IS FAITH A DELUSION ? - PROF. JOHN LENNOX
DEFINING DELUSION ..ANSWERING RICHARD DAWKINS.
Is God a Delusion? The Debate That Never Was: William Lane Craig vs Richard Dawkins?
http://reasonablefaith.org - Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford (October 25, 2011) Richard Dawkins was invited by the Oxford student Christian Union to defend his bo...
Apologetics: Hulk Smash or Hulk Hug? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
You know that guy who always has to one-up everyone? He lurks on the periphery of conversations, just waiting for a chance to say "Oh yeah? Let me tell you about...." Do you have someone in mind? Oh yeah? I know someone a lot worse. ::rim-shot:: That is how a lot of people approach apologetics--as a game of snobbish one-upsmanship. For that reason, among others, many Christians have the impression that apologetics is a totally nonspiritual and elitist enterprise. Now, I don't think we should bear all of the blame. Some people are just afraid of confrontation in any form, and apologetics seems too much like fighting for their taste. Even so, there is a difference between willingness to fight when it is necessary, and looking to pick a fight. It is the latter that people often associate with apologists. We should not be so quick to say "I'm not like that!" That is a dead give away that we probably are--like the football player who throws his hands up after the flag and says "it wasn't me!"
Darwinist Karl Giberson uses photo-shopped image of baby with tail in evolution debate
OK, if there was any doubt that Karl Giberson’s tailed-baby photo is a Photoshop creation, that doubt is now dispelled. I emailed the creator of the image, photographer Larry Dunstan, to make sure I hadn’t misunderstood. Yes, confirmed the helpful and candid Mr. Dunstan, it was created with Photoshop using a photo of a tail-free two-week-old baby. The tail is not genuine. It was generated by a computer, not by, as Giberson thought, a “gene for tails.”
Balancing family and ministry: Part 1: priority and capacity
I am much more productive in the morning when I am rested and the day is fresh. This is also the time when there are classes to teach and meetings to have, so I end up not spending a lot of this time in isolated productivity. I might wish that it were different, but it’s not. God didn’t make me like my very gifted friends, and I’m ok with that. I don’t have to be able to read as much, write as well, and have as many gifts as other people. I just have to be faithful with what God has given me.
Why Was Judas Carrying the Moneybag?
In last week’s post , we looked at Mary, who poured a year’s wages on Jesus’s feet, and Judas, who saw Mary’s worshipful act as huge waste, because “he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it” (John 12:6).
WORLD | One dead after shooting at Seattle Pacific University | Leigh Jones | June 5, 2014
A shooting this afternoon at Seattle Pacific University has left one person dead and three injured. The suspect is in custody after university staffers disarmed him as he paused to reload his weapon.
The Gospel Coalition - How to Share Your Faith at Work
Have you considered one of the reasons God may have deployed you to your job is so you can break into a particular subculture with gospel grace? Throughout our society there are countless groups of people who share much in common simply because they work in the same field. They speak the same jargon; they struggle with the same issues; they ask many of the same questions. And sadly, in many of those subcultures the truth of the gospel is a rarity. For example, I imagine I (Sebastian) am one of only a tiny number of Christians working in the creative internet space today. That means I have the privilege of helping to break into that subculture with the good news. What specific group has the King deployed you to work among each day? Architects? Teachers? Auto salespeople? Thinking about the mission that way helps us not get discouraged by the thought of the millions who need salvation. Rather, we're energized by the thought that our King has deployed us to a specific network of friends and relationships into which we can speak truths seldom heard.
The Briefing 06-06-14
1) Corruption and decay of gambling venues reveal vain hopes of gambling
What Key Arguments Are There for God's Existence? (Part 1: Cosmological Argument) - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
But what if we step back and look at the evidence for God without discussing the Bible at all? The actual existence of God is a prerequisite for the Bible even mattering. If your kids are strongly convicted of God’s existence, they’ll be far less likely to casually toss their faith aside when they begin encountering biblical or other spiritual difficulties.
Kirsten Powers Gets It Dangerously Wrong on the Bible and Homosexuality
It is wonderful to read the account of Kirsten Powers' conversion from atheism to Christianity. But that doesn't make her into a Bible scholar or theologian, and Powers has made some grave errors in her recent article on " Christianity's new look on gays ."
Truthbomb Apologetics: Atheist Quentin Smith on Philosophical Theism
"Naturalists passively watched as realist versions of theism, most influenced by Plantinga’s writings, began to sweep through the philosophical community, until today perhaps one-quarter or one-third of philosophy professors are theists, with most being orthodox Christians. Although many theists do not work in the area of the philosophy of religion, so many of them do work in this area that there are now over five philosophy journals devoted to theism or the philosophy of religion, such as
Be Heard Project: Meriam Ibrahim
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A conservative pediatrics association is defending kids—and
psychotherapy for unwanted same-sex attraction—in court
Grace to You
Blind spots are certainly easy to develop in our hearts, whether about money or any other aspect of belief and practice. How can you safeguard yourself from letting your personal blind spots become ingrained attitudes, poisoning your ability to see clearly what God wants to do in your life?
Ralph Peters - Why Team Obama Was Blindsided by the Bergdahl Backlash
It’s hard to believe that the resulting court-martial would not find Bergdahl guilty of desertion (although there will be heavy White House pressure to reduce the charge to Absent Without Leave, or AWOL, status, a lesser offense). If he is convicted, I for one do not want him to go to prison. I’m sure he has paid and paid for betraying his comrades, quite possibly suffering brutal sexual violence. But if he is found guilty, he needs to be formally reduced to the rank of private, stripped of all privileges and entitlements (the taxpayer should not pay for a deserter’s lifelong health care — Bergdahl’s book and film deals can cover that), and he should be given the appropriate prison sentence, which would then be commuted by the president. Thereafter, let Mr. Bergdahl go home and live with himself.
RZIM Summer Institute Online
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Miss USA hopeful, a 'product of rape,' educates on sexual assault
Miss Pennsylvania Valerie Gatto, 24, a self-described “product of rape,” hopes her experience growing up as well as her mother’s attack can show that anything is possible from a bleak starting point. Gatto also educates women about protecting themselves from sexual assault.
The Gospel Coalition - Not Number One, the Only One
In our day, we don’t like narrow, exclusive options. We might think God is constraining and restricting our choices. But isn’t this how love is expressed? Imagine if I were to tell my wife, “Baby, you’re number one. No matter how many other wives I take, you’ll be my first.” That might make for compelling reality television, but that’s not going to be a good marriage. Love demands exclusivity. My wife doesn’t want to be number one; she wants to be the only one—not because she doesn’t love me but because she does.
God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: Belief in God and Reason
The Laws of Logic: Laws of
thought and reason that are immaterial, aspatial, atemporal, universal,
obligatory, necessary, immutable, and absolute. Some academics identify them as
the laws of thought, the laws of truth, or the laws of reason. Various scholars
strongly prefer to name them the laws of logic because they are independent of
human minds and are ubiquitous throughout all experience. All rational thinking
(and communication) presupposes and uses the laws of logic. The Law of Identity
(LOI) is A=A. The most well-known law is the Law of Non-contradiction (LNC): A
cannot be A and Non-A at the same time in the same way (A~~A). A man cannot be
his own father. The laws of logic “are basic principles of reasoning” (Frame:
CVT). The laws of logic reflect the nature and mind of the God of the Bible;
thus, they have ontological grounding—that is, they are grounded in the very
nature of truth itself and cannot be reduced to human convention, opinion or
psychology. Without these laws, knowledge and rational thinking are impossible.
To deny the laws of logic, one must use these laws in one’s attempt to deny
Defenders Class Live | Reasonable Faith
Defenders is Dr. William Lane Craig's Sunday school class on Christian doctrine and apologetics. Join leading Christian scholar Dr. Craig as he carefully and articulately teaches a comprehensive survey course from the Doctrine of God to the Doctrine of the Last Things, explaining Christian apologetic arguments along the way. Click on the link to watch live on Sunday mornings at 11:30 EST or to enjoy archived classes at your convenience.
Tailgate: Some Questions for Karl Giberson
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution, including breaking news about scientific research.
You May Be Surprised How Many Born-Again Christians Use Ashley Madison
In the General Social Survey, which tracks how Americans think on a variety of issues, a majority of men and women both said that infidelity when married is always wrong — but more women agree. At least 78 per cent of men think cheating is never okay when you're hitched, while 84 per cent of women share that sentiment.
In the 1970s, those numbers were 63 per cent and 73 per cent respectively, so both men and women are more likely today to be anti-infidelity, and the gap between the sexes on the subject has narrowed over the time.
Kids These Days
We got here not because we slept through the crossing of a Rubicon. Instead, we insisted that because our grandparents objected needlessly (compared to our parents), our parents must have objected needlessly (compared to us), and therefore we needed to refuse to object needlessly about our kids, knowing that their kids will be much worse. We have come to expect and accept rebellion—musically and morally—as a normal part of growing up. Some parents even begin to worry when their children don’t rebel.
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According to Bethke, the biggest threat to Christianity are Christians themselves, who have driven people from Christ and his Church through an adherence to “religion,” which is essentially comprised of judgmental attitudes and works righteousness. He, like many others in his generation, clings to a media characterization of the fundamentalist (or even evangelical) often displayed on the Larry King show: “mean, bigoted, hateful and sometimes stupid.” He also falls into the popular fallacy that Jesus was not himself really concerned about the law, while one would think that even a cursory reading of Matthew 5 should dispel this notion forever. He opines, “No wonder the world hates us. Most of the time we’re persecuted not because we love Jesus, but because we’re prideful, arrogant jerks who don’t love the real Jesus. We’re often judgmental, hypocritical, and legalistic while claiming to follow a Jesus who is forgiving, authentic, and loving.” But can the problem of declining church attendance among millennials be primarily a
Book at Harvard Library Is Bound in Human Skin - NBC News
"This book is bound in human skin parchment on which no ornament has been stamped to preserve its elegance. By looking carefully you easily distinguish the pores of the skin," he wrote. "A book about the human soul deserved to have a human covering: I had kept this piece of human skin taken from the back of a woman."
In recent years, some evangelical Protestant leaders have signed statements pledging themselves to joint social action with Roman Catholics. Others have refused to participate, declaring that, in their view, the statements went too far, touching on the gospel, which remains a point of disagreement between Protestants and Roman Catholics. Many evangelical Christians have found themselves confused by the different directions taken by their leaders.
Totalitarianism stalks campuses. Feminist fanatics kill free speech
Promoting a culture of life in universities isn’t about ‘opposing women’s rights’ but about changing structures on campus so that students who find themselves pregnant and unsupported can continue to study. It’s about discussing interesting philosophical, medical, and ethical questions around when life begins.
Republican or Democrat, Americans Find Abortion Morally Unacceptable
A recent Gallup poll takes a range of issues in which respondents are asked if it is morally acceptable or not. The 19 issues are regarded as “Highly acceptable, “Largely acceptable,” “Contentious,” “Largely unacceptable,” and “Highly unacceptable.” Abortion, along with doctor-assisted suicide, is regarded as contentious, and, according to Gallup, the “moral acceptability [is] at or near record high.” Still, these issues only enjoy 42 percent and 52 percent of moral acceptability, respectively. Further down in the analysis of the poll, these numbers are broken down by political party.
Seventy Years On: Franklin D. Roosevelt's D-Day Prayer
Franklin D. Roosevelt perfected the art of speaking directly to the American people. Unlike presidents before him, the invention and availability of the radio allowed Americans from New York to California to hear his voice-all at the same time. The radio transformed America in the 1930s and '40s, and transformed presidential politics.
The Myth of Human "Tails": A Physician and Surgeon's Perspective
I have operated on quite a few children (at least five) with what Giberson, a physicist, would call a "tail." I just removed one of them from a newborn about a month ago. None of them -- and none of the reports in the literature that I know of -- are actual tails. A tail has vertebrae, is a continuation of the coccyx, has developed muscles, nerves and other soft tissues, etc. The appendages described in the literature, and all of the appendages on which I have operated, are dysmorphic mesenchymal tissue, often epithelialized exophytic dermal sinus tracts, that bear a superficial resemblance to a "tail." None have the structure of a tail, even in rudimentary form, and none of the ones I have operated on were attached to the coccyx in the way that a tail is. I don't know what to make of the terms "true tail" and "pseudo-tail" -- I've yet to find a cogent definition, and I don't know of any case report of a genuine tail in a human being.
How Not to Argue Like an Idiot: The 15 Most Common Logical Fallacies - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Whether we like it or not, the protestant tradition is founded on “reason and the scriptures” – whether it’s Martin Luther standing before the Diet of Worms, C.S. Lewis apologetically defending the faith via radio waves, or Jonathon Edwards detailing the philosophical argument for the captivity of the soul – we are a community founded on the ability to reason. But I’ve used and heard plenty of bad reasoning from Christians. The following list is composed of some of the most common logical fallacies; I’ve chosen to limit it to only those I’ve actually heard in the last couple years.
When Atheists Are Angry at God - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I've shaken my fist in anger at stalled cars, storm clouds, and incompetent meteorologists. I've even, on one terrible day that included a dead alternator, a blaring blaring tornado-warning siren, and a horrifically wrong weather forecast, cursed all three at once. I've fumed at furniture, cussed at crossing guards, and held a grudge against Gun Barrel City, Texas. I've been mad at just about anything you can imagine.
Wisconsin Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down - NBC News
The lawsuit challenges both North Dakota's constitutional ban on gay marriage and its refusal to recognize marriages of same-sex couples who legally wed in other states. That means cases are currently pending in all 30 states with gay marriage bans. Judges have overturned several of those bans since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year.
RELEVANT Podcast: Crowder
This week we talk to folktronica mastermind (and bearded wonder) Crowder about his new album, Neon Steeple. Plus, an unexpected guest calls in, we recap the week's news and entertainment, read your feedback and much more ...
Why We Laugh
Laughter is universal, but we know very little about the reasons we do it. Dr. Robert Provine has been studying the social and neurological roots of laughter for 20 years, and has come to surprising conclusions about how we operate as human beings. To learn more about Dr. Provine's research at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, read his latest book, Curious Behavior .
The Inevitable Consequence of an Atheistic Worldview - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
We deride the Theists for having created myths and holy books. We imagine ourselves superior. But we too imagine there are reasons to obey laws, be polite, protect the weak etc. Rubbish. We are nurturing a new religion, one where we imagine that such conventions have any basis in reality. Have they allowed life to exist? Absolutely. But who cares? Outside of my greedy little gene's need to reproduce, there is nothing in my world that stops me from killing you and reproducing with your wife. Only the fear that I might be incarcerated and thus be deprived of the opportunity to do the same with the next guy's wife stops me. Some of my Atheist friends have fooled themselves into acting like the general population. They live in suburban homes, drive Toyota Camrys, attend school plays. But underneath they know the truth. They are a bag of DNA whose only purpose is to make more of themselves. So be nice if you want. Be involved, have polite conversations, be a model citizen. Just be aware that while technically an Atheist, you are an inferior one. You're just a little bit less evolved, that's all.
Tim Keller on Mars Hill Preaching, Homosexuality, and Transgender Identity
If I was speaking in a Mars Hill situation, I might give a topical talk like Paul did. So most of my preaching is somewhere in the middle. I’m supplementing my points to make it a little easier for the skeptic to accept my point. I’m trying to bring people along; I want the person to come with me. In the earlier parts of my sermon I’m trying to fortify—this psychologist says that, and so on. But at the end, I’m bringing in Jesus as the solution to the problem, and I’m not using those sources anymore.
People new to Reformed theology may wonder just what it was about a five-hundred-year-old historical movement that affects our thinking so much today. So join Dr. Stephen Nichols for an inviting, approachable take on “Reformation 101,” as he explores the events of the Protestant Reformation from the perspective of important figures from each of four key countries in this new seven-part teaching series. More than a history lesson, Dr. Nichols helps believers understand why the Reformation mattered then and matters now.
The creation implication seems inescapable - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
In the field of modern cosmology, the creation implication seems inescapable. According to prevailing scientific theory, the universe had a singular beginning nearly 14 billion years ago. All matter, energy, time, and space exploded into existence (in a carefully controlled and fine-tuned manner) from nothing (no preexisting materials). This standard big-bang cosmological model, embraced by the vast majority of research scientists because it has withstood extensive scientific testing, uniquely corresponds to the biblical teaching of creation ex nihilo. A book written a couple thousand years ago contains a view of cosmology that stunningly corresponds to the latest and best scientific findings.
The Extraordinary Work of Ordinary Means
Next, imagine five years of services. Imagine dinner tables with mealtime prayers that quote meaningful worship lyrics. Imagine single believers drawing on the truth in these worship songs as they hope in their perfect Savior more than a hoped-for marriage. Imagine tense budget discussions between husbands and wives when suddenly an old hymn comes to their minds and assures them of God’s provision. Imagine parents sitting on the edge of bunk beds, using worship lyrics to correct and instruct their children. Imagine nervous hospital waiting rooms where patients hum Sunday’s songs, anticipating a doctor’s prognosis.
Reparations, privilege and communal sin
As Coates points out, though, the problem is bigger than stereotypes and water fountains. It’s bigger than the effects of slavery, although that is certainly one factor. And, perhaps most disheartening, it’s bigger than the attitudes and actions of individuals. I think this was most clear in Coates’ discussion of redlining. This federal policy essentially prevented African Americans from using the federally backed mortgages that allowed the growing, white middle class to own their homes. The practice categorized neighborhoods with African-American residents as “unstable” and “undesirable.” What I did not understand before reading Coates’ article was that this policy created a situation in which white people who moved out of integrating neighborhoods did not simply believe their home values would drop because of racist stereotypes, but because a federal policy guaranteed that it would happen.
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.”
I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (Book)
Norman Geisler and Frank Turek argue, however, that Christianity is not only more reasonable than all other belief systems, but is indeed more rational than unbelief itself. With conviction and clear thinking, Geisler and Turek guide readers through some of the traditional, tested arguments for the existence of a creator God. They move into an examination of the source of morality and the reliability of the New Testament accounts concerning Jesus. The final section of the book deals with a detailed investigation of the claims of Christ. This volume will be an interesting read for those skeptical about Christianity, as well as a helpful resource for Christians seeking to articulate a more sophisticated defense of their faith.
To Fear Is to Know
At the heart of every gospel leader is a robust, right and lofty view of God. A good way to check your view of God is to look at your life. If you have a high view of God, you will live with high standards; if you have a low view of God, you will live with low standards. If you’ve got a high view of God, your problems will seem small. If you’ve got a low view of God, your problems will overwhelm you.
A Biblical Case for Awesome Beards
Yet, despite a clear Biblical and historical bias towards beardliness, a number of Christian institutions and Bible colleges have, throughout the years, created policies that expressly forbade the cultivation of facial manliness. Historical anti-beard institutions include Bob Jones University, Moody Bible Institute, The Salvation Army, and Pensacola Christian College. Liberty University's dress code stills insists that "facial hair should be neatly trimmed." So much for liberty.
What if Someone Believes in God for Bad Reasons? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
If you or somebody you know is a Christian for one of those kinds of reasons, you (or they) don't have a very good reason to be a Christian. There are lots of people all around the world, but particularly in United States, who are Christians for those kinds of reasons. In other words, lots of people are Christians for really bad reasons. An important question to ask when this is the case is, "So what?" Now, please understand before we get further into this, I am not advocating an anti-intellectual Christianity. In fact, I'm going to advocate precisely the opposite. The problem as I see it, is that people often will use the fact that Christians have poor reasons for believing as evidence against the existence of God. This typically leads to things like the Genetic Fallacy.
Truthbomb Apologetics: Video: The Apologetic Task by William Lane Craig
Welcome! It's been wisely stated that the way one answers the question, "Is there a God?" defines a life.
Here at Truthbomb Apologetics we strive to offer apologetics resources to encourage and challenge both believer and unbeliever.
Critical thinking is strongly encouraged, reason is a must, and all are welcomed!
The tyranny of religion and the freedom of atheism - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
In the past two years, the show has interviewed a radio personality who began his religious activity lobbying within a fundamentalist evangelical church against liberal politics. From there, he converted to Catholicism. Finding the current Catholic doctrine to be too lax, he joined a Catholic sub-culture whose efforts involved resurrecting the far stricter teachings of medieval Catholicism. Finding this did not satisfy the perfection he sought in religion, he began to push a return to Old Testament law. This pursuit of radical legalism left him entirely disillusioned with religion, eventually causing his conversion to atheism.
Describe the God you rejected - 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.
Should Christians Never Argue? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
As Christians we seek to spread the truth of the Gospel to a lost and dying world. However, as our culture continues to lose its Christian underpinnings, many people are finding that communicating that Gospel isn't quite as easy as it used to be. Previously, most people on the west would have more or less a shared set of beliefs about how the world works, a common worldview based on Judeo-Christian principles. Today, though, that isn't necessarily true. Moral relativism and materialistic views have replaced much of the previous beliefs that grounds one's understanding of who we are and how we should behave.