Evidence for God: William Lane Craig vs Lawrence Krauss (6 of 6) - Q&A
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What Does 'Nothing' Mean?
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org In the full podcast, Dr. Craig discusses two debates he had with the late Dr, Victor Stenger which i...
The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
God Under Fire refutes the claim that major attributes of the God of historic Christianity are false and outdated. This book responds to some increasingly popular alternate theologies and the ways in which they cast classical Christian theism in a negative light. Featuring an impressive cast of world-class biblical scholars, philosophers, and apologists, God Under Fire begins by addressing the question, “Should the God of Historic Christianity Be Replaced?” From there, it explores issues as old as time and as new as the inquest into the “openness of God.” How, for instance, does God risk, relate, emote, and change? Does he do these things, and if so, why? These and other questions are investigated with clarity, bringing serious scholarship into popular reach. Above all, this collection of essays focuses on the nature of God as presented in the Scriptures and as Christians have believed for centuries. God Under Fire builds a solid and appealing case for the God of classical Christian theism, who in recent years—as through the centuries—has been the God under fire. ORDER YOUR COPY NOW >>> God Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents God only $1.
Harvard University student explains how evidence changed her mind about God
“I don’t know when I first became a skeptic. It must have been around age 4, when my mother found me arguing with another child at a birthday party: “But how do you know what the Bible says is true?” By age 11, my atheism was so widely known in my middle school that a Christian boy threatened to come to my house and “shoot all the atheists.” My Christian friends in high school avoided talking to me about religion because they anticipated that I would tear down their poorly constructed arguments. And I did.
WORLD | Teaching their sons to sever heads | John Piper | Jan. 17, 2015
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Truthbomb Apologetics: R.C. Sproul on the Task of Apologetics
"The task of apologetics is to show that the evidence that the New Testament calls people to commit their lives to is compelling evidence and worthy of our full commitment. That often involves a lot of work for the apologist. Sometimes we would rather duck the responsibility of doing our homework, of wrestling with the problems and answering the objections, and simply say to people, 'Oh, you just have to take it all in faith.' That’s the ultimate cop-out. That
Free Will Is Real and Materialism Is Wrong
But the materialist is not home yet. Because in order for Good to be an engram in the brain, the Good engram must be coded in some fashion. How could Good be coded? A clump of protein of a specific shape two mm from the tip of the left hippocampus? Obviously there's nothing that actually means Good about that particular protein in that particular location -- one engram would be as Good as another -- so we would require another engram to decode the hippocampal engram for Good, so it would mean Good, and not just be a clump of protein. Yet that engram for the code for the engram of Good would itself have to have some representation of Good in order for it to mean that it signifies the code for the Good engram, which would require another engram for the engram for the Good engram, ad nauseam.
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AMP Conference in February - Stand to Reason Blog
AMP aims to amplify the voices of Christians sharing their faith with the world. Too often those voices remain silent out of uncertainty and doubt. By bringing together leaders in Christian apologetics, AMP hopes to cultivate in all believers an awareness of issues key to today’s outreach efforts. This year’s theme, Equip to Evangelize, is designed to prepare Christians to use apologetics tools in their evangelism and to become confident witnesses to a skeptical world. AMP 2015 is a two-day apologetics conference, hosted by Eastside Christian Church. The conference will feature 10 speakers, all leaders in their respective fields as well as committed evangelical Christians, ready to share their wisdom and experiences in spreading the Good News.
Documentary on Evidence for the Exodus - Stand to Reason Blog
Mahoney also shows how to present a particular point of view—even a contrarian one—in a way that is fair-minded and compelling. He allows skeptics almost equal time to explain why they disagree, and though he is convinced of his findings, he never oversells the evidence. He trusts the audience enough to let us judge for ourselves what to make of the “patterns.”
The 37 Best Business Books I’ve Ever Read
In business, the right book at the right moment can tilt the playing field and give you a crucial advantage. These thirty-seven business books have personally made a huge difference for me. In fact, they’re the best I’ve ever read.
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Is there a Christian revival starting in France?
The massive rallies in France, underwritten by the Catholic Church, against the recent same-sex marriage bill stunned the world: Isn't France the poster child for sexually-easygoing secularism? Perhaps more than a million people took to the streets, and disproportionately young ones, too. (Compare Britain's "whatever" response to its own same-sex marriage act, passed around the same time.) But they forgot that a century of militant secularism didn't kill the Old Faith — it merely drove it underground. And perhaps by privatizing faith, the secularists unwittingly strengthened it; after all, the catacombs have always been good to Christianity. Many commentators on both sides have described the protests as a kind of "conservative May 68," after the generation-defining student protests that would go on to seize the levers of power. Infamously, an unwritten rule of French politics for the past 50 years has been that mass protests will kill a government bill even if it has a majority in Parliament and in the polls. Many fret (and some relish) that the government making an exception just for social conservatives only radicalized them further.
Pain and Evil amid the Wreckage of Eden
As Ravi and I had conversations on this topic, we found we were united in wanting to question all three of these assumptions. We wanted to write something that would be helpful for seekers and Christians alike, for those with intellectual questions and for those who are hurting. We wanted to help show that the intellectual and emotional challenges are deeply related, and that there aren’t just one or two Christian responses to suffering but rather the variety of responses one would expect from a God who loves each and every person and desires to meet us amid the great variety of circumstances and challenges we find ourselves in.
Rare Imagery of Flipped Icebergs in Antarctica | Fstoppers
While on an expedition in Antarctica, photographer Alex Cornell had the rare opportunity to photograph a recently flipped iceberg. Defining to the old adage "just the tip of the iceberg," it turns out the underside can be illuminated with unbelievable bright blues and striation that reveal visually stunning secrets of these sleeping giants. Witnessing a flip is uncommon, and moreover the surreal texture and colors distort the scale making it a truly incredible encounter.
Congress Must Ban Abortions Because Babies Feel Intense Pain
The United States is one of the few nations in the world that allows abortions up to the day of birth in some states.
These babies feel intense pain during abortions. In fact, one researcher, Dr. Steven Zielinski, an internal medicine physician from Oregon, testified before Congress that an unborn child could feel pain at “eight-and-a-half weeks and possibly earlier ” and that a baby before birth “under the right circumstances, is capable of crying.”
As Congressman Trent Franks explains: "More than 18,000 ‘very late term’ abortions are performed every year on perfectly healthy unborn babies in America. These are innocent and defenseless children who can not only feel pain, but who can survive outside of the womb in most cases, and who are torturously killed without even basic anesthesia."
"Many of them cry and scream as they die, but because it is amniotic fluid going over their vocal cords instead of air, we don’t hear them," he says.
Unborn children have a right to life and should be protected from abortion. The House will vote on this important pro-life bill on January 22 .
Worthy of double honor | Expository advocating – Part 1
There are a host of ways you can pray for your pastor: Pray that he would conduct himself wisely in a life of obedience that remains above reproach (1 Tim 3:2); pray that he would love and be faithful to his wife (Eph 5:25-33); pray that he would raise his children in the fear and admonition of the Lord (Eph 6:4); pray that he would love the Lord with all his heart, soul, mind and strength (Mk 12:30); pray that he would faithfully shepherd the flock of God (1 Pet 5:1-3); pray that he would flee temptation (1 Thess 4:3-8); pray that he would be a man of unceasing prayer (Eph 6:18) and pray that he would bind himself to the Scriptures and commit himself to expounding the Word of God rather than his own opinions (2 Tim 4:1-4). This list is by no means exhaustive, but there is no better place to start than by praying God’s own words for your pastor.
How Can Christ Be the Only Way to God? | Reasonable Faith
Now it would, indeed, be fantastically improbable that by happenstance alone it just turns out that all those who never hear the Gospel and are lost are persons who would not have believed the Gospel even if they had heard it. But that is not the hypothesis. The hypothesis is that a provident God has so arranged the world. Given a God endowed with knowledge of how every person would freely respond to His grace in whatever circumstances God might place him, it is not at all implausible that God has ordered the world in the way described. Such a world would not look outwardly any different from a world in which the circumstances of a person's birth are a matter of happenstance. The particularist can agree that people generally adopt the religion of their culture and that if many of those born into non-Christian cultures had been born in a Christian society instead, they would have become nominally or culturally Christian. But that is not to say that they would have been saved. It’s a simple empirical fact that there are no distinguishing psychological or sociological traits between persons who become Christians and persons who do not.
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The middle act is fairly conventional storytelling. Characters dribble out small bits of exposition while looking at computer screens in order to explain each step towards the inevitable confrontation between our guy and the diabolical mastermind. Computers have become the black boxes of movie scripts. Nobody except the hackers really knows how they work, so they can be used to explain just about anything. Get a good-looking actor to scowl intently through his bangs as he types furiously, show a bunch of flashing numbers in glowing green type, and then have him say something like, “I’ve got you now” or “We’ll never get behind that firewall.” Presto, you have a ready-made explanation for why and how the action starts and stops.
2014 confirmed as warmest on record
During a presentation of the two agencies' reports, Thomas Karl, director of Noaa's National Climatic Data Center, said there was a "considerable amount of area where we saw the record highest temperature observed, such as many portions of Europe and every ocean had parts that were [the warmest on record]".
Blindsided by God … But Never Betrayed
As a pastor, I understood—and taught—these very truths. But despite all my good theology and good intentions, here I was, struck by a deep sense of God's betrayal. I tried to remind myself time and time again of the witness of the life of Christ and the early church, and how God could use suffering to refine and strengthen our faith. I even preached on those themes more than a few times during that hellish year. I knew the right answers like the back of my hand, but they were of no use to me, because feelings of deepening anger and mistrust toward God inevitably crept back into my heart.
Looking at Science to Find God?
3) As a philosophy graduate, I really want to cheer Beckwith’s elevation of philosophical inquiry over scientific discovery. I think he’s absolutely correct that the sturdiest road towards theism is the philosophical one. But again, I think he’s knocking down an argument that Metaxas doesn’t intend to make. Nothing in Metaxas’s article suggests that science should be the “starting point” for theism. To go back to my miraculous cure, it is not inconsistent at all to believe that God is real whether or not He heals terminal cancer and also to proclaim such instances of healing as genuine manifestations of God’s reality.
‘The Lego Movie’ Co-Director Just Made His Own Oscar, Thank You Very Much
On Twitter, he posted this image , showing why he doesn’t need some fancy Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to award him a trophy to let him know how awesome his movie was. He just went and made his own out of Legos, thank you very much ...
The film opens with John on the job, attending the funeral of one of his “clients.” He and the priest are literally the only ones in the chapel. A recording of a choir singing “Amazing Grace” blares through the speakers, and as they hit the phrase, “I once was lost but now am found,” it dawns on you: That’s the theme of the movie. At least from the perspective of those who died alone.
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The Case For Grace
Mark was the evangelism director at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago for seven years and for the Willow Creek Association for a decade. He is a frequent contributor for Outreach magazine, and he was an editorial consultant and periodic guest for Lee Strobel’s Faith Under Fire television show. He and Strobel have been ministry partners for over twenty years, and today they co-direct The Institute at Cherry Hills in Highland Ranch, Colorado. Mark earned a Master’s Degree in Philosophy of Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. In recognition of his achievements in the areas of evangelism and apologetics, he was recently honored by the conferring of a Doctor of Divinity degree from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina.
I have to say, I also expected Interstellar to at least be nominated in the Best Picture category. For all its flaws, I found it to have a scale and an immersivity rarely achieved in movies these days. It reminded me in some ways of what cinema can be. But thinking back on it after this "snub", I had to agree that the script problems that were easily overlooked during the viewing were indeed serious enough that perhaps the movie didn't deserve the nomination (I do still agree that some best acting nods would not have been superfluous).
Where I have to completely shake my head at you is in your pseudo-prophetic conclusion that Interstellar should represent the future of all science-fiction or that this particular movie should herald a decline in SF love. The only thing that really will determine whether similar SF films will be attempted is not awards, it's money, and Interstellar seems to have done quite well for itself on that front.
Unless I am very much mistaken, the current wave of superhero movies didn't starts thanks to a heavily rewarded superhero movie, it started because the comic geek subculture (which is normally not far removed from the SF subculture) had reached enough of a mass that superhero movies made handsome amounts of money, so studios kept greenlighting the projects.
Dem Congresswoman: Obama "Refuses To Recognize" Radical Islam Is Our Enemy
WOLF BLITZER, CNN: You served the United States military in Iraq, and thank you very much for your service, Congresswoman. When you see what's going on right there, what goes through your mind, the huge amount of Iraq, including areas where U.S. military personnel gave their lives in huge numbers that now is under the control of ISIS after the Iraqi military in big parts of the country, including Mosul, the second largest city there, simply abandoned their weapons and ran away?
REP. TULSI GABBARD (D-HI), IRAQ WAR VETERAN: Well, it sickens me, Wolf, you know. Like so many other people who I served with and service members who served both in Iraq and in other places, unfortunately, we lost friends there who paid that ultimate price.
And what is so frustrating now as we look at the situation there, our administration refuses to recognize who our enemy is. And unless and until that happens, then it's impossible to come up with a strategy to defeat that enemy.
We have to recognize that this is about radical Islam. This is as much a military war as it is an ideological war, and we've got to understand what that ideology is and challenge it, understand it so that we can defeat it and protect our citizens, protect the American people.
7 Recommendations for Those Studying to be a Pastor - Ron Edmondson
I have the opportunity to talk with young pastors each week. I also interact regularly with those who are preparing for the pastorate. I love investing in the next generation of leaders and am thankful for those who invested in me.
President of South Carolina Baptist Convention calls for Perry Noble and NewSpring to correct ‘problematic positions and statements’
Kelly goes on to exhort SCBC ministers ‘to treat their individual ministry settings as a sacred trust void of coarse, profane language as well as choosing music that is sacred in content’, to ‘engage in accountability groups’ that will ‘hold them to a higher standard morally, ethically and biblically’, and to renew ‘themselves to more sound exegetical study and expository preaching and teaching of God’s word’. Kelly’s exhortations go to the heart of problems exhibited by Perry Noble and NewSpring over many years.
Cultural Capitulation on Homosexuality Is Not Courageous
It’s not surprising that EastLake is an early adopter. Seattle has a higher percentage of gay-couple households than San Francisco–1 in 17 couples living together in the city is gay. Nearly all of Meeks’ 30 staff members are under the age of 35 and plugged in to cultural shifts. But theologically, it is daring. If evangelicalism is famous for anything, it is opposition to homosexuality. For Meeks, that’s all the more reason to take a stand. “We talk about it in D-Day terms,” he says. “So many other pastors are afraid, trying to figure the upside. Perhaps our contribution is to die to let others take the beach.”
A Mistaken View of Love
Dr. Craig: I was teaching at Talbot School of Theology in January for two weeks and because that takes me over a Sunday I looked for a local church to attend. So I attended Grace Evangelical Free Church in La Mirada. One of the pastors there is Erik Thoennes who is a Professor of Theology at Biola University. He is a very insightful theologian and a wise man. His text for his sermon was Hebrews 13:1, “Let brotherly love continue.” He gave a whole sermon on just those few words. The sermon was just filled with all sorts of nuggets of wisdom that I found very provocative and helpful. One of them was his criticism of the view that love doesn’t involve emotions. One will very frequently hear it said that love is not a feeling, love is a decision. This will often be said in marriage counseling situations, for example, where you may not feel love for your spouse anymore but you make a decision, “I will love her” (or “him”) and we will work through this problem.
Faithful Expository Preaching Is Christ-Centered Preaching |
Ignoring the Christ-centered canonical context of Scripture is no less reductionistic and problematic than ignoring the immediate context of the human author. Failing to account for the fact that the Scriptures are the supernatural word of a sovereign God errs in the same way allegory does: both approaches exclude indispensible context. One excludes the context of the human author; the other excludes that of the divine author. Christocentric preaching does not mean neglecting exegesis in order to slip Christ in the sermon; it is rather the exposing of authorial intent, both human and divine. The problem with many contemporary approaches to expository preaching is that they are simply not expositional enough. One fully exposes the meaning of the text only in light of the biblical storyline that centers on the person and work of Christ and eschatological fulfillment in his kingdom.
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An Introduction to Orthodox Christology: New Testament Christology
Several passages in the New Testament explicitly refer to Jesus as God. The Gospel of John, for example, opens with a declaration of the deity of Christ: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it… But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1–5, 12–14). Here the Word, who is identified with Jesus (v. 14), is said to be “God” (v. 1). The exegetical contortions of Jehovah’s Witnesses notwithstanding, this passage is unambiguous in its declaration of the deity of Christ.
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Faithful Thinkers: Book Review: Creating Life In The Lab
Creating Life In The Lab: How New Discoveries in Synthetic Biology Make A Case For The Creator is Dr. Fazale Rana's latest contribution to Christian apologetic literature. The goal of the book is to provide a case for God's existence from the controversial efforts of scientists to "play God" by creating life. He has written the book with the backdrop of Franenstein to provide some cultural connection. The book has thirteen chapters plus an appendix that includes a short refresher on biochemistry. The book, though not officially, is divided into two parts: the first examining the quest to create artificial life and the second investigates scientists research behind the origin of life.
Chapter 1- Waking Up in Frankenstein's Dream
Dr. Rana begins his book by giving a little of his own history- what made him want to study biochemistry and what brought him to the point he is at now. He then begins setting the stage for the rest of the book. He explains what has happened regarding origin-of-life research. He starts at the Miller-Urey experiment and brings the reader to the present.
How To Find Your Social Media Voice
Finding your authentic voice in social media isn’t that different from traditional media. I had a client once who was a TV host. The problem was, as soon as the red light came on the camera, he became a completely different person. His voice got deeper. His style became bigger. He was more over the top. The problem was – that wasn’t him . Even his friends would tell him, “Stop using your TV voice.” But many of us do the same thing on social media. We try to project authority, sound more spiritual, or generally be someone we’re not. Remember my age-old branding advice – a brand isn’t about becoming something (or someone) else, it’s about discovering who you really are. So with that in mind – here’s my advice about finding the real you on social media:
Sunday Morning in America Still Segregated – and That’s OK With Worshipers
The phone survey of 2,000 Americans was conducted September 19 to October 5, 2014. The calling utilized random digit dialing. Sixty percent of completes were among landlines and 40 percent among cell phones. Maximum quotas and slight weights were used for gender, region, age, ethnicity, and education to more accurately reflect the population. Responders were screened to only include Christians who attend a religious service on religious holidays or more often. The completed sample is 994 surveys. The sample provides 95 percent confidence that the sampling error does not exceed plus or minus 3.5 percent. Margins of error are higher in sub-groups. (Christian includes Catholic, Protestant, Nondenominational, and Orthodox).
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Saturday Book Review: Kyle Strobel
Strobel argues that the interpretive key that unlocks the thought of Jonathan Edwards is that Edwards framed his doctrine of God in terms of “personal, beatific-delight”. These three categories become doorways into particular emphases in Edwards’s doctrine of God, and together they summarize the pure act that defines the Trinity. The first category, “personal”, allows Strobel to explore Edwards’s unique approach to the psychological model of the Trinity as well as his creative employment of perichoresis tradition. Edwards’s God is personal because God has both understanding and will. Edwards’s God is tri-personal because God (the Father), God’s understanding and will (the Son and the Spirit respectively) are joined in a communion such that each of the three are “in” the others, and thereby share personal attributes. The second category, “beatific”, allows Strobel to explore the interaction, or act, between the persons of the Trinity. The Father and the Son are eternally joined in mutual love and delight, along the lines of the beatific vision. The beatific vision is often viewed as the goal of the saint, but Strobel argues that in Edwards it is the dynamic of the Trinity before it is anything else.
Answering Muslims: Niger: Ten Killed, Churches Torched in Cartoon Riots
(Reuters) - At least five people were killed on Saturday in protests in Niger against Charlie Hebdo's cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, authorities said, bringing the death toll from two days of violence in the country to 10.
Police fired tear gas at crowds of stone-throwing Muslim youths who set fire to churches and looted shops in the capital Niamey after authorities banned a meeting called by local Islamic leaders. A police station was attacked and at least two police cars burned.
"They offended our Prophet Mohammad, that's what we didn't like," said Amadou Abdoul Ouahab, who took part in the demonstrations.
President Mahamadou Issoufou said all five of the dead were civilians, with four of them killed inside burned churches or bars. He said an enquiry would be opened and those responsible for organising the violence would be punished.
"Those who pillage religious sites and profane them, those who persecute and kill their Christian compatriots or foreigners who live on our soil, have understood nothing of Islam," he said in a televised address.
The president added, however, that he shared the disgust of Muslims who felt offended by the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad and that freedom of expression should not mean liberty to insult religious beliefs.
What makes the Christian God the right one?
According to Christian theology humans were made to get to know God, and seek after him (Jeremiah 29:13). In the case of the Christian religion we were made to worship the one true God, which is Yahweh.
So, this need to worship is hereditary in the sense that God has endowed humans with it, he has installed this need in us. When Jesus is asked what are the most important commandments he says:
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TGC International Outreach 2014 Annual Report
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In addition, the film highlights other circumstantial evidence that might support the biblical account such as the Ipuwer papyrus. This is a document housed in the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, Netherlands that possibly refers to some of the plagues of Moses’ time (although written from an Egyptian perspective). Again, this is rejected by the director of said museum because he believes it precedes Ramses II, and thus, is too soon. Also the Brooklyn papyrus mentions the names of some Egyptian slaves that are synonymous with Hebrew names mentioned in the Bible. But most significant is the mention of the nation of Israel from the Merneptah Stele, which was written very shortly after Ramses II’s death during the reign of Ramses’ successor, Merneptah. If Ramses II was the pharaoh of the Exodus then Rohl says this mention of Israel as a nation is too soon for Israel’s establishment—especially given the 40 years of wandering before entering the Promised Land. In addition, there was time needed to conquer cities in that land. However, the information on this stele is not a problem if the Exodus is moved backward in time from Ramses II as many evangelicals believe needs to be done.
WORLD | Did Colonial America have abortions? Yes, but … | Marvin Olasky | Jan. 17, 2015
There is much more in the colonial records, but even this group of episodes shows why colonial officials expressed concern about the number of unmarried woman servants who had “been gotten with child” and then compounded the crime with killing. Maidservants repeatedly were urged to maintain chastity or at least to demand, prior to intercourse, a written promise of marriage. (If the evidence satisfied the court, an unmarried freeman had to marry her or “recompense her abuse.”) Courts in Virginia showed sympathy to female servants: When Margaret Connor charged her master with attempting to “prostitute her body to him,” the court accepted the charge and forced her master to provide a cash bond to secure good behavior. But infant killings continued. The case of one unmarried woman, Anne Barbery, who was called up “upon suspicion of felony” when her baby died shortly after birth, had hundreds of echoes. (Miss Barbery had hid her newborn in a tobacco house and said she had planned to take the baby to Joseph Edlow, the father of the child. There was no mark on the baby, and since the child may have died from lack of proper care, the accused received thirty lashes but was not convicted of murder.