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Archive for October, 2017

“…Also among the study’s findings:

— Education had a strong and positive effect on religious participation. With each additional year of education, the odds of attending religious services increased 15 percent.

— Increases in education were associated with reading the Bible. With each additional year of education, the odds of reading the Bible at least occasionally increased by 9 percent…”

Source: Study redefines impacts of education on religious beliefs | Announce | University of Nebraska-Lincoln

“Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times has written an anti-Semitic news story for that paper. The topic was Amy Coney Barrett, whom Donald Trump has appointed to a federal judicial court seat. The attack wasn’t actually on Judaism this time; it was on Barrett’s Catholicism. Still the piece used all the methods of classic anti-Semitism — the upper-crust, sneering sort of Jew-baiting you find between the lines of some T.S. Eliot poems…”

Source: NYT Religion Correspondent: Other People’s Religions Are Funny | The Stream

“It seems that the basis for truth in our society is eroding away from facts and on to feelings. If the foundation for what we hold to be true is based on a “feeling”, then I submit to you that we have no way of knowing any truth at all. Maybe you “feel” differently about what I just said, but does that mean it’s not true?..”

Source: Transgenderism or Trans-truthism? – New York Apologetics

Behold the words of a moron:

”…May the Children Hail Satan’ is an artistic expression of defiance toward the Sanborn Square nativity scene, which performs an annual re-enactment of predatory indoctrination in a public park targeting young children before they have critical thinking skills. Satan and God are clearly both fictional characters devoid of any verifiable peer-reviewed scientific evidence…'”

Source: ‘In Satan we trust’: Florida teacher plans demonic park display, pastor vows to destroy it | Christian News on Christian Today

“…the Passover represents a profound prototype in the Jewish Scriptures which points — in virtually every dimension — towards Christ and the Gospel. Is this incident merely another fluke of “happy coincidence”, or could this be a pointer, set out by God Himself, as a sign by which we will know that He is the author of Scripture and the Grand Architect behind salvation? I encourage readers to view this excellent video, which summarizes the above points…”

Source: Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt: The Passover as a Foreshadow of Christ – Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

“…Referring to the new online documentary Revolutionary: Michael Behe and the Mystery of Molecular Machines, Keas points out that Darwin set a very crisp and simple challenge for anyone who would upset his theory. Behe took up the challenge and no Darwin partisan has yet found a way to satisfactorily answer him.

Behe’s discovery was spurred by Darwin’s challenge in “Origin of Species”: “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.” Thousands of irreducibly complex molecular machines in living cells seem to break down neo-Darwinism beyond credible belief. 

What has become of Behe’s argument in the last few decades? Although some say irreducible complexity has been refuted, here’s a list of essays that show otherwise. In some respects the irreducible complexity argument against neo-Darwinism and for intelligent design is more robust than ever before…”

Source: Charles Darwin, Michael Behe — Two Revolutionary Scientists | Evolution News

“…Many consistent atheists, like neurological philosopher Sam Harris, do not believe free agency exists in a deterministic, material universe. Harris denies any of us have the ability to choose freely: “Free will is an illusion. Our wills are simply not of our own making. Thoughts and intentions emerge from background causes of which we are unaware and over which we exert no conscious control. We do not have the freedom we think we have… You are not in control of your mind—because you, as a conscious agent, are only part of your mind, living at the mercy of other parts. You can do what you decide to do—but you cannot decide what you will decide to do.” (Sam Harris, Free Will, page 5 and pp. 37-38)…”

Source: Do Neurological Studies Prove Free Agency Is An Illusion? | Cold Case Christianity

“…The problem my atheist friends bring up the most against me is they think logic and reason is due to chemical compositions in the brain. They always tell me how all we are are chemicals and electricity and everything is reducible to that.

My question is how can I show that reason and logic are not reducible to molecules and atoms?..”

Source: Atheistic Quagmire | Reasonable Faith

“…The problem in the Standard Model lies in the fact that the measured mass of the Higgs is about 100 million billion times smaller than what quantum mechanics suggests it should be. From the standpoint of the Standard Model, this can be true only as a result of an extremely unlikely coincidence involving the values of some of the universe’s fundamental building blocks. (The coincidence is also exceptionally fortunate, because without it, atoms and everything they’re made of couldn’t exist.) Physicists call this situation the “hierarchy problem” and see it as evidence that the Standard Model is only an approximation of a more comprehensive theory that would explain the Higgs mass “naturally” — as the result of some mechanism other than an apparent miracle…”

Source: How the Hidden Higgs Could Reveal Our Universe’s Dark Sector | Quanta Magazine

Can anybody really doubt this?!

“…media “bends, blurs, and blends” our perception of reality, especially because television is not real life.  People aren’t dying for sex three times a day.  Not everyone sleeps around with strangers.  Everyone doesn’t swear one hundred times in two hours.   But because this is what we’re seeing on television, and because it shapes our worldview, then all of a sudden those activities, and especially ones that we might say “aren’t so bad” seem completely acceptable and even good.  This is why Dr. Gerbner said that whoever controls the stories of a culture, controls that culture…”

Source: It Is Scientifically Proven that Media Affects You – A Clear Lens

I wonder if Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad, Louis Farrakhan, and Spike Lee knew about this: