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Putting Words to the Universal Design Intuition

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

Top 5 Myths That Many Atheists Believe

Having a YouTube channel dedicated to Christian apologetics and related themes, I get my share of comments from atheists claiming that my beliefs are nothing but myths. Their beliefs on the otherha…

Have Trade Agreements Killed the Manufacturing Sector?

NAFTA and other trade agreements don’t seem to have had a great deal of influence on the gradual evolution of the economy away from employment in manufacturing and toward employment in services.

Donald Trump dents relationship with black voters - premier

Evangelical Christian Donald Trump has sparked controversy after trying to engage black voters to choose him for President in the US election. 

Comic opera based on "Potato Jesus" scheduled for 2017 - premier

An opera has been created based around a botched restoration work of Jesus in Borja, Spain.

A Dehumanizing Ideology Unsurprisingly Catalyzes Violence

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

Finally, a Video Explains How Christian Radio Hits Are Written

Do all of the songs you hear on Christian radio kind of sound the same? Comedians John Crist and Aaron Chewning have unlocked the formula for writing a CCM blockbuster in their latest parody, featuring two Christian music executives coaching a hot new band on how to write the perfect, theologically ambiguous, emotionally compelling worship hit. Along with his stand-up comedy, Crist is known for his send-ups of Christian culture. His Christian Mingle Inspectors video remains a classic. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor, and cue it up next. You won’t regret it.


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Can a Determinist Change the World?

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

Someone Re-cut a ‘Rogue One’ Trailer Set to the Beastie Boys' 'Sabotage'

What could possibly improve the Internet-breaking trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? A soundtrack comprised of a (censored) Beastie Boys’ classic of course. Well done, YouTuber.

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Join pastor Mark each week live from The Trinity Church in Scottsdale Arizona. Service times at The Trinity Church are 9 and 10:45AM Mountain Time Zone (Arizona).

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Stealing from God: The New Atheists

Dr. Frank Turek breaks the mold of Christian apologetics. All too often, Christians contending for the faith take a defensive posture, resorting to arguments intended to shore up the biblical worldview, rather than “demolish every argument and pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.” (2 Corinthians 10:5) Turek’s approach is different, and he explains it in his newest book, “Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case.”

If You Can Keep It: America's Greatness Depends on This One Thing

As Benjamin Franklin was leaving one evening during the drafting of the Constitution in 1787, he was approached by a woman who asked, "Well, doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?"

Is Intelligent Design Undeniable? This Cambridge-Trained Scientist Says Yes. | The Stream

By “design intuition,” he simply means the universal human faculty of recognizing design both in human products and in nature. He says, “I intend to show that the universal design intuition is reliable when properly used and, moreover, that it provides a solid refutation of Darwin’s explanation for life.” According to Axe, we know that intelligence is necessary for making omelets and bricks, and yet we’re told that more complex things, like dragonflies and horses, came about without anyone making them. He finds this utterly implausible and in defiance of common sense.

RC Sproul: What Difference Does an Inerrant Bible Make?

We dismissed ourselves from the conference and went out for dinner. As we sat down, Charlie said to me, “Before we have a conversation, there is something I have to tell you.” I said, “What’s that?” He told me, “I don’t believe any more what I used to believe about Scripture when we were in college together. Back then I believed in inerrancy, but I’ve been to seminary and have been exposed to higher criticism. I just don’t believe that the Bible is inerrant anymore. I wanted to clear the air so that we can go on from there.” I replied, “Fine, Charlie, but let me ask you this. What do you still believe from the old days?” And triumphantly Charlie said, “I still believe that Jesus Christ is my Savior and my Lord.” I was happy to hear that, but then I started to ask questions that clearly made Charlie uncomfortable…

The Heavy Indictment Against God's Righteousness

Many people have emotionally and intellectually wrestled with the evils and sufferings of this world. Everyone, Christian and atheist alike , genuinely wonder about the reasons for the existence of these evils and sufferings. When evil and suffering is as prevalent as it is, it is a natural curiosity for anyone of any background to contemplate these things. Worldviews (i.e. Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Atheism, etc…) approach the matter of earthly evil and suffering in different manners, some more effective than others. However, Christianity stakes a claim that no other religion does. God condescended himself into the form of man and experienced evil and suffering from a first hand human perspective while simultaneously remaining fully God. In the process of Jesus’ earthly ministry, God opened the door for everyone to experience eternity without evil in His divine presence through His everlasting sacrificial act of drying on the cross and resurrecting on the third day. All that is required is to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in order to inherit eternal life with Him through His grace.

Did Jesus Contradict Himself by Calling People Fools?

Jesus did not focus just on an individual’s actions such as murder but also on the heart and attitude behind those actions. A heart full of anger toward someone can lead to insults, name calling, and even murder. In other words, murder is not the only symptom of a corrupted heart, which is the main point Jesus made.

Instagram photo by Mikel Del Rosario • Aug 21, 2016 at 10:19pm UTC

When Religious Doubt Grows Agonizing

Emotional religious doubt presents an enigma. Exceptionally prevalent and sometimes excruciatingly painful, religious doubt is experienced by believers in a wide variety of ways. Distraught sentiments often appear habitually as agonized “What if…?” scenarios. Viewed in the context of other forms of doubt, there are many differences. However, the common notions of how to progress toward healing doubt are frequently very wide of the mark, and can be counterproductive. For example, Christian evidences by themselves rarely halt the pain. This version of uncertainty generally requires some additional attention to emotive elements, which are the most disruptive feature. In Scripture, we discover many questioning believers as well as much prescriptive advice regarding how to deal with emotional hurt. Combined with some exceptionally helpful principles from contemporary Christian counseling, emotional doubt can often be lessened significantly, or even healed. Further, the resulting discipline can be helpful in other areas of the Christian life, as well.

4 Ways to Help a Hurting Friend

In this delicate space, we will feel the tension of both truths—God’s deep love and the tragic suffering of the world. There's freedom for the one who offers agenda-less hope without having the burden of trying to explain the pain and for those who receive it as they wade through their suffering and come to a unique understanding of what it means in their story.

13 Social Media Highlights (8/21/16)

Here are highlights from our various social media accounts over the past week.

“Star Trek: Beyond”- A Christian perspective- Humanism, Unity, and Fear of the Unknown

Star Trek: Beyond has just released, and it is garnering critical praise. Full of special effects, the film has more heart and humor than might be expected. I quite enjoyed the movie. Here, I will discuss the movie from a Christian perspective. There will be  SPOILERS  for the film in what follows.

Obama offends Louisiana flood victims with memo warning them not to discriminate

President Obama has refused so far to survey the Louisiana flood disaster, but he did let state and local officials know that he’s watching to make sure they don’t engage in racial discrimination.

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Why Are You A Christian? (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast #16) | Cold Case Christianity

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner asks an important question: If you’re a Christian, why is this the case? How we answer this question is critically important given the growingly hostile nature of our culture related to classical Christianity. J. Warner reviews some of the answers he’s been given as he travels the country, and offers an evidential response of his own. (For more information, visit ).

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Former Muslim from Saudi Arabia thanks me for offending him.

A Spirit-Led Life is a Sin-Killing Life

John Owen famously wrote, “Be killing sin or it will be killing you.” This is exactly what we read in Romans, “for if you live according to the flesh you will die, but, if you by the Spirit put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (Rom. 8.13) There is no neutrality here. We cannot just tolerate sin like some sort of pet. We cannot domesticate sin and make it our own. We must, says Paul, kill it. Too many Christians live in the passive realm. We do not fight against sin. We tolerate it. We make excuses for it. We label it. But the Bible says, “Kill it!”

The Justice Department Is Finally Going to Stop Using Private, Profit-Driven Prisons

The conflict between that profit motive and the legitimate goals of government forces a constant arms race between the contractors (who must seek new, creative ways to maximize their profits) and their government overseers (who must ensure the government is actually getting what it paid for) … Prisoners in these for-profit prisons have died from untreated HIV, untreated cancer, suicide, and heart attacks and seizures where officials delayed transfer to a hospital.

21 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

Lord, Enlarge My Love for You

I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe. (Ephesians 1:16–19)

Judge dismisses lawsuits against Kim Davis over marriage licenses | Fox News

A federal judge has thrown out three lawsuits against the Kentucky county clerk who went to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to reports.

Truth Whack a Mole - Attempts at Honesty

I have come to realize that those who refuse to believe (it is a will issue, first and foremost) have to spend a lot of energy whacking down those truth moles as they pop up. How are you going to respond to the claims Jesus made about himself? How could the complexity we see in biology happen by chance? Can you really live as though there are no absolute truths? Why is it that so many believe in the supernatural? These are examples of questions, like moles, that pop up and must be swept aside to remain antagonistic to belief. Those who are truly wrestling with these questions are more open to dialog.

Can Natural Processes Explain the Origin of Life?

When considering how life began, there are only two options. Either life was created by an intelligent source (God) or it began by natural processes. The common perception presented in many textbooks and in the media is that life arose from nonlife in a pool of chemicals about 3.8 billion years ago. The claim by evolutionists is that this formation of life was the result of time, chance, and natural processes. One widely used example of how life could have formed by natural processes is the Miller-Urey experiment, performed in the early 1950s.


UPDATED: August 21, 2016 Introduction I am not a musician and do not sing (well), but like most people, I do love music. Both science and music have been long-time fascinations of mine, and when a certain book was spotted, the urge to buy it could not be resisted. " This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession " by Daniel J. Levitin is that book. It was a bit hefty of a book for me at the time I purchased it, but the idea of seeing the awesome connections between music and science was worth the risk. My usual style of book reviews begins with a chapter-by-chapter summary of the book and concludes with my thoughts. However, I have decided to invert this particular review to place my thoughts before the chapter-by-chapter summary because it may not be so obvious as to the reason why such a book would appear on a blog about defending the truth of the Christian worldview. Here are my thoughts followed by the chapter-by-chapter summary: Reviewer's Thoughts This book was an incredible read. The combination and connection of an art and science was quite thrilling and fascinating.

Top 10 Things I Love That Worship Leaders Do

I always feel like I’m on a cruise ship or at a cocktail lounge—not that I frequent either one of those places!—when the worship leader is up there constantly cracking jokes and treating his banter like practice for his improv class. You don’t need to treat the service like a funeral, of course, and about the only thing as annoying as a constantly silly worship leader is a constantly humorless one—but I love it when worship leaders capture both the gladness and the gravity of responding to the Lord’s call to worship. So instead of taking on the personas of gameshow host on one hand or “I’d rather be alone in my room with my principles” artiste on the other, I love it when you are both happy in and humbled by the holiness of God.

Report: Boko Haram Has Kidnapped 10,000 Boys and Turned Them Into Child Soldiers

“What is happening here in northeastern Nigeria is part of a disturbing rise in child jihadism. Young boys and at times girls are being indoctrinated into violent fundamentalism and used as fighters, suicide bombers and spies,” WSJ said.

The Second Life of the Man Who Wouldn’t Run on Sunday

Liddell lived life to the hilt, but not in the modern “I am tenaciously dedicated to my own hedonic brand” kind of way. Liddell’s vision of an all-out life was to assess his options, count the cost, and then take the most risky step in the name of Jesus Christ. The calculation was a simple one: “Each one comes to the cross-roads at some period of his life,” Hamilton quotes Liddell as preaching, “and must make his decision for or against his Master.” This Christocentric logic made great sense to Liddell, even if it made little sense to the world. Liddell faced fierce skepticism for his attempts to live out his faith, whether in his famous decision not to run on Sundays or his withdrawal from competition in order to answer the missionary call.

Metaxas Speaks Out, So Can You: Be Prepared to Share

Recently on CNN, my BreakPoint co-host Eric Metaxas demonstrated, live and in-person, how to talk with those with whom you clearly disagree. In a discussion with host Don Lemon about Hillary Clinton’s choice of Tim Kaine as running mate, Eric articulated that the Democratic platform had become synonymous with the most radical pro-abortion position possible.

The “Evolutionizing” of a Culture

We are engaged in a war of worldviews. Secular humanism (with autonomous human reason as the authority that leads to evolution and millions-of-years foundation) is fighting tooth and nail against biblical Christianity (with God’s Word as the authority that reveals creation and a global flood) for the hearts and minds of our children. Over the past generations, we’ve seen the battle increase and intensify.

"God Made Me for China" - Eric Liddell Beyond Olympic Glory -

Later, Eric and his brother would be sent to boarding school near London and would know their parents only through correspondence and brief visits. But China was always on Liddell’s heart. As a student at the University of Edinburgh, Liddell became very well known as both a runner and a preacher. He was especially powerful as a preacher to young men. Liddell spoke passionately but conversationally, explaining that the best preaching to young men took the form of a simple talk, in Duncan Hamilton’s words, “as if chatting over a picket fence.” But Liddell’s clear biblical and evangelical message came through, and powerfully.

#Blessed in the Age of Global Poverty

Whether it's a wedding, summer vacation or an Instagram-worthy dinner party, our tendency in an always-social world is to focus on the highlights of our lives and the lives of people we know. But for the majority of the world, perfectly filtered images resting above #Blessed captions are the farthest thing from reality.

The Horror Before the Holocaust

Is it not possible, that by keeping the atrocities of a specific time and place “alive” and at the forefront of our memories, we mask or minimize current atrocities that take a different form? An obsession with events of the past can make us blind to worse events of the present, and make us feel righteous in comparison. Jews, no doubt, want to make sure that holocaust-like events never happen again. And there are many wealthy Jews who produce and direct movies and memorials to keep the bad dream alive (Steven Spielberg’s probably the most notorious). But should we not devote most of our energies to discerning the atrocities that are occurring right before our eyes, and by us as Americans in real-time?

9 Proverbs Every Voter Should Read

In a recent conversation with pastor Rick Warren, author of the international bestseller The Purpose-Driven Life and senior pastor of Saddleback Church, he pointed out that we often miss how pertinent many of the Bible's Proverbs are. He thinks we get distracted by references to “kings” and “princes” and rulers that seem far removed from 21st-century America. But, Warren told me, when we take a look at many of the Proverbs in a modern-language translation, we see freshly the kind of leaders and officials the Bible endorses.

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The Sacred Ritual of Church Suppers and Snacks

Post-church refreshments in Malawi consisted of a drink of water from a hand-pump outside the little painted-brick Anglican church where we worshiped. But not for our family: we carried our own filtered water with us. It was awkward, and marked us as different from the rest of the congregants. But parasites—and diseases like cholera and typhoid—were not uncommon. The only food was the Eucharist, and, even as I knelt to receive it, I cringed inwardly when the priest fed me the bread and gave me a sip from the common cup. No one wants to think about microbes when you’re supposed to be thinking about the body and blood of Christ, but I couldn’t help it.

Instagram photo by Mikel Del Rosario • Aug 21, 2016 at 6:52pm UTC

Biblical Persuasion: The Heart of Evangelistic Apologetics

As I have studied apologetics over the years I have noticed that the word “persuasion” comes up much more regularly than what I have been use to throughout my church and educational experience. I have been to countless evangelism events, conferences and training sessions over the years, but I cannot recall a single sermon, lesson or resource on the biblical concept of persuasion.

No, the 'Safest Place' Isn't the Center of God's Will

I so agree! The Lord has taught me, also, that self-care is meant to sustain us in the battle, not become an excuse to avoid the battle. There IS a pervasive message out there – even in Christian circles – that if we are suffering then someone is doing something wrong! This wrong thinking opens the door to the enemy’s lies either on the side of false self-blame when we have chosen right and suffer for it, or on the other side, that God is failing us and doing something wrong! Our culture of entitlement that tells us we “deserve” all kinds of things that God never promised us, while conveniently ignoring what He DID promise us: His eternal love and care. When we try to equate never suffering and getting everything we want in this world to God’s loving care for us, we just haven’t spent enough time in the Word and have a way to go before we know what Corrie ten Boom knew.

Treating the Gospel Like a Cookie Rather Than a Cure

Whenever I visit a college or university to give a presentation, I make an effort to talk with students in the local Christian groups that are active on campus. These students often discuss the apathy that seems to permeate the Christian culture in universities across America. Don’t get me wrong, there are many significant Christian clubs and organizations on campuses across America, but it’s clear from talking to the students I meet that few Christians seem to be willing to reach out and share what they believe with non-Christians on the campus. Some Christian groups are internally active, if not externally focused. Most young Christians would rather hang out with fellow Christians in a safe environment than actively evangelize the campus for Christ. If you think back to your own college experience, you probably felt the same way. Why do we hesitate to share the Gospel with non-believers? I think it’s because we treat the gospel like a cookie rather than a cure.

Can Creationists Be “Real” Scientists?

Clearly, creationists can indeed be real scientists. And this shouldn’t be surprising since the very basis for scientific research is biblical creation. This is not to say that noncreationists cannot be scientists. But, in a way, an evolutionist is being inconsistent when he or she does science. The big-bang supporter claims the universe is a random chance event, and yet he or she studies it as if it were logical and orderly. The evolutionist is thus forced to borrow certain creationist principles in order to do science. The universe is logical and orderly because its Creator is logical and has imposed order on the universe. God created our minds and gave us the ability and curiosity to study the universe. Furthermore, we can trust that the universe will obey the same physics tomorrow as it does today because God is consistent. This is why science is possible. On the other hand, if the universe is just an accidental product of a big bang, why should it be orderly? Why should there be laws of nature if there is no lawgiver? If our brains are the by-products of random chance, why should we trust that their conclusions are accurate? But if our minds have been designed, and if the universe has been constructed by God, as the Bible teaches, then of course we should be able to study nature.

Researcher: ‘Inwardly Focused’ Churches Are Leading to Massive Declines

Though the piece doesn’t give exact numbers correlating “inward focus” (which would be sort of difficult to quantify) and drop-offs in attendance, Rainer is an expert on church growth in the U.S. From 1990 - 2005, his consulting group provided growth insights to more than 500 churches and Christian organizations, and he’s written more than 20 books on the topic.

King Jesus on Your Campus: Resources for Effective College Ministry

Many churches struggle with how to best reach college students. Do we build another “youth group” experience for them? Do we fold them into the life of entire church? How do we promote maturing faith? As church leaders we need a biblical model of ministry that will prepare college students for lives of gospel ministry and leadership in the church of Jesus Christ.

Way #2-The Last "Shot" Your Student Should Have Before College. - Mama Bear Apologetics

And as much as you hated the hurt, you did it for how much it helped in the end. So, here is the help and the hope for what is ailing our Christian youth. It’s a booster shot if they’ve been exposed to apologetics before. It’s a potential immunization if not. Answering doubts and building confidence about Christianity can help protect them from the infection being spread on campus by other worldviews. In what is being called “age of apologetics” there is no shortage of supplies when it comes to resources to answer every question about Christianity that could ever be asked. There are more benefits to teaching and learning how to defend the faith than the obvious ones. Apologetics enhances worship, fosters discipleship, promotes evangelism, and develops critical thinking.

Thomas Sowell: Recycling Old Lies, One Election At A Time

We expect to hear a lot of lies during an election year, and this year is certainly no exception. What is surprising is how old some of these lies are, and how often they have been shown to be lies, years ago or even decades ago.

Why I’m Not a World-Changer

At one time in my life, I probably used this language with an impressionable young person or two, but I’m done telling young people they’re destined to turn the world upside down for Jesus. Have I gone lukewarm? Am I encouraging half-hearted discipleship? I don’t think so. I’ve had too many heartbreaking conversations with young adult friends like Katie who eagerly responded to the “change the world” call, gave themselves over to ministry, missions, or social entrepreneurship, and then burned out after a few years in the trenches. (As D. L. Mayfield details in her latest book —subtitled “notes from a failed missionary on rediscovering faith”—youthful zeal has its limits.)

The Passions That Prevent Adultery

In three minutes, John Piper explains how God cures our heart’s broken desires for sin. When the Bible calls us to live like Christ, it doesn’t merely give us a set of commands. It presents us with something compelling and captivating that changes our minds, and then our hearts. The gospel convinces us of something irresistibly true, and then transforms our desires for something new. That conviction and passion keeps us out of bed with someone who’s not our spouse and rejects a thousand other temptations.

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Don't Be Afraid to Be the Cause of Your Kids' Questions About Christianity

A couple of weeks ago, I started teaching a 5-week “Introduction to Apologetics” class to adults at a local church. In the first session, we talked about the evidence for the existence of God in nature—the origin of the universe, the design of life, and our innate moral knowledge.

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56 “The Atheist Delusion” – Why Millions Deny the Obvious
57 State Department: 74% of Global Population Does Not Have Religious Freedom
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67 How Jesus Helped His Disciples Increase Their Faith
68 How to Be a Peacemaker in World of Conflict
69 Postmodernism, Open Theism, and Philosophy
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72 How Resources Changed My Mind
73 God Remembers You
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75 Supposed Human Ancestor Found in African Cave?
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