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  • High Tech Truth and Life!

    12/20/2015 7:32:18 AM PST · by jafojeffsurf · 3 replies
    Self | 12/20/2015 | Me
    High Tech Truth and Life! So are you ever Amazed and Astounded with the modern technology and the way high tech works? Do you wonder how it is that your technology works so well yet with little effort and as long as it has not been damage it does what it does without error, well as long as you the operator does not error and do the wrong things, why is that? There is a Reason and it is a Reason we should truly Reflect on our lives and how we do things to better understand how we too could...
  • God's Will and Man's Will

    06/02/2015 1:33:40 PM PDT · by HarleyD
    The Spurgeon Archive ^ | Mar 30, 1862 | C.H. Spurgeon
    "So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy."—Romans 9:16 "Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."—Revelation 22:17 The great controversy which for many ages has divided the Christian Church has hinged upon the difficult question of "the will." I need not say of that conflict that it has done much mischief to the Christian Church, undoubtedly it has; but I will rather say, that it has been fraught with incalculable usefulness; for it has thrust forward before the minds of Christians, precious truths, which but...
  • Do We Have Free Will? (video)

    03/30/2015 7:24:14 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 28 replies
    PragerUniversity.com ^ | 3-30-2015 | Frank Pastore
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDkLUBdvOkwIn the external, or physical, world, we're all aware of standard cause and effect. You know, "Object A acts upon Object B with Force X." We all get that, because it applies to just about everything -- from electrons to athletes. But now consider events in your internal, or mental, world. What causes your thoughts? Some of our thoughts have external causes, like when we touch something and suddenly realize it's hot. We don't deliberate whether or not to pull our hand away. Our brain has already fired the instruction to do so -- involuntarily. In some strange sense, "we"...
  • The Pelagian Captivity of the Church

    02/02/2015 5:46:24 PM PST · by HarleyD · 17 replies
    Bible Researcher ^ | May/June 2001 | R.C. Sproul
    Shortly after the Reformation began, in the first few years after Martin Luther posted the Ninety-Five Theses on the church door at Wittenberg, he issued some short booklets on a variety of subjects. One of the most provocative was titled The Babylonian Captivity of the Church. In this book Luther was looking back to that period of Old Testament history when Jerusalem was destroyed by the invading armies of Babylon and the elite of the people were carried off into captivity. Luther in the sixteenth century took the image of the historic Babylonian captivity and reapplied it to his era...
  • How Does God Foreknow Free Choices?

    12/24/2014 10:14:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Reasonable Faith ^ | 12/24/2014 | William Lane Craig
    Greetings, I have been listening to and reading a lot of your material over the last year, and have been learning a lot - not least from the Defenders podcast. I've been searching in your material for the answer to a specific question, but haven't found it - and therefore I write you now. I'm trying to sort out the matter of free will and God's foreknowledge, and I've come to understand that there is no contradiction between God's foreknowing a free choice, and that choice being truly free. Foreknowing doesn't equal determining. But - here is my question: How?...
  • Genetic Determinism or Free Will?

    07/20/2014 6:59:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/20/2014 | Timothy Birdnow
    There is a famous comparison made between Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. The more mystical types among us find the apparent similarities compelling evidence of some inscrutible fate, and much ink has been spilled (no doubt to buttress the legend of Kennedy, who was largely a failure as president.) Naturally, people focus on the coincidental similarities and ignore the huge differences; people naturally seek patterns, and when they find them they say "aha!" even if those patterns happen to mean nothing.In a recent blog post at American Thinker the brilliant Rosslyn Smith falls into this trap, making the case...
  • Paedophilia is an Illness NOT a Crime, says Cardinal Just Days after Papal Conclave

    03/16/2013 7:44:17 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 68 replies
    Dialy Mail (U.K.) ^ | 16 March 2013 | Anna Edwards
    (Cardinal Napier, third from left) Paedophilia is an illness NOT a crime, says cardinal just days after papal conclave • Claimed people abused as youngsters who then become paedophiles 'not criminally responsible' • Says paedophilia 'is an illness, not a criminal condition' • Says those people do not deserve to be punished because they are damaged • Pope Francis said that he wants a 'church for the poor' A South African cardinal who helped elect Pope Francis has described paedophilia as a psychological illness and not 'a criminal condition'. The Catholic Archbishop of Durban, Wilfrid Fox Napier, told BBC Radio...
  • What We All Deserve

    02/02/2012 7:45:35 PM PST · by WXRGina · 78 replies
    American Clarion ^ | February 2, 2012 | Gina Miller
    The other day I was talking to Kipp Greggory, our morning talk show host, during whose program this radio blog broadcast airs. We do not see each other very often, but when we do, it’s a fast-paced gab fest! He brought up a point of aggravation to him that amazed me, because it is something that bothers my husband and me, as well, and I have not heard anyone else make the point. It is the profusion of advertising that appeals to the prevalent sense of entitlement that infects many people in our society today. You have heard the ads...
  • (History changed by act of mercy?) How a four-year-old Adolf Hitler was saved from certain death ...

    01/05/2012 7:09:05 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 72 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 6th January 2012 | Allan Hall
    Revealed: The priest who changed the course of history ... by rescuing a drowning four-year-old Hitler from death in an icy river * Future Fuhrer was plucked from certain death by boy who grew up to join the church * German newspaper from 1894 reveals incident It may be the most devastating act of mercy in history. A newspaper report chronicling how a boy of four was saved from drowning has surfaced in a German archive. The child – who historians believe could have been Adolf Hitler – was plucked from the icy waters of the River Inn in Passau,...
  • A canticle for Kathleen Sullivan - from "Christmas at the speed of life"

    12/18/2011 10:22:44 AM PST · by Greg Swann · 2 replies
    Amazon.com ^ | 12/12/2011 | William F.X. O'Connell
      A canticle for Kathleen Sullivan  I got to the hospital after visiting hours, but the nurse led me to the room anyway. "There hasn't been anyone," she confided. I pursed my lips in grim acknowledgment. "That's why I'm here." Inside the room the patient looked like purple death. It was a critical-care room, bright and white and cheerfully clinical. The bed was surrounded by apparatus, with lines and leads and probes and IV tubes running to him. The only unbruised part of him that I could see were his eyes, and his eyes were more deeply wounded than anything. I'll...
  • How to slay dragons

    12/15/2011 3:08:30 PM PST · by Greg Swann · 2 replies
    Amazon.com ^ | 12/12/2011 | William F.X. O'Connell
      How to slay dragons  And now I am a man-killer. We live with the consequences of our choices, and we cannot fail to live with all the consequences of all our choices. Sic semper nobis, sic etiam mihi. Thus always to us, thus even to me. Your money? Or your life? Your mind – the means of your life? Or your life – the end of your mind's devising? Lie or die? Can any such choice be made? And if it can't – what then? What if you choose neither? What then? I got mugged, that's what happened. Or almost...
  • How the Peace of Jerusalem Will Be Established

    How the Peace of Jerusalem Will Be Established As of late, we have seen the world led by the United States seeking to strip from Israel it present day borders and bullying them into a forced agreement with those who absolutely abhor them and seek their utter destruction. Sadly, America (who is governed at the moment by the progressive Left) has always been Israel’s strongest ally but at present has forsaken Israel and thrown them under the Middle East Islamic bus. With an anti-Israeli Europe and now a current anti-Israeli U.S. administration, Israel’s back is totally up against the wall...
  • (Vanity) God, Free Will, and Chess

    05/20/2011 9:06:00 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 30 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 5-20-2011 | grey_whiskers
    One topic which has been the center of a great deal of controversy in Christian doctrine is that of free will. It has been discussed in various forms in St. Paul’ s epistle to the Romans, Chapter 9:Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad--in order that God's purpose in election might stand not by works but by him who calls--she was told, ‘The older will serve the younger.’ Just as it is written: ‘Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.’ What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says...
  • The Divine Will and Human Freedom: A Thomistic Analysis

    05/06/2011 1:41:54 PM PDT · by stfassisi · 8 replies
    At the center of Nietzsche’s rejection of Christianity is the idea that Christianity involves an attack upon the human will. In The Antichrist he says the following: "The Christian conception of God…is one of the most corrupt conceptions of the divine ever attained on earth. It may even represent the low-water mark in the descending development of divine types.… God as the declaration of war against life, against nature, against the will to live! … God–the deification of nothingness, the will to nothingness pronounced holy!"1In this passage, and in much of his work, Nietzsche is reacting against a version of...
  • Lefties and Islamists

    12/12/2010 10:49:07 AM PST · by PhilosopherStone1000 · 8 replies
    Self | 12/12/10 | Phil Stone
    This is part of a talk I'm preparing on how lefties think (no need for snark - I know they don't really think). Conservatives are often puzzled by why lefties, particularly feminist or gay lefties, would support Islamists over, say, their fellow countrymen, particularly when they would be the first on the chopping/lashing/stoning block if Islamists actually took over. To understand why, you have to understand that lefties are extremely selective in assigning free will to others. It's what leads them to believe that conservatives are one of a)stupid b)brainwashed c)evil In the first two cases, conservatives are not assigned...
  • Westminster Confession - Chap 9 - Of Free Will

    12/03/2010 11:44:31 AM PST · by HarleyD · 5 replies
    Chapter IX Of Free Will I. God has endued the will of man with that natural liberty, that is neither forced, nor, by any absolute necessity of nature, determined good, or evil.[1] II. Man, in his state of innocency, had freedom, and power to will and to do that which was good and well pleasing to God;[2] but yet, mutably, so that he might fall from it.[3] III. Man, by his fall into a state of sin, has wholly lost all ability of will to any spiritual good accompanying salvation:[4] so as, a natural man, being altogether averse from that...
  • Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show! Uniting the Races with Truth Instead of Dividing them with Lies!

    11/15/2010 8:44:41 PM PST · by abigail2 · 30 replies
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  • An Open Letter to My Physicist Friend RE: Darwinism and the Problem of Free Will

    10/28/2010 10:49:08 AM PDT · by betty boop · 146 replies
    Conservative Underground | October 26, 2010 | Jean F. Drew
    An Open Letter to My Physicist Friend RE: Darwinism and the Problem of Free Will By Jean F. Drew Dear A — Regarding the discussion of “free will” at www.naturalism.org, you wrote: “I am surprised to find a ‘scientific naturalism’ so similar to the utmost banality, shallowness and false superficiality of the ‘scientific materialism’ that I [had] to learn in … school [during] the communist regime.” I think this is a very striking statement; and I understand what you mean. I read in your Book of the Living Universe long ago that you were aware of the problem of “tampering”...
  • DC March 10.02.10 - Communists, Socialists & SEIU Unite

    09/18/2010 8:08:52 AM PDT · by Just A Nobody · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 18, 2010 | J.B. Williams
    For years, we have been telling American citizens that the Communist Party USA and Socialist Party USA members joined forces in an operation known today as the Democratic Socialists of America. Instead of working outside the two party systems, they established DSAUSA to work inside the two party system. We have documented that both the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Congressional Black Caucus are legislative apparatuses of the Democratic Socialists of America, all of which is openly documented on the DSAUSA site. The communist are not coming folks, they are already here, and they are the most effective political juggernaut in...
  • Resistance to Predestination, Analogy #1: The King of Asteroid #325

    08/25/2010 6:08:56 PM PDT · by grassboots.org · 19 replies
    www.caffeinatedthoughts.com ^ | July 14, 2010 | David Shedlock
    In a delightful and widely acclaimed French novella, written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a space traveler called “The Little Prince” visits an imaginary asteroid or planet named #325. The “king” of this domain has a very unusual view of his kingly powers as illustrated by this paragraph: “The little prince looked everywhere to find a place to sit down; but the entire planet was crammed and obstructed by the king's magnificent ermine robe. So he remained standing upright, and, since he was tired, he yawned. "It is contrary to etiquette to yawn in the presence of a king," the monarch...