Kirsten Powers: Atheism to Christianity
Political commentator Kirsten Powers speaks of her conversion from atheism to Christianity. (By the way, I do not necessarily agree with Powers' liberal opin...
In-depth refutation of Muhammad in the Bible
An in-depth refutation of Muhammad in the Bible
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When the Prospect of Pain Threatens Our Pleasure
My family and I were sitting around the dinner table, and one of the kids said something funny. I can’t remember exactly what was said, but we were all laughing, all six of us, in the euphoria of spontaneous jollification. We were all glad together, in one of those moments when, as a young parent, you sort of come out of yourself to get a better look at things, knowing in your heart of hearts, happily, that you’re such an unlikely soul to receive so much grace, that no one deserves blessings this intense, that God is good.
Apologetics 101: Why did The Big Bang Theory "irritate" Einstein? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
As we discussed yesterday, it is understandable why TV Producers look for controversial ideas like Sagan’s flawed “oscillating theory” but why do serious scientists indulge them? Why are so many tenured professors bent on overturning something as obvious as The Big Bang? As Lee Strobel points out in The Case for a Creator , Einstein was irritated by the idea of an expanding universe, Astronomer Athur Eddington called it “repugnant” and Phillip Morrison at MIT admitted he would, “like to reject it.”
Monkey Morality: Can Evolution Explain Ethics? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Not everyone agrees. Scenarios like that of Bongo the chimp have been offered as evidence for rudimentary forms of morality among animals, especially the “higher” primates like chimpanzees. This suggests that morality in humans is not unique and can be explained by the natural process of evolution without appeal to a divine Lawgiver.
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.
Conclusions About Historical Accuracy of the Bible - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I have posted several entries that document the accurate historical accounts in the Bible, especially in the book of Acts (see here, and here, and here .) As shown in Colin Hemer’s landmark work, The Book of Acts In The Setting of Hellenistic History , there is a massive amount of evidence that shows that Luke, the Greek-educated physician, wrote an accurate eyewitness account. Acts describes a long series of specific local knowledge, including technical nautical terms, cities, people groups, wind directions, sailing routes, correct local dialects, rules for Roman guards, multiple geographical landmarks, titles of leaders in different countries, correct first-century local terminology, attitudes of local populaces, which ports were suitable during winter, philosophical schools of the day, Roman edicts, scheduling of Jewish feast days, religious practices in different cities, specific buildings in certain cities, local ethnic terms, and on and on.
I Disagree With You = I Hate You - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Christians. Who do they think they are? Thinking they hold the market on truth. Who made them the arbiters of truth? They are all just a bunch of intolerant bigots. I think we have all heard claims muttered like this from time to time. This is not to say that there are no crotchety, bigoted Christians that spew vitriol with every other word. I see the people from Westboro Baptist church on the news like everyone else, and what I see is pathetic. True Christianity must not be confused with abuses committed in the name of Christ.
ESV Reader’s Bible Giveaway
If I don’t win one, I’ll probably have to buy one. Been following the roll-out of this edition with excitement as we like to read whole portions of scripture for family devotions and this format makes it so much better.
Apologetics 101: The Cosmological Argument and an Untamed God - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
We have seen that Princeton Professor Peter Steinhardt and others have argued the Big Bang Theory as commonly understood cannot be correct because matter could not arrange itself in such an orderly pattern as it did but the evidence is the evidence even if they don’t like where it leads. Yet, they fear the philosophical implications for a beginning opens the door to the Kalaam Cosmological Argument, which, as set forth by William Lane Craig, is as follows:
What we should all know about apologetics - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Have you ever been shot down in front of people for saying or doing something? It's embarrassing. I'm guessing the most common reactions when that happens is to either shut down and flee or fight back and lash out. Sadly, I'm generally more of a lash out, let me put you in your place type of person.
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.
Dismissing reasonable arguments for the existence of God - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
[Many] atheists take things out of context in the Bible because they want to excuse their disobedience and not answer to a holy God. I've seen many examples of people trying to explain things aright to [them], but they refuse to listen. They can't bear the thought of being wrong. It's their pride that keeps them from seeing the truth. The thing that always gets me is how they accuse Christians of being unreasonable while quickly dismissing reasonable arguments for the existence of God. It's a real shame!
Reason and Intuition - Chicken and Egg - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I’ve been wrestling a lot, lately, with the proper relationship between reason and emotion. Part of the motivation for this conflict in my own mind is because I know people who gravitate to one or the other of these, and they often look down upon whichever of the two they do not gravitate toward. But I find myself drawn to aspects of both, and repulsed by the overemphasis of either. I see value in emotions, even though I see how they can be unreliable and lead to wildly inaccurate beliefs about reality (and completely pointless or harmful actions that are based on those beliefs). Conversely, I obviously hold reason in high regard (as you will know if you’ve read Arguing with Friends or poked around my site for a bit), yet I can see how rationalism can seem cold and heartless, and that some of the most horrific atrocities in human history have had surprisingly coherent reasons behind them.
Three Evidences That Point to Intelligent Interaction - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
When examining a death scene to determine if it was the result of accidental (or natural) causes or the malicious consequence of a killer, I begin by looking for evidence of intelligent interaction. Is there evidence at the scene that indicates another intelligent being (the killer) was present? In a similar way, when examining biological structures to determine if they are the result of accidental or natural causes, or the conscious consequence of an intelligent designer, I begin by looking for evidence of intelligent interaction. What are the features of design that all of us recognize intuitively every day, and are these features present in biological organisms? Here are three evidences I’m looking for in my investigation:
Why Not Use Ridicule? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Christopher Hitchens famously used to ask Christians to “name one moral action performed by a believer that could not have been done by a nonbeliever.” One of the problems with answering Hitchens’s challenge (see a more detailed discussion here ) is that a person who has a naturalistic worldview is unlikely to have exactly the same understanding of right and wrong as that of a Christian. Of course an atheist can act within his moral framework and do what he considers to be good, but if his ideas about what is moral are incorrect, then his actions will follow. And there are too many questions about who we are as human beings, the purpose of life, the diagnosis of what’s gone wrong and the prescription for fixing it, etc., etc. that we answer differently for us to come to the exact same conclusions about what is right and what is wrong.
C.S. Lewis: The Church exists for nothing else… - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose. It is even doubtful, you know, whether the whole universe was created for any other purpose.
Ten Questions with Ken Samples - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
My activities at RTB include writing articles and books, presenting lectures at churches and universities, doing radio and TV interviews, as well as participating in the weekly podcasts , I Didn’t Know That! and Straight Thinking. Prior to coming to RTB, I worked first as a research scholar at the Christian Research Institute (CRI) with the original Bible Answer Man—Walter Martin. After leaving CRI, I lectured on philosophy and religion at a couple of Southern California colleges for about five years.
It's a matter of perspective - reaction to the angry atheists - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
It is an over simplification, but the work of some popular atheist writers can be summed up in the phrase, “God does not exist and I hate him.” The God they deny is presented as a vengeful and capricious dictator along the lines of Nero. Passages from the Old Testament are pulled from their context to support the notion that God is a monster and should be hated. The tone of these writers is often one of anger or disgust.
The 'Nones' and Their Parents - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Yusuf thinks some of God’s commands must be crazy. Kyle says the facts of science and evolution prove there’s no God. Melissa can’t understand what’s wrong with homosexuality. Rigoberto was raised in a religious home, but his father drank a lot, and his family was wracked with painful tragedies. Lizz thinks the most important thing is to make sure she gives meaning to this life, not the next. Miriam finds it enough to be alone with her thoughts.
Never Pass Up An Opportunity To Be Kind
Stef, I agree about having more kids than you can afford,though sometimes circumstances change in the blink of an eye. However if the financial issues have been ongoing it makes no sense to add more children to the family. If you don’t believe in artificial contraception then maybe abstinence is the solution…. As for the family dog, I totally empathize with not giving it up other than a last resort; you & others may not agree but many of us are more attached to our furry family members than our actual blood relations.( I know that will not be a popular sentiment but it’s how I feel) There must be a family member or friend who could take in their lab or at the very least a reputable animal rescue group in the area who could place it in a loving home should all else fail. Getting “rid” of an animal is a horrible way to treat a creature who is totally dependent on you and who probably loves you unconditionally. Finding it a new home is the best case scenario in an otherwise sad situation.
Trusting God in the Gaps - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
In the life of Abraham, we catch a glimpse of "resurrection" faith---the kind that results in life from death---when Abram looked at his own body and saw that no life would be possible from him. He saw that the only hope of producing life had to come from God acting in his life, making something possible that was impossible for Abram to accomplish on his own.
Let Marriage Be Held In Honor
Dr. James White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a professor, having taught Greek, Systematic Theology, and various topics in the field of apologetics. He has authored or contributed to more than twenty...
I believe students should speak up against unlawful oppression by faculty, and remind them that although in the opinion, or by pretense, of certain faculty members who say the students are in violation of the law by making mention of Jesus, or praying, or proclaiming the gospel on school grounds, or during times when the free exercise of freedom of speech is allowed, then they are the very ones who are in violation of the law, and if they do not repent of their unlawful actions, I believe the students may ask for their removal.
A Response to James White On Defining Inerrancy
I hope this sets the record straight. For those who wish to think I am compromising on Christian principles after listening to White, who has absolutely no idea where I’m coming from, I hope this sets the record straight. I also hope you’ll realize that while I seek to give the best, I will fail repeatedly at this as will all of us and this is where I depend on those inside and even outside the faith to correct me. As Benjamin Franklin said “Our critics are our friends. They show us our faults.” If an unbeliever can point to a legitimate error in a position I hold, I need to respond to that somehow just as much as if a Christian does it.