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  • The Atheist and His Metal Detector

    03/27/2015 4:56:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | March 27, 2015 | Frank Turek
    I grew up on the Jersey shore. (No, it wasn’t like the TV show.) Every summer morning I’d see several men combing the beach with metal detectors looking for jewelry and change lost the day before. One lost diamond earring or ring could pay for the metal detector several times over. But as useful and successful as metal detectors are, they can’t be used to find everything. Metal detectors won’t help you find wood, plastic, rubber, or other nonmetallic objects. Now, suppose metal-detector man, after just combing the beach, says to you, “I know there’s no plastic or rubber on...
  • Falling Stars, Damnable Heresy, and the Spirit of Evolution

    09/20/2013 4:29:03 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 2,965 replies
    Renew America ^ | Sept. 19, 2013 | Linda Kimball
    “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son” (1 John 2:22). “And the fifth angel sounded the trumpet, and I saw a star fall from heaven upon the earth, and there was given to him the key of the bottomless pit." (Rev. 9:1) In his Concise Commentary Matthew Henry identifies falling stars as tepid, indecisive, weak or apostate clergy who, "Having ceased to be a minister of Christ, he who is represented by this star becomes the minister of the devil; and lets loose the...
  • Darwin’s bulldog—Thomas H. Huxley (ironically, he had no patience for Christian evolutionists)

    11/04/2009 8:25:01 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 88 replies · 2,784+ views
    CMI ^ | November 4, 2009 | Russell Grigg
    Darwin’s bulldog—Thomas H. Huxley --snip-- Huxley, although an unbeliever, was thoroughly familiar with the gospel, and had little time for Christians who compromised their position by supporting the anti-biblical belief of evolutionary naturalism. He wrote: ...
  • Return of the Village Atheist: Sam Harris Against Nature

    07/29/2009 10:43:15 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 29 replies · 459+ views
    American Vision ^ | July 29, 2009 | Joel McDurmon
    No sooner has Sam Harris established his reputation for intolerance and harassment of religious faith than he has now begun to lash out at those scientists who do show tolerance and respect toward religious folk. He is passionate that, as he titles it, "Scientists should unite against threat from religion." Imagine! The crime of not excluding people from scientific discourse because they are Christians, or even Muslims! Sam won’t stand for it, and in his recent editorial to that massive organ of scientific literature Nature he blasts the scientists for — of all things — being too nice. Nature’s great...
  • The Nature of Naturalism (time to challenge materialist hypocrisy)

    04/06/2009 9:30:07 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 19 replies · 644+ views
    ICR ^ | April 2009 | David F. Coppedge
    The Nature of Naturalism by David F. Coppedge* The arrogance of anti-creationists stems largely from their pride in offering natural explanations for the world instead of supernatural explanations. No matter how much evidence can be shown for God's action in nature, secular scientists always rule it out of bounds from the outset, because they argue that any appeal to the supernatural is forbidden in science. It is time to challenge this claim, because it is flawed at its core. The natural/ supernatural distinction breaks down under scrutiny...
  • The Mechanistic Conception of Life

    12/31/2008 5:33:41 AM PST · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 19 replies · 525+ views
    Internet Archive ^ | 1912 | Jacques Loeb
    Those who are concerned about the materialistic indoctrination rammed down people's throats under the guise of science should pause to consider this article from 1911. As you can see, this ideology, which these days calls itself "science", actually has a name of its own: Monism. These are excerpts from Mechanistic Conception of Life, an address delivered at the First International Congress of Monists (Hamburg, 1911). Reprinted in Mechanistic Conception of Life: Biological Essays, University of Chicago Press, 1912. The Mechanistic Conception of Life Jacques Loeb, M.D, Ph.D, Sc.D, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research.It is the object of this paper to...
  • Naturalism and 9/11

    09/12/2008 9:36:52 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 6 replies · 181+ views
    CreationEvolutionHeadlines ^ | September 11, 2008
    It appears that the naturalistic evolutionists have not changed since 9/11. In most cases when they talk about morality, (1) every moral condition is to be explained by amoral natural processes, including terrorism; (2) they presuppose values that are difficult to account for in Darwinian terms, and (3) morality notwithstanding, they preach that creation and intelligent design are to be sternly opposed – as if they are evil...
  • Heretical Thought about Science and Society

    08/11/2007 8:41:39 PM PDT · by rsmoot · 13 replies · 596+ views
    Edge The Third Culture ^ | 8/8/07 | Freeman Dyson My first heresy says that all the fuss about global warming is grossly exaggerated. Here I am opposing the holy brotherhood of climate model experts and the crowd of deluded citizens who believe the numbers predicted by the computer models. Of course, they say, I have no degree in meteorology and I am therefore not qualified to speak. But I have studied the climate models and I know what they can do. The models solve the equations of fluid dynamics, and they do a very good job of describing the fluid motions of the atmosphere and the oceans. They...
  • Science's Blind Spot: The Unseen Religion of Scientific Naturalism

    07/16/2007 1:53:40 PM PDT · by MatthewTan · 40 replies · 3,874+ views
    Is The Design of Modern Science Defective?: A review of Science's Blind Spot: The Unseen Religion of Scientific Naturalism [Editor's Note: This post was written by a Discovery Institute legal intern, Guillermo Dekat. Mr. Dekat is a law student at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. He holds a bachelor's degree in biology from the Air Force Academy.] A review of Science's Blind Spot: The Unseen Religion of Scientific Naturalism By: Cornelius G. Hunter (Brazos Press, 2007) In law, one who sells a product in a defective condition unreasonably dangerous to the user is held strictly liable for the...
  • Treat Illness With a Dose of Thoughtfulness

    06/14/2007 7:24:33 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 1 replies · 182+ views
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | 6/13/'07 | David Klinghoffer
    Barack Obama is the latest Democratic candidate to offer a plan that would bring us closer to universal health care coverage, along socialized British or Canadian lines. Almost all the developed nations have turned to such models of government-directed medicine, while the United States has thus far resisted. Could this be because our country remains the most Bible-believing in the world? Let’s consider the possibility. On the topic of health, Scripture overturns familiar assumptions. Why do people get sick in the first place? The usual medical answers focus on purely material causes: unhealthy lifestyles, uncongenial microbes, unlucky genes. From such...
  • Intelligent Design Scientists Will Showcase Evidence Challenging Evolution

    Intelligent Design Scientists Will Showcase Evidence Challenging Evolution at Knoxville Conference KNOXVILLE – What is intelligent design and what scientific evidence supports it? Why is it so controversial? How does it differ from Darwin’s theory of evolution? Is there a purpose to the universe? What new scientific facts are turning evolutionary theories upside down? This one-day conference will answer these and other intriguing questions. The emerging scientific theory of intelligent design is a hot topic at universities and research institutions around the world, and is now the focus of a day-long conference called Darwin vs. Design, coming to the Knoxville...
  • (Catholic) Membership in the Masons

    02/08/2007 7:48:20 PM PST · by Coleus · 5 replies · 425+ views
    Zenit ^ | 02.06.07 | Fr. Edward McNamara
    Q: A member of the RCIA program was told by another member of the parish that if they were going to become Catholic they needed to terminate their involvement with the Masonic lodge before they could join. Is this still the case in the United States? -- T.N., Howard City, Michigan A: This question is more canonical than liturgical. The Church's position with respect to membership of Masonic lodges, even though canon law no longer explicitly mentions the Masons, has not substantially changed. The new code states in Canon 1374: "A person who joins an association which plots against the...
  • Out-of-Body Experience? Your Brain Is to Blame

    10/02/2006 8:52:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 95 replies · 2,303+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 3, 2006 | SANDRA BLAKESLEE
    They are eerie sensations, more common than one might think: A man describes feeling a shadowy figure standing behind him, then turning around to find no one there. A woman feels herself leaving her body and floating in space, looking down on her corporeal self. Such experiences are often attributed by those who have them to paranormal forces. But according to recent work by neuroscientists, they can be induced by delivering mild electric current to specific spots in the brain. In one woman, for example, a zap to a brain region called the angular gyrus resulted in a sensation that...
  • Worshipping at the altar of science

    09/03/2006 11:30:24 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 39 replies · 1,116+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | September 4, 2006 | Tom Flannery
    At the end of the 18th century, Founding Fathers like John Adams and Alexander Hamilton were becoming increasingly troubled by the revolution that was unfolding in France. Unlike the American Revolution, which was founded on the Christian principles delineated in the Declaration of Independence, the French version was virulently anti-religious (particularly in regard to Christianity). The revolutionaries sought to replace religion with human reason, even going so far as suggesting that Notre Dame be renamed the "Cathedral of Reason." Adams observed of France with great alarm: "I know not what to make of a republic of 30 million atheists." Hamilton...
  • Darwinian Fairytales

    08/24/2006 6:02:40 AM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 6 replies · 485+ views
    August 23 2006 | chuck colson
    August 23, 2006 A recent New York Times story described an experiment involving two colonies of rats: The first were bred for tameness. The second colony, "bred from exactly the same stock," was wired to be aggressive. The results were described as the "sweetest cartoon animal" and "the most evil super-villain." Whereas the tame rats poked their noses through the cage to be petted, the others "hurl themselves screaming toward their bars."The researchers' goal in breeding lovable and villainous rats was to understand how human beings domesticated previously wild animals like horses and cattle. They hypothesize that the characteristic that...
  • Three Wise Men's Unholy Influence

    06/30/2006 1:23:47 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 12 replies · 461+ views
    The Forward ^ | 6/30/'06 | David Klinghoffer
    Don't fall off your chair, but I've recently had to admit I was wrong about something. My list of the individuals whose thoughts form the top three most lamentable cultural influences in modern times needs to be amended. This realization, in turn, raises a question about the influence exerted by a larger group of people: Jews. My top three used to be Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud and Charles Darwin. But after discovering novelist Rebecca Goldstein's readable, sensitive and entertaining new biography, "Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity," I've dropped Darwin from the list and replaced him with...
  • Tonto's Indian Wisdom and Academic BS...

    05/10/2006 4:00:37 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 634+ views
    Magic City Morning Star ^ | May 9, 2006, 05:12 | By R.P. BenDedek
    I've just come back from a week in Australia, and have been pouring over my regular sources of 'What's going on in the world', and came across the article entitled: Mayor, Officials Swept Out of Office for Their Support of Illegal Aliens, by Jim Kouri, CPP. I thought it very interesting, but it was not until I read a joke that arrived in an email, that I saw another 'moral of the story'. The Joke: The Lone Ranger and Tonto went camping in the desert. After they got their tent all set up, both men fell sound asleep. Some hours...
  • How Humans Differ from Animals

    How Humans Differ from Animals by Kenneth Richard Samples For many people the distinction between human beings and animals has become increasingly blurred. Exposure to the secular, naturalistic worldview--especially in academia--can leave one wondering whether the differences are simply a matter of degree. In this view, mankind leaped to the top of the evolutionary heap by chance events. However, philosophers have identified many ways in which human beings differ dramatically from animals. Unique human qualities and traits set man apart from the animals by kind, not just degree. From a Christian worldview perspective, and specifically in light of the imago...
  • The Flawed Philosophy of Intelligent Design

    11/17/2005 11:27:22 AM PST · by Nicholas Conradin · 343 replies · 4,338+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 11/17/2005 | James Harrington
    The time has come to be blunt. The problem with Intelligent Design is not that it is false; not that the arguments in its favor reduce to smoke and mirrors; and not that it's defenders are disingenuous or even duplicitous. The problem with Intelligent Design is that it is dumb. I would contend that ID is dumb biology; even if it is on to something, what it is on to has no connection and does no meaningful work in biology (or physics). However, and more significantly, ID is dumb philosophy. First, and despite the claims of its defenders, ID is...
  • Evolution Is in the Air

    11/06/2005 7:32:30 AM PST · by echoBoomer · 168 replies · 2,197+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 6, 2005 | OLIVIA JUDSON
    ANYONE who supposes that evolution doesn't happen, or doesn't matter, should spare a thought for H5N1, the virus causing avian flu. If we're unlucky, this virus will give us a nasty demonstration of evolution in action...At the moment, the virus cannot pass easily from one person to another. But there are a couple of ways it could evolve to do so. The virus might infect someone already sick with a strain of human flu, and the two viruses could have sex, thus creating a new virus that contains some genes from each. Such viral hanky-panky is thought to have led...