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THINK ABOUT THIS: Thoughts On God In And Out Of Time

When Stephen Hawking wrote his best-selling “A Brief History of Time” in his quest to do away with God, the renowned Cambridge mathematician had to invent a second kind of time, which he called “imaginary” time.

Astrophysicist Dr. Hugh Ross of Reasons to Believe.

The imaginary time was a necessary posit because Hawking knew that if there is the time we know of as part, present and future, then there must be a beginning of time and that means in turn there must be a creator of time. But that creator is exactly what Hawking wanted to do away with.

Dr. Hugh Ross is an astro-physicist, not a mathematician, but he and Hawking both wrote best-sellers on multiple aspects of the God question. Ross also is the founder of Reasons To Believe (RTB), an excellent apologetics think tank with an emphasis on relating faith and science.

“That God created the time dimension of the universe implies that he could create other time dimensions. Therefore, God could operate within as many time dimensions as he chooses,” Ross writes today on the RTB web site. If you have time — no, not a joke — I heartily encourage you to give a read to Ross on God and time.

Today Demonstrates Why The Big Bang Had To Have A Beginning

Yes, it’s Monday and the first day of the week is the hardest one in which to wrap one’s mind around a complex philosophical question such as “can time be infinite.” But it will be just as complex tomorrow and every other day, so how about let’s go ahead and address it today.

Dr. Frank Turek explains why time isn’t infinite. (Screen shot)

Dr. Frank Turek of crossexamined.org answers that question in the following video of a recent exchange with a critic by name of “Forrest” (No, not Gump) during a question-and-answer session that started out talking about the multi-verse and colliding membranes theories to explain the origin of the universe. Continue reading “Today Demonstrates Why The Big Bang Had To Have A Beginning”

THINK ABOUT THIS: Why Our Brains And Our Minds Aren’t One And The Same Thing

If the material universe is all there is, where do our non-material minds come from?

“If I asked you to close your eyes and think of an imaginary car and encouraged you to envision anything you could imagine related to that car, the resulting vehicle would exist solely in your mind.

Cold-Case expert J. Warner Wallace.

“If you are sufficiently creative, your imaginary vehicle would be like no other car on the planet, and only you would know precisely how it looks. Without referencing a physical car external to your body, you imagined the shape, color and textures of the vehicle; it exists only in your conscious thoughts.

“This particular car is not the result of optical input from your eyes. Your brain isn’t referencing optical data from an object in the room. Neurophysiologists cannot open your physical brain and locate the car, its shape or its properties.

“These characteristics cannot be accessed by surgeons sifting through the gray matter of your brain, and even though neurologists may be able to pinpoint a location within the brain where neurological activity correlates with a thought or sensation, this only confirms a casual relationship between two separate things and fails to identify one as the other.

“While physical states can be publicly known, mental states are only privately known. This characteristic of the mind is not shared with the brain; the properties of the brain and the mind are not identical.”

From J. Warner Wallace, “God’s Crime Scene: A cold-case detective examines the evidence for a divinely created universe,” page 125.


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MUST READ! Friday Fun Poetry

Here’s an absolutely delightful way to end the workweek. The Bookish Recovering Know-It-All has a knack for verse, and his Friday Fun Poetry for today is really good.

Here’s the first few stanzas:

work week’s done

it’s time for fun

maybe i’ll run

pretend i won

the power ball ….

Go here for the rest. This is good stuff.

‘Undesigned Coincidences’ Provide Strong Evidence Jesus Really Did Feed 5,000 In The Wilderness

If you’ve been alive and breathing in recent decades, odds are good that you’ve at least heard about the miracle of Jesus in feeding 5,000 people in the wilderness near Bethsaida.

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash.

Jesus had been speaking to the crowd for a good part of the day and when evening began to approach, he asked Phillip and other disciples how they could feed the large assembly.  The disciples wanted to disperse the crowd to head into town, but Jesus took some fish and bread and multiplied it sufficiently to feed everybody on the spot and still have 12 baskets full of uneaten food for leftovers.

“That’s just a fable meant to make Jesus look good,” claim the skeptics. Well, if you check out those “undesigned coincidences” in the four Gospels’ accounts of the miracle, Erik Manning and J. Warner Wallace tell us, it becomes clear their accounts are anything but fables. Continue reading “‘Undesigned Coincidences’ Provide Strong Evidence Jesus Really Did Feed 5,000 In The Wilderness”

WORKING ON THE HILL: Look Who’s Getting Promoted

Recent Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:

Drew Story is the new legislative assistant for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). Story comes from a year-long stint working for Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.). He has a Ph.D. in chemical and environmental engineering from the University of California at Riverside in 2018.

Arjun Mody is the Senate Republican Conference’s newly hired staff director, under Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wy.). It’s a return engagement for Mody, as he previously served in the same job under Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) Arjun is a 2004 graduate of the American University Washington College of Law, as well as a 2003 graduate of the Arizona State University College of Law and a 2000 La Salle University graduate in political science. Continue reading “WORKING ON THE HILL: Look Who’s Getting Promoted”

This Is Why Computers Will Never Be As Smart As Humans (And Why God Must Exist)

If you work on the Hill, then you know Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning and 5G are all “next-big-things” in technology, and, when they are combined in the near future, computers will rule our world by functioning in ways that seem almost human. Well, just not quite human.

Gary N. Smith, Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics at Pomona College

That little bit of “just not quite” is the critical difference between a strictly material world in which there are only objective measures and processes, and one with time, space and matter, plus  subjective characteristics like will and choice among alternatives. And in an ultimate sense, it points to the existence of God.

The reason is simple: Computers simply can’t be as smart as human beings.

The pointing to God stuff is mine. That computers can’t be as smart as you and I is from Professor Gary N. Smith, an economics professor at Pomona College and the author of “The AI Delusion.” Continue reading “This Is Why Computers Will Never Be As Smart As Humans (And Why God Must Exist)”