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Month: January 2010

To See Is To Worship

To See Is To Worship

To believe in God is to worship him. To do otherwise is impossible. That’s not because it’s some rule he set up, like “If you’re going to move with the basketball you have to dribble it.” It’s more like, “If you add 2 and 2 you have to get 4.” If you really see who God is, there is no avoiding the response of worship. Consider these passages from the 89th Psalm: Psalm 89:1-4 I will sing of the steadfast…

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The Evolutionists’ Complaint: It’s Wrong to Argue For ID By Arguing Against Evolution (Part 1 of 3)

The Evolutionists’ Complaint: It’s Wrong to Argue For ID By Arguing Against Evolution (Part 1 of 3)

Last week I posted an article in which I attempted to show that evidence against evolution can legitimately be evidence in favor of Intelligent Design. I ran into some serious opposition on that, and even though my interlocutors’ objections there were often mis-aimed, they did lead me to think through the matter more deeply. I got the argument wrong last time. I’m stating it here in a corrected form. I’ll borrow some of my wording from the previous version so…

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The Evolutionists’ Complaint: It’s Wrong to Argue For ID By Arguing Against Evolution (Part 2 of 3)

The Evolutionists’ Complaint: It’s Wrong to Argue For ID By Arguing Against Evolution (Part 2 of 3)

This is the second stage of an argument responding to what I have called The Complaint: that Intelligent Design’s (ID’s) negative argumentation against naturalistic evolution (NE; defined here as the development of life and its complexity through undirected random variation coupled with natural selection) is somehow illegitimate, unscientific, or otherwise weak or wrong. If you have not read the first stage, that would be the place to begin. In it I showed that in the simple case where we assume…

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The Evolutionists’ Complaint: It’s Wrong to Argue For ID By Arguing Against Evolution (Part 3 of 3)

The Evolutionists’ Complaint: It’s Wrong to Argue For ID By Arguing Against Evolution (Part 3 of 3)

This is the third post in a series exploring The Complaint of evolutionists: that Intelligent Design’s (ID’s) negative argumentation against naturalistic evolution (NE; defined here as the development of life and its complexity through undirected random variation coupled with natural selection) is somehow illegitimate, unscientific, or otherwise weak or wrong. (This is not the place to begin if you have not read the first two posts; start here instead.) So far I have shown that if NE and ID are…

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Is Apologetics Relevant In Your Church?

Is Apologetics Relevant In Your Church?

I’m part of a network of apologists and worldview ministry leaders who are beginning to do some work on how our ministries could be more effective, especially in churches. We’re just beginning this behind-the-scenes strategy work. You could help set our direction by telling us how we’re doing right now. If you’re a pastor or church lay leader please mention that, since your thoughts are especially important. If we’re not serving your needs, we’re not doing our job. Please pass…

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“Tim Tebow Super Bowl ad sparks clash”

“Tim Tebow Super Bowl ad sparks clash”

The Faith and Reason blog at USA Today tells us Tim Tebow is going to be featured in a commercial during the Super Bowl. Tebow, who just finished up his senior year of football at the University of Florida, is a natural for appearing on Super Bowl Sunday—many consider him the best college quarterback in the land, if not the best player in any position. (I’m not a Gator fan, by the way!) What’s raising a ruckus is first, that…

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Thinking Christianly: Ten Essential Aspects

Thinking Christianly: Ten Essential Aspects

My blog’s title is not so much about how I view myself but about what I hope to encourage: Christians thinking. Some writers have used the term “thinking Christianly” to describe this process: thinking well, thinking deeply, and thinking in accordance with the truth of God revealed through Jesus Christ. Today I’m starting a series of short posts presenting basics of what this means and how to grow in it. The first question is“what does it mean to think Christianly?”…

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Arguing for ID By Arguing Against Evolution: Is It Legitimate?

Arguing for ID By Arguing Against Evolution: Is It Legitimate?

Evolutionists complain that positive arguments for ID are lacking, and that all ID offers are negative arguments against evolution. Without granting all of that, I want to address whether there is something wrong with arguing for ID by arguing against evolution. I have done this before, but I’ve developed the argument further since then. This is adapted from a comment I posted on another thread earlier today. I have argued in the past that there are only two possible explanations…

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More From the Christian Carnival: Strong Links

More From the Christian Carnival: Strong Links

I posted a quick link to the current Christian Carnival the other day. There are a few posts there that I think deserve further attention, now that I’ve had more time to look at that: An intriguing and thoughtful view of Biblical meaning, authority, and inerrancy, at Sunday Study. A “life of risk for God” from the Lyndons. Recently I told my family that one thing I have learned in 30 years of Christian ministry, that I wish I had…

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