• Science and the Existence of God • Kelly File • 12/26/14 •
December 26th, 2014 • Was the Universe created by something other than the big bang? Author Eric Metaxas discusses possibilities with Fox News anchor Shannon...
"Can We Be Good Without God?" William Lane Craig Lecture
For more resources visit Dr Craig's website: http://www.reasonablefaith.org Dr William Lane Craig was invited by the School of Oriental and African Studies (...
Trinity or Tawhid (Part Two)
http://www.freewebs.com/tonycosta/ http://www.answeringmuslims.com The Quran commands Muslims to say to Christians: "Our God and your God is One, and unto Hi...
PASSION 2015 | ACCLIMATE DAY 2 | The Glory of God
Passion is all about a generation that wants to use their time, their opportunity, their gifts and their journey to make famous the name of Jesus in this gen...
Miracle of The Moon - The Miracles Event with Dick Cavett and Eric Metaxas
From the The Miracles Event with Dick Cavett and Eric Metaxas in New York City, October 28, 2014. Dick interviewed Eric on his book, "Miracles: What They Are...
Is The Christian View of Hell Coherent?
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org In 1998, Dr William Lane Craig debated Professor Keith M. Parsons at Prestonwood Baptist Church in P...
636. How Many Wise Men Were There?
Bobby looks at whether there were in fact three wise men or if this is just speculation.
Hundreds Turn Their Back on Mayor at NYPD Officer's Funeral
Hundreds of police officers turned their backs on a screen showing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as he spoke at the funeral of one of two officers killed last week in what has been called an "assassination."
One More Reason To Reach For A Paper Book Before Bed
So the researchers asked 12 healthy young people to spend a couple of weeks in a sleep lab. For five nights, they read what they considered to be relaxing material on an iPad for four hours before going to sleep. For another five nights, they read the same kind of material from books made of paper.
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
2014 is drawing to a close! Hard to believe, but we're ready & excited for what's ahead. Our annual ministry update: apologetics.com/blog/apologet…
Have Yourself a Merry Kitschy Christmas
If someone asks me a catechetical question (“What is the meaning . . . ?”), they are likely to get a doctrinal response. If someone expresses even mild curiosity about Christianity, like many of us I’m tempted to share a statement of faith rather than a story about Jesus. Despite the fact that similar questions in the Hebrew Scriptures are met with stories—as in Deuteronomy 6:20–25—and that Jesus himself often answered direct questions with indirect parables, providing no further explanation, it’s easy for many of us to assume narratives are meant for children or, at best, for homiletical flourish.
Slain Cop Called a 'Hero' and Promoted by NYPD Commissioner
While most mourners remained somber - thousands of officers lined the road to the church - one man held a sign reading, "God Bless the NYPD, Dump DeBlasio." The shooting came amid heightened tensions between the police and the mayor over what some police saw as a lack of support for the force.
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Eight Things I’m Praying Will Happen in Churches in 2015
On January 3, 2015, I will release my 15 trends for churches in 2015. Before I get to those trends, I want to share with you readers my specific prayers for congregations as we enter a new year. Obviously my prayer requests and trends are not the same. The latter is my assessment of where churches are headed. The former is my heartfelt desire where I pray they will head.
Spirit Inside or Jesus Beside—Which Would You Pick?
If you could either have God’s Spirit inside you or God’s Son beside you, which would you choose—and why? What might it look like to experience the Holy Spirit not as a doctrine or a force but as a real, living person? What practical difference would a relationship with him—not “it”—entail? What would it demand?
'Let It Be': Mary's Radical Declaration of Consent
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!" But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."
The Top 20 Most-Read Gleanings of 2014
Did you catch all the religion news that CT readers found most interesting this year?
A Motivating Mormon Role Play - Stand to Reason Blog
I recently had the chance to role play a Mormon for an unsuspecting group of Christians at a church in Southern California. You can watch the encounter below. I'm no longer surprised by how ill-equipped long-time Christians can be, but it still saddens me. However, it also motivates me to get out there and train as many people as I possibly can.
The TC Apologetics Daily
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Copernicus, You Are Not Going to Believe Who Is Using Your Name
Irritatingly (for materialists), Earth seems particularly fine-tuned for life. We live in a nice neighborhood on a spiral arm of the galaxy, far from the black holes, supernovas (exploding stars) and magnetars (deadly radiation sources) at the center. But not so far as to lack heavy elements such as iron. And we have nice neighbors. Giant Jupiter stays far away and sucks up the asteroids that would otherwise kill us. By contrast, the giant uninhabitable planets that orbit stars other than our Sun either hog the habitable space or follow deadly, wonky orbits. Earth, by contrast, is a Goldilocks planet , just right for life.
Study explores whether atheism is rooted in reason or emotion
Stop expecting God to make you happy. You are a soldier, and your job is to fight to the last breath in your body for the General. Hold until relieved. You’re damn right it’s unfair. Your whole life is unfair and then you die. Get used to it. When I was in college, my Christian friends and I used to joke that even if we fought our entire lives for God and he tossed us into Hell like firewood, we would still do the same things. We were happy to serve and we didn’t think about whether we were getting what we wanted. We did not take stupid chances, but we just didn’t care about being happy. We felt that God was in the right, and sinful humans were in the wrong, and that it was enough for us to serve on the right side. We didn’t expect anyone to care how we felt, we just expected to serve. And if our first plan failed, we went on to the next plan, and the next, until we found a way to serve in spite of the unfairness of it all.
New Morning Mercies
Forget “behavior modification” or feel-good aphorisms. Tripp knows that what we really need is an encounter with the living God. Then we’ll be prepared to trust in God’s goodness, rely on his grace, and live for his glory each and every day.
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Five Favorite Ministry Books I Read in 2014 - Prince on Preaching
My Southern Seminary colleague, Thomas R. Schreiner’s book, The King in His Beauty , is a resource that I consult on a weekly basis as I prepare to preach. I do not know of any higher praise I could personally give the book. It is written in an accessible style but is theologically rich. One thing that makes it so useful to preachers and biblical teachers is its book-by-book canonical arrangement and the fact it is a whole-Bible biblical theology with a coherent biblical-theological vision. Schreiner writes, “I intend to argue in this book that the ‘kingdom of God,” if the term is defined with sufficient flexibility, fits well as a central theme of the entire Bible” (xii). He understands the kingdom of God to designate: (1) the rule of God as King (2) human beings who are created in God’s image as his subjects, and (3) the universe as the place where his kingship is worked out. Schreiner’s attentiveness to the storyline of Scripture in light of a biblical book’s historical and canonical setting in redemptive history yields rich and lucid insights.
Universe, Planet, Proteins...It's Fine-Tuning All the Way Down
There's more. The fine-tuning necessary for life to exist on a planet is nothing compared with the fine-tuning required for the universe to exist at all. For example, astrophysicists now know that the values of the four fundamental forces -- gravity, the electromagnetic force, and the "strong" and "weak" nuclear forces -- were determined less than one millionth of a second after the big bang. Alter any one value and the universe could not exist. For instance, if the ratio between the nuclear strong force and the electromagnetic force had been off by the tiniest fraction of the tiniest fraction -- by even one part in 100,000,000,000,000,000 -- then no stars could have ever formed at all. Feel free to gulp.
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Archaeologists discover entrance to Herod's palace near Bethlehem
With Herod now buried in Herodium and with Archelaus eventually ruling over much of his father’s former kingdom as an “ethnarch” (“ruler of the people”), the New Testament noted the change in political leadership (Matthew 2:19-22). The change prompted Joseph to consider a move back to Judea (perhaps back to Bethlehem itself where the family had lived for about two years), but his misgivings about a Judea under the rule of an already unpopular Archelaus and a warning in a dream led him to reconsider. The decision was a wise one. A return to Bethlehem in the “shadow of Herodium” and the nearby royal city of Jerusalem placed the holy family at potential risk.
The Top Ten Videos of 2014 - Stand to Reason Blog
Yesterday I posted the ten most popular posts of the year. Now here are the ten videos that got the most views in 2014:
¿Dios existe? La ciencia lo defiende cada vez más
El tema de las élites financieras del mundo es sumamente espinoso, contiene muchísimos detalles y un largo período histórico para poder ser entendido. En este artículo vamos a tratar de dar algunos puntos importantes que abarcan por lo mínimo doscientos años de historia. Iremos presentando aspectos básicos para que el lector se pueda ir creando la base necesaria, para lograr finalmente comprender que absolutamente todos los grandes eventos ocurridos en el mundo tienen un hilo conductor, poseen un patrón de conducta ya establecido hace muchísimo tiempo atrás, y por supuesto, todo esto tiene un objetivo muy bien definido. "Un conocimiento que cambiará por completo tu visión del mundo y de lo que realmente está sucediendo a escala global" Vale decir que el autor que elaboró las conferencias que aquí se presentan, lamentablemente falleció en agosto del 2010 y solo están disponibles 8 de las 10 presentaciones que se tenían previstas, sin embargo, trataremos de abarcar lo más posible en este artículo hasta llegar a nuestros días. El autor de las conferencias que mencioné es Luis Ravizza, quien ha fallecido por causas que desconozco; su trabajo (en este tópico) está basado en el libro "The history of the house of Rothschild" de Andrew Hitchcock y te aseguro que resultará sumamente esclarecedor.
What is the Relation between Science and Religion | Reasonable Faith
What has happened, however, in the second half of this century is that historians and philosophers of science have come to realize that this supposed history of warfare is a myth. As Thaxton and Pearcey point out in their recent book The Soul of Science, for over 300 years between the rise of modern science in the 1500’s and the late 1800s the relationship between science and religion can best be described as an alliance. Up until the late 19th century, scientists were typically Christian believers who saw no conflict between their science and their faith—people like Kepler, Boyle, Maxwell, Faraday, Kelvin, and others. The idea of a warfare between science and religion is a relatively recent invention of the late 19th century, carefully nurtured by secular thinkers who had as their aim the undermining of the cultural dominance of Christianity in the West and its replacement by naturalism—the view that nothing outside nature is real and the only way to discover truth is through science. They were remarkably successful in pushing through their agenda. But philosophers of science during the second half of the 20th century have come to realize that the idea of a warfare between science and theology is a gross oversimplification.
Alexander Vilenkin: "All the evidence we have says that the universe had a beginning"
Vilenkin’s final strike is an attack on a third, lesser-known proposal that the cosmos existed eternally in a static state called the cosmic egg. This finally “cracked” to create the big bang, leading to the expanding universe we see today. Late last year Vilenkin and graduate student Audrey Mithani showed that the egg could not have existed forever after all, as quantum instabilities would force it to collapse after a finite amount of time ( arxiv.org/abs/1110.4096 ). If it cracked instead, leading to the big bang, then this must have happened before it collapsed – and therefore also after a finite amount of time.
WORLD | Mr. Turner | Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette | Dec. 27, 2014
Mr. Turner , written and directed by Mike Leigh, is not so much a film as it is a moving painting. Lingering wide-angle shots bathe Dutch windmills and ships in sunlight. People seem insignificant in these landscapes—when they appear at all.
If You Cannot Scientifically Prove Your Belief, Is It Meaningless? By Paul Copan
In 1956, C.P. Snow wrote of “two cultures” — the declining literary culture and the expanding scientific culture. Scientists are the “new men,” the “directing class of a new society.”1 Those clipboard-carrying, lab-coat-clad scientists are, to many, the new high priests of our culture — the ones who provide definitive answers where theology and philosophy cannot. In this vein, zoologist Richard Dawkins declares,“Scientific beliefs are supported by evidence, and they get results. Myths and faiths are not and do not.”2 Harvard biologist Richard Lewontin calls science “the only begetter of truth.”3 Science, then, is the only reasonable, safe road to travel. God and science, we are told, are opposed to each other. After all, didn’t the Catholic Church oppose Galileo?
Is it Stupid to Believe in Miracles? A comparison of various theories.
I am skeptical of all of these theories but I don’t think we should dismiss any of them merely because their radical implications seem implausible. In the same way, one shouldn’t dismiss the possibility of God even if miracles seem too implausible to you. One should examine evidence for these theories relative to their predictions and relative to alternate theories – i.e. by employing abductive reasoning (an inference to the best explanation). I think that many of these speculative proposals are inferior alternatives to the hypothesis that God created the universe and finely-tuned the physics to support life and are actually posited to some degree as alternatives to evidence for design. Naturalistic presuppositions seem to play some role in motivating many of these speculative theories, with the probable exception of the Many Worlds Interpretation (which I think is by far the most likely of any of these to actually be true – which isn’t saying much though).
WORLD | Opening the door to the enemy | Darrow Miller | Dec. 27, 2014
Another example of Western self-loathing is pictured in the lack of any Western feminist response to the recent liberation of Afghanistan from the Taliban. Under Taliban rule, women were prisoners in their own homes. They could not venture out without a burka and a male escort. Girls could not attend school; women could not serve as medical doctors or educators. Feminists rail against such treatment in the West, but their rage against the Taliban and their celebration at the liberation of Afghan women by Western armies were conspicuous by their absence. Feminists did not consider the merits of the war. The joy of seeing a nation of women freed from barbaric Islamic law failed to overcome their loathing of the US military and commander-in-chief George W. Bush, by whose actions those women had been liberated.
Is Jesus Christ the Son of God? Responding to the Muslim View of Jesus
When you talk about matters of faith with your nonbelieving secular neighbors, what Christian belief do they object to most? Is it the biblical concept of hell? Your views on gay marriage? The inerrancy of Scripture? For many of your Muslim neighbors, these Christian beliefs are not offensive. Indeed, your Muslim neighbor may mostly agree with you on these points. But most Muslims do find deeply offensive another belief that is central to the Christian faith — the assertion that Jesus Christ is the “Son of God.”
Microview: "Understanding Spiritual Warfare: Four Views" edited by James Beilby and Paul Rhodes Eddy
From the above, it may seem like these views are radically diverse. You’d be correct to think so. James Beilby and Paul Rhodes Eddy did a fantastic job putting together this volume with such diverse views. Questions of orthodoxy at times arise (particularly in regard to Wink’s perspective), but this makes it clear how much divergence there is related to this specific issue. The responses to the different views are each insightful and provide more material of interest to pursue.
Throughout the Old Testament, God’s major redemptive acts were celebrated in song. The Song of Moses in Exodus 15 celebrated the redemption of Israel from Egypt. The Song of Deborah in Judges 5 celebrated the defeat of the Canaanites. These and other songs are found throughout Israel’s history—many in the book of Psalms. All of these earlier redemptive acts, however, paled in comparison to the incarnation of the Son. In this lecture, Dr. R.C. Sproul looks at three songs that celebrated the coming of the Messiah.
One Eternal Day: A case for Christianity
O’er all those wide extended plains / Shines one eternal day; There God the Son forever reigns / And scatters night away.
Truthbomb Apologetics: Everyone Believes in a Virgin Birth
Jesus was born in fragility, like
the rest of us. The night before he died, he spoke words that resonate with
anyone who has known despair: “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point
of death” (Mark 14:34). Between birth and death, Jesus knew the experience
of weeping at a dear friend’s tomb (John 11:35); he also knew the
isolation of having friends desert him and flee when he needed them most
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WORLD | Is your boss really a jerk? | Bill Newton | Dec. 27, 2014
Pastor: It applies in this way: Expectations are important. If they are idealistic or naïve they can negatively affect how you perform in your job and how you reflect on Christ in your workplace. If you feel injured, you cannot help but reflect that in some negative way. Forty hours a week is a cultural norm, not a biblical norm. No entrepreneur succeeds working only 40 hours a week, and few organizations function well with salaried associates meticulously counting hours. Professional athletes, doctors, lawyers, and numerous other occupations would testify that expecting 40 hours of work a week is naïve. Judging from the gospels, Jesus’ day never began at 8 a.m., ended at 5 p.m. with exactly one hour for lunch. Think about Paul, the apostles, and other biblical fathers and consider what their work schedules tell you.
The Irony of Kurt Eichenwald's Ending in His Newsweek Article Attacking the Bible
“Don’t Judge” has got to be the one of the most quoted Bible passages by those who seek to undermine the Bible’s message. Kurt is no different. Kurt here believes that Jesus “condemned those who pointed out the faults of others while ignoring their own.” The thesis in his essay has been that fundamentalist Christians have been unenlightened and have not read the Bible for themselves to know what’s in it. He laments how the majority of Conservative Christian are ignorant of scholarship about the Bible, or at least ignorant of the other side, that is, his side. Can it be that Kurt does the same thing?
The Resurrection of Jesus
The other problem is with Licona’s decision to rely on the letters of Paul and to avoid reliance on the Gospels. Licona relies on Paul because there is greater scholarly consensus on the date, authorship and genre of Paul’s letters than there is for the Gospels. At the same time, the anonymous nature of the Gospels, their slightly later date and more flexible genre should not disqualify them as historical sources (Licona does not ignore the Gospels, but makes clear his focus is on Paul). In addition, it could be argued that aside from 1 Corinthians 15, the Gospels have a more direct connection to the eyewitness experiences of those who saw Jesus after his resurrection. While, very likely that Paul saw the risen Jesus at his conversion, there still is debate as to the nature of it as either a post-ascension physical appearance or as a vision from heaven (Licona argues well for a an actual resurrection appearance).
After legalizing marijuana, Colorado sees higher number of "daily" users
I used to be a regular toker. I did so for many years. It would not be uncommon to have toked daily for as long as I had the discretionary cash to purchase it and the availability. I’d be toked on the job (not dealing with heavy machinery or life-critical tasks) and then afterwards. For all the years I imbibed, I never risked an electric bill or any other responsibility with which purchasing weed could interfere. I did not pilfer for pot. When I came to a point where I needed a job (after having been laid off) and had to change careers to get one, the change I made required regular drug testing (and still does). I no longer toke. Had no trouble quitting, other than not wanting to. I preferred it to drinking for a buzz.
I remember lying on the sand sprinkled couch with a book held above my face, turning page after page. The pearly sands of the North Carolina beach were calling me, but the white pages seemed more important at the time. Someone had brought the book on vacation, and I grabbed it, possibly out of lack of preparation on my part for an effective time consumer.
Eric Metaxas: does science make the case for or against God?
You know, as these scientific arguments become more and more mainstream, it really makes me wonder if there is anything more to atheism than some sort of traumatic childhood experience of wounded narcissism. The child experiences some desire for something, and expects God to meet that need. The need is not met. The child, now enraged that it is 1) not God and 2) not in control of God, rejects God. Or maybe it’s just the desire to not be punished for acting immorally. Or to appear “smart” to a crowd of peers. Whatever it is that causes people to believe in atheism, it sure isn’t science. If we are going strictly on the science, then the answer is God. But if the question of God’s existence is about feelings, then the answer is no God. It really is that simple.
My Brief Thoughts about the “Unbroken” Movie
Unbroken is one of many human life dramas from World War II. Even though I do not expect much in the way of the Christian theme (Angelina Jolie pretty well spelled out the idea of the human spirit as her focus), I think her film will convey some of the angst and anguish of that traumatizing conflict and what it cost multitudes. There is another book, The Price of Freedom by Mamerta de los Reyes Block, which tells the story of a woman who was tortured for eight hours a day, seven days a week for two months and twenty-eight days, and after the war she won to Christ the Japanese Officer who supervised her torture. She would also win the author of Gone With The wind, Margaret Mitchell. Mrs. Block was the wife of one of my fellow students at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Isaac Block. They were close personal friends. She died in 2005, when her book was published, and Dr. Block died this past Spring. Who does not know many stories of terrible suffering, great sacrifices, and heroic service, if they known any of the participants in that terrible conflict. I do remember being inspired by Zamperini’s testimony in the Youth For Christ Magazine, when I was a teenager in St.
"Lord of Chaos" - Robert Jordan's "The Wheel of Time," Book 6 and Christianity
There is much injustice in this passage. First, the victims are blamed for their destruction: the reasoning is that they brought it upon themselves. Unfortunately, reasoning like this is frequently found today when people comment on various tragedies. We should not blame the victims, but rather go to their aid. Second, there is a kind of notion that “the Creator” (God?) would be pleased with this destruction, or at least could not be bothered to intervene. Again, this kind of reasoning is sometimes mentioned: God will sort them out, why bother with the possible consequences of bombing targets in civilian zones? Why deal with the plight of the refugee? Third, this plight of the refugee is found throughout the book. What of those who have been displaced by violence and war? In the book, it is actually Rand al’Thor who is the one who cares most about them. In our world, it should be the Christian who rushes to aid the defenseless.
Handel's "Messiah" as Apologetic
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In what do you place your hope of life after death? Life after death has been a concern for most people throughout the history of mankind; however, the biblical argument of it goes well beyond speculative reason. In this message, Dr. Sproul reminds us of the proper place to ground our hope for life after death as he looks at Jesus as “The Resurrection and the Life.”
How ‘bout them Dawgs! The Bulldogs thump the Illini!
How bout them Dawgs! My alma mater put put a licking on the Illini today in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. It’s our first bowl victory since winning the 2008 Independence Bowl, and it has been a long time in coming. I am really proud of this team and what they have achieved this year. Congratulations, Bulldogs!
A plan to read through the Bible in 2015
In years past, my customary mode for reading the Bible through every year involved starting in Genesis and reading right through to Revelation. I estimated that about four chapters per day would get me through in under a year’s time. The method worked reasonably well, but it wasn’t without its problems. Sometimes I would miss a day (or days) and get behind, and I had no way to keep up with my progress. I needed a schedule so that I could keep myself accountable for finishing in a year.