John Stonestreet Interview: Worldview Thinking, Curriculum Development, Cultural Engagement | The Best Schools
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Acts 17: The Information Enigma
Even the simplest life requires a tremendous amount of genetic information, so the amount genetic information required for the diversity of life in our world is simply unfathomable. Is it reasonable to assume that this information arose through unguided naturalistic processes? Or does the evidence point to an intelligent designer?
The Information Enigma is a fascinating 21-minute documentary that probes the mystery of biological information, the challenge it poses to orthodox Darwinian theory, and the reason it points to intelligent design. The video features molecular biologist Douglas Axe and Stephen Meyer, author of the books Signature in the Cell and Darwin’s Doubt .
Here’s a Behind the Scenes Video From GQ’s Profile on Hillsong NYC
GQ magazine recently published a long, in-depth feature looking at Hillsong NYC, and “What Would Cool Jesus Do?” is a compelling read. The writer isn’t a Christian, but is fair minded in her first-person exploration of what has made the church so popular among millennials and even celebrities. Over the weekend, they published this behind-the-scenes video featuring some of their interviews with pastor Carl Lentz and members of the Hillsong NYC congregation.
Furry, Feathery, and Finny Animals Speak Their Minds
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
Why Would Evolution Produce Non-Essential Genes?
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
The 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Music Works Perfect with the Miss Universe Blooper
You've seen the incredibly and almost unbearably awkward video of Steve Harvey crowning the wrong Miss Universe. But, you haven't seen him do it to the sound of the Curb Your Enthusiasm music. To say it works perfectly is a bit of an understatement.
Robotic Dogs Pull Santa's Sleigh and Give You Nightmares
Boston Dynamics send holiday greetings and give you nightmares all at the same time. The engineering and robotics design company who is funded by DARPA, used its well-known BigDog quadruped robot to pull Santa's sleigh in their holiday greeting video. Not only does it terrify us all, but it pretty much guarantees that visions of sugar plums dancing will be ripped from our heads and replaced with galloping robot dogs. Good luck sleeping tonight.
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We invite you to the conference for women, but not all about women. It's a gathering of women around the Word of God. To this third TGC Women's Conference, we come joyfully but soberly, knowing that suffering meets us at every hand, right at home and all across the globe. What better book for us in 2016 than 1 Peter—packed with gospel perspective on our short lives. It's a little epistle, but it gives us a big view of who we are in Christ and how we are to live as redeemed sojourners in this world. How do we stand firm in God's true grace? How do we offer a strong shining witness to Jesus Christ even in the midst of fiery trials? Peter points us insistently to the Lord Jesus, to his suffering on our behalf, and to the resurrection life he makes possible for those who believe in him. At TGCW16 we won't be getting away from real life; we will be seeing it clearly, in light of gospel help and hope. By God's grace, we will go away better prepared to live and share resurrection life, in a world of suffering.
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YEAR IN REVIEW: A Gay Atheist Speaks a Timely Word to the Church
Parris asks, "Can't these Christians see that the moral basis of their faith cannot be sought in the pollsters' arithmetic?" He also questions: "Can a preponderance of public opinion reverse the polarity between virtue and vice? Would it have occurred for a moment to Moses (let alone God) that he'd better defer to Moloch-worship because that's what most of the Israelites wanted to do?"
Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God? | RZIM
I should start by saying this: for years after leaving Islam and accepting Jesus as Lord, I believed that Muslims worshiped the same God as Christians but that they were simply wrong about what He is like and what He has done. After all, I had been taught as a young Muslim to worship the God who created Adam and Eve, who rescued Noah from the flood, who promised Abraham a vast progeny, who helped Moses escape Egypt, who made the Virgin Mary great with child, who sent Jesus into the world, who helped the disciples overcome, and who is still sovereign today. Is that not the God of the Bible?
The Death of God Is Greatly Exaggerated
During the holiday season, many Christians object to greeters who say “Happy Holidays” as opposed to “Merry Christmas.” It is one of many manifestation of their insecurity. They use the terms “war on Christmas” and “war on Christianity” despite enjoying a numerical super-majority. An affront on their faith is seen as being disrespectful, though they feel free to criticize and belittle any opposing belief system. They don’t seem to understand that saying “Merry Christmas” is being somewhat insensitive to Muslims and Jews, for example, and, certainly, they would be incensed if someone greeted them with “Happy Hanukkah.”
Leibniz’ Contingency Argument
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Christmas Morning Without Competitors
We must be clear, Santa is preaching a message, too. It’s heralded every year on television and in children’s books. On the surface it seems innocuous, but up his red and white sleeves is a worldview that fundamentally competes and conflicts with the good news of Jesus. As Christian parents we must subject every worldview that enters our households to gospel scrutiny. In that spirit, let me point out four ways that Jesus’s news outshines Santa’s this Christmas.
Hand out two pieces of paper to each person in the group. Say the Lord’s Prayer together. When it comes to the line ‘forgive us our sins’, take a moment of quiet to each write on one of the pieces of paper the things for which you are asking God’s forgiveness. Then gather the papers in a large saucepan, light a match and let the papers burn. If you have an open fireplace, burn that the papers there. As you say the line ‘as we forgive those who sin against us’, take Your second piece of paper and write down the names of those you need to forgive. Ask for God’s help to forgive these people, and again gather the papers and burn them. Then continue saying the rest of the Lord’s Prayer together.
Five Reasons You Can Trust the Story of Christmas Is True (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity
The Virgin Conception Wasn’t Borrowed from Another Source
Skeptics also attempt to discredit the virgin conception of Jesus by claiming it was borrowed from prior pagan mythologies such as those of Mithras or Horus. But any fair examination of pagan mythological birth narratives revels the dramatic differences between the virgin conception of Jesus and stories about the supernatural emergence of mythological gods. While “borrowing” may have occurred between belief systems, the weak resemblances between the Biblical account and pagan mythologies are far more likely the result of the Judeo-Christian influence rather than contamination from a pagan source. It’s irrational to believe the early Jewish readers of the gospels would embrace any part of paganism in the story of Jesus’ conception as continuous with the Jewish narrative from the Old Testament. In addition, early Christian converts were repeatedly called to a new life in Christ, told they were merely travelers passing through this mortal (and pagan) world, called to live a life that was free of worldly influences, and told to reject the foolish philosophies and stories of men.
The First Noël
But in the very same moments with the very same news, the wise men responded very differently. “When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy” (Matthew 2:10). The wise men were beside themselves with joy because of this star. These guys weren’t Jewish priests. They weren’t Jewish at all. They were men from the east. From the moment of his birth, the joy Jesus brings is a joy for the nations, for the whole world. It happened just like Isaiah predicted, “The Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising” (Isaiah 60:2–3).
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When Josh saw the paper, he was stunned. Those words of thanks represent the lives of men and women around the world who want to thank YOU — our faithful ministry partners — for helping them know the Truth of Jesus and live out their faith in real and meaningful ways every day.
Life exploded on Earth after slow rise of oxygen
Samples of rocks that were laid down under the sea at different times were taken from different locations to piece together the global picture of the oxygen levels of Earth's oceans and atmosphere. By measuring selenium isotopes in the rocks, the team revealed that it took 100 million years for the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere to climb from less than 1% to over 10% of today's current level. This was arguably the most significant oxygenation event in Earth history because it ushered in an age of animal life that continues to this day.
How Christ’s Incarnation Differs from the Hindu Idea of Avatar
The doctrine of the Incarnation (God became man in Jesus of Nazareth) lies at the heart of Christianity; it’s a truth-claim celebrated all over the world at Christmastime. Historic Christianity affirms that Jesus Christ is a single person with both a fully divine nature and a fully human nature. As C. S. Lewis aptly put it, “The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.” 1
The Advent Project
The Advent Project is a daily devotional series celebrating the Advent season through art and Scripture. Our goal is to help individuals quiet their hearts and enter into a daily routine of worship and reflection during this meaningful but often hectic season.
A Christmas Meditation | RZIM
I have a friend who lives in Norwalk, Ohio, a doctor. He told me some years ago that as a very young teen, his daughter had gone to the Caribbean on a youth mission trip. She returned with her group to Miami to make her way back home. Her parents were concerned about this last leg of the journey by herself; she would be separate from the group, traveling alone for the first time. As she was looking for her flight information on the marquee at the airport, an older man also viewing the list of flights asked if he could help her. Uncomfortable, but not wanting to reveal her unease, she let him know she was checking for her flight information to Detroit. He said, “Oh, I’m going to Detroit, too!” That sent tremors into this young girl’s heart. Again, she tried to mask it. “Is that your destination,” he asked? “No, actually I’m heading to Norwalk, Ohio, and my dad is picking me up in Detroit.” To her utter surprise, he said, “You know what? I’m going to Norwalk too and I’ll be happy to take you there and save your dad the drive.” Now fear really began to grip her. Then there was a pause. The gentleman detected the hint of fear.
How We Forgot the Poverty of Christmas
The story is found in Luke 2. A decree goes out. Joseph travels with Mary to the city of David, called Bethlehem, to be registered in Caesar’s census. Then the text simply says: “And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them” (v. 7). Such little fanfare, we might miss the pre-existent divine Son of God lying as a babe in a feeding trough.
Will I Ever Be ‘Man Enough’?
Pyle’s challenge to the direct pursuit of masculinity is in many respects salutary: manhood develops most appropriately when we pursue the kingdom of God rather than an idol of masculinity itself (and manhood differs from masculinity on account of its focus on maturity). However, the inadequacies of Pyle’s account—in part on account of his egalitarianism, in part on account of his focus on individual authenticity, and in part on account of his failure to attend closely to the form of maturity in and perfection of maleness—are most betrayed in its failure to give any shape to the concept of manliness. While, as Pyle argues, men and women aren’t called to different sets of virtues, their relation to and expression of these virtues do differ. Men and women may be compared to two different instruments playing the same notes, the difference between them immediately discernible by even the untrained ear, though often difficult to articulate.
The Christmas Story is Personal
This Christmas season please remember that the story of Jesus’s birth is more than just a story for people “out there.” It is a Little wonder then that the Apostle Paul breaks out into praise in the middle of a letter to a church. He writes with such devotion and delight. He was moved by the glorious truth of the incarnation: “he loved me and gave himself for me.” Let yourself today be moved by the personal and powerful truth of the gospel.
Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible - Biblical Archaeology Society
The other strong evidence that speaks directly about Jesus as a real person comes from Josephus, a Jewish priest who grew up as an aristocrat in first-century Palestine and ended up living in Rome, supported by the patronage of three successive emperors. In the early days of the first Jewish Revolt against Rome (66–70 C.E.), Josephus was a commander in Galilee but soon surrendered and became a prisoner of war. He then prophesied that his conqueror, the Roman commander Vespasian, would become emperor, and when this actually happened, Vespasian freed him. “From then on Josephus lived in Rome under the protection of the Flavians and there composed his historical and apologetic writings” (Gerd Theissen and Annette Merz). 9 He even took the name Flavius, after the family name of his patron, the emperor Vespasian, and set it before his birth name, becoming, in true Roman style, Flavius Josephus. Most Jews viewed him as a despicable traitor. It was by command of Vespasian’s son Titus that a Roman army in 70 C.E. destroyed Jerusalem and burned the Temple, stealing its contents as spoils of war, which are partly portrayed in the imagery of their gloating triumph on the Arch of Titus in Rome.
Died: Vonette Bright, Co-Founder of Campus Crusade for Christ
She organized a national prayer rally in preparation for Explo ’72, a national Campus Crusade conference that drew a reported 80,000 students to the Cotton Bowl in 1971. The prayer rally itself drew 7,000 women—and Bright would later host a series of events, later known as the Great Commission Prayer Crusade.
Is Christmas a Pagan Holiday?
That question comes up every year at Christmastime. In the first place, there’s no direct biblical commandment to celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25. There’s nothing in the Bible that would even indicate that Jesus was born on December 25. In fact, there’s much in the New Testament narratives that would indicate that it didn’t occur during that time of year. It just so happens that on the twenty-fifth of December in the Roman Empire there was a pagan holiday that was linked to mystery religions; the pagans celebrated their festival on December 25. The Christians didn’t want to participate in that, and so they said, “While everybody else is celebrating this pagan thing, we’re going to have our own celebration. We’re going to celebrate the thing that’s most important in our lives, the incarnation of God, the birth of Jesus Christ. So this is going to be a time of joyous festivities, of celebration and worship of our God and King.”
Marco Rubio and Russell Moore: This Christmas, we must remember slaughtered Christians in the Middle East
Despite all of this, we find far too little attention paid to the plight of these Christian communities in peril. Reports suggest that the State Department is ready to designate the Islamic State’s terror against the Yazidis as genocide, which it clearly is, but they might not to do so for equally embattled Christian communities. This is only one part of a refusal to come to grips with the full weight of these facts.
The deception of Christmas gifts | Think Christian
In the Robinson home, we don’t do Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny or Halloween, for that matter. I know, some must think I’m a boring, rigid parent. On the contrary, I like fun, celebrating, gifts and candy. At the same time, I try to take advantage of opportunities to teach my 4-year-old daughter about God, what it means to represent Him and be His servant while eliminating worldly distractions. As I train her, I often find that God is teaching me as well.
Barack Obama releases Christmas message for persecuted Christians - premier
"We join with people around the world in praying for God’s protection for persecuted Christians and those of other faiths, as well as for those brave men and women engaged in our military, diplomatic, and humanitarian efforts to alleviate their suffering and restore stability, security, and hope to their nations."
The Sultan of Brunei Has Literally Outlawed Christmas
The leader of the conservative Muslim country of Brunei has made celebrating Christmas a crime. The new measures make it illegal for any Muslim residents—who make up 65% of the population—to celebrate the holiday in any way. Non-Muslims, may put up decorations and openly celebrate the holiday, only if they remain in their local areas and first receive specific permission from the government.
Why I'm Not a Conscientious Objector
I loved that community, and some there were among my best friends, but I struggled that day. As each person took turns denouncing the evils of militarism, I realized I was the only veteran in the room. I felt ashamed for participating in the "war machine," but also annoyed with friends who were oblivious to their own complicity. While they talked about how to resist "war taxes" and frustrate the service system, they didn't mention their contribution to an economy that drives countries to war—not only through fossil fuel consumption, but also through purchasing goods in a system dependent on foreign oil for trade and transportation. Mostly, I was frustrated by my friends' seeming lack of empathy for military service members and for their sense of moral superiority.
Should the Children Suffer?
And then there’s every grandparent’s fear—will they be safe? These little treasures move into the backyard of terrorists, into the bush far from quality medical care, or into megacities where children frequently go missing. Mom and Dad may have chosen to risk their lives for the sake of the gospel, but do they have the right to put their children in harm’s way?
Where the Lambs Are Kept: A Narrative Retelling of Luke 2:8–15
For the poor, helplessly earthbound shepherds, this was a lot to take in. What had they just heard? What did it mean? How should they respond? Wisdom suggested that if the angelic hosts of heaven offered unfettered joy in response to this message, their reaction was appropriate. Though none of those shepherds had ever before had an angel of the Lord tell them of the coming of the Savior of the world, the spontaneous eruption of angelic praise became the lens through which they would see this moment: God was at work. This much was plain. But why had the glory of all glories appeared to the lowest of the lows? Why had the angel chosen to reveal this message to mere shepherds, unclean as they were?
Glory to God and Peace on Earth
And when the angel had announced this news to the shepherds, verse 11, and pointed them to the place where the baby would be found, that angel was joined by an army (Luke 2:8–14). That is the meaning of the word “host,” an army of angels. Evidently, to deliver the news, an angel can do that. To respond to the meaning of the news, the implication of the news, takes an army of angels to do that. “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host [the heavenly army] praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased’” (Luke 2:13–14).
Report: Kurt Russell Might Play Chris Pratt's Dad in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Sequel
I literally got a phone call two days ago about this. You got to understand something, I've never seen Guardians of the Galaxy . I don't know anything about it. I'm one of the four idiots who have never seen it, evidently ... I didn't realize [Gunn] had written and directed it. So we talked to each other on the phone and I just had to be honest and say, “Thank you for considering me, I have to read it and I have to watch the movie, because I can't bring anything for you. I got nothing to offer here.” I'm amazed to get asked about this, because everybody knows more about it than I do.
Renewing Your Mind | The Glory of God | December 23, 2015
Every day in America, we hear one of the great pernicious lies about God, namely, that we all worship the same god. We are told that whatever we call him or it—Allah or Yahweh or Tao or Buddha—it doesn't matter. We all worship the same thing. To that I reply, "No, we don't." The scary part about religion in general is that it underscores man's guilt before God, but then goes on to create ineffective solutions to this guilt. The impetus for creating alternatives to the religion that God reveals in nature and in Scripture is idolatry. But even if we boldly confess this truth, we must be on guard against idolatry even within the Christian community. Because we are fallen creatures, we can be religious and be idolaters at the same time. All of us can remake God in our own image, downplaying or ignoring those aspects of His character we do not like. If we do that, we are withholding the glory that belongs to God alone.
WORLD | Does Christmas still matter? | John S. Dickerson | Dec. 23, 2015
In a world where ISIS is spreading and where racial hatred is resurging, one 10-year-old girl is proving that Christmas still matters. Myriam is a refugee from Iraq, a Christian driven by ISIS from her home, her church, and her homeland. In an ABC News interview (see video below) you can hear her say in her own words that she forgives ISIS “because Jesus said forgive each other, love each other the way I love you.” Of violence and war, this 10-year-old says that, based on Jesus’ teachings, “This is what we need to learn: forgiveness.”
Prayer for God's will
What would be a good prayer? Depending on the subject, it would be a request to the Lord to forgive, to heal, to reveal, to intercede, to help, etc. But, and this is important, we must realize that it is not our will that is to be done but God's. We must primarily ask for God's will to be accomplished, not ours. This means that we must enter prayer by faith and accept--in advance--that what we are requesting may not be answered the way we hope it will. We must look to God as the wise counselor and the all-knowing Lord who loves us deeply and who hears our prayers but has a divine plan and purpose for His creation that God will carry out. Therefore, we must not only pray for others, for forgiveness, for healing, etc., but also we must pray that we are moved into the will of God in every area of our lives so that our prayers might more accurately reflect the will of God.
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I Feel Like I'm Meant for Something Greater Than What I'm Doing. Help!
Hearing that man say that made me sad. Because while Bob is a lovely man who admittedly does live a very interesting and impactful life, it’s also a life that’s—well—Bob’s. It’s not for you and me. It’s Bob’s existence. And part of me wanted to believe that the man I was chatting with really meant, “I want to be able to love people well and learn from Bob’s wisdom in that area!”, yet what he was really saying was, “I’d like to be someone else.”
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Does Proverbs 8:22 Teach That Jesus Was Created? - Stand to Reason Blog
For example, I was discussing John 1:3 with a Jehovah’s Witness to establish that Jesus is the uncreated Creator. He responded by citing Proverbs 8:22 and stating, “Jesus is Jehovah’s first creation.” Given what I’ve have already said about John 1:3 and Proverbs 8:22, it should be obvious to any honest person that the former is much more clear than the latter. Consequently, it would be an egregious error to re interpret a straightforward passage, like John 1:3, to accommodate a debatable reading of Proverbs 8:22.
Amnesty International: Russian Bombs in Syria Killed 200 Civilians
Russia is now being accused of bombing civilian areas in Syria. A recent Amnesty International report says their has been a surge in reports of cluster munitions and unguided bombs on civilian areas in Syria since Russia joined the conflict in September. They say the attacks have killed hundreds of people in the past few months, many of them civilians. Cluster munitions often leave unexploded bomblets that can detonate long after hostilities cease. The report focuses specifically on six attacks in Homs, Idlib and Aleppo provinces between September and November which it says killed at least 200 civilians. Philip Luther, director of Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa program told The Associated Press :
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In the fifteenth century, Pope Sixtus IV spoke of the spiritual motherhood of Mary over all Christians and the “Hail Mary” prayer was changed to its current form. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, shrines dedicated to Mary appeared in places such as Lourdes, France, and Fatima, Portugal. In the twentieth century, Pope Pius XII declared that Mary ascended into heaven like Jesus, called for the memorial of Mary’s role as queen dispensing grace to Christians, and said that she was so united with Jesus that she was involved in His suffering and our salvation. The Catholic Church also held a congress on Mary and sponsored pilgrimages to some of the shrines dedicated to Mary. Having been raised as a Catholic, I did pray to Mary as a young boy. Once I met Jesus at the age of nineteen, though, I was convicted that I had sinned against God by praying to anyone but Him. In some ways I then overreacted for a few years and did not esteem Mary as I should have. Sadly, it seems that many Christians are also prone to the extremes of either esteeming Mary too much or esteeming her too little.
Our Mission in a Prodigal World (Part 2 of 2)
And so, Jesus wants to push them back. I understand why some Pharisees were bothered. Listen, we made this mistake in the past and we lost our land for 100 years. You can't make that mistake again, Jesus. If You eat with them, God will sooner or later send us and Jesus has to say, no, no, no, no, no, no. We're called to be holy. You're right about that. Touch no unclean thing, but why? Because God wants to engage this world as a holy community to show them what He's like.
Christmas Carols vs. Secular Holiday Tunes
When you dig into the real substance of Christmas, it’s all ultimately about hope : hope for redemption from sin and salvation from darkness. But how many of us really see Christmas as the season where desparate despair is conquered? Maybe we’re just distracting our minds from tragedy for a time during the holidays, while the days surrounding Christmas can bring a fatigue and stress of their own.
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Greg’s Note: Most of us (myself included) are falling down in reading and studying our Bibles. Resolve with me to change that with the coming new year! My approach to Bible study and reading has always been to use a variety of study Bible in different versions along with other study helps to help you better understands how to read, study, interpret scripture, and apply it to your life. Two of the resources offered here that I’ve used in the past have made the Bible come alive to me like never before: Reading the Bible through chronologically and read the Bible through in 90 days. As a big proponent of learning and applying apologetics, one of the biggest things that is often overlooked is that the budding apologist must always start and end with the Bible. If we don’t know our Bibles, our apologetics will never be as effective as it should be or could be. Merry Christmas and Happy and Blessed New Year to all of you!
Prayer in Apologetics
Never let your study and practice of apologetics replace the power--received by faith--in prayer before the Holy Creator. Ask God to empower your words and open the hearts of those with whom you speak . . . and then study and witness to the best of your abilities.
Battle of the Crazy Gigantic Extreme Christmas Spectacles!!
Here's a heartwarming Christmas story: At John Hagee's Mega-Church they expect members to tithe regularly; however, they realize that some people are poor, unemployed or just "down on their luck," so the non-tithers are required to go listen to Pastor Hagee sing and play the saxophone at Christmas and pretend they enjoyed it. This will compensate for their inability to tithe for one year...
EPS Blog - Evangelical Philosophical Society
Katherin A. Rogers presents a new theory of free will, based on the
thought of Anselm of Canterbury. We did not originally produce
ourselves. Yet, according to Anselm, we can engage in self-creation,
freely and responsibly forming our characters by choosing 'from
ourselves' ( a se ) between open options. Anselm introduces a
new, agent-causal libertarianism which is parsimonious in that, unlike
other agent-causal theories, it does not appeal to any unique and
mysterious powers to explain how the free agent chooses. After setting
out Anselm's original theory, Rogers defends and develops it by
addressing a series of standard problems leveled against
libertarianism. These include the problem of 'internalism--in that an
agent is not the source of his original motivations, how can the
structure of his choice ground his responsibility?; the problem of
Frankfurt-style counterexamples--Do we really need open options to
choose freely?; and the problem of luck--If nothing about an agent
before he chooses explains his choice, then isn't the choice just dumb
luck? (The Anselmian answer to this perennial criticism is especially
innovative, proposing that the critic has the relationship between
choices and character exactly backwards.
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In The Passions of the Soul, Descartes proclaims his intention to explain the passions “only as a Physicist,” and titles Part I “About the passions in general, and incidentally about the whole nature of man”—not an incidental item. Two questions orient the present inquiry: What does Descartes mean by “the whole nature of man,” and how does a general theory of the human emotions based on his physics account for it? Not surprisingly, Descartes does not fulfill the letter of his intention; rather, he explains the passions “only [partly] as a Physicist.” The other part of his study—irreducible to any physics—consists in his own analysis of the life of the human being as union of soul and body. The resulting account is an unusual combination of scientific (hypothetico-deductive) psychophysics and prescientific insight into human experience. In it, a quasi-mechanical theory of the impact of imagination on passion and volition is combined with a distinctive emphasis on the human propensity to esteem what we imagine to be great. Human history and therewith “the whole [problematic] nature of man” is constituted in significant measure by the particular and variable objects of esteem.
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This Christmas season, John MacArthur takes you back 2,000 years to the scene of Jesus’ birth, exploring the story from several compelling, biblical perspectives in his Best of Christmas study.