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“…from Jesus’ very first appearance on planet earth, He was worshiped as God. The fact that Jesus was worshiped in this way (in a culture that demanded and commanded the worship of God alone) is a powerful evidence of Jesus’ Deity. We either have to believe that thousands upon thousands of eyewitnesses and early believers (all of whom were much closer to Jesus than we are today) were in dangerous rebellion to their cultural and moral law or convinced by their observations Jesus was God:..”

Source: The Disciples Were Not Afraid to Worship Jesus (Even Though They Should Have Been) | Cold Case Christianity

“…If water served only these two very different vital ends, it would be miracle enough. But as we shall also see in the chapters ahead, water’s unique fitness for life on Earth involves a vast ensemble of additional elements of fitness serving a vast inventory of diverse vital ends. These include the formation of the Earth itself, formation of the oceans, climate moderation and the hydrological cycle, tectonic plate movement, continent formation, and photosynthesis. The unique properties of water are also needed to make soil, cool the human body, fold proteins, and form cell membranes. Water enables phenomena and processes that unfold on vastly different spatial and temporal scales, from thousands of kilometers and millions of years to nanometers and milliseconds…”

Source: Wonderful! Michael Denton’s New Book, The Wonder of Water, Is Out | Evolution News

“…It can be brutal out there and the level of vitriol and passion is sometimes overwhelming. After taking a berating on-line, several people have written to ask if it is still wise to share what we believe on the Internet, given the nature of discourse that often occurs. I’ve also struggled with this, even as a Christian apologist! Given many failures and a few successes, I’d like to offer a few words of advice…”

Source: How Should We Share Our Faith On-line (or Should We Do It At All)? | Cold Case Christianity

“…The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act recognizes the medical evidence that unborn children feel pain.It is no wonder that 60 percent of Americans believe that abortion should not be permitted after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

It is shocking that the United States is one of only 7 countries on Earth—including North Korea and China—that allows abortion on demand after 20 weeks.

American citizens and nearly every other nation recognize the truth: it is past time for our nation to do the right thing and end this violence against children…”

Source: “Our humanity shines brightest when we stand up for those who are suffering, when we protect people from pain.” | NRL News Today

“…A new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is frank about some of the problems facing the prebiotic synthesis of organics on the early earth. Here’s something amusing from the Abstract:

We find that RNA polymers must have emerged very quickly after the deposition of meteorites (less than a few years).

Really? That sounds amazingly good for origin-of-life research, until you grasp their reasoning:

[T]he rapid losses of nucleobases to pond seepage during wet periods, and to UV photodissociation during dry periods, mean that the synthesis of nucleotides and their polymerization into RNA occurred in just one to a few wet–dry cycles.

In other words, a “warm little pond” (as Darwin quaintly called it) is actually a very hostile environment for generating nucleotides. Why? Because within a year or two they’ll (a) lose their nucleotides due to “pond seepage” or (b) dry up, causing nucleotides to photodissaociate.  So you must generate them very quickly before one of these terrible things happens and kills your nucleotides…”

Source: Warm Little Pond? PNAS Paper Admits Difficulties Generating RNA on Prebiotic Earth | Evolution News

“…At the age of 35, Michael was named by Fortune magazine as one of the most powerful mob bosses in America. But he wants people to realise what a precarious life mobsters live. Speaking to Justin Brierley, he explained that, of the 50, “47 of them are now dead and two are doing life in prison…”.

Source: Ex-Mafia boss becomes born-again Christian. His story will AMAZE you.

“…Perhaps Keller is wrong, but those arguing against him must do so without claiming the authority of science. There is absolutely zero evidence against Keller’s confession of the de novo creation of Adam and Eve “from the dust.”

Here’s where it gets really awkward. Swamidass says not only is the possibility of a historical first couple of this kind not ruled out, but this fact is known to BioLogos: “This unequivocal scientific fact is an open secret among many BioLogos biologists, including many of those on the Board.” This is a remarkable statement. They know the truth, he says, but deliberately broadcast a different message…”

Source: Trouble in Paradise? At BioLogos, Theistic Evolutionists Fall Out Among Themselves | Evolution News

“…It is easy to have misleading intuitions about the population genetic effects of a short, sudden bottleneck. For example, Ernst Mayr suggested that many species had passed through extreme bottlenecks in founder events. He argued that extreme loss of diversity in such events would promote evolutionary change. His intuition about loss of diversity in bottlenecks was wrong, though, and his argument lost much of its force when population geneticists (M. Nei, T. Maruyama and R. Chakraborty 1975 Evolution, 29(1):1-10) showed that even a bottleneck of a single pair would not lead to massive decreases in genetic diversity, if followed by rapid population growth. When two individuals are taken at random from an existing large population, they will on average carry 75% of its heterozygosity (M. Slatkin and L. Excoffier 2012 Genetics 191:171–181). From a bottleneck of a single fertilised female, if population size doubles every generation, after many generations the population will have over half of the heterozygosity of the population before the bottleneck (Barton and Charlesworth 1984, Ann. Rev. Ecol. Syst. 15:133-64). If population growth is faster than this, the proportion of heterozygosity maintained will be higher…”

Source: Does Science Rule Out a First Human Pair? Geneticist Richard Buggs Says No | Evolution News

“…The first thing we must do in the aftermath of this sort of horror is to make sure that we do not take the name of God in vain. After a natural disaster or an act of terror, one will always find someone, often claiming the mantle of Christianity, opining about how this moment was God’s judgment on an individual or a city or a nation for some specified sin…”

Source: Where is God in a Mass Shooting? – Discover

“…This research has extended, believe it or not, to atheist sections of the population, as well. In a 2011 study titled “Anger toward God: Social-cognitive predictors, prevalence, and links with adjustment to bereavement and cancer,” self-professed atheists were prompted with images and words related to God. In a statistically significant number of those tested, these images and words triggered feelings of anger. Anger not toward religion or the religious, but toward God.

Moreover, studies have suggested that even scientists and the highly rational, if forced to answer “why” questions quickly, will tend to give answers which suggest intentionality and design in nature, rather than mechanical processes…”

Source: New Research Supports Claim that People Have Inherent Sense of God – Free Thinking Ministries

“…The promise that we have from Jesus is not freedom from suffering, but rather company during suffering. The best sermon I have ever heard on this subject is by my old pastor in Santa Barbara, Britt Merrick. If anyone knows suffering, it is his family. They watched their daughter suffer through years of childhood cancer, before being eventually called home to Jesus. In the midst of this process, Britt describes his crisis of faith. He felt abandoned and alone. However, it was through this horrific process that he began to understand what Jesus meant about promising to be with him through the trials and tribulations. See the powerful sermon below. I recommend it to anyone who has experienced significant suffering…”

Source: The Importance of Incorporating Suffering Into Our Children’s Worldviews – Mama Bear Apologetics

“…In the New York Times, Arno Penzias commented on his discovery – the greatest discovery of the 20th century – so:

The best data we have [concerning the Big Bang] are exactly what I would have predicted, had I nothing to go on but the five books of Moses, the Psalms, the bible as a whole…”

Source: How The Discovery Of The CMB Radiation Falsified Atheism

“…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:

“…Many people think it’s the Bible that makes Christianity true.  That’s why they question the truth of Christianity when they are confronted with supposed errors or contradictions in the Bible.  A moment’s reflection reveals this to be wrongheaded.  After all, couldn’t God have chosen to communicate the Gospel truths orally rather than in a written format?  Of course!  Indeed, that’s how it was transmitted in the early church.  If Christianity could still be true without any written Bible at all, then surely it could still be true even if the Bible contains errors…”

If we simply accept the key facts surrounding The Resurrection that the majority of scholars (including skeptics) agree are true, there is no plausible conclusion which can be reached logically, aside from the fact that it occurred. Inerrancy is not required; just a lack of materialistic bias.

Source: Christianity would still true even if the Bible contained errors | Theo-sophical Ruminations

“…If our concept of love, when applied to the Creator of the universe, is limited to gentleness and tenderness, we will likely have difficulty reconciling the existence of a Divine Creator with the presence of nearly any hardship we experience. No one likes to experience “tough love”; we much prefer to experience love in its more hedonistic, self-serving forms. As C. S. Lewis so aptly observed, “We want, in fact, not so much a Father in heaven as a grandfather in heaven—a senile benevolence who, as they say, ‘liked to see young people enjoying themselves,’ and whose plan for the universe was simply that it might be truly said at the end of each day, ‘a good time was had by all…’”

Source: Would A “Loving” God Allow Anything Bad to Happen to His Creation? | Cold Case Christianity

“…As Western culture grows increasingly secular, apologetics will become more and more essential for the practice of evangelism,” Jones said. “I’m excited to be part of this new apologetics program that equips students for effective evangelism by equipping them to be wise and winsome apologists. The breadth of knowledge and disciplines represented in this department in the Billy Graham School is truly outstanding, bringing together individuals with deep expertise in philosophy, history, human development, and practical ministry…”

Source: Billy Graham School creates apologetics program, Blount appointed chair – News – SBTS

“…Expressing “profound grief” and “filial devotion,” Catholic clergy and lay scholars from around the world have issued what they are calling a “Filial Correction” to Pope Francis for “propagating heresy.”The Filial Correction, in the form of a 25-page letter, bears the signatures of sixty-two Catholic academics, researchers, and scholars in various fields from twenty countries. They assert that Pope Francis has supported heretical positions about marriage, the moral life, and the Eucharist that are causing a host of “heresies and other errors” to spread throughout the Catholic Church…”

Source: Over 60 scholars correct Pope Francis for ‘propagating heresies’ | News | LifeSite

“…complex innovations, such as new body plans, require radical innovations which, in turn, require large amounts of new information. The environment is often claimed to provide this new information, which is believed to be hidden in the fitness landscapes coupled to coevolutionary interactions. However, this research by Ewert and Marks directly challenges the claim. The search space corresponding to biological forms is vastly greater than what could be searched through random mutations in the offspring of any species. And natural selection cannot help without being provided large amounts of information on where new forms reside. For coevolutionary processes are no more efficient at solving problems than traditional evolutionary algorithms, and the latter are no more efficient on average than random searches.”

Source: Conservation of Information and Coevolution: New BIO-Complexity Article by Ewert and Marks | Evolution News

“As I wrote in Part One of this series, the theory that gays are “born this way” is not the fruit of science. It’s a political orthodoxy enforced by media, pressure groups, and increasingly the government. It stands in stark and strange contrast to what those same groups want us to think about being male and female. We’re not born that way. “Gender” is fluid and shifting, but “sexual orientation” is fixed…”

Source: Sexual Orientation Is Fixed, But Gender’s Completely Fluid. And 2 + 2 = 5.

“…It’s the most incomprehensible thing I’ve come across in all my time of medicine,” said Western Sydney University professor John Whitehall, according to The Daily Telegraph of London. “Prepubertal children have no idea about sexuality and choices of procreation afterwards. We’re messing with their limbic system and expecting them to make this great evaluation…”

Source: Teen reversing his gender transition – Family & Society – WORLD

“…Vilenkin’s final strike is an attack on a third, lesser-known proposal that the cosmos existed eternally in a static state called the cosmic egg. This finally “cracked” to create the big bang, leading to the expanding universe we see today. Late last year Vilenkin and graduate student Audrey Mithani showed that the egg could not have existed forever after all, as quantum instabilities would force it to collapse after a finite amount of time (arxiv.org/abs/1110.4096). If it cracked instead, leading to the big bang, then this must have happened before it collapsed – and therefore also after a finite amount of time.

“This is also not a good candidate for a beginningless universe,” Vilenkin concludes.

So at the end of the day, what is Vilenkin’s verdict?

“All the evidence we have says that the universe had a beginning…”

Source: Alexander Vilenkin: “All the evidence we have says that the universe had a beginning” | WINTERY KNIGHT

“…From the ACP Position Paper:

Society’s goal should be to make dying less, not more, medical. Physician-assisted suicide is neither a therapy nor a solution to difficult questions raised at the end of life.

On the basis of substantive ethics, clinical practice, policy, and other concerns, the ACP does not support legalization of physician-assisted suicide. This practice is problematic given the nature of the patient–physician relationship, affects trust in that relationship as well as in the profession, and fundamentally alters the medical profession’s role in society.

Furthermore, the principles at stake in this debate also underlie medicine’s responsibilities on other issues and the physician’s duty to provide care based on clinical judgment, evidence, and ethics.

Control over the manner and timing of a person’s death has not been and should not be a goal of medicine. However, through high-quality care, effective communication, compassionate support, and the right resources, physicians can help patients control many aspects of how they live out life’s last chapter…”

Source: American College of Physicians Opposes Assisted Suicide | Evolution News

From Ep. 65 of A Clear Lens Podcast

In this clip Gene chats with Dr. Fuz Rana of Reasons to Believe (http://www.reasons.org) about:

1. How the “evening” and “morning” of the days in Genesis make sense from his Old Earth perspective

2. Why he does not read the biblical lineages as complete accounts

From Ep. 65 of A Clear Lens Podcast In this clip Gene chats with Dr. Fuz Rana of Reasons to Believe (http://www.reasons.org) about: 1. How the “evening” and “morning” of the days in Genesis make sense from his Old Earth perspective 2. Why he does not read the biblical lineages as complete accounts

“The abortion chain Planned Parenthood is shelling out a huge chunk of cash to back pro-abortion candidate Ralph Northam for Virginia governor this fall.Politico reports the abortion chain’s political arm partnered with several other liberal PACs to buy $2 million in digital ads for the pro-abortion Democrat. The ads begin this week and will continue through November….In contrast, Republican candidate Ed Gillespie has a strong pro-life record. According to NRLC, he has promised to support legislation to protect unborn babies from abortion and people who are elderly or have special needs from assisted suicide and euthanasia…”

Source: Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Spending Hundreds of Thousands to Elect Ralph Northam in Virginia | LifeNews.com

“…Imagine that an astronaut returns to Earth after a trip to deep space, and reports that he has discovered a planet whose inhabitants are so intelligent that — a long time ago — they succeeded in designing a very primitive car which carried its own completely automated automobile factory around in its trunk.Every once in a while, the trunk opens and out pops a new little automobile, which slowly grows into a full-sized car, complete with its own fully automated auto factory in the trunk. The cars on this planet continue to reproduce, and make nearly perfect copies of themselves, generation after generation. The inhabitants don’t have to do anything but watch…”

Source: Spot the Problems in This Story | Evolution News

“… Scadding also objected that Naylor’s “less than perfectly designed” argument was “based on a theological assumption about the nature of God, i.e. that he would not create useless structures. Whatever the validity of this theological claim, it certainly cannot be defended as a scientific statement, and thus should be given no place in a scientific discussion of evolution…”

Source: Theology in Biology Class: Vestigial Structures as Evidence for Evolution | Evolution News

Very thoughtful pieces on healing by BIOLA Professor Clay Jones:

“Many Christians are confused about prayer for healing. Like The Little Engine that Could, some contend that the sick should say “I believe God will heal me, I believe God will heal me, I believe God will heal me,” because to get God to heal them they cannot doubt that God will heal them. Others treat the Lord as if He were a cosmic combination lock that must be dialed precisely to release the treasured healing. In years past I’ve done both and both are scripturally mistaken, spiritually and emotionally unhealthy, fundamentally misunderstand who God is, and often result in our being a bad witness to the lost…”

Part 2: http://www.clayjones.net/2017/09/prayer-for-healing-2-confused-christians/

Part 3: http://www.clayjones.net/2017/09/prayer-for-healing-iii-gods-our-father/

Source: Prayer for Healing–1: Two ConfusionsClay Jones

“…Watch Revolutionary, written and directed by John West, to see how this Lehigh University professor examined the cell and first began questioning whether Darwinian evolution could account for molecular machines. Could these tiny integrated systems be built through gradual random changes? Behe thought not and reasoned that they were “irreducibly complex.” Learn about how, influenced by Behe, paleontologist Günter Bechly, microbiologist Scott Minnich, and protein chemist Douglas Axe came to the same conclusion…”

Source: Celebrating Michael Behe’s Intelligent Design Revolution, Documentary Is Now Free Online! | Evolution News

“…Says Kaku:“

All this is pure mathematics. And so the final resolution could be that God is a mathematician. And …the mind of God, we believe, is Cosmic Music – the music of strings, resonating through eleven-dimensional hyperspace.”

Kaku makes a great deal of Supersymmetry and the unification of physics and mathematics in order to explain the functioning of the natural world, such that, even if he was using the term “Mind of God” metaphorically, it could not escape notice that he frames his understanding of the order and functioning of the universe in terms of “mind…”

Source: Modern Thinkers Increasingly Confirm a Designed Universe

“…The “transgender” phenomenon is an “ongoing social and psychological experiment” with children used as guinea pigs and which society will come to regret, says an expert in gender dysphoria. Moreover, evidence shows that 80 percent to 90 percent of children with gender identity confusion “revert to their natal sex” if they are “left to their own devices,” says Dr. Paul McHugh, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine…”

Source: Gender dysphoria purely a ‘social craze’ that will lead to regrets: psychiatric expert | News | LifeSite

“…Plant patterning, known as phyllotaxis, brings together multiple independent fields of inquiry: mathematics, physics, botany, genetics, communication theory, and even philosophy: Why should brainless plants produce spirals that follow the Golden Ratio? The last times we looked at this question in some detail, we found mechanistic answers unsatisfactory. Periodic structures can be explained, but why do they use the Fibonacci Series? Why do we find them beautiful?..”

Source: Plant Spiral Designs Still Unexplained | Evolution News

Pretty good podcast:

“…The few that did try to justify their atheism commonly appealed to God of the Gaps arguments (there is no need for God, therefore God does not exist) and the Argument from Evil (our bad world could not have come from an All Loving, All Powerful God). In other words, it is just as I thought it would be. Yes, most elite scientists and scholars are atheists. But their reasons for being atheists and agnostics are varied and often personal. And their typical arguments are rather common and shallow – god of the gaps and the existence of evil. It would seem clear that their expertise and elite status is simply not a causal factor behind their atheism…”

Source: Elite Scientists Don’t Have Elite Reasons for Being Atheists | Shadow To Light

“…Recently, however, I decided to probe more deeply into the evidence for near-death experiences (NDEs) for the class I teach on the resurrection. To put it simply, I was stunned at both the quantity and quality of cases that pose a challenge for naturalism. My experience is not unique. In Near-Death Experiences, J. Steve Miller observes:

“It’s important to note that most of these [NDE] researchers don’t come across as heralding their pet theological or philosophical positions. Most that I read began their research doubting that NDE’s involved anything spiritual but became convinced by the weight of the evidence.”[ii]…”

Source: Surprising Evidence for God: Near Death-Experiences

“…CIA Director Mike Pompeo canceled an appearance Thursday evening at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy Forum. “[A]fter much deliberation in the wake of Harvard’s announcement of American traitor Chelsea Manning as a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Politics, my conscience and duty to the men and women of the Central Intelligence Agency will not permit me to betray their trust by appearing to support Harvard’s decision with my appearance at tonight’s event.”“Ms. Manning betrayed her country and was found guilty of 17 serious crimes for leaking classified information to WikiLeaks,” and “WikiLeaks is an enemy of the United States, akin to a hostile foreign intelligence service,” Pompeo said. “Leaders from both political parties denounced Ms. Manning’s action as traitorous and many intelligence and military officials believe those leaks put the lives of the patriotic men and women at the CIA in danger.”

He added, “Ms. Manning stands against everything the brave men and women I serve alongside stand for…”

Source: Harvard won’t hire transgender felon Bradley Manning after backlash | News | LifeSite

“…About fifteen years ago, I read Jonathan Wells’s Icons of Evolution (2000). The sheer brazenness of the outdated information that continued to be paraded in decades of textbooks dealing with evolution was striking — even to a longtime textbook editor (now retired) like me. Little has changed since then. And Denyse is right, it’s the “brazenness” of it that astonishes. They must know they’re feeding students fake science — don’t they? — yet they go merrily on their way…”

Source: But Why Do Biology Textbooks Retain Discredited Evolutionary Icons? | Evolution News

“…As astronomical advances proved the universe to be some 10 to 15 billions years old a majority of both scientists and Christians mistakenly assumed that billions of years allowed ample time for a naturalistic account of life. This error has been costly. Recent scholarship increasingly reveals that time boundaries as brief as only several billions years constrict evolutionary theory so tightly, particularly concerning life’s origin, as to strangle it. In other words, a 14-billion-year-old universe is too young for any conceivable natural-process scenario to yield on its own, even the simplest living organism…”

Source: Faithful Thinkers- Defending God’s Existence and Compatibility of Science with God and the Bible: Hugh Ross: Naturalistic Origin of Life Strangled by Young Universe

“…Let the message be the thing that causes distinctions — not abstractions, unintelligible platitudes, or theological terms that they do not know. Let us offer up a sacrifice of praise to our God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name (Hebrews 13:15) — in a way people in the world can understand.

Let’s cast off cloudy words that hide the brightness of the cross…”

Source: Lost in Translation: How Christianese Hides the Gospel | Desiring God

Allahu Akbar. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah. I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”

These are the first words of the Muslim call to prayer. They were also the first words ever spoken to me. Moments after I was born, I have been told, my father softly recited them in my ear, as his father had done for him, and as all my forefathers had done for their sons since the time of Muhammad.

We are Qureshis, descendants of the Quresh tribe—Muhammad’s tribe. Our family stood sentinel over Islamic tradition…”

Source: Christ Called Me Off the Minaret | Christianity Today

Are Ancient Myths, Like Osiris and Horus, the Foundation for Jesus’ Life? The presentation is done by Professor of Philosophy & Religion at Liberty University, Dr. Mark Foreman.

Are Ancient Myths, Like Osiris and Horus, the Foundation for Jesus’ Life? The presentation is done by Professor of Philosophy & Religion at Liberty University, Dr. Mark Foreman.

“Nabeel Qureshi, servant of the Lord, has reached the end of a hard and patient battle with stomach cancer, according to his longtime friend David Wood. I join with many, many friends in deep grief, yet rejoicing that he is with Jesus Christ…”

Source: Nabeel Qureshi, Servant of Jesus Christ, 1983-2017 | The Stream

“…Case making” needs to be a part of our Christian identity, and all of us need to be ready to defend the Christian worldview. We can’t continue to delegate this responsibility to well-known apologists and Christian authors. We don’t need another “million dollar apologist”; we need a million “one dollar apologists”. All of us can be equipped to defend our faith; it doesn’t require a master’s degree in apologetics; it doesn’t require a library full of books, a radio show, or a podcast. It simply requires a personal commitment to learn the truth and defend it to others….”

Source: Eight Steps to Investigating the Case for Christianity | Cold Case Christianity

“…Can you be good without God? Of the various questions raised in the theist/atheist debate, this question has, I believe, occasioned more witless commentary than any other. That witlessness is again on display in an essay for the Daily Beast, “Can you be good without God?” by Brandon Withrow of the University of Findlay. Withrow interviews a bunch of ticked-off atheists, who get the answer wrong…”

Source: On Atheism and Morality, Study Confirms Voltaire? | Evolution News

“…Did you know that both Illinois and Hawaii have passed laws that are putting their federal funding in jeopardy?

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed complaints on Tuesday with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on behalf of pro-life healthcare professionals and pregnancy centers in Illinois and Hawaii, where laws have been passed forcing them to promote abortion.

So, what does that have to do with the federal funding for these two states?

Well, federal law does not allow states that receive federal funding to force pro-life healthcare professionals to act against their conscience or religious beliefs. These laws squarely violate those federal protections.

But there’s more…”

Source: I’m Sorry, Illinois and Hawaii, But You Shouldn’t Be Receiving Federal Funding. Here’s Why.

Sophisticated, interacting machines can’t arise by chance in a 14 billion year old universe (it’s not even close):

“…Materialists like to portray the triumphal march of scientific progress as new findings come to light. It’s not clear that any of these three prominent examples help their case:

  • Physicists were wrong about van der Waals forces, and the implications could be far-reaching across many disciplines, especially molecular biology.
  • Geneticists were wrong about chromatin, applying evidence in vitro to evidence in vivo, where conditions are in fact very different — and much more complicated.
  • Paleontologists were wrong about phylum Chaetognatha, assuming that Darwinian evolution moves from simple to complex.

It’s hard to find convergence toward the truth in these cases. What’s interesting is that each of these findings exacerbates problems for Darwinian evolution while favoring intelligent design…”

Source: Textbooks Refuted — Three Case Studies | Evolution News

A Fortunate Universe – YouTube http://ow.ly/EHek30fc8yg

“…Earlier this year, skeptical mathematician Peter Woit fretted with science writer John Horgan at Scientific American, “The problem with such things as string-theory multiverse theories is that ‘the multiverse did it’ is not just untestable, but an excuse for failure.” Commenting elsewhere on Zeeya Merali’s A Big Bang in a Little Room (2017), he noted that she contemplates “the possibility that “string theory and inflation may be conspiring against us in such a way that we may never find evidence for them, and just have to trust in them as an act of faith.” He would describe it as “a scientifically worthless idea…”

Source: The Multiverse Is Science’s Assisted Suicide | Evolution News

Abstract: This is a critical examination of CARM.org’s article “What is Libertarian Free Will and is it Biblical?,” which purports to define libertarian free will and demonstrate that it is not biblical. I conclude that Slick’s own definition is idiosyncratic and based on faulty research. It therefore fails to accurately represent the concept as currently defended by prominent Molinists. Furthermore, Slick’s critique of Moreland and Craig’s definition is fraught with philosophical howlers, caricatures, biblical eisegesis, and lack of research. He neither demonstrates that he understands the concept of libertarian free will, nor shows that it is unbiblical.

Source: A Biblical Bungle: A Response to CARM.org’s “What is Libertarian Free Will and is it Biblical?” – Free Thinking Ministries