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Naturalistic Atheism Is An Extraordinarily Strange and Unlikely Worldview

Naturalistic Atheism Is An Extraordinarily Strange and Unlikely Worldview

The other day I listed 50 facts and features of reality that Christianity explains better than any other worldview I know of. Every worldview has a way of explaining these 50 things, but only Christianity does so without having to force-fit these facts into its philosophy. Other worldviews take one or more of them to be unreal in some sense; only Christianity takes their reality seriously. This is obviously true of the items I listed under “History” in that article, which are all…

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What Shall We Make of This Glory?

What Shall We Make of This Glory?

I’ve just been treated to my first view of Orion and the Pleiades this year: it was the unanticipated benefit of rising early on a very clear morning. They are my favorite constellations, one of them for being so bold and distinct, the other for being so delicate and small. The whole sky is resplendent: Mars and the crescent moon are in near conjunction, the whole moon being quite visible through earthshine, and Jupiter in Gemini is so bright I…

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Creation: The Glory!

Creation: The Glory!

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference “The heavens declare the glory of God,” says Psalm 19:1, “and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” I’m not sure my son at 20 years of age has ever really seen the night sky at its best, in good conditions and far from city lights. His younger sister probably has, from a mountain conference center in Pennsylvania. One of my best experiences with the night sky was in 1977,…

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Video Review: Metamorphosis

Video Review: Metamorphosis

Video Review I have to be realistic and expect that when I link to the purchase page for Illustra Media’s new film, Metamorphosis: The Beauty & Design of Butterflies, you’re going to find the trailer there and you’re going to want to watch it. I hope that if you do that, you’ll stop the playback right after you hear the first three voices or so, ending with “As you watch a butterfly, to describe what you’re looking at, you can’t…

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“A souvenir from our homeland beyond the material world”

“A souvenir from our homeland beyond the material world”

Via Amanda Witt and Wittingshire, a great post on the power and value of art on The Diary of a Former Atheist, including: All beauty and goodness has a living Source. In modern parlance, we call this source “God.” The closer we get to God, the closer we get to perfect joy. We have a strong tendency to drift away from God. Yet further away we get, the more unsettled and miserable we are. When other people drift away from…

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Dawkins’s Aesthetic Argument for Evolution

Dawkins’s Aesthetic Argument for Evolution

An “aesthetic argument for evolution”–I hope it’s obvious to you, just by looking at it that this is self-contradictory. When arguing from some fact to a worldview, one ought to be pointing toward a worldview that can accommodate the fact. Richard Dawkins apparently takes an aesthetic argument as valid, yet as reported by Matt and Dana Higgins, he almost simultaneously supplies the material for his own refutation. They report from a lecture he gave in Austin, [Dawkins says] “Evolution is…

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“Apprehending Beauty”

“Apprehending Beauty”

For those of us who have debated whether morality is objective, this blog post takes it to another level: beauty is objective, too. One reader, responding to Gene Veith’s post on Aesthetics & American Idol, writes, “Learning to subjectively like what is objectively good at first bounced off of my 3am quick-read blog-scan. But then I realized that this exact thing happened to me and I shall anecdote-ize it thus: “When first I approached Milton’s Paradise Lost I knew that…

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