“Suspicions and Evidence”

“Suspicions and Evidence”

From MikeGene at Telic Thoughts: The debate about evolution and intelligent design eventually comes down to demands for evidence. Yet evidence is simply data that are interpreted in the light of previous experience and belief. What’s more, evidence comes in different flavors. For example, the type of evidence that might be used to guide a police investigation may not suffice as “evidence” in the context of a court room trial. In fact, an investigator is likely to look at the…

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Equal-Text Bible in a Year Plan

Equal-Text Bible in a Year Plan

Here’s an entirely different Bible-in-one-year plan, designed to give you the same amount of reading every day. It’s based on page numbers, not chapters and verses, and it’s customizable to your Bible. It works best with straight-text Bibles; study Bibles with their varying amounts of text on each page won’t give you an equal amount of reading each day. It’s my own “invention” using Microsoft Excel. It’s not fancy, and it’s not elegant programming, but it works! You just need…

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“Revolutions in Worldview”

“Revolutions in Worldview”

From Between Two Worlds, with help from commenters on that post, several very intriguing items for reading: Andrew Hoffecker has edited a collection of essays called Revolutions in Worldview: Understanding the Flow of Western Thought. Related stuff available online for free: A publisher’s resource page Large portions of the book An entire book by Vern Poythress on Christianity and science (One of the Poythress chapters is also in the Hoffecker book.) So much to read, so little time! Technorati Tags:…

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What Does “Faith” Mean?

What Does “Faith” Mean?

“Can I Just Define ‘Faith’ However I Please?” Michael Patton asked this question at the blog of Reclaiming the Mind Ministries. We’ve discussed the definition of faith here before; there were even comments saying that Christian should be held to the dictionary definition of faith (whatever that may be, whichever dictionary one might choose to use). Patton’s explanation puts the answer at the heart of long-standing Christian thought. Here’s part of it: Starting with Luther and developed further by Melancthon…

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

We’re off to church in a few minutes, and the time to express a greeting is all too short. I’ll say it anyway: Merry Christmas to you, and may God richly bless you! And for your reading enjoyment: resources on Christmas from Mark D. Roberts.

“Christianophobia” and “Secular Fundamentalism” Amongst Christians

“Christianophobia” and “Secular Fundamentalism” Amongst Christians

Jim Jordan at Moral Science Club says, It is our own [Christians’] folly that we worry that non-Christians will be offended by Christian expressions of faith. This hesitancy in Christians, me included, reveals a stubborn habit that it is somehow better to say or do nothing than point someone to Christ. Again we think it uncharitable that we pray in public or wish someone a “Merry Christmas”. It’s as if “Christianophobia” is a plague that Christians display almost as much…

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PsycPORT.com: Traumas can lead to spiritual growth

PsycPORT.com: Traumas can lead to spiritual growth

PsycPORT.com | Traumas can lead to spiritual growth: It is arguable that Post-Traumatic Growth is a central theme to the book of Job, and it is a tale that is highly regarded by Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Another side of trauma–not to over-simplify it, not to ignore the pain or the damage many experience in trauma, but to show that it’s not one-sided: There is, however, a flip side to trauma that mental health professionals only recently have begun to…

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“Myth is truth (p < .05)"

“Myth is truth (p < .05)"

Here’s today’s Language Log’s explanation for why science journalism is often so weak, as they have noted several times there (and I’ve mentioned more than once). …Science journalism is generally simpler, since the scientific equivalents of political parties are usually too diffuse and too weak to call a publication effectively to account for unfairness. In fact, most of the time there aren’t any powerful voices at all to call you to account if you write something wrong or foolish about…

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