Mathematics, simple or otherwise, has never been my forte, but one thing I understand from those who eat, live and sleep numbers is that odds, or chance, can be measured, as in probabilities.
That means the probability of the proper alignment in the right proportion under the correct environmental conditions for the creation of the first living cell can be expressed as numbers. But we aren’t talking about numbers like 2+2.
Above photo by Chris Liverani on Unsplash.
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Now that the presents are unwrapped, the pretty bows and paper have all been picked up and the kids are out playing with their new delights, take a few minutes of the fleeting quiet time and give some thought to the question posed in the headline above.
Free-Thinking Ministries’ Timothy Fox (a former student of Prof. Sean McDowell at Biola University) cuts to the chase:
“It’s truly the season of More. Kids want to receive more toys than last year. Businesses want to make more money. People want their decorations to be bigger and better than ever.
“We want more holly, more jolly, more rest and relaxation, more, more, More. Of course this can all be attributed to greed, to our culture obsessed with consumption and excess. But I think there’s something deeper going on.”
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Put a Christian philosopher and an atheist philosopher in one room and sooner or later — likely sooner — they will start debating the source of morality, or rather whether morality must have a source.
The atheist will invariably, and accurately, point out that he or she can be or act just as morally as any Christian. Dr. Frank Turek addressed the issue earlier this week in a presentation on cross-examined.org.
It’s Christmas 2018 and it looks so different in so many ways from when this same holiday was celebrated in 1982. Vastly more commercialized, and almost wholly removed in the public realm from what it is meant to be.
President Ronald Reagan offered this Christmas story in 1982. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, or Christian or atheist, this quiet reminder of who the baby in the manger became is why Christmas and Easter are the two most important dates in history.
If in recent decades you’ve been to college or kept up with the public debate about the credibility and reliability of Christianity’s claims about Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, you’ve likely heard the claims of a variety of skeptics that His death was a sacrifice just like those common among pagan religions.
Stand To Reason’s Alan Shlemon offers three solid reasons why in fact the sacrifice of Christ is the exact opposite of pagan religions, as illustrated in a recently discovered mummified 13-year-old Incan girl found in Argentina, the Llullaillaco Maiden.
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Whether you are a famous cold-case detective like J. Warner Wallace solving 30-year-old murders or a veteran investigator for a congressional committee probing government contract fraud, much of what you do and how you do it is the same.
Take, for example, assessing the credibility of witnesses. Crime detectives and Hill investigators have to do that all the time as it’s one of their most important skills. What if witnesses don’t agree on all the details of an event? Is that reason to reject some or all of the witnesses?
For many critics of the Gospels, the fact Matthw, Mark, Luke and John provide four accounts that appear to differ on important details about the resurrection of Jesus disqualifies them as credible witnesses. And that in turn raises huge question marks about the Resurrection.
“What if witnesses don’t agree on all the details of an event? Is that reason to reject some or all of the witnesses?”
Wallace is well-known for his many appearances on NBC’s “Dateline” program where he showed America how he solved five stone-cold cases from decades back.
He knows about witnesses and in this video he shares four rules derived from California judicial procedures that he has used for many years and that helped him evaluate the credibility of the Gospel accounts of the Resurrection.
Here are three rock-solid bottom-line facts you can trust to be true about Jesus
Jesus told His disciples repeatedly before He was arrested, tried, tortured and crucified that those things would happen. He also told them He would be resurrected on the third day after His death.
They didn’t understand any of it before it all came down but within a few days of His death and burial, they were telling the world they had seen and talked to Him, that He was alive, that He had been resurrected.
Here we are 2,000 years later and a bunch of theories have been proposed to explain away the disciples’ claim that Jesus was resurrected. One of those theories is that Jesus didn’t come back to life, and the reason the tomb was empty was because somebody stole His body.
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