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  • Creationist Group 'Answers in Genesis' Disputes 'Lucy' Ancestry Claim

    11/27/2015 11:55:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/27/2015 | BY MICHAEL T. HAMILTON
    Earlier this week Google's logo mutated (if you will) from its usual form into a Google Doodle adorned with a series of images depicting an ape evolving into a human. Clicking the Doodle led to information about "AL 288-1," less esoterically known as "Lucy the Australopithecus," or simply "Lucy." Many scientists regard the fossil as an intermediary link between apes and humans.The same day, Googling "lucy australopithecus controversy" turned up a different interpretation of the fossil, including several from Answers in Genesis. The apologetics ministry, which focuses primarily on whether evolution or biblical creation provides the most accurate interpretation...
  • How Should We Then Live?

    11/25/2015 3:03:00 PM PST · by Fai Mao · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1974 | Schaeffer, Francis
    How Should We Then Live
  • What did Jesus look like? Italian police use the Holy Shroud to develop facial image.

    11/09/2015 12:24:40 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 116 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | June 17, 2015
    What exactly did Jesus look like? Both as a child and then as an adult? It's a question that's been asked for centuries. An Italian scientific team decided to look into it, using the latest technology. The team used the Holy Shroud as a starting point to try and depict Jesus' appearance. GIOVANNI TESSITORE Technical Director, Italian State Dept. "One of the tasks this police department carries out quite often is facial reconstruction. So everything from describing facial features to comparing them. This is our starting point, so we used the Holy Shroud as our base and went from there."...

    11/06/2015 11:42:49 AM PST · by NYer · 92 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 5, 2015
    Former Scientologist and King of Queens star Leah Remini said she has found “amazing” comfort in returning to the Catholic Church after leaving Scientology two years ago, contrasting Scientology’s abusive policies with Christianity. During an interview with Howard Stern Tuesday morning, the 45-year-old actress said she was so happy to be “reconnecting” to the faith of her childhood.Initially, Stern tried to lump all religions together as equally fanatical, but Remini jumped in, telling the shock jock he was making a big mistake.“I’ve come to the conclusion in my life that all religions are sorta nutty,” Stern said. “And, you know,...
  • Archbp. Aquila: German bishops promote cheap grace

    10/20/2015 2:40:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | October 20, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    His Excellency Most Reverend Samuel Aquila, Archbishop of Denver, has something to say.From the NCRegister:Did Thomas More and John Fisher Die For Nothing? The idea that Catholics should be allowed to remarry and receive communion did not begin with the letter signed by Cardinal Kasper and other members of the German episcopate in 1993. Another country’s episcopate – England’s – pioneered this experiment in Christian doctrine nearly 500 years ago. At stake then was not just whether any Catholic could remarry, but whether the king could, since his wife had not borne him a son. As with those who advocate...
  • My dad got diagnosed with COPD Stage 3 bordering to stage 4. (prayer request)

    10/17/2015 6:47:36 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 76 replies
    I knew he was sick and getting worse.My dad is the type that do not go to doctors ever. But now he wanted to go.I went with him to a lung doctor the other day that gave him the bad news. He is so strong and relaxed about it though. He has stopped smoking this summer which is extremely good. But still he is stage 3 -borderline to 4. Maybe I ask for prayers do deal with my dad being sick. I tend to worry and fuss a bit and become very protective. My dad seems to cope very good....
  • Transhumanism: Taking the Place of Our Creator

    10/17/2015 1:22:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | October 15, 2015 | Rebecca Taylor
    There is a dangerous philosophy emerging in our fast-paced, technology-driven world of which most people are totally unaware. And yet, when Francis Fukuyama, economist at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, was asked what idea posed the “greatest threat to the welfare of humanity,” his answer was this philosophy.And yet I am positive most Catholics have never heard of it. Catholics certainly do not realize that they are being fed a steady diet of images in popular media that play right to the more seductive aspects of this ideology.What is it? It is transhumanism. “What is that?” you...

    10/13/2015 3:53:54 PM PDT · by ro_dreaming · 34 replies
    Disclose.Tv ^ | 13 Oct 2015 | Unknown
    "Suez| Egypts Antiquities Ministry announced this morning that a team of underwater archaeologists had discovered that remains of a large Egyptian army from the 14th century BC, at the bottom of the Gulf of Suez, 1.5 kilometers offshore from the modern city of Ras Gharib. The team was searching for the remains of ancient ships and artifacts related to Stone Age and Bronze Age trade in the Red Sea area, when they stumbled upon a gigantic mass of human bones darkened by age."

    10/08/2015 4:56:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | October 6, 2015 | CARA GIAIMO
    Adetail on Pope Gregory XIII's tomb, carved by Camillo Rusconi, shows the Pope being presented with a plan for what would become the Gregorian Calendar. (Image: Terfili/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0)The Pope tends to be a powerful guy. He can start global conversations, rock all kinds of colors, and sometimes perform miracles.But only once in history has a pope made time literally disappear.In 1582, thanks to then-Pope Gregory XIII, October 6thalong with the 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14thsimply didn't exist. Ten days, gone.Why? Because of that perpetualthorn in Christianity's side: the Sun.In the 16th century, much...
  • Vatican Astronomer: Discoveries on Mars May Reveal Gods Personality

    10/02/2015 6:21:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/30/15 | Catholic News Service
    NASA scientists have confirmed that liquid water flows, at least during the summer months, on the surface of MarsA Vatican astronomer said the latest discovery of flowing liquid water on the surface of Mars was exciting. You can see the traces of the rivers changing over the course of a Martian year. So we are not talking about water that was there a long time ago or water that is frozen under the surface, but actual liquid water on the surface, Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, told Vatican Radio on Tuesday. NASA scientists confirmed on Monday...
  • Pope Francis: Gov't Workers Have Right to Refuse Gay Marriage Licenses

    Pope Francis said on Monday government officials have a "human right" to refuse to discharge a duty, such as issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals, if they feel it violates their conscience............ Although the Argentine-born pontiff delved into some of the United States' thorniest political debates during his visit, he never specifically referred to a controversy over same-sex marriages, which the Church firmly opposes. On the flight back to Rome, he was asked if he supported individuals, including government officials, who refuse to abide by some laws, such as issuing marriage licenses to gays. "Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical...
  • Secret Confessions of Surrogate Mothers

    09/28/2015 1:49:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | September 28, 2015 | REBECCA TAYLOR
    The Catholic Church is perceived to be anti-science. That perception is completely false, of course. The Church is one of the few institutions left that actually looks at human biology and acknowledges the facts. And I am not just talking about the fact that a new genetically distinct human organism is created when fertilization is complete. (In layman's terms, new life begins at conception.) In our hook-up culture, the Church also acknowledges that it is called the "reproductive" system not the "recreation" system for a reason. Biologically speaking, sex is not a recreational activity. The Church is also one of...
  • Super Blood Moon to Make Last Appearance Until 2033

    09/27/2015 9:05:00 AM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 35 replies
    NY Times (via Drudge) ^ | 9/25/15 | DANIEL VICTOR
    A rare astronomical phenomenon Sunday night will produce a moon that will appear slightly bigger than usual and have a reddish hue, an event known as a super blood moon. Its a combination of curiosities that hasnt happened since 1982, and wont happen again until 2033. A so-called supermoon, which occurs when the moon is closest to earth in its orbit, will coincide with a lunar eclipse, leaving the moon in Earths shadow. Individually, the two phenomena are not uncommon, but they do not align often. Most people are unlikely to detect the larger size of the supermoon. It may...
  • Catholic Congressman to Boycott Popes Address Over Climate Change

    09/21/2015 6:14:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/18/15 | Staff Reporter
    Arizona Republican says he cannot attend if Holy Father focuses on 'flawed' climate scienceAn American Catholic congressman has announced he is boycotting Pope Franciss address to the US Congress over his views on the environment. Paul Gosar, a Republican congressman for the State of Arizona, wrote on the Town Hall website that he could not attend Franciss address next Thursday because it would mostly be about climate change. Writing that he was excited when he first learned of the visit, he went on: Many believed, like I did, that this was an opportunity for the Pope to be one of...
  • Is 7-year biblical 'Tribulation' about to start? (Shemitah, blood moons and signs)

    09/13/2015 7:37:14 AM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 147 replies
    WND ^ | 9/10/2015
    Millions of investors concerned about the Shemitah cycle are watching stock markets and economies in these dark days of September. Will the Dow crash, they wonder, like it did in the past two Shemitah years, 2001 and 2008, or will the dollar collapse and take the U.S. economy down with it? Not Mark Biltz. The founder and pastor of El Shaddai Ministries is watching for something much bigger. The start of the Tribulation. Biltz, author of Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs, is not predicting that the Tribulation will start with the beginning of a new seven-year cycle at...
  • Flashback: The Appendix, from Top 10 Useless Limbs (and Other Vestigial Organs)

    08/31/2015 6:34:06 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 20 replies
    Livescience.com ^ | 2/9/05 | Brandon Miller
    In Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species (1859) and in his later works, he referred to several "vestiges" in human anatomy that were left over from the course of evolution. These vestigial organs, Darwin argued, are evidence of evolution and represent a function that was once necessary for survival, but over time that function became either diminished or nonexistent. (snip) The Human Appendix In plant-eating vertebrates, the appendix is much larger and its main function is to help digest a largely herbivorous diet. The human appendix is a small pouch attached to the large intestine where it joins the...
  • The Shroud of Turin: A Mystery Across the Ages

    08/30/2015 11:58:31 PM PDT · by NRx · 66 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 08-29-2015 | Fr. Alexey Young
    On this day, the Church celebrates the icon of the Savior "Made Without Hands"the prototype of which is believed to be an image of Jesus Christ's holy face, left on a cloth used to cover His face at burial after the crucifixion. An exhaustively researched and highly interesting article by Fr. Alexy Young, Nun Michaila, and Mary Mansur was published a number of years ago in the periodical, "Orthodox America" on the Shroud of Turin and the Holy Napkin. We present it today in the spirit of the present feast. The truth of God has to be comprehended...
  • Near Death, Nearer to God: A Catholic Author's Recent Experience of Almost Dying

    08/28/2015 2:30:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Aletelia ^ | August 27, 2015 | JOSEPH PEARCE
    I would not describe myself as a mystic, nor would I say that I am particularly attracted to mysticism. On the contrary, I tend to shy away from such things. I would even go so far as to say that I have a sneaking sympathy for Ronald Knoxs quip (or was it Newmans) that mysticism begins in mist and ends in schism. Its not that I dont respect mysticismas long as it is grounded in orthodoxy. I have a great love for the mystical meanderings of St. John of the Cross, and who but a fool does not have...
  • A New Kind of Eternal Life: The Growing Christian Transhumanism Movement

    08/25/2015 1:16:34 PM PDT · by Sir Gawain · 13 replies
    Outer Places ^ | Janey Tracey
    Transhumanism, the movement which aims to use science fiction-esque methods such as brain uploading, cyborgism, and cryogenics to achieve immortality and/or a higher state of evolution, is strongly associated with atheism. Not only is there a strong emphasis on science, which is often considered to be at odds with religion to a certain extent, but this particular brand of science seems particularly opposed to the notion that God should have control over life and death. But according to transhumanist Micah Redding, there's a growing contingent of Christians in the transhumanist movement who are seeking a slightly different type of...

    08/25/2015 1:08:57 PM PDT · by Sir Gawain · 8 replies
    INHUMANPART 5: THE SPIRIT BEHIND TRANSHUMANISM July 5, 2015 by SkyWatch Editor Share EDITORS NOTE: In the countdown to the release of the highly anticipated documentary INHUMAN: THE NEXT AND FINAL PHASE OF MAN IS HERE(scheduled for release around August 15), SkyWatch TV is running this exclusive online series on transhumanism and the dawn of the Human Hybrid Age.CONTINUED FROM PART ONE, PART TWO, PART THREE, PART FOUR It would be nice to be an artilect, a god, a supremely powerful omnipotent being. I could be such a creature [soon.] Its possible. Its not an unattainable dream. All I...
  • The Network of Stolen Consciousness - How Black Magick is used in Mind Control

    08/22/2015 2:02:22 PM PDT · by Sir Gawain · 82 replies
    Metatech.org ^ | Beth Goobie
    The Network of Stolen Consciousness – How Black Magick is used in Mind Control August 10, 2014 by user8127 The Network of Stolen Consciousness How Black Magick is used in Mind Control by Beth GoobieThis is a terrifying look at the inner most procedures of satanic intelligence cults. This is without a doubt one of the most advanced exposes of advanced mind control technology and processes that I have ever seen published.—————————————I am a survivor of intelligence cults that operate across Canada and are connected internationally. In 1959, I was born into an intergenerational CIA-connected cult that continues to operate...
  • How Does Science Back Up a Theological Dogma? Like This:

    08/21/2015 6:36:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    The Anchoress ^ | August 14, 2015 | Elizabeth Scalia
    Due to circumstances beyond my control, I will keep this very brief, with the help of my column this month, at The Catholic Answer: For most of my life, the assumption of Mary existed as little more, for me, than a head-scratcher of a dogma.I understood that Elijah and Enoch had been assumed into heaven, so if I considered Mary’s assumption at all, it was simply to shrug it off: “Mary was assumed into heaven. Sure, why not?” The whys and wherefores of the matter were so far above my paygrade that they didn’t seem worth pondering.All of that...
  • October 5, 2017

    October 5, 2017 Blessings to you in the name of Yahuah, the Father, and his Son, Yahusha. Time is short. You have a life-saving message to deliver. Nothing else matters. Your loved ones, your family, your relatives, your friends, your colleagues, your neighbors and even your enemies all of the people who have the greatest need to receive your message will likely reject both your message and you. Your mission is to try anyway. This paper is your guide to the end of the age. It will provide you with the knowledge and the tools you need to...
  • The Gospel In The Stars

    08/13/2015 8:32:29 PM PDT · by MHGinTN · 21 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/24/2014 | Mr. and Mrs. Barry Setterfield
    This is a beautiful study of the Gospel revealed in the Stars. First, Astronomer Barry Setterfield's wife presents a glorious Bible study, then Barry presents the stars that have told humankind the Gospel story ever since creation. There are a few interesting corrections offered to poor translation of scripture passages. The differences are strikingly important and have gone unchallenged for generations. So there really is more being re-revealed in Scriptures in our last days epoch!
  • Who Says There is No Proof of Life After Death?

    08/09/2015 12:20:13 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 21 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 9, 2015 | JP
    Ivan Turing is a tech billionaire. Dr. Carolyn Tyler is a cardiothoracic surgeon. Their divine appointment informs the plot of Proof, a dramatic series with decidedly religious overtones, which airs on TNT. Turing, played by the actor Matthew Modine, is terminally ill. He wants to know whether there is life after death. So he recruits Tyler, played by the actress Jennifer Beals, to investigate. The surgeon reluctantly agrees. But only after the billionaire (who bears a striking similarity to the late Steve Jobs) makes her an offer she cant refuse leaving his vast fortune after he dies to the...
  • Clergy defending Big Business Abortion

    08/09/2015 4:58:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 8, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Planned Parenthood, which makes money from selling dead baby parts, has a Clergy Advocacy Board, which released a statement defending the abattoir.I tried to find the names of the board members, but came up with this when I clinked their link. HEREI want to know who the Catholics are.A commentator (below) found it. I dates to April 2015, but we can assume it is still accurate for the most part.Here is a screen shot.
  • The Divinization of the Earth: A Religion Without a God

    08/07/2015 1:43:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | August 6, 2015 | James V Schall, S.J.
    "With cries that pierce me to the heart, / my enemies revile me, / saying to me all the day long: / Where is your God? Psalm 42. "In paganism, the Divine is that to which sacrifices must be offered. This is almost a definition. In this recent movement, Man is something that should be sacrificed on behalf of the Earth. The divinization of the Earth is an extremely consequential move, since it is supposed to be higher than Man. Rmi Brague, Are There as Many Gods as Religions? (Modern Age, Summer 2015) I. With so much current...
  • How one skeptical scientist came to believe the Shroud of Turin

    08/04/2015 3:01:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 43 replies
    cna ^ | August 4, 2015 | Ann Schneible
    Shroud of Turin featuring positive (L) and negative (R) digital filters. Credit: Dianelos Georgoudis via Wikimedia Commons. Rome, Italy, Aug 4, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Shroud of Turin has different meanings for many people: some see it as an object of veneration, others a forgery, still others a medieval curiosity. For one Jewish scientist, however, the evidence has led him to see it as a meeting point between science and faith. “The Shroud challenges (many people's core beliefs) because there's a strong implication that there is something beyond the basic science going on here,” Barrie Schwortz, one...
  • Christ the Creationist

    08/03/2015 7:58:49 AM PDT · by fishtank · 5 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | Oct. 2015 | Jonathan Sarfati
    Christ the Creationist by Jonathan Sarfati Many in the Church question whether creation is relevant to the Christian faith or Christian living. Some say, Dont worry about Genesis; just believe in Jesus. Others even call themselves red-letter Christians, concentrating only on Jesus recorded statements which are in red in some Bibles. However, this position is self-refuting. Even using red letters alone, we can show that Jesus did not subscribe to this view. Jesus said, Scripture cannot be broken (John 10:35)for Him, what Scripture says is what God says. Many times, Jesus said, It is written , then cited Scripture as...
  • Archbishop Auza addresses UN Security Council

    08/01/2015 11:08:44 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 7/31/15 | Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Unite
    Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, addressed the UN Security Council on Thursday. His address was directed to the Council's open debate on "Peace and Security Challenges facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS)", drawing heavily on Pope Francis' Encyclical Laudato si'. Please find below Archbishop Auza's full address: Intervention of H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN United Nations Security Council Open Debate on Peace and Security Challenges facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS) New York, 30 July 2015 Mr....
  • Eucharistic Adoration: The Way to End Abortion

    07/30/2015 6:07:57 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 26 replies
    Apostolate for Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration ^ | 1999 | Rev. Victor P. Warkulwiz, M.S.S.
    The Eucharist is the focal point of the Catholic faith because it is Jesus present with us here on earth today. In the Eucharist, Jesus prolongs His presence on earth and most completely fulfills His words: "Behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world" (Mt. 28:20). The Eucharist is Jesus' greatest expression of His love for us. Jesus expresses His love for us in three ways in the Eucharist: by re-presenting His sacrifice of the Cross in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, by uniting His life with ours in Holy Communion, and by...
  • Dr Law and Dr Grace .... (Protestant Caucus)

    07/28/2015 5:34:50 PM PDT · by knarf · 12 replies
    The Word Of God ^ | July 28, 2015 | Lester Rolloff
    PREACHING is the heart of the Gospel
  • Vatican Astronomer Discusses Discovery of Kepler-452b

    07/27/2015 9:31:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Father Jos Gabriel Funes, the director of the Vatican Observatory, said he was "very skeptical" that the discovery of Kepler-452b will lead to an encounter with extraterrestrial life in the near future. Writing in the Vatican newspaper, the priest reviewed the positions of St. Albert the Great, Nicholas of Cusa, and others on the possibility of extraterrestrial life and said that Jesuit Father Angelo Secchi, a pioneer in astrophysics, thought that there were other inhabited worlds. "It seems that the vast majority of stars in our galaxy ... at least potentially can have planets where life could develop," Father Funes...
  • False Doctrine

    07/26/2015 7:38:37 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 5 replies
    InTouch.ORG ^ | Aired On 24 Jul 2015
    Sermon Video 21:24KEY PASSAGE: Deuteronomy 6, 7 SUPPORTING SCRIPTURE: 1 Timothy 6:20 | 2 Peter 3:17-18 | 2 John 1 SUMMARY Our children live in a culture filled with spiritual dangers. The philosophies of atheism, agnosticism, and various other false teachings threaten to lead our kids into error and unbelief, while rampant moral corruption pressures them to succumb to sinful practices. With so much stacked against them, theres a great need for the influence of godly fathers who love the Lord and know His Word. When the Israelites were about to cross into the Promised Land, they were entering an...
  • A Vatican conference with a pronounced leftward political tilt

    07/26/2015 7:27:41 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 24, 2015 | Phil Lawler
    If we had the name of a Republican politician who was invited to attend last weeks Vatican conference on climate change and human traffickingany Republican, just one Republicanwe might feel just a bit better about the result. But the strongly partisan cast of the final statement that issued from that conference, together with the strongly partisan cast of characters in attendance, creates the impression that this event was not so much a conference as a political rally. Californias Governor Jerry Brown was there. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was there. Bostons Mayor Marty Walsh was there. But among the...
  • Bill Nye on Homosexual Behavior in an Evolutionary World View

    07/24/2015 6:32:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Answers in Genesis ^ | 07/24/2015 | Ken Ham
    With the recent SCOTUS decision, homosexuality is a hotter topic than ever before. It seems that everyone is talking about it right now. Well, in a recent Big Think video, Bill Nye the Science Guy was asked about homosexual behavior in an evolutionary worldview: If the purpose of a species is to reproduce and survive how would it make sense evolutionarily for humans to have same-sex preferences? Are humans the only ones who practice homosexuality? And if this is so, does this mean that homosexuality is the product of humans personal whim as opposed to instinct?Bill Nye basically answered this...
  • Fr. Lombardi, head of Holy See Press Office, on how he feels about Pope Francis: "Confused."

    07/21/2015 1:40:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 20, 2015 | Carl E. Olson
    The remarks come from a "National Geographic" piece, which posits that Francis was elected by "more progressive cardinals" Pope Francis speaks to journalists aboard his flight from Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, to Rome June 6. At left is Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) The August 2015 edition of National Geographic has a lengthy essay, "Will the Pope Change the Vatican? Or Will the Vatican Change the Pope?", that has some of the usual stuff—Francis emphasizes the poor over doctrine, he has lots of Protestant/Pentecostal friends, he lives simply—but also a few things of interest. For example, the...
  • Dr. Jake Hebert: My Creation Journey

    07/20/2015 7:54:39 AM PDT · by fishtank · 10 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | July 2015 | Jake Hebert, Ph.D.
    Dr. Jake Hebert: My Creation Journey by Jake Hebert, Ph.D. * I joined the science team at ICR in the fall of 2011 as a Research Associate after receiving my Ph.D. in physics. Most of my ICR research focuses on deep-ice cores and seafloor sediments, as well as cosmological and general apologetics research. My journey to taking part in a creation research ministry started early in life. I became a born-again Christian at the age of seven, but in middle school I started having intellectual doubts about the validity of the Christian faith. Although my doubts were more of a...
  • Stem-Cell Wars Aren't Over: How "Donated" Aborted Baby Parts Are Being Used

    07/16/2015 11:42:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | July 16, 2015 | Rebecca Taylor
    I wrote this piece weeks ago. It has just now been published online. I had no idea that the Center for Medical Progress was about to drop the bomb on Planned Parenthood and their participation in the market for aborted baby parts. In case you were wondering what some companies use aborted baby parts for, read my latest at the National Catholic Register: "It has been several years since the height of the stem-cell controversy, where every day debate raged over the destruction of embryos for embryonic stem cells. These human embryos, conceived in a lab by the hundreds of...
  • Jerry Brown Will Speak on Climate Change at Vatican Event Hosted by Pope Francis

    07/12/2015 12:13:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 7/9/15 | Chris Megerian
    Gov. Jerry Brown will go to the Vatican later this month for a summit on climate change hosted by Pope Francis, who has sought to focus worldwide attention on environmental issues. The event, which includes a discussion on modern slavery, will draw an international collection of government officials and United Nations representatives. "This unprecedented gathering of global leaders is a wake-up call to face up to the common threats of climate change and human exploitation, Brown said in a statement Thursday. This is about the future of humanity and how we as human beings live and treat one another and...
  • Francis on Prophets of Doom

    07/11/2015 4:55:51 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 39 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | July 11,2015 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    In Evangelii Gaudium Francis declared (quoting John XXIII) that We feel that we must disagree with those prophets of doom who are always forecasting disaster, as though the end of the world were at hand. Just over a year-and-a-half later, however, Francis declared in Laudato Si that Doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain. A change of position? Perhaps an outright self-contradiction? It is neither. The two statements relate to different sorts of prophet. The first statement, echoing the truly fatuous optimism of John XXIII, scoffs at traditional Catholic prophets of doom, including a long line...
  • The Tangled Web We Weave When We Artificially Conceive

    07/11/2015 3:40:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | July 10, 2015 | REBECCA TAYLOR
    I have acquaintances that a decade ago decided to adopt some “leftover” frozen human embryos created with in vitro fertilization (IVF). Presuming they were essentially adopting children, the couple first consulted an adoption attorney. Imagine their surprise when he referred them to a property-rights lawyer. In our state, human embryos are considered to be “property,” not people. Back in 2002, a Rand Corp. report revealed that there were 396,526 frozen embryos in the United States. There are certainly many more today, and in many states, these little lives have no more legal worth than a house or a car. This...
  • After Gay Marriage Decision: Surprise Blood Moon Displays in Sky Only Over America

    07/09/2015 4:05:15 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 22 replies
    Cowger Nation ^ | 7/02/15 | Caiden Cowger
    On June 30, 2015, a surprise blood moon appeared in the sky, that was only seen in the United States. According to the National Weather Service, large wildfires in Canada have been burning. Due to extremely high winds, smoke from these fires have traveled into the United States. According to NBC-Chattanooga, the smoke should remain in the higher atmosphere and not affect air quality, it gives the moon and sun a rosy glow. Heres what causes the effect: As light from the moon or sun enters the atmosphere it gets scattered by particles like water, aerosols, and in this case...
  • Pope Francis Recruits Naomi Klein in Climate Change Battle

    06/28/2015 11:32:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 68 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6/27/15 | Rosie Scammell
    Social activist surprised but delighted to join top cardinal in high-level environment conference at the Vatican She is one of the worlds most high-profile social activists and a ferocious critic of 21st-century capitalism. He is one of the popes most senior aides and a professor of climate change economics. But this week the secular radical will join forces with the Catholic cardinal in the latest move by Pope Francis to shift the debate on global warming. Naomi Klein and Cardinal Peter Turkson are to lead a high-level conference on the environment, bringing together churchmen, scientists and activists to debate climate...
  • The Climate Letter Urges Dialogue with Everyone, So Why Did Vatican Single Out and Harass Us?

    06/25/2015 5:37:32 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 34, 2015 | Tom Harris
    The Vaticans contradictions extend beyond its behavior: they even appear within the encyclical letter itself. The Pope stresses open dialogue, as in the quote above, but then the pope references obstructionist attitudes ranging from denial of the problem to indifference, supporting Yores contention that he in fact has no patience for divergent views on the topic.
  • Pope Francesco's Amazing Climate Theatre

    06/25/2015 3:14:18 PM PDT · by ubipetrusest · 8 replies
    brotherlapin,com ^ | June 16, 2015 | Brother Lapin
    Morris tells me the recyclical Laudato Si is subtitled: Pope Francescos Amazing Climate Theatre, and how appropriate this is. The recyclical provides fun for all the family: theres something in the show for everyone: global warming enthusiasts, liberals, Buddhists, atheists, New Age hippies, greens, and everyone who enjoys those lovely pictures of Saint Francis surrounded by corgis, hummingbirds and My Little Pony, without asking awkward questions like, What did Francis say about sin? At the heart of this recyclical is the popular image of Saint Francis surrounded by cuddly animals, and this is where we find the real theological and...
  • Prophetic Bombshell - June 30th, 2015

    06/24/2015 6:55:03 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 26 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 6/23/15 | Gary
    Much has been said about this coming fall, the highest watch season we have ever seen. JD Farag refuses to set dates (as he should), but admits September will see a convergence of events unlike anything that has come before. The danger in getting hyped-up is that should the LORD tarry, many will be discouraged and could lose faith, but on the other hand we are told to watch for His coming and to know the season. As JD explains, better to blow the trumpet than not. Better to be ready, than have your head in the sand, focused on...
  • 6 Things Jimmy Akin Wont Tell You about the Popes New Encyclical

    06/22/2015 6:31:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 243 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | June 22, 2015 | Hillary White
    Since my buddy Chris Ferrara has, perhaps before anyone else in the English speaking world, done a thorough examination of the popes environment encyclical, Laudato Si, I will confine myself here to some observations of a different sort and to proposing a few questions for consideration to talking around it, so to speak. A great many people, long before the document was issued yesterday, have been asking whether it should have been written at all. Is this appropriate for a pope? Why was it necessary? Why, of all the possible topics, did Pope Francis choose this one? Has he...
  • The Single Most important Lesson of Laudato Si

    06/21/2015 6:53:08 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Harvesting the Truth of the Vatican II ^ | June 19, 2015 | Louie Verrecchio
    The number one most important lesson to be learned from the documents 40,000+ words is the indisputable reality that the Catholic Church in our day; more precisely, the men who are leading her and duly running her into the ground, the Bishop of Rome chief among them, has little concern for the mission that was given to the Church by Christ the King.
  • Why Im Disregarding Laudato Si and You Should Too

    06/21/2015 9:29:37 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | June 19, 2015 | Chris Jackson
    Having wasted over an hour of my life, I now can say that I have read Laudato Si. It is the Popes latest verbose tome of an encyclical, which: espouses global warming alarmism, calls for international organizations to police climate change, and waxes poetic about people leading animals to God. In short it is as if Al Gore, Karl Marx, and Teilhard de Chardin wrote an encyclical. Whats worse is that because it came from a Pope, otherwise sane and rational people are actually taking it seriously.