Is science the only way to know anything about anything?
Christian philosopher and author Peter S Williams was at Sheffield University in January giving a lecture on ‘Science, Scientism and the Knowledge of God’. A video of the lecture, given to the university’s Christians in Science group, is now online, complete with the Q&A session at the end.
The Gathering Storm
In a 1934 speech before the House of Commons, Winston Churchill, who was neither Prime Minister nor politically influential at the time, nonetheless warned his countrymen of a gathering storm on the horizon: “Germany is…
Heroic Man Does Something Amazing for a Mother and Saves Her Life
A mother and her 1-year-old son were on the way to the doctor when her car suddenly caught fire. At first it was a problem with the gas and break and out of nowhere got really scary. After some time went by, it seemed like no one was going to help -- until one brave man came up to her window.
After Losing Her Mother to Cancer This 8-Year-Old Girl Sings A Beautiful Song in Her Memory
8 year old Rhema Marvanne sadly lost her mother to cancer at a young age. But, she never forgets how much God loves and protects her through such a tragic time. She is blessed with not only a beautiful singing voice but a powerful faith.
WORLD | The DUFF squanders a story worth telling | Bob Brown | Feb. 23, 2015
Popular high school quarterback Wesley (Robbie Amell) finds a beautiful person inside socially inept Bianca (Mae Whitman). In turn she discovers that his dumb
We have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood (Hebrews 12:4), but some have. Source: 21Martyrs.com
Birdman (or, the unexpected virtue of the Academy Awards) | Think Christian
Birdman won the Best Picture Oscar at last night’s Academy Awards ceremony, something I predicted partly because it’s a movie about making movies, a subject of which Hollywood never tires.…
Incarnation and Omniscience | Reasonable Faith
But I digress. My question is about the model of the Incarnation you and J.P. Moreland present in Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview, which states that many of the divine attributes of Jesus were located in his subconsciousness. I'm having a problem with this. Maximal greatness would seem to me to imply having access to any and all knowledge on the spot, which would in turn seem to imply that God would have omniscience in His consciousness, where all the knowledge can be directly accessed. Can you please clear this up for me?
Yes, the Christian Worldview Is Supported by the Evidence | Cold Case Christianity
Judges help jurors understand the difference between these two forms of evidence. In California, judges provide the following instruction to jurors: “Facts may be proved by direct or circumstantial evidence or by a combination of both. Direct evidence can prove a fact by itself. For example, if a witness testifies he saw it raining outside before he came into the courthouse, that testimony is direct evidence that it was raining. Circumstantial evidence also may be called indirect evidence. Circumstantial evidence does not directly prove the fact to be decided, but is evidence of another fact or group of facts from which you may logically and reasonably conclude the truth of the fact in question. For example, if a witness testifies that he saw someone come inside wearing a raincoat covered with drops of water, that testimony is circumstantial evidence because it may support a conclusion that it was raining outside” (CalCrim Section 223). Starting to understand the difference? The vast majority of cases tired in America are primarily circumstantial. In fact, none of my cold cases have ever benefitted from direct evidence.
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What ISIS Really Wants
One way to un-cast the Islamic State’s spell over its adherents would be to overpower it militarily and occupy the parts of Syria and Iraq now under caliphate rule. Al‑Qaeda is ineradicable because it can survive, cockroach-like, by going underground. The Islamic State cannot. If it loses its grip on its territory in Syria and Iraq, it will cease to be a caliphate. Caliphates cannot exist as underground movements, because territorial authority is a requirement: take away its command of territory, and all those oaths of allegiance are no longer binding. Former pledges could of course continue to attack the West and behead their enemies, as freelancers. But the propaganda value of the caliphate would disappear, and with it the supposed religious duty to immigrate and serve it. If the United States were to invade, the Islamic State’s obsession with battle at Dabiq suggests that it might send vast resources there, as if in a conventional battle. If the state musters at Dabiq in full force, only to be routed, it might never recover.
That’s what makes their sturdy faith in Yesua all the more astounding. We’ve seen journalists, foreign aid workers, and now 21 Christians beheaded while kneeling. In the embers of our outrage we might think that if we were in that situation, we’d face our death with William Wallace-style defiance, perhaps yelling out some profound statement that would tell our captors that they could not break us. But the reality is that such defiance is often illusory. An article some time back about how a certain country metes out capital punishment through public beheadings describes the surprising fact that the condemned tend not to fight even as they walk up to the spot where their lives will end. They simply kneel or lay there, surrendering to their fate. “ Their strength drains away ,” the country’s chief executioner said. They have no fight left in them. That’s why ISIS’s victims seem so strangely passive in the moments before the imminent brutality. Our hearts melt. Our knees buckle. Our “strength drains away.”
2015 The Gospel Coalition National Conference April 13-15, Orlando FL
TGC's 2015 National Conference, Coming Home: New Heaven and New Earth, seeks to stir longing for our ultimate home in heaven as we explore the sweep of redemption from creation to consummation, Genesis to Revelation. Our plenary speakers will unfold the Bible's teaching on eschatology, a topic of burning importance today. Along with these nine plenary sessions we've planned more than 50 workshops and focus gatherings led by speakers addressing topics including evangelism, homosexuality, student ministry, sexual abuse, faith and work, and much more. Join us as we worship God together in word and song with joyful hope that Jesus is returning soon. We hope you can join us April 13–15 in Orlando, Florida
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Congratulations, Taxpayers, You Get To Pay For Bradley Manning's Hormone Therapy - Breitbart
Every now and then, a story comes along that captures everything wrong with modern America. The Army’s decision to pay for hormone treatments so that convicted national-security leaker Bradley Manning can transform into Chelsea Manning while doing time in Leavenworth is such a story.
The Table of the Nations, The Tower of Babel, and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb: Ethnic Diversity and the Radical Vision of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
The Key to Becoming a Good Leader
Philippians 2:5-11... "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,... Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal with God a treasure to be grasped,... But emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, becoming in the likeness of men;... And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient even unto death, and that the death of a cross... Therefore also God highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,.. That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,... And every tongue should openly confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father."
Making Sure Children Actually Hear the Gospel and Not Just a Bunch of Bible Stories
When we take the Bible as a series of isolated morality tales, we think about 66 books with hundreds, if not thousands, of stories contained within them. In actuality, there are not thousands of stories. There are not 66 stories. There aren’t even two stories with the Old and New Testament. There is one story and that is the story of what God is doing—redemptive history.
Maths prodigy, 10, enrols on degree course - Telegraph
Esther Okade, from Walsall, is finding time between playing with her dolls to
study a maths degree with the Open University
Oscar acceptance speech study: Steven Spielberg gets thanked more than God
When an Oscar winner walks up to the mic to give their acceptance speech, there are few things they can say that haven’t been said before. Many people thank their family, their film’s team, and/or their spouse (if they remember). It’s also not uncommon for any given person to thank God.
The Gospel in the Dominican Republic
The United States and Europe are in a postmodern era in their histories. According to many scholars they also are in a post-Christian time. By the grace of God, the Dominican Republic is not even close to a postmodern and post-Christian era. At present, the region is open to the gospel, and there is still a fairly widespread belief in the God of the Bible, although this does not represent conversion of most of the population. As an example, 40 years after the United States approved abortion, it is still not allowed in our nation because of Christian opposition. With regard to the difference between the Dominican Republic and the rest of Latin America, I could say that the “doctrines of grace” have spread more in our nation than in most other nations of the continent. In fact, many believe that God is using the Dominican Republic to stoke other nations.
A florist loses religious freedom, and much more - CNN.com
The decision against Stutzman sets a dreadful precedent against our first freedom in the Bill of Rights: religious liberty. The court says that she is free to believe what she wants, but not to practice her religious beliefs. The court has ruled that if she wants to run a business in the state of Washington, she must defy her conscience and participate in same-sex weddings. If she does not, then the full coercive power of the state -- as well as civil liability -- will be brought against her.
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This is what happens to your brain and body when you check your phone before bed
If I am correct in saying, smartphones are worse than lamps and books before bed because they produce something called Blue Light. This is essentially the same light that is given out during the day from the sun, sky etc.. The Blue Light given out from smartphones tells your brain to stay awake because the hormones producing whatever makes you sleep think that it's still daytime. I think this may be correct information, but it was something that a sixth form physchology teacher told me before.
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Facebook, Moms, and the Last Day
While Proverbs 23 and other Scriptures like it do not directly speak to iPhones and Twitter, I believe they do have implications for both. Wine and meat are enjoyable, but consuming too much of either is sin. Social media is also an enjoyable part of life (especially for those who can’t easily spend time with friends in person), but too much can be sinful. John Piper grasps this concept: “One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.”
Catalyst on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
We Get to Carry Each Other: Kierkegaard and U2 on Authentic Love - Christian Research Institute
Søren Kierkegaard, the influential nineteenth-century Danish philosopher (1813–1855) has other things in common with U2’s frontman. Both men have used their creative energies to explore issues of morality, faith, and love in thought-provoking ways. In the 1990s, Bono took to dressing up as the devilish character Macphisto in order to illustrate what stardom can do to the rock star. Bono has created other unique personas such as the Fly and Mirrorball Man, and has written a song—“Until the End of the World”—from the perspective of Judas, the betrayer of Christ. Kierkegaard also writes from a variety of perspectives, using different characters in the quest to understand humanity and God. Both men emphasize that love is more than mere words or feelings. Consider the following, taken from Bono’s appearance on Oprah in September of 2002:
God's Not Dead: God's Not Dead! Nietzsche, Moral Absolutes, and Evolution
Some cultists advance the
idea that life is about knocking on enough doors to sell magazines or to
participate in enough temple and occult rituals to please God. Selected Hindus
suggest one must stay pure to escape the Karmic cycle. The Prussian born
Friedrich Nietzsche advanced the idea that life was about attaining power.
Nietzsche wrote of the will of power, the Superman, and magnificent destinies.
Yet, Nietzsche was a physically and emotionally weak man: headaches,
unattractive, bad eyesight—a tragic figure. He ironically asserted, “A casual
stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.”
A few years later, he fell into insanity and repeatedly declared that he was
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus
Whatever one may think of God’s use of visions and dreams today, they clearly didn’t save Nabeel. The dreams left him unconvinced that Jesus should be his Lord (John 12:37). But in Nabeel’s story these dreams pointed him to the Bible, and there he found words of life. We can certainly pray that God would make himself known through visions and dreams, especially in the Muslim world where gospel light is all too dim. But God does not save through dreams; he saves through his Word. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Rom 10:17).
Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right.
Textbook makers, bookstore owners and college student surveys all say millennials still strongly prefer print for pleasure and learning, a bias that surprises reading experts given the same group’s proclivity to consume most other content digitally. A University of Washington pilot study of digital textbooks found that a quarter of students still bought print versions of e-textbooks that they were given for free.
Christian Persecution Has Never Been Worse
Kristin Wright is the director of advocacy at Open Doors USA, a group dedicated to helping Christians facing persecution around the world. We recently spoke with Wright about where Christian persecution is the worst, what Christians are facing and how people can help those suffering.
JesseWatch2015: The Boy Who Lived
S o, it has come to this. The end of a magnificent journey . Did it have his difficult moments? Yes, and how . Every great adventure must have a hero who feels the temptation to surrender. Frodo had Shelob. Lucy had the Stone Table. Jesse had the 167th hour of listening to Nickelback. But Jesse, like the great heroes of history and lore, summoned the strength within himself to persevere through adversity and ultimately triumph in the light of a victorious dawn. He has overcome, yes, but is he OK? That is a difficult question. Some wounds do not heal, and time alone will be the judge of how well Carey is able to piece together the fragments of his psyche. They will be difficult days, but the worst is over. The healing has begun. He has raised over $32,000 for Charity:Water (and there is still plenty of time to donate !) And now he ventures off to the West, to White Shores, his glorious purpose having been fulfilled. It is up to us now, to keep his legend alive for our children and their children, that his sacrifice might never be forgotten. Thank you, Jesse. The world owes you a debt .
If Islamic Terrorists Are Devout Muslims, Why Are They Hooked on Porn?
Most radical Islamic jihadis claim to be devout Muslims who promote the spread of strict conservative Islamic societal principles, yet it has been continuously documented through the years that many of those Muslim extremists are chronically addicted to sex and pornography.
Who are you married to?
We were married to Mr. Law. He was a good man, in his way, but he did not understand our weakness. He came home every evening and asked, “So, how was your day? Did you do what I told you to? Did you make the kids behave? Did you waste any time? Did you complete everything I put on your To Do list?” So many demands and expectations. And hard as we tried, we couldn’t be perfect. We could never satisfy him. We forgot things that were important to him. We let the children misbehave. We failed in other ways. It was a miserable marriage, because Mr. Law always pointed out our failings. And the worst of it was, he was always right! But his remedy was always the same: Do better tomorrow. We didn’t, because we couldn’t.
Southern Baptists try to diversify churches - but will it work? - Religion News Service
But his proposed solution to that — diversifying worship spaces — will take some work. Of 50,500 Southern Baptist congregations, 3,502 identify as predominantly African-American, or about 7 percent, a 2013 denominational report shows.
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8 essential components for discerning God’s will
I believe that He has created good works beforehand that we should walk in them (Eph 2:10), and with Paul, I want to stretch forward to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. (Php 3:12 NIV) I agree with Spurgeon that “every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor” but I do not think that everyone is to sell the farm and travel to live on the other side of the world. All of us are goers or senders, or in sin! (Rom 10:13-15) It was clearly the role of Barnabas and Saul to be missionaries in the work the Holy Spirit had for them, and it was clearly the role of the church to set them apart and send them (Acts 13:2-3). When people ask me for counsel to help them discern their role in God’s plan for the world, they are sometimes passionate and eager to know. Telling them to read chapter 2 of my book, The Missionary Call, is the more complete answer I wish they would examine, but it is not the immediate answer they want. Let me share with you what I often tell them. These are the eight components you should keep in mind as you pray about God’s will and make the best decision for the next step in your life, whether that is to serve in missions, pursue a particular field of study, move to a new city, etc.
National Religious Broadcasters' Multiday Christian Media Conference Brings Thousands to Nashville
An annual conference focused on the needs and interests of international Christian media professionals is expected to bring thousands to Nashville, Tennessee this week.
God's Not Dead: Charles Krauthammer Mocks Atheism on the Dennis Prager Show
"I believe that atheism is the least plausible... Well, there
are a lot of wild ones out there – but atheism is so contrary to what is possible… What
the universe … created itself ex nihilo? … Atheism, talk about a violation of
human reason. Atheism is off the charts" (Charles Krauthammer).
The Leader’s Most Important Role
2. Create Clarity - The second step for building a healthy organization is ensuring that the members of that leadership team are intellectually aligned around six simple but critical questions. Leaders need to be clear on topics such as why the organization exists to what its most important priority is for the next few months, leaders must eliminate any gaps that may exist between them, so that people one, two or three levels below have complete clarity about what they should do to make the organization successful.
Serving Others for Lent
For many Christians, Lent is a period of fasting—a chance to give up something they might otherwise enjoy as a reminder of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice on our behalf. Some choose to forgo sweets, or beef, or alcohol, while others use the time to take a break from technology and social media. Still others use the period as a time to become more disciplined in personal devotions or physical activity.
Gay Rights and the Challenge of Representing Christ in a PC World - Christian Research Institute
The more the social aspirations of the LGBT community are realized, the more they will impact the lives of those who remain committed to traditional values. (1) No moral person who believes homosexuality is essentially deviant wants to be subjected to public displays of it, let alone to have his or her children view such behavior.9 (2) If, for conscience’s sake, a Christian refuses to attend a relative’s same-sex wedding, or to congratulate the couple on their marriage, he or she should be prepared to meet with disappointment and displeasure not only from the gay family member but also from heterosexual family members, including perhaps Christian relatives who are going with the cultural flow. (I have observed this in my own family!) (3) Worse still, if legislation and judicial rulings increasingly reflect the view that discrimination against homosexuality is a civil rights infringement (as it has already been treated not only in some other Western countries but also in some U.S. courts10), a minister who refuses to officiate a same-sex marriage, a Christian family that refuses to rent their garage apartment to a homosexual couple, and a Christian ministry that refuses to hire a practicing homosexual could all eventually face the same sanctions that people who currently refuse these services and opportunities to racial minorities rightly face.
There Is A Difference Between Absolute and Objective Moral Values
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org The Bethinking National Apologetics Day Conference: "Countering the New Atheism" took place during the UK Reasonable Faith Tour in October 2011. Christian academics William Lane Craig, John Lennox, Peter J Williams and Gary Habermas lead 600 people in training on how to defend and proclaim the credibility of Christianity against the growing tide of secularism and New Atheist popular thought in western society. In this session, William Lane Craig delivers his critique of Richard Dawkins' objections to arguments for the existence of God, followed by questions and answers from the audience. In this clip, Dr Craig addresses a question about objective moral values and distinguishes them from absolute moral values. To watch the full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm0hI... We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel: http://www.youtube.com/reasonablefait... Follow Reasonable Faith on Twitter: http://twitter.
Andrew Fuller on the Necessity of Christ-Centered Preaching |
Preach Christ, or you had better be any thing than a preacher. The necessity laid on Paul was not barely to preach, but to preach Christ. “Woe unto me if I preach not the gospel!” . . . . Some are employed in depreciating Christ. But do you honor him. Some who talk much about him, yet do not preach him, and by their habitual deportment prove themselves enemies to his cross . . . . If you preach Christ, you need not fear for want of matter. His person and work are rich in fullness. Every Divine attribute is seen in him. All the types prefigure him. The prophecies point to him. Every truth bears relation to him. The law itself must be so explained and enforced as to lead to him . . . . Particularly,
'American Sniper' Widow Taya Kyle Clutches Late Husband's Dog Tags at Oscars
Despite being in the midst of an emotional murder trial, the 40-year-old mother of two made her way to Hollywood for the star-studded event to represent Kyle, whose journey inspired Clint Eastwood's Academy Award nominated film "American Sniper." Taya arrived on the red carpet dressed in an emerald green strapless gown and clutching her late husband's dog tags.
Five Questions With 'The Drop Box' Director Brian Ivie | Boundless Blog
Brian read an article titled “ South Korean pastor tends an unwanted flock ,” which told the story of Lee Jong-rak, a man who was rescuing unwanted babies with the help of a makeshift box he installed at his church in Seoul. Brian thought the story would make an intriguing documentary, so he tracked down Pastor Lee and asked if he could bring a film crew. Pastor Lee said he didn’t know anything about documentaries, but if Brian wanted, he could come live with him.
"Swarm" Science: Why the Myth of Artificial Intelligence Threatens Scientific Discovery
Hence when Chris Andersen wrote in 2007 that Big Data and super computing (and machine learning or i.e., induction) meant the "End of Theory," he echoed the popular Silicon Valley worldview that machines are evolving a human -- and eventually a superhuman -- intelligence, and he simultaneously imperiled scientific discovery. Why? Because (a) machines aren't gaining abductive inference powers, and so aren't getting smart in the relevant manner to underwrite "end of theory" arguments, and (b) ignoring the necessity of scientists to use their minds to understand and explain "data" is essentially gutting the central driving force of scientific change.
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Why Doesn't God Stop Evil?
For more information and resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org On September 29th, 2012, William Lane Craig participated in the Contending with Christianity's Critics Conference held at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, TX. The following morning Dr Craig was interviewed by Senior Pastor Todd Wagner and answered questions from the audience via text messages that were sent in to the church during the interview. In this clip, Dr Craig discusses the question of faith and why God doesn't stop evil. To view the complete interview: http://youtu.be/F5w4fBtOHME We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel: http://www.youtube.com/drcraigvideos Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefai...
Hylomorphism as a Metaphysic for Intelligent Design Science
Given Aquinas' obvious theistic position and his classical empiricism it likely seems strange to many people when they hear some contemporary Thomists critiquing intelligent design on various grounds. As someone who sees a deep coherence between Aquinas and the modern design movement, I think these criticisms are misguided (part of my doctoral dissertation shows how ID and Thomism are compatible). I also think that such claims of incompatibility are unfortunate because they miss the ways in which Thomistic philosophy and ID science can be mutually informative.
Faithful Thinkers: Morality, Knowledge, and X-Men
X-Men Set The Stage
I was watching X-Men: First Class the other day and something stood out that I thought might help in our discussions of morality. The two main characters (Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr) are mutants- humans with special abilities. Charles can read and control minds. Erik can manipulate metal via magnetism. Both of these are very powerful abilities demonstrated throughout the series. In the series, the X-Men series story goes that there is a growing fear of mutants among the normal populace and an effort by some government officials to eliminate them. Ultimately it ends up in a war between normal humans and mutants. However, Erik and Charles end up on opposite sides. Erik (as Magneto) wishes to eliminate the lesser evolved humans (ones without mutations), while Charles (as Professor X) fights to preserve humanity.
But what caught my attention was something very subtle: a miscommunication between Erik and Charles is actually responsible for them being on opposite sides of the war, yet both believing that they are right and the other is wrong.
What Kind of "Good"?
Erik's and Charles' definitions of "good" and "better" were different.
Christianity and Autonomous Reason: Drawing an Important Distinction
The secular philosophy textbook I use for Introduction to Philosophy classes proclaims that philosophy exercises one’s rational autonomy. Nascent philosophers are told to think critically by thinking for themselves. Some think that this embrace of philosophical autonomy conflicts with Christianity. Christians believe that we are created by and fully dependent upon God, redeemed by the sacrifice of Jesus, and we now belong to him. We are not our own; we were bought with a price (1 Cor. 6:20). Is Christian faith not then the very antithesis of autonomous reason? If philosophy is, in essence, an exercise in autonomous reason, but the Christian worldview proclaims that we are not autonomous, then how could Christians, in good conscience, be philosophers?
Does Science Deserve Credit for Moral Progress?
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution, including breaking news about scientific research.