Monthly Archives: November 2010

Leavers: Are You Making People Leave Your Church?

A very good article in Christianity Today. You can find it here.  The article discusses why young people are leaving Christianity. Through his research, the author shows that people are leaving and they’re not coming back. Those in church have … Continue reading

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If Naturalism, How Then Free Will? How Then Morals?

Naturalism is a position that believes that the only thing that exists is matter and energy. Naturalism does not believe in supernatural forces, but all that exists are particles of matter, energy, and physics. Naturalists are materialists, believing everything is … Continue reading

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How Can You Tell If You Are One?

Bob: I’m a real football fan. Ray: Yeah? That’s funny, I never hear you talk about football. Bob: No, I don’t talk about it much. Hardly ever, in fact. Ray: Do you go to many games? Bob: No, I rarely ever … Continue reading

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George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

General Thanksgiving By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America A PROCLAMATION WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly … Continue reading

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Are Science and Faith Compatible?

The book God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?  written by John Lennox, is a very nice work that gives a good perspective on science and faith. Lennox has three doctrate degrees, teaches mathematics at Oxford, teaches philosophy of science in the UK, and has debated … Continue reading

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Why is There a Difference in the Genealogies in Matthew and Luke?

In the Bible, the gospels of Matthew and Luke present Genealogies of Jesus. They are not the same, for they mention different names. Why? Is this an error? First, Matthew and Luke were written in the first century. They present … Continue reading

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What’s Worse: Burning the Quran or Burning People?

You remember a few months back when a pastor in Florida threatened to burn a box of Qurans. It caused an international incident, with world leaders contacting the US President, the US Secretary of Defense had an emergency meeting, the … Continue reading

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Quote from Albert Einstein

You can talk about the ethical origins of science, but you cannot speak of the scientific origins of ethics. This is true. Do you realize why it is is so?

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How Then Free Will? How Then Morals?

If all our thinking is the result of the firing of nerve synapses…..of cells and molecules……then how then free will? If it is all a pile of natural, chemical processes, then is free will true, or just an illusion? If … Continue reading

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That ol’ Heater Just Blew Right Past ‘Em.

In his massive work Summa Theologica, Thomas Aquinas wrote five logical proofs for the existence of God, popularly called The Five Ways. The first way involves causality and motion, and is often misunderstood. Most, if not all, of modern strident atheists … Continue reading

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The Passionate Faith of Atheism

Yesterday’s post described author John Searle’s Chinese Room illustration, and his logic in showing that the physical brain is not sufficient for obtaining meaning. The logic presented there is not mere twisting of words, but logical proofs that mortally wound … Continue reading

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Whence Cometh Consciousness?

The human brain is extremely complex, and the relation of brain and mind have never been adequately explained. What is consciousness? How can pure matter have self consciousness? Is there truly a mind, or is it an illusion? What role … Continue reading

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Two Possible Cracks in Neo-Darwinism

The Spring 2009 issue of Christian Apologetics Journal carried an article by J. Thomas Bridges called “Intelligent Design: Its Nature, Limitations, And Future.” In it, Bridges has the following: “In his book The Genomic Potential Hypothesis: A Chemist’s View of the Origins, … Continue reading

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Theory of Morals: Immanuel Kant

In his book Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, philosopher Immanuel Kant gives a definition of his basis for morals, which he calls the categorical imperative. Kant states “There is, therefore, only a single categorical imperative and it is this: act … Continue reading

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Cliamategate & Human Perception: Influencing Scientific Conclusions

Last year there was a scandal dubbed “Climategate.” Some hackers broke into the computers of a key university’s climate research group, and claimed to have shown that the researchers were hiding data and being less than forthright about the true findings … Continue reading

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Does the Old Testament Present a Different View of God Than the New Testament?

Atheists continue to get a lot of mileage out of telling us that God in the Old Testament was some sort of ogre, blasting away at people for no apparent reason. They then contrast this with the New Testament, telling … Continue reading

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Is There Objectivity in Science?

Last year I went on vacation to the Grand Canyon. I took one of the tours from the park ranger, who talked about the canyon. One of the questions posed to him was about how the canyon was formed. The … Continue reading

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Is it Reasonable to Believe the Miracle Accounts in the Bible?

The bible contains accounts of miracles………..people being healed, Jesus walking on water, an axe head floating, Jesus rising from the dead. Is it reasonable to believe these? In but one facet of this answer, we can look at it this … Continue reading

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Are There Discrepancies In The Four Gospels?

Skeptics have often criticized the biblical accounts at the end of the four gospels……the details surrounding the death on the cross and resurrection morning. The gospels spend a great deal of ink describing these events, and include many details. Many … Continue reading

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Jesus Accepts Worship, Therefore He is God

Here is a list of verses where Jesus accepts worship. Contrast this with the passage in Revelation where John falls down before an angel……..the angel stops him, and tells him to not do that. In Acts, Paul is called a … Continue reading

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We Must Earn The Right To Criticize

One of my mentors, Norman Geisler, was no stranger to critiquing others’ viewpoints. He always taught a great truth: before you can criticize another person’s viewpoint, or even evaluate it, you must first summarize the other person’s teachings in a … Continue reading

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Christmas & Halloween: Brad Stine

Here’s a bit of a deviation from our normal boring fare…….a video from comedian Brad Stine.

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Halloween and Christmas…for the Christian?

I am reminded of logical fallacies every Fall just before Halloween. We are told that Halloween originated as a pagan day by the ancient druids. Most commonly people say this without citing any ancient source, which should raise some cautions for … Continue reading

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A Little Logic, Please: Hislop and The Watchtower

Drawing conclusions from evidence involves a certain amount of the use of logic. Come to think of it, every statement that purports to express a truth involves logic. But when we look at the normal human tendencies of bias due … Continue reading

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How Separate are Church and State?

The municipality where I live just had a vote on whether to impose a tax that will be used to improve drainage. The vote passed, and although the details of how it will be implemented are yet to be worked … Continue reading

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Historical Evidence for the New Testament

Can anyone really read Luke 3:1-2 and conclude that the New Testament was designed to be a spiritual myth? I agree with C. S. Lewis when he said that such a person who claims that the Bible is myth is … Continue reading

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Critique of Kant

An excellent Thomist critique of Immanuel Kant over at the Just Thomism blog. You can find it here. For those new to Kant, it’s likely a bit dense. But don’t be discouraged, everything about Kant is a bit dense. I … Continue reading

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Vertical Cosmological Argument

Here it is, gang, the Vertical Argument for the existence of God. This is the one that’s heavy as a lead balloon, and is usually not dealt with by very many atheists or skeptics. I’ve shamelessly stolen this version from … Continue reading

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