Old Wine in New Bottles: How Darwin Recruited Malthus to Fortify a Failed Idea from Antiquity

abiogenesis, Alphonse de Candolle, Aristotle, atheists, atomism, Charles Bradlaugh, Charles Darwin, Charles Lyell, Christianity, complexification, David Hume, Edward Aveling, Epicurus, Erasmus Darwin, Evolution, Friedrich Engels, Georges Cuvier, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Greece, Homo sapiens, Intelligent Design, Karl Marx, Law of Correlation, Lucretius, Matthew Arnold, Middle Ages, natural selection, Origin of Species, Patrick Matthew, Plato, Poor Law, Rome, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Malthus, transhumanism, Unmoved Mover, Victorian England, William Paley
It was undoubtedly a tremendous philosophical coup for Darwin whose knowledge of formal philosophy was limited. Source
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Don’t Panic: A Step by Step Approach to Teaching Kids About God

Apologetics, Apologetics for Parents, Christian Parents, Christianity, Christians, Shanda Fulbright, Teaching Kids about God, Theology and Christian Apologetics
By Shanda Fulbright  It never fails. When churched kids hit a certain age, I get panicked messages from parents. They usually start with, “We’re a Christian family, but my son doesn’t want to go to church anymore. He doesn’t believe in God.” Or, “I assumed my daughter was pro-life but she just told me women have the right to choose. How can this be when we are a pro-life family?” These messages never come when the child is 8 or 9. I never hear about an 11 year old struggling to believe whether or not the Bible is true. I’m not saying it doesn’t happen, I’m just saying this isn’t the age where parents start to panic. It’s usually around the time our kids are well into their teenage years…
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Appearances Of Mary Vs. Jesus’ Resurrection Appearances

Apologetics, Appearances of Mary, Christianity, Erik Manning, IsJesusAlive, Jesus’ Resurrection Appearances, theology, Theology and Christian Apologetics
By Erik Manning On the evening of April 2, 1968, a Muslim bus mechanic was working across the street from St. Mary’s Coptic Church in Zeitoun, a district of Cairo, Egypt. Suddenly, something on the roof of St. Mary’s got his attention: a figure that looked like a young woman. The mechanic pointed it out to a few people nearby who saw the same thing. Concerned that the young lady was about to commit suicide, they called the police. A crowd gathered around the church to watch. Then, after just a few minutes, the woman suddenly vanished. As you can imagine, this got people talking. At first the police tried to explain things away, saying it was just some light reflecting in a strange way from a street light – but…
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SES president: Heretical Cambridge sermon claiming Christ had a ‘trans body’ is sign of evil in world today

Apologetics, christ, Christianity, Evil in the world, Heretical Cambridge sermon, Judge Phil Ginn, Legislating Morality, Culture & Politics, SES.edu, Southern Evangelical Seminary & Bible College Category: Theology and Christian Apologetics, theology, Theology and Christian Apologetics
By Judge Phil Ginn ‘I would much rather trust the true Christ than a blatantly false figment of someone’s misguided imagination’ CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Parishioners at Trinity College chapel, a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, were stunned and horrified when junior research fellow Joshua Heath preached a sermon claiming that due to select works of historical art, Christ had a “trans body.”[i] Despite the cries of heresy during the sermon, Dr. Michael Banner, the dean of Trinity College, said Heath raised “legitimate” speculation about the gender of Christ, claiming his sermon “suggested that we might think about these images of Christ’s male/female body as providing us with ways of thinking about issues around transgender questions today.” Judge Phil Ginn, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu), responded to this outlandish speculation, warning Christians against…
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Can We Legislate Morality?

Christian Worldview, Christianity, CrossExamined Apologetics Team, Culture, Legislating Morality, Culture & Politics, Legistlating Morality, Melissa Dougherty, Objetive Morality, Politics
By Melissa Dougherty Since the 1960s, there’s been a measurable dramatic decline in moral ethics here in the United States. Some would argue that it’s been in a general decline since the dawn of humanity, myself included. However, here in the United States, the phrase “legislating morality” has been brought up more and more. Depending on the generation, many people have not heard this phrase or even understood what it means. Some use it as a cliche term to throw in the face of the person trying to promote certain morals that should be either lawful or not. I say that similar to the argument of “there is no absolute truth,” saying that we can’t legislate morality is simply self-defeating. Everyone everywhere intrinsically knows right from wrong. Many people would…
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Keating, Krauss, Tour: Three Jewish Scientists with Remarkably Different Perspectives

atheists, Brian Keating, Catholicism, Christianity, cosmologists, Culture, debate, Design Inference, faith, Faith & Science, Intelligent Design, Into the Impossible, James Tour, Judaism, Lawrence Krauss, natural philosophers, New Atheists, philosophy, proselytizing, Rice University, Stephen Meyer, Toronto, UC San Diego
Here is a fascinating and very different pair of scientific, religious, and philosophical conversations, both with UC San Diego physicist Brian Keating. Source
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An Atheist’s Call To Make Our Case

Apologetics, Atheism, atheist, Bob Perry, Christianity, Evangelism Category: Theology and Christian Apologetics, Gospel, Theology and Christian Apologetics, True Horizon
By Bob Perry St. Francis of Assisi may have died 800 years ago, but his influence still looms. He was a man who venerated nature and lived a life of great sacrifice in service to God and his church. But within the Christian ecosystem, he has become most famous for an adage that strikes a chord with anyone who is serious about sharing their faith: Preach the Gospel always. If necessary, use words. The modern interpretation of Assisi’s exhortation is clear. Our charge is to love people into the kingdom, not argue them there. If you’ve bought into that mindset it may surprise you to learn that it’s not accurate. And it may surprise you even more to learn that it flies in the face of an atheist’s call to…
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A Dragon at Christmas

Apologetics, Christianity, Christmas, Dragon, Jesus, revelation, Ryan Leasure, theology, Theology and Christian Apologetics
By Ryan Leasure  “Away in a manger no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head. The stars in the sky looked down where he lay, the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay. The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes. But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes. . .” What a peaceful scene. It’s as every Christmas card portrays it. Sweet baby Jesus cooing softly in his manger with smiles all around. The only problem is that it doesn’t portray reality. Aside from the point that Jesus most certainly would have been crying as any normal baby would, Revelation 12 describes the Christmas story as a dangerous event, loaded with spiritual warfare. The Dragon Fights Chapter 12 is a prime example that Revelation…
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Is Every Bible “New Age”… Except the King James?

Apologetics, Bible, Christianity, King James, MelissaDougherty, New Age, Questions about the Bible, Theology and Christian Apologetics
By Melissa Dougherty Some people see the King James Bible as far superior to other translations. They believe other translations are heretical, full of redactions with verses purposely and vindictively taken out. Any attempt to “modernize” the language is seen as compromising the very Word of God. Some people in this group see the 1611 English King James Version as even far superior to the Greek copies themselves! Some also believe that the Bible that might be on your shelf is actually… New Age. I know this because I used to be a King James Onlyist. A KJO. I want to clarify two things. First, I think the King James is a fine version, and I don’t believe that everyone who prefers the King James is a KJO. Second, I…
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