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Are You Ready?

“In the year 1800, just a little over 200 years ago, only 3% of humanity lived in cities, according to the most accurate estimations. So 97 out of every hundred people did not live in a city. City was a rare experience, a very expensive experience. Cities existed for political reasons, economic reasons, cultural reasons, but very few people actually lived in them. By 1900 that 3% had increased to 10%. But between 1900 and 2007, that 10% had increased to 50%. And by 2050, the low range of estimate is that 75-80% of all human beings will live in cities. Now if you have any normal lifespans, that’s the future you will know. That’s where will 75-80% of people will be.”

Christian Apologetics: The Evangelistic Wave of the Future?

In becoming president of a seminary that specializes and focuses on apologetics, I am just moving from front-line combat to a training command, helping to prepare the next generation of green berets and paratroopers for the Lord's army. I fervently believe apologetics is the way we will spell Christian evangelism, missions, and discipleship in the 21st century.

David Brat on Christianity and Capitalism | Acton PowerBlog

I had a chance to talk with Michelle Boorstein yesterday about David Brat and a bit of his work that I’ve been able to become familiar with over the past few days. She included some of my comments in this piece for the Washington Post, “David Brat’s victory is part of broader rise of religion in economics.”

6 10 Lessons from William Wilberforce for anyone passionate about anything - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

In the year 2006, some 173 years after Wilberforce died, many people, like myself, learned for first time of his significant contribution to the world.  This was made possible by a movie produced about of his life, entitled, Amazing Grace (see trailer below).

7 The limits of human knowledge - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

While the atheist arrogantly persists in the delusion that his reason is fully capable of figuring out all that there is, the religious believer lives in the humble acknowledgment of the limits of human knowledge, knowing that there is a reality greater than, and beyond, that which our senses and minds can ever apprehend.

8 Two equally dangerous extremes - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

If we submit everything to reason our religion will be left with nothing mysterious or supernatural. If we offend the principles of reason our religion will be absurd and ridiculous . . . There are two equally dangerous extremes: to exclude reason, to admit nothing but reason.

9 Church awakened by new atheists, Christian apologist says - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

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.

10 Jesus on Every Page: 7 Reasons to Study Your Old Testament - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

On the basis of my less-than-scientific survey of Christians' Bible reading habits, I would estimate that the Old Testament forms less than 10 percent of most Christians' Bible reading. Remove the Psalms and Proverbs, and we're probably down to less than 5 percent.

11 The Vagueness of Morality - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

I’ve seen plenty of statements along these lines over the years: “Can evolution explain morality?” “Morality doesn’t come from religion!” “Can morality exist without God?” “Evolution cannot explain morality!” and so on and so forth.  The questions or statements seem straightforward enough, but they aren’t straightforward when we consider that the word “morality” is a bit vague.  What do people mean by “morality” when asking these questions or making these claims?  There are at least three things people can mean by “morality.”

12 Witnessing Tips: Apologetics, Truth, and Humility - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Recently when I was discussing philosophy with an earnest undergraduate student, she informed me that she rejected the idea that she could know “ the truth” because this would condemn everyone who disagreed with her. Since philosophers have traditionally exulted in winning arguments instead of eliminating them, I asked why she shunned victory in favor of terminal agnosticism. She explained, “If I claim to know the truth, then I must also claim that whoever disagrees with me is wrong, and that would make me intolerably arrogant.”

13 Where did the Bible come from? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

As New Testament scholar Daniel B. Wallace has said , “Before the year 1881, you had three choices for an English Bible translation: the KJV, the KJV, or the KJV.” In our day, we are tremendously blessed to have a variety of English Bible translations that we can access easily. With so many to choose from, however, it’s helpful to understand why multiple translations exists, what’s the difference between them, and how we came to have any Scripture in our language at all.

14 "The Nephilim Have Been Found" or Yet Another Example of Really Bad Apologetics - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

I know how it is. We believe what we profess and we are quick to accept anything and everything that confirms some aspect of our faith. I am the same way. However, what we believe is too important for us to be uncritical, even about those claims that seem to support what we believe.

15 How the Scientific Consensus Is Maintained -- and How It Can Be Challenged - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Anyone who has ever argued that the spectacular increase in order seen on Earth seems to violate the second law of thermodynamics -- at least the more general formulations of this law -- is familiar with the standard reply: although entropy (disorder) cannot decrease in an isolated system, the Earth is an open system, and entropy can decrease in an open system as long as the decrease is compensated by increases outside the open system. Isaac Asimov, for example, in a 1970 Smithsonian Magazine article (Asimov 1970), expresses the argument as follows:

16 The Historical Adam: Why it Really Matters - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

For some time now, there has been extensive debate in the church on how to understand the early chapters of Genesis.  The focus has normally been on the length of the days in chapter one. Is it describing six, literal days? Or is the author just using a “literary framework”? Or is each day an age, or epoch of time?

Man's Sin vs. God's Hiddenness - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Many people often complain that if God exists, He is entirely too hidden- He doesn't really want to be discovered or is not there to be discovered in the first place. I have written before that I believe that sometimes God's hiddenness is of value for bringing people to Him, for teaching people to trust Him and not rely so much on their own abilities (See "Pain, Suffering, and Evil" in left sidebar). Today, I want to briefly explore the possibility that God remains hidden as part of his mitigation and eventual overcoming of evil.

18 Reflective Splendor - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Have you ever wondered where that sense of awe comes from when looking at the setting of the sun? Have you ever stared out your window on the way to work to see the beautiful scenery in the sky at day break? Ever wonder what beauty really is and where we get the idea? I was on a camping trip recently away from all the noise and lights, huddled around a camp fire with friends and decided to look up. To my amazement I saw millions of stars, I stood looking up awe struck, amazed; I even saw the Milky Way band stretched across the sky. Out of all that time and wonder, I began to think, I then realized that amongst these stars, some which are larger than our sun and maybe just pale reflections of light from an already dead star, that, all though, I was awed with their beauty, not one of those stars in that entire host knew I was looking at it. It wasn't staring back at me or even aware that I thought it to be so wondrous. I then began to reflect on what it means to be human.

19 Engaging Tim Keller, CS Lewis and the Fires of Hell - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Not every writer at Saints and Sceptics is Reformed; none are young and few are restless. We mention this because the “Young, Restless and Reformed (YRR)” movement – essentially a conservative evangelical movement with Calvinist leanings – has become very influential in the United States. Some traditional Presbyterians have criticized the movement for being too broad, for not having planted its roots deep enough in Reformed theology.

20 Is It Wrong to Believe Without Evidence? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

The late Christopher Hitchens — one of the infamous “new atheists” — made this claim: “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.” If you have had conversations with atheists about belief in God, this view — known as “strong evidentialism” — probably sounds familiar. In fact, if you hang around skeptics and freethinkers long enough, chances are you will hear about William K. Clifford’s essay, “The Ethics of Belief.” In it, he claims: “It is wrong, always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.” 1

How fathers teach children to work hard and believe in God

The best way for a father to teach this is by example. This explains why a child’s ability to grow up to be a productive adult is so strongly predicted by the presence of a working father in the home. The Princeton sociologist Sara McLanahan has for decades studied what happens to sons and daughters when their fathers are absent. She finds that after controlling for demographics, children in fatherless families are roughly twice as likely to drop out of high school as kids in intact homes. Even after controlling for student talent via standardized test scores, a sharp decline in grades and attendance persists. And young men who grow up without a father are 1.5 times more likely to be idle — that is, neither in the work force nor in school — than those with a father in the home. And this brings us to a particularly serious issue this Father’s Day: Our growing national jobs deficit. In 1953, just 14 percent of adult American men were neither working nor seeking work. Today, that rate has more than doubled, to 30 percent. And this doesn’t only reflect an aging population with more retired men: Just after World War II, 8 percent of noninstitutionalized males ages 25 to 54 were not working.

William Lane Craig debates Lawrence Krauss in Melbourne, Australia: Does God Exist?

Krauss tried to argue that he had explained the fine-tuning with the Higgs particle, but Dr. Craig said that only applied to the cosmological constant, not all the other examples of fine-tuning. Krauss said that it wasn’t impressive that this universe permitted life and that “It would have been much more surprising if we evolved in a universe in which we couldn’t live”. Krauss argued the fine-tuning was only for “Life like us”. But Dr. Craig explained that the fine-tuning is what allows us to have the basics of any kind of life, like slow-burning stars, chemical diversity, etc. – things that are required for basic minimal life functions in any living system. Craig said that he was working with the current physical laws of this universe (F = ma, etc.) and that he was looking at what changed if we changed those even slightly. Krauss tried to say that if he changed things like the mass of particles then the strength of forces would change. (But the forces aren’t laws!) Krauss argued that the cosmological constant would be even better for life if it was zero, and Craig said that the life permitting range did include zero, but that the range of life-permitting values was narrow.

Putting on the Brave Face

Coaching tee ball is hard. And not just because it’s like herding a pack of wet cats. Or because five-year-olds generally prefer digging in the dirt to fielding grounders. Or because twenty minutes in, the main thing on half of the kids’ minds is the juice box after the game.

Abortion Clinic Ministry — Why We Go to the Mill — Basement Tape #148

Abortion clinics, or abortion mills as they are more aptly described are one of the darkest places in our culture. In this difficult conversation Dr. Sproul, Rev. Windham and Evangelist Charles Humphrey discuss the pro-life movement, why these “clinics” exist, what kind of people abort their children, and the reasons why Christians should be outside the abortion mills. And not to protest. Preaching and sidewalk counseling is scary, it’s uncomfortable, it’s dangerous and it’s the point in time when a mother, a boyfriend, a father, a grandfather might be most aware of their sin and open to the gospel message.