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  • When it comes to personhood, science is a ‘category error’

    07/09/2014 12:35:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 07/08/2014 | Jeffrey Weiss
    (RNS) Arthur Caplan is the nation’s most quoted medical ethicist for a couple of reasons: He knows his stuff. And he’s unusually accessible. But even Homer nods.Arthur L. Caplan is the head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center. Creative Commons image by Pete Wright In an essay in the upcoming issue of Free Inquiry magazine about the contraception and abortion debate, Caplan makes what the philosophers call a “category error.” In it, he tries to bring science into the argument about personhood. As Caplan frames the issue:“When does human life begin? For those...
  • “An Unrelated Gestational Carrier" - The Real Handmaid’s Tale

    07/09/2014 11:00:59 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    Public Catholic - Patheos blog ^ | July 9, 2014 | Rebecca Hamilton
    Margaret Atwood wrote a gripping novel back in 1985 called The Handmaid’s Tale. The main character, Offred, is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian and theocratic state that has replaced the United States of America. Handmaids are walking wombs, child bearers for elite couples. Offred services the Commander and his wife Serena Joy, who is a former gospel singer and advocate for “traditional values.” Every month in her fertile period, Offred is required to have impersonal, wordless sex with the Commander while Serena sits by, holding her hands. The Republic of Gilead is what America has...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 6 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/06/2014 7:09:45 AM PDT · by OneVike · 4 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 6 (NKJV) Dangerous Promises Seven Deadly Sins 01 My son, if you become surety for your friend, 00 If you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, 02 You are snared by the words of your mouth; 00 You are taken by the words of your mouth. 03 So do this, my son, and deliver yourself; 00 For you have come into the hand of your friend: 00 Go and humble yourself; 00 Plead with your friend. 04 Give no sleep to your eyes, 00 Nor slumber to your eyelids. 05 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from...
  • First Scientific Proof Of God Found

    07/03/2014 5:43:52 PM PDT · by free_life · 51 replies
    http://witscience.org ^ | June 22, 2014 | Dr. Richter DasMeerungeheuer
    W.I.T. scientists, in conjunction with the Human Genome Project and Bob Jones University, have made what may be the most astounding discovery of this, or any generation. While working to understand and map the function of sequences of DNA in the human genome known as “Junk DNA” (for their lack of known function), scientists at W.I.T. noted that while the DNA sequences they were seeing bore little resemblance to the coding for biological function, they bore a striking similarity to the patterns of human language. Gene Bmp3 has a Retrotransposon sequence which translates to the well-known 1 Cor 6:19 “Do...
  • Evolution--Darwin the Atheist in Bible Code

    06/22/2014 7:42:08 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 22 replies
    YouTube ^ | 6/2/'14 | Rabbi Mattityahu Glazerson
    Click on the link to watch the video.
  • It’s time for evangelicals to come out for evolution

    06/17/2014 6:17:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 198 replies
    ABP News ^ | 06/17/2014 | Chuck Queen
    Whenever I engage in conversation with people I meet for the first time I try to avoid being asked the question, “What do you do for a living?” But if I am asked I say, “I am a minister.” Generally, the one who asks then inquires, “What denomination?” or “What kind of church?” Here is where I always have to clarify, depending on the most recent news headline involving Christian leaders: “I am a Baptist minister, but I am not a science-denying Baptist minister who thinks that dinosaurs lived alongside humans a few thousand years ago.” What a strange irony...
  • Forensic experts attempt to reconstruct face of St. Anthony

    06/13/2014 5:26:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    cna ^ | June 13, 2014
    Anthony of Padua. Credit: Veneranda Arca Di San Antonio. Rome, Italy, Jun 13, 2014 / 02:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The University of St. Anthony of Padua’s Anthropology Museum, together with a team of international forensic researchers, have attempted to reconstruct the face of St. Anthony using only a digital copy of his skull. Using the latest 3D technology, the researchers worked to recreate the saint’s face, which they say is “one of the most faithful reconstructions of the face of St. Anthony.” The face was presented on June 10 at a congress in Padua with archeologist Luca Bezzi, who created...
  • Modernism = Darwinism

    06/11/2014 7:36:49 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 58 replies
    Christian Order ^ | 3/'14 | Peter Wilder
    What has Darwinism got in common with Modernism? Everything! They are two edges of the same blade. A century ago, how could any Catholic dare question the Church’s dogmatic teaching and not be excommunicated as a heretic? The answer is that natural science has allegedly shown that nothing in the realm of the created world is immutable. It has proved thereby that the Church was wrong in dogmatically declaring that fully operating living beings with stable natures were produced from nothing. The knowledge now amassed from biology, physics, and chemistry is already sufficient to render the notion of creation ex...
  • The Catholic Faith is the fixed point on which we move the world

    06/11/2014 1:54:01 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 32 replies
    An essay in which I argue that scientists make for poor moralists and that the only institution in the world able to call these scientists to account is the Roman Catholic Church, because only within her the fusion of faith and reason has come to full fruition.. Brethren, Peace be with you! I hope and pray you’ve been set afire by the Holy Spirit as we made his bestowing present once again the liturgy last Sunday.Today, I wish to knit a “tapestry” of considerations about the relationship between empirical science and morality. Each consideration stands by itself but it is...
  • Ken Ham Responds to 'Anti-Creationist' Rachel Maddow 'Rant'

    05/29/2014 7:46:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/29 | BY STOYAN ZAIMOV
    Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham responded to what he called an "anti-creationist rant" by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who criticized the $43 million in Kentucky tax incentives being given to his ministry's full-sized Noah's ark attraction. "Rachel Maddow just went on a long anti-creationist rant on MSNBC (for anyone who still happens to watch low-rated MSNBC) as she commented on the Creation Museum's new Allosaurus fossil (she showed photos of our new exhibit)--then she mocked our Ark Encounter project--actually spent quite a lot of time mocking and scoffing, and totally misrepresented how the construction of the Ark is...
  • College Clashes over Adam and Eve Statement

    05/27/2014 8:38:35 AM PDT · by fishtank · 3 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 5-23-14 | Brian Thomas
    College Clashes over Adam and Eve Statement by Brian Thomas, M.S. * The trustees over Tennessee's Bryan College altered the school's long-held statement of faith. It used to say, "the origin of man was by [command] of God in the act of creation as related in the Book of Genesis," but since February it says in part, "We believe that all humanity is descended from Adam and Eve. They are historical persons created by God…."1 Some have connected certain faculty members' disagreement with the clear statement that Adam and Eve were real persons with their departures from the school. Students...
  • Notre Dame Selects Trustee Who Advocated HHS Mandate, Criticized Bishops

    05/27/2014 6:19:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 5/22/14 | Matthew Archbold
    The University of Notre Dame, which sued the federal government over the HHS mandate, has just named a new member to its Board of Trustees who has publicly supported the same mandate and criticized the U.S. bishops’ opposition to it. The Cardinal Newman Society has discovered that Katie Washington, Notre Dame’s valedictorian in 2010 and an M.D./Ph.D. candidate at the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, contributed to an op-ed in 2012 along with fellow Johns Hopkins students which appeared in the Baltimore Sun, saying they, “strongly disagree with any employer — religious or otherwise — that...
  • Why You Should Visit AIG's Creation Museum

    05/26/2014 12:35:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    The Creation Museum in Kentucky is a treat for the whole family.Answer in Genesis (AIG) built its Creation Museum in 2007 and has now counted its two millionth visitor. Not far from the Cincinnati airport, and within a day’s drive of almost 2/3 the US population, the 70,000 square foot facility is located on spacious grounds that offer enough opportunities to keep children, teens, college students and adults occupied for a good two days. Now, AIG is embarking on an even more ambitious project: Ark Encounter, on a separate property, that will feature a full-size Ark, a Tower of...
  • Fishwrap’s latest tacky move

    05/22/2014 3:55:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | May 22, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) tested new depths of tacky today. They published, on the 20th anniversary of St. John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter Ordinatio sacerdotalis, a piece by the excommunicated “lady tambourine ‘priest‘“ (perhaps you recall the Bob Dylan parody song HERE), who – completely deluded – thinks that wymyn have really made progress, along with their tens of followers.This on the heels of publishing an editorial that climate change is the Church’s #1 pro-life issue and that “no sin is more heartless” than not caring for the environment. Good grief.Simply publishing such rubbish from an excommunicated woman, faking...
  • The Reasonableness of Religious Belief

    05/21/2014 6:23:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 21, 2014 | Rachel Lu
    I have always been a believer. Among other reasons, that’s because I think rationality demands it.When I talk about “belief” here, I mean it in a very broad sense, which is not synonymous with “Catholic” or even “Christian”; Sikhs, Hindus and Zoroastrians might all qualify, and I myself was raised in the LDS church and not (according to Rome’s decree) validly baptized until the age of 25. When I speak here of “believers,” I am distinguishing those who are prepared to believe in more than what eye can see, ear can hear or elaborate scientific machine can detect.I wouldn’t...
  • Pat Robertson: Creationists 'Deaf, Dumb, and Blind'

    05/19/2014 12:36:05 PM PDT · by fishtank · 46 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | May 16, 2014 | Brian Thomas
    Pat Robertson: Creationists 'Deaf, Dumb, and Blind' by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Television minister Pat Robertson said on the May 13 episode of CBN's 700 Club, "The truth is, you have to be deaf, dumb, and blind to think that this earth that we live in only has 6,000 years of existence."1 The eight staff doctorates at the Institute for Creation Research, and the many other biblical creation scientists who agree with their position, might like to know what they supposedly haven't heard, don't understand, and haven't seen.2 Robertson was responding to a letter that asked, "I've heard arguments from...
  • The time line for Dinosaurs on God's Earth?

    05/19/2014 10:39:41 AM PDT · by Vinylly · 21 replies
    Last Friday there was a post about digging up the fossil of the largest dinosaur ever discovered. Natural History Museums are full of fossilized remains of dinosaurs. Checking up on Google Search I find the the time line for dinosaurs is about 225 million years, and that was before human life forms. Where does that fit in when God created earth in seven days?
  • Verbiest: The Priest Who Invented the Automobile

    05/19/2014 8:18:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 19, 2014 | Fr. George W. Rutler
    Even one who is as maladroit as I when it comes to the Internet, profits from “YouTube” with its cavalcade of some of the great people and events of more than a century. Would that it could go back farther, but there are many moving scenes to which we have access. One shows Father Georges LeMaitre, father of the “Big Bang” with Albert Einstein at the California Institute of Technology in January of 1933. Father Le Maitre, priest and physicist, had challenged Einstein’s postulate of a static state universe. Father Le Maitre contended that an expanding universe, exploding from...
  • Orthodox Jewish Website Condemns Judge’s Forcing Circumcision on Gentile

    05/19/2014 4:02:19 AM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 55 replies
    The Jewish Independent ^ | May 19, 2014 | Yori Yanover
    Don’t get me wrong, as a Jewish person, I support with every fiber in my body the requirement, even the need for Jewish parents to circumcise their sons. But over the years, I’ve read tons of evidence proving both sides of the circumcision debate, and I have had no use for them. The only valid reason I see for the brutal attack with a sharp knife on a defenseless infant is if God said so.
  • ‘Makes Christianity Look Silly’: Creationist Ken Ham Unleashes on Pat Robertson

    05/16/2014 12:34:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 252 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 15, 2014 | Billy Hallowell
    Young earth creationist Ken Ham lashed out at televangelist Pat Robertson over his claim earlier this week that someone has to be “deaf, dumb and blind” to believe that the Earth is only 6,000 years old, accusing Robertson of compromising “the Word of God.” “Pat Robertson illustrates one of the biggest problems we have today in the church — people like Robertson compromise the Word of God with the pagan ideas of fallible men!,” Ham wrote on his Facebook page. “Pat Robertson is not upholding the Word of God with his ridiculous statements — he is undermining the authority of...
  • Science, Saints, and the Shroud of Turin (Catholic Caucus)

    05/10/2014 3:07:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    NC Register ^ | May 9, 2014 | PAT ARCHBOLD
    Science has newly confirmed something about the Shroud of Turin that saints already knew. Centuries ago, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux in ecstasy asked Jesus which was His greatest unrecorded suffering and the wound that inflicted the most pain on Him in Calvary and Jesus answered: "I had on My Shoulder, while I bore My Cross on the Way of Sorrows, a grievous Wound which was more painful than the others and which is not recorded by men. Honor this Wound with thy devotion and I will grant thee whatsoever thou dost ask through its virtue and merit and in regard...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 7 [Prayer and Meditation]

    05/07/2014 8:40:39 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    /> Proverb 7 (NKJV)/> The Wiles of a Harlot 0size="2">1 My son, keep my words, 00 And treasure my commands within you. 0size="2">2 Keep my commands and live, 00 And my law as the apple of your eye. 0size="2">3 Bind them on your fingers; 00 Write them on the tablet of your heart. 0size="2">4 Say to wisdom, "You are my sister,"; 00 And call understanding your nearest kin, 0size="2">5 That they may keep you from the immoral woman, 00 From the seductress who flatters with her words. The Crafty Harlot 0size="2">6 For at the window of my house 00 I...
  • The Blind Faith Beliefs of Secular Culture

    05/05/2014 3:24:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 5, 2014 | Stephen M. Krason
    Secularists are known for dismissing religion as merely espousing a set of blind faith beliefs without any evidence to support them. The crudest among them will often do it in a snide and sneering way, holding that religious belief is imagination and fantasy—like a childhood fairy tale—in contrast to the “scientific” view that they espouse. Actually, they betray themselves as the truly ignorant ones. First, they pay no attention to the “evidence that demands a verdict”—to use the title of a noted apologetic book—about Christianity and the internal consistency of its teaching. They just want to explain away obvious manifestations...
  • REX: Carl Bildt thinks Eastern Orthodoxy is main threat to western civilisation

    05/05/2014 11:37:22 AM PDT · by bad company · 11 replies
    Stockholm. Carl Bildt, Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and one of the architects of the EU Eastern policy, thinks Russia has changed for the worse in the past several years. While it demonstrated attachment to western values in the first decade after the Soviet Union fell apart and tried to impose them on its citizens, Russia’s current leadership takes a firm stand against the West, the Russian agency REX reported. In the words of Mr Bildt, Vladimir Putin demonstrates attachment not to world but to Eastern Orthodox values, which becomes clear from a Twitter post of his [Bildt’s]. ”The new...
  • Creation Conversion: The Turning Point (Dr. Vernon Cupps, PhD)

    05/02/2014 7:53:00 AM PDT · by fishtank · 10 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | May 2014 | ICR staff
    Creation Conversion: The Turning Point Last month we ran our first Creation Conversion article, in which ICR zoologist Frank Sherwin described his shift from adhering to a billions-of-years evolutionary model to believing in biblical creation, which holds that the universe is only thousands of years old. A scientist with a similar experience, nuclear physicist Dr. Vernon Cupps, came to ICR from Fermilab, America’s particle physics laboratory.1 He describes his creation conversion as follows: "I came to believe in a young-earth view of creation when I took the time to investigate the actual scriptural, observational, and experimental evidences for both the...
  • Ken Ham, Bill Nye Continue Sparring on Creationism; Ham Accuses Nye of 'Mocking Tone'

    05/02/2014 7:37:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/02/2014 | BY STOYAN ZAIMOV
    Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham and "The Science Guy" Bill Nye continued butting heads on the topic of creationism nearly three months after their debate in February, with Ham criticizing Nye for speaking with a "mocking tone" about him in a recent talk show interview."Bill Nye 'the Science Guy' speaks in a mocking tone about me on the NBC TV's 'Late Night with Seth Myers,'" Ham wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday, referring to Nye's appearance on the show earlier this week."Also, he again makes the same old false accusation that if generations of children are taught creation, it...
  • Scientists uncover what may be an early image of Christ

    05/01/2014 1:57:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Deacon's Bench ^ | May 1, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    Some intriguing news from the world of archeology: Spanish archaeologists have discovered what may be one of the earliest depictions of Jesus in an ancient Egyptian tomb.Painted on the walls of a mysterious underground stone structure in the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus, about 100 miles south of Cairo, the image shows a young man with curly hair and dressed in a short tunic.“He raises his hand as if making a blessing,” said Egyptologist Josep Padró, who has spent over 20 years excavating sites in the area.In this expedition, he led a team of archaeologists from the University of Barcelona,...
  • Creation Conversion: The Turning Point

    05/01/2014 8:21:05 AM PDT · by fishtank · 69 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | April 2014 | ICR author
    Creation Conversion: The Turning Point Many people believe that creationists are “brainwashed from birth” and adhere to a recent biblical creation simply because it has been drilled into their heads since they were toddlers—a form of partisan indoctrination. But there are scientists who became creationists only after careful study and serious deliberation. They believed in a billions-of-years-old universe for many years before coming to a crossroads in their lives. When these scientists reached a turning point—from belief in countless years of evolution to belief in a recent creation that took place just thousands of years ago—their lives completely changed course....
  • If “Heaven is for Real” Then Do Babies Who Die in Abortions Go to Heaven?

    04/29/2014 2:55:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 148 replies
    Life News ^ | April 29, 2014 | Christina Martin
    Washington, DC (LiveActionNews) — Heaven is for Real is a new movie based on a book by pastor and father Todd Burpo. Burpo wrote the book after his 4-year-old son Colton had a near-death experience that lead to a heavenly encounter. After Colton recovered, he began telling his parents remarkable stories, like meeting the sister he never knew in heaven. Although Colton had no knowledge of his mom’s miscarriage, he told his parents he met a girl who told him she died in his mother’s tummy. The bestselling book and film have inspired countless people, giving them hope that heaven...
  • Death Before the Fall?

    04/28/2014 2:47:30 PM PDT · by fwdude · 14 replies
    The Berean Call ^ | April 22, 2014 | Lita Cosner and Gary Bates
    Apr 22 2014 The idea that death was in creation before the Fall has major implications for the character of God. The same problem arises if one thinks that God used evolution to create. Evolution is a random and wasteful process that requires millions of ‘unfit’ organisms to die. Countless transitional forms would have arisen, only to fall as casualties in the great march ‘forward’. At some point, this allegedly ‘good’ God ordained a lottery of death that finally resulted in humans, and then God looked at His image-bearers, standing on top of layers upon layers of rocks filled with...
  • Woman healed by John Paul II's intercession recounts miracle

    04/25/2014 1:29:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | April 25, 2014 | Marta Jimenez and Elise Harris
    Floribeth Mora Diaz in Rome for the canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII, April 24, 2014. Credit: Marta Jimenez. Rome, Italy, Apr 25, 2014 / 10:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Floribeth Mora Diaz, the Costa Rican woman whose healing through the intercession of Bl. John Paul II paved the way for his canonization Sunday, describes the incident as being a rebirth. "That was the day I was born again: May 1, 2011," Mora told CNA April 24. In April 2011, Mora had been diagnosed with a serious brain aneurism and been given a month to live. Mora explained that...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 28 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/24/2014 8:28:04 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 28 (NKJV) The Righteous Are Bold as a Lion 01 The wicked flee when no one pursues, 00But the righteous are bold as a lion. 02 Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; 00But by a man of understanding and knowledge 00Right will be prolonged. 03 A poor man who oppresses the poor 00Is like a driving rain which leaves no food. 04 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, 00But such as keep the law contend with them. 05 Evil men do not understand justice, 00But those who seek the LORD understand...
  • James Ussher and His Chronology: Reasonable or Ridiculous?

    04/24/2014 8:00:18 AM PDT · by fishtank · 94 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 4-24-2014 | Jerry Bergman, Ph.D.
    James Ussher and His Chronology: Reasonable or Ridiculous? by Jerry Bergman, Ph.D. * Introduction Archbishop James Ussher (1581–1656) was one of the most important biblical scholars of the 17th century. His research and scholarly work have even earned high praise from some who are opposed to his conclusions. Called “the greatest luminary of the church of Ireland” and “one of the greatest scholars of his day in the Christian Church,” his work has influenced generations of Christian thinkers with a force still felt today.1 An expert on the writings of the early church fathers, Ussher majorly impacted Reformation theology. The...
  • Nearly Midnight Friday April 18, 2014 Just Outside of Jerusalem

    04/18/2014 1:37:29 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 6 replies
    April 18, 2014 | R2z
    Today, many of us remember the Crucifixion of Jesus King of the Jews. On that particular day, by now it was nearly midnight just outside Jerusalem, and before sunset, Jesus of Nazareth's corpse was entombed, sealed, and an official government watch-guard contingent was set to make sure his body was not stolen. It wasn't but he was already dead and buried.
  • "The Passion of Christ from a Medical Point of View"

    04/18/2014 6:56:08 AM PDT · by Oakleaf · 27 replies
    Arizona Medicine, Vol. 22, No. 3, March 1965 ^ | March 1965 | C. Truman Davis, M.D.
    The Passion of Christ from a Medical Point of View C. Truman Davis, M.D., M.S., Arizona Medicine Vol. 22, No. 3, March 1965 In this paper, I shall discuss some of the physical aspects of the passion, or suffering, of Jesus Christ. We shall follow Him from Gethsemane through His trial, His scourging, His path along the Via Dolorosa, to His last dying hours on the cross. I became interested in this about a year ago when I read an account of the crucifixion in Jim Bishop's book, THE DAY CHRIST DIED. I suddenly realized that I had taken the...
  • "On the Physical Death of Jesus Christ" JAMA Atticle

    04/18/2014 6:40:36 AM PDT · by Oakleaf · 7 replies
    Journal of the American Medical Association ^ | March 21, 1986 | William D. Edwards, MD; Wesley J. Gabel, MDiv; Floyd E. Hosmer, MS, AMI
    ABSTRACT: Jesus of Nazareth underwent Jewish and Roman trials, was flogged, and was sentenced to death by crucifixion. The scourging produced deep stripelike lacerations and appreciable blood loss, and it probably set the stage for hypovolemic shock as evidenced by the fact that Jesus was too weakened to carry the crossbar (patibulum) to Golgotha. At the site of crucifixion his wrists were nailed to the patibulum, and after the patibulum was lifted onto the upright post, (stipes) his feet were nailed to the stipes. The major pathophysiologic effect of crucifixion was an interference with normal respirations. Accordingly, death resulted primarily...
  • New Book by Rabbi Moshe Meiselman on Torah, Chazal, and Science

    04/09/2014 11:04:21 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 5 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 11/27/'13 | Rabbi Raphael Fuchs
    “Toras Hashem temimah” – The Torah, in all aspects, is perfect and complete. It need not bend or comply with any other system. In fact, since the Torah is the blueprint according to which the universe was created, other systems should be judged by their agreement with the Torah. In recent years, however, Rabbi Moshe Meiselman notes that many unqualified authors have taken the liberty of challenging the classic mesorah of the Torah to accommodate the views of modern science. The authors are accused of relegating Chazal to a back seat in relation to modern-day scientific theories. Many of these...
  • Nephesh chayyāh: A matter of life … and non-life

    04/09/2014 9:37:17 AM PDT · by fishtank · 2 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 4-8-14 | David Pitman
    Nephesh chayyāh: A matter of life … and non-life by David Pitman What does the Bible means when it talks about ‘life’? The Bible tells us that death, suffering, and disease were not part of the original creation. Rather, they came as a result of Adam’s sin, which affected the entire creation (Romans 8:19–23a). The grief that we experience when someone close to us dies bears witness to the fact that this was not how it was originally intended. Although naturalists try to say otherwise, death is most certainly not a natural thing. Paul, in his first letter to the...
  • Scientists Confirm Biblical Account of the ‘Fountains of The Deep’

    04/08/2014 2:41:22 PM PDT · by OneVike · 57 replies
    In yet another confirmation of the Bible’s accuracy, scientists have now confirmed what Scripture refers to as “the fountains of the deep.” In the days of Noah and the Ark, these large pools of water beneath the Earth’s crust burst forth onto the surface providing the massive amounts of water needed for the global flood judgment. What has once been a source of skepticism and mockery for those who doubt the Bible, has now been confirmed by secular scientists, again showing that although written over 3,000 years ago, the Bible’s description of the Earth and its natural properties are...
  • Is The Vatican Hiding Aliens?

    04/08/2014 12:41:31 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 75 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | March 8, 2014 | Bill Donohue
    Bill Donohue comments on last night’s show, “Unsealed: Alien Files,” that aired on the Science Channel: The program speculates that “new evidence may prove the Vatican is hiding actual aliens from the public.” Either that or the channel will rename itself the Sci-fi Channel. The priest who directs the Vatican observatory, Dr. Jose Funes, was interviewed for the program, and he made the rather unexceptional remark that the universe is so huge that “it would be possible that life could evolve the way we know it on Earth.” This is soon followed by a voiceover that says, “Vatican officials have...
  • April 3, AD 33

    04/03/2014 4:52:36 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 252 replies
    First Things ^ | April 3, 2014 | by Andreas J. Köstenberger and Justin Taylor
    April 3, AD 33 In our new book, The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived , we assume but do not argue for a precise date of Jesus’s crucifixion. Virtually all scholars believe, for various reasons, that Jesus was crucified in the spring of either a.d. 30 or a.d. 33, with the majority opting for the former. ( The evidence from astronomy narrows the possibilities to a.d. 27, 30, 33, or 34). However, we want to set forth our case for the date of Friday, April 3, a.d. 33 as...
  • Vatican Library displays microchip Bible that travelled to the moon

    03/31/2014 3:57:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | March 31, 2014 | Judith Harris
    One of 300 microfilm Bibles that flew to the moon on Apollo 14 in 1971 Nearly 200 rare biblical texts on parchment and vellum are among the artifacts that will be on display at the Vatican in a new exhibition.The event, which will be called ”Verbum Domini II: God’s Word Goes Out to the Nations”, will run from April 2 to June 22.Along with three fragments of the Dead Sea scrolls and an original copy of the King James Bible, printed in 1611, visitors to the free exhibition will see the microchip Bible that traveled to the moon and back...
  • The midrashiest midrash that ever was midrashed [a spoiler-free “Noah” review]

    03/30/2014 6:57:12 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 20 replies
    Denny Burke Blog ^ | Sunday, March 30, 2014 | Denny Burk
    Does the movie resemble the actual Noah story enough to establish credible points of contact? No, it does not. The director himself has acknowledged that his rendering of Noah is like a midrash—an ancient method of interpreting scripture involving ahistorical embellishments. As far as midrash is concerned, Noah is the midrashiest midrash that ever was midrashed. Aronofsky’s Noah is nothing like the biblical Noah, the only righteous man on the planet. More seriously, Aronofsky’s god is nothing like the biblical God, a long-suffering sovereign who graciously condescends to reveal Himself and His plans to Noah and to save Noah and...
  • Ray Comfort Releases Christian Noah Movie: Watch 'Noah and the Last Day' on YouTube for Free

    03/30/2014 6:31:25 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 10 replies
    The Gospel Herald ^ | Friday, March 28, 2014 | Kelly Hunt
    Hollywood Movie 'Noah' starring Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins premiere in the theaters on March 28. The movie has largely received negative reviews from Christian audiences because of the liberty that director Darren Aronofsky took to veer from the Biblical text. Just before the debut of the Hollywood movie, Ray Comfort, President of the Living Waters Publications, released a biblical version of the Noah movie on Youtube to warn about God's judgement of the last days. Comfort said he wants to provide another option for the Christian viewers. The 30-minute documentary entitled Noah-- And the Last Days was released on...
  • The Noah Movie: Deconstructing Noah's Ark; Godawful Storytelling

    03/29/2014 5:26:18 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 6 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | Friday, March 28, 2014 | Brian Godawa
    I'm the "little guy" who wrote a blog post critiquing an early draft of the Noah script because of my own research into the subject matter. Well, when things went south in the studio screenings of the movie with religious audiences, the blood hound media scoured the internet for negative quotes, found my post, and it went viral. I thus became Satan for Paramount and its elitist director of dark unsympathetic sick and twisted heroes, Darren Aronofsky. I finally saw the movie. And now I know why Paramount and its hired Christian marketers would not let me into an early...
  • The Noah Movie: Our Detailed Review [Christian Review]

    03/29/2014 5:01:38 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 23 replies
    Answers In Genesis ^ | Saturday, March 29, 2014 | Staff Report
    Editor’s note: A shorter review of Noah appeared on Friday. The movie review below is a much more detailed examination of the new Hollywood film. On Thursday evening, a team of researchers from Answers in Genesis viewed the new Noah film. Based on reviews from trusted friends of the ministry who had seen the movie, including a staff member, we were hesitant to spend any money on watching this unbiblical picture. But AiG had already received hundreds of inquiries about our position on the film even before it was released, so we believed it was necessary for AiG’s research team...
  • Noah, The Film: All Washed Up

    03/29/2014 11:42:02 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 73 replies
    World of the Bible Ministroes ^ | Saturday, March 29, 2014 | Randall Price
    The pre-release advertising promoting the movie Noah made a point of stating that while the director took artistic license in the production it was still faithful to the biblical story. Early theater previews were carefully edited to appeal to people of faith, but this is the least biblical “biblical film” of all time! However, to be charitable, the bare outline of the Flood story is present, but after that artistic license has taken the film so far afield of anything resembling the Bible that it is offensive to people of faith. To say that the biblical story was watered down...
  • Why I Think There Is a Blessing On The Apocalypse...Rev 4-6 pt 1

    The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.(Revelation 1:1-3)The Book of Revelation is unique to all of the other books of the Bible, because it pronounces...
  • Bishops Conley and Loverde issue letters on contraception and pornography

    03/26/2014 9:57:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 25, 2014 | Carl E. Olson
    Left: Bishop James D. Conley after being installed the ninth bishop of Lincoln in November 2012. (CNS photo/Kevin Clark, Southern Nebraska Register) Right: Bishop Paul S. Loverde of Arlington, Va., at the Congregation for Catholic Education during his "ad limina" visit to the Vatican in January 2012. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Earlier today, Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, issued a pastoral letter, "The Language of Love", which was addressed "to the Catholic families and healthcare providers of the Diocese of Lincoln". Of course, it has gotten attention outside of the Diocese of Lincoln, in part because contraception is...
  • How The Media Uses ‘Creationism’ To Attack School Choice

    03/25/2014 1:03:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 03/25/2014 | David Harsanyi
    Eric Meikle, project director at the National Center for Science Education, tells Politico that he doesn’t believe “the function of public education is to prepare students for the turn of the 19th century.” Good point. We should stop teaching kids about the wonders of windmills and choo choo trains and stop demeaning the technological accomplishments of the 20th century. Because guess what: it already sounds a lot like the 19th century in classrooms.Of course, Meikle wasn’t referring to the environmental Cassandras of our public school districts, he was pondering the boogeyman of creationism. And, like most efforts to warn...