Richard Dawkins not sure if God exists
When asked by Ben Stein to put a percentage on the likelihood that God did or did not exist, Dawkins said that he wasn't completely sure if God didn't exist ...
Book Review: Defending the Faith: Apologetics in Women's Ministry - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
When Stand to Reason’s Greg Koukl introduced apologist Mary Jo Sharp on his radio program, he called her a “strange bird” because she is one of only a few women actively engaged in the field of apologetics. However, if Sharp has anything to do with it, the numbers will increase drastically in the near future. To that end, she has written Defending the Faith: Apologetics in Women’s Ministry , a book aimed at getting women fired up about apologetics.
Google's Done With Internet Pornography
One of Google’s most bold, yet controversial stances within their corporate policy has been their stance against pornographic material among their ad network.
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At Ligonier, we know that the work in the church is crucial to advancing God’s work in this world. Godly leaders are on the frontline of ministry. Pastoral responsibilities to clearly and effectively teach the gospel, lead the next generation, …
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What Historical Evidence is there to Support the Existence of Jesus Christ? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Even though the Bible is a collection of historical facts that have been verified by archeology and paleontology, we will restrict our article on the written human records of Jesus Christ’s authenticity and historicity. There are so many historians that have written about Jesus Christ that it would be impossible to include them all here. The fact is there are so many that these historians testimonies would have to be expanded into a major, voluminous book. For time’s sake, we will restrict historical evidence to those major historians that have the greatest authenticity.
7 Social Experiment Videos That Will Change the Way You Think
If YouTube turned us all into voyeurs, constantly consuming media that's being shoved our direction, it also turned us into potential subjects, forever ready to be part of someone else's video. A few different "social scientists" have put that to use by staging social experiments and filming the results. Some of them are hard to watch and a lot of them are easy to excuse, but all of them make for interesting viewing. After all, it's easy to speculate about what you'd do in any given situation—but it's hard to argue with some of the sobering data compiled below.
Twenty good arguments for Christianity - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
But I do concede that some intelligent people do find them convincing and cite them as reasons why they either lost the Christian faith of their childhood or chose not to believe. This is why I call them ‘good arguments’ – they are good enough to persuade some people. I have lost count of the number of times atheists have told me that the reason they are not Christians is because there is no evidence that it is true. I get rather tired of hearing this as in my experience those who most vociferously assert it are those who are least interested in examining any evidence that Christians produce.
Are you and your church prepared for the moral revolution surrounding homosexuality and same-sex marriage happening across America? While human sexuality and social institutions are being redefined before our very eyes, the Bible presents marriage as an unchanging picture of the gospel through the union of one man and one woman. The gospel announces that the story of Jesus is greater than the sum total of our sexual desires.
Islam in Context: Opening the Door to Understanding | distribly.com
Islam is growing rapidly here in the West and many of us may encounter Muslims at work, at school, or in our communities. Even if we don’t, we can’t escape the subject when we turn on the TV news or open our newspapers. So what do Muslims believe? What are the origins of Islam? How does the Islamic worldview differ from what Christians believe? How can we befriend our Muslim neighbors so as to effectively share Christ with them?
Gov. John Kasich to sign sweeping new anti-human trafficking measures (live coverage)
COLUMBUS, Ohio—Gov. John Kasich intends to sign wide-ranging legislation on Friday morning designed to crack down on sex trafficking in Ohio.
Optics Engineers Improve Light Sensors for Cameras Through Biomimicry
The retinas of humans and other animals line the curved inner surface of the eye. Now, in a bit of biomimicry, Sony engineers reports that they have created a set of curved CMOS image sensors using a "bending machine" of their own construction. The result is a simpler lens system and higher sensitivity... A curved CMOS sensor has a few advantages over a planar sensor, Itonaga said. Because of the geometry, it can be paired with a flatter lens and a larger aperture, which lets in more light. Photodiodes at the periphery of a sensor array will be bent toward the center, which means light rays will hit them straight on instead of obliquely.
The irreligious assault on the historicity of Jesus - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Let me press the boxing analogy a little further. A story is told - and I hope it is true - of three young men who hopped on a bus in Detroit in the 1930s and tried to pick a fight with a lone man sitting at the back of the vehicle. They insulted him - he didn't respond. They turned up the heat of the insults - he said nothing. Eventually, the stranger stood up. He was bigger than they had estimated from his seated position - much bigger. He reached into his pocket, handed them his business card and walked off the bus and then on his way. As the bus drove on the young men gathered around the card to read the words: "Joe Louis. Boxer." They had just tried to pick a fight with the man who would be Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World from 1937 to 1949.
Best of The Poached Egg: Investigating New Testament Reliability - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
As a literary historian, I am perfectly convinced that whatever else the Gospels are they are not legends. I have read a great deal of legend and I am quite clear that they are not the same sort of thing. They are not artistic enough to be legends. From an imaginative point of view they are clumsy, they don’t work up to things properly. Most of the life of Jesus is totally unknown to us, as is the life of anyone else who lived at that time, and no people building up a legend would allow that to be so.
Apologetics as devotional - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Much of the discussion in apologetics over the last few decades has centered on the proper apologetic methodology. For example, one sort of presuppositionalist thinks that we should start with the assumption that Christianity is true and then, on the basis of this assumption, our apologetic task is to show others how Christianity makes sense of many of the most important features of reality, such as moral facts and the regularity of nature. The evidentialist disagrees saying that we can use the principles of reason and give arguments, both philosophical and historical, in defense of the truths of Christianity. The classical evidentialist thinks we should first argue for the existence of God and only then proceed to argue for the particular truths of Christianity. Other evidentialists think that one can start with making arguments straightaway for the truths of Christianity.
Should 'Lost' Gospels Be In The Bible? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
In 1945, fifty two papyri were discovered at Nag Hammadi in Lower Egypt and some of these texts had the word ‘gospel’ in the title. Now Scholars have known about these and other 2nd – 4th century documents for a long time, but only recently has the general public been introduced to them. This has caused quite a bit of controversy and speculation. Why?
Pushing the Limits of Cambrian Ancestry
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution, including breaking news about scientific research.
Breathing new life into dying churches
Even though the legacy church plant is not an easy road, we are seeing more and more successes with this model. Wornall Road Baptist Church in Kansas City is healthy, growing and has become a vital part of its community after pastor John Mark Clifton arrived to restart a decades-old congregation that dwindled to only a handful of weekly attenders. In New Orleans, a dozen church members in their 70s partnered with church planter James Welch to birth Harbor Community Church from the ashes of their dying church. First Baptist Church in Odessa, Fla., had not seen a baptism in years. They turned to Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, Fla., for help and now their baptismal waters are stirring on a regular basis once again.
How do I know the Bible is not just mythology? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Answer: That the Bible originated in the mind of God makes it not only unique among all books, it is unique among all the treasures on earth. President Abraham Lincoln appropriately referred to the Bible as “the best gift God has given to man.” Indeed it is. It reveals God’s eternal plan of redeeming the fallen human race. Yet even though billions of copies of it have been distributed throughout the world, many continue to question its truth. Is the Bible a book of mythology, or is it the true, inspired Word of God? This question is of the greatest importance to every person, whether they know it or not.
3 Good Reasons to Question What You Believe - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Introduction Many people like to ask questions, and not just basic questions that get us through day-to-day life, but questions that go beyond our basic routines. Questions that examine who we are, why we are here, from where have we come. Questions that are on all our minds, but many fear to ask. Some are afraid they may discover something they do not like; some are afraid they may offend another's answers to the same questions; some do not believe the questions can be answered with any level of confidence; and some do not believe that such questions are even legitimate to ask. Unfortunately, those fears often prevent people from asking the deeper questions, and they either struggle quietly with them or ignore them altogether.
Conservatives Increasingly Wary of Opposing Gay Marriage - NBC News
At an annual conference this week for the Faith and Freedom Coalition, the religious conservative organization led by former Christian Coalition executive director Ralph Reed, the wave of court rulings over the last year that have struck down gay marriage bans from coast to coast went almost entirely unmentioned.
The End of Apologetics Part 2
Myron Penner: I want to begin by going back to the very first question when we talked about what I was against and how I define apologetics. Because I am not against apologetics simpliciter – I'm not against saying to someone, “Hey, Christians don't believe that. That is wrong. That would be a stupid thing to believe, and here is why what you said is wrong.” I'm not against that form of intellectual engagement with your faith. In fact, I'm all for it. In one sense, this book is (I hope) a deep intellectual engagement with faith and a reflection on faith that is critical and reasonable and all of that. I am against the discourse which bases the believability of faith, the Christian beliefs, on the basis of human reason. The way I think of human reason is rather descriptive, I guess you could call it a naturalistic view of reason. I think reason is a faculty that we have to make sense of the world. It is nothing like ultimate. It doesn't tell us even necessarily what is most important about the world, but it is something that is part of our human make up that helps us make sense of things.
Are You Too Christian for Non-Christians?
Google the expression “know your number” and you’ll find screen after screen of reportedly essential life metrics ranging from prostate-specific antigens (PSA), to cholesterol, the amount of money you will need in savings to retire, and your enneagram — which is a quantification of personality which, depending on whom you believe, was either the brainchild of a 4th century Christian mystic or a 20th century Bolivian spiritualist, give or take 1,600 years, but who’s counting?
The Gospel and the Avengers - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Gospel truth in action movies Even though movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are intended to be action blockbusters, like all films they include worldview ideas and themes. This is the second article identifying some of the worldview ideas included in the films that point to the Gospel, whether this was consciously intended by the writers or not.
Not an Expert? You Know Nothing: The Ricky Bobby Tactic - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
"If you ain't first you're last." Famous words from Ricky Bobby's father. Of course, later in the movie, when Ricky quotes it back to him, Reese says, "That doesn't make any sense at all, you can be second, third, fourth... you can even be fifth." At that point, we all laugh because we realize how ridiculous it is to say "If you ain't first you're last." But I wonder how many people even thought twice about it the first time they heard it. I would wager that for almost everyone, it went in one ear and out the other because, at the end of the day, we all know the sentiment--if you don't win, you lose. But the fact remains, first and last are not your only options (unless there are only two people in the race). The guy who comes in second is still a heck of a driver and walks away with a huge paycheck.
"Edge of Tomorrow" - Sacrifice, Brutality, and Choice
I have not read the manga that “Edge of Tomorrow” was based on, “ All You Need is Kill ,” but I have heard that there is some juxtaposition over the primacy of the community vs. individual in either. “Edge of Tomorrow” shows this kind of valuation in many ways throughout the film. First, there is Cage’s continued efforts to save Rita, despite what it might cost–including going on one part of the mission alone in order to prevent her death. Second, there is the concept of both Cage and Rita valuing the community of humanity over the self by willingly spending all the time they have left trying to defend humanity rather than find a way to survive themselves. Finally, both Cage and Rita choose to place the community over the self when rather than trying to save one or the other, they both do what needs to be done and give themselves to save humanity.
Miranda Lambert’s Platinum and country music laments
The other thing that sets her apart is the downbeat perspective in nearly every song on Platinum . After my first listen, I thought the album could have been titled “…and here’s another thing that sucks.” Lambert, in both the songs she writes and those she chooses to cover, often seems to be saying, “Life is hard and we’re all just trying to get through.” She does a fine job of articulating what many people experience: unfaithfulness in relationships, being mistreated, having a hard time with money and other hardships. There is a longing for a better day and a looking back to a time when things were better, as on “Automatic.” She delivers these stories in a way that isn’t heavy-handed but, rather, allows us to feel the pain and the sense of despair of the person whose story she is telling.
Sam Smith's Cover of Whitney Houston's 'How Will I Know' Is a Game Changer
Sam Smith is one of the more promising new voices out there, with a pop voice that falls somewhere between Antony Hegarty and James Blake, but has more soul than either. His new release is one of the most highly anticipated debuts of the year, and to commemorate it, he's released this slow, passionate cover of Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know?" If you're a fan of Whitney Houston, you'll definitely like it, but it's also interesting for anyone who's curious to see how a song can be transformed by a cover without ever sacrificing the heart of the song ...