God and Science

Our current secular age would have us think that science is entirely the province of secularists.  These two short videos from Hillsdale College give just a sample of the actual history of science – history that entire refutes that secular notion.

Science as a field of study is only possible because God has given us an ordered creation.  PBS and NPR would have us believe that science is no place for God.  Common sense – as well as history – tells us otherwise.

The first video lasts 1 min, 26 sec.  The second video lasts 1 min, 34 sec.

 

The Problem With Miracles According to Sam Harris

Sam Harris made this argument while standing on the upper side of a sphere, which spins at the rate of roughly 600 mph at his longitude, while revolving around the sun at the rate of 66,000 mph, together with the sun traveling at a rate of 432,000 mph through the Milky Way galaxy, and who knows what else – all without his flying off this ball or even getting chapped lips. What he calls “the laws of nature” represents a miracle of stupendous proportions. If he’s not willing to acknowledge creation as an act of God, why should we expect him to acknowledge any deviation from its routine order to be an act of God?

The Problem With Miracles (Sam Harris) – YouTube.

Evolution is Most Certainly a Matter of Belief — and So is Christianity by Albert Mohler

This article opens:

One of the most misleading headlines imaginable recently appeared over an opinion column published in USA Today. Tom Krattenmaker, a member of the paper’s Board of Contributors, set out to argue that there is no essential conflict between evolution and religious belief because the two are dealing with completely separate modes of knowing. Evolution, he argued, is simply “settled science” that requires no belief. Religion, on the other hand, is a faith system that is based in a totally different way of knowing — a form of knowing that requires belief and faith.

The background to the column is the recent data released by the Pew Research Center indicating that vast millions of Americans still reject evolution. As the Pew research documents, the rejection of evolution has actually increased in certain cohorts of the population. Almost six of ten who identify as Republicans now reject evolution, but so do a third of Democrats. Among evangelical Christians, 64% indicate a rejection of evolution, especially as an explanation for human origins. Krattenmaker is among those who see this as a great national embarrassment — and as a crisis.

See the full article (1,200 words) at AlbertMohler.com.

List of Blogs on Which I No Longer Comment

I like to engage with others about the gospel of Christ.  However, not all bloggers are receptive to challenge.  This includes their followers as well.

No matter how respectful I have been, my presence has caused consternation on a number of blogs.  What follows is a list of blogs on which I no longer comment.  In some cases, it’s because I have literally been banned.  That is, in a few cases the bloggers have set their blogs to reject any comment that comes from me.  In other cases, I have left by mutual agreement with the blogger.  And in most other cases, I have decided to leave on my own before thing got too heated and because no good was being accomplished by my continued participation.  The Lord doesn’t like strife or quarreling.

This is an incomplete list, to which I will add over time.  They are in chronological order (i.e., most recent disengagement last).

Debunking Christianity (John Loftus)  –  John is a former Christian who became an atheist.  He was the first blogger to delete my comments, which was a good lesson for me not to invest too much time in writing on the blogs of others.  I wrote an open letter to John around that time.

Pyromaniacs (Phil Johnson, Dan Phillips, and Frank Turk)  – I don’t recall the specific issue here.

Zwinglius Redivivus (Jim West)  –  Jim moderates his comments, ones he doesn’t like never see the light of day.

Unsettled Christianity (Joel Watts)  –  The issue here was the authority of the Bible – that is, whether or not it is circular reasoning to say that the Bible is the word of God.

Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth (Nick Norelli)  –  The issue here was Christ versus the Trinity.

Near Emmaus (Brian LePort)  – I don’t recall the issue in dispute here.

Challies.com  (Tim Challies)  –  This is one of blogs that won’t allow me to comment.  No explanation or warning was given.  One day the comment system starting saying I wasn’t approved to comment.  I think the issue here was my belief that everyone is going to heaven.

Slacktivist (Fred Clark)  –  The issue here was homosexuality and marriage.  Fred never participated in the comments but those who did were vehemently supportive of homosexuality and homosexual marriage.  They were quite upset with my point of view.

Jesus Creed (Scot McKnight)  – The comment mechanism will no longer accept comments from me.  The issue here was my questions about evolution.

Formerly Fundie (Benjamin Corey)  –  Like Exploring Our Matrix below and Slacktivist above, this is a progressive Christian blog.  I think issues here were two: evolution and “gay marriage.”

Rethinking Biblical Christianity (Peter Enns)  –  I think Peter still identifies as an Evangelical Christian.  I sought to understand his biblical support for believing in evolution, but he did not want to talk about it.  As with James McGrath’s blog, commenters seemed to be uniformly sold on evolution and suspicious or hostile to anyone who isn’t.

Exploring Our Matrix (James McGrath)  –  [left Jan 2014] James self-identifies as a Progressive Christian.  I tried to engage James and others on the subject of evolution.  It was very hard to get fruitful interaction.  Other commenters generally regarded anyone who did not accept evolution as willfully obtuse.

God of Evolution and TylerJFrancke.com (Tyler Francke) – [left Feb 2014] Tyler is a Christian who writes in favor of evolution.  Like James McGrath, he seemed to spend most of his time mocking Ken Ham and YEC’s.  I asked him for biblical and logical arguments to support his position…but didn’t get very far.

Why I Reject Evolution (And Am Intellectually Satisfied in Doing So) by Downshore Drift

Here’s how the article begins:

Apparently, I am part of the 33% of Americans who do not believe in Evolution, according to a recent Pew Research Religion & Public Life Project study (Al Mohler’s article yesterday got me thinking about this today). And, I am completely fine with that. I am not trying to be different or unique or have my head in the sand when it comes to Science and its claims. I have actually studied and read quite a bit on this subject over the past 20 years, and although I am not a scientist by any means, I consider myself at least reasonably well informed and interested in the subject. My area is history and the social sciences, however, so I read things differently than others, perhaps. I am particularly interested in how human thought and philosophy has developed over time. So, when I study Science, I do not just study the latest theories and assertions, but I place them into historical context and trace the development of scientific thought over time. We have thought a lot of different things throughout human history and I do not think that we are through in developing theories as to how the world works or how we got here or where we are headed. Also, I am a Christian who takes the Bible seriously, so there’s that.

And you can find the rest at this post from The Poached Egg (Ratio Christi).

How Darwin Failed His Own Test by Bob Davis

This article begins:

What has the past 150 years shown us about Darwin’s theory of evolution?

Like any good scientist, Charles Darwin made a prediction by which other scientists could test his theory in the future. In other words, he made Darwinism falsifiable—capable of being proved false. More than a century and a half later, we are in a position to judge whether his theory has indeed been falsified.

For the rest of the article, see this post on The Poached Egg (Ratio Christi).

Stephen C. Meyer Points Out the Inadequacies of Darwinism and Neo-Darwinism in His Book “Darwin’s Doubt”

Stephen C. Meyer is director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture and the author of Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligence Design.

Those of you who are scientifically oriented may appreciate the post All in the Pairing: John Derbyshire v. Stephen Meyer in The American Spectator, which frames a pairing of Meyer’s with a competing view in a recent edition of The American Spectator.  Meyer is forthright and even capable of being understood – at least on the main points – by someone not scientifically oriented.

In the simplest terms, Meyer reports a doubt expressed about the theory of evolution by Darwin himself – a doubt which persists 150 years after the publication of Darwin’s book, and which has only grown in importance as science has made more and more new discoveries including DNA structure in 1953.  If you think evolution is a settled issue among discerning scientists, you owe it to yourself to learn more about people like Meyer.  They are serious scientists, not preachers.

For more on Stephen Meyer, including an extended interview video about his book Darwin’s Doubt, see this post and this one.

(h/t Apologetics 315 for awareness of Meyer’s essay.