Is Faith A Gift From God or Something We Produce?
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org Defenders is Dr William Lane Craig's weekly Sunday school class on Christian doctrine and apologetic...
Responses to Presuppositionalism NCCA13 Howe, Lisle, & Oliphint
DISCUSSIOIN ABOUT HOW DOES OUR APOLOGETIC METHOD AFFECT OUR VIEW OF THE AGE OF THE EARTH. WITH Richard Howe, Jason Lisle, K.Scott Oliphint. MEDIATED BY Frank...
Keynote speaker Lee Strobel on this year's Prayer Breakfast!
Join us at William Jessup University on Thursday, May 1 at 7am for our 9th annual National Day of Prayer Breakfast, presented by K-LOVE & the university! Vis...
The Quran Plagiarizes False Stories
http://www.answeringmuslims.com Muhammad claimed that he received the Qur'an from Allah through the mediation of the Angel Gabriel. The problem is that the Q...
463. Did People Doubt In The Bible?
Bobby talks about whether or not people experienced doubt in the pages of Scripture.
Religious Freedom, Hobby Lobby, Some Pertinent Research, and a Prayer
Today, the Supreme Court is hearing the oral arguments on "Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius." The case pits the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) against a claim of religious liberty infringement. It will be a busy news day—every comment from every Justice will be dissected and analyzed, and the news will be filled with coverage, some of it confusing and some of it agenda-driven.
World Vision and Why We Grieve For the Children
No matter what you think about this decision, I hope you feel a sense of grief… for the children. This is a story of deep and lasting significance, because there are children’s lives at stake in how we respond.
RELEVANT Q&A: Dustin Kensrue
This week we talk to Thrice frontman, Modern Post vocalist, solo artist and worship leader, Dustin Kensrue. Plus, we get a listener to play Shauna in a round of "Indie Rock Band or College Mascot, the week's news and entertainment, your earworm feedback a
Bad Reasons Not to Evangelize
"Evangelical Christianity transcends all political and social systems and finds its own manner of expression regardless. Without compromising precepts and principles it may accommodate its means and methods to shifting conditions." Many people would agree with this statement. Looks christian enough at first glance. Only problem is that these words were spoken by Charles F. Leek in the 1930s, a Baptist pastor speaking on Nazism and how it need not be in opposition with the purposes of evangelism. Christianity is very much a social and political system that takes place in the church, and that bears witness to the work and life of Christ. Proclaiming that is part of the gospel.
Live Blog: Contraception Cases at the Supreme Court -- Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties - Washington Wire - WSJ
Concerned Women for America and other conservative groups are also carrying official signs, and there’s a similar range of messages that run from the anti-abortion (“#TEAMLIFE”) to chants such as “everyone’s business, freedom is!” A few people have also brought large graphic anti-abortion images, though they’re competing for the attention of any passersby with a big rainbow flag, and a poster criticizing the federal health law more generally. This being a big Supreme Court case, there’s no shortage of members speaking outside, including a group of female Democratic congresswomen, or trying to get inside, such as Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter .
The Worldliness in World Vision’s New Hiring Policy
We are entering the days and the decade of a great shifting and sifting of evangelicalism. The capitulation will not happen all at once. The camel of compromise will poke its nose into the tent little by little. We will hear about the unity of the church, as if Christ in John 17 were interested in a unity indifferent to the truth (John 17:17). We will hear about the reputation of the church, as if Christ promised that everyone would love us as long as we meant well (John 15:18-19). We will hear urgent pleas to stay on mission and not be distracted by controversy, as if Christ’s gospel of the kingdom had little to do with actually repenting and believing in the gospel (Mark 1:15). We will hear—in a hundred ways from a thousand voices in a million devilish disguises—the siren song that beckons the church to change or die, as if we could rescue Christianity by saving it from itself.
If All Religions Are True, Then God Is Cruel
If Islam, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, and all the other world religions are true paths to God, then why did God kill his Son, Jesus, in order to make a way for men to come to him? The very notion is absurd and insulting to God. It paints a portrait of a God who is just plain cruel. He sent Jesus into the world to live a miserable life of scorn, rejection, poverty, betrayal, humiliation, sorrow, and ultimately, torture and death, in order to create a path whereby men can come to know him. Yet all the while he knew that following the Five Pillars of Islam or the Noble Eight-fold Path could accomplish the same thing. What a waste! Jesus' life—God's plan of salvation— is completely in vain, for the same result could be achieved by simply adhering to the tenets of any world religion. God is not only cruel but also incompetent for putting into effect the worst salvation plan possible.
Frank Turek at WMU - Tactical Faith
”I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist”, by Frank Turek
Our Consuming and Crushing Snare
The fear of man so often ends with judging others because we begin assuming we know another's motives, thoughts, character, and intentions. Someone forgets to answer an email, so you assume you're not a priority and she is selfish—turns out she was on vacation. You pass someone in the hall and he doesn't wave, so you assume he doesn't like you or is rude—turns out he didn't see you. You invite someone to do something and she kindly declines, so you assume she's disappointed in you—turns out she simply doesn't want to attend or is sick or tied up. It really doesn't matter what the other person thinks or does? But our preoccupation with worrying about what others think of us drives us to sinfully judge.
5 Arguments Not to Have on Facebook
I partially agree with this article. I have learned that there are some topics I do not debate on Facebook because I have trouble reigning in my anger toward someone. That being said, we are in a different age. Often times debates cannot happen one on one. When else are we supposed to speak the truth? Are face do face discussions more fruitful? I don't think so. If someone has made their mind up, they have made it up, whether it is in writing or in person. For me, writing my debates offers me more of a chance to offer a thoughtful, deliberate answer to someone, rather the knee jerk reaction that can be had face to face. I think the main thing is to remain calm, reasonable, logical, and faithful to God's Word. If the other person wants to behave differently that is their responsibility not yours. Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/culture/tech/5-arguments-not-have-facebo...
Doctrine Matters for Deeds of Mercy
We know something’s not right when 5:1 begins, “Now there arose a great outcry.” This word for “outcry” is the same one used in Genesis 18:21 when God heard the outcry about Sodom and Gomorrah, and then in Exodus 3:7 when Israel cried out about their unjust taskmasters. It’s the kind of word that we’d think has no business in the rebuilding of Jerusalem. It’s as out of place as the endorsement of homosexual practices by a “Christian” charity. Nonetheless, it’s there. And this time the outcry has nothing to do with evil outsiders. It’s coming from the family, from among the people themselves (Nehemiah 5:1–5).
Screwtape on How to Ruin The Gospel Coalition
Which leads me to another item of concern. Treat the influence of this Coalition on your patient as a deadly epidemic—by all means do not let it spread from him to others. Quarantine him immediately. The most damage will be done if he starts taking such foul ideas and using them to strengthen that hideous gathering the Enemy calls the church. I presume that he does not personally know any of the Enemy's servants involved in writing this propaganda. Use that to your advantage. Convince him he only needs the Coalition, that those people the Enemy has placed closest to him are most unnecessary. It may take time, but it can be done. Try to get him to see his fellow church members as less informed, less zealous, less useful than himself because of what he "knows" from reading the Coalition. Above all, isolate him from his pastor. Perhaps you can get him to believe he would be so much better off if one of the writers of the Coalition were his pastor. Discontent with their specific marching orders is very useful to us—many of the Enemy's soldiers are kept out of the battle because of it.
The Truth of the Bible Still Matters, and It Always Will
If I just lost you, that's okay. I get that this may come across as a weird statement to anyone reading who is 1) not a Christian, 2) a new Christian, or 3) a "progressive" Christian who disagrees. And it's downright laughable to the skeptic who denies it on scientific or historical grounds. I'm okay with that.
Southern Seminary Expeditions | Israel & Jordan
Southern Seminary Expeditions offer on-site lectures from experts in biblical, theological and historical studies. We will travel to historical sites such as Petra, Masada, and King Herod’s tomb. We will stand on the steps of the temple mount where Jesus would have stood and taught. We will study the Scriptures on the Sea of Galilee and in the Garden of Gethsemane. While on the trip, you will also learn about the culture of the Middle East and be introduced to gospel-centered ministries there. It is our prayer that this Expedition will further equip you for ministry and continue to cultivate in you a heart and mind for Christ.
World Vision: Adultery No, Homosexual Practice Yes
Christianity Today reports that “World Vision’s American branch will no longer require its more than 1,100 employees to restrict their sexual activity to marriage between one man and one woman.” World Vision president, Richard Stearns, clarified, “The new policy will not exclude someone from employment if they are in a legal same-sex marriage.”
Pastors Need Grace
The personal and ministerial security of a pastor do not rest in his knowledge, experience, or skill. No, his place of rest and hope is exactly the same as everyone to whom he ministers: the rescuing and transforming grace of Christ Jesus. That grace will never fail to pursue him and will again and again rescue him from himself, often at times when he has no idea he needs any rescue at all. With diagnostic honesty and eternal hope and written from a pastor to pastors, it is that grace that this weekly column is written to celebrate.
Craig Blomberg – Can We Still Believe the Bible?
As a global evangelical, I’m more accustomed to speak of the Bible as authoritative and infallible. However, I can easily swing with Blomberg’s version and vision for the American inerrancy tradition. One or two things I’d disagree over. I’m still a bit “meh” over some approaches to harmonization even though sometimes I think it does work/help. I think approaches to inerrancy also a require a lengthy prolegomena on epistemology and hermeneutics which is lacking. But overall, an exemplary treatment of the subject. Blomberg gives a thoughtful, intelligent, robust, biblically-focused, theologically sound and generous account of biblical inerrancy. Highly recommended.
Pro-Hobby Lobby side remains hopeful -
WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court contemplated the right of business owners to exercise their religious beliefs in the face of a government decree upon their companies during oral arguments in a case that is expected to have a long-lasting impact. "I won't make guesses, but it felt like a good day."-–Mark Rienzi On Tuesday (March 25), the justices heard lawyers for the Obama administration and two corporations debate the constitutionality of the federal government's abortion/contraception mandate, which requires employers to provide abortion-causing drugs and devices for their workers. Hobby Lobby, the nationwide retail chain, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a Pennsylvania business, contend the federal regulation violates their owners' consciences and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), a 1993 law protecting religious liberty. The three female justices – Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg – challenged Paul Clement, arguing for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, in the first half of the 90 minutes of arguments, while Chief Justice John Roberts and associate justices Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito and Antonin Scalia seemed most suspicious of the government's position in questioning Solicitor General Donald Verrilli.
The Love of God
You won't understand the love of God unless you understand that God is a jealous God (Exodus 20:4). If God was going to turn His back on Israel and abandon His covenant promise, He would have allowed Israel to pursue after their idols. He wouldn't have intervened by giving Israel into the hand of Midian for seven years.
Answering Muslims: Sheepgate: Solving the Mystery of the Quran's Missing Verses on Breastfeeding Adults
We've already solved the Mystery of Muhammad's Death , so that cold case is closed. But there is another mystery in early Islam, which we'll call "Sheepgate: The Case of the Qur'an's Missing Verses on Breastfeeding Adults."
In order to solve this mystery, we'll need some background information.
Islam has some incredibly odd teachings (to put it mildly). But every once in a while we come across a command that's so unbelievably absurd, on so many levels, we can only wonder why Muhammad wasn't laughed out of Arabia when he delivered it to his followers.
Take, for instance, Muhammad's solution to the problem of a man and a woman, who aren't married to each other, needing to be alone together for some reason. How would an unmarried man and woman avoid having sex at the first opportunity? Not a problem, when you've got Allah at your beck and call. Allah, in his timeless wisdom, revealed in the Qur'an that the woman simply needs to breastfeed the man ten times, which will make them legally related (she will be his foster mother). That way, they won't be tempted to have sex.
The Briefing 03-25-14
1) World Vision claims they haven’t taken a side on same-sex marriage, but they have
Correct, NOT Politically Correct: How Same-Sex Marriage Hurts Everyone (PDF eBook)
Same-Sex Marriage will Hurt Everyone including YOU. Find out how here! Why not legalize same-sex marriage? Who could it possibly hurt? Using sound reasoning and evidencenot religionaward-winning author Frank Turek shows that everyone will be hurt including children the nation and even homosexuals themselves. Turek provides concise answers to objections about equal rights, discrimination, and being born a certain way, and he exposes the real reason gay activists are trying to impose same-sex marriage on the country without a single vote from the people. Key Words: B55pdf, culture, arts, ethics, moral, morals, morality, politics, government, gay, lesbian, Correct, NOT Politically Correct: How Same-Sex Marriage Hurts Everyone - Frank Turek Turek’s message is direct but respectful. It is correct, not politically correct. And it is a message that we must not ignore.
‘Frozen’ Writers Were Evidently ‘Arrested Development’ Fans
If you’re among the moviegoers that has helped make Frozen one of the highest grossing films of all time, than you may have noticed a few call backs to a less profitable—but no less loved—franchise. Along with what appears to be a Bluth chicken dance reference, there’s also a line-for-line joke from the scene where Michael and Lindsey claim that, “It’s like we finish each other’s … sandwiches.” Speaking with EW, Frozen composer Robert Lopez said, “I think [my wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez and I] had seen [that] episode once, and we did the joke, and realized that we had kind of made an homage. And then we tried to rewrite it, but we kept it because we couldn’t come up with anything better. Because Arrested Development is amazing.” This totally makes up for their part in flooding the Internet with “Let It Go” parody videos ...
SCOTUS is set to hear the Hobby Lobby religious liberty case, so how should we pray? - Yellowhammer News
This morning at 10 a.m. the Supreme Court will hear the final appeal from Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties as these corporations seek relief from a “contraceptive” mandate in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. This particular mandate would require businesses to provide health coverage for FDA-approved devices that can cause abortions (like IUD’s and morning-after pills).
Boyd says this book is his most autobiographical work to date (18), and his transparency is easily the best thing about it. He discusses his Pentecostal upbringing, youthful pornography addiction, and marriage troubles. If you wonder what it’s like being Greg Boyd, this is the book for you. His spiritual crisis and “conversion” is similar to Augustine’s experience of opening the Bible to a text in Romans, and I was moved by it (105). I do wonder, though, if Benefit of the Doubt might be an overreaction to Boyd’s Pentecostal background. I don’t know anyone who thinks doubt is immoral (11), and unless readers hail from this fideistic environment, they may not either.
The View from the Religious Middle
Though policies have since changed at UNT, more Christians today tend feel like those students did: that our place in the cultural conversation is shrinking, and we need to shout louder to have our voices heard. A report by Lifeway Research found full 70 percent of pastors (and just over half of the general public) believe that religious liberty is declining in America, and 59 percent believe that Christians are losing the culture wars.
Waking Up to Sloth - The Scriptorium Daily
Sloth truly is a sleepy sort of vice, a slow slide into unknowing foolery with eyes half-closed. It is a turn inward, and therefore a turn away from living, and even from desire itself. The sluggard craves, but he doesn’t really desire. He “buries his hand in the dish and will not even bring it back to his mouth” (19:24). He doesn’t sleep because he wants to. He sleeps because he doesn’t want anything else enough. This is why the sluggard is condemned like a fool. In their different ways, both turn in towards the self and away from reality; both neglect their own good and the common good.
How to Preach Books of the Bible You Don’t Like
"If I don't like a passage it's usually because I either don't understand it or don't see how I'm going to preach it," Mike McKinley explains in a new roundtable video with Bryan Chapell and J. D. Greear. Yet time and again, the pastor of Sterling Park Baptist Church in northern Virginia observes, "I've learned God is pleased to use things that don't impress me."
Hobby Lobby Case: Are Religious Exemptions Unconstitutional? - Stand to Reason Blog
The robust conception of religious freedom that has served our nation so well is now being challenged in the case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. , which will be argued before the Supreme Court on March 25. Hobby Lobby (a chain of arts and crafts stores) and its owners, the Green family, are seeking a religious exemption from parts of ObamaCare's contraception and abortion-drug mandate. Their Christian faith forbids them from paying for insurance coverage for the provision of four drugs and devices that may act to terminate newly conceived human lives. Although the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals held that an exemption is required under federal civil-rights law, the government has asked the Supreme Court to compel the Greens to violate their consciences—which they will not do—or suffer crippling fines.
The Contrasting Aesthetics of Christendom
When I lived in Indianapolis in the late 1980s, a procession of national denominational meetings came through the Hoosier Dome. Each had pressing issues: for the UCC, it was whether to seat gay members; for the Nazarenes, it was whether or not to allow attendance at movies. When the Pentecostals came to town, the local religion writer had to explain that there were two camps—the big hair, heavy makeup group, exemplified by Tammi Bakker, and the no-makeup, hair-in-a-bun group, given to high-collared, long, print dresses. Both fundamentalism and Pentecostalism had a basic blue collar feel, but the differences were striking. Pentecostals were more likely to be flamboyant; you’d rarely find Paul Crouch’s furniture or a Benny Hinn comb-over-and-Nehru-jacket combination on a fundamentalist platform—or on an evangelical platform, for that matter. Furthermore, Anne Graham Lotz and Kay Arthur wouldn’t think of attempting the Tammi Faye Bakker or Jan Crouch look.
What’s Wrong With Burning Aborted Babies?: A Common Grace Defense of Disgust
Anger, fear and disgust may be responses to different kinds of threats. Anger is a proper and effective response to threats to one's rights, or one's property, which can be challenged. Fear is an effective response to threats that can not be challenged, which one can run away from. Yet there are threats for which fear and anger are not appropriate. There are threats that one can't simply run away from or fight off. Some of these threats, such as oral contamination, may be inescapable aspects of human bodily experience. Other threats, such as individual meaninglessness, may be cultural constructions unique to a particular time and place. We suggest that disgust, or some subset of its embodied schemata, is the emotional response to this heterogenous class of threats. Disgust makes us step back, push away, or otherwise draw a protective line between the self and the threat.
Leadership Is Lonely (and It Should Be)
If you seek leadership, know that you're asking for is a life of service and loneliness. It may not look like the glamorous service you suspect. It may be the simple act of looking others in the face, hearing their stories while knowing yours is ever decreasing. It may be a life of quiet prayer. It may be behind a pulpit, which may be one of the loneliest places of all.
There’s a Terrifying Clown Man Wandering the Streets of Staten Island
If you live in the Staten Island area, we recommend that you hastily gather whatever belongings you can carry, get into your vehicle, start driving and never look back. Several social media users in the New York area have snapped pictures of a horrific clown that is wandering the streets late at night, holding balloons and looking like the manifestation of a childhood nightmare. One witness told the Staten Island Advance , “He was just kinda standing there waving like he is in the picture," which is pretty much the creepiest thing a clown can do. Though there are some conspiracy theories about the clown’s origins involving a lighthearted prank, at this point it can only be assumed that he is actually a psychotic ex-circus worker that now haunts the souls of those unfortunate enough to find themselves wandering the lonely streets of Staten Island each night. It’s the only thing that makes any sense ...
Pointing to Disaster — The Flawed Moral Vision of World Vision
World Vision U.S. President Richard Stearns announced the change in a letter to World Vision staff. The organization, one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world, “will continue to expect abstinence before marriage and fidelity within marriage for all staff,” Stearns said. He then added that “since World Vision is a multi-denominational organization that welcomes employees from more than 50 denominations, and since a number of these denominations in recent years have sanctioned same-sex marriage for Christians, the board—in keeping with our practice of deferring to church authority in the lives of our staff, and desiring to treat all of our employees equally—chose to adjust our policy.” That led to the key change Stearns was then to announce: “Thus, the board has modified our Employee Standards of Conduct to allow a Christian in a legal same-sex marriage to be employed at World Vision .”
Challenge: Morality Comes from Us - Stand to Reason Blog
It's hard to know where to begin criticizing the video, because it's just so terrible. It eschews morality from any god, says that morality comes from inside us, but provides no reason as to WHY that morality is correct, is binding, and should be followed. It's just a bunch of atheists using the christian morality they like and trying to justify it in such a way that ties them in to the christian morality they don't like.
The Briefing 03-25-14
1) World Vision claims they haven’t taken a side on same-sex marriage, but they have
Feminist professor who attacked pro-lifer charged with theft, battery and vandalism
I have some friends in the pro-life movement, and I’m familiar with some of the horrors they have to endure. If you reason that people who are willing to kill innocent unborn babies are fine with committing lesser crimes against less innocent people, you’d be right. I think we should all agree that whatever you do in your life, you shouldn’t be taking innocent human lives in order to avoid having to take responsibility for your own actions. That’s just wrong.
Drew Brees Was REALLY Excited to Go See ‘Noah’
Some people dress up as their favorite Star Wars character, superhero or sci-fi villain when attending a blockbuster movie screening. As evidenced by this picture from Twitter, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is more of a Biblical epic kind of guy. If you were recently at an early screening and found yourself wondering what was up with the couple sitting behind you in homemade Old Testament costumes (along with a tin foil battle ax), it may have actually just been a geeked out Super Bowl MVP and his wife out for a date night ...
I Lost My Dad in a Plane Crash, Too
Today, with new satellite imagery from the Brits, officials are nearly certain that Malaysia Flight #370 crashed into the Indian Ocean . Over the next few days officials will probably be able to find some type of debris in the ocean that confirms this new satellite data. As someone who served as a Marine Air Traffic Control officer and who lost a relative in a plane crash (my father's body was never recovered in the Atlantic Ocean), I've been closely following the search and rescue efforts. I was deeply saddened when I heard about the initial loss of the aircraft, and have been perplexed by the strange, known movements of the aircraft that have been disclosed on the news networks. I know the family members are distraught with this new information , since they were clinging onto the hope that somehow the aircraft might have landed somewhere on the possible northern route into Asia.
I’m Ok, You’re Not
I’m Ok, You’re Not
Police rule that racist graffiti on dorm door is a fake hate crime
Sometimes, I wonder if these college kids are learning anything useful at college. They learn how to be victims, how to censor others, how to complain and whine and blame. But I wonder if they are learning anything that they can use to serve others – like in a real job. They sure are paying a lot of tuition to learn how to call other people “racist”, “sexist”, “homophobe” and “Islamophobe”. And they can do it because the government is loaning them taxpayer dollars to do it.
Resurgence Leadership #009: What Are the Scriptures? Part 2
The Bible is the most influential, the most popular, and the most controversial book in the history of the world. It also claims to be perfectly true. Pastor Mark Driscoll explains how we got the Bible and why we can trust it in this special two-part series .
How Many Pastors Are Addicted to Porn? The Stats are Surprising
It probably won’t come as much of a surprise to you when I say that the porn industry generates about $13 billion each year in the United States. It’s a heartbreaking reality that 9 out of 10 boys and 6 out of 10 girls have been exposed to pornography before the age of 18; the average age of first exposure is about 11 years old. And that men are 543% more likely to look at porn than women.
'The Office' Time Machine: The Internet's Finest Hour
Reportedly, it took a year and a half for Joe Sabia to catalog every single pop culture reference in the entire series of The Office and catalog it into a series of mash-ups organized by year, but rarely has so much time been so well spent. The result is The Office Time Machine , which allows you to select any year and watch all of The Office 's references to the pop culture events of that year. Below is the 2001 video, but why stop there? Watch the 1934 video . Or the 1770 one . It is a beautiful invention for these troubled times, and it can provide you with joy for hours to come ...
World Vision y por qué nos afligimos por los niños
Con la esperanza de mantener a la organización evangélica fuera de los debates sobre el matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo, el presidente Richard Stearns ajustó el código de conducta de los empleados sobre la sexualidad dentro del concepto del “matrimonio”, ya sea entre hombre y hombre o entre mujer y mujer. En otras palabras, si bien declaró no tomar una posición sobre la redefinición del matrimonio, su organización ya lo ha redefinido.
A Day in the Life of Whoever
From time to time, everybody you know needs encouragement. Encouragement means lifting people’s spirits and cheering them up by helping them focus on the positive and good things in life. But only a couple of choices from the list of “friendly” responses really fit that definition, right? The others don’t help at all, and they might even make things worse.
Answering Muslims: Muhammad and the Thighing of Aisha
There's been an interesting debate in recent years between Christian apologists and Westernized Muslim apologists over the Islamic practice of "thighing," which involves a Muslim (more specifically, Muhammad ) putting his penis between the thighs of a virgin (or a woman during her monthly period) and moving back and forth until he ejaculates.
As usual, Christian apologists got this accusation from Muslim scholars, who refer to the practice in their fatwas (legal rulings by an Islamic scholar). The problem is that, whenever we link to a fatwa discussing the Islamic practice of thighing, Westernized Muslims complain to the fatwa site administrators, and the administrators then remove the fatwa. Once the fatwa is removed, Westernized Muslims accuse us of inventing the issue of thighing in order to attack Muhammad!
Just so there's no denying the fact that Muslim scholars issue such rulings, here's a screenshot of a fatwa on thighing that is still available at Islam Web (though it may be taken down once this article circulates):
But this won't convince Westernized Muslim apologists, who, despite their profound ignorance of their own sources, nevertheless believe that they know more about Islam than their scholars and jurists.
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Scientists May Have Found Another Habitable Planet
An Astronomer at NASA’s Ames Research Centre in California has found a planet—about the size of earth—with a close enough proximity to a star that it may be able to support life. At the recent Search for Life Beyond the Solar System conference (which sounds like a blast), the astronomer said that while analyzing data from the Kepler space telescope, he identified the earth-like planet in a far off galaxy. His team is planning on releasing more specifics about the discovery and its location in a detailed report later this year. For the sake of any intelligent life out there, it’s better that we find them, than they find us. They may not get the warm welcome they would expect ...