THINK ABOUT THIS: Science ‘Works’ In Our Universe Because …

Philosopher Kenneth Samples gives the answer AND poses a huge question about chance and design

“Advancements in science, technology, and medicine over the last century or so have benefitted virtually all people. Scientific progress has lengthened human life spans and improved quality of life.

Reasons To Believe Senior Research Scholar Kenneth Samples (Screen Shot).

“These great strides prompt a provocative question: Why does science work? That is, why is the scientific enterprise so effective in delivering critical, reliable information about the natural world that can inform and benefit humankind?

“I have posed this question to many scientists I’ve met through the years. The answer I usually hear is something along this line: ‘It just does. Science is unique. It works.’

I think the reason that most scientists struggle to tell me exactly why science works is … Go here for the answer.


 

How An Atheist Guy From Chicago Doing Standup Comedy Became A Born-Again Christian

People who do standup comedy know how to make the rest of us laugh, but does that also mean they are happy in the times between their routines? For comedian Jeff Allen, the crushing answer was “no way.”

Ccomedian Jeff Allen (Screen shot from YouTube).

Allen is genuinely funny now and, since he was successful, I assume he must also have been 20 years ago when his life changed, literally, forever. It’s a journey full of tragedy, sadness, pain, divorce, bankruptcy, and, ultimately, amazingly, incredibly, joyful recovery, hilarity and peace.

WARNING! This is a 19 minute video, three times as long as the typical video I put up here on HillFaith. I work on the Hill now as a journalist and I spent four years of my early professional life as a congressional aide, so I know how precious your time is.

But trust me, this video will make you laugh, it may make you cry, too, and it just might also mark a milestone in your life. Enjoy!

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.”