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Archive for December, 2017

Sample Chapter From ‘What Your Atheist Professor Doesn’t Know (But Should)’ – The “Hardware” of Life Argument for God’s Existence – Layers of mathematical impossibility! FTM http://ow.ly/Vut530hcccf

Source: The “Hardware” of Life Argument – Free Thinking Ministries

“…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…”

Source: If life evolved, purposeless and unguided, why is there so much purpose and guidance within it? | Uncommon Descent

“…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.

Source: Design (But Not Design) Is the New Unifying Principle of Biology | Evolution News

“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:..”

Source: The J. Warner Wallace Dateline Collection | Cold Case Christianity

“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…”

Source: Truthbomb Apologetics: Is Christmas Pagan?

“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?..”

Source: Mock at Your Peril! Naturalism Is a Jealous Fraud | Evolution News

“…Be watchful! John warns that we should “not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1)…”

Source: 10 Signs of a Cultic Church

Please pray for Melinda Penner of STR!

“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…”

Source: Urgent Prayer Request for Melinda | Stand to Reason

“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)

“…1. Best Academic Apologetics:

Biola University

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…”

Source: The Top 10 Graduate Programs in Christian Apologetics | The Best Schools

“…There was only one small problem. Dr. Bechly had not actually investigated any of the resources that were on the “light” side of the scale. Oh sure, he had read other evolutionists’ views on those resources, but he had not actually investigated them himself. He decided to do so, and he was surprised by what he found. As he explains in the documentary Revolutionary: Michael Behe and the Mystery of Molecular Machines:

…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…”

Source: Another Atheist Comes to Christ Because of Science – Proslogion

“…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…”

Source: Senators Cruz, Rubio demand justice for Air Force colonel fired for standing up for pro-family values | News | LifeSite

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:..”

Source: Historic Heresies Related to the Nature of Jesus | Cold Case Christianity

“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:

Source: Truthbomb Apologetics: Updated: The Usual Suspects- Responses to “Notable” Skeptics

“…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:..”

Source: How to Be a One Dollar Apologist in the Second Half of Life | Cold Case Christianity

“…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…”

Source: ID’s Top Six — The Fine-Tuning of the Universe | Evolution News

“…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.

Source: Looking for a Million $1 Apologists – Christian Research Institute