This Is Why Agnosticism Is Self-Defeating (And Who Wants To Live A Life Based on That?)

“Agnosticism is a view that says the ultimate truth about God’s existence is unknowable. However, agnosticism is a ‘self-defeating’ proposition in that it says ‘truth can’t be known,’ while at the same time proposing ‘truth can’t be known’ is known to be a true statement.

Screen shot, “What Time Is Purple” illustration.

“That’s why agnosticism’s road ends before it really gets started.” — Tom Hammond, “What Time Is Purple”

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WHAT DO YOU THINK? Here’s What Political Conspiracies Like Watergate Tell Us About Jesus’ Disciples

Conspiracy theories are becoming more common these days in the political debate in Congress, the national media and in public forums across the nation, digital and otherwise.

Chuck Colson (Screen shot from “Doing The Right Thing” on Youtube.)

The Watergate coverup by President Richard Nixon and half a dozen of his chief aides was a real conspiracy and it cost him his presidency when he became the only American chief executive ever to resign the office.

Chuck Colson was one of the Nixon conspirators who went to jail. He became a Christian in great part because of something he learned from the Watergate conspiracy about the reliability and credibility of the disciples of Jesus Christ in their testimony about His life, death and resurrection. Continue reading “WHAT DO YOU THINK? Here’s What Political Conspiracies Like Watergate Tell Us About Jesus’ Disciples”

Well, Duh, We Live Here, So Of Course It Looks Like A Universe Finely Tuned Just For Us?

One thing that many advocates on both sides of the “does God exist” debate agree on is that the universe is an incredibly finely tuned place, regardless of how we think it came to be.

Addressing the “Finely tuned Universe” issue by J. Warner Wallace. (Screen shot)

To cite just one example, if the Earth’s tilt on its axis was just two degrees greater, life would very likely be impossible on this earth because the Conifer Belt of trees that produce the bulk of our oxygen, would not survive.

But may be it just looks like a finely tuned universe because it’s the only one we can observe and we call it home, so of course it looks like it was made just for us? NBC “Dateline’s” cold-case detective, J. Warner Wallace, addresses that issue and others in this video:

THINK ABOUT THIS: Actually, No, All Roads Don’t Lead To God

It’s one of the most frequently heard truisms — All roads lead to Heaven because every religion contains some of the ultimate truth but none of them have all of the truth.

Dr. Sean McDowell

Ergo, whichever path “works” for you, do it to the best of your ability and God will smile on you when you die and hold open the door to His heaven where you will be with Him forever.

But what if all roads lead to different destinations? On the surface, maybe all the different religions appear to be heading in the same directions, but, as Professor Sean McDowell points out in the following video, dig a little deeper and we find they lead to very different destinations indeed:

Historian Will Durant On The Gospels’ ‘Embarrassing Details’ About Jesus And His Disciples

Writing in his book, “Caesar and Christ,” historian Will Durant observed this:

Peter’s Denial of Christ, by Rembrandt. (Commons, Wikimedia.org)

“Despite the prejudices and theological misconceptions of the evangelists, they record many incidents that mere inventors would have concealed — the competition of the apostles for high places in the Kingdom, their flight after Jesus’ arrest, Peter’s denials, the failure of Christ to work miracles in Galilee, the references of some auditors to his possible insanity, his early uncertainty as to his mission, his confessions of ignorance as to the future, his moments of bitterness, his despairing cry on the cross; no one reading these scenes can doubt the reality of the figure behind them.

“That a few simple men should in one generation have invented so powerful and appealing a personality , so lofty an ethic, and so inspiring a vision of human brotherhood, would be a miracle far more incredible than any recorded in the Gospels.

“After two centuries of Higher Criticism, the outlines of the life, character and teaching of Christ remain reasonably clear, and constitute the most fascinating feature in the history of Western man.” — As cited by Josh and Sean McDowell, “More Than A Carpenter.”

 

 

WORKING ON THE HILL: Here’s What Modern ‘Tent-Making’ Looks Like

When Paul made his many missionary trips around the known world after his encounter with the risen Christ on the road to Damascus, he supported himself by making tents.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), left, with Open The Books’ President Adam Adrzejewski, center. (Photo courtesy of Open The Books).

Being a highly educated individual who was formerly part of the Establishment in Jerusalem (Paul studied under Gamaliel, one of the most respected doctors of law in Israel at the time of Jesus), it’s instructive that Paul turned to what we would today likely consider a blue-collar job to support himself.

Without even remotely suggesting that I am in any way comparable to Paul, I am following his approach to supporting himself in his work. In other words, I do have a “real job,” covering Congress as a correspondent for The Epoch Times.

I love Congress and being an old-school journalist who puts a premium on being scrupulously factual, and now this 30-year career makes possible the great privilege of editing HillFaith “on the side.”

This photo is from a recent “pen & pad” session with Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), who is accompanied by Adam Adrejewski, the founder and president of Open The Books, a non-profit group that is achieving amazing successes in making government at all levels more transparent, and thus more accountable. That’s yours truly to Adam’s left.

Ernst was discussing a significant package of reforms in federal spending that I will be reporting on next week.

EMERGING ISSUES ON THE HILL: Is Jesus Really Appearing To Dozens Of Muslims In The Middle East?

Reports of Jesus appearing in dreams or in some kind of apparent bodily form to Muslims in the Middle East are being heard with increasing frequency, and not just from evangelical Christian missionaries.

McLean Bible Church logo. (Screen shot)

As a result, the time is coming soon when Christians and skeptics alike will have to take public notice, and sooner than later for congressional aides in jobs working on international relations, foreign assistance, religious freedoms and related issues.

Senior Pastor David Platt of McLean Bible Church in McLean, Va., is the latest to share information about such an experience, according to the Christian Post.

McLean Bible Church is a huge congregation in the prosperous Northern Virginia suburb just across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital. Many of the congregants are federal workers, congressional aides and others drawn by the presence of the central government. Continue reading “EMERGING ISSUES ON THE HILL: Is Jesus Really Appearing To Dozens Of Muslims In The Middle East?”

WORKING ON THE HILL: Women Staffers Turn To Wardrobe Rental Services

Many congressional staffers are in high-visibility, high-pressure positions that, unfortunately, also come with comparatively low pay, so there is a premium on making every dollar earned go as far as possible.

That’s a key to growing popularity among women working on the Hill of wardrobe rental services. Roll Call’s Mary Ellen McIntire has a great post this morning on services like Rent the Runway. Continue reading “WORKING ON THE HILL: Women Staffers Turn To Wardrobe Rental Services”

WORKING ON THE HILL: Look Who’s Being Promoted

Recent Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:

Ryan Feldman has interned for Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Sean Maloney (D-NY) and Jacky Speier (D-Calif.). Now Feldman is the new scheduler for Rep. Josh Harder (D-Calif.). Feldman is a 2019 graduate of American University in inter-disciplinary studies.

Melanie Lenhardt Brown is Rep. David Schweikert’s (R-Az.) new policy adviser. She previously worked as a legislative assistant to Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Az.), and is former director of government relations for Monument Advocacy. Brown graduated from Arizona State University in 2015 with a BS in marketing. Continue reading “WORKING ON THE HILL: Look Who’s Being Promoted”

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Even If Macro-Evolution Is True, God Is Still Necessary

What if evolution is true, both in terms of micro and macro changes over time? If it is, does that mean there is no room for the Christian God as creator of the universe and everything in it, including humans and animals?

Cross-examined.org’s Dr. Frank Turek says no, there still must be an explanation for the existence of the first molecule. Evolution properly understood is an explanation of how God did it, not an argument against the existence of God in the first place.

Turek was asked about this issue earlier this month during a presentation, noting that he’s an advocate for micro-evolution, but stops short of the “molecule to man” version of macro-evolution. Even so, he explains why God is essential regardless.

Federal Court Delivers Victory For Freedom Of Religion, Speech

Somebody apparently complained on Valentine’s Day 2018 when Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) student Polly Olsen distributed greetings to fellows students that included the words “Jesus Loves You,” “You Are Loved” and “You Are Never Alone,” along with illustrative Bible verses.

So campus security told Olsen she had to stop. When she asked why, she was told because “somebody might be offended” by her words, which would violate the school’s pubic assembly policy.

Olsen’s case was taken on by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), litigation was filed and on Friday, U.S. District Court Judge William Griesbach found in her favor and against the school.

Griesbach’s order is well worth reading because congressional staffers are going to be dealing with increasing frequency with this and related issues in coming days. Go here for the order.

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.