Michael Crichton on “Consensus Science” – Christian Apologetics UK

“I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet because you’re being had.

Let’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.” – Michael Crichton

(Source: Christian Apologetics UK)

U.S. Still Religious, But Trust In Institutions Wanes : NPR

If people are trusting more in God and less in organized religion, that’s a good thing!

“Although among young people, belief in God is declining,” Hagerty tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz. “But generally polls show that about 90 percent of Americans actually believe in God. So what’s happening here is a decline in the trust of religious organizations.”

via U.S. Still Religious, But Trust In Institutions Wanes : NPR.

See also:

Seeking the Kingdom of God Instead of Church

Church Is Not the Answer; Christ Is

Practicing the Presence of Christ

Have the Remains of Jews Killed by the Romans in Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Been Discovered | Zwinglius Redivivus

Jim West thinks “This may be an exceedingly important discovery,” although he says it may be more “archaeology as politics” in a subsequent comment.

From the post:

Veteran journalist Benny Liss releases movie he filmed of underground cave on Temple Mount where he found a mass grave. He believes the skeletons are the remains of Jews massacred by the Romans when they destroyed the Temple Mount, but urges the authorities to properly examine the area.

For the entire post see Zwinglius Redivivus.

Antony Flew on Multiverse Theory – Apologetics 315

Anthony Flew was a philosopher and atheist who, in his later years, changed course with regard to the existence of God.

“Some have said that the laws of nature are simply accidental results of the way the universe cooled after the big bang. But, as Rees has pointed out, even such accidents can be regarded as secondary manifestations of deeper laws governing the ensemble of universes. Again, even the evolution of the laws of nature and changes to the constants follow certain laws. ‘We’re still left with the question of how these “deeper” laws originated. No matter how far you push back the properties of the universe as somehow “emergent,” their very emergence has to follow certain prior laws.’1 So multiverse or not, we still have to come to terms with the origin of the laws of nature. And the only viable explanation here is the divine Mind.”

—Antony Flew (There is a God, pp. 121-122.)

via Antony Flew on Multiverse Theory – Apologetics 315.

Triablogue (Steve Hays): A Token Grief (about Ben Witherington III)

I wasn’t so much interested in this post by Steve Hays as I was a quote he used in it.  Here’s the quote I liked (he didn’t give a source for it):

Application is the whole purpose of biblical interpretation. Short of this goal the interpretive task is incomplete and risks reducing Scripture–however high our view–to an object to be mastered rather than a voice to be heeded.

via Triablogue: A token grief

The “Did Jesus Exist” Controversy and Its Precedents « Larry Hurtado’s Blog

In a blog post, Larry Hurtado weighs in on Jesus Mythicism, including the Bart Ehrman book Did Jesus Exist? Hurtado comes to the same conclusion as Dale Tuggy did:  he’s glad he doesn’t feel the need to write a book about it as Ehrman did.  Here’s how Hurtado closes his post:

So in one sense I think I’m not alone in feeling that to show the ill-informed and illogical nature of the current wave of “mythicist” proponents is a bit like having to demonstrate that the earth isn’t flat, or that the sun doesn’t revolve around the earth, or that the moon-landings weren’t done on a movie lot.  It’s a bit wearying to contemplate!

via The “Did Jesus Exist” Controversy and Its Precedents « Larry Hurtado’s Blog.

Jesus: not an entirely fictional character (Dale Tuggy) » trinities

Regarding Jesus Mythicism, Dale Tuggy says in this post, “Honestly, don’t spend too much time on this – it is at bottom a conspiracy theory.”

He also offers this quote from Ehrman taken from an interview by Ben Witherington:

What I point out in the book is that Christians did not invent Jesus; what they invented was the idea of a suffering Messiah. This is a view that is not found among Jews prior to Christianity.  – Bart Ehrman

via Jesus: not an entirely fictional character (Dale) » trinities.

Joe Paterno and Marion Jones Are Warning Us About Our Own Undeserved Reputations

Joe Paterno and Marion Jones are examples of “how the mighty fall” when moral revelation and judgment are brought to bear on a great person’s life.  This is a precursor to what we’ll see in abundance in the afterlife.  As Jesus said, “Many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first” (Matthew 20:16).

I say “we’ll see in abundance” because in the afterlife we won’t be limited to what a grand jury can discover.  All the secrets of men will be open and laid bare.  We’ll all be judged according to the motives of our hearts as well as our words and actions.  And the scarcity of human witnesses to our evildoing won’t be a hindrance, as the eyes of the Lord which see all things will be witness against us.

Make peace with God and repent now while you can still do something about your life on earth.  Once you die, there’s nothing to be done to redeem your earthly experience.  It will have been settled.  Make it as good as you can with the time you have left.

See also Everyone Is Going to Heaven and Judgment Is Upon Us.