Using the recent Kanye West Rolling Stone cover as a jumping off point, Evangelical Outpost looks at the history of rapper’s obession with crucifixion. While many may get upset about the exploitation of Christian iconography (and they have legitimate reasons), I find ignoring those desperate for attention to be the best option.
The plain conclusion of scientific evidence supports descent with modification from a common ancestor. You are certainly welcome to have other opinions based on faith in something other than science but I’d ask that you go to a religious website with them if you must talk about it. … nothing but religion argues against descent with modification from a common ancestor. What we are fighting is the idea that the modification was unguided.
Before I received the book, I was looking forward to digging into a large, scholarly theology book. I got a small, scholarly theology book.
This made me think it would be a quick, enjoyable read. I was wrong and I am not sure why.
Much has been said and insinuated about the history of Christianity and slavery. Unfortunately, many Christians, especially in the South, defended the abhorant practice. However, today’s critics of Christianity often have a distorted view of the role the faith played in the turbulent 1800′s and the debate over slavery.
For many my opening statement will cause them to basically ignore the rest of my post. Acknowledging that sentiment – God spoke to me in a dream last night. It wasn’t a flashy thing that woke me up from my deep sleep. It wasn’t even something I noticed right away, but it was clearly there for me to learn from. God was trying to teach me how He viewed those “on the other side.” It may, or may not, suprise you.
Millions of Americans, particularly children, suffer from some type of asthma. For close to 3 million, over-the-counter asthma inhalers, like Prmatene Mist, help them to breathe a little easier. But an advisory panel to the FDA doesn’t really care and has voted to essentially ban OTC inhalers.
For the most part the Huffington Post is a desert of serious thought with C list celebrities and D list writers seeing who can build the largest tinfoil hat to protect them from the evil Republican rays, but there is at least one oasis – Greg Gutfeld.
In his latest post, Gutfeld hilariously rips Planned Parenthood and allows the liberal commentors to illustrate the utter hypocrisy of the left.
the wedge metaphor has outlived its usefulness. Indeed, with ID critics like Barbara Forrest and Paul Gross writing books like Evolution and the Wedge of Intelligent Design: The Trojan Horse Strategy, the wedge metaphor has even become a liability. To be sure, our critics will attempt to keep throwing the wedge metaphor (and especially the notorious wedge document) in our face. But the wedge needs to be seen as a propaedeutic — as an anticipation of and preparation for a positive, design-theoretic research program that invigorates science and renews culture
O.S. Card, a legendary sci-fi author, has just weighed in on Intelligent Design in an article entitled Creation and Evolution in Schools. He is no fan of creationism ("Creation Science was an attempt by fundamentalist Christians to give the Genesis account, as interpreted by them, a scientific veneer. But it was only that — a thin "), but has some very good things to say about evolutionists’ responses to ID – he calls them "illogical, personal, and unscientific."
If Darwinists persist in trying to tar the Designists with the Creation-Science brush, then it is bound to appear, to anyone who has actually examined both, that the Darwinists are trying to deceive us. (They’re apparently counting on most people to not care enough to discover the difference.)
He then goes on to categorize their responses more specifically as name-calling, credentialism, expertism, sniping, politics, prestidigitation, and true responses.
The evolutionists’ favorite whipping boy, Intelligent Design, is the subject of innumerable attacks in the press and on evolutionary websites. But one of my favorite examples of evolutionary nonsense is the "rebuttal" to Michael Behe’s analogy that many biochemical systems are as irreducible as a mousetrap. In order to disprove this analogy (and I guess, thereby disproving Behe’s theory of irreducible complexity), this "reducibly complex" mousetrap site was created.
Thanks to mynym, I have added a new book to my amazon wishlist – The Hidden History of the Human Race (The Condensed Edition of Forbidden Archaeology). At last, perhaps I have found a catalog of fossils that contradict evolution, and how they have been sidelined or supressed by scientists because they don’t match the evolutionary framework.
I have tremendously enjoyed Lubenow’s Bones of Contention: A Creationist Assessment of Human Fossils, a devestating critique of evolutionary views of the fossils. It is a very readable, well-referenced introduction to this idea, but Lubenow focuses on the more well-known fossils (there are evolutionist critiques of his book also). I am therfore rubbing my hands with evil glee with the thought of reading this new book, which may make evolutionary views seem even more out of line with the evidence than they do already.
Yesterday, I visited the Big Valley Gallery in Modesto, CA, and had an interesting talk w/ the salesperson. He is a 30-something art dealer and AOG evangelist, so we talked about xian painters and art. We discussed how many xians have a low view of Thomas Kincaid, infamous "painter of light" (example at left).
I have to say, seeing his paintings in person in a gallery makes you appreciate his skill, despite any controversy over commercialism that may surround his reproductions. But Joshua, the guy at the gallery, pointed me to some other xian painters which I thought were worth mentioning.
Richard Dawkins, world’s best-known evolutionist and the Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, just hosted two one hour "documentaries" on faith and science. Perhaps revealing the true, but often hidden thoughts of evolutionists, his opinion of faith is shown very clearly in the title of the program – The Root of all Evil? NO, he is not referring to the love of money, but to religious faith. Not only that, the episode names are staggeringly plain and intentionally(?) offensive – (1) The God Delusion, and (2) The Virus of Faith.
The Center for Science and Culture has a nice response to those gloating over the evolutionists’ win in the Dover case, well worth reading. As I have seen over at the Past Dumb, many evolutionists think this a decisive victory, a nail in the coffin of ID. It’s not the first time they’ve exhibited such false hopes, and due to the extensively poor logic in the case, we have not seen the last of creation science or ID.
Over at the Pandering Thumb, I’ve been in discussion with the rabid anti-creationists, discussing the merits of Intelligent Design (ID). Let me tell you, it’s hard to maintain my even demeanor while being insulted and made fun of, but it’s a good discipline to learn – God is showing me that if I want to be mature, I have to learn to not return insult for insult, but continue to be kind, and model the type of discourse I expect from others who disagree. I’m learning that here as well.
But I want to provide some resources for those who ask "What is the difference between creationism and ID? Aren’t they really the same thing? Isn’t ID just a creationist ploy to sell a non-religious version of creation science?"
- The Rhetoric of Charles Darwin (Dr. John Angus Campbell)
- The Origins of Altruism and Human Morality (Jeffrey Schloss)
- From the Big Bang to Irreducible Complexity (Michael Behe)
- On Darwinism (Michael Denton)
- Darwinism: Science of Philosophy? (Phillip Johnson)
- On the Origin of Phyla (James Valentine)