At The Beach For Labor Day … Hope You Are, Too

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Back Tuesday, September 3. Enjoy The End Of Summer 2019.

HILL STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted!

Recent Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:

Justin Weiss motors into the communications director slot for Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.). Previously, Justin was a senior associate at the Rational 360 lobbying firm. He’s a 2014 Denison University graduate, earning a B.A. in french language and literature, and communications and sociology.

Sara Garcia has saddled up as scheduler for Rep. Van Taylor (R-Texas). She is a 2019 graduate of the University of California at San Diego, with a B.A. in political science and international relations. This is Sara’s first job on the Hill. Continue reading “HILL STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted!”

What Does It Mean To ‘Believe’ In ‘God?’ Well, That Depends On ….

“Do you believe in God?” is a question everybody is asked sooner or later and, as Stand To Reason’s Alan Shlemon notes, the answer is not always as simple as a “yes, I do, don’t you?” or “why no, why do you ask?” response.

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Schlemon observes that, if by “believe” they mean: Blind Faith, Wishful Thinking, Accepting Something Contrary to Logic or Reason, Hope, or Mustering Sheer Will …

Then his answer would be a resounding no because “believe” has a completely different meaning to him. Same goes with the term “God” for Shlemon. How about you? Go here, then perhaps you might like to share your own thoughts in the comments below.

Can Millennials Really Be The Loneliest Generation Ever, Or Gen Zers The Least Spiritual?

Two new surveys highlight findings that, if accurate and durable, provide some potentially distressing insights about millions of Americans born after 1980, the year Ronald Reagan was elected President of the United States.

These findings should be of great interest in the nation’s capital because most of the people now working on Capitol Hill for individual senators or representatives, or for congressional committees, are members of either the Millennial Generation (people born between the years 1981-1996) or its successor generation, Gen Z. (those born in 1997 and forward).

The YouGov survey made public just as Congress began its August recess revealed that “Millennials report feeling lonely much more often than their Gen X and Baby Boomer counterparts. Continue reading “Can Millennials Really Be The Loneliest Generation Ever, Or Gen Zers The Least Spiritual?”

Yes, Unlike Buddha Or Mohammed, Jesus Actually Did Claim To Be God

Mention the names of great religious leaders in history like “Mohammed” or “Buddha” in conversation at a Capitol Hill reception or over drinks at Bullfeathers and hardly anybody raises an eyebrow. Reactions are often quite different when “Jesus” is mentioned.

Those reactions can range all the way from worshipful reverence or respectful nods to outright laughter, derision, anger or even bitter cynicism. Whatever they are, they won’t be boring. Jesus is different. Unlike the other great religious leaders in history, Jesus claimed to be God.

But it’s not uncommon to hear the objection that He really never claimed to be God, that was actually a later invention by the disciples or early church leaders, or Dan Brown or somebody. So what does the evidence say?

NBC “Dateline’s” cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace, a former atheist, explains:

THINK ABOUT THIS: Lord, Liar Or Lunatic?

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’

“That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell.

“You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse.” — C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

So what say you?

Life Is Simply Impossible Without This ‘Irreducibly Complex’ ATP Generator, So How Did It Get Here?

“Irreducible Complexity” (IR) is a term coined by Lehigh University biochemist and Intelligent Design advocate Michael J. Behe. The Department of Defense (DOD) organizational chart may seem irreducibly complex, as do congressional parliamentary procedures at times.

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But beginning with his 1996 book, “Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution,” Behe has been talking about incredibly complex machines at the nano level that must be assembled in a certain order before they can perform functions that are essential to the continuation of a living organism’s existence.

Whether you think Behe is right or wrong, there is again new evidence that points to IR as a reasonable explanation of some of the most basic and vital questions about the origins of life. As the following video vividly explains, that evidence concerns the ATP Synthase, an amazing motor that manufactures a chemical, ATP, every cell in your body must have. Continue reading “Life Is Simply Impossible Without This ‘Irreducibly Complex’ ATP Generator, So How Did It Get Here?”