The Flaw That Isn’t In The Paley Argument That A Watch Requires A Watchmaker To Be Created

Watches don’t just magically appear out of nothing or assemble themselves without any outside assistance, therefore there must be a watchmaker doing what scientists and philosophers today call “intelligence design.”

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The preceding paragraph is a modern restatement of William Paley’s Watchmaker argument for the existence of God. Just as the watch requires a watchmaker, the universe requires a creator.

Critics today argue there is a fundamental flaw in Paley’s argument. Biochemist Fazale Rana explains on Reasons to Believe: Continue reading “The Flaw That Isn’t In The Paley Argument That A Watch Requires A Watchmaker To Be Created”

NOW SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: Cave Art And Comic Books Or Another Look At Human Exceptionalism

Comic books never did much for me but there is no doubt that they are among the most influential kinds of literature and have been for decades. But did you know they go all the way back cave art? Me either.

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Leave it to biochemist Fazale Rana to lay this out in a fascinating post on Reasons to Believe, the apologetics web site founded by astronomer Hugh Ross. Rana describes the history of comics:

“In America, comics burst onto the scene in the 1930s, but the oldest comics (at least in Europe) trace their genesis to Rodolphe Töpffer (1799-1846). Considered by many to be “the father of comics,” Töpffer was a Swiss teacher, artist, and author who became well-known for his illustrated books—works that bore similarity to modern-day comics.

“Despite his renown, Töpffer wasn’t the first comic book writer and artist. That claim to fame belongs to long forgotten artists from prehistory. In fact, recent work by Australian and Indonesian researchers indicates that comics as a storytelling device dates to earlier than 44,000 years ago. Seriously!”

Go here for the rest of the story, which I guarantee you will find fascinating.


 

 

STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Being Promoted On The Hill This Week

Recent Staff Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:

Aryn Fields is now Communications Director for Rep. JaHana Hayes (D-CT). Previously, Aryn was Press Secretary for Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) and before that interned in the personal staff office of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). She is a 2018 MA graduate in political communication from American University and she earned a 2016 BA in government from California State University at Sacramento.

Tanner Spencer appears to be in it for the long run (screen shot from Facebook).

Tanner Spencer was just promoted to Senior Legislative Assistant for Rep. Jim Banks (R-IND), from his prior duties as a Legislative Assistant. Tanner has been with Banks since serving as his campaign field director in 2016. He’s a 2016 graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in public administration.

Now handling scheduling duties for Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) is Mark Waits, moving up from Deputy Scheduler/Assistant to the Chief of Staff. Mark is a 2019 political science BS graduate from Utah Valley University. Continue reading “STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Being Promoted On The Hill This Week”

THINK ABOUT THIS: Why A Great Archeologist Came To See Luke As A First-Rank Historian

“Sir William Ramsay, one of the greatest archeologists ever to have lived, was a student of the German historical school, which taught that the Book of Acts was a product of the mid-second century AD and not of the first century, as it purports to be.

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“After reading modern criticism about the Book of Acts, Ramsay became convinced that it was not a trustworthy account of facts of its time (50 AD), and therefore was unworthy of consideration by a historian.

“So in his research on the history of Asia Minor, Ramsay paid little attention to the New Testament. His investigations, however, eventually compelled him to consider the writings of Luke, the author of the Book of Acts.

“The archeologist observed the meticulous accuracy of the historical details and gradually his attitude toward the Book of Acts began to change. He was forced to conclude: ‘Luke is a historian of the first rank … This author should be placed along the very greatest of historians.'” — From “More Than A Carpenter,” by Josh and Sean McDowell, pgs 65-66


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EMERGING ISSUES ON THE HILL: Great News For Kids! The Nuclear Family Is NOT Disappearing

It’s almost a truism among academics, the mainstream media commentariat and many Washington policymakers that the nuclear family  — one  married man and woman plus their kids — is a dying institution in America.

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Not so, according to Institute for Family Studies (IFS) Senior Fellow W. Bradford Wilcox, writing recently in The Atlantic in response to David Brook’s claim that the nuclear family was a “mistake.” Here’s the top of Wilcox’s article and a link to the rest of an important and timely piece that should be of interest to everybody working on Capitol Hill: Continue reading “EMERGING ISSUES ON THE HILL: Great News For Kids! The Nuclear Family Is NOT Disappearing”

New Academic Survey Of Top Scholarship Declares The Quest For ‘Historical Jesus’ Failed

If you attended college at any time in the past several decades, odds are you were taught some variation of the claim the Jesus of the Bible cannot be documented in history, so the book is really nothing more than a collection of myths, fables and exaggerations  written long  after  His  death.

But then this past October along came “Jesus, Skepticism and the Problem of History: Criteria and Context in the Study of Christian Origins,” co-edited by Darrell Bock and Ed Komoszewski. Biola University Apologetics Professor Sean McDowell, writing on seanmcdowell.org, said in a crisp review of the book:

“The editors list a range of facts about Jesus that are affirmed by virtually all historical scholars, including his birth about 6 to 4 BCE, teachings about the kingdom of God, reputation as a miracle-worker, his baptism by John the Baptist, and so on. Continue reading “New Academic Survey Of Top Scholarship Declares The Quest For ‘Historical Jesus’ Failed”

Sean McDowell Explains Why The Martyrdoms Of Jesus’ Disciples Are VIP Today

Among the most significant evidence from logic to support the credibility of the Gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke and John — is the fact none of the original disciples ever disavowed their claims about Jesus’ life and miracles, including the Resurrection.

The absence of any such disavowal, either documented or merely rumored, is not prima facie proof, but it does provide a weighty addition to the case for the truth of the Bible.

Biola University Professor Sean McDowell looks in the following video at the biblical and secular evidence on the question, lays out the main points of debate and offers conclusions about the significance:


 

‘God Made Me Fast And When I Run, I Feel His Pleasure’ Do You?

Scotland’s Eric Liddell is best-known these days, where he is known at all, as one of the heroes of the 1981 classic movie, “Chariots of Fire,” thanks to his winning gold medals at the 1924 Paris Olympics.

Screen shot from “Chariots of Fire’ clip on youtube.com.

What is less well-known is that Liddell was a deeply committed, born-again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior. He came from a missionary family and died of a brain tumor while in Japanese internment in China a few months before the end of World War II.

“Chariots” remains to this day my favorite movie of all time for one scene in particular in which Liddell explains to his critical sister that he will return to the mission work in China, but first he must honor God by competing in the Olympics. Thus his wonderful declaration that “God made me for a purpose. God made me fast and when I run, I feel His pleasure.” Continue reading “‘God Made Me Fast And When I Run, I Feel His Pleasure’ Do You?”

STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted On The Hill This Week

Recent Staff Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:

Jake Johnsen has set up shop as Chief of Staff for Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY). Jake is a 2009 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in political science.

Natalie Johnson, press secretary for Sen. Martha McSally. Screen shot from Facebook).

Natalie Johnson is now Press Secretary for Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ), moving up to the Senate side after serving Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and the House Republican Conference. Natalie’s BA in political science was awarded in 2015 from James Madison University.

Caroline Goodsen has made the move from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) to serve as Military Legislative Assistant to Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI). Continue reading “STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted On The Hill This Week”

Atheist Richard Dawkins Is, Sort Of, Talking Approvingly About Cannibalism, Again

Richard Dawkins is among the world’s best-known atheists, having debated just about every major contemporary Christian apologist, including John Lennox, his Oxford faculty colleague, as well as philosopher William Lane Craig, and Ravi Zacharias.

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Whatever you may think about Dawkins’ arguments against the existence of God, or how he performed versus Lennox, Craig or Zacharias, my interest here is in a strange but significantly revealing aspect of the evolutionary biologist’s recent statements about … cannibalism.

Tweeting the link Monday to a Forbes article about the growth of cell-grown meat products, Dawkins observed that “human steak could, of course, be cultured. Would you eat it? I wouldn’t, but it’s hard to say why. It would be cultured from a single nameable person. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall served human placenta, also clone of 1 person, in this case the baby. I wouldn’t eat that either.” Continue reading “Atheist Richard Dawkins Is, Sort Of, Talking Approvingly About Cannibalism, Again”

Here’s The Science Behind Paul The Apostle On Positive Thinking (And Working On The Hill)

Capitol Hill work is often stressful and insecure because in great part so much of one’s ability to succeed depends on others, many of whom either see only their own interests or are actively working against yours.

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So, consider what Paul the Apostle in his letter to the Philippians said in giving them — and us — some timely advice about what we focus our minds on. It probably sounds to many today like something Cervantes’ Don Quixote or Voltaire’s Dr. Pangloss would say.

It comes as Paul concludes his letter with this admonition: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) Continue reading “Here’s The Science Behind Paul The Apostle On Positive Thinking (And Working On The Hill)”

How Are Your Telomeres Today? Can Faith Actually Help You Live Longer, Healthier?

Unless you are deep into the study of cellular biology, odds are you have no idea that your body is so dependent on telomeres because they are essential to the quality and length of your life.

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So what on earth is a telomere? TA Sciences begins by noting that they are “an essential part of human cells that affect how our cells age,” then continues by explaining:

“Telomeres are the caps at the end of each strand of DNA that protect our chromosomes, like the plastic tips at the end of shoelaces.Without the coating, shoelaces become frayed until they can no longer do their job, just as without telomeres, DNA strands become damaged and our cells can’t do their job.”

In other words, when your telomeres can’t do their job, your life is adversely affected, and ultimately ended prematurely. Continue reading “How Are Your Telomeres Today? Can Faith Actually Help You Live Longer, Healthier?”

How To Know That The Life And Miracles Of Jesus Aren’t Just A Legend

If you’ve ever been involved in a debate on campus or in a typical Washington discussion group about religion, odds are good you’ve heard somebody claim the following:

“You can’t trust the Bible because Jesus was a man who was a great teacher but still no more than a man, and besides, in the decades after his death, his followers  invented Christianity by embellishing his words and actions to turn him into this mythical God-man figure.”

It may sound sophisticated and smart, but the reality, as NBC “Dateline” cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace explains in the following video, is the Gospels are solid and credible testimony that you could stake your life on in court:


 

New Data Shows The ‘Nones’ Have Peaked, May Even Be Dropping Among Gen Zs

Experts didn’t expect such a development but it appears the ranks of the “Nones” — people who identify with no religious denomination or following — are no longer increasing and a decline may even be ahead.

Washington College Political Science Professor Melissa Deckman (Screen shot from Facebook).

That’s the news from two recently completed massive studies, both of which are reported today by the Religion in Public (RIP) blog. In the first, Washington College Political Science Professor Melissa Deckman notes:

“A truism of the American religious landscape is that Americans are becoming more religiously unaffiliated and that this tendency is especially pronounced among the Millennial generation (born between 1981 and 1996). Continue reading “New Data Shows The ‘Nones’ Have Peaked, May Even Be Dropping Among Gen Zs”

STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted This Week

Recent Staff Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:

Molly Carpenter moves up from military legislative assistant to legislative director for Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho). Molly is a Hill veteran, having served in various positions since 2002, including stints with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ). She is a 2014 MA graduate of Johns Hopkins University in government and political communication, and a 2008 BA graduate in political science and government from the University of Indiana at Bloomington.

Rosalyn Hollingsworth (Screen shot from Facebook).

Got a scheduling question involving Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)? Then you need to talk to Rosalyn Hollingsworth, the new scheduler in the office. Rosalyn previously worked as an intern for Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). She is a 2019 political science graduate from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.

Another Hill veteran, Meagan Foster, moves over from the Senate to legislative director for Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), after two-and-a-half years as senior policy adviser to Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM). Her Hill career began in January 2009 as a legislative correspondent for Rep. Mark Begich (D-AK). Continue reading “STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted This Week”