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Nose for Design: Irreducible Complexity, Goal-Directed Hierarchical Organization, Combinatorial Coding

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

Jim Gaffigan Is Blowing Up

With four specials, two best-selling books, A show and a ton of kids, Jim Gaffigan might be the biggest man in comedy .

The High Five (Sept. 25)

A handful of good news stories to brighten your weekend.

A Great Grandmother Is Scotland’s Coolest New Street Artist

Memo to young taggers: You’re not as cool as you think you are. Meet Grace Brett, a 104-year-old great-grandmother who has been yarn-bombing Boarders, Scotland. Currently, her work can be seen on any nearby bench, wall or phone booth that she can get her hooks/needles on. And the motive for this fly-by-night art project? Beauty, Brett says. “I thought it was a really good idea to decorate the town and enjoyed having my crochet included,” she told the Press And Journal. “I liked seeing my work showing with everyone else and thought the town looked lovely.” Check out an interview with our new favorite rebel artist below.

Waiting for Mutations: Why Darwinism Won't Work

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

Pope Francis Knocks Abortion, Christian Persecution, War and 'Anomalous Lifetyles;' Says Men and Women Are Different

In a historic speech delivered at the opening of the 70th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations Friday, Pope Francis called for a defense of the environment and a recognition and adherence to "moral law" in society while knocking abortion, war, Christian persecution and "anomalous" lifestyles.

Texas Student's Bomb Clock a Hoax? Ahmed Mohamed Raises Over $15K, Planning Trips to Mecca and White House

As public outrage grew amid reports of student Ahmed Mohamed's arrest for taking a homemade clock to school last week, new questions are emerging about the 14-year-old who became an international sensation and the authenticity of his clock.

4 Marks of Jesus’s Preaching

Here are four ways we ought to imitate Jesus's preaching.

PETA Sues to Give Monkey Copyright

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Watch Stephen Colbert Find New York’s Most Ridiculous Pope Merchandise

Just because Pope Francis isn’t a big fan of consumerism, it doesn’t mean some New York stores aren’t going to use his visit as an opportunity to move some product. As Colbert has found, there’s no shortage of Pope merchandise available in NYC this week.

Watch: How You Can Deep Fry a Pumpkin Spice Latte

It’s that time of year when the seasons change, a brisk chill replaces summer’s oppressive heat, days become shorter as cool autumn nights become longer and an odd hybrid flavor known as “pumpkin spice” infects every food that you typically enjoy. It’s a time of year when you really only have two options: Embrace the pumpkin spice or unsuccessfully attempt to rage against it. For those who are resigned to the fact that pumpkin spice is now a part of your life for several week, this video will show you how to fully enjoy your trip to fall flavortown in the most ridiculous way imaginable: Deep frying a pumpkin spice latte.

British Spies Prove the Popularity of Radiohead

This just in: Radiohead is popular. Like really really popular. So much in fact, Thom Yorke and the gang were the inspiration for the name behind an online surveillance program. Britain's Government Communications Headquarters was the organization behind Karma Police, which since seven years ago has been secretly collecting information on the public’s internet usage. According to recently released records, over 1.1 trillion records were collected between August 2007 and march 2009. Since 2012, 50 billion records a day have been taken. That’s news enough to turn anyone into a Paranoid Android.

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1 Frequently Abused Verses: Did God Promise You Prosperity?

send to a friend #20  Posted by Sterling Brown  |  Friday, September 25, 2015 at 2:53 PM Thank you! This has to be the most abused text I have heard through many, many years of listening to preaching (what is called preaching but really is not). This series has been such a blessing, I am looking forward to the other abused verses that are to be studied through. I must say that I believe that the main issue is that many church leaders have become bigger than God in their mind. They would never say that because that would be to blunt but they disguise their pride and rebellion under the cloak of being loving and/or compassionate. I have worked alongside many leaders who abuse verses because they think they are being loving. However what they don't realize is that their actions and in some cases their motives are that they are more compassionate than God Himself.

The Inexplicable Fine-Tuning of the Foundational Forces in Our Universe - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Forces Governing the Creation of Chemicals Are Favorable to Life: The earliest elements in the universe, hydrogen and helium, are insufficient for the existence of carbon-based life forms unless joined by carbon, oxygen and the other necessary elements. These secondary elements were formed in stars, but the process by which these stars converted hydrogen and helium to carbon was an incredibly fine-tuned process. Even small alterations in the laws of physics would have prevented the formation of elements critical to the existence of life. Susskind puts it this way: “In the beginning there were only hydrogen and helium: certainly not sufficient for the foundation of life. Carbon, oxygen, and all the others came later. They were formed in the nuclear reactors in the interiors of stars. But the ability of stars to transmute hydrogen and helium into the all-important carbon nuclei was a very delicate affair. Small changes in the laws of electricity and nuclear physics could have prevented the formation of carbon.”

Vince Carter Dunk over Weis (best copy)

The famous Vince Carter dunk, with 6 different camera angles and the crazy commentator reaction.

The Republican Party’s Surrender Politics

President Obama demands of Congress: fund all of Obamacare, with no changes to help the millions being hurt by that failed law, or he will veto funding for the entire federal government. And Republican leadership backs down. President Obama demands: fund his unconstitutional executive amnesty—or he will veto funding for the entire federal government. And Republican leadership backs down. President Obama demands: give $500 million in taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood, a private organization under criminal investigation —or he will veto funding for the entire federal government. And Republican leadership backs down.


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6 Grace to You Radio

You may never face a life-or-death test of your faith. But your integrity as a Christian is tested every day, in what you think, say, do, and refuse to do. What does it take to live An Uncompromising Life ? John MacArthur shows you in this practical study from Daniel.

Why Don’t Protestants Have a Pope?

6. The premise of the Catholic Church as run by a pontiff in Rome rests on a history that, even at its best, is filled with unfounded assumptions. As Bavinck points out again and again, if the primacy of the Roman bishop is true, then we must demonstrate that Peter spent decades in Rome, that he held the office of bishop and primate, and that he deliberately transferred this office to his successor at Rome. But later church tradition says Peter appointed overseers in other cities besides Rome. How do we know, if he meant to transfer supreme authority to any bishopric, that he meant to pass this primacy on to Rome? And if he transferred such power, where is the historical evidence for such a succession? And by what authority did he do so? “There has to be a divine law underlying this episcopal papal structure,” Bavinck notes. “But this is where the shoe pinched: it does not exist. Christ never said a word about Peter’s episcopacy at Rome nor about his successor. Neither according to Scripture nor according to tradition has Peter ever breathed a hint that the bishop at Rome would be his only true successor.

The Mingling of Souls

Matt and Lauren Chandler met in the mountains of Colorado in the summer of 1997—he, the dramatically converted and passionate preacher; she, the good girl and a fixture in her church’s youth group. Both brought their share of baggage and immaturity, but by God’s mercy, they grew up together in grace and forgiveness. They married in 1999. The first six years of their marriage...

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Life Hangs on the Word of God

He said to them, “Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law. For it is no empty word for you, but your very life, and by this word you shall live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.”

Planned Parenthood Doesn't Need More Money—Babies Need Rights

This past week the House of Representatives voted to suspend Planned Parenthood funding for a year. It also voted to require that infants born alive after induced abortions be given medical care on the same basis as wanted children. Amazingly, President Obama and all but five House Democrats opposed the latter bill. This is stunning. The American people support ending abortions performed on pain-capable children, and we should end taxpayer subsidies to those who perform them. It will be both shocking and disturbing if we fail to act now.

Jihad, Jizya, and Just War Theory - Christian Research Institute

The Qur’an and other Muslim sources contain both peaceful and violent passages. Muslims in the West (as well as politicians and the media) generally emphasize Muhammad’s peaceful teachings, while jihadists emphasize his more violent and radical commands. Although these “two faces” of Islam may seem opposed to one another, a careful examination shows that peace and violence are separate stages of a larger Islamic program, the ultimate goal of which is the violent subjugation of non-Muslims. According to the Qur’an and the example set by Muhammad, Muslims are to adapt their message and tactics to their status in society. When Muslims are completely outnumbered and can’t possibly win a battle against non-Muslims, they are commanded to promote tolerance as a means of protecting the Muslim community. When their numbers grow sufficient for military action, Muslims are told to defend themselves, through terrorism if necessary, from both persecution and criticism. If Muslims come to dominate a society, they are ordered to subjugate the non-Muslim population actively. Because the requirements and goals of jihad are at odds with the most basic constraints of just war theory, Islam cannot be reformed without abandoning adherence to Muhammad’s commands.

Exiles on the Earth

The Bible’s book for people who feel like exiles on this earth is 1 Peter. Suffering of all kinds unsettles us as believers and makes us long to be home with the Lord. In thirty minutes, John Piper opens the first verses of 1 Peter, highlighting who Peter is and explaining what it means to be an exile of heaven.

Donald Trump Is a Yuuuuuuuge Wuss

In the last month alone, Trump has threatened to sue a small-time T-shirt maker whose products bear critical slogans (“Donald Is Dumb,” “Stop Trump,” and “America Is Already Great”); he has attempted to begin legal proceedings against the Club for Growth on the grounds that it has had the temerity to oppose him and his policies (this, Trump says, is “defamation” — a stunted and preposterous piece of legal analysis that lends some credibility to the messages on the aforementioned t-shirts); and he has expressed a desire to use the federal government to censor unpliable journalists for the high crime of being amusing on television. That neither lawsuit has a shot in hell — and, indeed, that the FCC doesn’t actually have any jurisdiction over cable news — does not seem to matter much. What matters is that Donald Trump feels hurt, and that he doesn’t like it one bit.

CLC and collaboration hailed as "historic" – Premier Premier

The announcement that Christian bookshop chain CLC and online Christian retailer will share the same warehouse has been hailed as "historic" and "the first collaboration of its kind in the UK" by the Association for Christian Retail (CBA).

From Antichrist to Brother in Christ: How Protestant Pastors View the Pope

Fifty-one percent of Protestant pastors in the Northeast say Pope Francis improves their opinion of the Catholic Church, compared to 38 percent in the Midwest, 34 percent in the South, and 31 percent in the West. Most Northeastern pastors (53%) also say they value the pope’s opinions on theological matters, a view shared by fewer than half of pastors in the Midwest (45%), South (39%), and West (38%).

New Duggar Show Will Feature Jill and Her Husband Preparing to Be Missionaries

The network's Executive Vice President and General Manager Nancy Daniels told the AP that the new specials will focus on the lives of Jill and Jessa, as one prepares to give birth and other prepares to become a missionary in El Salvador. "What we will be following in these specials is Jessa preparing for her first child, and we'll be watching Jill preparing to make a major move to Central America with her family, which we know is something our audience will be interested in.” The shows will air before the end of the year.

WATCH: Exclusive Debut of Newsboys Video Kicks Off “Bring Your Bible to School Day” | Jim Daly

We’re excited that award-winning Christian band Newsboys is joining forces with Focus to help raise awareness of “Bring Your Bible to School Day” and religious-freedom issues this year. You’ll remember the band was featured in last year’s hit movie “God’s Not Dead.” The sequel is coming out next year and will deal directly with living out the Christian faith in public schools.

From the Bahá’í Faith to Porn to Alpha to Jesus

Aaron was a friend who identified as a “hostile agnostic.” I quickly learned that spending time with him was way more fun than prayer and chastity. I tried to manage my dual commitment to God and to someone who found the Bahá’í faith strange. But the more serious our relationship became, the greater the gap grew between what I should have been doing (praying, reading scripture, fasting) and what I was in fact doing (showing up to class late wearing Aaron’s shirts). So I became indifferent to spiritual matters, abandoning the pursuit of “holiness” to do whatever seemed right.


At age sixteen she began teaching at her sisters’ boarding school for girls in Bristol, a city that drew the smart and the fashionable. Hannah’s sparkling personality and poetry attracted the attention of prominent people of the day. In addition to teaching, Hannah wrote plays—always with a moral theme—and eventually began spending time in London, where she befriended the most famous actor of the day, David Garrick. The actor and his wife introduced Hannah to London’s great cultural figures: Samuel Johnson, playwright Richard Sheridan, Edmund Burke, and Edward Gibbon. One of her plays, “Percy,” was even a smash hit.

Why We Need the New Battle for the Bible

Decades ago, Harold Lindsell, then editor in chief of this magazine, called for a “battle for the Bible.” He took to task evangelical institutions whose definition of biblical authority was, in his view, inadequate. His book of that title was divisive and unhelpful. Yet his basic concern cannot be faulted. Today we need a new battle for the Bible—not for a precise definition of biblical authority that all evangelicals can agree on, but a simple return to the Bible as the final authority in matters of faith and practice—and especially Christian doctrine.

William Lane Craig vs Stephen Law | "Does God Exist?"| Westminster Central Hall, London

For more resources visit: This was the first event of The UK Reasonable Faith Tour and took place at Westminster Central Hall, London on 17 Oct 2011 in front of an audience of 1,700. The debate was hosted by Justin Brierley, presenter of the faith debate show "Unbelievable?" on Premier Christian Radio The Reasonable Faith Tour was sponsored by UCCF, Damaris Trust and Premier Christian Radio. More resources: We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel: Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: Add Reasonable Faith On Facebook: This video was produced with the help of the Christian Evidence Society.

Pope Francis Should Challenge America to Get Serious About Justice Reform

So whatever else the Pope may have to say about justice reform, this is what America needs to hear: our country has all the tools to bring about transformational change that could heal and rebuild millions of American families. And we have fewer challenges than many less fortunate nations. Given all our resources, if America fails to make more substantial changes, it may be the greatest indictment of all. If the United States cannot lead on justice reform, then God have mercy on the rest of the world.

Consciousness on-off switch discovered deep in brain

It now looks as if Crick and Koch were on to something. In a study published last week, Mohamad Koubeissi at the George Washington University in Washington DC and his colleagues describe how they managed to switch a woman’s consciousness off and on by stimulating her claustrum. The woman has epilepsy so the team were using deep brain electrodes to record signals from different brain regions to work out where her seizures originate. One electrode was positioned next to the claustrum, an area that had never been stimulated before.

WORLD | Dare to be a Daniel? | Marvin Olasky | Sept. 19, 2015

Daniel used his stellar academic record to gain a hearing with the king, and then let the captain of the king’s guard take credit by telling Nebuchadnezzar, “I have found among the exiles from Judah. …” Daniel did not take any credit: “There is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries … this mystery has been revealed to me, not because of any wisdom that I have.” Daniel interpreted the dream as a prophecy of government decline from gold to silver to bronze to iron to an unstable mix of iron and soft clay. (Progressives love to talk of biological and social evolution, but ruinous mutation and devolution are more frequent.) 

A Bright Future for Music Education

A common concern of prospective students is that music programs are being cut from schools and there is no future for music teachers. But this could not be further from the truth, says Dr. Angela Park, under whom the Conservatory’s music education program has grown steadily in recent years. Park points to the research that finds a shortage of music teachers in America. The California Music Educators Association (CMEA), for example, has reported that it is working with the California Department of Education to help address a projected need for 100,000 new teachers in the state over the next five years.

Hotel Transylvania 2

So is there any protein to this confection? Or is it just a reiteration of that most popular of children’s movie tropes: “You’re perfect just the way you are”? We actually get some refreshing dips into different emotional places. The young married couple is stress-ridden but enthusiastic. Johnny suggests that more quality time with Mavis would make for better parenting. Grandpa Dracula is divisive, but not manipulative. Dennis deals with bullies without fighting back. And for once, all the in-laws mean well, and show it in different ways. But it’s not much to sink your teeth into.

PCUSA Appoints First-Ever Openly Gay Executive Director to Legally Embattled Mission Agency

The largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States has for the first time appointed an openly gay person to serve as interim executive director for one of its agencies.

Joel Osteen Says Pope Francis Is a 'Man of the People,' Stands for Humility

Author and Lakewood megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen expressed excitement over Pope Francis' visit to the United States this week and believes the pontiff is a "man of the people" who is focused on inclusion.

Why Being a Pastor-Scholar Is Nearly Impossible

Before I had given the subject much thought, I had assumed that the tension was mostly a question of time. Academic research is incredibly time-consuming, and so is pastoral ministry. So doing both well is beyond the reach of almost everybody. Of course, there are exceptions. Wright is an überproductive individual who, in the last three decades, has managed to churn out popular commentaries and books, write defining scholarly monographs, fulfill various levels of ecclesiastical duties—including serving as bishop of Durham for seven years—and still finds time to travel the world to teach. In principle, however, time is no greater an obstacle for pastor-scholars than it is for, say, pastor-farmers or pastor-accountants—of which there are plenty in many parts of the world.

Texas Congregation Has 1 Million Bees Removed From Church Walls

Salem Lutheran Church of Austin, Texas, a congregation long-known for its emphasis on inclusiveness regarding its worshipers, was abuzz with excitement over some unwanted guests.

Vladimir Putin Agrees to Elton John Meeting to Discuss LGBT Rights

Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly called singer Sir Elton John and agreed to meet with him in the future, only days after an apparent prankster had impersonated Putin in a phone call to John. The British musician has been urging Putin to meet with him to discuss gay rights in Russia.

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Walking With Students in a Broken World

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Does Faith Need Explanation? - Professor Alister McGrath

With rising secularism and arch atheist commentators like Richard Dawkins, does theology need to provide better explanations?: As one of the world’s top theologians, Professor McGrath is aware of the arguments against faith. In this short video he explains why he welcomes the chance to counter them in spirited debate. Alister McGrath is the Gresham Professor of Divinity, the Andreos Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, and one of the world’s most respected theologians. Professor McGrath’s inaugural series of six lectures discusses the “interweaving of narratives” between science and faith and how this can enrich our vision of reality. The lectures will engage topics that are of wide cultural interest at the interface of religion and science, with both a strong theological focus on the one hand, and a deep commitment to engaging issues of current debate and discussion on the other. The Series will be called 'Science, Faith, and God: The Big Questions': http://www.

Christian Author Credits Jesus, Poetry for Helping Her Overcome Dark Skin Depression After Failed Suicide Attempts

Growing up, Mwati Mwila often felt ugly and inadequate because she had dark skin. For years, the outwardly bubbly child of African migrants to the United States was teased about her dark complexion. Although bullying would eventually lead to depression and subsequent suicide attempts, God had bigger plans for her.

37 Disobeying the Supreme Court

Before I address your questions, let me issue a corrective. The Supreme Court did not legalize, nor is anyone advocating for, gay marriage. What it legalized was same-sex marriage, regardless of sexual orientation. Any decision or law that restricted same-sex marriage to gay or lesbian couples would be patently discriminatory against heterosexual persons. The marriage laws in this country must be and have always been blind with respect to the sexual orientation of the persons involved. Whether marriage is essentially between a man and a woman thus really has nothing to do with their sexual orientation. What the Supreme Court has done is re-define marriage in such a way that it no longer belongs to the essence of marriage to be a union between a man and a woman—now two men or two women can legally marry each other, regardless of their sexual orientation.

Francis Crowned the 'People's Pope' During Historic Visit to New York City (PHOTOS)

NEW YORK — Surveys have found that most Roman Catholics are head-over-heels in love with their new pope, and according to several of the faithful who turned out for Francis-led services this week in New York City, the surveys are absolutely right.


Koop strongly opposed secular humanism because “Modern humanism has an inherent need to manipulate and tinker with the natural processes, including human nature, because humanism” rejects creation, and therefore “rejects the idea that there is anything stable or ‘given’ about human nature”. Furthermore, humanism views “human nature as part of a long, unfolding process of development in which everything is changing [and man therefore looks] for some solution to the problem of despair that this determinist-evolutionist vision induces. Koop concludes that humanism can find the solution only “ … in the activity of the human will, which—in opposition to its own system—it hopes can transcend the inexorable flow of nature and act upon nature” and therefore

House Speaker John Boehner Is Stepping Down

In a surprising announcement, Congress’ top Republican leader is resigning. House Speaker John Boehner reportedly told aids this morning that he will give up his seat by the end of October. The move comes as members of his own party were putting pressure on him to take a harder stance on measures to defund Planned Parenthood following the release of a series of undercover videos that show PP-related companies and organizations discussing the sale of aborted baby parts. According to some reports , there was even some talk among fellow GOP lawmakers to have him removed. His announcement comes just one day after Pope Francis visited Congress, a moment that was clearly moving for the House Speaker. (He openly wept during the speech) An aid told CNN , "After yesterday with the Pope he decided to leave on this high note. Literally did not make the decision til last night."

Seeking a Pro-Life Ally in Pope Francis

This week, the U.S. Senate is considering bills to ban abortions after 20 weeks; to defund Planned Parenthood; and to hold abortion providers criminally liable for failing to provide medical care to babies born alive. Despite this, Pope Francis reportedly will focus his comments during his U.S. visit on climate change, not life issues. Oklahoma Senator James Lankford finds this sad and puzzling.

7 crucial reasons why a pastor’s spiritual life matters to his church

Pastor, your spiritual health matters to your church. Your pursuit of Christ impacts your people. You know this, of course, but does your daily schedule reflect it? When you allocate time and energy toward the spiritual disciplines, do you do so with a view toward what is at stake? God’s sovereign purposes are not dependent on your maturity, of course, but the New Testament often speaks of the significance of a pastor’s spirituality to the health of his congregation. Consider the following seven reasons motivation for the pursuit of godliness and guides to praying for your own growth.

Beautiful Girl With Down Syndrome and Autism Becomes 'Master Shredder'

This beautiful girl named Emma was born with Down syndrome, a cleft palette and autism. These conditions have affected her reading and writing skills and her ability to find a job and earn an income. Despite her challenges, Emma has a heart of gold and God had a special plan for her.

Christian Woman Barred From Taking Her Bible Into the UK Wins First-Ever Caste Discrimination Case

A Christian woman from India who was hired by a British family to work as a nanny in extremely poor conditions and prohibited from practicing her Christian faith, won £184,000 in unpaid wages in the U.K.'s first-ever caste discrimination case.

Bill O’Reilly Wants to Debate Will Ferrell for Some Reason

Fox News suddenly has it in for Will Ferrell for reasons that are not completely clear. In several interviews on Fox News shows featuring Bill O’Reilly (along with several other network personalities), Ferrell was called a “coward,” a “pinhead,” someone who does not know “anything,” and a person suffering from “stunted intellectual growth.” Though O’Reilly claims Ferrell “took a shot” at him, as the AV Club notes , the only thing Ferrell seems to have said publicly about O’Reilly is that he was a “ real sourpuss ” when they met at an SNL taping. At one point O’Reilly seems to acknowledge that he may have gone too far with the weirdly personal insults (complimenting his talents), but still wants Ferrell to come onto his show to debate the politics of Bernie Sanders, who, presumably Ferrell has endorsed. You can watch the exchange here. Ferrell has yet to respond to the invitation, but Mr. Ferrell, we implore you: Please visit “The Factor” as Ron Burgundy, and provide America with a debate truly worth watching. No matter what your personal political views are, watching Bill O’Reilly have to argue with the world’s greatest anchorman would be an hour of television we would never forget.

Why Claiming Religion is False Undercuts Darwinism | Come Reason's Apologetics Notes

According to atheists like Daniel Dennett, religious belief is a falsehood that arose via evolutionary processes. In his debate with Alvin Plantinga on the topic "Science and Religion: Are they Compatible?" Dennett said "I think that the natural sciences can provide us with a very compelling explanation of why and how people came to believe in God, which does not at all suppose that it would be a true belief. But if we can diagnose the etiology of the belief in God, we can even make predictions about how and why this would be the case and how it would work. Then, we have undercut the presumption that because so many people believe in it, it must be true." 1 This kind of thinking is fairly prevalent in certain atheist circles, used mainly to explain why belief in a god or God is found across all cultures throughout all times in human history. The universal nature of religious belief poses a bit of a dilemma for the atheist, as it demonstrates the desire to reach out to a higher intelligence is as natural as wanting to fill one's stomach. C.S. Lewis famously observed: Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for these desires exists.

The Son of God and the New Creation

All that remains is to ask, “What’s the connection between the Son’s resurrection and the new creation?” Goldsworthy’s answer is simple: the Son’s resurrection is the beginning of the new creation. Indeed, the themes of resurrection and new creation both point to the same reality. They point to the undoing of the deadly curse that’s enveloped creation ever since the fall. Or, to put it more sharply, they point to the last Son succeeding where the first son failed (Rom. 5:15–19; 1 Cor. 15:20–24; cf. Luke 3:28). The first son’s fall doesn’t lead God to scrap creation, but to restore it through a greater Son.

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There are theological arguments pro and con for these various uses of the incarnational analogy, and I will not rehearse them here. I want rather to make a simple point relating to these analogies from the perspective of the church’s praise: the Trinity and the incarnation are unique, and that is why the church had to develop particular and precise means of articulating them. We should also remember the dynamic that drove the debates that led to these formulations: Christian worship. The early church needed to know what she meant when she declared: “Jesus is Lord.” and why she baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. If analogies therefore serve to reduce the uniqueness of God and the incarnation, they will eventually shape the church culture in ways that impact our worship. Whatever the problems with popular uses of theological analogies, the key practical issue is the way such watering down of uniqueness will also water down the church’s praise.

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Do husbands and wives have specific responsibilities in a marriage?

The post starts explaining how a woman supports a man in his role as spiritual leader of the home. I always talk about the responsibilities of a husband/father in the home being protecting, providing and leading on moral and spiritual issues. You’d be surprised how many Christian women are not OK with me claiming these roles. In fact, I am always getting criticism for buying too many gifts (providing), for being too concerned about the challenges of policies (protecting), and for being too rough on rebutting spiritual wolves – even after they admit they are wrong! (spiritual/moral leading). It is rare for me to find a Christian woman who accepts those male roles. Usually, I get attacked for all three of them. Women do not like to let me execute these tasks.

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59 God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: The Mind, Soul, and Brain: Atheism Fails to Account for Human Rationality
60 783. What's The Best Explanation For Moral Laws?
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