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What You May Have Wrong About the Gospel

Jefferson Bethke on his new book, 'It's Not What You Think.'

The Spiritual Toll of Pop Culture’s Irony Obsession

Serious truths in a culture that doesn’t take things very seriously.

Doctor Who and the wildness of God | Think Christian

Despite his emotional distance, however, the Doctor remains a fundamentally good character. The pre-season trailers often feature a soundbite that captures the essence of the ensuing season. Before Season 8, it was the Doctor asking, “Am I a good man?” In season 9, it is an emphatic declaration: “I’m the Doctor and I save people.” The Doctor is a complex mix of love and judgment. The Doctor is committed to nonviolence and yet he is one of the most destructive forces in the universe. The Doctor is unfailingly committed to the protection and preservation of his friends, yet he’s often willing to see others as disposable, as is the case in “Before the Flood.” The Doctor is both a savior and a distinctly dangerous source of hope.

Pres. Obama: We Have to Take the Black Lives Matter Movement Seriously

Yesterday, President Obama spoke to law enforcement officials at the White House forum on criminal justice, and took some time to address and defend the Black Lives Matter movement. The phrase has become a rallying cry among activists calling for reforms in law enforcement and the criminal justice system after the several high-profile cases of unarmed black men and women being killed by police or while in police custody. President Obama directly addressed critics who have countered by insisting that “all lives matter." The president explained: Black Lives Matter is a social media movement that tried to gel around Ferguson, the Eric Garner case and some other cases that came up. And very rapidly, it was posited as being in opposition to the police. And sometimes, like any of these loose organizations, some people pop-off and say dumb things. On the other hand though, it started being lifted as “These folks are opposed to police. They’re opposed to cops, and ‘All Lives Matter.’” So the notion was, somehow saying “Black Lives Matter” was reverse racism or suggesting that other people’s lives didn’t matter, or police officers’ lives didn’t matter. And whenever we get bogged down in that type of discussion, we know where that goes … I think everybody understands all lives matter. I think the reason that the organizers used the phrase 'Black Lives Matter' was not because they were suggesting nobody else's lives matter. Rather, what they were suggesting was there is a specific problem that's happening in the African-American community that's not happening in other communities. And that is a legitimate issue that we've got to address. The president praised “the overwhelming majority of law enforcement” who he said are “doing the right thing and want to do the right thing.” He also said he recognizes “that police officers have a really tough job and we're sending them into really tough neighborhoods that sometimes are really dangerous and they've got to make split-second decisions.” He also said other large social issues should be acknowledged. “We as a society, if we're not investing in opportunities for poorer kids, and then we expect police and and prosecutors to keep them out of sight and out of mind, that's a failed strategy.” Still, he insisted that the issue must not be politicized and that the issue of police violence is a serious one, and that the concerns of the Black Lives Matter movement must be addressed: But having said all that, we as a society, particularly given our history, have to take this seriously. And one of the ways of avoiding the politics of this and losing the moment is everybody just stepping back for a second and understanding that the African-American community is not just making this up. It’s not just something being politicized. It's real and there's a history behind it and we have to take it seriously. You can watch the entire discussion below:

Conclusions: What the Fossils Told Us in Their Own Words

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

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Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

NRA Members Get Free Admission to This Faith-Based Movie About Guns

If you are a card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association, than the team behind the documentary Armor of Light would like to invite you to see their film for free. The movie, from Abigail Disney (the grandniece of Walt Disney) follows an evangelical pastor as he explores Christian culture’s complicated relationship with guns and the NRA. The film is being released at a handful of theaters around the country where other Christian movies have drawn big audiences, and at 10 of the locations, NRA members will not have to pay for a ticket. The marketing executive behind the campaign told Deadline, “The broad themes of the marketing campaign have always been to elevate the conversation away from the anti or pro-gun issue. This is really about dialogue and conversation between people with different backgrounds who may come from opposite views.” The movie opens in limited release on Oct. 30. You can check out the trailer below.

‘Bernie Steinbrenner’ Voice Mash-up Predicted Larry David’s Great Bernie Sanders Impression

If you watched Saturday Night Live this weekend, than you were lucky enough to see Larry David hilariously impersonate democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. But before David took the SNL stage, the site Death and Taxes showed just how much the Seinfeld co-creator sounded like the Vermont Senator. They created several clips last week, mashing up Bernie Sanders debate soundbites with scenes of Larry David impersonating Yankees owner George Steinbrenner on Seinfeld. At this point, we aren’t convinced they aren’t actually the same person.

New ‘Good Dinosaur’ Promo Shows 20 Years of Pixar Friendship

Sure, Pixar is known for creating stunning visuals and assembling great comedic casts, but if there’s one thing they truly do well, it’s telling stories of deep friendships. This latest teaser of their upcoming animated effort Good Dinosaur offers a glimpse at the new movie, while also reflecting back on the last two decades of famous Pixar friends.

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Pew: Churchgoers Least Likely to See Science and Religion in Conflict

“Our analysis points to only a handful of areas where people’s religious beliefs and practices have a strong connection to their views about science topics and a surprising number of topics where religious differences do not play a central role in explaining their beliefs,” Funk said. “What is most striking is the multiple influences on people’s views.”

2 Will We Know Our Loved Ones in Heaven? - Christian Research Institute

Hank responds to a caller who asks if we will recognize our loved ones when we get to heaven.

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Single You Will Be the Married You

When I was single, I thought marriage might be the magic bullet. I believed that it would miraculously transform me. I assumed I would suddenly possess a new measure of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control that I had not yet known or experienced as a single man. I believed that once I said, “I do,” I would see the world through a different lens and become a responsible and loving man — a responsible and loving husband.

Making Sense of Scripture’s “Inconsistency”

The entire book of Hebrews explains that the Old Testament ceremonial laws were not so much abolished as fulfilled by Christ. Whenever we pray “in Jesus name” we “have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus” (Heb. 10:19). It would, therefore, be deeply inconsistent with the teaching of the Bible as a whole if we continued to follow the ceremonial laws.

Why You Shouldn’t Give Up On the Church

Jim, Calvinism teaches that the Holy Spirit irresistibly pulls us to the Father not because of our merit, but because of God’s unmerited favor. Anyone who understands that obviously would not suggest that salvation is a personal choice. To believe that “God loves everyone” has no biblical basis, and would make him horrific in condemning any of them, but he does. This is evidenced is Christ’s story about the selfish rich man in torment, crying out for the poor beggar Lazarus to bring him some water, and to warn his brothers against the torment. Having condemned all Calvinists I would presume that you are an Arminian, and believe that through some work of your heart, mind our courage, YOU CHOOSE CHRIST. To me, that is unbiblical and prideful.

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David Was a Rapist, Abraham Was a Sex Trafficker

This reality makes studying sexual violence in Scripture all the more pressing. Paul said all of Scripture—including what we might consider the R-rated stories of the Old Testament—is God-breathed and can train us in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16–17). It’s not that we skip over such stories, but that we tend to use euphemisms when telling them. We don’t pay close attention to the details, and as a result miss what the biblical authors intended to communicate. Stories not just of prostitutes, adulterers, and fornicators, but also of sexual predators and human traffickers, teach us profound lessons about God and his grace. He came to redeem all people, even those who are sexually violent, as the genealogy of Jesus shows.

Hyatt Hotels Will No Longer Offer Pay-Per-View Porn

Following similar recent moves from both Marriott and Hilton, Hyatt has announced that their hotels will no longer offer on-demand, pay-per-view porn for guests. The group the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, which has been pressuring those in the hospitality industry to ditch adult content in recent years, released a statement saying it "is grateful to Hyatt for its policy change and commitment to oppose sexual exploitation.” The hotel chain didn’t say why it was making the change, though, as a the Los Angeles Times notes , the Internet and digital devices have changed the way many people consume any type of video content. They cited a study by PKF Hospitality Research that found “annual hotel revenue in the United States from in-room movie rentals—including adult films— dropped from $339 per room in 2000 to $107 in 2014."

From the Bahá’í Faith to Porn to Alpha to Jesus

Aaron was a friend who identified as a “hostile agnostic.” I quickly learned that spending time with him was way more fun than prayer and chastity. I tried to manage my dual commitment to God and to someone who found the Bahá’í faith strange. But the more serious our relationship became, the greater the gap grew between what I should have been doing (praying, reading scripture, fasting) and what I was in fact doing (showing up to class late wearing Aaron’s shirts). So I became indifferent to spiritual matters, abandoning the pursuit of “holiness” to do whatever seemed right.

You Know You Were a ’90s Church Kid If …

The ’90s was to Christian music what the 2000s was to Creed and/or Nickelback: a golden age of music you would later hate yourself for (still) loving. Friday night rolled around, and instead of doing something lame, you and your friends loaded up into your church’s Ford Econoline, and stopped for some Chick-fil-A to pre-game for the Christian moshing you were about to do. If you don’t know what “Christian moshing” is, imagine a mosh pit made up of Peanuts characters.

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A Good Shepherd for Needy Sheep

The hope of all who look to heaven for help sings, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Ps. 23:6). Beyond everything I can see right now, and lasting forever, is a gift that can satisfy and protect me long after all my enemies are dead and gone. That gift is God himself. He is the goodness better than any good we’ve seen or heard or tasted here (Ps. 16:11), and he is the shelter safer than any government or laws or armies in any nation on earth. The promises of our Shepherd flood every valley in this life with light, and reveal the path to never-ending, never-waning, never-in-danger-again peace and happiness.


Hebrews 13:17 declares, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as...

Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion

From this brief excerpt you can probably tell Guinness isn’t the type to advocate for a postmodern apologetic in which Christianity is merely a more attractive metanarrative. He’s an ardent defender of what Francis Schaeffer called “true truth.” Persuasion, he holds, must therefore be rooted in countering the false worldviews held by unbelievers, since that is the heart of unbelief. “In the biblical view,” Guinness notes, “the central core of the anatomy of unbelief stems from its willful abuse of truth.”

Why Your Faith Will Not Fail

What makes you think you will be a Christian tomorrow morning? In 15 minutes, John Piper builds a foundation for the perseverance of your faith through all the world’s temptations and all of life’s trails. Your faith will not fail because God holds your faith and is utterly committed to keeping you.

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"As the Word is preached, the Christian is torn down by the law and built up in the gospel."

Two Underused Strategies for Addiction

Each day there are more people enslaved by a broader array of substances and activities. To sexual obsessions, add illegal drugs, then the prescription narcotics, then gaming, and there are more to come. With this in mind, the church has a perennial project: We want to draw out fresh insights from Scripture on modern addictions, and we want to move toward those who are enslaved.

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Ask Pastor John on the App Store

My boyfriend at the time (now husband) spoke very highly of Pastor John Piper's teaching. I wanted to like listening to the sermons, but I was so distrusting at first and couldn't really listen to any of them.. The 'Ask Pastor John' app is where I learned how Jesus-loving, Gospel-centered, humble and honest Pastor John and the teaching staff at Desiring God are. I mean, the teaching and hard questions answered not only helped me trust these people and the teaching coming from them but led me to grow and love the Word of God so much more. I have days when I cook and clean for hours crying and praying and praising God while listening to Ask Pastor John or sermons of his on Desiring God. The Gibbs household has been so blessed and changed through the hearing of your preaching! Pastor John, if you read this, thank you! Thank you for working for our joy, for standing under the Word and not over it, and for being so sensitive to the guidance of the Lord by His Spirit. We are forever family and look forward to the day when we will all be standing before our King, together.

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Why Are We So Obsessed with Celebrity Tragedy?

We Christians should engage with celebrity culture in a different way. Maybe we should rethink the societal temptation to put people on pedestals. Maybe we should abandon voyeurism as entertainment. We definitely shouldn’t be enjoying celebrity downfalls.

Are you a Lakers fan who has followed and cared about Lamar Odom’s career? Pray for him. He’s a real person who has walked through a lifetime of loss. He deserves to experience something more profound than just being the target of tabloid journalism. Like the rest of us, he needs to experience the touch of the living God.

Standing on the shoulders of giants: The preacher and his books

One of my favorite quotes is from Sir Isaac Newton, discoverer of the law of gravity. In a letter to Robert Hooke on February 5, 1676, Newton wrote, “If I have seen farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Newton saw farther than anyone had before, precisely because he was willing to learn from those who had gone before him. Just imagine what life would be like if all anyone ever knew was the knowledge they accumulated on their own. There would be no electricity, no light bulb, no telephone, no computers, no cars, no airplanes, no space travel, and, gasp, no iPhone. But because men learned from those who had gone before, these inventions and many more were possible. Sadly, many preachers like to work in an anti-intellectual vacuum, gleaning nothing from the God-gifted men who have gone before them. God has especially equipped the body of Christ with teachers, evangelist, and pastors. I thank God for men like Justin Martyr, Tertullian, Augustine, Anselm, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Newton, John Bunyan, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, and a host of others, who are, without a doubt, God’s gifts to the church.

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You Say You Want a Revolution? - Christian Research Institute

As this article goes to press, we are watching what some believe could be the early stages of a revolutionary war in Ukraine. 6 This situation is the result of a chain of events that began with the peaceful protests of students who were provoked by their leaders’ refusal to allow a democratic solution about whether Ukraine would align with the West or with Russia, their previous ruler under the Soviet system. The government engaged in unwarranted and violent crackdowns on the protests, passions escalated on both sides, and the Russian-backed president fled the country. Russian president Vladimir Putin reacted by overtaking the Ukrainian region of Crimea in an obvious breach of international law, and he is now massing troops on the eastern Ukrainian border. Some fear this could lead to a Russian invasion of Ukraine and eventually to a major international crisis and war. If it comes to that, JWT will be wholly applicable not only to the decisions made by the Russian leadership but also to the reactions they prompt from the world community. The fact that this could culminate in full-scale war in the region does nothing but illuminate the extreme care that should be taken toward even the most justifiable decision to challenge our biblical mandate to submit to the governmental authority God has instituted in our world.

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I Went to Change the World ... and Failed

If we measure our “success” by popularity standards or the success of some high-profile brand, we would all be failures. But as Christians, those aren’t our standards. Thankfully, they’re not God’s either. We need to learn a different way to change the world: quietly and patiently. Embracing the nature of the changes we want to see makes all the difference in long-haul justice and missions work.

31 There’s Always More to the Story: A Conversation With Mark Oppenheimer of the New York Times

There’s Always More to the Story: A Conversation With Mark Oppenheimer of the New York Times

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The apostle Paul tells us that it has pleased God to save those who believe through the foolishness of what we preach ( 1 Cor. 1:21 ). The gospel is foolishness to a fallen world, and preaching it is foolishness as well. But the foolishness of God is wiser than men ( 1 Cor. 1:25 ). In this message, Dr. Lawson will remind us of the centrality of the gospel to the true calling of the preacher.

Speaking - Apologetics Guy

Using Stories, Objects and Illustrations.  This fast-paced presentation helps your group make ideas that have to do with defending the faith simple to get and easy to remember. From everyday responses to the problem of evil, the evidence for God and  our need for Jesus, I share practical illustrations that people at your event can use in conversations the very next day.  [Watch the full-length talk]

An Indonesian Territory Under Sharia Law Is Demolishing Christian Churches

Several Christian churches in the Indonesian territory of Aceh have been demolished after local authorities claimed they didn’t have the right building permits. At least three have been burned to the ground, and at least one person was killed by an angry mob setting fire to a Christian church. Indonesia is home to the highest number of Muslims in the world, but as Reuters notes, much of the population is moderate, and religious diversity is not uncommon. But Aceh is different. There, separatists have implemented Islamic Sharia law, with groups like the “Islamic Defenders Front” demanding that many of the area’s Christian churches be torn down. The ruling authorities have already begun demolishing at least 10 local church buildings with sledge hammers this week.

Hasn't the Bible been rewritten so many times that we can't trust it anymore?

So when the Bible has been translated, it is not translated from a translation of a translation of a translation. It is translated from the original languages into our language. It is a one-step process and not a series of steps that can lead to corruption. It is one-translation step from the original to the English or to other languages. So the Bible has been translated into Spanish or German or Chinese from the same Greek and Hebrew manuscripts. This is how it is done for each and every language into which we translate the Bible. We do not translate from the original languages to the English, to the Spanish, and then to the German. It is from the original languages to the English or into the Spanish or into the German. Therefore, the translations are very accurate and trustworthy.

Does Jesus Prophesy the Coming of Muhammad in John 14? Shabir Ally vs. David Wood According to the Qur'an, both the Torah and the Gospel contain clear prophecies about Muhammad (see Qur'an 7:157). Muslims have had nearly fourteen centuries to find these prophecies, and the most commonly cited New Testament "prophecy" about Muhammad is found in John 14:16 , where Jesus declares that the "Comforter" or "Helper" (Greek "paraclete") will come after him. Even though Jesus specifically identifies the Comforter as the "Spirit of Truth" in the very next verse, Muslims claim that the prophecy refers to Muhammad. But can this passage really be applied to Muhammad? In this video, Shabir Ally and David Wood discuss the evidence. Clips are taken from "Does Muhammad Give Us the Truth about Jesus? (Shabir Ally vs. David Wood)."

Centuries-Old Sunken Church Now Visible Again After Drought in Mexico

For decades, the Temple of Santiago has been submerged under more than 100 feet of water, but now, the 450-year-old church has remerged. A long-running drought in the southern region of Mexico has caused water levels to drop dramatically, once again revealing the incredible architecture of the abandoned church, which was submerged after the construction of a nearby dam. The reservoir has gotten so low that nearby fisherman are now giving tours of the stone church, which as these pictures (like the one above from @exploringchiapas ) show, has held up remarkably well considering it's been at the bottom of a lake for the last 50 years.

Christ Is Like Sunlight

Thus the radiance is eternally begotten, as it were, by the glory — not created or made. If you put a solar-activated calculator in the sunlight, numbers appear on the face of the calculator. These, you could say, are created or made by the sun, but they are not what the sun is. But the rays of the sun are an extension of the sun. So Christ is eternally begotten of the Father, but not made or created.

How I Work: An Interview with Lori Bridges

A key component of TGC’s view of gospel-centered ministry is the  integration of faith and work . We seek to help Christians work with distinctiveness, excellence, and accountability in their trades and professions. To aid in this effort we’re launching a new series, “How I Work,” in which we ask people to share their shortcuts, tools, and routines that help them do their jobs or fulfill their vocational roles. (The concept and format are borrowed from the excellent  Lifehacker series on work .) For our latest interview in this series I talked to Lori Bridges, a homeschooling mother who has four children.

20 Questions: What Evangelicals Think of GMOs, Genetics, Fracking, and More

15. Almost 4 in 10 white evangelicals (37%) said there is no solid evidence for global warming, compared with 28 percent of weekly worshipers and 20 percent of black Protestants. Of the three groups, black Protestants are most likely to pin blame for global warming on human activity (56%), compared to weekly worshipers (42%) or white evangelicals (28%). White evangelicals are also far more likely (47%) to say that scientists don’t agree on global warming than black Protestants (33%) or weekly worshipers (38%).

End of an Era: Next Season of ‘Mythbusters’ Will Be Its Last

The duo sat down for an extended interview with EW , in which they talked about their favorite memories, what they didn’t like and, interestingly, their contentious off-screen relationship. Hyneman said, “We like to point out we’ve known each other for 25 years and never once sat down to have dinner alone together. We sort of managed to tolerate each other. I think it’s probably safe to say that continuing our onscreen relationship in front of the camera is probably not happening.” And with that, the friendship myth has been busted.

7 crucial reasons why a pastor’s spiritual life matters to his church

Pastor, your spiritual health matters to your church. Your pursuit of Christ impacts your people. You know this, of course, but does your daily schedule reflect it? When you allocate time and energy toward the spiritual disciplines, do you do so with a view toward what is at stake? God’s sovereign purposes are not dependent on your maturity, of course, but the New Testament often speaks of the significance of a pastor’s spirituality to the health of his congregation. Consider the following seven reasons motivation for the pursuit of godliness and guides to praying for your own growth.

8 Stats that Expose the Gender Pay Gap

I'm a woman and I actually make about 5k per year more than my male counterparts right out of college, and I make the same as my husband who is 4 years older. Why? I negotiated my pay. A lot of women don't know to do that or they are scared to, and I think that causes some amount of pay-gap. Certainly it exists in other forms, but in my industry (tech) the playing field is very level.

We Finally Have a Release Date for Adele’s ‘25’

After tons of speculation and countless breakups without a soundtrack, the British superstar officially announced the release date for her third album, 25 . The full-length will land Nov. 20. Adele's label also announced that her new single, "Hello," will come out tomorrow. So, get excited about getting sad—in a happy way.

3 Bad Reasons to Want Kids

With such an awesome responsibility in front of us, we would do ourselves a huge favor by preparing ahead of time for this daunting, yet joyful task. And as people prepare themselves to take on the role of parenting, they can be motivated by many great reasons to be a parent, but there can also be some wrong motivations to have children. And those negative motivations are what I want to bring to light.

Steve Jobs and Faith in Unseen Things

Second, faith in oneself can distort reality. If having a reality distortion field made Jobs a successful entrepreneur, it failed him as a father. In the film, it’s hard to miss the connection between his own adoption trauma and his rejection of his own daughter. When his character finally accepts what he has done, he admits to her, “I’m poorly made.” In other words, he’s a creator, but he’s an all-too-human one.

Why Doubt Can Give You Hope

Interesting article. I don't quite get all of it though. Strobel makes doubt and disbelief sound like very different things, but looking up dictionary definitions of "doubt" and "disbelief" it seems the two words are synonymous or at the very least that doubt is a spectrum of which disbelief is a part of. It seems to me that there is not too much of a difference between "strongly doubting" something (e.g. a Christian tenet) and "disbelieving" it. Does Strobel see doubt as a spectrum of how uncertain someone is? It seems like Strobel logically separates the concepts of doubting and disbelieving in a black-and-white manner. This seems inconsistent and contrary to how doubt actually works. He wholeheartedly affirms doubt yet condemns disbelief strongly. At what point does doubt become disbelief and worthy of condemnation? If Strobel affirms that doubting Christian tenets isn't bad or wrong, I assume he would agree that there are legitimate intellectual reasons that people doubt said tenets. At what point do legitimate intellectual reasons that people doubt Christian tenets go too far and become disbelief? It seems that setting a specific point is completely arbitrary.

From comedy to National Cathedral

Life experiences informed Hall’s unconventional views on marriage. (His parents were married seven times between them.) “We have this cartoon in America where you grow up, get married and stay the same person,” he says. “For the church to say, ‘No sex before marriage,’ is not realistic,” he argues, explaining that he has married at least 500 couples, only about five of whom did not live together beforehand. He believes that for the church to say it wants to celebrate marriage and honor marriage, the church needs to give some guidance on “how to live a life of faithfulness and integrity.”

Floating Buildings Appear Above City in China

Impressive marketing strategy? Proof that the housing bubble is about the crash? The end of the world as we know it? In any case, strange things have been afoot in China, where menacing skyscrapers have been spotted in the clouds above the country’s Foshan and Jiangxi regions. As The Mirror reports, the phenomena has been dismissed as Fata Morgana, an optical illusion where light passing through different temperatures creates a mirage.

"The Measure of a Man" - Star Trek: The Next Generation and Personhood

Frankly, this is a stunningly complex argument to make for a television show. It reflects a kind of appeal to phenomenology: the content of thoughts and the “aboutness” or taste of them. Some philosophers of mind (and I would agree with them) argue that there is a real notion of this phenomenal aspect of thought which goes beyond the simple facts. Indeed, this very aspect of thoughts and feelings–the ability to have an “about” aspect to them–is the very criterion for consciousness which some philosophers appeal to. In context of the episode, if Data really has this “aboutness,” I would say it is indisputable that he would be a person (not to say that consciousness is required for personhood, but surely a self-aware, conscious being would by necessity a person be).

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56 Billy Graham: Why Linger in the Land of the Dying?
57 The Demands of Christ in an On-Demand World
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59 Albert Mohler on Twitter
60 Some Thoughts on the Reading of Books
61 David Lynch Is Working on a Memoir
62 Charlie Jackson on Twitter
63 Skip Bayless on Twitter
64 5 Misconceptions About the Pastor’s Wife
65 Report: Four Million in South Sudan Are Facing ‘Severe Food Insecurity’
66 Brett Kunkle on Periscope: "Odd Thomas of Humble Beast, Closing #reTHINK15 With Spoken Word"
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75 Innovative Apologetics: A Bone to Pick with Paleoanthropologists and a Darwinian Hoax
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84 Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People
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