THINK ABOUT THIS: How Can There Be Evil If God Is Good?

How can there be a good god with all of the horrendous evil that exists in this world? That’s an objection that is frequently heard whenever conversation takes a serious turn.

Cross-examined.org’s Dr. Frank Turek.

Cross-examined.org’s Dr. Frank Turek was asked this question during a recent presentation. His answer connected some key factors that are usually considered not merely unrelated but complete opposites.

“The existence of evil does not disprove the existence of God, it actually proves it,” explains Turek. “Why? Because evil is a lack of the good thing, but evil doesn’t exist unless good exists and good doesn’t exist unless God exists.” Continue reading “THINK ABOUT THIS: How Can There Be Evil If God Is Good?”

RIP: Dr. Norman Geisler, 1932-2019

Dr. Norman Geisler, philosopher, systematic theologian, and classical Christian apologist, died early in the morning today, according to one of Geisler’s best-known students, Ravi Zacharias.

Dr. Norman Geisler (Screen shot from The One-Minute Apologist)

Geisler was “blessed with an incredible mind and being a prolific writer, he influenced tens of thousands all over the world. He was one of the most ardent defenders of the Holy Scriptures,” Zacharias said in a Facebook post today. That is an understatement, to be sure.

It’s difficult to measure the academic and popular influence of Geisler, but in his scholarship, rhetorical skills and teaching excellence he certainly ranks with C.S. Lewis, Josh McDowell, William Lane Craig, Zacharias and Gary Habermas as a key factor in the explosion in recent decades of credible, compelling philosophical, historical, archeological and other evidence for the reliability of the Bible, the literal resurrection of Christ and the existence of God. Continue reading “RIP: Dr. Norman Geisler, 1932-2019”

HARD FACTS: And You Thought Water Was Just H2O?

Actually, water “is a supernatural liquid with 74 unique physical/chemical properties,” according to the eminent Brazilian chemist, Dr. Marcos Eberlin, during a video interview published by the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture.

Dr. Marcos Eberlin is past president of the International Mass Spectrometry Foundation.

“You look at this and you say ‘there is no color, there is no flavor, there is no smell,’ so you tend to believe it’s common liquid, but it’s not,” Eberlin declares. “It has 74 unique properties, some weird properties actually.”

Among those 74 properties, according to Eberlin, is the familiar fact that it is essential for life on earth. No water, no life. Eberlin knows whereof he speaks, having just published a fascinating book, “Foresight: How the Chemistry of Life Reveals Planning and Purpose.”

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Here’s Why Eye-Witnesses Set Christianity Apart From All Other Faiths

And what about the maxim that when five people see the same car wreck, their individual accounts sound like they saw five different crashes?

There is “an interesting difference between Christianity” and other theistic world-views with claims about God that makes the former radically different from all of the others, according to NBC Dateline cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace.

Cold-Case expert J. Warner Wallace.

“Unlike other systems that are really collections of proverbs, and I always refer back to a friend of mine in high school was a Bahai and he introduced me to the writings of Baha’u’llah and these are a set of great beautiful writings, but they are a set of proverbs, there are no claims about history that can be tested,” Wallace said.

“It’s really hard to test systems that are simply wisdom statements,” Wallace continued. “It’s kind of hard to test the wisdom statements of Buddha, for example, because there’s no claims in Buddhism that are grounded in historical events.” Continue reading “Here’s Why Eye-Witnesses Set Christianity Apart From All Other Faiths”

HARD FACTS: Your Computer’s Coding Requires Intelligent Design, So Why Not For The Universe?

Imagine that your life depends upon your finding one particular molecule among all the molecules that make up our galaxy, the Milky Way? Oh, and you are blindfolded. What are the odds?

This is you searching the Milky Way galaxy for one particular molecule. Don’t miss the blindfold!

Well, according to molecular biologist Douglas Axe, who did the calculations, your odds of choosing the right molecule out of all the molecules that make up the Milky Way are actually better than the odds of random genetic changes to produce something new, even something as modest as a new protein function?

Axe, who received his PhD from CalTech in chemical engineering, puts it this way: “We ask how rare or how common functional proteins are within the space of possibilities. Doing experiments and calculations, we found that they are exceedingly rare, like one in 10 to the 74th power rare.”

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THINK ABOUT THIS: What About The ‘Puddle Argument?’

Ever hear of the “Puddle Argument”? That’s the idea that if there is a puddle in the sidewalk, that just indicates that circumstances developed in the concrete in such a manner that it allowed rain water to accumulate.

The fact the hole appeared and rain water filled it up over time doesn’t thereby demonstrate a design or purpose in its appearance in the sidewalk. The Puddle Argument is sometimes made by critics who reject the idea that design requires a designer. Continue reading “THINK ABOUT THIS: What About The ‘Puddle Argument?’”

APOLOGETICS: What Should We Think About Quantum Mechanics And The Laws Of Logic?

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Right off, let me be clear that I am a journalist, not a philosopher or scientist, so the following discussion is that of an interested layman who makes no claims of special insight.

That said, I often hear in discussions with atheists and agnostics that Quantum Mechanics (QM) renders much of the conventional wisdom about the physical universe obsolete.

As an example, Kenneth Samples of Reasons To Believe, who is both a philosopher and theologian, considers the argument that QM specifically renders the Law of Non-Contradiction (LNC) old news.

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