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What Counts as Evidence for God from Science?

One can have some evidence for each of several different competing scientific explanations. In some cases, there is not yet enough evidence to determine which candidate hypothesis is true. Thus, evidence does not even necessarily make it more likely that the hypothesis is true than not. The combined evidence and prior probabilities can yield this assessment (from a Bayesian perspective). What I would like to do in this series is to present several different lines of evidence for God that together form a powerful cumulative case. Independent of one’s prior probability that God exists, each piece of evidence increases the likelihood that God exists. Each line of evidence can and should be assessed independently before combining all of the probability assessments. This is a standard Bayesian approach to probability. This series of blogs will be somewhat like a courtroom evaluation of some science-related evidence. I encourage you to interact with this evidence and the argument that it points to God.

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We're called to do our part

We are called to be Ambassadors for Christ on Earth, sharing the Gospel. In a country like the United States, this requires greater use of the intellect because, like other western societies, many people have become cynical and distrust authority. Learning apologetics helps to answer tough questions that challenge the Christian, and/or attempt to undermine the Christian faith. Jesus has invited us to proclaim the Kingdom of God, sharing the good news, which often requires removing intellectual and/or emotional stumbling blocks to faith. Ultimately, only God can save a person, but we’re called to do our part.

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BreakPoint on Twitter

The Colson Center is excited to bring back #JWarnerWallace , author of #ColdCaseChristianity , for a four-week online Short Course “Liar, Lunatic, Legend, or Lord,” an in-depth look into the claims the #Bible makes about #Jesus . http://bit.ly/2Ces4XI  ACT NOW! Begins 2/21. pic.twitter.com/RJJJ1qG57q

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Treat Evangelism and Apologetics Like a First Date

Christians today are facing more challenges than ever. The Poached Egg exists to equip Christians to meet those challenges and be more confident in their faith and become more effective witnesses for Christ. If you find these articles and posts useful, please consider partnering with me in 2018 to continue this work that God has laid on my heart. As someone once said, the Gospel is free, but someone has to pay for the plumbing. You can become a monthly partner for just as little as $5 a month (that’s only $60 a year), the price of a gourmet cup of coffee. Special one time gifts are welcome and encouraged as well. Will you help?

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EPISODE 52: What’s So Unique about Christianity? A Short Apologetic [GOSPEL LIFE PODCAST SERIES]

For some, sharing the gospel is a dim memory. For others, it’s an archaic command. For others, it’s the call of a few. For too many, it’s hard, filled with fear, uncertainty, and a lack of feeling prepared. What all of these views lack is the rock-solid truth that God has called all of us, God will equip us, and God will do the work. When we take our eyes off ourselves, God is lifted high for all to see. Amplify 2018 will allow us to strip out the complexities of gospel witness and reveal the simplicity of the gospel that overcomes all barriers. Christ crucified. Christ lifted high.

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Apologetics315 Joins the Defenders Alliance

It has always been my vision that Apologetics315 would be a trusted hub for finding the best apologetics resources available. Now through joining up with the Defenders Media team, I’m happy to announce that Apologetics315 is moving onward and upward in fulfilling that vision.

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Why Won't God Show Me A Miracle?

Miracles play a significant role in Christian theology. Obviously, if miracles can’t happen the Christian claim is false (see 1 Cor. 15). What is the definition of a miracle? Theologians and philosophers have offered numerous definitions. But we might say that a miracle is a special act of God in the natural world, something nature would not have done on its own. Let me state from the outset that I am all for a healthy skepticism towards the miraculous. Obviously, we can’t just be gullible and accept every claim that is out there. “If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss Bank.”

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Parents: Train Your Young Christians by Finding the Right Mentor | Cold Case Christianity

Like most parents, I’ve done my best to share the truth with my kids and help prepare them to defend what they believe. But there are times when all my talks and efforts to teach and train them have probably been less than successful. I can’t tell you how many times one of my kids has come home and told me about an epiphany they had when a mentor said something my wife or I had been saying for years. They acted like it was the first time they had ever heard it. I typically feel like reminding them I have been saying the same thing, but I usually bite my tongue. I may have been saying it, but for one reason or another, they simply weren’t hearing it. But by helping my kids find the right mentor, I found a way to deliver the same message through a younger, hipper, more culturally aware messenger who shared my kid’s interests and experiences. One way or the other, they got the information they needed. So, look for mentors as you raise your kids in the faith; the right mentor can make all the difference in the world.

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What to Give Up for Lent 2018? Consider Twitter’s Top 100 Ideas

Last year, food items were three times as popular to abstain from as technology items or personal habits, according to 73,334 tweets analyzed by OpenBible.info’s Stephen Smith during the week of Ash Wednesday 2017. Alcohol ranked No. 1 for the first time since his project began in 2009.

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All Other Ground is Sinking Sand: A Portrait of Theological Disaster

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WORLD on Twitter

In this week's #WorldTour : Germany reports nearly 100 hate crimes against Christians https://world.wng.org/content/immigration_race_flashpoints_in_italian_election/#germany … @BizMediaJulia pic.twitter.com/gPpLLpFXbp

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Presidential Biographies: James Monroe #5

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WORLD on Twitter

#TheSift : Senate approves skeleton bill, begins immigration debate https://world.wng.org/content/senate_approves_skeleton_bill_begins_immigration_debate … @EvanWilt_ pic.twitter.com/gyMhepdJrf

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WORLD on Twitter

#TheSift : Pilot error likely cause of Russian plane crash https://world.wng.org/content/pilot_error_likely_cause_of_russian_plane_crash … @lmlangdon pic.twitter.com/wTImRWEeji

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When Words aren’t Enough, Worship // Trip Lee

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22 Can I Lose My Salvation by Denouncing Christ?

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A conversation with Lee and Leslie Strobel

While working for The Chicago Tribune , atheist Lee Strobel put his skills to work as he examined the evidence for a historical Jesus. The conversion of his wife, Leslie, was his inspiration. His study, and his wife’s patient support, resulted in his own conversion to Christianity in 1981 — and his 1998 book, “ The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus .” Critics hailed Lee Strobel’s “bulldog-like tenacity” as he interviewed 13 religious scholars for the book.

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Simple Tools to Test Truth Claims

We live in a day called the information age. This is a time when we are inundated with information. Some information is based on truth, whereas other truth claims are flawed. While it is not a popular assumption to hold: Not every opinion is correct. Not every worldview is truthful. So, how does one know whether a claim is truthful or flawed? You could take detailed courses in logic, which is advised if you are able to do so. However, a few simple tools in your tool belt will help you decipher truth claims. This article will focus on two: the laws of logic and testing truth claims.

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Article: Three Ways to Teach Your Kids Apologetics (Without Them Realizing It) by Paul Gould

"Faith in God is a reasonable faith. I want my kids to see that Christianity is true to the way things are—that it corresponds to reality. I want them to see Christianity as good and beautiful too—that Jesus and the Gospel satisfy their longings in a way that nothing else can. I want them to know what they believe and why they believe it. I want them to love the right things in the right way. In short, I want to teach my kids apologetics. In this post, I share three ways my wife and I taught our kids apologetics without them knowing it."

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Focus on the Family on Twitter

“And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners to be repaid in full.” ~ Jesus (Luke 6:34) pic.twitter.com/1EgbzRTEaZ

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Preacher's Toolkit: How Do I Teach Difficult Doctrines without Splitting the Church?

The history of Christianity and of virtually every denomination is a narrative of spats, splits, and schisms. Many churches and denominations were born not of an intentional tactic to reach more people, but in response to personal or doctrinal conflict. Doctrine does not have to divide, however, if a pastor will employ a few basic strategies when he encounters a difficult or controversial doctrine in the Bible. 1. Make It Textual Christians will never understand doctrine apart from grasping the warp and woof of Scripture. A steady diet of exposition teaches both the metanarrative of the Bible as well as the underlying truths. Narrative passages were “written for our instruction” (Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 10:11) and as examples to us. They generally hold some sanctifying truth to emulate or sin to avoid, but even behaviors exhibited in the text fit within a doctrinal framework that reflects the character and will of God. Jonah 4, for instance, is fascinating and has an incredible narrative appeal. You might expect the story to conclude with chapter 3. After initially defying the Lord, Jonah undergoes God’s chastisement in the belly of a great fish, cries out for deliverance, relents, and goes to Nineveh, where he delivers a message of judgment.

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Premier Christian on Twitter

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Testing Truth Claims: Thinking versus Feelings

Someone once quipped, that culture today “listens with its eyes and thinks with its feelings.” With the Millennial and Gen Z generations reinterpreting their self-identification in their identity, we see the church having its work cut out for her in reaching the culture.  Suffice it to say, we are living in a culture driven by emotive self-identifications.

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Lord, Set Me Free from Fear

Father in heaven, whatever it takes, set us free from unbelieving fear by opening our eyes to reality. Do not allow us to remain silent or inactive. The freest people in the world are those who trust you most. We will not let you go until you bless us, because you are too glorious and souls are too precious for us to remain muted by fear. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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TV Club on Twitter

#StarTrekDiscovery ends its first season with a promise to do better https://trib.al/Q30aNSi  pic.twitter.com/FuUObsN3r2

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A Closer Look: The Historical Reliability of the New Testament

Twelfth, the portions of the NT that were written before the completion of the Gospels and Acts confirm the historicity of these five books. For instance, Paul, James, and Peter show multiple signs of quoting or alluding to teachings and actions of Jesus in letters they wrote before the Gospels were written. Their quotes and allusions agree with what we find in the Gospels. This indicates that the Gospels are in tune with the very earliest writings about Jesus--the NT epistles. These earliest writings were in turn dependent on the authoritative oral traditions that were passed on by eyewitnesses to Jesus' life. Paul expresses this in 1Co 15:3-8, where he lists the beliefs he had "received" from these eyewitnesses when he became a Christian no more than two years after Jesus' death and resurrection. These are no late, slowly developing legends he is reporting!

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J. Warner Wallace on Twitter

Join me at the next TRUTH FOR A NEW GENERATION in March! https://www.truthforanewgeneration.com/conference-march-2018/ … pic.twitter.com/AlxOHeD8lo

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20 Books every pastor should read — Southern Equip

Have you ever tried to pick a favorite hymn or Scripture passage when asked? Impossible, isn’t it? At least it is for me. I had similar feelings when my pastoral interns asked me to pick my top books every pastor should read. Too many to choose from and where does the list end? Nevertheless, they demanded this of me and I conceded.

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Pursuing God intellectually: Being honest about our questions

Jesus identified the greatest commandment as loving God with our all of who we are, and Jesus specifically included loving God with our minds. But what does this mean? I suggested that we understand this as pursuing God intellectually in a way that is consonant with other relational pursuits. When we love someone, we want to know things. We are intellectually curious about what makes them tick.

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Five Bad Reasons Not To Study Apologetics

Christians today are facing more challenges than ever. The Poached Egg exists to equip Christians to meet those challenges and be more confident in their faith and become more effective witnesses for Christ. If you find these articles and posts useful, please consider partnering with me in 2018 to continue this work that God has laid on my heart. As someone once said, the Gospel is free, but someone has to pay for the plumbing. You can become a monthly partner for just as little as $5 a month (that’s only $60 a year), the price of a gourmet cup of coffee. Special one time gifts are welcome and encouraged as well. Will you help?

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Anti-Christian Meme-Busting: The Exodus

Why? Well, for starters, hardly anybody fact-checks memes, pics or screenshots of comments or tweets that are shared around social media quicker than the flu at an elementary school assembly (they truly are “viral”). Sources are rarely given for the “arguments” they offer. Memes appeal to both dumbed-down and extremist emotional jabs without offering anything real, substantial or thorough, nor do they hardly ever put anything in the proper context of their debates. The minimalist thinking is, “who cares if there is any validity to this? It makes the other side look bad, and hopefully I’ll influence a few people to move over to my side.”

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Why Darwinism Can’t Accomplish Innovation or Explain Origins | Evolution News

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Is Christianity an 'Exclusive' Religion?

A few days ago my wife and I spoke with a Buddhist man who said that Christianity was a bigoted, intolerant religion. His rationale for making such a statement was grounded (so he said) in the fact that Buddhism had a canopy which embraced all religious truth equally. Christianity was ‘bigoted’ because it did not place equal value on each spiritual or philosophical assertion- even if the competing claims were mutually exclusive. The technical word for his view is ‘religious pluralism.’ In other words, to assert one belief system to be true and another false constitutes intolerance. This conception of intolerance has become widely accepted in western culture.

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National Darwin Day: Where exactly does the evidence for evolution lead us?

One of the cardinal rules in the field of science is to objectively follow the evidence regardless of where it leads. When we consider the theory of evolution, have we obeyed this cardinal rule, or have we followed our own bias in spite of the evidence? When we ask this question we are not asking it of “micro-evolution”, in which biological changes occur to individual organisms within a specific gene pool. Micro-evolution is an evolutionary process within a gene population that has been confirmed through repeated observation and experimentation. It is a scientific fact. Rather, we are questioning the theory of evolution as first proposed by Charles Darwin more than 150 years ago, which states that the diversity of all present day life arose from a common ancestor through descent with modification by natural selection.

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Terminology Tuesday: Aseity

Aseity : The divine property of being completely independent of everything distinct from God himself. Everything other than God depends on God, but God depends on nothing beside himself.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018 — The Briefing

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018 — The Briefing

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Stand to Reason on Twitter

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Colson Center on Twitter

The beginning of Lent is an appropriate time to begin a series on vices and virtues, that is, on habits of life that lead us either away from God or toward Him, that make us either a worse, more evil person or a better person. http://bit.ly/2BrW4lZ  pic.twitter.com/zzu4r2pS5m

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9 Things You Should Know About Frederick Douglass

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