“…The basic problem, he contends, is that current biology requires us to view life forms as machines. Yet a key characteristic of life forms is the intention of remaining alive and purposeful activity toward that end. For Turner, homeostasis (the way a life form balances itself within an environment and all of its cells balance themselves within it in order to stay alive) is central to understanding life, but largely ignored…”
“…So what is “teleonomy”? Mainstream scientists continue to be philosophically allergic to the idea that design (the observation) is caused by design (the intelligent process), or too afraid to be seen to acknowledge it. This has led to the coining of a new term and a new distinction: the hard-to-deny facts of biological purpose and design are now labelled “teleonomy,” whilst the contentious and frightening “theological” idea of a primordial actor or creator is now labelled as “teleology.” They loudly assert that teleology has long been discounted and now teleonomy takes its place. That’s fine if you want to believe it. All we are going to do here is to point out that facts have driven biology back towards notions of design, and mainstream scientists are going as far as they dare to bring back into biology thoughts that most of us already knew intuitively. Good for them…” May it continue.
“Robert Dean has become a friend of mine. Over the years, Robert produced a number of television programs featuring my cold-cases, beginning with an episode of North Mission Road featuring the murder of Barbara Bradford. Yesterday, Robert sent me a link to several episodes of Dateline in which my cases were presented (Robert was the producer on most of these shows). I was grateful because I previously hosted these episodes on our YouTube Channel but didn’t want to violate NBC Universal’s copyright. So, here are links to the episodes as they are hosted on the NBC Dateline website:..”
“Around this time of year, it is very common to hear the oft-repeated claim that Christmas is a pagan holiday and that Christians ought not celebrate it. Below, I have assembled resources that address some of the common concerns both Christian and non-Christians have around this time of year…”
“The scientific discoveries that might have supported the naturalist view of the universe, life, and the human mind have never actually occurred. Stubborn problems, old and new, make such discoveries less likely than ever. New technology in neuroscience, for example, has enabled unexpected new findings that point unambiguously in a non-naturalist direction, raising the suspicion of more such findings to come.Naturalists are not taking it well; fighting superstition is easier than fighting magnetic resonance imaging. For some decades, we have simply been informed that “science would find the answer” to stubborn problems. But what happens if “stubborn problems” are signals that our ideas are incomplete and new insights are needed?..”
“As many of you already know from social media, Melinda (the “Enforcer,” as many of you know her from the podcast) had a serious accident yesterday morning. She fell from a ladder, hit her head, and was unconscious, bleeding from nose and ears. Tests at UCLA showed that her skull was fractured, there was internal bleeding in three places, and pressure was building up inside her skull approaching lethal levels…”
“If the church loses the intellectual battle in one generation, then evangelism will become immeasurably more difficult in the next. The war is not yet lost, and it is one which we must not lose: souls of men and women hang in the balance. For the sake of greater effectiveness in witnessing to Jesus Christ Himself, as well as for their own sakes, evangelicals cannot afford to keep on living on the periphery of responsible intellectual existence.” — William Lane Craig (from, Hard Questions, Real Answers)
“Today’s post features a free e-book written to commemorate the late Christian apologist and author C.S. Lewis. The book discusses:
The most academically prestigious school on the list is Biola University and its graduate extension Talbot Theological Seminary. Their faculty includes such notables as William Lane Craig, J.P. Moreland, Philip Johnson, Craig Hazen, John Mark Reynolds, Doug Geivett, Scott Rae, Greg Koukl, Paul Nelson, and others.
Graduates of Biola are generally top-notch philosophers and academic apologists. Biola prioritizes transforming collegiate education in America by placing its graduates in prestigious PhD programs around the country. Also, the campus culture is apologetics-intensive, with numerous free and low-cost lectures and conferences, some which take place elsewhere around the country and can be used towards fulfilling the residency requirement for out-of-state students.
Set in Los Angeles, the cost of living is high and the traffic can be a real problem, hindering accessibility. Another downside is the lack of online learning options. The 36–credit hour M.A. in Apologetics can be achieved through a distance-learning track, but even it has an on-campus requirement (via two week-long, intensive modules). On the other hand, the 9- to 10-hour distance-learning “certificate in apologetics” can be transferred into the M.A. in Apologetics program for up to 6 units of credit.
The cost for Biola is higher than most at $485 per credit hour, but there are no accreditation issues to worry about…”
“…Attorneys general from 12 states urged a federal court this week to allow states to protect pain-capable unborn babies from abortion.
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the brief Thursday in support of North Carolina, which prohibits abortions after 20 weeks when strong scientific evidence indicates unborn babies can feel pain…”
…and what I recognized to my surprise is that the arguments I found in those books were totally different from what I heard either from colleagues or when you watch Youtube videos where the discussion is around intelligent design versus NeoDarwinian evolution. And I had the impression on one side that those people are mistreated – their position is misrepresented and on the other hand that these arguments are not really receiving an appropriate response. And they have merit…”
“…Leading U.S. senators have weighed in on the Col. Leland Bohannon controversy, condemning his treatment on religious liberty grounds and demanding an investigation into his case so that justice is “restored.”Bohannon was the commander of the Air Force Inspection Agency at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. A highly decorated officer and veteran of two wars, he was stripped of his command just before being promoted to Brigadier General and his elevation was cancelled because he didn’t sign a document endorsing same-sex “marriage.”
“Col. Bohannon has suffered severely on account of the Equal Opportunity investigator’s mishandling of his religious liberty rights,” the letter stated. “The Air Force owes it to him to see that justice is restored, along with his good name…”
Understanding these will help you reject bogus Christologies:
“Over the centuries, believers have sometimes struggled to understand the nature of God and the great mystery of Jesus. The Bible describes Jesus as having the nature and power of God, and the Gospel of John tells us that He existed before the universe began (He was, in fact, the creator of the universe). At the same time, the Bible teaches Jesus was fully human and died on the cross. Efforts to reconcile the Divine and human nature of Jesus have resulted in a number of classic and historic misinterpretations:..”
“This is a page designed to offer various critiques and answers to the arguments offered up by opponents of Christianity. I will be adding more names to the list. If you have a specific skeptic that you think should be included or an excellent response to one already on the list, please let me know via the comments…”
Follow the link for an excellent collection of responses:
“…I’ve repeatedly asked myself, “How can I position myself financially, educationally, experientially and influentially to have the most Kingdom impact possible once I’m done with my career as a homicide detective? What can I do now to make my opportunities in the second half of life even greater?” My goal has been to prepare myself for a season of Christian Case Making in the second half of my life, built on everything I’ve learned and achieved in the first half of my life. If you’re interested in Christian apologetics (Christian Case Making) and are still a bit younger than I am, my experience may be helpful to you. Here’s how I approached this season of ministry:..”
“…The following gives a sense of the degree of fine-tuning that must go into some of these values to yield a life-friendly universe:
Gravitational constant: 1 part in 10^34
Electromagnetic force versus force of gravity: 1 part in 10^37
Cosmological constant: 1 part in 10^120
Mass density of universe: 1 part in 10^59
Expansion rate of universe: 1 part in 10^55
Initial entropy: 1 part in 10^ (10^123)
The last item in the list — the initial entropy of the universe — shows an astounding degree of fine-tuning. What all this shares is an incredible, astronomically precise, purposeful care and planning that went into the crafting of the laws and constants of the universe, gesturing unmistakably to intelligent design. As Nobel laureate in physics Charles Townes stated:
Intelligent design, as one sees it from a scientific point of view, seems to be quite real. This is a very special universe: it’s remarkable that it came out just this way. If the laws of physics weren’t just the way they are, we couldn’t be here at all. The sun couldn’t be there, the laws of gravity and nuclear laws and magnetic theory, quantum mechanics, and so on have to be just the way they are for us to be here…”
“…I wasn’t a Christian until I was about thirty-five, and back in those days, I didn’t even know there was a field of study called apologetics. I was just presented with the person of Jesus, and I thought, well, I need to know, Do the gospels tell me something I can trust? And I just applied the skillset that I had for testing eyewitnesses. I’m usually working in cases that are old, which haven’t been solved. I worked cold cases, so that skillset actually came in handy. That’s the only technique I had available to me, that’s the only thing I knew in my professional work. So that’s the approach I took. It was very much an investigative approach from the top down…” — Cold case detective J. Warner Wallace.
“…Close-up views of molecular machines really put the intelligence and design into ID. Consider that none of this was known just half a century ago. We’re living in exciting times for design biology. Real machines, doing real physical work in a meaningful way — it’s no wonder that all of these papers and articles are embarrassingly silent about evolution…”
“I love listening to debates.I have found a lot of them on YouTube.
Debates where New Atheists, (folks like Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Anthony Flew, Richard Dawkins, and their ilk), go up against Christian Apologists, (like William Lane Craig, Gary Habermas, Frank Turek, Ravi Zacharias, et al.)
Very often, the subject matter is described as “Science vs Religion” which is a major misunderstanding.
Science and religion, at least the Christian Worldview, are not in conflict at all…”
“Delaware is pushing a new state regulation that would allow children to self-select their name, gender, and race without parental consent.The policy, proposed earlier this month by the state’s Department of Education, would allow public schools to bypass parental consent to student changes involving “protected characteristics,” including race, gender, and sexual orientation, if the school deems the parents unsupportive…”
It’s a bummer that morons and idiocy are so common these days.
“Somewhere in the multiverse, there’s an alternative reality where one of Earth’s leading newspapers, the New York Times, presents a visit to Discovery Institute and a consideration of issues relating to evolution, intelligent design, and academic freedom in an entirely fair and objective manner. But that universe is not our own.Still, a short documentary via the Times represents some minor progress. (Click here to go there.) It’s a “Retro Report” video, running about 10 minutes, “presented…to provide a thoughtful counterweight to today’s 24/7 news cycle.” It’s accompanied by an article by reporter Clyde Haberman, and the idea is to look back at events of the past and their legacies. Here, the past events are the Scopes trial and Kitzmiller v. Dover…”
“…Recently, The New York Times published a column claiming that Facebook is ignoring fake news masquerading as pro-life articles and viewpoints. In it, Rossalyn Warren laments that the massive social media platform has not done more to weed out what she refers to as misinformation from pro-life news sites.The major flaw in Warren’s column is obvious from the beginning. From the outset to the conclusion, she does very little to successfully explain why any of the articles, examples, or pro-life news sites that she identifies actually qualify as fake news…”
“…Dr. Craig,I am troubled at the mass amount of calvinists I see who are incredibly intelligent and trustworthy christian leaders. What I mean is that, So many seem to be capable of great analysis (far beyond myself), but seem to stick their head in the sand when it comes to the problem of evil. If they don’t, then they tend to make God a self-contradicting being. Why do you think this is so?..”
“…To begin with, the claim that the Hebrew Bible, and monotheism began during the exile ignores or overlooks literally tons of epigraphic and archaeological evidence to the contrary which reveals that Hebrew Bible and the nation Israel have roots deeply embedded in real history. The first artifact discovered which referred to Israel as a people was in 1896 by the British archaeologist Sir Flinders Petrie. The find by Petrie was called the “Merneptah Stele” and is also known as the “Israel Stele.” It got its name from the fact that the main text on the stele commemorates the Egyptian Pharaoh Merneptah’s victory over the Libyans and their allies. In line 27 “Israel” is mentioned by name as one of the people groups who were conquered. What is significant is that in Egyptian hieroglyphics the determinative for “people” is used which indicates that there was a group of people who identified themselves by the name “Israel” in the 13th Century B.C…”
“…But where did this idea come from? Is it accurate? In 1896 Cornell University president Andrew Dickson White released a book entitled A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom. White is largely credited with inventing and propagating the idea that science and Christianity are adversaries in the search for truth. White cast Christians as fanatics who clung to scriptural claims that the earth was flat. But is this account true? Sociologist Rodney Stark responds,White’s book remains influential despite the fact that modern historians of science dismiss it as nothing but a polemic—White himself admitted that he wrote the book to get even with Christian critics of his plans for Cornell . . . many of White’s other accounts are as bogus as his report of the flat earth and Columbus…”
“…Key naturalist doctrines such as the multiverse cannot be established on the basis of evidence. As we have seen, however, naturalists (nature is all there is) are gradually becoming comfortable with setting aside the decision-making tools of science, such as testability, falsifiability, and Occam’s razor, in favor of acceptance of consensus. And they are happy to dismiss reason. In an age when few philosophers would wish to be called non-naturalists, key naturalist doctrines become unquestioned working assumptions. Approved science conveys acceptance of the doctrines…”
Cold Case Detective J. Warner Wallace is interviewed by Lee Strobel and describes some of his journey from skepticism to faith. Can a proper understanding of the “standard of proof” help someone overcome their skepticism?
“…In a major report at PJ Media, commentator Tyler O’Neil recounts the Wiki erasure but also delves back a little way to tell what happened to Bechly at the museum where he worked when he initially wrote about his interest in ID.
The German paleontologist told his story in a six-minute video. As museum curator at the Stuttgart Museum of Natural History, Bechly organized a 2009 exhibition to honor Charles Darwin. He set up a scale with books against evolution on one side and Darwin’s The Origin of Species on the other. The scale showed Darwin outweighing the other books, but Bechly later decided to read Darwin’s Black Box by Michael Behe, and found it scientifically convincing.
In the video, Bechly recalled reaching out to ID theorists, and finding them intellectually curious and scientifically sound. His journey to faith began with doubts about evolution, but those doubts later cost him…”
“…The New York Times rarely publishes a guest op-ed piece with which its hard left-wing editors have a significant disagreement.That’s what makes it a notable development to find, in that forum, a frontal attack on capitalism as the primary cause of environmental degradation and global warming. From “The Climate Crisis? It’s Capitalism, Stupid,” by Arizona State University’s Benjamin Y. Fong:..”
Whatever dates you ascribe to the remainder of the Gospels, the creeds within them date to much earlier. The gospel-summarizing creed in 1 Corinthians 15 is dated — even by atheist scholars — to within two years of The Resurrection:
• Gerd Lüdemann (Atheist NT professor at Göttingen): “…the elements in the tradition are to be dated to the first two years after the crucifixion of Jesus…not later than three years… the formation of the appearance traditions mentioned in I Cor.15.3-8 falls into the time between 30 and 33 CE….”
“…Vander Elst grew up in a non-Christian family with intellectually gifted but unbelieving parents, “I used to think that belief in God and the supernatural had been discredited by the advance of science, and was incompatible with liberty. Religious faith seemed to me to involve the blind worship of a cosmic dictator, and the abandonment of reason in favour of ‘revelation’. Why, in any case, should I take religion seriously, I thought, when the existence of evil and suffering clearly discredited the Christian claim that our world owed its existence to a benevolent Creator?..”
“If you’re looking for one more thing to express gratitude for at Thanksgiving, look no further than…your eyes. We take them for granted, but our ability to interact with the world through vision is beyond remarkable. At the same time, the eyes are an evolutionary icon, in two senses. In a powerful new short video written and directed by our colleague Rachel Adams, we consider the scientific evidence around the question of eye evolution…”
“…because the positive and negative energy in the universe sum to zero, therefore no cause of the universe’s coming into being is needed is hard to take seriously. This is like saying that if your debts balance your assets, then your net worth is zero, and so there is no cause of your financial situation!..”
“…God had gifted me and provided me with every material thing that is humanly possible. I was living in the top one percent of human beings on the planet and I was miserable,” De Girolami said. “I was always searching for the grass that was greener. I was unfaithful. I was not diligent with my children. I was into alcohol, lying, cheating, pornography. You name it, I did it. I was engrossed in me, me, me…”
“We know the universe began to exist. That fact is agreed upon by the majority of theists and atheists alike. But what else can we know from that fact? By conceding that the universe has a beginning, does that give us proof of the Christian God? Not really, but it gets us closer than you may initially realize…”
“…Hominin fossils generally fall into one of two groups: ape-like species and human-like species, with a large, unbridged gap between them. Despite the hype promoted by many evolutionary paleoanthropologists, the fragmented hominin fossil record does not document the evolution of humans from ape-like precursors.
“It was a small sentence — ”I will pray for you” — but it meant big trouble for Cony High School technician Toni Richardson. When Richardson offered that comfort to another Christian on staff in private, she was hauled before school officials and warned not to utter a word about her faith again.District officials kicked off the controversy last year by telling Richardson that she could “face discipline or dismissal in the future” if she expressed her faith so openly again. “I was shocked that my employer punished me for privately telling a co-worker I would pray for them,” she told reporters at the time…”
“…A traditional marriage student group defended its right to exist at a Catholic university Thursday after LGBT students claimed it was a hate group.
The student members of Love Saxa, a Georgetown University group that promotes healthy relationships through traditional marriage and premarital abstinence, defended themselves in a mandatory hearing against the complaints of two students, Justin Gasman, the president of GUPride, and Jasmin Ouseph, who claimed that Love Saxa promotes hostility toward LGBT individuals by promoting a view of marriage in line with Catholic doctrine…”
“…In the “modern” condition, feeling will come to exercise almost total mastery over the individual. This is because people in that condition will have to constantly decide what they want to do, and feeling will be all they have to go on. Here lies the secret to understanding contemporary Western life and its peculiar proneness to gross immoralities and addictions. People are overwhelmed with decisions and can only make those decisions on the basis of feelings…” — Dallas Willard
“…Devin Kelley, the Sutherland Church shooter, was an atheist. The evidence for that is quite clear, even if you haven’t seen it in the mainstream media. People who knew him said he was an atheist, he featured a favorite atheist quote on his Facebook page (possibly attributable to Richard Dawkins), and he “liked” four atheist Facebook pages. The information for this is all nicely compiled at the Shadow to Light blog. So was his atheism responsible for his rampage?…”
The mathematical impossibility of Darwinism should be the end of the discussion, but some people need more.
“…The debate about biological origins continues to be hotly contested within the Christian church. Prominent organizations such as Biologos (USA) and Faraday Institute (UK) insist that Christians must yield to an unassailable scientific consensus in favor of contemporary evolutionary theory and modify traditional biblical ideas about the creation of life accordingly. They promote a view known as “theistic evolution” or “evolutionary creation.” They argue that God used—albeit in an undetectable way—evolutionary mechanisms to produce all forms of life. This book contests this proposal. Featuring two dozen highly credentialed scientists, philosophers, and theologians from Europe and North America, this volume provides the most comprehensive critique of theistic evolution yet produced. It documents evidential, logical, and theological problems with theistic evolution, opening the door to scientific and theological alternatives—making the book essential reading for understanding this worldview-shaping issue…”
“…For purposes of this discussion, we will set aside the fact that humans sharing 98% of our DNA with chimpanzees is not strictly accurate. Technically, the 98% only refers to the protein coding portion of our DNA.10 However, roughly 97% of DNA is non-coding! Geneticists used to believe this non-coding DNA was simply leftover from previous evolutionary steps and was termed “junk DNA.” They have now discovered that is not the case and that so-called “junk DNA” is very important. So really, we share 98% of 3% of our DNA…”
“…The recent string of mass shootings in the US and worldwide has understandably rattled people’s nerves. Many wonder what they can do to protect themselves and, more importantly, what they can do to make sense of such acts of terror. I spent 36 years in law enforcement, retiring last year from the Los Angeles Police Department as a deputy chief of police. I am also a Christian. As a police officer, I’ve been trained to engage in direct combat in the event of such attacks, and I’ve worked with experts in how mass-murderers think and operate. In light of my background, I want to offer eight tips on how Christians can be both shrewd and compassionate in our response to terrorism…”
“…A special commission of Brazil’s lower legislative house has approved a constitutional amendment that would protect the right to life from conception by an overwhelming margin that analysts say will be difficult to overcome…”
“…And what about Kinsey himself? In perversions that are unrepeatable here, Kinsey began “sexual experimentation” at age 7 in the basement of his Hoboken, New Jersey home. I’ll spare the details but suffice it to say that by the time he conducted the studies that became his books, Kinsey had assembled a staff where “everyone was a bisexual, homosexual, pedophile, pederast, or just wholly amoral … [and whose studies involved] 214 children ranging in age from 1 to 14 years.”**That’s not a typo. Age ONE to FOURTEEN. And, yes, that means that Kinsey’s “research” involved a staff who arranged and observed “sex play” in children age 4 to 15. As Reisman puts it, “Kinsey fed America a pack of lies, starting with his claim that sexual behavior widely accepted as wrong was, in fact, commonplace. From there, he pushed the lie that such behavior was normal, and finally, he advanced the lie that it was good, healthy, and to be encouraged. Thus, by degrees, Kinsey and his minions turned America’s moral compass upside down …”***
“…To help visualize how finely tuned these values are for life, consider a dartboard the size of West Virginia (approximately 630 trillion cm2). Now imagine I blindfold you and ask you to throw a dart at random towards this gigantic dartboard. Oh, and there is a catch. You have to hit the bull’s-eye (an area of about 1 cm2), or you’re dead. Your odds don’t look good.It’s true that hitting any particular square centimeter is equally probable, but it is extremely more probable that you would hit one of the hundreds of trillions of squared centimeters that are life-prohibiting over the one squared centimeter that is life-permitting. In fact, if you hit the life-permitting bull’s-eye, most rational people would charge you with peeking—designing the outcome…”
“…Any effort to deny the distinct differences between mental states and brain states simply ignores the evidence, errantly redefines the nature of the mind, or suffers from a logical inconsistency (three flaws common to false arguments in most criminal trials). Dualism remains the best explanation for our common experience of consciousness in spite of the “interaction problem.” The best explanation for the existence of non-material consciousness is the existence of a non-material mind who created us in his image:…”
“…When I first became interested in the person of Jesus, I examined both Christianity and Mormonism with the same rigorous four part test for reliability. Because I had several Mormons in my family (and no initial bias favoring Christianity over Mormonism), I gave the LDS Scripture a long and open-minded look. My template revealed a number of problems with the Book of Mormon and the person of Joseph Smith, but the evidence related to the Book of Abraham papyri left only one reasonable inference. Despite the efforts of Mormons to restore the reliability of the Book of Abraham, it appears to be a demonstrably false book, errantly translated and misrepresented as scripture by the LDS Church. It undermines the claims of Joseph Smith related to other allegedly divinely inspired translations, including the Book of Mormon. By taking an evidential approach to Christian and Mormon scripture, I was able to confirm the veracity of Christianity while guarding myself from the falsity of Mormonism…”
1. Archaeology confirms the use of stone water jars in New Testament times [John 2:6].
2. Given the early Christian tendency towards asceticism, the wine miracle is an unlikely invention [2:8].
3. Archaeology confirms the proper place of Jacob’s Well [4:6].
4. Josephus [Wars of the Jews 2.232] confirms there was significant hostility between Jews and Samaritans during Jesus’ time [4:9].
5. “Come down” accurately describes the topography of western Galilee. [There’s a significant elevation drop from Cana to Capernaum.] [4:46, 49, 51].
6. “Went up” accurately describes the ascent to Jerusalem [5:1].
7. Archaeology confirms the proper location of Bethesda [5:2]. [Excavations between 1914 and 1938 uncovered that pool and found it to be just as John described it. Since that structure did not exist after the Romans destroyed the city in A.D. 70, it’s unlikely any later non-eyewitness could have described it in such vivid detail. Moreover, John says that this structure “is in Jerusalem,” implying that he’s writing before 70].
8. Jesus’ own testimony being invalid without the Father is an unlikely Christian invention [5:31]; a later redactor would be eager to highlight Jesus’ divinity and would probably make his witness self-authenticating.
9. The crowds wanting to make Jesus king reflects the well-known nationalist fervor of early first-century Israel [6:15].
10. Sudden and severe squalls are common on the Sea of Galilee [6:18]…”
“…MCDOWELL: How would you assess the current debate over theistic evolution, creation, and intelligent design? MORELAND: As William Dembski told me recently, Intelligent Design theory has won the argument against Theistic and Naturalistic Evolution, but they have not won the war. Why? Because, sadly, people form their opinions about things based on whether those ideas are supported by respected universities. And ID theorists have not been able to get any science department in any major university to have an ID research center to formulate and test ID ideas. What are they afraid of? This reaction is a result of irrational, group-think and academic embarrassment. But as far as the arguments go, ID is an explanatorily powerful and highly verified group of theories. At the same time, more and more secular scientists are admitting that Darwinism is taking on more and more water…”
“…We’re not called to stand and suffer martyrdom at the hands of a crazed and lone gunman. Quite the opposite: Guarding human life against imminent and unjust violence, as Augustine would argue with his principles of Just War, is a created duty. It is part of loving your neighbor. And while Paul teaches in Romans 13 that the governing authorities “do not bear the sword for nothing,” the governing authorities are not always on hand when the wicked strike…”
“…Over the past two decades, it has slowly dawned on Christians that the implications of same-sex “marriage” are far greater for those who still believe in the traditional understanding of marriage than even the cynics first thought possible. The politicians, the academics, and the media have reached the collective conclusion that if gay “marriage” is a civil right, those who oppose it are not simply dissenters holding to a two-thousand-year-old tradition, but ugly bigots who deserve to be marginalized for their discriminatory views. Thus, “live and let live” turned into “you will be forced to participate and approve,” with bakers, florists, property owners, and adoption agencies finding themselves to be the targets of gay activists who show a shocking ruthlessness in their enthusiasm for prosecuting supposed thought crimes…”
“…1. Jesus died by crucifixion.
2. He was buried.
3. His death caused the disciples to despair and lose hope.
4. The tomb was empty (the most contested).
5. The disciples had experiences which they believed were literal appearances of the risen Jesus (the most important proof).
6. The disciples were transformed from doubters to bold proclaimers.
7. The resurrection was the central message.
8. They preached the message of Jesus’ resurrection in Jerusalem.
9. The Church was born and grew.
10. Orthodox Jews who believed in Christ made Sunday their primary day of worship.
11. James was converted to the faith when he saw the resurrected Jesus (James was a family skeptic).
12. Paul was converted to the faith (Paul was an outsider skeptic)…”
“…The article shows how influential Bethel has become in its own city–intertwining its NAR teachings with city politics and even the public school system. It also shows that it’s attained global influence through its worship music and offshoot supernatural schools of ministry that use the curriculum developed by Bethel. And it shows how prophecies and healings that are passed off as genuine at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry don’t amount to more than the power of suggestion and parlor tricks. Most disturbing of all are the accounts of individuals who say they’ve suffered real harm as a result of Bethel’s teachings and practices, including a grandmother who blames Bethel students for her 15-year-old grandson’s death…”
NAR’s false prophets release a new “Bible translation”:
“…Last week I wrote a post noting that the book publisher BroadStreet chose Oct. 31 — Halloween Day — to release the controversial Passion Translation’s complete New Testament. Then one of my readers sent me a link to this article showing that the people behind the Passion Translation are reading an even spookier significance into the Oct. 31 release date.Oct. 31 is not only Halloween Day; it’s also Reformation Day. This Oct. 31 will mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. So the makers of the Passion Translation have nicknamed their so-called translation the “Reformation Bible” because they believe it will help launch a new reformation in the church. See the following announcement from the “lead translator” of the Passion Translation, Brian Simmons, of Stairway Ministries…”
Fulfillment of prophecy is one reason (which is one of the many reasons for hope):
“…That’s why we should remember the words that Peter wrote almost 2,000 years ago:
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. (1 Peter 4:12-16)…”
“…If today’s academic philosophers see Christian belief as intellectually viable, it may very well be because Alvin Plantinga showed them it was. For the last five decades, Plantinga has made a career of demonstrating that philosophy and faith need not be mutually exclusive pursuits. Through influential works such as God and Other Mindsand Warranted Christian Belief, he not only helped to restore theism’s legitimacy within the philosophical community, but also showed how religious belief may actually provide the foundation for the answers to philosophy’s most pressing questions.
Earlier this year, Plantinga was awarded the prestigious Templeton Prize, an award given every year to a living individual who “has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.” (Past recipients include Mother Theresa, Billy Graham, the Dalai Lama, and Desmond Tutu.)…”
“…There are five reasons for believing we are or have souls. This is not physical proof; it is, rational proof, or logical evidence to believe in souls. They are, 1) qualia, 2) the unity of consciousness, 3) intentionality, 4) freewill and 5) personal identity…”
Maybe the vastness of the universe is a limited glimpse of the even-greater vastness of eternity. Think about it…
“…The size of the universe would only “sweep us towards atheism” if we wanted to go there in the first place. It sounds eerily reminiscent of people explaining why they were “swept” into some kind of corruption or crime.“Philosophical atheist” offers a response, noting that this is an old chestnut and citing Chesterton among others:
“[Spencer] popularized this contemptible notion that the size of the solar system ought to overawe the spiritual dogma of man. Why should a man surrender his dignity to the solar system any more than to a whale? If mere size proves that man is not the image of God, then a whale may be the image of God…. It is quite futile to argue that man is small compared to the cosmos; for man was always small compared to the nearest tree…”
I would contribute to Wikipedia this year, but I’m totally disgusted with your “editors” (whoever they are) for their obvious bias in regard to an area of particular interest of mine, the theory of intelligent design, in the origins debate.
The Wikipedia entry on ID is obviously written by an opponent of the theory, and the group that can make the strongest case for it, Discovery Institute (Seattle, WA), is prohibited from presenting its point of view on Wikipedia. This blatant censorship makes me sick.
More recently, a highly regarded German paleontologist who just “came out of the closet” as a supporter of the ID theory (based on scientific evidence — not religion), has had his Wiki entry eliminated by your “editors” who said he was not “notable” enough for you folks. Sorry. I don’t believe that for a minute.
Your organization only allows certain worldviews to be shown by censoring those it disagrees with — that is exactly what Wikipedia should NOT be involved with. It should be a forum where each person or organization can present itself as it sees fit — without being filtered by philosophically driven objections or objectors.
So, sorry… no more money from me.
William S. Harris, PhD
President, OmegaQuant Analytics, LLC
Professor, University of South Dakota School of Medicine…”
“…The Beautiful Monster, Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique, is here! It’s beautiful because it’s the best single collection of chapters on evolution, intelligent design, theology, and the philosophy of science, that I know. I’ve got one chapter as solo author, and two as co-author. It’s a MONSTER because it’s 1007 pages, which means you’ll probably still be reading it when the Chicago Cubs are in the World Series again…”
“…Of course none of this proves that the consciousness of living beings comes from an immaterial source. There are other really good reasons to believe that. The big takeaway in Jonas and Kording’s research is that all the Sturm und Drang made by atheists on how neuroscience has “proved” our thoughts come from our brains is shown to be bias rather than fact. Neuroscience is in its infancy and has proven nothing of the sort. In fact, even fMRI imaging is nothing more than “a conjecture or hypothesis about what we think is going on in the brains of subjects….”
“…Darwin, Dawkins, witchcraft. The politics aside, it’s pretty remarkable to see these ideas connected so explicitly, and in the New York Times of all places. You can find some of our own relevant analysis of recent survey data in a report, “Darwin’s Corrosive Idea,” by John West…”
“…Have you spent a day with someone like John Lennox, a committed Christian who has debated men like Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, and who has served as Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College, Oxford, with Ph.D.’s from Oxford and Cambridge in Mathematics and in Science?Or have you worked your way through an academic study of miracles, such as Prof. Craig Keener’s two-volume work, Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, which also discusses documented miracles today? Or have you visited countries in the developing world where Christian missionaries are the primary reason why some communities have running water and electricity, not to mention schools, hospitals, and eternal hope?..”
“…We really do care that women who have an abortion experience mental health problems 30 percent more often compared with women who give birth. It matters greatly to us that the risk of suicide is approximately six times greater after an abortion than after childbirth…”
“…Who’s been editing the ID entry lately? Check out the Revision history. The participants’ User pages can be interesting to read. The editors include, most recently, PaleoNeonate, claiming expertise in Computer Science, “a male born in the seventies in Canada. I am not notable.” He says, under Interests, that he is “an agnostic with naturalist pantheistic tendencies, who has long ceased to believe in the supernatural.”One week ago, someone cut the word “religious” in the description of ID as a “religious argument.” That was on October 27 at 6:41 pm. At 6:43 pm, PaleoNeonate was on the scene, putting “religious” back in. Two minutes later! These people can wear anyone out.
PaleoNeonate is not a rarity. MrBill3, another editor, is “a skeptic who works as a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit.” Pepperbeast is “from Earth,” “interested in New Zealand,” “interested in religion as an anthropological and historical phenomenon,” a “freethinker,” a “skeptic,” and a “foodie.” MPants at Work is “a (male) skeptical liberal atheist feminist American gun nut SJW.” He lets loose with a paragraph of insults and profanities if you care to check it out…”
“…In fairness, it’s not because the gullible readers are sciencey or liberals. Traditional sciencey liberals would be truly shocked.
No, it’s because they are post-moderns. They don’t believe that facts matter, only feelings. Insisting on the importance of facts or, say, laws of mathematics is a form of oppression. The occult liberates them from that type of oppression…”