thing you would be hard pressed to find among supporters of modern Darwinism, either atheist or religious.”

Source: Debating Common Ancestry – Evolution News & Views

Truthbomb Apologetics: Does the Reference to Jesus as a “Mighty God” indicate that Jesus is a Lesser God than God the Father?

May 26, 2016

“The folly of the Watchtower position is at once evident in the fact that Jehovah himself is called a ‘Mighty God’ in the very next chapter of Isaiah (10:21). That both Jehovah and Jesus are called ‘Mighty God’ in the same book within the same section demonstrates their equality.”

Source: Truthbomb Apologetics: Does the Reference to Jesus as a “Mighty God” indicate that Jesus is a Lesser God than God the Father?

And then Bill Gates said, You’re fired! | Uncommon Descent

May 26, 2016

“Kirk Durston, picking on the theme, offers a translation from the Darwinspeak:

The authors are blowing smoke here so far as thinking they are offering a scientific explanation. To illustrate, I’ve translated the paragraph to explain how the full range of personal computers has arisen. Here goes … “It is now generally accepted that the emergence of increasingly complex personal computers was accompanied by a corresponding increase in the complexity of information required to build them, entailing both an expansion in the amount of memory required to store it all, and more elaborate instructions as to the assembly procedure. Only by recombining the information on the SSD by way of randomly duplicating small sections of information here and there, and shuffling it around and saving it in random spots here and there on an SSD can adequately account for this massive increase in the number of components needed to assemble personal computers and the complexity of how the parts are produced and assembled.”

Brilliant! Now we know how it all happened. Crystal clear! (Face-palm)”

Source: And then Bill Gates said, You’re fired! | Uncommon Descent

In a Debate with Peter Singer, Richard Weikart Drills Down to the Bottom of Atheist Ethics – Evolution News & Views

May 26, 2016

“Singer is careful to say he is not a believer in evolutionary ethics, in the sense of moral ideas that follow from the fact, as he sees it, of Darwinian evolution. But living in a cosmos resulting from random, undirected churning is why he, like Susan Blackmore, insists that life can’t have an ultimate, objective meaning.”

Source: In a Debate with Peter Singer, Richard Weikart Drills Down to the Bottom of Atheist Ethics – Evolution News & Views

New ID book by Oxford Biologist from HarperCollins

May 24, 2016

“Starting with the hallowed halls of academic science, Axe dismantles the widespread belief that Darwin’s theory of evolution is indisputably true, showing instead that a gaping hole has been at its center from the beginning. He then explains in plain English the science that proves our design intuition scientifically valid. Lastly, he uses everyday experience to empower ordinary people to defend their design intuition, giving them the confidence and courage to explain why it has to be true and the vision to imagine what biology will become when people stand up for this truth.”

Source: New ID book from HarperCollins | Uncommon Descent

Richard Weikart on the Revealing Inconsistencies of Scientific Materialism – Evolution News & Views

May 23, 2016

“[C]onsider how Richard Dawkins responded when Larry Taunton asked in an interview if his rejection of external moral standards meant that Islamic extremists might not be wrong. Dawkins replied, “What’s to prevent us from saying Hitler wasn’t right? I mean, that is a genuinely difficult question.” Taunton admitted that he was stupefied by Dawkins’s answer — as he should have been. Anyone who thinks that making a moral judgment about Hitler is difficult has lost their moral compass completely and has no business pontificating about any moral issue (or proclaiming that he has discovered the “root of all evil” — which is what he called religion, of course). (p. 80)”

Source: Richard Weikart on the Revealing Inconsistencies of Scientific Materialism – Evolution News & Views

Transgender Bathrooms & Basketball – Free Thinking Ministries

May 21, 2016

“Should a convicted pedophile be able to perceive himself as a non-pedophile and then have access to children because of his new “perceived reality”? Should a blind person be able to perceive himself as a “seeing person” and receive a driver’s license. . . can I perceive myself on April 15 as a person who made no money the previous year and avoid tax liability? . . . But are we not discriminating against the blind, the pedophile, and the taxpayer by not allowing them the right to define their own status according to their subjective perception?

The point is that perceived gender is a denial of the reality of the mind-independent world. It is false knowledge with respect to the correspondence theory of truth. The transgender and related sexual deviancy legal issues are simply the worst examples of legal sophistry around today.”

Source: Transgender Bathrooms & Basketball – Free Thinking Ministries

Four Self-Refuting Statements Heard on College Campuses Across America | Cold Case Christianity

May 18, 2016

“There are times when our words collapse under their own weight. As I train university aged Christians around the country and listen carefully to their common college experiences, I’ve started to collect some of the more popular self-refuting statements uttered by college professors. Here are the top four:…”

Source: Four Self-Refuting Statements Heard on College Campuses Across America | Cold Case Christianity

Rafting Monkeys “Fill a Gap” in Evolutionary Theory? – Evolution News & Views

May 17, 2016

“Early anthropoid (humanlike) monkeys were flourishing in Asia at that time. But they also, somehow, found a way to migrate across the watery barrier to Africa. And since monkeys don’t really swim, scientists’ best theory about their migration is — I kid you not — that they sailed across on rafts made of trees.”You’re laughing,” Beard said…”

Source: Rafting Monkeys “Fill a Gap” in Evolutionary Theory? – Evolution News & Views

In Court Rulings on Teaching Origins Science, Law Review Article Finds a Double Standard – Evolution News & Views

May 16, 2016

“The Lemon test states that, “First, the statute must have a secular legislative purpose; second, its principal or primary effect must be one that neither advances nor inhibits religion… finally, the statute must not foster ‘an excessive government entanglement with religion.'” Under this rule, only a “primary effect” that advances religion can cause a government policy to be declared unconstitutional; “secondary” or “incidental” effects are not constitutionally fatal.”

Source: In Court Rulings on Teaching Origins Science, Law Review Article Finds a Double Standard – Evolution News & Views

In supporting Trump, evangelicals are reaping what they’ve sown (COMMENTARY) | Religion News Service

May 13, 2016

“In 1994, Mark Noll, a history professor at evangelical Wheaton College published “The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind.” The book began with what is now a much-quoted phrase among the evangelical intelligentsia: “The scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind.” Noll then went on to describe a deep-seated anti-intellectual impulse that has long characterized American evangelicalism.”

Source: In supporting Trump, evangelicals are reaping what they’ve sown (COMMENTARY) | Religion News Service

Despite loving, Christian parents, I left the faith

May 13, 2016

“On the outside, my image didn’t add up. I was raised in a devout Christian home, went to a private Christian school, had amazing parental examples, and was taught to memorize the Bible from a young age. But by the time I got to high school I’d grown bored with everything that had to do with God and church. Blah, blah – I knew the stories. Blah, blah – Christ died. Blah, blah – life with God is wonderful. Blah, blah, blah. I was tired of the same old, same old.”

If objective reasons are not given, no amount of pious bloviating or formulaic Appeals to Authority will suffice.

Source: Despite loving, Christian parents, I left the faith

First They Came for the Climate Skeptics – Evolution News & Views

May 11, 2016

“Yet the goal of these state attorneys general seems to be to treat disagreement as something more or less criminal. That’s wrong. As the Supreme Court wrote in West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, “If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion.”

Source: First They Came for the Climate Skeptics – Evolution News & Views

CPBD 040: Luke Barnes – 11 Responses to Fine-Tuning

May 7, 2016

This is an atheist website, but the guy treats Dr. Barnes fairly regarding the indisputable fine-tuning in the universe for life:

“Frankly, once you listen to this episode you will be better equipped to discuss fine-tuning than 90% of the people who discuss it on the internet. This episode will help clarify the thinking of anyone – including and perhaps especially professional philosophers – about the fine-tuning of the universe.”

Source: CPBD 040: Luke Barnes – 11 Responses to Fine-Tuning