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Can Good Come From Suffering and Evil?
William Lane Craig discusses morality. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/
Must An Argument Be Demonstrated With Certainty?
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org On Friday, February 21st, 2014, philosopher and theologian, Dr William Lane Craig, was invited by th...
An Interview with Gloria Furman (Part 2)
We recently asked you to submit questions for Gloria Furman on motherhood, marriage, and treasuring Christ in the midst of the busyness of life. In part 2 below, Gloria offers encouragement on staying balanced, living far from family, the dangers and blessings of social media, and reading good books. Be sure to check out part 1 if you missed it!
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Gnosticism and Kabbalah in Aronofsky's Noah - Stand to Reason Blog
I think some Christians are more just bummed out about the "Bait & Switch" on the promotion of the film as somewhat Biblical....if they had just said it was base on Gnostic writings, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, acid trips, not to do with The Bible account....that would have been far easier to accept, in my opinion. They did try to make a Disclaimer, but still sound like it would be more based off The Bible & true to that account...as if....that just strikes me as funny & dishonest. I'm not sure they should have even used this Disclaimer before Noah: "The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis.” True to the essence, values and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide....REALLY? That statement seems laughable after the reviews I have heard & read. ~~~~ I guess my question about Noah is this: Some people say, "An Atheist simply put his artsy perspective on a Biblical story & took some liberties & filled in some details.
Midweek Apologetics Hit and Misc: 9 Reasons Why God's Not Dead
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently
"A lot of people are able to use that as the fuel they need to come up with a different perspective on reality," says Kaufman. "What's happened is that their view of the world as a safe place, or as a certain type of place, has been shattered at some point in their life, causing them to go on the periphery and see things in a new, fresh light, and that's very conducive to creativity."
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Can reincarnation and resurrection be reconciled? An ever-growing number of people in both the church and the culture have come to believe that reincarnation and resurrection can be reconciled. In fact, multitudes have embraced the odd predilection that Scripture actually promotes reincarnation. In reality, however, the Bible makes it crystal clear that reincarnation and resurrection […]
Is the real Obamacare total just 858,000 -- not 7 million?
858,000 is a misinterpretation of the RAND numbers.
It's more like 9.5 million:
6 million people have enrolled in private coverage through Healthcare.gov and its state counterparts. The LA Times estimated that about one-third of them -- or about 2 million -- were uninsured, based in part on new numbers from RAND.
4.5 million previously uninsured people have signed up for Medicaid since the law launched in October, according to RAND.
3 million young adults age 26 and younger have gotten covered through their parents' insurance plan, as the law allows.
Exclusive: Mozilla CEO Eich says gay-marriage firestorm could hurt Firefox (Q&A) - CNET
If you were to judge some other organization, looking at that organization's CEO or executives, to what extent can you separate the moral, political, and religious beliefs of the executives from the reputation of the organization? Eich: That's a good question, because the CEO does have some aspect of being the one person who exemplifies the company. I still think it's pretty important to judge people by how they treat others, in my case for over 16 years, and allow them to separate some of their deeply held beliefs which do not come into play in their role at an organization like Mozilla -- even the CEO role. If we don't do that, the principles of inclusiveness that we've practiced will be hurt. I know there are people who disagree on many things, but I'm fighting shoulder to shoulder whether you're gay or straight, whether you're married or single, whether you're conservative or liberal, young or old, wherever you are in the world. I'm trying to overcome barriers that marginalize people. That's super critical to our success, and it's something I can do even better as CEO, both inside the company and out.
The media hate Republicans: Column
But there's a difference. They're Republicans. When Republicans do things that embarrass their party, the national media are happy to take note, even if they're mere state senators. But when Democrats like Yee get busted for actual felonies, and pretty dramatic ones at that, the press suddenly isn't interested.
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More than once, Christ used Scripture’s authority to establish His own. At a Sabbath service in the Nazareth synagogue, He appealed to the book of Isaiah: “‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.’… And He began to say to them, ‘Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing’” (Luke 4:18–19, 21; cf. Isa. 61:1; Matt. 11:3–5; Mark 11:17).
Learning to fail
There has been a distinct change in how men have been treated over the last 20 or so years. Rather than being able to fail and fall, the current generation of young men has been coddled and over-protected. They have been molded by a vacuum effect in the wake of a lack of strong Christian men and father figures. This vacuum has created men who are more passive and confused about what it is to be a man than any other generation of men in history. This generation must be dealt with differently, and the current understanding of a man-up talk needs be re-shaped if we are to reach these young men for Jesus and encourage them to grow up to be godly men who love, protect, and provide for their families and their churches.
No, Noah is not Gnostic. (Say that ten times fast!)
Peter, I think “like a lot of successfully misleading claims, yours has a fair bit of truth.” The problem with the film is not how accurate or inaccurate it is – its problem lies in its basic story – the fact that it borrows from so many texts, including of course the writer’s own worldview, is the reason why this is even a topic right now. I firmly believe Peter Jackson, as an example, took *some* unfortunate and unnecessary liberties with The Return of the King, but guess what – the story still worked so nobody cares, including the studio which was printing money then and still is. The problem with Noah is that the lead character simply does not present clear motivations for his actions. “God chose me” Really? Just because you found some glowing zohar jewels (??!!!) and because you’re into plants? Oh wait – you’re not a pacifist though – you brutally defend your ark though God never told you to. God also never told him the human race would die following the ark – if he did you could put the animals to sleep and shut the door and they’d be fine.
Compassion: Anti-Obamacare cancer patient smeared by Reid now receiving death wishes from liberals - Hot Air
Boonstra is on five different medications to help deal with her leukemia. The Blue Cross PR spokesman claimed that they are all covered. But when Boonstra went to fill her prescription for Loratadine — a prescription-level equivalent of Claritin that she uses to control congestion brought on by chemotherapy — she was told that Loratadine is not covered. She has not yet attempted to restock any of her other meds but she is already having to come with strategies to deal with that problem. The $5,100 cap on Boonstra’s out-of-pocket spending is for in-network care only. If she has to go out of network, she could spend an additional $10,200…When Boonstra was first diagnosed, she had to go through a painstaking process to get approval for her chemotherapy drugs to be covered. When she finally found insurance she liked, she had no problem with the chemo drugs. She now says that process is starting all over again. Boonstra has already had to cut back on her bone marrow biopsies, which she was having on a regular schedule she had worked out with her doctor, because she doesn’t have clarification on whether these will be covered.
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Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?
But where did we get the idea that our food should be as cheap as possible? Do we not know that, when food is cheap to us, it is costly to someone else? Regular baking cocoa is cheaper than its fair trade equivalent, at least in part, because only a tiny portion of its profits goes to its growers. They are paid such pitiful wages that they have little freedom to advance beyond their circumstances. That's often the cost of our cheap food. Adding insult to injury, while large chocolate companies pay pennies to their growers, they pay millions to their CEOs .
Putin divorce goes through
The Kremlin appears to have managed the official confirmation of Mr Putin's divorce to limit its impact on the Russian public at large. State-owned news agency Itar-Tass broke the story late on Tuesday but thereafter it was largely ignored by the mainstream media. By this evening, none of the main TV channels had been observed to report it.
Ten Reasons Kids Leave the Church
As much fun as Trent, Troy, and I have together, whether it’s camping or just throwing the ball around, not a day goes by that I don’t give serious thought to how my wife, Jean, and I are leading them spiritually. In the grand scheme of things, we only a have a short window to help them build a solid biblical foundation before they launch out on their own.
Hear The Hedvig Mollestad Trio's 'Laughing John' On Speakeasy - Speakeasy - WSJ
“This song would be kind of representative of the middle thing in our music,” says Thomassen, who adds that the title is a homage to both her guitar teacher, Jon Eberson, and also to the guitarist John McLaughlin. “It’s not a title we usually would have chosen,” Thomassen says. “It’s kind of humoristic.”
The Tragedy of the Submergent Church
Hi, Bill. This is a timely and poignant article that showed up on my fb timeline right now just as I was checking out how an art piece I had done was faring at a large art competition in Grand Rapids, MI called "Artprize Competition." Depicted in my piece is the dual sided negative sword of radicalism and heresy in the realm of mainstream atheism and Christianity. On the dogmatic and decidedly hateful side of atheism is a sort of Mt. Rushmore formation of the staple proponents of that mentality, i.e. Dawkins, Hitchens, Tyson, Seth Macfarlane, Maher, Sagan...etc. On the heretical or non-scripturally legalistic and sham-faith side of "Christianity" are: Fred Phelps, Joel Osteen (ala the success gospel and not teaching to turn away from sin or really addressing it), Rob Bell and Benny Hinn. I incorporated Bible verses written in the Latin Vulgate relating to avoiding the teachings of false prophets, and to beware the yeast of the pharisees...etc. Anywho, it might interest you. This link leads to the heretical Christian side https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151882994360090&set=o.
Why The Church Needs Apologetics: A Look at Critics, Seekers, and Doubters
Over the years I have spoken to several people from a variety of backgrounds about the Christian faith. When we started a Ratio Christi apologetics chapter on The Ohio State University in the Fall of 2009, I had been talking to college students about spiritual beliefs for several years. It was during my experience while doing campus outreach that I began to see the need for a stronger apologetics presence on the college campuses. Also, it should be noted that it was a debate between William Lane Craig and skeptic Robert Price in 1998 that really got me interested in apologetics.
What We Mean When We Say, "God Created Everything From Nothing"
“nothing”. For some of us, that’s an interesting concept that might be hard to grasp, but it’s an important distinction that must be understood. When we say “nothing”, we mean the complete absence of everything; the thorough non-existence of anything at all (including all space time and matter). These two terms, when defined in this way, are consistent with the principles of the Standard Cosmological Model, but demonstrate the dilemma. If everything came from nothing, what caused this to occur? What is the non-spatial, atemporal, immaterial, uncaused, first cause of the universe? A cause of this sort sounds a lot like a supernatural Being, and that’s why I think many naturalists have begun to redefine the terms…
Preaching is not an advisory role based in religious expertise but a prophetic function whereby God speaks to his people. For this reason the Expositors Summit is designed to strengthen and instruct preachers and students for the glorious task of expository ministry. You’re invited to join R. Albert Mohler Jr., John MacArthur and H.B. Charles Jr. for the explication of God’s Word and gospel fellowship.
Forget About Evolution and Inerrancy (for a Minute)
The year was 1998. My sister had a friend she wanted me to evangelize. This friend was an atheist. She believed in evolution and did not believe in the Bible. But she was willing to sit down with me and talk for about an hour. The first thing she said was “What about evolution?” I immediately responded, “What about it?” She then proceeded to explain to me how evolution disproves Christianity. She expressed a desire to hear the “Christian side” of the issue. I told her that, while interesting and important, it did not make any difference right now. “It does not make any difference? What do you mean? It discredits your faith,” she said. “No, it does not. There are a lot of Christians who are evolutionists. I am not one, but there is no need for me to talk you out of evolution. I want to talk to you about Jesus.” It took a while for me to convince her that evolution did not need to be our topic that night, but she finally conceded and heard what I had to say about Jesus and his resurrection. We talked for a good two hours. She had never gotten past the evolution thing with Christians so she had never heard about Jesus and all the historical evidence showing that he rose from the grave.
Coming Attraction: Biochemist Michael Denton and Privileged Species
The film is coming in 2014. Yeah, I'm impatient to see it too. Michael Denton is a wonderful personality in the intelligent-design community, with his own fascinating take on the science of ID. His latest research and thinking are reflected in critical review articles in the most recent issue of BIO-Complexity :
Expository ministry: A comprehensive vision
When God speaks, creation obeys. When he spoke the universe into existence, it happened (Gen 1:3-26). When he speaks into the cold, dead hearts of sinners, a new creation appears (2 Cor 5:17). When preachers exposit the Word of God and announce that Jesus is the Christ, the church is built (Matt 16:16-18). Whenever God’s Word is proclaimed, something comes into existence that wasn’t there before.
The Myth That the Bible is Just a Myth
Rice Broocks recent opinion piece on FoxNews speaks about the strong popularity of the History Channel’s “Bible” miniseries and describes how it has once again unearthed the debate over whether the events chronicled in Scripture are history or fiction. Atheists and skeptics have consistently answered that question with the assertion that the Bible is nothing more than a collectivized set of fairy tales whose historical validity is on par with Aesop’s fables.
Zeitgeist: The Persuasive Power of an Awful Argument
In the Bible, Peter says that it is the Christians job to always be on defense against the any attacks that come against their faith (1 Peter 3:15). Thankfully, apologists have done a thorough job of defending Christianity against Zeitgeist's claims. Five years since I first watched the documentary, I thought I might write a response of my own regarding why I think Zeitgeist and its chief academic consultant, D.M. Murdock (under the alias here of "Acharya S") are wrong. I will try to keep the points brief and easy to remember so you can be prepared for anyone insisting that Christianity is false because they watched this documentary…
The importance of developing an evidential faith
I often encounter devoted, committed Christians who are hesitant to embrace an evidential faith. In many Christian circles, faith that requires evidential support is seen as weak and inferior. For many, blind faith (a faith that simply trusts without question) is the truest, most sincere, and most valuable form of faith that we can offer God. Yet Jesus seemed to have a high regard for evidence. In
Why We Obey
Our obedience commonly resembles the motives of the first two runners. We obey to avoid what we fear or to get what we want. How many serve God and seek no reward other than God himself? Ideally, believers love and obey the Lord for his sake. We heed the command, "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might" (Deut. 6:5). We love God as he reveals himself in history and Scripture. We love him for his grace and his gospel.
Evolutionist: Let's Admit it, We Don't Fully Understand How Evolution Works
Philip Ball’s opinion piece in this week’s Nature , the most popular science magazine in the world, is news not because he stated that we don’t fully understand how evolution works at the molecular level, but because he urged his fellow evolutionists to admit it. On this 60th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA double helix, Ball reviews a few of the recent findings that have rebuked the evolution narrative that random mutations created the biological world. Unfortunately Ball fails to take his own advice and ends up doing precisely what he advises other evolutionists against—whitewashing the science.
Women's Wages Are Rising: Why Are So Many Families Getting Poorer?
One reason that lower-income families are losing economic ground is that gains in women’s income have been offset by declines in marriage among the poor and working class. As the figure below indicates, more than half of these families are headed by just one parent—typically a single mother. Lacking the income of two parents, or the income of a father, these single-parent families are much less likely to reap the benefits of increases in income that have accrued to today’s working women. This is one reason why single-mother families are much more likely to be
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The one thing all sides can agree on
is that Eich, on paper, is very well suited to the job. His most notable
and while some of us might sniff at the poor design decisions which made that
language notoriously unpleasant to work with, it is incontestable that it forms
the underpinnings of much of the modern web. Indeed, a great deal of the
quickly and correctly as possible, and a staggering amount of work has gone
into finding ever more baroque methods of optimizing its execution. Eich
himself is quite familiar with all of this labor, having served in senior
technical roles at Mozilla since he co-founded it. In fact, he has worked there
almost continuously for the past sixteen yearsan aeon in Silicon Valleyand is
widely-known and liked within the company, the non-profit foundation that
controls it, and the broader community of programmers around it.
"Christianity is a Man-made Religion"
Presumably the atheist thinks it is somewhat problematic and perhaps even insulting to the Christian to dismiss his or her position as “man-made.” We can set aside the obvious “problem” with using “man” this way in the current academic climate. We can also set aside that the unbeliever almost always merely asserts without argument that Christianity is man-made. We may then note that the statement as it stands is no insult or argument against Christianity anyway, for there is a sense in which Christianity is man-made. The Bible, for example, was written by men. But it does not follow that it was not also God-breathed.
A Case for Natural Marriage
Let's look at the benefits natural marriage provides for society. We already discussed procreation, but what about lowering social cost to the government? Welfare rises when the two parent family breaks down. How about lower crime rates? Think on this, how many married men do you see roaming the streets and leading gangs, etc. The truth is striking, and you may ask what about those same sex couples that adopt? Natural marriage is proven to provide the most stable, balanced, and nurturing environment for children. When it is strong that is. I am not saying that we don't make a mess of it at times. In a recent article I read, the author compiled some common facts that have been well known for years, it read "the life span of both men and women increase, children from natural marriage homes are seven times less likely to live in poverty, six times less likely to commit suicide, less than half as likely to commit crime, less than half likely to get pregnant out of wedlock, develop better academically and socially, healthier physically and emotionally when they reach adulthood." (allaboutlove.
The Ten Commandments of Apologetics (Revisited)
Not long ago, through the Christian Apologetics Alliance group on Facebook, I discovered that Dan Story, (who is also an environmentalist) has an active website and blog , and that on his blog, he has recently completed a new series of posts revisiting each of these ten commandments. Each post in the series focuses and expands upon one to three of these ten commandments. Dan completed the series just last week and I thought it would be a great disservice to our readers and also to Dan himself if I did not feature this insightful series here on The Poached Egg for everyone to read. Click on each part to visit Dan’s blog and read each post in this six part series:
To Tell Truth From Error: The Church's Teaching Responsibility
This is not so much an indictment on New York Catholics — other churches have made similar errors, and the secular world has made false-image-based selling a science. Instead it underscores the same conclusion I draw from Dawkins’s being voted a top world thinker. He has crafted an image for himself as a thinker in spite of all reality. Meanwhile the Church in New York is marketing an image. In J.P. Moreland’s memorable phrase, the make-up artist is more important than the speech writer…
Objections to the Argument from Fine-Tuning
The argument from fine-tuning is one of the most compelling arguments for the existence of God, not only because it is logically air-tight and finds support in modern science, but because it exposes the unreasonable lengths to which skeptics will go to deny evidence of God’s existence and creative activity. In this post we’ll consider some of the more common objections to the argument and show why they fail as refutations.
Arguing for the Sake of Arguing
Arguing has gotten a bad rap. We tend to think of arguments as verbal fights, mean-spirited personal attacks where the louder we speak the less we hear. Arguing sounds ugly and rude; it’s not the kind of thing that respectful and decent people do in civilized society. Well I intend to demonstrate to you that we not only could stand to do a little more arguing. I want to convince you that the passionate and responsible exchange of ideas is utterly necessary to personal growth, community development, and it is the lifeblood of any free-society.
How can a Christian overcome the fear of witnessing?
Answer: Possible causes of fear in relation to witnessing include shyness; past or perceived rejection or humiliation; an inability to articulate our personal testimony; a lack of knowledge of Scripture; a failure to trust in the Lord; and an ignorance of why men reject the gospel. Determining the actual cause of fear may be difficult, and understanding the reason may not dispel our fear. But we are commanded to be bold for Jesus ( Ephesians 6:19 ), so we may simply have to persevere, one step at a time. In the meantime we can apply some basic principles and sharpen our skills, since fear can be overcome by preparation ( 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ).
Atheism and Humble Claims to Knowledge
Over recent months I have become more and more interested in literature regarding the justifications for atheism. Though I have been buying books of these sort for some time (the first book I ever bought was Richard Dawkins’ ‘ The God Delusion ‘ when I was 16), I’m interested to see how a particular philosopher will begin before he sets up his arguments against theism. As of recently I have seen a strange trend among unbelievers regarding the definition of atheism and what it means to “deny” the existence of God. Let’s look at a few examples.
How to Prepare Your Teen for College
Parents should choose a church home with full consideration of their children's spiritual needs. If teens aren't feeling engaged at church, that problem should be discussed. Legitimate issues should be brought to the attention of church leaders. Could more be done to engage teens? Alternatively, could your teen use some help finding ways to serve, meeting more people, and feeling better connected? If another biblically oriented church in town has midweek youth activities and yours doesn't, I see no problem with allowing your teens to join those activities.
New Climate Change Report Warns of Dire Consequences
@Dayalsingh Ailsinghani It is a natural anthropocentric process which occurs over a cyclic period as a result of the GHG in the atmosphere. This is actually attributed to climate variability. The issue here is that with the increased industrialization of humans there is now too much Co2, and various other GHG in the atmosphere, this is resulting in an amplified change of the natural changes that occurred. all in all it is not the general global warming that we should be concerned with but rather the effect which take place due to the increased energy that is being forced into the climate system as a result of the enhanced anthropocentric process. This energy is what forces climate shifting and the occurrence of natural disasters.
How Jesus Responded to Doubt
Jesus said that “among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist” (Matthew 11:11). John was a godly man raised in a godly home. His parents served God and his mother, Elizabeth, knew that Jesus was “Lord” while He was still in His mother Mary’s womb (Luke 1:39-45). Surely John grew up with this information, and Jesus’ status as Messiah was confirmed to him when he saw God’s Spirit descend on Jesus at the point of His baptism (Luke 3:22). If anyone should have been sure of Jesus’ identity, it was John the Baptist. But the New Testament reveals a moment of dramatic doubt in John’s life. Even after hearing from the disciples about all that Jesus had done and the reaction that Jesus was receiving from those who witnessed His miracles, John sent two of his own disciples to as Jesus a question that revealed his doubt: “Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?” (Luke 7:19). Jesus’ response was important and revealing. “At that very time” Jesus cured many people in the presence of John’s disciples then said, “Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have the gospel preached to them.
The Difficulty with Genesis 1:1
In the early part of the twentieth century the scientific community was confronted with the ramifications of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Like most scientists of the day, Einstein assumed the universe was static and eternal. Yet his mathematical equation of relativity pointed strongly toward a universe that was either expanding or contracting. While this seemed to unsettle him, Einstein later accepted that the universe had a finite past. Why did he change his mind?
Atheism and Intellectual Bullying: What Gives?
Those, like myself, who are stubborn enough to continue to believe in God in the face of such rhetoric may rightly wonder what is going on here. It is as if the volume in the God debate as been turned up in the last decade—in no small part because of the few (and vocal) new atheists such as Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, and Dennett.
The Shape of Reality: Identifying Evil
As noted in the opening post in this series, I believe Christianity offers compelling reasons to believe that truth is found most fully and consistently within the framework of a Christian worldview. Considering some recent front page headlines, it seems appropriate to begin by looking specifically at ethics and morality.
God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: God's Not Dead: Book Offers Proof
As this book will demonstrate, the
media’s current fixation with the new atheism stems from the dislike of the
Bible and the Christian faith. They desire to make the world more secular by
drawing people away from Christianity. We are hearing that belief in God is the
reason for so much evil in our world. We are hearing that there is no proof for
the existence of God and that one must have “blind faith” to believe in the
Bible. This book will prove that not only is God not dead, the proof for
Christianity is powerful, amazing, and prevailing.