"God is Not Dead" book trailer
http://amzn.to/1kUp47u In parts of the world the growth of Christianity is spectacular, yet in the West, atheism and skepticism are fervently seeking convert...
Reasons to Believe We Have a Reasonable Faith (William Lane Craig)
http://reasonablefaith.org - Watermark Church, 2009 - Dr. William Lane Craig gives his common arguments for God's existence: the contingency, cosmological, t...
RELEVANT Presents Our March 2014 Issue
Take a video tour of the new issue of RELEVANT! We go on location to examine the conflict in the Holy Land from both sides, and explore whether peace is poss...
The Number One Sign Your Kids Are Just Borrowing Your Faith
The other day something reminded me of the popular 1993 book, “The Celestine Prophecy” (anyone remember that?). “The Celestine Prophecy” is a fiction book that discusses ideas rooted in New Age spirituality. The book sold 20 million copies and practically spawned its own cult-like religion, with groups popping up all over the country to study the insights and apply them to life.
Is God Real? Evidence for God from Objective Moral Truth
There are several compelling arguments for the existence of God , and many of them are rooted in science (i.e. thee Cosmological Argument ) or philosophy (i.e. the Transcendental Argument ). Sometimes these disciplines are foreign to our everyday experience, however, and not many of us are prepared to debate (or even describe) scientific details or esoteric philosophical concepts, especially as they might be related to God’s existence. Another set of evidences may be far easier to assess and communicate. Is God real? The presence of objective moral truth validates the existence of God and this evidence may be much easier to communicate to others.
The Myth of Junk DNA
The Myth of Junk DNA is written for a general audience by biologist Jonathan Wells, author of Icons of Evolution. Citing some of the abundant evidence from recent genome projects, the book shows that junk DNA is not science, but myth.
An exchange on purpose from one of William Lane Craig's early debates
The first thing you should come to recognize is that there can be purposes in life that are perfectly intact even if there is no purpose to life. If there is no God or telos of any sort, there is no purpose to life; you weren’t made for a purpose. But even if you weren’t made for a purpose, you could find plenty of purposes in life, things worth doing and having and believing and struggling for. Some religious people will say, “That’s all right for little individual small purposes, but you can’t have any overarching purpose in life without belief in God. You can little, fairly trivial things, but no really deep and pervading conception of a purpose in life without God.” But that’s not true. There are many atheists who have had such overarching purposes. They’ve fought relentlessly “the plague” (to use Camus’ metaphor). They’ve sought to lessen the sum total of human suffering, of human degradation, of blighted hopes; they’ve positively sought to bring about a world with more happiness in it and more understanding of each other–more human flourishing, more human solidarity, a brotherhood and sisterhood.
Grand Central Question: Answering the Critical Concerns of the Major Worldviews | Embrace the Truth International
"I have long awaited a book such as this, which gives a sensitive but critical hearing to the major world and life views and which then also engages them in the light of the gospel. This is a very good book, and although there are others of this genre, it is quite unique, as it shows the skill of a well-honed mind--one which demonstrates both compassion and critical thinking, and one which, above all, leads us to compare and contrast competing answers to essential questions. Abdu is uniquely qualified to offer this critique, with his background in law, his history with Islam, and his experience as a father, a husband and an honest seeker. This book will help many, and I highly recommend it, especially for those who need good reasons for any belief."
EQUIP, Christian Articles, Bible Answer Man | CRI
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 […]
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Experts: Strict building codes saved lives in powerful Chile earthquake
"That's actually a perfect example of the differences in building codes and enforcement in two different regions," Bellini said. "Any place that has a magnitude 7 or an 8 is going to have some kind of damage. However, the building codes play a large part in the damage and destruction that is seen, as well as the casualty level. Population density plays an important part as well -- but the building codes are really what can save lives in areas that have large earthquakes."
Grace to You
I would stir you all up to be instant in season and out of season in telling out the gospel message, especially to repeat such a word as this: “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” Whisper it in the ear of the sick, shout it in the corner of the streets, write it on your tablet, send it forth from the press, but everywhere let this be your great motive and warrant.
Counsel the Word
HEATH LAMBERT ( @HeathLambert ) is the assistant professor of Biblical Counseling at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and also serves as the Associate Dean of Applied Studies at Boyce College. Dr. Lambert currently serves as the Executive Director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), one of the largest biblical counseling organizations in the world with certified members in 18 countries. He is also a founding council board member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition (BCC), and is a frequent conference speaker. He is the author of The Biblical Counseling Movement After Adams and Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace .
The Hounding Of A Heretic
The guy who had the gall to express his First Amendment rights and favor Prop 8 in California by donating $1,000 has just been scalped by some gay activists. After an OKCupid decision to boycott Mozilla , the recently appointed Brendan Eich just resigned under pressure:
Atheism's Universe is Meaningless and Valueless
But even if a religion could tell you what to value, that still wouldn't prove the existence of any gods or souls. There aren't objective reasons for value, for value is subjective by definition. Different neuro anatomical structures value different things depending on their evolutionary history. If you claim only your religion could tell you what to value objectively, it wouldn't be your personal value but someone else's. In that case you could only behave as valuing what you actually don't. External sources might suggest you what to value and whether those values are the right ones is arguable, and we might never actually know. The truth is, what you value is what your brain values. And your brain is "matter in motion," the only source value could come from, regardless of the illusion of the contrary.
Does the Atheistic Worldview Make Sense?
The first problem with such a conclusion is history. Science is based on certain presuppositions about the world, including: that orderly investigation of nature is possible through the use of our sense impressions; that these sense impressions provide reliable information about the way things really are; and that repeatability is possible. This means that some force that we cannot fully understand or explain is actually at work, guaranteeing uniformity of law, making sure that given the same conditions and actions, the same result should obtain. But why should this be so? Why should there be such uniformity? Why shouldn’t the same experiment under identical circumstances yield completely different results for no discernible reason? Why do our minds intuitively expect repeatability, that for instance every time I touch a hot stove, I will burn myself?
The more I learned about the evidence
I was a non-Christian until the age of thirty-five. I was often frustrated by the few Christians I knew on the police department because they weren't able to respond evidentially to my skeptical (and often sarcastic) objections. I thought, "How can these folks who seem to have such high regard for evidence in their professional life, believe something about God for which they have no evidence at all?" I was similar to other atheists I knew at the time. I didn't think there was any good evidence to support the claims of Christianity. The more I learned about the nature of evidence generally, and the more I learned about the evidence for Christianity specifically, the more convinced I became that the claims of the Gospels were true.
Bono: Who Is Jesus?
You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.
Are Your Efforts to Contextualize the Gospel All about You?
"I have become all things to all people" (1 Cor. 9:22) is a theme verse for contextualizing the gospel. Paul determined to meet people where they are. If we are not willing to bring the gospel to unbelievers in the midst of their mess—just like Jesus met us—then it will be hard for unbelievers to see that Jesus can save them out of the mess they are in.
Guest Post: God's Not Dead (2014)
The latest Christian film God’s Not Dead —inspired by the famous Nietzschean line “God is dead”—has its zealous and enthusiastic defenders along with its ardent critics. With the supporters, as a Christian I’m heartened by the central idea in the film that there are good reasons for our faith, that we need not check our brains at the door of the church. As a Christian philosopher, I’m convinced that the evidence for a generally theistic and specifically Christian worldview is strong, and, although the apologetics in the movie is cursory and quick, it gestures in promising directions. I have little doubt that the hearts of the film-makers here were in the eminently right place.
How Can You Say the Christ Is the Only Way to God?
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.
The Inconceivable Misuse of Science Words
The same could be said about science terminology. A r ecent article on LiveScience.com laments the general populous’ frequent misuse of seven science words and phrases. The list includes, “hypothesis,” “theory,” “model,” and “skeptic,” among others. Blame for this lack of understanding, as we at RTB would agree, lies with poor science education.
Why did God make salvation such a narrow path?
Answer: In Matthew 7:13–14 , Jesus said, "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." This passage causes some to question the goodness of God. After all, if He really wants to save everyone, why didn't He make it easier to be saved? Why doesn't He simply let everyone into heaven?
A Child-like Faith?
What about having a child-like faith, you ask? Aren't children ignorant of many things and innocent of sophisticated ways of thinking and argumentation? Jesus just wants us to "have faith," doesn't he? If you read Matthew 18:1-3, you'll see that Jesus isn't telling us to become like children intellectually, but rather that if we want to be "great" in the kingdom of heaven (18:1), per the disciples' question, then we have to become like children in the sense that children are dependent on others for their sustenance. "They are dependent upon others and willingly accept from them what they cannot provide for themselves."  Jesus compares being like children to being like the kings of the earth (17:24-27), telling his disciples that greatness is not a social status or set of reigning powers bestowed by aristocratic means. Rather, it means being converted (turning to God in faith for life, forgiveness and entrance into his kingdom), as opposed to seeking the so-called glorious power of kings.
Cold-Case Christianity: The Gospel Through a Homicide Detective's Lens
Wallace: I was a non-Christian until the age of thirty-five. I was often frustrated by the few Christians I knew on the police department because they weren't able to respond evidentially to my skeptical (and often sarcastic) objections. I thought, "How can these folks who seem to have such high regard for evidence in their professional life, believe something about God for which they have no evidence at all?" I was similar to other atheists I knew at the time. I didn't think there was any good evidence to support the claims of Christianity. The more I learned about the nature of evidence generally, and the more I learned about the evidence for Christianity specifically, the more convinced I became that the claims of the Gospels were true.
Why Belief in God Is Not A Social or Biological Phenomenon
On closer examination, the question is actually an example of the genetic fallacy at work. The genetic fallacy seeks to explain the source of a belief – i.e. to explain why it is false or mistaken – before showing that it is false. It has persuasive power because it seeks to “make sense” of something. A example would be if I were to say that of course the teacher gave me an F on this paper because it’s no secret that she doesn’t like me. First, one would need to prove that the paper did not deserve an F before an explanation becomes necessary. If I got every question on the test wrong, that would be the reason for the F, regardless of the teacher’s feelings. If, by contrast, I could show that my paper was actually correct, that the F was wrong, only then would seeking an explanation for why the teacher gave me the F make sense…
God's Answer to Man's Problem of Pain and Suffering
The Jewish Holocaust . As a young teenager, Elie Wiesel was a faithful, God-fearing Jew. But, as he and his family, along with his fellow Jews, were deported from their homes and brought to Auschwitz in 1945 his life took a drastic turn for the worst. On his first night in the death camp, he came face to face with utter evil…yet God remained silent, and he turned away from God. “For the first time, I felt revolt rise up in me. Why should I bless His name? The Eternal, Lord of the Universe, the All-Powerful and Terrible, was silent. What had I to thank Him for?” Wiesel understandably walked away from God, and never looked back.
How Should I Respond to Religious Pluralism?
Religious Pluralism has become common in our daily lives. Not only do we live in a religiously diverse nation, one that claims to uphold each individual’s right of choose their faith, we also live in a culture that has adopted the belief that all religions are fundamentally the same. I’m daily confronted with the reality that many people believe all religions are true, teach the same thing, and lead to the same place.
Big Bang Cosmology Is Consistent With Scripture?
"There are good scientific reasons to believe, good evidential reasons to believe that all space, time, and matter have a beginning. This idea that everything (space, time, and matter) came from nothing is the foundational premise of Big Bang Cosmology," Wallace told The Christian Post. "It turns out that the primary proposal is absolutely consistent with what we see in Scripture – that God has created everything from nothing and that moment of Creation is something that I see as having good evidence to support such a thing from Big Bang Cosmology."
The Problem of Evil and God's Moral Character
Criticisms over the last decade have been raging in the media from the particularly atheistic side of literature in regards to the moral atrocities caused in the name of religion. A true hallmark of criticism would soon result in a loud secular battle cry from the September 11 attacks when the two twin towers fell due to an act of extreme political and religious terrorism. As R.C. Sproul rightly accounts in his book, ‘ When Worlds Collide’ (2002):
The No True Atheist Fallacy
Atheism I used to be an atheist. That doesn't necessarily mean I was a Hitchens/Dawkins (insert other religion despiser) style atheist, in fact I wasn't anti-religious at all. Yes perhaps I thought it was all a little silly but to be honest it was more out of ignorance than disdain for the religious. Coming from a single-parent, dysfunctional and working class household I wasn't particularly well read and needless to say I did pretty bad at school, not because I was stupid but because I was lazy and was never really encouraged to see any value in education and learning. However, I considered myself an atheist because I didn't believe a God or gods existed nor did I believe in the supernatural which seems consistent with atheism. I have always been naturally sceptical and atheism just seemed rather normal to me. Although I never thought about it at the time (because I'd never heard of hedonism), I used my atheism to justify by hedonistic lifestyle because it just seemed okay because that's what everyone else in my friendship group was doing. Of course I'm not saying atheism necessarily leads to hedonism but it could just as much as it could lead to humanism.
Is Richard Dawkins Really the World's Leading Intellectual?
Anyone who could write "Hitler's ideas and intentions were not self-evidently more evil than those of Caligula" is egregiously ill-informed at best. Not only are Caligula's intentions and actions a subject of historical speculation and even revision, but he did not plot to wipe out an entire people simply because they existed, or mobilize a vast military machinery to enmesh the entire world in war. I trust this is merely a misjudgment and not -- given Dawkins statement that "The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully" and that "Jews" are "notoriously one of the most effective political lobbies in the United States" -- indicative of any deeper prejudice. (Note to the many credentialed Prof. Dawkins, "Jews" are not a political lobby.)
Margaret Sanger Seems Pretty Nice
“[Charity] conceals a stupid cruelty, because it is not courageous enough to face unpleasant facts…It encourages the healthier and more normal sections of the world to shoulder the burden of unthinking and indiscriminate fecundity of others; which brings with it, as I think the reader must agree, a dead weight of human waste. Instead of decreasing and aiming to eliminate the stocks that are most detrimental to the future of the race and the world, it tends to render them to a menacing degree dominant.”
The Death of Words
Language flows out from God. The world was brought into existence by divine fiat through the spoken word of God. The Genesis account repeatedly says, “Then God said.” Whatever God spoke came springing into existence. John 1:1 tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Later, the Word, the second member of the Trinity, would become flesh and walk among us. The Good News itself is communicated to us through language. Words are the vehicle for understanding and communicating truth.
Is Humility Tied to Truth?
Several years ago, I had a conversation with a friend who said something that has stuck with me ever since. It’s funny, I don’t even remember when or where it was or exactly what we were talking about; I only remember one particular thing that was said to me in that conversation: “I don’t like being told that I am wrong.”
The Big Thing About the Big Bang
I’ve had the privilege and honor of speaking at churches all over the country; and many have asked me to talk about the evidence for God’s existence. As part of this investigation, I invariably discuss the value of Big Bang Cosmology; but I do so with great respect for each group I address. You see, many of us, as Christians, are wary of the Big Bang because we connect it to a larger naturalistic paradigm. Some of us associate Big Bang Cosmology with the secular effort to account for the origin of the universe without the need for a Creator. Our pastors and Sunday School teachers have warned us about the Big Bang, and as a result, many of us are dismissive of the concept before we even examine what it proposes. But the most important aspect of the Big Bang is actually a key evidence for God’s existence. Big Bang Cosmology proposes that everything in the universe came from nothing at a fixed point in the distant past. This point of origin (a cosmological singularity) is entirely consistent with the Christian view of God’s creation as described in Genesis 1; the proposal that “everything came from nothing” is yet another evidence for God’s existence.
Filling in the Gaps
Many skeptics of theism accuse theists of "god-of-the-gaps" argumentation when it comes to providing evidence for God's existence. Many theists claim that naturalists are guilty of using a "naturalism-of-the-gaps" argumentation to explain away evidence for God's existence. Others prefer to remain agnostic and simply, "I don't know, one way or the other." Yet, still others will say, "No one can know."
Watching What We Eat
Pastry chefs seeking to integrate their faith and work can see their work as a means to discourage gluttony and encourage moderation. Concerning gluttony, Asaph recalled the Israelites, who "tested God in their heart by demanding the food they craved" (Ps.78:8). Likewise, Paul warned that, for the enemies of the cross, "their god is their belly" (Phil. 3:19). As to moderation, Solomon advised, "If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it" (Prov. 25:16).
Of Isms and Rabbit Trails
Among my toughest audiences in apologetics are undoubtedly my two little boys. From the time words started forming on their lips, questions of various kinds have been a staple around our home—the most formidable one being, “Why, daddy?” More than any other of our appetites, I strongly suspect that thirst for knowledge and the occasional thrill of discovery have played the greatest role in shaping history. From the vast machinery of the news media to the intricate systems of the educational enterprise, from specialized research institutions to the multifaceted world of religious devotion, human hunger for knowledge is the oil that greases the mill of civilization.
Relational Wisdom 360 - Relational Wisdom | Ken Sande
Relational wisdom is a gospel-centered gift to the church, equipping us to “Love one another earnestly from a pure heart.”
The Kalam, the Multiverse, and the Causal Principle
Now most people do not deny (2) (although it is the case that assuredly many do). Instead they opt to deny (1). A particular way of doing so is to posit the multiverse. They reason, “Since the causal principle is based on induction of what we have seen in our universe, perhaps it is the case that there is a multiverse. Whether the causal principle holds in the multiverse, then, cannot be told--for we have not seen any other part of it than our own. Hence, we cannot claim the causal principle as true.” Now, aside from the fact that, all too often, this kind of move is done as a desperate ploy to avoid a First Cause as much as anything else, we may say something else about it.
Abortion: It Is Her Body, It Is Her Choice?
As a materialist, I think it has been demonstrated that an embryo is a separate body and entity, and not merely (as some really did used to argue) a growth on or in the female body. There used to be feminists who would say that it was more like an appendix or even—this was seriously maintained—a tumor. That nonsense seems to have stopped (Hitchens 2009, 378)
Comparing Evolution to Empirical Observations Such as Gravity
In evolutionary thought there is a stark contrast between its scientific ambiguity and its metaphysical certainty. There are all kinds of problems in explaining how the world could have arisen on its own, and yet at the same time evolutionists constantly assure us that evolution is a scientific fact. For example, while Philip Ball urges his fellow evolutionists to admit that we don’t fully understand how evolution works at the molecular level he simultaneously presents the idea as a fact and bemoans those who doubt this new truth.
The Trap of Doubt
Here's why doubt is such a deadly trap: as soon as you begin to question the character of God, you'll quit running to Him for help because you don’t go for help to someone whom you no longer trust.
Killing of the Canaanites: What Does This Say About God?
There is no denying that God, in the Old Testament, commanded the nation of Israel, His chosen people, to exterminate many nations of people. Atheists use this fact to condemn the character of God. They say they refuse to believe in any being that could be so cruel and heartless. The passages that record God’s command to slaughter the Canaanite cities have even caused many Christians some confusion. I probably will not answer every question in this short article, and even some of the answers I give will not satisfy everyone, but I do hope to present a solid biblical argument for the goodness, holiness, love , and justice of our Creator God.
Guest Post: The Gospel and Mental Illness
Another issue here is how we understand the impact of nature and nurture on people.Secular psychology typically makes some combination of nature and nurture determinative—they actually cause our behavior: “Nature loads the gun and nurture pulls the trigger.” Biblical counselors understand nature and nurture to be influential but not determinative. The Confessional Statement of the Biblical Counseling Coalition says, “We recognize the complexity of the relationship between the body and soul (i.e. nature)…the complexity of the relationship between people and their social environment (i.e. nurture).” Biblical counseling would seek to be very attentive to any and all the “other dimensions of understanding” that Murray alludes to. However, biblical counseling would locate the ultimate issues of good and evil, wholeness and brokenness, in the heart—the inner man who desires, thinks, believes, purposes, feels, speaks, and acts either for or against God. In this sense all counseling problems are spiritual problems. Perhaps a better way to refer to mental illness would be that it is ultimately about spiritual issues rather than only about spiritual issues.
You will face crisis as a leader. But your response will reveal what kind of leader you are. Unfortunately, it is far more common to see leaders collapse under the crisis rather than conquer. If you’re truly a rugged leader, you will withstand the crisis.
“A stunning invitation to see Christ in and through the everyday mundane. Every mother needs to read this book, to bathe her soul in the truth of the gospel, to ‘stamp eternity on her eyeballs,’ and then come back tomorrow and do it all again. This book should sit on every nightstand of every weary mother wondering if there is anything more to look forward to than another sink full of dirty dishes, another day full of cleaning and wiping, cooking and scrubbing. The answer Gloria points us to is Jesus. And he is more than enough. I will be buying this book by the case and giving it away to all the moms I meet!”
—Joy Forney , missionary mama; proud wife; blogger at GraceFullMama.com
Animated Apologetics: CS Lewis on Miracles, Science, and the Laws of Nature
Greg’s Note: I stumbled across these brief yet impressively creative animated videos on YouTube ( follow our YouTube page here for more apologetics and Christian worldview videos) that I think are a must see for seekers, skeptics, and believers alike. C.S. Lewis is likely the most quoted theologian of the 20th century—and for good reason. In his autobiography, Born Again , the late Christian thinker, Chuck Colson, says of Lewis, “I opened [CS Lewis’] Mere Christianity and found myself…face-to-face with an intellect so disciplined, so lucid, so relentlessly logical that I was glad I never had to face him in a court of law.”
Our apologetic attempts
Only the Holy Spirit of God can change hearts. Our apologetic attempts must be bathed in prayer that God will work with us to change the hearts of those with whom we interact.
7 Ways to Stop Being Cynical About the Church
Regarding #3...it's true that we do not fight against flesh and blood, but we DO fight against the powers and principalities (Eph. 6:12). I believe that a lot of those powers and principalities control our culture today. Now, should we go full-out Westboro and fully assault everything we don't agree with? Of course not. But, should we know Whose side we stand on and live our lives accordingly? Yes. There's a reason the apostle John wrote: "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them" (1 John 2:15). There is a side to be chosen.
The TC Apologetics Daily
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Owner's anti-gay views cause furor over soon-to-open Sellwood grocery store
Recently, neighbors found Facebook postings by owner Chauncy Childs that brought them up short. She wrote a long post about her opposition to same-sex marriage, complaining that “a tiny minority is dictating a change of our social structure.” She also posted an article, written by someone else, supporting the right of businesses to refuse to serve gay people.