Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Video: Evolution- A Theory in Crisis by Dr. Thomas Woodward


In this talk, Dr. Thomas Woodward deals with some of the problems with naturalistic evolution and makes his case for intelligent design.

Dr. Woodward is the author of two influential books on the ID vs. Darwinism debate.  They are Doubts about Darwinism: A History of Intelligent Design and Darwin Strikes Back.

Enjoy!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Related Links

IDEA: Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness Center

Top 10 Stories of 2016 on Evolution News and Views

Video: Intelligent Design and the Fall of Darwinism by Jonathan McLatchie

Monday, January 30, 2017

Pure Actuality, Simplicity, Aseity, Necessity


The subject terms are defined below; either as a quote from Geisler or as a paraphrase from his God and Creation volume.

Pure Actuality: "that which is (existence) with no possibility to not exist or to be anything other than it is-existence, pure and simple."1 

Simplicity: that which is without parts, indivisible, absolutely one2

Aseity: that which exists in and of itself, independent of anything else, self-existent3

Necessity: that which cannot not exist4

Strong biblical, theological, and historical foundations grant us the ability to predicate these attributes to God.

Stand firm in Christ,
Chase

Footnotes:
1. Geisler, Norman. Systematic Theology: Volume 2. Bloomington, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2003. 32.
2. Ibid. 39.
3. Ibid. 58.
4. Ibid. 64.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Nicholas Rescher on Scientism

"The theorist who maintains that science is the be all and end all--that what is not in science textbooks is not worth knowing--is an ideologist with a peculiar and distorted doctrine of his own.  For him, science is no longer a sector of the cognitive enterprise but an all inclusive worldview.  This is the doctrine not of science but of scientism.  To take this stance is not to celebrate science but to distort it."1

To learn more about Dr. Rescher, go here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Article: If You Cannot Scientifically Prove Your Belief, Is It Meaningless? by Paul Copan

Footnote:
1. Nicholas Rescher, The Limits of Science, as quoted by Dr. William Lane Craig and Dr. J.P. Moreland in Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview, p. 346.

Friday, January 27, 2017

To Reach Young People, We Need to "Become Like Children"

Here at Truthbomb, we spotlight a lot of J. Warner Wallace's work.  And it's for good reasons.  His material is well-written and his approach of making us into Christian case makers is unique.  I recently read this article about reaching young people and was reminded of the influence my grandparents had on my faith growing up as a child all the way through my young adult years.

For these reasons, I highly recommend you take a moment to read by clicking here.



God Bless,


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Updated: An Apologetics Arsenal



“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” - 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, NKJV, Emphasis added.

Note to Readers: We are always updating our resource pages.  If you know of a site that you believe should be on here, please feel free to share in the comments!

Atheism


Atheism by Ken Ammi


Atheist Delusion - A site that was started to refute the false claims of Oxford Professor and biologist Richard Dawkins.


CARM- Atheism- Easy to apply responses to atheism.


Conservapedia- Atheism - A great historical overview of atheism.


iloveatheists.com: Just not their Worldview- Features answers to 100 common atheist objections and more!


Authority of the Bible

Why I Believe the New Testament is Historically Reliable- Dr. Gary Habermas explains why the New Testament is historically reliable. [PDF]


Cannon Fodder- The website of Michael J. Kruger,

CARM- Bible- Various evidence to support the Bible’s historical accuracy.


Christian Answers- Archaeology- This article presents archaeological evidence that supports the biblical record.


Faith Facts - A site designed to answer the questions of the skeptic and also provide an easy manner for Christians to remember the evidence for the Bible!


Fulfilled Prophecy: Evidence for the Reliability of the Bible- Dr. Hugh Ross explains the prophetic evidence presented in the Bible.


Jesus Validates the bible (Not the Other Way Around) by Tim Stratton

Manuscript Support for the Bible's Reliability- Ron Rhodes presents the manuscript evidence for the Bible.


Are the Bible Documents Reliable?- Jimmy Williams of Probe Ministries

Baha
’i Faith


Let Us Reason: Baha'i Faith article list- Nice collection of articles answering the claims of Baha’i.


The Baha'i Faith by Robert Pardon- An overview of the Baha’i faith and a biblical response.

Bible Study Tools


Bible.org- “Your Online Bible Study Resource”


Bible Gateway - A searchable online Bible in over 50 translations and 35 different languages.


Bible Research- This site is for students who are looking for detailed information about the history of the canon, texts, and versions of Scripture.


Bible Toolbox- linking you to the webs best online Christian study tools. 


The Blue Letter Bible

Buddhism


The History and Beliefs of Buddhism


Answering Buddhism- Some great comparison charts between Christianity and Buddhism.

Evangelism


Christian Answers- Evangelism - Various methods of evangelism available here. See which ones work for you!


Living Waters - A site created by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron to, “ train Christians who want to learn evangelism -- by teaching them how to witness the way Jesus did.”


Meekness and Truth Ministries- is dedicated to educating Christian ministries, especially on college campuses, as well as church laypeople, to more effectively use Christian evidences in evangelism to help fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).

Freemasonry


Contender Ministries- Freemasonry facts, The History of Freemasonry, and The Theology of Freemasonry.

Ephesians 5:11- Learn how to lead a Mason away from the Messianic Lodge here! 


NAMB- Freemasonry- articles

General Apologetics
 


Acts 17 Apologetics- [T]o glorify God by defending the Gospel of Jesus Christ from the ground up.  This is the ministry of Dr. David Wood.


All about God- The Community for Seekers, Skeptics and Believers.  


All About Philosophy- Do you want a rational investigation of the truth?  Go here to find answers to questions such as: Where did I come from?  Why am I here?  Does God exist?  Great videos and articles! 


Apologetics Academy- The ministry of Jonathan McLatchie

Always Be Ready - The Always Be Ready apologetics ministry by Charlie Campbell.


Apologetics.com - Equipping believers to think and thinkers to believe"


Apologetics.org- C.S. Lewis Society


Apologetics315 - An amazing blog offering some of the best audio links on the internet; debates, lectures, and sermons abound here.


ApologeticsGuy- Accessible Apologetics Training with Mikel Del Rosario


Apologetics Resource Center


bethinking.org - A website that aims to put the best Christian thinking and communicating resources right into your hands. Great audio and articles are found here.


Christian Apologetics UK- "Helping to equip the UK church to be reasonable, respectful and knowledgeable ambassadors for Christ." 


Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry- Great, easy to use site by Matthew Slick.


Come Reason Ministries- Convincing Christianity


Confident Christianity - The apologetics ministry of Mary Jo Sharp


A Christian Thinktank - Glenn Miller presents hundreds of apologetic articles on various topics with extremely in-depth research.


Free Thinking Ministries- A defense of "Mere Christianity" and more! NEW!

LeadershipU - Telling the truth at the speed of life- Great articles by various scholars can be found here.


Let Us Reason Ministries - Information about cults and religions


New York Apologetics- The Heartbeat of the Christian Mind


Please Convince Me- the Christian Worldview from the Perspective of a Detective


Probe Ministries- Freeing Cultural Captives.  Building Confident Ambassadors.


Proof that God Exists- Pre-Suppositional Apologetics


Stand to Reason - Greg Koukl and company present an easy to understand, logical defenses of the gospel.


The Apologia Project - a Christian research organization whose aim is to present an unadulterated view of the Christian faith.


The Veritas Forum


4Truth.net- A Reasoned Approach to Christianity


Unbelievable? with Justin Brierley


Wintery Knight - "Integrating faith and knowledge in the public square" 

Hinduism


Comparing Christianity to Hinduism- An article by Peter Kreeft

Science


Design Inference- The writings of William A. Dembski


Discovery Institute - A nonpartisan public policy think tank conducting research on technology, science and culture, economics and foreign affairs.


Evolution News and Views - This site was started to accurately report evolutionary issues to the general public.

Evidence for God and Science - Evidence for God from Science: Harmony between the Bible and science.


Faith + Evolution- "Here you will find articles, debates, video and audio, discussion questions, and other free resources as you explore the issues surrounding faith and evolution. This site is designed to be especially helpful for pastors, lay leaders, Sunday School teachers, and students."


IDEA Center- Intelligent Design and Awareness Center


ID the FutureThe ID The Future (IDTF) podcast carries on Discovery Institute's mission of exploring the issues central to evolution and intelligent design (ID).  

Post-Darwinist- The blog of Denyse O'Leary, Toronto based journalist and author of Design or by Chance?
Reasons to Believe- Where Science and Faith Converge 


True Origins - A site created in response to the skeptical, pro-evolution site “talk origins.org.” Great site containing scholarly articles, responses to skeptics, and book reviews.

Uncommon Descent- "Serving the Intelligent Design Community"

Islam

Answering Islam: A Christian-Muslim dialog - The best site on the web for witnessing, understanding, and responding to Islam.


Answering Muslims- The Islamoblog of Acts 17 Apologetics Ministries


Islam Review - Declares the truth about Islam with relentless honesty.


Is the Qur'an the Word of God? - A Christian and Muslim Dialogue


John Ankerberg- Islam - A collection of articles on various topics concerning Islam


Islam: The Way, the Truth, and the Light? - A resource library for those wishing to study Christianity and Islam. 


Jehovah Witnesses


Help Jehovah Witnesses find Freedom in Christ - An easy strategy for witnessing to Jehovah Witnesses.


Free Minds - A site maintained by a former member of the Watchtower Organization and former Jehovah Witness with the purpose of “educating the public about the methods that ALL cults use, and how to combat them.”


Michael J. Felker

NAMB- Jehovah's Witnesses- articles

Watchmen Fellowship - A great collection of articles responding to the false claims of the Jehovah Witnesses.


Watchtower Investigated UK  


Judaism


Bible Probe - Here, find a list of 365 prophecies that Jesus fulfilled.


Bible Probe-Jews for Jesus - Messianic Jews tell their own stories of coming to Jesus.


Judaism - Josh McDowell and Don Stewart explain the history and beliefs of Judaism.


Let Us Reason: Judaism - Articles here that cover topics such as Israel’s history, Messianic prophecies, and what the Talmud said about the coming Messiah.

Mormonism

Answering Mormons- maintained by Jamie Pellew to "defend the truth of the Gospel against the attacks of Mormonism."

CARM: Mormonism- Deals with various Mormon Questions and Issues


Concerned Christians - A site dedicated to “reaching out to the Mormon people in a loving manner and to be in service to the Christian community by educating them about the deception of Mormonism and to equip them for service.”


Contender Ministries: Mormonism- Various articles and rebuttals here.

Equipping Christians - A site designed by formerly devout Mormons who desire to equip Christians to answer the claims of the Mormon Church.


Ex-Mormons - A site created for Mormons who may be questioning their faith and want answers.


Life After Ministries - “Leading Mormons to the REAL Jesus.”


Mormonism Investigated UK  


Mormon Research Ministry- Challenging the claims of LDS.

NAMB- Mormonism- Articles

Welcome Latter-Day Saints (Mormons): For Mormon Faith and Research...Loving the Truth!


New Age


CARM-New Age - Matthew Slick presents helpful information concerning the “New Age” movement.


Christian Answers for the New Age - Christian answers for the New Age- This is an excellent site!


Preaching and Teaching Section


Bible Bulletin Board - If I had to recommend only one site for a believer to become familiar with, this would be the one! There are exhaustive collections of sermons, articles, and question/answers by Dr. John MacArthur, Charles Spurgeon, Thomas Watson, George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, and J.C. Ryle. If you want to know what the Bible says on ANY topic, this is your site!


Desiring God - God-centered resources from the ministry of John Piper.


Grace to You - Bible teaching media ministry of John MacArthur features radio broadcasts, books, audio lessons, devotionals, and an issues and answers page.


In the Beginning.com - A variety articles by some of the best including Edwards, Torrey, Finney, and Moody.


LeadershipU: Systematic Theology - A variety of articles on various theological topics by some of the best contemporary scholars today.


Ligonier Ministries - The ministry of R.C. Sproul.


Love Worth finding Ministries - The ministry of the late Adrian Rogers.


The Shelter - A Francis Schaeffer site that includes quotes, articles, and a book list.


The Spurgeon Archive - The largest collection of Spurgeon resources on the web. 


Truth for Life- The Teaching and Preaching Ministry of Alistair Begg

Y-Jesus?- The Facts about Jesus Presented by Scholars

Religious Science


"Thou art a Gracious God, and Merciful" - Here, read about a man who was delivered from Religious Science after 40 years.


An Analysis of Religious Science - Part 1 of an excellent “behind the scenes” look at Religious Science and what it’s all about.




Religious Science: What does it Teach? - What is Religious Science? Why should we be interested? What do these people believe about Jesus, God, and the Bible? How can we share the gospel with these people? All these questions answered here!

Resurrection


Ancient Evidence for Jesus from Non-Christian Sources


Gary Habermas - If you want the latest, up-to-date evidence concerning the resurrection, here is your site! See the articles section especially!


Testimony of the Evangelists - What would happen if a lawyer examined the internal evidence for the resurrection? Find out! Simon Greenleaf, one of the principle founders of Harvard Law School, examines the New Testament evidence for the resurrection.


Evidence for the Resurrection - Josh McDowell presents the historical evidence supporting the resurrection.


Contemporary Scholarship and the Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ - William Lane Craig takes a “contemporary” look at the resurrection evidence.


Jesus' Resurrection and Christian Origins - N.T. Wright explains why the historical evidence we have for the resurrection is best explained by…a physical resurrection!


Risen Jesus - Great scholarly articles by Mike Licona on various topics, specializing in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Roman Catholicism


CARM-Catholic - Matthew Slick provides easy to read, printable articles on various Catholic teachings; includes testimonies of former Catholic Priests.

Scientology


Apologetics Index - A nice collection of articles dealing with Scientology.


What is Scientology? by Wayne Jackson - An overview of Scientology.

Watchmen Fellowship: Scientology - Numerous articles on Scientology topics. 


Seventh Day Adventists


Ex-Adventist.com - Mark Martin (former SDA pastor) heads up this outreach to Seventh Day Adventists. Great collection of articles, resources, and book reviews.


Former Adventist.com - Home of former Seventh Day Adventists “who have found their rest in Jesus.” Includes articles, bible studies, and testimonies.

Top Christian Scholars


Alvin Plantinga - Philosopher

Craig Blomberg - New Testament Scholar

Ken Boa- Christian Apologist


Craig Evans - New Testament Scholar


Michael Gleghorn- Christian Apologist


Dan Wallace - New Testament Scholar


Frank Turek - Crossexamined.org

Gary Habermas - The top resurrection scholar on the planet, in my view.


Greg Koukl - Stand to Reason Ministries

James WhiteAlpha and Omega Ministries

John Lennox - Science and Ethics


J. Warner Wallace- Cold Case Christianity 


Mark Roberts - apologist


Timothy McGrew- Philosopher and New Testament Scholar


J.P. Moreland- Philosopher and Apologist


Norman Geisler - Includes apologetic articles and resources from one of Christendom’s most well-know apologists.


N.T. Wright - New Testament Scholar

Paul Copan - offers logical, easy-to-understand answers to supposed objections to the Christian faith.


Peter Kreeft - Christian Philosopher

Peter J. Williams- Lecturer and Scholar

Peter S. Williams- Author, Apologist and Philosopher

Peter van Inwagen- Philosopher

Reasonable Faith - Home site of Dr. William Lane Craig, this site offers scholarly articles, debates, and question/answers.


Richard Swinburne - Christian Philosopher

Ron Rhodes - one of the best in answering the cults.


Ravi Zacharias - If you are looking for the best combination of answers geared toward the unbelievers heart and head, look no further than the ministries of Ravi Zacharias.
* This page will be updated on a regular basis so please remember to check back!

** Truthbomb Apologetics does not necessarily endorse all the content represented on each of these websites.


Courage and Godspeed,
Chad A. Gross

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

John Wesley's Argument for the Inspiration of the Bible

The Bible must be the invention either of good men or angels, bad men or devils, or of God.

1. It could not be the invention of good men or angels, for they neither would nor could make a book and tell lies all the time they were writing it, saying, "Thus saith the Lord," when it was their own invention.

2. It could not be the invention of bad men or devils, for they could not make a book that commands all duty, forbids all sin, and condemns their own souls to hell for all eternity.

3. Therefore, draw the conclusion that the Bible must be given by divine inspiration.1

Do you find Wesley's argument persuasive?  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!

To learn more about John Wesley, go here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Footnote:
1. One Thousand New Illustrations by Rev. Aquilla Webb, D.D., LL.D., 1931.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Video: Understanding Greg Bahnsen by Kenneth Samples


In this featured lecture, Kenneth Samples of Reasons to Believe talks about the ideas and work of the late apologist Dr. Greg Bahnsen.

You can learn about other great Christian thinkers from the past here.

I encourage you to checkout Samples' new book here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Monday, January 23, 2017

The Importance of Theology Proper

In his second systematic theology volume, Norman Geisler writes, "few (if any) studies are more important than that of the attributes of God." He goes on to list the reasons for this:
  • All basic theological truth depends upon God's attributes 
  • We cannot recognize false gods without knowing the true God
  • Error has practical consequences
  • Our spiritual growth is dependent upon our concept of God
  • A commitment to what is less than Ultimate will not be ultimately satisfying
Over the next few months I will be sharing from this text from Geisler as I read it for my theology proper and creation course.

Stand firm in Christ
Chase

Footnote

Geisler, Norman. Systematic Theology: Volume Two. Bloomington, MN: Bethany House, 2003. 17-19.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Saturday, January 21, 2017

"The Pillars of Unbelief" Series by Peter Kreeft

Recently, philosopher and theologian Kenneth Samples of Reasons to Believe did us all a great service by writing an excellent blog series on 17 of the most influential Christian thinkers from the past.  You can find the entire series here.

In similar fashion, philosopher Peter Kreeft offers a series on some of the most influential unbelievers in a series entitled, "The Pillars of Unbelief."

They are as follows:

Niccolo Machiavelli- inventor of the "new morality"

Immanuel Kant- subjectivizer of Truth

Friedrich Nietzsche- self-proclaimed "Anti-Christ"

Sigmund Freud- founder of the "sexual revolution" 

Karl Marx- false Moses for the masses

Jean-Paul Sartre- apostle of absurdity

In these brief profiles, Kreeft describes the impact these thinkers have had on society and the effect they have had on the Christian mind.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Article: Is Jesus Simply a Retelling of the Horus Myth? by J. Warner Wallace

A common claim skeptics make is that Jesus is a "copycat" savior. One of the claimed dying and rising saviors they claim Christians copied is Horus.

The main problem with these types of claims, as Dr. William Lane Craig recently pointed out in his dialogues with Dr. Lawrence Krauss in Australia, is that they are 100 years out of date!  But they are alive and well on the internet.

In this featured article, Christian case maker J. Warner Wallace demonstrates that Jesus is not a retelling of the Horus myth.  He also offers some excellent resources to explore this topic more in-depth.

You can check it out here.

Ah, but what about Mithras?  See here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Video: Pluralism- A Culture without Truth by Vince Vitale


Video Description:

We live in a post-truth society – that’s what The Economist claimed a few months ago. Truth has so often been abused that society is fleeing from truth and adopting a pluralism that assures us “All truths are equally valid.” Does that include the claim that all truths are not equally valid? That’s how quickly pluralism runs into incoherence. So, why does it persist; why is it growing? 

Vince Vitale talks more about this in his new book Jesus Among Secular Gods co-written with Ravi Zacharias.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Charles Malik on the Greatest Danger Confronting the Christian Church in America

"I must be frank with you: the greatest danger confronting American evangelical Christianity is the danger of anti-intellectualism.  The mind in its greatest and deepest riches is not cared for enough.  But intellectual nurture cannot take place apart from profound immersion for a period of years in the history of thought and the spirit.  People who are in a hurry to get out of the university and start earning money or serving the church or preaching the gospel have no idea of the infinite value of spending years of leisure conversing with the greatest minds and souls of the past, ripening and sharpening and enlarging their powers of thinking.  The result is that the arena of creative thinking is vacated and abdicated to the enemy.  Who among evangelicals can stand up to the great secular quoted as a normative source by the greatest secular authorities on history or philosophy or psychology or sociology or politics?  Does the evangelical mode of thinking have the slightest chance of becoming the dominant mode in the great universities of Europe and America that stamp our entire civilization with their spirit and ideas?  For the sake of greater effectiveness in witnessing to Jesus Christ, as well as for their own sakes, evangelicals cannot afford to keep on living on the periphery of responsible intellectual existence."1

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Footnote:
1. As quoted by J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig in Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview, p. 1.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Is the Trinitarian Doctrine of God More Plausible Than the Unitarian Doctrine of God?

In his latest Q and A response, Dr. William Lane Craig responds to a reader who asks:

"Aren't the odds of a triune god beyond astronomical? To accept that there is an omnipotent, eternal being is difficult enough, but three separate beings that possess this nature? The term "mind boggling" doesn't even begin to describe the unlikelihood..."

Craig first responds by pointing out that just because something is "mind boggling," doesn't mean that it is improbable.  He points out that, "Quantum mechanics is mind-boggling, but that doesn’t imply that it is improbable as an account of the physical world. We live in a universe that is so mind-boggling as almost to defy comprehension!"

Most interestingly, he continues by arguing that it is more probable that God would not be just one person.  I had never heard this argument before.  He explains as follows:

"God is by definition the greatest conceivable being. As the greatest conceivable being, God must be perfect. Now a perfect being must be a loving being. For love is a moral perfection; it is better for a person to be loving rather than unloving. God therefore must be a perfectly loving being. Now it is of the very nature of love to give oneself away. Love reaches out to another person rather than centering wholly in oneself. So if God is perfectly loving by His very nature, He must be giving Himself in love to another. But who is that other? It cannot be any created person, since creation is a result of God’s free will, not a result of His nature. It belongs to God's very essence to love, but it does not belong to His essence to create. So we can imagine a possible world in which God is perfectly loving and yet no created persons exist. Moreover, contemporary cosmology makes it plausible that created persons have not always existed. But God is eternally loving. So created persons alone are insufficient to account for God's being perfectly loving. It therefore follows that the other to whom God’s love is necessarily directed must be internal to God Himself."

He continues:

"In other words, God is not a single, isolated person, as unitarian forms of theism like Islam hold; rather God is a plurality of persons, as the Christian doctrine of the Trinity affirms. On the unitarian view God is a person who does not give Himself away essentially in love for another; He is focused essentially only on Himself. Hence, He cannot be the most perfect being. But on the Christian view, God is a triad of persons in eternal, self-giving love relationships. Thus, since God is essentially loving, the doctrine of the Trinity is more plausible than any unitarian doctrine of God."

He finishes up by offering a few additional thoughts about the probability of a hypothesis, which can be read here.

So, what do you think of Dr. Craig argument?  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Monday, January 16, 2017

The Year of Hope


In the subject piece, Brian Fisher discusses Human Coalition's declaration that 2017 is the year of hope. He writes:

Hope is not frivolous or ill informed. It is not flippant. True hope is grounded in facts, observations, and assurances. It is grounded in belief—and not “belief” as it is commonly defined today. 

Our culture often defines belief as personal preference or opinion, such as, “I believe abortion is necessary to secure women’s rights,” or “I believe abortion doesn’t kill a person; it just removes a blob of tissue.” 

Both statements are wrong opinions based on fallacies. And yet our culture gives credence to such opinions because we use the catch phrase “I believe.” 

I like Holman’s definition, “Trustful expectation.” We expect hope to be fulfilled because we trust or believe in the reasons for our hope. And those reasons are rock solid.

He goes on to discuss Hebrews 10:23-25. This passage, says Fisher, is about hope, and he applies it to Human Coalition's mission.

Read the full post here.

Stand firm in Christ and stand firm for the preborn,
Chase

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Bad Argument and Biased Ideology

In National Geographic’s January 2017 issue “Gender Revolution”, Robin Marantz Henig authors an article titled “Rethinking Gender”. 

Andrew T. Walker and Denny Burk of The Witherspoon Institute offer a response to her story stating it is a “bad argument and biased ideology”. They offer four broader philosophical problems inherent within the transgender movement.

First, there is no substantive argument, only testimonies, and testimonies are not sufficient. It is based not on evidence, but on the ideology of expressive individualism which requires no moral argument or empirical justification for its claims.

Second, the fallacy of composition is committed by linking intersex conditions with transgenderism. Intersexuality and transgenderism are apples and oranges. The physiological experience of intersexuality is in a different category from the psychological constructs of gender dysphoria and transgenderism.

Third, “Brain Sex Theory” offers hypotheses which offer no scientific consensus on what actually causes transgenderism. The categories described in the article are based on theory, not fact.


Fourth: The coverage is filled with contradictory, incoherent claims. Henig counsels, “Understand that gender identity and sexual orientation cannot be changed, but the way people identify their gender identity and sexual orientation may change over time as they discover more about themselves.” Is gender identity immutable or can people change over time? The claim that transgender identities are equally as fixed and unchanging as sexual orientation is simply not supported by any kind of scientific consensus. Fact: about 80 percent of children who experience transgender feelings completely resolve their difficulties without any intervention after they reach puberty.

Why does National Geographic choose to “[celebrate] the mutilation of minor children with a full-page picture of a shirtless 17-year old girl who recently underwent a double mastectomy in order to “transition” to being a boy. Why do transgender ideologues consider it harmful to attempt to change such a child’s mind but consider it progress to display her bare, mutilated chest for a cover story? Why is it acceptable to surgically alter a child’s body to match his sense of self but bigoted to try to change his sense of self to match his body? If it is wrong to attempt to change a child’s gender identity (because it is fixed and meddling with it is harmful), then why is it morally acceptable to alter something as fixed as the reproductive anatomy of a minor?

You can also find Walt Heyer's articleA Nine Year Old Boy is Spreading a "Contagion of Mass Delusion", about National Geographic's cover photograph here.

Personally, I am witnessing more and more students in my school dealing with these issues while the truth is degenerated from under their feet. What do you think?

Don’t take my word for it, read the article, don’t wait for the movie.

Have a little hope on me, Roger