THINK ABOUT THIS: Four Serious Questions To Ask Yourself If You’re Considering Christianity

Big decisions normally require lots of thought before being made in order to make the best one possible, and nowhere is that more true than in deciding what you think and do about Christianity.

Evan Minton of crossexamined.org offers four questions that anyone who is looking at Christianity should ask themselves before making a decision one way or the other about whether they will accept it, reject it or simply ignore it.

The first of Minton’s four questions is this: “Question 1: If I Knew Beyond a Reasonable Doubt That Christianity Were True, Would I Follow Christ?” This is not a decision lightly to be made, as it will affect every part of your life. Go here to see how Minton’s answers that and his other three questions.

Yale Computer Science Legend David Gelernter Says Goodbye To Darwinism

Professor David Gelernter of Yale’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is famous for having predicted the World Wide Web years before its appearance, as well as having conceived or designed  innumerable computing tools in wide use throughout the world.

Yale Professor David Gelernter. (Screen shot from interview with Hoover Institution’s Peter Robinson.)

But Gelernter is also something of a Renaissance Man because he is a prolific lecturer and author, the latter including works of fiction, technical articles and art criticism. Plus, he’s a member of the National Council of the Arts.

But there is one thing Gelernter is not, at least not anymore, and that is a believer in contemporary Darwinism. The Yale professor explained why in May in a Claremont Review of Books (CRB) article provocatively entitled “GIving Up Darwin.” Unfortunately, this may be the first you’ve heard about it. Continue reading “Yale Computer Science Legend David Gelernter Says Goodbye To Darwinism”

THINK ABOUT THIS: 10 Reasons Why Christianity Ignited The Scientific Revolution

Greece had philosophy, Rome architecture and law, and Islam mathematics, but people of the Bible gave science a place of honor and priority

Men and women have been doing mathematics, philosophy and tool design for thousands of years, but what we today know as “science” is a modern phenomena that started in the Medieval period of Europe and led to a revolution that changed virtually every facet of daily life and continues to do so today for billions of people.

Photograph courtesy of Louis Reed on Unsplash.

Daniel Currier of iApoligia points out that for the Scientific Revolution to happen, it had to be in “Christian medieval Europe [which] was the perfect utopia for science. Brilliant European Christians led the fight against superstition and irrationality by promoting reason, progress and biblical worldview.”

Because that is true, Currier continues, “many fields of science must thank Christians as being their progenitors.” He then names more than two dozen of them and the scientific field each played a major role in opening, including, to cite just three, Robert Boyle for electrodynamics, Gregor Mendel for genetics, and Lord Kelvin for thermodynamics. Continue reading “THINK ABOUT THIS: 10 Reasons Why Christianity Ignited The Scientific Revolution”

STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted!

Recent Moves, As Reported by Legistorm:

Ana Alegria is the new Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee deputy press secretary. Ana is a 2017 Harvard graduate in history.

Cole Bockenfeld is Sen. Chris Murphy’s (D-Ct.) new national security adviser. Cole earned his MA in 2017 from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and his BA in 2008 in political science from the University of Arkansas. Continue reading “STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted!”

Here’s Three Reasons That The ‘War Between Science And Faith’ Is A Myth, Even On The Hill

So, you’re walking down a corridor in the Rayburn House Office Building one day thinking about how your boss wants an amendment to a draft bill that she really cares about when your thoughts are interrupted by  a conversation you overhear between two people walking a little ahead of you.

Photo by Vlad Tchompalov on Unsplash

The duo appear also to be Hill aides, but they are debating an arcane topic – which is “better” for understanding reality, science or faith?

One of them tells the other he “doesn’t think there should be any conflict between science and faith because they really aren’t opposed.”

To which the other person responds: “Well, I think they are fundamentally opposed to each other, always have been and always will be. But tell me three reasons why you think they aren’t.” Continue reading “Here’s Three Reasons That The ‘War Between Science And Faith’ Is A Myth, Even On The Hill”

WORKING ON THE HILL: Time To Lay Off Gen Z

It is said that every older generation looks upon every younger generation and either recoils in horror, disgust or incredulity.

(Screen shot from McDowell presentation)

Having heard it from members of the Greatest Generation, I confess that I sometimes must stop and remind myself that the same things I now say about “Millennials” were once said about me and my Boomer contemporaries.

Dr. Sean McDowell of Biola University notes in a recent presentation at a Summit Ministries conference that “people have been talking about Millennials for a decade and a half, but, friends, Millennials are out of college, they’ve graduated. Continue reading “WORKING ON THE HILL: Time To Lay Off Gen Z”

WORKING ON THE HILL: Whose Morality Are You Imposing Today?

It’s one of the most commonly heard warnings whenever debates erupt in Congress or elsewhere in our public policy forums with even the remotest links to divisive social issues — “Don’t impose your morality on me!”

Dr. Frank Turek, president of crossexamined.org. (Screen shot from YouTube)

But if you work in Congress, the reality is that you are in one way or another, to a greater or lesser degree, part of the inherent process of defining, applying, revising or communicating the morality government enforces on — and on behalf of — us all every day.

Dr. Frank Turek of cross-examined.org gets right to the point in responding to the warning about not imposing morality: “Well actually, that’s what every one is trying to do. Everyone is trying to put their own beliefs into the law.” Continue reading “WORKING ON THE HILL: Whose Morality Are You Imposing Today?”

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What About Josh Harris, Take II: The ‘Dreadfully Misguided’ Purity Culture Didn’t Steal Her Faith
Author Ericka Andersen (Screen shot from her blog)

Ericka Andersen was one of thousands of teens who read “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” by Josh Harris in the 1990s. Now he’s left the faith, but Ericka hasn’t. Here’s why. Friday, August 2, 2019.

THINK ABOUT THIS: Great Things Christianity Actually Has Done For The World

Dr. Sean McDowell

Professor Sean McDowell of Biola University takes on the radical historians who claim Christianity’s sole legacy is intolerance, the slaughter of the Crusades and moral hypocrisy. Thursday, August 1, 2019.

STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted!

HillFaith’s weekly look at some of the people working on Capitol Hill for senators, representatives and committees who are movin’ on up! Thursday, August 1, 2019.

What About Josh Harris?

Joshua Harris during media interview. (Screen shot from Youtube).

It’s sad any time a well-known Christian gives up his or her faith. Here’s my take on the hard lessons to be taken from the Josh Harris reversal. Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

LET’S LAUGH! Comedian Jeff Allen Looks At How So Many Couples Deal With Resentments

Comedian Jeff Allen. (Screen shot from YouTube)

Who says Christians never laugh. Not comedian Jeff Allen. Here’s his hilarious take on how couples should and should not deal with those inevitable resentments in marriage. Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

7 Tests That Show The Gospels Are Trustworthy Accounts of Jesus’ Life, Death And Resurrection

Cold-Case expert J. Warner Wallace.

NBC “Dateline” Cold-Case Expert J. Warner Wallace explains why those apparent variations in how each of the Gospels reported the Resurrection are evidence of their strengths as eyewitnesses. Monday, July 29, 2019.

 


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What About Josh Harris, Take II: The ‘Dreadfully Misguided’ Purity Culture Didn’t Steal Her Faith

Ericka Andersen is a very sharp digital expert, writer, speaker and an unusually insightful analyst of American cultural trends as they are shaped by religious experience and beliefs.

Author Ericka Andersen (Screen shot from her blog)

She’s also a veteran of what she describes as “the dreadfully misguided marketing effort evangelical leaders in the 1990s created to dissuade teens from sex before marriage.”

But Ericka remains an evangelical Christian and as a result her observations about the Josh Harris controversy and what it teaches us today about the Christian’s witness are especially worth reading and thinking about. Continue reading “What About Josh Harris, Take II: The ‘Dreadfully Misguided’ Purity Culture Didn’t Steal Her Faith”

THINK ABOUT THIS: Great Things Christianity Actually Has Done For The World

There seem to be more than a few folks on the Hill and elsewhere in the public arena these days who apparently believe Christianity is not a positive good in terms of its influence on society, the law, economics and social justice.

To which I must respond “Ah Grasshopper, you have so much yet to learn.” Fortunately for all concerned, Professor Sean McDowell of Biola University has much more to say in response and he does it so much more knowledgeably and articulately than yours truly.

The great irony here is that much of the mistaken belief about Christianity is a product of the notion that only science provides truth. I say ironic because, as so many people don’t know, the very concept of science is a product of the influence of Christianity.

So enjoy the following video as McDowell condenses two millennia of history into 2:48:

 

STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted!

Plus, should Hill workers enjoy whistleblower protections? Looking for a congressional job?

Recent Moves, As Reported by Legistorm:

Augie McGinnity-Wake is now digital director for Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV). He moves up to the Big Show following an internship for Wisconsin state senator LaTonya Johnson. Yes, he’s a Wisconsin Badger.

Jonay Holkins becomes counsel for Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.). Previously, Jonay was with Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law.

Jean Roehrenbeck ends a four-year run as federal affairs director at National Grid USA by joining Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) as chief of staff. Jean is a St. Joseph’s University (Philly) graduate. Continue reading “STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted!”