Gould’s God-Talk: Is the Panda’s Thumb Incompatible with ID?

Charles Darwin, creationism, devolution, Earth’s Catastrophic Past, Evolution, Faith & Science, harmony, Intelligent Design, John Calvin, Louis Agassiz, Natural Theology (book), panda, Panda's Thumb, Peter Van Inwagen, proportion, Religions (journal), St. Paul, Stephen Jay Gould, suboptimality, symmetry, theology, thumb, William Dembski, William Paley, Young Earth Creationists
Stephen Jay Gould was renowned as a paleontologist, not as a theologian. Yet perhaps his most iconic argument is theological in nature.  Source
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Why We Are Not Best Judges of What Is Good

Al Serrato, Apologetics, Christianity, condemnation, ethics, Gospel, Grace, Heaven, salvation, Sin, theology, Theology and Christian Apologetics
“Avast yer jabberin, ya bunch a bilge rats!” The voice sounded strange as it reached into the hallway. The speaker was apparently trying to make a point. “Yer division a booty must be… “ he paused to consider his words, “more equitable if ye be wanting to sail with me.” He had my attention. I was at a work conference in a hotel, wandering the halls during a break, when I happened across this conference room. I peeked inside. It could have been a scene from the latest Pirates movie. Men of various ages with lots of facial hair, many dressed in striped pants, with the occasional peg leg and hook hand. Yes, I had stumbled across a pirates’ convention, the 350th annual, it seemed, from the schedule which I…
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Timothy’s Tale: Unveiling Undesigned Coincidences In Paul’s Journeys

1 Corinthians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, 4. Is the NT True?, Acts, Apologetics, biblical apologetics, Christianity, Erik Manning, Inerrancy, IsJesusAlive, New Testament, Paul's Missionary Journeys, theology, Timothy, Undesigned Coincidences
Because Paul crisscrossed paths with many folks, some repeatedly, it’s quite enlightening to compare how these people are portrayed in the book of Acts with what Paul hints at in his own letters. Among these characters, Timothy stands out as a particularly intriguing figure. In 1 Corinthians 4:17, Paul mentions sending Timothy, his “beloved and faithful child in the Lord,” to jog the Corinthians’ memory about Paul’s ways in Christ. Now, from this passage alone, it’s a bit tricky to figure out if Timothy was sent before the letter or with it. In 1 Corinthians 16:10-11, though, Paul makes it clear that Timothy was dispatched before the letter was penned. He talks about Timothy’s impending arrival as something distinct from when the Corinthians would receive the letter itself – “When Timothy comes, …” Contradictory Accounts?…
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Summer Seminars on Intelligent Design Are FREE but the Application DEADLINE Approaches

application, arts, biochemistry, bioethics, Brian Miller, C.S. Lewis, C.S. Lewis Fellows Program on Science and Society, careers, Casey Luskin, Colorado, computational biology, cosmology, deadline, developmental biology, Economics, Education, embryology, Glen Eyrie Castle, graduate students, Guillermo Gonzalez, history of science, Intelligent Design, Jay Richards, John West, mathematics, Michael Behe, Michael Denton, Michael Egnor, molecular biology, paleontology, Philosophy of Science, physics, Pikes Peak, Politics, professionals, researchers, Robert Marks, scholars, scientism, scientists, Seminar on Intelligent Design in the Natural Sciences, social policy, Stephen Meyer, Summer Seminars, Summer Seminars on Intelligent Design, teachers, technocracy, That Hideous Strength, The Abolition of Man, theology, Travel, Wesley J. Smith
In the shadow of 14,000-foot Pikes Peak, we’ll meet and learn from the top scientists and scholars in the ID community. Source
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In the Image of God: The Battle for Human Identity

2. Does God Exist?, Apologetics, Christianity, Faithful Thinkers, Gospel, Human Value, humanity, image of God, Luke Nix, Philosophy of Science, Theological Apologetics, theology, Theology and Christian Apologetics
By Luke Nix Introduction Human origins is a fascinating area of research today. With all the different models for the origins of humanity being proposed, I see an increase in the discussions, both scientific and theological. For everyone reading this post, this area of research should be of utmost interest for you as well. Two critical ideas about humanity are at stake depending on which model (or family of models) is true: intrinsic and equal human dignity and value, and the sinfulness of humanity. The age-old debate about God’s existence has great implications on this area of the debate about human origins. The Judeo-Christian claim that all humans are created in God’s Image and that humans possess a sin nature that will cause them to tend toward the immoral. These…
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The Most Important Question

4. Is the NT True?, Apologetics, Christianity, christology, Deity of Christ, Gospel, Michelle Johnson, Theological Apologetics, theology, Theology and Christian Apologetics, Trinity
By Michelle Johnson It wasn’t too long ago we finally finished putting the Christmas decorations away at our house. The process caused me to reminisce about the time we had enjoyed with family and celebrations with our church family both this year and in years past. As each year passes, I am increasingly burdened by the chasm between the secular “Christmas” celebrated by society and the true meaning of Christmas–the incarnation of Jesus Christ. I ponder the great effort put forth by retail companies (think gifts and décor) and the entertainment industry (movies, concerts, and special events in the name of the “special season”) and can’t help but marvel at the effort to capitalize on the season all while wholly rejecting the reason behind it. This season, I was reminded…
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Where Did Guilt Come From?

2. Does God Exist?, Al Serrato, Apologetics, Christianity, conscience, Culture & Politics, Evolution, evolutionary psychology, God, Gospel, Legislating Morality, Culture & Politics, Moral Argument, Moral Guilt, Sin, theology
As a prosecutor for many decades, I often found myself reflecting on the impact that feelings of guilt have, even upon criminals with lengthy records. Why was it that the guilty wanted to talk about their crime, even after being advised of their rights? Why would those who had “gotten away” nonetheless seek to escape their feelings through alcohol or drugs?  Apart from true sociopaths, it seemed to me that people cannot simply cast-off feelings of guilt by force of will. The feelings persist and they demand a reckoning. That voice of conscience – that voice that so many of us try so hard to quiet– simply refuses to cooperate. Where Guilt Comes From Put simply, feelings of guilt arise when a person senses the disconnect between what they have…
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Why Did God Allow Stoning?

Apologetics, biblical ethics, Bobby Conway, Capital Punishment, Christian Apologetics, Christianity, Christianity Still Makes Sense, difficult passages, Gospel, Legislating Morality, Old Testament, Stoning, theology, Theology and Christian Apologetics
When it comes to Bible reading, some passages are more challenging than others. Such is the case with the stoning passages (see Leviticus 20:27; 24:16; Numbers 15:32-36; Deuteronomy 13:6-11; 21:18-21). These aren’t our go-to passages for morning devotionals. Personally, I can understand capital punishment, but stoning as a means to achieving it just seems so barbaric, cruel, and harsh, especially when the commandment is issued to parents to indict rebellious sons, as seen in Scripture: “If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and, though they discipline him, will not listen to them, then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city…
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Stephen Meyer: Evidence of Mind in the Natural World

Christianity, cosmology, Doug Monroe, Faith & Science, fine-tuning, Greek, ID The Future, Intelligent Design, Latin, materialism, miracles, multiverse, Occam's Razor, practice, praxis, Praxis Circle, scientific method, scientific revolution, skepticism, Stephen Meyer, theistic evolution, theology, Worldview
Can we scientifically detect the activity of a mind behind the universe? Philosopher of science Dr. Stephen Meyer answers this question and more. Source
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Only God is Above the Law

Al Serrato, Apologetics, God, Law, Legislating Morality, Culture & Politics, theology
“No one is above the law.” So the popular saying goes, and no truer thing was ever said in a mere six words. This thought, and our Western system of justice which sprang from it, stands as a testament, and a tribute, to the philosophy that gives humanity its best chance for self-government and ordered liberty. The philosophy that found its expression in this view was itself largely shaped by a Christian worldview, one in which our individual rights, and our equality under law, were grounded in a transcendent being who made us for a purpose. Our Founders certainly understood this when they declared their right to independence from Great Britain and affirmed that “all men are created equal.” In their view, this equality finds its roots in the “Creator,”…
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