Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Is evolution compatible with faith?
Here are two perspectives: faith and evolution and bio-logos. For resources (books & DVD's) engaging these issues from a Christian perspective, click here.
For an update on Ida, click here (Does the new Ida fossil prove evolution?)
A Prayer of Hope
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism Is the Solution and Not the Problem by Jay Richards
"In Money, Greed, and God, Jay Richards has written the definitive case for capitalism, a crisply written and incisive discourse on wealth and poverty, money and morality for the 21st Century." (George Gilder, co-founder of the Discovery Institute and author of Wealth and Poverty )
"Jay Richards understands the objections to capitalism, and here explains why they do not convince him. The empirical findings revealed in Money, Greed, and God run against those objections." (Michael Novak, Chair in Religion and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute )
Does capitalism promote greed? Can a person follow Jesus's call to love others and also support capitalism? Was our recent economic crisis caused by flaws inherent to our free market system? Jay Richards presents a new approach to capitalism, revealing how it's fully consistent with Jesus's teachings and the Christian tradition, while also showing why this system is our best bet for renewed economic vigor.
The church is bombarded with two competing messages about money and capitalism:
- wealth is bad and causes much of the world's suffering
- wealth is good and God wants you to prosper and be rich
Richards exposes these myths, and other common misconceptions about capitalism, and reveals the surprising ways that capitalism is, in fact, the best system to respond to the biblical mandates of alleviating poverty and protecting the environment. Money, Greed, and God equips readers to take practical steps in their own lives to conduct business, worship God, and serve others without falling into the "prosperity gospel" trap.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Has Christian America Come to an End?
"Has Christian America come to an end? That question has been hotly debated since Newsweek published their recent feature story reporting that the number of Americans claiming no religious affiliation has nearly doubled since 1990. Additionally, the percentage of self-identified Christians has dropped ten points in the past two decades.
As an evangelical pastor with one of America’s fastest-growing churches in one of its least churched cities, I do not find the report surprising or discouraging. Newsweek missed the subtle — but vital — difference between Christian America and Christendom America." (read on...)
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
47-Million-Year-Old Darwinius Masillae Fossil the Missing Link?
The basic headline?
"Scientists yesterday unveiled a 47-million-year-old fossil that they’re calling the "missing link" between primates and humans. Technically called a Darwinius masillae, but nicknamed "Ida," the juvenile female primate was discovered in Germany’s Messel Pit and is one of the most intact fossils ever found. In fact, scientists were even able to identify her last meal: fruit, seeds and leaves." (click for more)
National Geographic here...
But, not everyone is "dazzled"...
with Dr. Fuz Rana with one Christian perspective from Reasons to Believe.
This article from Evolution News.
Also, a blog post here at Uncommon Descent and another Christian perspective from Answers in Genesis.
This will become another icon like "Lucy." On a side note, this has been released with the PR blitz of a major movie (book, website, documentary) all without a lot of examination and peer review. Time will tell. But I wouldn't be surprised to see a retraction on page 26 sometime in the future clarifying the import of this fossil.
For a very helpful introduction to evolution, the fossil record, and intelligent design see the Design of Life.
Helpful thoughts from Stand to Reason
"One question that has to be raised with any fossil evidence is the presupposition and interpretation imposed on the evidence placing it in the fossil chain of evolution. Fossils don't come lined nicely in the strata in transitional order, as the pictures of fossils lined up in science books nicely illustrate. Fossils are dated, which gives us their historical place, but that doesn't prove transition. What is evident in the fossil evidence, and in Ida, is variation in species, which isn't at all remarkable. Claiming those variations are proof of one species evolving into a new one is an interpretation of those physical features already with the assumption of evolution, not objective proof.
A transition is only a transition only if it occupies the space in the historical development that it needs to occupy, and no fossil can provide that proof without the presumption of evolution imposed upon it placing it in the transitional chain. That's circular reasoning."
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Christian Reviews of Dan Brown's 'Angels & Demons'
Here are two reviews...
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Monday, May 18, 2009
More Americans “Pro-Life” Than “Pro-Choice” for First Time
A new Gallup Poll, conducted May 7-10, finds 51% of Americans calling themselves "pro-life" on the issue of abortion and 42% "pro-choice." This is the first time a majority of U.S. adults have identified themselves as pro-life since Gallup began asking this question in 1995. Also, fewer think abortion should be legal “under any circumstances.”
Friday, May 15, 2009
Former fundamentalist 'debunks' Bible
Ehrman clearly has an axe to grind. And his is self-admittedly the Problem of Evil in the world. This finds its way into his writing. Other equally credentialed New Testament Scholars are not convinced by his arguments; in fact they see the NT as highly reliable historically. Bart Erhman makes a living by overstating the implications of issues biblical scholars (conservative, moderate, or liberal) have known about for decades. See for example our previous post on this issue here when Bart was on the Colbert Report.
Ben Witherington has responded with a six part review of Bart's claims in Jesus Interrupted (Bart Interrupted)
part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4 part 5 part 6
For a wonderful book exploring these claims in accessible fashion, see Reinventing Jesus by Dan Wallace, Ed Komoszewski, and M. James Sawyer.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
A Powerful Example of Joy
a couple of short observations:
- these Christians visited their fellow believers in prison...knowing it would lead to trouble for them...
- they accepted the consequences of showing compassion to their brothers and sisters in Christ with joy...
- They looked on toward a better inheritance...
The Joy of the LORD was their strength. That is encouraging that it is possible and challenging in that I need to do some growing in my ability to experience joy in all circumstances.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Why do we exist?
"These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full."--Jesus (cf. John 15:11)
Trying to explain this to someone who has never experienced the true joy of knowing and loving God is very difficult. It is like trying to describe a fillet Mignon steak to someone who has never eaten one. But that is what we try to do. We invite those who don't know God to taste and see. Much of Christian understanding is preceded by experience (though both are necessary for the knowledge of God).
Monday, May 11, 2009
200th Post on Think Christianly & What Happened to My News?
My other thought for today is more of a question...what happened to my news????
"News organizations once provided citizens with information and thoughtful commentary so they could make informed choices, but today, real-life tragedies and the mundane failures and heartaches of ordinary people are hyped like new movie releases, complete with special effects..."--Dick Staub
What this means is that stories are selected and arranged to sell commercial dollars and drive ratings...not just inform the public. Now some informing does occur, but it doesn't matter your news of choice--CNN, FOX, NBC, or ABC--the goal isn't pure, unbiased reporting. There is always an agenda. So we even need to add a cup of discernment to our nightly news.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
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Democrats introduce bill to legalize infanticide up to one year
**Correction** UPDATE: Sorry, the headline from before should read that infanticide up to one year will be reduced to a felony, not legalized outright! My mistake! (from Wintery Knight)
Democrats introduce bill to legalize infanticide up to one year
A post at Gateway Pundit, sent to me by the greatest commenter in the blogosphere, ECM.
Gateway Pundit has a link to the bill, but Cassy Fiano has a lot more.
Here’s a bit about the bill:
It defines infanticide as:
A person commits an offense if the person wilfully by an act or omission causes the death of a child to whom the person gave birth within the 12-month period preceding the child’s deathThe bill says that infanticide should not be prosecuted as murder, though, as long as:
… at the time of the act or omission, the person’s judgment was impaired as a result of the effects of giving birth or the effects of lactation following the birth.Infanticide would become a felony, punishable by no more than two years in prison, with a minimum of 180 days, and/or a fine of no more than $10,000.
We need to start getting serious about defending the pro-life view using facts and arguments. Here’s some stuff to get you started. Disagreeing with people is fun once you take time to learn your stuff in detail.
Audio: Scott Klusendorf’s 35-minute case for the pro-life position
Audio: A 55-minute discussion featuring two great pro-life debaters, Greg Koukl and Scott Klusendorf
My own religion-free case for the pro-life position in plain English
A comparison of embryonic and adult stem cell research
Video: Cute 12-year old girl makes the pro-life case in a short speech
Trusting Christ - Is It Easy To do?
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
How does God feel about you?
"The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying, "I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness."--Jeremiah 31:3
God loves you and you can always turn to Him.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Simplified Missional Living
here is one of the tips...
Be a Regular
"Instead of hopping all over the city for gas, groceries, haircuts, eating out, and coffee, go to the same places at the same times. Get to know the staff. Smile. Ask questions. Be a regular. I have friends at coffee shops all over the city. My friends at Starbucks donate a ton of leftover pastries to our church 2-3 times a week. We use them for church gatherings and occasionally give them to the homeless. Build relationships. Be a regular."
(HT - Between Two Worlds)