Designed for Land and Sea, Part 2 (Living in Two Different Worlds)
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Confraternidad de Pescadores sin Peces
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How May We Understand the Observable Expansion of the Universe?
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Grace to You
Pray, then, in this way: “Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]” For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.
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C.S. Lewis, Catholicism, and the Narnian Code: An Interview with Michael Ward - BrandonVogt.com
Second, sexual ethics. I had to write an essay on that subject when I was training to be an Anglican priest and, for the first time in my life, I read the relevant papal encyclicals (like Humanae Vitae ). These caused me to sit up and take notice, because they actually made sense to me as did no other tradition of sexual ethical teaching that I was (or am) aware of. I began to see that the contemporary Protestant confusions on sexual ethics were in large part traceable to decisions made in the 1930s, on the seemingly unimportant matter of contraception. But from that apparently small change in doctrine, all the other developments have unfolded, with an iron inevitability. It’s all of a piece. Our current controversies about what constitutes marriage, for example, are part of the same moral earthquake that began rumbling so quietly in the ‘30s but is now rocking almost everyone and everything. Catholic sexual ethics contains many hard teachings, to be sure, but it makes sense, it holds together, and it also comes hand-in-hand with the graces of the sacraments that help us to l
I Didn’t Ask To Be Born
Hello Dr. Craig. First I would like to just express my appreciation for this great ministry. Eight years ago I was born again and filled with the Spirit of God, and I was pre-law which developed into a philosophy major. Philosophy gave me the questions humanity had been asking for thousands of years. I was called into the ministry. From the street to the churches to the jails, this ministry of apologetics has been pertinent to the Great Commission. You have articulated and formulated so much of what I never learned in school and have inspired me to seek out these great truths further. Thank you. My question: on the cosmological argument we contend that an uncaused cause must precede the Big Bang. However the Hartle-Hawking state posits that near the beginning of the universe, white hole, time would slow down to nothing within this singularity. It seems that this would cause a problem for the uncaused cause arguments as beginnings are time oriented entities, and that without time causal relations would be impossible as cause and effect exist in and are essentially concepts of time. How can we posit a cause for the universe if time – which makes cause and effect possible – did not exist initially? Thank you.
Why So Many Churches Hear So Little of the Bible
And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the Lord had commanded Israel. So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could understand what they heard, on the first day of the seventh month. And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law. And Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden platform that they had made for the purpose. And beside him stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on his right hand, and Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam on his left hand. And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people, and as he opened it all the people stood. And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.
Dolphins fine and suspend DB Don Jones for anti-Michael Sam tweet
"I want to apologize to Michael Sam for the inappropriate comments that I made last night on social media," Jones said in a statement. "I take full responsibility for them and I regret that these tweets took away from his draft moment. I remember last year when I was drafted in the seventh round and all of the emotions and happiness I felt when I received the call that gave me an opportunity to play for an NFL team and I wish him all the best in his NFL career."
How to Help a Friend Fight Depression
I know exercise will help me feel better. But tell me to exercise only if you are prepared to come over, roll me out of bed, pick out my exercise clothes, choose my exercise program, prod me every step of the way and do my laundry when it’s over. And don’t look discouraged when I’m not better after a week of this. It’s helping, but change is slow.
NFL Player Receives Death Threats From Gay Activists for Tweet Against ESPN's Coverage of Michael Sam Kiss With Boyfriend
ESPN's coverage of openly gay football player Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend has gained a lot of attention, mostly from the media praising the network's support of the display of affection. Anyone who opposed the act has been severely attacked and for one retired NFL player he has now been receiving death threats.
WORLD | Soul-deep shadows | Arsenio Orteza | May 17, 2014
Penn’s pleasantly airy pop soprano rides hooks rendered dreamlike by the twin wings of acoustic instrumentation and tasteful electronic touches. And the lyrics, while introspective, never lose sight of hope. “Is it our duty to keep singing?” she sings in “Turnaround,” “whether funeral sighs or hymns, / whether lullabies or battle cries—until the spring? / I think it is.”
Frank Turek - Same Sex Marriage: Stealing Heresy From God
Anyone who opposes same-sex marriage is wrong, says the “gay mafia”—the term the liberal TV personality Bill Maher gave to homosexual activists who “whack” dissenters. According to them, same sex marriage is now not only a “right,” no one has the right to oppose it. This new right is so powerful it has completely wiped out the old rights that our founding fathers enshrined in our Constitution: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of association.
WORLD | Are younger evangelicals heading left? | Marvin Olasky | May 13, 2014
Go left, young evangelical. Some liberal pundits say that’s our reality, but it’s only their dream. Sure, some in their 20s and 30s who went to liberal colleges and read liberal media still believe what they’re told, but many have become skeptics.
The TC Apologetics Daily
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Where to Find Real Simplicity
At least in America, there's always been an opposing tendency toward simplicity. The Puritans defined themselves around a simple life that culminated in simple worship on Sunday morning. We see it in Henry David Thoreau's deliberate self-exile in the Connecticut woods, from which he returned with the famous proclamation to "simplify, simplify, simplify." He was arguing that the good life is revealed in the alarmingly simple tasks needed in order for one to survive, and that such simplicity is better than the fragmented life complicated by the emerging technologies of the mid-19th century. (From our perspective in the 21st century, we say, you have no idea.)
TGC Council Meeting: Day 1
Yesterday TGC's Council members convened in Louisville, Kentucky, for the first of three days of fellowship, discussion, planning, and prayer.
Can We Construct The Entire New Testament From the Writings of the Church Fathers? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I’ve often heard it said that the New Testament is well referenced and attested by the Early Church Fathers of the 1 st , 2 nd and 3 rd Century. As an example of this, some researchers have cited Sir David Dalrymple (1726 – 1792AD) a Scottish judge and historian who wrote three volumes on early Christian Church history called, “Remains of Christian Antiquity”. Dalrymple was an expert in the writings of the early Church. It’s alleged that after careful examination of the writings of the Fathers he wrote, “…as I possessed all the existing works of the Fathers of the second and third centuries, I commenced to search, and up to this time I have found the entire New Testament, except eleven verses.” That’s quite a claim if you stop and think about it. As I was preparing an article for PleaseConvinceMe.com on the transmission of the New Testamen t, I decided to investigate this statement to find its source. I simply wanted to cite Dalrymple properly. After purchasing Dalrymple’s books and manuscripts on this topic, I came to the conclusion that he has either been improperly referenced or inaccurately cited.
The Average American Viewer Watches 175 Hours of TV a Month
According to Nielsen’s new State of the Media report , Americans are watching a ton of TV—and a ton of commercials. Their research shows that the average American TV viewer consumes 175 hours of TV every month—43 of which are commercials. And, despite the rise of on-demand streaming outlets, traditional broadcast television still dominates; Netflix and Hulu combined for just 18 hours of the average viewers monthly TV-watching.
The Race Before Us by Bruce H. Matson is a lot more interesting than I thought it would be based on the title and the description. It combines several different elements together that actually work together quite well as a collective whole. The first of these elements is the running aspect where the author has decided to run a marathon despite being well past his physical prime and the training an... Read more
Isaac Watts: His Rhymed Sermons
Early in his preaching ministry, Isaac Watts wrote out each sermon in manuscript, but he was careful not to confine himself too closely to his prepared text, “amplifying and altering as he found inclination or occasion, and that with the utmost freedom.” Johnson describes Watts as he gained maturity as a preacher: “Such was his flow of thoughts, and such his promptitude of language, that in the latter part of his life he did not precompose his cursory sermons, but, having adjusted the heads and sketched out some particulars, trusted for success to his extemporary powers.” Perhaps Watts found that by carefully studying the biblical text and by organizing its meaning in poetic verse in a hymn, the meaning of the text became so rooted in his understanding that he no longer needed to rely on a written sermon manuscript.
Cities Matter Because People Matter
“Culture is established in cities—the places where diverse people are most densely congregated together to live, work, worship, create, learn, and play. Scripture calls us to align our lives and talents with the missional heart of God by contributing to our culture’s common good—by making a serious contribution to our city’s art, business, music, law, literature, education, medicine, finance, etc.”
Fulfilled Prophecy as an Apologetic - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Oftentimes when quoting Scripture in witnessing situations, I’ve been challenged with the words: “Who says the Bible is true or accurate in the first place?” Although this objection often strikes terror in the heart of the average Christian, it is not really as difficult to deal with as one might think. I have found fulfilled prophecy to be an extremely effective resource in responding to this challenge. The prophetic evidences for the Bible’s trustworthiness are so overwhelming that anyone with a truly open mind will be compelled to consider the Bible’s central message: redemption in Jesus Christ.
The Five Great Mysteries of the Christian Faith - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
1. Creation out of nothing (ex nihilo): How did God create being out of non-being? Being transcendent in relation to the universe (above all time, space, and matter), the reason for God’s being is necessary (hence why we often call him the “necessary being”), so his existence does not require a cause-and-effect answer. Yet where did he get the “stuff” to create all that there is? It could not have come from himself, as that would place him in our universe of time, space, and matter. Then we would just be looking for the really real God. The same is true if the “stuff” was outside himself. All that there is must have come from nothing as a rational and philosophical necessity. All other options are formally absurd. While creation out of nothing is not formally absurd, it is a great mystery or paradox.
WORLD | Ted Cruz: Love your enemy as your mother | Marvin Olasky | May 14, 2014
Editor’s note: Robert Sloan and Ted Cruz are both known as reformers. They attract passionate supporters as well as detractors. Sloan is president of Houston Baptist University and the former president and chancellor of Baylor University. Cruz is the junior U.S. senator from Texas. WORLD News Group Editor-in-Chief Marvin Olasky interviewed both men on the campus of Houston Baptist University as part of an ongoing series called
Soul Food for Mom
It was the first time I had given birth in the foreign country where we live. When we brought baby Norah home from the hospital, I remember looking in the rearview mirror to see both of our little girls strapped into their car seats. That’s when the first feeling of being overwhelmed hit me. Then, after the last of the dishes were returned from all the meals our fellow church members brought over, it hit me again. For lots of reasons, the new normal for our family required physical and emotional energy I didn’t have. And sadly, my spiritual life was like the aimless rifling through the fridge, and I was teetering on the edge of apathy about it.
God's Not Dead: Without God Ascending Evolution Seems Impossible
Unguided evolution appears impossible.
Non-directed evolution is not just implausible; the theory seems impossible.
Biologically sturdy ants and their descendants would not evolve into the
top-ten list of endangered species, like a great ape. Strong and resilient
bacteria would not evolve into a weak and easily extinct Dodo bird. The so
called lower species are usually the ones that are the strongest and most fit to
survive. If reproducing, the strongest and greatest number of offspring, is an
important means of specie preservation, then the ant and the rat are a couple
of the “highest” species.
5 Things Churches Can Do to Help Those Who Struggle with Same-Sex Attraction
5 Things Churches Can Do to Help Those Who Struggle with Same-Sex Attraction
Doubt may be fostered by sleep deprivation. If you keep burning the candle at both ends, sooner or later you will indulge in more and more mean cynicism—and the line between cynicism and doubt is a very thin one….If you are among those who become nasty, cynical, or even full of doubt when you are missing your sleep, you are morally obligated to try to get the sleep you need. We are whole, complicated beings; our physical existence is tied to our spiritual well-being, to our mental outlook, to our relationships with others, including our relationship with God. Sometimes the godliest thing you can do in the universe is get a good night’s sleep—not pray all night, but sleep. I’m certainly not denying that there may be a place for praying all night; I’m merely insisting that in the normal course of things, spiritual discipline obligates you get the sleep your body need. ( Scandalous , 147)
McDonald's prepares for minimum wage hike by hiring 7,000 touch-screen cashiers
McDonalds recently went on a hiring binge in the U.S., adding 62,000 employees to its roster. The hiring picture doesn’t look quite so rosy for Europe, where the fast food chain is drafting 7,000 touch-screen kiosks to handle cashiering duties.
Part 2 – Did not our hearts burn?: expository reading
Another dimension of letting Scripture interpret Scripture means listening to the full panoply of texts that touch upon a subject. For example, if we were to read God’s words to Abraham in Genesis 17:10-12, we might conclude that even today all male worshippers of God must be circumcised. Yet, we read in 1 Corinthians 7:19, “For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God.” By understanding the trajectory of Scripture (that OT Law and promises are fulfilled in Christ), we see that circumcision served a preparatory role for the Jewish nation but is no longer required of God’s people. The author of Hebrews says that the Law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming – not the realities themselves (Heb 10:1). Paul can circumcise a coworker as a means of strategic missionary accommodation to unregenerate Jews (Acts 16:3), but when the basis of salvation is at stake, Paul is unbending (Gal 2:3). This brief survey demonstrates how a nuanced understanding of a subject requires the consideration of multiple biblical texts that touch upon it.
When I Pointed Out the Absurdity an Evolution Professor Gave Me Pushback - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Perhaps the biggest myth in today’s origins debate is that evolution is the result of good, objective scientific research. And so anyone who would reject evolution’s mandate that the world arose spontaneously must be religious while those who, on the other side, insist on our modern-day Epicureanism are simply all about science. In order to prop up this myth we must tell ourselves that all those scientific arguments against evolution are nothing more than disingenuous ploys by those religious rascals, and that all those religious mandates for evolution also don’t matter because they are nothing more than helpful explanations offered up by the secular good guys. Both of these are false of course. The significant scientific problems with evolution are not contrived, they are real. And the religious mandates for evolution are not a sidebar, they underwrite evolutionary thought. Without them there would be no evolution. So maintaining this myth requires some effort. We must deny the obvious scientific problems while at the same time presenting evolution as good science. And we must deny any religious mandate while at the same time proclaiming our metaphysical certainties that require evolution.
Five Apologetics Topics Youth Workers Need to Be Able to Address - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I believe that one of the ways that youth workers can equip teenagers in a meaningful way is to help them understand that faith in Jesus is not a blind faith that goes against all reason, but rather a logical response to evidence that supports the existence of the God of the Bible and the fact that Jesus really is who the Bible claims him to be. While we can't expect to have all the answers to questions teenagers ask us about faith--"I don't know" is an honest and commendable answer when we really don't have an answer--we should at least have a good handle on some of the most common questions teenagers ask about Jesus and the Bible. Teenagers can be very smart, and if you can't address some of the apologetics topics that often come up in youth ministry, they may think that there are no good responses to common objections to faith in Jesus.
Bonhoeffer, Blue Ruin and relinquishing revenge
One of Blue Ruin ’s many virtues is its striking imagery. (Saulnier, the director, has mostly worked as a cinematographer before this.) Early in the film, after Dwight has put his plan into motion, there is a shot of a bloody knife stuck into the tire of a car, rotating endlessly as Dwight speeds away. It captures the vicious cycle of revenge he has thrown himself into and foreshadows the circle of suffering that is to come. Here and there (that photo album, for instance), the movie offers Dwight reasons to opt for Bonhoeffer’s “patient endurance." He chooses ruin instead.
Faith Actually: A Childlike Faith and the Stuff of Dreams
Indeed, children may be easily fooled and led astray by false teaching. Their tendency to accept things unquestioningly can sadly be abused. Instead of remaining childlike, then, we are to mature in our faith, and “test everything” holding on to what is good (1 Thes 5:21). A childlike faith must mature into a discerning faith that is anchored in Christ and
Renewing Your Mind | Baptism | May 14, 2014
After four hundred years of silence, the voice of prophecy resumed in Israel with the arrival of John the Baptist. He came, calling all Israel to repent and be baptized. Jesus’ baptism by John marks the official beginning of His public ministry. In this lecture, Dr. R.C. Sproul looks closely at the baptism of Jesus, explaining how significant it was in his life and how relevant it is for our salvation.
The Argument From Reason
Basing our reason on a cause-and-effect model doesn’t make sense. Reason is not the kind of thing that can be explained by examining the makeup of the brain or its physical processes. Reason must be oriented toward an objective external reality and our ability to tap into that reality. If, in fact, naturalism is true, it means either that what we take to be rationality is either in no way grounded in external, objective truth (and as such cannot be called rational), or we’re fooling ourselves into thinking that rationality exists at all. (p.104-105)
Bobby Jindal at Liberty Univ: Christian Conversion Was Most Significant Moment of My Life
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal delivered an uplifting commencement speech for the 2014 class of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., this past weekend, discussing everything from his conversion to Christianity when he was a teen, to his support for public evangelical figures such as Phil Robertson from "Duck Dynasty."
Dr. Holly Ordway: I thought faith was by definition irrational… - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The difficulty was not a lack of opportunity to hear about God. The problem lay deeper: in my very concept of what faith was. I thought faith was by definition irrational, that it meant believing some assertion to be true for no reason. It had never occurred to me that there could be a path to faith through reason, that there were arguments for the existence of God, and evidence for the claims of Christianity. I thought you had to “just have faith”—and the very idea of faith baffled and horrified me.
How Is It That There Are Divisions In The Church? The Answer Is Simple! - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Glory be to the Lord, division started when as Christians stood by and let the progressive left change our nations long and deeply rooted history. I believe we're in tribulation period. Allowing the gay movement to get to the few states means it will be law of the land very soon. Pastor this means if you refuse to marry them. Means you break the new law of the land. Now either God is your law or you succumb
Once Again, Why Intelligent Design Is Not a "God-of-the-Gaps" Argument - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
This comparison fails on so many levels one barely knows where to begin. It is very difficult to envision how someone could offer an inferential design argument based on the occurrence of thunder and lightning. On the other hand, it is not at all difficult to imagine how one could offer such an argument based upon the digital information encoded in the DNA molecule and the intricate nanotechnology that is so abundant in living systems. Indeed, a key selling point of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection was that it served as a
The God Gene, Neuroscience, And the Soul - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
We are living in the biotech century and genetic information has taken center stage. Humanity will benefit from mapping the human genome (completed in 2003), and we should applaud that progress.[i] But the focus on genetics has some unfortunate by-products. One example is The God Gene: How Faith Is Hardwired into Our Genes by Dean Hamer. In this book Hamer explores the impact of genetics on belief in God. The specific gene in question, that everyone has some version of, is VMAT 2 . Hamer claims that this gene accounts for the spirituality that emerges in some people but not others.
Finding Joy In Clouds
“My newfound Scriptural view of clouds gave me words to describe and understand a profoundly moving moment from my past when God himself came to me in the clouds. It was weeks after the unexpected death of our baby, Paul.”
You are not alone: Drivers admit to most embarrassing moments
While not the most common, the most embarrassing mistake for drivers age 25 to 54 is going the wrong way on a one-way street; for drivers age 55 to 64 it's locking their keys in the car; and for age 65 or older, it's driving away from the gas pump with the nozzle still in the car. The most feared mistake is "almost hitting another person," listed by nearly a quarter of those surveyed.
The Whitewash Continues: Cosmos Conceals the Sources of Scientific Inspiration for Michael Faraday, James Clerk Maxwell
Last night's Cosmos episode, "The Electric Boy," was beautifully done, and quite moving. I got choked up more than once, especially by its telling of how the self-educated genius Michael Faraday (above) suddenly fell victim to memory loss and depression at age 49. Faraday persevered admirably despite it. At last he saw his ideas vindicated, recast in mathematical terms, by a younger man, James Clerk Maxwell.
William Lane Craig on the Resurrection - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The Gospels were written in such temporal and geographical proximity to the events they record that it would have been almost impossible to fabricate events. Anyone who cared to could have checked out the accuracy of what they reported. The fact that the disciples were able to proclaim the resurrection in Jerusalem in the face of their enemies a few weeks after the crucifixion shows that what they proclaimed was true, for they could never have proclaimed the resurrection under such circumstances had it not occurred.
Twelve good arguments atheists advance against Christianity - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Are there any good arguments for Christianity? Of course! That’s why so many intelligent thinking people are Christians. Are there any good arguments against Christianity? Of course! That’s why so many intelligent thinking people are not Christians. So what are the best arguments against Christianity? Well it depends on whether you are a Muslim, a Jew, an atheist, a Hindu or something else. Every ‘worldview’ has its own particular set of arguments.
J. Warner Wallace: I never took the time to examine the evidence... - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I have to admit that I never took the time to examine the evidence for the Christian Worldview without the bias and presupposition of naturalism. I never gave the case for Christianity a fair shake. When I finally examined the evidence fairly using the tools I learned as a detective, I found it difficult to deny, especially if I hoped to retain my respect for the way evidence is utilized to determine truth. I found the evidence for Christianity to as convincing as any cold-case I'd ever investigated. - J. Warner Wallace (Cold case homicide detective and author of Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels)
How Can the Gospels Be Eyewitness Accounts If They Include Things the Writers Didn't See? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
My journey toward Christianity began when I examined the gospels in order to uncover the words of Jesus. I was interested in Jesus as nothing more than a source of ancient wisdom and my curiosity about him caused me to begin sifting through the New Testament gospels. I was immediately struck by the appearance of what I call “unintentional eyewitness” support; a feature I often see in multiple accounts from eyewitnesses at crime scenes. This caused me to examine the accounts in much more detail and I eventually applied principles of Forensic Statement Analysis to the gospel of Mark. I wrote Cold-Case Christianity from the perspective of a cold-case detective examining the claims of the gospel writers and testing them for eyewitness reliability.
Bible Genealogy and Jesus: Why We Should Love the Genealogies of the Bible - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
While we can’t peek into the mind of God to know the exact reasons, there are several reasons that coming across a bible genealogy in your daily reading should encourage you greatly.
Finding Joy in Clouds
Paul had been born with a heart defect, but after his surgery at birth, he was thriving. At two months old, we took him in for a checkup. The substitute cardiologist was so impressed with Paul’s progress that he took him off all his medications. They were unnecessary.
At first I was elated. Paul was exceeding expectations. But the situation changed quickly. Three days later, when I got up to nurse him in the middle of the night, Paul screamed and went limp. We rushed him to the hospital but it was too late. Paul was dead.
How to teach your new pet rock everything it needs to know - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Among the must-have toys of Christmas 1975 was the pet rock . Advertising executive Gary Dahl conceived the idea while listening to others complain about the hassles of animate pets, and then his marketing instincts kicked in. He gathered ordinary stones, printed care instructions and boxes with air holes, placed the rocks on a bed of straw, and then collected near 100% profit on every unit sold to become a multimillionaire within about nine months. In 2012, instead of buying one, people must now make their own. The creation of humorous instructions abounds, including a recent guidebook that can be purchased on Amazon. For example, some tricks are easy to teach your new pet rock, such as sit and play dead. Others are quite difficult or require owner assistance. House-training a pet rock is easy: "Place it on some old newspapers. The rock will never know what the paper is for and will require no further instruction."
Book Review: "Imaginative Apologetics" edited by Andrew Davison
As I noted, there are moments of utter brilliance found throughout the text. Ultimately, however, it seems the book does not live up to its title. At times some authors flounder with understanding the meaning and application of apologetics, but more importantly, few essays seem to actually recommend or apply a method of apologetics which engages the imagination [with noted exceptions above, as well as tidbits throughout every essay... and I'd like to note Alister McGrath was, as usual, excellent (though perhaps also off topic with his essay on science and apologetics)]. The book, it seems, is often more about its subtitle (“Theology, Philosophy, and the Catholic Tradition”) than its title. Although at times interesting, I found it an overall disappointment. Perhaps that is due to my own high expectations going in, but there it is. A few gems make it well worth the read, but I would recommend a critical eye on the commentary on the nature of apologetics and readers should realize that only at times does it focus on the application of the imagination to apologetics.