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Is Sean Carroll a Boltzmann Brain? | Evolution News

September 15, 2017

“…Sean M. Carroll has published a physics paper in which he claims to have “squelched” Boltzmann brains. Carroll, a cosmologist and physicist specializing in general relativity and cosmology at Caltech, is highly regarded by the New Atheist community. Carroll calls himself a “poetic naturalist,” by which he means an atheist who’s not boring. He denies libertarian free will, is a determinist, and denies that religion and science are compatible. The subtitle of his website is “In truth, only atoms and the void.” You see where he’s coming from.

His pronouncement on Boltzmann brains is remarkable. Not for its erudition — the physics may be fine but the logic is atrocious — but for Carroll’s glaring error and the gullibility of the atheist and materialist community that accepts his conclusion…”

Source: Is Sean Carroll a Boltzmann Brain? | Evolution News

Host a Forensic Faith Seminar Experience – Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace

September 14, 2017

I get nothing from this, but am happy to shill for Jim, who is one of the best at this:

“J. Warner Wallace has been speaking publicly for over 15 years, from small seminars to keynote appearances at major national events. His investigative work as a detective has been highlighted on local and national television programs like Dateline, Fox News and Court TV. In fact, He’s been on Dateline more than any other detective in the country. He also hosts a weekly television show on NRBtv and appeared in God’s Not Dead 2. Bring J. Warner to your church for a two day Forensic Faith Seminar:..”

Source: Host a Forensic Faith Seminar Experience – Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace

The Link between Wisdom and Virtue – A Clear Lens

September 14, 2017

“…Aristotle once wrote that, “it is not possible to be good in the strict sense without practical wisdom, nor practically wise without moral virtue.”[2] Plato also argued that our cognitive abilities cannot perform correctly unless they are immersed in a virtuous character.[3] Even Solomon and Job recognized that, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” Proverbs 1:17, and, “to depart from evil is understanding” Job 28:28…”

Source: The Link between Wisdom and Virtue – A Clear Lens

Common Descent or Common Design? An Exercise in Question-Begging | Evolution News

September 13, 2017

“…Interestingly, there are many examples of creatures widely separated on the tree of life that still somehow possess this or that unusual feature in common, even though creatures believed to be much more closely related do not share that feature. Evolutionists say such instances are examples of convergent evolution — that is, nature evolved the same unusual feature more than once. So according to Darwinian logic a common feature is prima facie evidence of common ancestry…until it obviously isn’t, at which point it’s time to invoke the magic of convergent evolution.Such are the lengths Darwinists go to in order to avoid the design inference…”

Source: Common Descent or Common Design? An Exercise in Question-Begging | Evolution News

Is the Mind and the Brain the Same Thing? – A Clear Lens

September 13, 2017

“…First, there is intentionality to your thoughts that are not true of your brain states.  For example, your thoughts are “of” or “about” things while your brain states are not “of” or “about” things.  You are having a thought “about” what I’m writing to you now while the physical state in your brain, that is the added blood flow and/or electrical impulses that have activated a region of your brain, is not “about” what I’ve written.  This applies to all objects.  You can have a thought “about” lunch (that it tasted good) but your car cannot be “about” lunch.  Likewise, your brain is a physical object (like a car) and cannot possess the intentionality that your thoughts possess.  Therefore, your mind is not your brain (Law of Identity)…”

Source: Is the Mind and the Brain the Same Thing? – A Clear Lens

Deconstructing the “Atheist Nations are Better” Meme | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

September 13, 2017

“…In another article written for Psychology Today, Zuckerman claims “those democratic nations today that are the most secular, such as Scandinavia, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands, etc., are faring much better on nearly every single indicator of well-being imaginable than the most religious nations on earth today such as Colombia, Jamaica, El Salvador, Yemen, Malawi, Pakistan, the Philippines, etc.”3 Interestingly, why did Zuckerman include the qualifier “democratic” in his assessment of secular nations but not of the religious ones? What about the human rights of the citizens of China or North Korea?…”

Source: Deconstructing the “Atheist Nations are Better” Meme | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

An Open Question to Presuppositionalists | CrossExamined.org

September 13, 2017

“…This I think truly exposes the fatal flaw of the Calvinist’s embrace of Divine determinism. As William Lane Craig has stated, once a person embraces determinism of any sort a strange vertigo sets in. One very well may believe true things, but only because they’ve already been determined to believe those things just as much as their opponents have been determined to believe false things. In such a system, nothing can be rationally affirmed…”

Source: An Open Question to Presuppositionalists | CrossExamined.org

Atheist Carries Out Random Act Of Socially Programmed Altruism For Survival Of Herd

September 12, 2017

“MIAMI, FL—Stating his neurological processes were “deeply moved” by the pitiful sight of a homeless man begging for money, local atheist Bert Arterburn suddenly performed a random act of socially programmed altruism for the survival of his species, sources confirmed Thursday.

Aterburn selflessly handed the man a twenty dollar bill as part of his spontaneous act of evolutionary instinct designed by blind process to facilitate the survival of his herd…”

Source: Atheist Carries Out Random Act Of Socially Programmed Altruism For Survival Of Herd

Les Misérables and the Death Grip of Works-Based Worldviews | Cold Case Christianity

September 12, 2017

“…The primary antagonist of the story, the determined Police Chief, Javert, is a legalistic, driven man who adheres to the strictest meaning of the law. He brutalized Valjean while he was in prison, and he sees no value in grace or mercy. Javert is a self-made man, and his high regard for righteousness has blinded him to his own fallen nature…”

Source: Les Misérables and the Death Grip of Works-Based Worldviews | Cold Case Christianity

If You Think Racism is Wrong, You Should be a Christian – Free Thinking Ministries

September 11, 2017

“…Recently, my FreeThinking Ministries colleague, Shannon Byrd, offered an attention-getting post on Facebook.[1] He wrote:

If you think racism is wrong, you should believe in God!

1. If God does not exist, then objective moral values and duties do not exist.
2. If objective moral values and duties do not exist, then racism is not objectively wrong.
3. Racism is objectively wrong.
4. Therefore, objective moral values and duties exist. [from 2 and 3]
5. Therefore, God exists. [from 1 and 4]…”

Source: If You Think Racism is Wrong, You Should be a Christian – Free Thinking Ministries

Reasons To Believe : Q&A: Are There Transitional Intermediates in the Fossil Record?

September 11, 2017

“…if the evolutionary paradigm is to be considered a valid model, then the fossil record needs to be replete with transitional forms documenting the actual transformation of one taxon into another, as defined by the first meaning. Remarkably, there are very few examples of these types of transitional intermediates…”

Source: Reasons To Believe : Q&A: Are There Transitional Intermediates in the Fossil Record?

Awana Is Poised to Equip the Next Generation | | Cold Case Christianity

September 10, 2017

“…There are a few things that make this curriculum unique. First, the quality is remarkable. Awana has poured an unbelievable amount of resources—marketers, writers, editors, and a film crew—to make this curriculum top-notch.Second, we are taking a very systematic approach to teaching apologetics and worldview to students. As you can see in the scope and sequence, each lesson builds naturally from the previous one and sets the stage for the next. We put dozens and dozens of hours thinking through every component including unit themes, topics, passages to study, where and how to film each video, memory passages, the accompanying artwork, and more. It was an arduous but deeply rewarding process.Third, leaders don’t have to be experts to teach it. We do the work for you! While we unashamedly challenge students to stretch their thinking about faith, the material is taught in a way that is both accessible and interesting. In fact, leaders who take students through the material will also be challenged in their own worldview thinking along the way…”

Source: Awana Is Poised to Equip the Next Generation | | Cold Case Christianity

The Tolkien Letters that Changed C.S. Lewis’ Life | A Pilgrim in Narnia

September 9, 2017

Yes, Tolkien led Lewis from atheism to Christianity:

“…You look at trees and label them just so, (for trees are ‘trees’, and growing is ‘to grow’); you walk the earth and tread with solemn pace one of the many minor globes of Space: a star’s a star, some matter in a ball compelled to courses mathematical amid the regimented, cold, inane, where destined atoms are each moment slain…”

Source: The Tolkien Letters that Changed C.S. Lewis’ Life | A Pilgrim in Narnia

10 Reasons Every Parent Should Advocate for the Awana Apologetics Curriculum at Their Church – Mama Bear Apologetics

September 9, 2017

“…I think a major barrier to apologetics training for youth is that the youth leaders don’t feel properly equipped to lead in this area. The Awana Advocates curriculum takes this into account, and alleviates the fear-factor by focusing just as much on training the leaders as it does on training the students. I have a background in teaching and there is a dirty little secret that all teachers know: you don’t have to know everything; you just have to be 1 day ahead of your students…”

Source: 10 Reasons Every Parent Should Advocate for the Awana Apologetics Curriculum at Their Church – Mama Bear Apologetics

The Commitment of the Apostles Confirms the Truth of the Resurrection | J Warner Wallace | Reasoned Cases for Christ

September 9, 2017

“…Many people are willing to die for what they don’t know is a lie. Martyrdom doesn’t confirm the truth, especially when the martyrs don’t have first-hand access to the claim for which they’re dying. But this wasn’t the case for the disciples of Jesus. They were in a unique position: they knew if the claims about Jesus were true…”

Source: The Commitment of the Apostles Confirms the Truth of the Resurrection | J Warner Wallace | Reasoned Cases for Christ

How to Avoid An “Atheist Ambush” in University | Cold Case Christianity

September 9, 2017

“…All Christians, but especially ones in college, must know what they believe and why they believe it if they have any hope of surviving with their faith intact … I think of college almost like an atheist ambush. The Christians are walking in totally unaware of the danger until it is too late and the damage has already been done …”

Source: How to Avoid An “Atheist Ambush” in University | Cold Case Christianity

Here’s how this liberal law center seeks to crush opponents of the LGBT agenda | Blogs | LifeSite

September 7, 2017

“…The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is receiving millions of dollars in new grants in the wake of the Charlottesville protest riots, even as criticism of the leftist group grows over its politicized “hate” designations that now target liberals exposing Islamic jihadists.The SPLC, which serves as a tool of the Left by mislabeling mainstream conservative organizations and leaders as “haters” and “extremists,” is already one of the best funded politically-oriented non-profit groups in the world. SPLC’s 990 IRS filing for 2015 reports $58,176,499 in total revenue, an astonishing amount for a politically-oriented non-profit…”

Source: Here’s how this liberal law center seeks to crush opponents of the LGBT agenda | Blogs | LifeSite

Natural Explanations and A Supernatural God | Cold Case Christianity

September 5, 2017

“…All of us, regardless of worldview, acknowledge the existence of at least one “extra-natural” cause. Whatever caused the universe and created all space, time and matter (the very definition of the ‘natural’ realm), must itself be non-spatial, a-temporal and non-material. This first cause is extra-natural by definition. If this extra-natural cause is personal, there is little reason to reject the reasonable possibility such a cause could choose to interact with its creation. So next time your inclined to attribute something miraculous to a “natural” cause, consider the source of all the physical laws governing the universe. The Divine Being responsible for these laws certainly has the power to act “miraculously”.

Source: Natural Explanations and A Supernatural God | Cold Case Christianity

Evolution and the Alt-Right, Continued | Evolution News

September 4, 2017

“…The label is new, but there are now, and long have been, and probably always will be a fringe of hateful racial tribalists. One point about this narrow demographic that has gone largely unnoticed is the degree to which its thinking embraces evolution to justify dehumanizing people they don’t like. While the Confederate cause in the Civil War has been the subject of much chatter, the modern racial right owes far more to Charles Darwin than to Robert E. Lee…”

Source: Evolution and the Alt-Right, Continued | Evolution News

The Bee Explains: What Is The Nashville Statement?

September 4, 2017

“…What does the Nashville Statement say?

It says some really controversial stuff for Bible-believing Christians, like that God made Adam and Eve as (trigger warning) male and female, that marriage was created by God to be the union between one man and one woman, that He loves people with gender dysphoria and same-sex attraction even if He doesn’t approve of all of their actions, and that He offers His grace and mercy to sinners of all stripes…”

Source: The Bee Explains: What Is The Nashville Statement?

Substance Dualism vs Socialism – Free Thinking Ministries

September 3, 2017

I agree with a lot of this piece:

“…However, the Founding Fathers of the USA rejected socialism as a governing philosophy by virtue of their high regard for property rights, some even claiming that property rights, correctly understood, are the most important of all the natural rights of man. Although the Constitution of the US was not a prescriptively Christian document, most Americans at the time of the founding were Christians, and all the Founders had similar world views (consider Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, Adams), which would assume that Man is an integrated being of soul and body. This is known as Substance Dualism…”

Source: Substance Dualism vs Socialism – Free Thinking Ministries

Pediatric expert calls kindergarten transgender lesson ‘psychological abuse’ | News | LifeSite

September 1, 2017

“…A California school that had a five-year-old boy transition to a “girl” in kindergarten class without telling parents beforehand is engaging in “psychological abuse” of children, says an expert in child development. Young children are developmentally unable to process that kind of information, says Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians…”

Source: Pediatric expert calls kindergarten transgender lesson ‘psychological abuse’ | News | LifeSite

Bible Verses Prosperity Preachers Wish Didn’t Exist

September 1, 2017

“…Jesus goes on to make the unequivocal statement, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” You don’t hear these words from prosperity gospel preachers. Rather, they give the impression that material wealth is the sure sign all is well between your soul and God…”

Source: Bible Verses Prosperity Preachers Wish Didn’t Exist

Debating Atheists: Arrival of Biological Information (Part 3/5)

September 1, 2017

“Information embedded inside all of life demands an explanation. Virtually all agree that, at some point in earth’s early history, the first living being came about from non-living (dead) material. Setting aside for the moment the incredible principle of life arising from death, what we find inside of life gives us the greatest mystery of all. The information inside of life is exactly what we see in high tech computer engineering. It’s remarkably designed. Bestselling atheist writer and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins remarks on information in every cell this way:..”

Source: Debating Atheists: Arrival of Biological Information (Part 3/5)

Florida county on verge of banning ‘conversion therapy’ for gender confused kids | News | LifeSite

August 31, 2017

Notice that this is “unwanted same-sex attraction” — therefore this is a massive, multi-level violation of The 1st Amendment, oppressing both speech and conscience!

“…Reparative therapy, often called conversion therapy, assists individuals in resisting, acting upon, minimizing, or changing unwanted same-sex attraction. LGBT advocates are critical of the practice for its refutation of the premise that sexual attraction is immutable. A political divide remains within the mental health field on the therapy…”

Source: Florida county on verge of banning ‘conversion therapy’ for gender confused kids | News | LifeSite

Reasons To Believe : The Remarkable Scientific Accuracy of Psalm 139

August 31, 2017

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

–Psalm 139:13–14

“…These cellular processes are directed by the complex interplay between gene networks within the cells (with genes turning on and off) and chemical gradients produced from materials secreted by the cells. Some scientists think that bioelectric fields generated by the cells of the developing embryo also direct embryogenesis.1 The patterns formed by the chemical gradients and bioelectric fields direct the movements, differentiation, and behavior of the embryonic cells. Still, the scientific community is unclear about what ultimately determines the chemical gradient and bioelectric field patterns. To put it another way, while scientists are beginning to understand the role that chemical gradients and bioelectric fields play in development, they have no idea where the instructions ultimately come from that direct individual cells in the developing embryo to contribute to and, in turn, respond to the chemical gradients and bioelectric fields that guide embryonic development…”

Source: Reasons To Believe : The Remarkable Scientific Accuracy of Psalm 139

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

August 31, 2017

“…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.

“We’re doing experiments on these children,” said McHugh, who was chief psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins for 25 years, and has more than 40 years’ experience working with people with gender confusion.

“We should tell everybody this is an experimental procedure right now, and that experiment is not being done with controls. It’s not being done with clear statements to the parents that we can’t tell what the outcome’s going to be,” he told LifeSiteNews…”

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

Why Andy Stanley is Right About the Foundation of Christianity and How to Defend It

August 30, 2017

“…That was Andy’s reason for saying, “Let’s get the spotlight off the Bible, and back on the Resurrection.” Not for believers, but for unbelievers. Namely, when unbelievers doubt certain stories in the Bible (such as Noah or Jonah), focus on the evidence that the Resurrection actually occurred so they don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater and dismiss the Gospel…”

If you’re 100% sure The Resurrection took place, but less sure about inerrancy, why would you “put all your eggs into the inerrancy basket?” That’s insanity! The evidence supporting The Resurrection is overwhelming…after defending THAT, consider less important things.

Source: Why Andy Stanley is Right About the Foundation of Christianity and How to Defend It

Review | God’s Crime Scene for Kids » Hott Books

August 30, 2017

“In this companion to Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother’s attic. He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective’s Academy. Along the way, they develop the skills needed to investigate the mystery and the evidence of God’s existence. The cadets learn logical-thinking skills as they examine the contents of a mysterious box and the vast universe.In God’s Crime Scene for Kids, real-life detective J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason’s mystery, and at the same time looks at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator. Ultimately, kids will learn how to make their own case for God’s existence…”

Books

Defending Your Faith 101: Why we all need to be trained in Christian Apologetics – Take the test – Truth, Faith and Reason

August 30, 2017

  1. Why are you a Christian?
  2. What evidence do you have to believe God exists?
  3. Why do you trust what the Bible says about Jesus?
  4. Why would God send people to hell just because they don’t believe in Jesus?
  5. If God is all-loving and all-powerful, why is there so much evil and suffering in the world?
  6. If God is the creator of everything, who created God?
  7. Why would a loving God command the total destruction of all Israel’s enemies, including their children and livestock?

Source: Defending Your Faith 101: Why we all need to be trained in Christian Apologetics – Take the test – Truth, Faith and Reason

LGBT community celebrates 8-year-old drag queen. Critics call it child abuse | News | LifeSite

August 30, 2017

“…The bawdy, homosexuality-infused world of female impersonators is celebrating an eight-year-old Montreal boy who performs as a “drag queen” under the stage name “Lactatia.” But pro-family critics say his parents and all adults who encourage the boy to participate in the lewd shows are guilty of “child abuse.”Thanks to “gay” media, the cross-dressing boy, Nemis Quinn Mélançon-Golden, is becoming a social media star after appearing on stage in late May with vulgar drag queen “Bianca Del Rio” at the Montreal stop of the “Werq the World Tour.” Del Rio tells Nemis — wearing red eye-liner, lipstick, painted nails, a curly, blond wig and dressed in a black woman’s gown with sequins — that he is “[f—k—g] adorable…”

“6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” — Jesus Christ (Matthew 18).

Source: LGBT community celebrates 8-year-old drag queen. Critics call it child abuse | News | LifeSite

Think Divinely – WANTED: Christians Thinkers! Why we need to “think” more than ever

August 30, 2017

“…So many Christians I know are too comfortable in their sphere of knowledge, and unfortunately, that sphere is getting too small. If we are to fulfill the great commission, we’ve got to learn more about our faith, especially in today’s culture. Now, in Western culture (all cultures that are directly influenced by Europe from the Americas to Australia to South Africa, etc.), ideas are spreading that God is a moral monster, that science has disproven God, that evil makes God’s existence unlikely, and that there are many paths to God.I used to be one of the average Christians who didn’t know how to answer these harsh claims, or defend the accusations mounted against Christianity. I got tired of saying, “I am not sure, but you just need to believe!” Simply because I had the gift of faith didn’t mean others did. That’s why I am currently earning a Master’s degree in Apologetics. I feel called by God to help Christians realize that we need to regroup. We need to train ourselves in the area of right thinking…”

Source: Think Divinely – WANTED: Christians Thinkers! Why we need to “think” more than ever

College President Unleashes on ‘Ideological Fascism’ That Has Gripped College Campuses – Faithwire

August 29, 2017

“…If you can live by 10 simple laws, and Jesus narrowed it down to two, then you’re going to have a lot more freedom, academically or otherwise than you will ever have if you get rid of those 10 or two…”

It’s like I’ve been saying for years; consider musical scales — that very light guidance sets you free like a bird! Without them, you play CRAP!

Source: College President Unleashes on ‘Ideological Fascism’ That Has Gripped College Campuses – Faithwire

Fewer mothers are dying during child birth now that abortion is illegal in Nicaragua | Opinion | LifeSite

August 29, 2017

“Ten years after the elimination in 2006 of an allowance for “therapeutic abortion,” Nicaragua has dramatically decreased its maternal mortality rates. The decrease proved false those prophesies the pro-abortion activists made that “thousands of women would die from the criminalization of abortion….”

Source: Fewer mothers are dying during child birth now that abortion is illegal in Nicaragua | Opinion | LifeSite

Triablogue: Wesley So: Elite US Chess Player Shares His Christian Faith

August 29, 2017

Currently #2 in the World:

“…Before long, I was practicing my faith in a more intense way. My new family calls Christianity the “thinking man’s religion.” They encouraged me to ask questions, search for answers, and really wrestle with what I discovered. All the while, I would observe how they lived their lives, taking note of how they spent their time and money. They worked hard, they always went the extra mile to help others, and they made every effort to resist immorality. I knew I wanted the kind of simple, contented, God-fearing life they enjoyed…”

Source: Triablogue: Wesley So: Elite US Chess Player Shares His Christian Faith

What Happens When Christianity Doesn’t Work – Discover

August 29, 2017

“…After listing a litany of divine actions that illustrate his wisdom and power over the universe, God shuts the mouths of Job and his well-meaning friends. For they all had assumed that they had access to the divine filing cabinet. They all operated under the assumption that they could discern the mind of God. How easily we attempt this when suffering strikes us or our loved-ones!

After God’s defense, Job is left without excuse. In spite of his superior theology, his experience had led him to question God’s sovereignty and goodness. Because he could not comprehend how this could be reconciled with his view of God, he concluded that there was no answer. But God reminded him, as he reminds all of us, that just because we don’t have the answers does not mean that there are no answers…”

Source: What Happens When Christianity Doesn’t Work – Discover

Google changes search results to conceal criticism of Islam and jihad | Opinion | LifeSite

August 29, 2017

“…Google’s first page results for searches of terms such as ‘jihad’, ‘shariah’ and ‘taqiyya’ now return mostly reputable explanations of the Islamic concepts. Taqiyya, which describes the circumstances under which a Muslim can conceal their belief in the face of persecution, is the sole term to feature a questionable website on the first page of results.”“Reputable” according to whom? “Questionable” according to whom? Google is bowing to pressure from Muslim such as Omar Suleiman without considering whether those who are demanding that the search results be skewed in a particular direction might have an ulterior motive. Could it be that those who are pressuring Google want to conceal certain truths about Islam that they would prefer that non-Muslims not know?..”

Source: Google changes search results to conceal criticism of Islam and jihad | Opinion | LifeSite

Study: More education leads to more doubt of science “consensus” | Uncommon Descent

August 29, 2017

“…whether or not they are experts, people who are directly threatened by a consensus often know more of what is wrong with it than others do. That is why children from homes where Darwinism is doubted typically know more about theories of evolution than children from homes where no one doubts and no one asks or cares. They are also more likely to know about the false information about themselves spread by consensus makers…”

Source: Study: More education leads to more doubt of science “consensus” | Uncommon Descent

Christian Life and Truth: Reason and Logic flow from God’s Being

August 29, 2017

“…Therefore, when a person refuses to come to Christ it is never just because of a lack of evidence or because of intellectual difficulties: at root, he refuses to come because he willingly ignores and rejects the drawing of God’s Spirit on his heart. No one in the final analysis fails to become a Christian because of a lack of arguments; he fails to become a Christian because he loves darkness rather than light and wants nothing to do with God (William Lane Craig)…”

By the way, “LNC = The Law of Non-contradiction, and “LOI” = The Law of Identity.

Source: Christian Life and Truth: Reason and Logic flow from God’s Being

Christian ministry sues liberal law center after being labeled as a ‘hate group’ | News | LifeSite

August 29, 2017

“…The Christian pro-family organization D. James Kennedy Ministries is filing a defamation lawsuit against the leftist Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling it a “hate group.”D. James Kennedy Ministries (DJMK), formerly known as Coral Ridge Ministries, is among dozens of organizations opposing the LGBTQ agenda, radical Islam, and uncontrolled immigration that have been tarred as “hate” organizations by the SPLC, which is now receiving millions of dollars in new funding in the wake of the recent racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The organizations are listed alongside racist and anti-Semitic extremist groups like Aryan Nation and the Ku Klux Klan…”

Source: Christian ministry sues liberal law center after being labeled as a ‘hate group’ | News | LifeSite

Yet Another Way the Existence of Consciousness Demonstrates the Existence of God | Cold Case Christianity

August 28, 2017

“Can atheistic naturalism explain the existence of consciousness? I don’t think so, and in my book, God’s Crime Scene: A Cold Case Detective Examines the Evidence for A Divinely Created Universe, I illustrate the problem naturalism has trying to account for the mind from “inside the room” of the natural universe. There’s a reason why atheist philosophers have labeled the topic, “The Problem of Mind” or “The Mind / Body Problem”. Atheistic materialism simply cannot offer an adequate explanation for the existence of consciousness, even though this single feature of our existence is perhaps the most obvious and commonly experienced. How does immaterial consciousness emerge in an entirely material universe governed by nothing more than space, time, matter and the laws of physics and chemistry?…”

Source: Yet Another Way the Existence of Consciousness Demonstrates the Existence of God | Cold Case Christianity

The Case for Christianity According to a 7th Grader – Cross Examined – HOW IS IT THAT A 7TH GRADER MAKES A BETTER CASE FOR CHRISTIANITY THAN MOST PASTORS?!

August 28, 2017

HOW IS IT THAT A 7TH GRADER MAKES A BETTER CASE FOR CHRISTIANITY THAN MOST PASTORS?!

COULD IT BE THE OBSESSION WITH PACKAGING AND REPACKAGING “MILK” IN THE CHURCH TODAY, TO THE EXCLUSION OF CASE-MAKING “MEAT”?

“This is a special guest post by Annie Olson, a 7th grader who wrote this as her final paper in a rhetoric class. It is reprinted here with the permission of Annie and her parents, and it’s an excellent example of what young people can accomplish when we elevate our expectations. Don’t underestimate the ability of your kids to understand the evidence and make the case, regardless of their age. You never know, they just might write something like this:…”

Source: The Case for Christianity According to a 7th Grader – Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Bradley (Chelsea) Manning reveals dangerous mental health issues with transgenderism | Blogs | Lifesitenews

August 27, 2017

“…In the report, they listed that “Chelsea” Manning,

  • claims “we live in a police/military/intel state” and that “we need to dismantle it before it destroys us all.”
  • is calling for action to “open all borders, to everyone, always,” with “no exceptions,” not even convicted felons.
  • proclaimed that “what they call ‘heritage’ and ‘tradition’ we call ‘oppression’ and ‘fascism’.”
  • expressed vocal support for “mobs who illegally tear down historical statues,” as well as “direct action” and “any means necessary” to combat what he calls the “fascism” of American traditions, government and law enforcement…”

Source: Bradley (Chelsea) Manning reveals dangerous mental health issues with transgenderism | Blogs | Lifesitenews

Earth’s Stabilizing Moon May Be Unique Within Universe

August 27, 2017

“…The moon has long been recognized as a significant stabilizer of Earth’s orbital axis. Without it, astronomers have predicted that Earth’s tilt could vary as much as 85 degrees. In such a scenario, the sun would swing from being directly over the equator to directly over the poles over the course of a few million years, a change which could result in dramatic climatic shifts…”

Source: Earth’s Stabilizing Moon May Be Unique Within Universe

Accelerating Toward Real Persecution, Hold On To Joy | The Stream

August 27, 2017

“…God knows what he’s doing. We can rejoice in spite of these ominous signs of a tipping point.Case in point: When Dr. Brown emailed us here at The Stream about his videos, he said, “I’m actually laughing and smiling about it – but talk about a wild surprise!” A short time later he added, “So, the videos didn’t get flagged – many of which answer Bible questions and the like – I got flagged. On with the revolution!”

Joy Regardless!

He didn’t know those words would be re-published here. (Don’t worry, I got his permission first.) He was just being himself: rejoicing as far as he was sharing in Christ’s sufferings, ready to rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed…”

Also, “15…sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence…” (1 Peter 3). Who knows…it might make a difference in that time.

Source: Accelerating Toward Real Persecution, Hold On To Joy | The Stream

People Do Not Come to Faith from Argument! 4 Objections to Apologetics

August 25, 2017

“…To my surprise, one particular ministry leader said, “It’s my experience that people are not brought to faith by arguments.” The statement was shocking enough. However, I was even more bewildered by some who seemed to agree with him. I replied, “What do you say of Josh McDowell, Lee Strobel, and J. Warner Wallace who were former atheists and became believers because of the evidence for the Christian faith?…”

Source: People Do Not Come to Faith from Argument! 4 Objections to Apologetics

Does Darwinism Lead to Infanticide Acceptance? | National Review

August 24, 2017

“…Many scientists bemoan the fact that so many people refuse to accept evolution as a fact. Without getting into that controversy, perhaps they would be better off ruing the fact that ever since Darwin published The Origin of Species, so many of the promoters of that view also couple it with anti-humanism and a moral philosophy that was judged a crime against humanity at Nuremberg.”

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/449557/does-darwinism-lead-infanticide-acceptance

Source: Does Darwinism Lead to Infanticide Acceptance? | National Review

Could Atheism Survive Without All It ‘Knows’ About God? – Thinking Christian

August 24, 2017

“…Watch for smuggled-in theologies when you’re debating atheists. Lots of their arguments depend on what they “know” must be true about God. Dig out those theologies. Don’t just ask yourself what must be true of humans or of nature, but also what must be true of God, in order for their point to be true. Then ask them how they know that much about God…”

Source: Could Atheism Survive Without All It ‘Knows’ About God? – Thinking Christian

The Name Yahweh in Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts

August 24, 2017

For those who claim there is no archaeological evidence of The Hebrews sojourn in Egypt:

“Excerpt It is generally accepted that the term Shasu means nomads or Bedouin people, referring primarily to the nomadic or semi-nomadic peoples of Syria-Palestine. There are two significant hieroglyphic references in New Kingdom period texts to an area called “the land of the Shasu of Yahweh.” Except for the Old Testament, these are the oldest references found in any ancient texts to the God Yahweh…”

Source: The Name Yahweh in Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts

Former Navy SEAL commander: Transgenders have ‘no right to serve’ | News | LifeSite

August 23, 2017

“…A former Navy SEAL officer says President Trump is right to ban transgenders from the U.S. military.Military service is not a basic “right” of all citizens, Lt. Commander Brian “Iron Ed” Hiner (ret.) explained in a San Diego Union Tribune op-ed. In fact, the strict Uniform Code of Military Justice means soldiers do not have “many of the constitutional rights that civilians enjoy.”

Hiner listed examples: “You don’t have freedom of speech in the military. If you display contempt for your superior officers or stand up and insult the president of the United States, you are subject to a court-martial…”

Source: Former Navy SEAL commander: Transgenders have ‘no right to serve’ | News | LifeSite

Is there a link between suicide and irreligion?

August 23, 2017

“…Several recent studies on religion and depression provide support for Kheriaty’s thesis. A 2016 study by influential Harvard psychiatrist Tyler VanderWeele, for example, revealed that religious participation among American women was closely linked to lower rates of suicide. Between 1996 and 2010, those who attended any religious service once a week were more were five times less likely to commit suicide…”

Source: Is there a link between suicide and irreligion?

Reasons To Believe : The Image of God Gives All Human Life Value

August 23, 2017

“…The Bible states that of all God’s creatures, only human beings were created in the express image of God. While the Judeo-Christian Scriptures specifically mention the imago Dei (Latin for “divine image”) only a half dozen times (Genesis 1:26–27, 5:1, 9:6; 1 Corinthians 11:7; Colossians 3:10; James 3:9), it seems all of Scripture is written with the imago Dei in mind…”

Source: Reasons To Believe : The Image of God Gives All Human Life Value

Unborn baby shown clapping along to “If you’re happy and you know it” | NRL News Today

August 22, 2017

“…The 15-second-long video is simultaneously touching and hilarious. Here’s Jen’s brief introduction:At our 14 week ultrasound our baby was clapping, so I sang a song with our doctor as my husband filmed.

And sure enough, as you watch the baby appears to be clapping along at just the right times to “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”

As Mrs. Cardinal writes

The experience is one I’ll never forget. The baby clapped three times, and then the doctor rewound and scrubbed it while we sang. No mystery. It was amazing…”

Source: Unborn baby shown clapping along to “If you’re happy and you know it” | NRL News Today

Curricula on Intelligent Design Are Urgently Needed — And Here They Are! | Evolution News

August 22, 2017

I get nothing from this, but it looks like a spectacular resource:

“…Published recently by Discovery Institute Press, Discovering Intelligent Design is a comprehensive curriculum presenting the biological and cosmological evidence in support of the scientific theory of intelligent design, as well as challenges to neo-Darwinism. Designed for readers ranging from middle-school students (in private or home schools, not public) to adults, this is a perfect place to begin your studies or to gain an overview of the arguments to date. Topics include the fine-tuning of the universe, solar system, and planet Earth, the irreducible complexity of biochemical systems, challenges to the traditional “tree of life,” and even strategies for engaging in the larger debate. With plenty of images, discussion questions, and accompanying videos, this curriculum stands to captivate students, professionals, families, youth groups, and more.Or are you already comfortable with the basic framework of ID arguments? Delve deeper with The Design of Life, a beautifully illustrated college-level textbook that covers topics related to human origins, genetics, and macroevolution, the fossil record, the origin of species, irreducible complexity, and much more! Written by mathematician William Dembski and biologist Jonathan Wells, this book presents a compelling scientific case for the intelligent design of biological systems using critical analysis, clear explanations, and brilliant analogies. It will engage every reader, from trained scientist to curious layperson…”

Source: Curricula on Intelligent Design Are Urgently Needed — And Here They Are! | Evolution News

Reasons To Believe : DNA: Designed for Flexibility

August 21, 2017

“…It appears that DNA has been optimized for data storage and retrieval. This property is critical for DNA’s capacity to store genetic information. DNA harbors the information needed for the cell’s machinery to make proteins. It also houses the genetic information passed on to subsequent generations. If DNA isn’t stable, then the information it harbors will become distorted or lost. This will have disastrous consequences for the cell’s day-to-day operations and make long-term survival of life impossible…”

Source: Reasons To Believe : DNA: Designed for Flexibility

On Origin of Life, Synthetic Chemist James Tour Delivers Chastisement to Jeremy England | Evolution News

August 21, 2017

“…Tour goes on, referring to the notion that random atoms will become a plant if given plenty of light and plenty of time:

The interactions of light with small molecules is well understood. The experiment has been performed. The outcome is known. Regardless of the wavelength of the light, no plant ever forms.

We synthetic chemists should state the obvious. The appearance of life on earth is a mystery. We are nowhere near solving this problem. The proposals offered thus far to explain life’s origin make no scientific sense.

Beyond our planet, all the others that have been probed are lifeless, a result in accord with our chemical expectations. The laws of physics and chemistry’s Periodic Table are universal, suggesting that life based upon amino acids, nucleotides, saccharides and lipids is an anomaly. Life should not exist anywhere in our universe. Life should not even exist on the surface of the earth.17

It’s somehow more satisfying that England isn’t identified in the body of the article, but only in a footnote. That is a memorable instance of a senior scientist quietly taking a junior colleague out behind the woodshed…”

Source: On Origin of Life, Synthetic Chemist James Tour Delivers Chastisement to Jeremy England | Evolution News

Nature & Scripture: A Physicist Discusses the Amazing Synergism Between Science & Christianity

August 20, 2017

“There is an incredible synergism between what is discovered when you study nature and what is discovered when you study God! Professor Jonathan Feng, PhD, makes this point in his interview on Purpose Nation Podcast Episode #3 (published on August 14, 2017). Professor Feng is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at University of California, Irvine. He holds degrees from Harvard, Cambridge, and Stanford and he is a committed Christian!Here is Professor Feng’s bio: http://hep.ps.uci.edu/~jlf/…”

Source: Nature & Scripture: A Physicist Discusses the Amazing Synergism Between Science & Christianity

Dawkins: Maybe the hard problem of consciousness can never be solved | Uncommon Descent

August 18, 2017

“…Dawkins: It certainly isn’t tractable by me. At times I find myself inspired by the confidence of my friend Daniel Dennett. At other times I lean towards his fellow philosopher Colin McGinn’s pessimism: the view that the human mind is flatly incapable of understanding its own consciousness…”

Source: Dawkins: Maybe the hard problem of consciousness can never be solved | Uncommon Descent

Researcher: DNA folding in Archaea very similar to complex cells. “It just blows my mind.” | Uncommon Descent

August 18, 2017

“…By studying the 3-D structure of proteins bound to DNA in microbes called archaea, researchers have turned up surprising similarities to DNA packing in more complicated organisms. “If you look at the nitty gritty, it’s identical,” says Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Karolin Luger, a structural biologist and biochemist at the University of Colorado Boulder. “It just blows my mind….”

Source: Researcher: DNA folding in Archaea very similar to complex cells. “It just blows my mind.” | Uncommon Descent

Christian Apologetics Quotes: John Lennox

August 18, 2017

“God is not an alternative to science as an explanation, he is not to be understood merely as a God of the gaps, he is the ground of all explanation: it is his existence which gives rise to the very possibility of explanation, scientific or otherwise. It is important to stress this because influential authors such as Richard Dawkins will insist on conceiving of God as an explanatory alternative to science – an idea that is nowhere to be found in theological reflection of any depth. Dawkins is therefore tilting at a windmill – dismissing a concept of God that no serious thinker believes in anyway. Such activity is not necessarily to be regarded as a mark of intellectual sophistication. ― John Lennox (from God’s Undertaker)…”

Source: Christian Apologetics Quotes: John Lennox