Evidence for God Newsletter June, 2008
Subject: Evidence for God Newsletter June, 2008
Date: June 1st 2008
Greetings in the name of the Lord! This is the latest update for the Evidence for God website. Welcome to our new subscribers.
Contents (scroll down for descriptions)
- Answers for Atheists
- Is the Roman Catholic Church's Condom Policy Responsible For the Spread of HIV and the AIDS Crisis in Africa?
- Is Christianity and the Bible Too Old-Fashioned to be Relevant in Today's Society?
- Misquoting Jesus: Does Bart Erhman Prove the New Testament is Corrupt?
- Is it Possible for God to Provide 'Partial Free Will' and Eliminate All Evil?
- Design vs. Evolution
- Sanctity of Human Life
- Flash Slideshows
I have been looking for an easy way for users to change the font size on the website and came across a short, elegant PHP script that switches style sheets with a click. Many visitors have complained about the small font size, so you can now change it to suit your preference.
I receive lots of emails. Most are questions from atheists (where all the "answers for atheists" come from) or theology questions from fellow Christians. Occasionally, I get emails that really touch me. Recently, I received an email from Paul, whose wife had died about two years ago from cancer, leaving him to care for five children. He asked the question, "...how can I raise my children to believe in a God who left us?" Looking on Google, I found that Paul's wife had been a very strong Christian, who wrote about her faith right up until her death. There are no "right" answers for people who have lost loved ones, especially when their loved one dies at a relatively young age. Please pray for Paul and his children - the need is great.
The Cell's Design
Fazale Rana (Ph.D. in chemistry), vice president of research and apologetics at Reasons To Believe, has written a new book, The Cell's Design: How Chemistry Reveals the Creator's Artistry, that attempts to show that cellular biochemistry points to the existence of the Creator who designed it. Whereas most intelligent design books attempt to show the existence of design by demonstrating the existence of irreducible complexity, Dr. Rana examines the cell's biochemistry with broad strokes of how everything works together with such marvelous fidelity. So, even if a single piece or l ine of evidence might be dismissed as a statistical outlier, the weight of evidence makes a powerful case for design by a Creator. Each chapter begins with an analogy from the art world that relates to the topic at hand. Apparently, Dr. Rana is quite an art enthusiast. More...
The Irrational Atheist
The Irrational Atheist by Vox Day is excellent at examining the arguments of atheists Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and Daniel Dennett showing where those arguments are contradicted by the facts or logic. In a rather humorous section, Day quotes Christopher Hitchens saying, "what can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence." Day takes him quite literally, and list 51 assertions that Hitchens fails to support in any way. According to Hitchens's own logic, all those claims should be dismissed without evidence, which Day promptly does. The book is one of the best at dissecting the arguments of the "new atheists." More...
The Third Jesus
In his book, The Third Jesus, Deepak Chopra attempts to show that Jesus Christ was teaching what is now known as Buddhism/Eastern Mysticism. This claim can only be accomplished by twisting and/or redefining what Jesus said. Mr. Chopra takes this one step further by questioning whether or not Jesus Christ said anything that is recorded in the New Testament, and draws from Gnostic writings for support as to what He supposedly said. He needs to appeal to these extra-biblical documents to help prop up his theology, because if the author doesn't use those documents his argument will be even weaker, if not collapse completely. More, by guest author, Frank Desparrois, Jr...
Answers for Atheists
Roman Catholicism & AIDS
The Catholic Church's opposition to condom use is often cited as the reason for the spread of HIV and AIDS in Africa, since Catholics are told that they shouldn't use condoms or any artificial form of birth control. If Catholics are so eager to follow the teachings of the church, what about the commandment not to commit adultery (which is the primary cause for the spread of HIV)? Do African Catholics gets AIDS more than non-Catholics? More...
Christianity too old-fashioned?
According to the Barna Research Group, 78% of young people believe that Christianity is too old-fashioned to be relevant. Yes, the stories involve donkeys instead of cars, fishing nets instead of Gordon's Fish Sticks, grinding flour with stones instead of Wonder Bread, and dirt roads instead of freeways. However, the teachings of Jesus are no more irrelevant now then they were when first explained in the first century. More...
New Testament Corrupt?
According to Bart Erhman, not only was Jesus misquoted, but we have no real way of knowing anything He said, since the apostles and scribes basically wrote whatever they wanted. Accordingly, these people, and later Christian leaders, chose from among a plethora of writings to "create" Christianity. Does the evidence show that this is how Christianity originated or is Erhman just reflecting his own personal biases? More...
"Partial free will"?
I have been struggling with the problem of receiving a lot of evil email from atheists and have been attempting to limit it by numerous means. The last technique gave me the idea about how God might eliminate evil and still allow free will. However, I have run up against a wall in my personal efforts to eliminate evil, which reflects some of the same problems God would have encountered in eliminating most, but not all evil in the universe. More...
Design vs. Evolution
ID is anti-science?
Many scientists and science education lobbyists have written articles claiming that intelligent design is just a backdoor approach for religious fundamentalism that is aimed to close off scientific inquiry. Most individuals who make these claims are avowed atheists, who hate religion and wish to exterminate it altogether. They hope that use of this red herring argument will generate hatred against the "evil" intelligent design proponents. The anti-intelligent design movement is running scared, since their vision of a God-free world is collapsing all around them. More...
Abortion as art
A senior at Yale was going to submit her art project, "Abortion as art" to be exhibited at the university. However, university officials found the project to be unacceptable. The controversy soon erupted all over the Internet, causing even "pro-choice" groups to comment on how evil it was to repeatedly attempt to get pregnant and then abort the fetus. However, if abortion were a good thing, as they claim, then more abortion should be even better. The student should be applauded for doing good. More...
The team from the Hubble Space Telescope has released several dozen new images of galaxies that have collided with each other. You can now view these images, or send an online greeting card using these images. It is a good thing that we are in one of the less crowded areas of the universe. Good luck or design? More...
In looking for a reference on the web, I discovered that somebody had converted one of my slideshows to Adobe's Flash format. The slideshow was very easy to use and retained the animations found in the original PowerPoint file. Taking the hint, I have converted all the PowerPoint slideshows to a corresponding Flash version. The Flash files are smaller and load quickly so that you can begin the slideshow without waiting for the entire file to download. They even look reasonable at full screen mode.
Articles in Preparation
- Why Overlapping Genes Discredit Neo Darwinism (Mutation and Natural Selection)
- The Origin of Homochirality: A Major Problem for Origin of Life Theories
- Book Review: Greater Than You Think
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