September 2007


Time and Eternity: Exploring God’s Relationship to Time
by William Lane Craig

If you are interested in exploring the nature of time, and God’s relationship to time, this is an excellent read. Dr. Craig holds a Ph.D. in theology as well as philosophy, so he is well equipped to deal with this topic. In fact, he is one of the world’s premiere experts in the philosophy of time.

Craig argues that while Scripture is clear that God is eternal, it not clear on the nature of God’s eternality. Specifically, is God a timeless or omnitemporal being? In other words, does God exist outside of time, or does God exist throughout all time. Contrary to popular belief, both the Bible and philosophy tend to support the idea that God exists in and throughout all time.

The book is not an easy read, but it is an intellectually pleasurable read for anyone interested in this topic.

I summed up Craig’s argument in my

May 30th post if you want to check it out.

 

Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice
by Francis Beckwith

 

Beckwith is arguably the most able defender of the pro-life worldview. His new book is being branded as the most complete and persuasive pro-life work ever written. Beckwith’s legal, philosophical and theological education make him an excellent source for this topic.

He makes a scientific, philosophical, and legal case for pro-life and against abortion-choice. He tackles both the popular arguments and the sophisticated arguments offered by abortion-choicers in behalf of their position and against the pro-life position. He even tackles stem cell research and cloning toward the end of the book. Excellent read!

Apparently more than 80% of the French believe in evolution, demonstrating their intellectual superiority over us dumb Americans who largely believe in creation. I would venture to say the acceptance of evolutionary theory in France has little to do with their understanding of science. On the French version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire, 56% of the audience thought the sun revolves around the Earth! If you get a scientific fact as basic as this wrong, I wouldn’t trust you to open a science book, yet alone evaluate the veracity of a scientific theory!

Check out the video. Very funny, and yet very sad.


HT: Evolution News

I just finished reading an illuminating article by Daniel Hays about Goliath’s height. I was not aware that there is a textual variant at this point in the text (as well as many other points in 1-2 Samuel, and the story of David and Goliath in particular), but there is. While the Masoretic Text contains the 9’9” version we are all familiar with (most English translations of the OT use the Masoretic text), there are earlier manuscripts and translations that say he was 6’9”. Hays shows how both the external and internal evidence support the 6’9” reading over the 9’9” reading. Check it out.

In December of last year I blogged on how a federal district court judge in South Dakota slapped a preliminary injunction on a law passed by the legislature in 2005 that required abortion doctors to inform mothers seeking an abortion that abortions “terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.” Why? Because “unlike the truthful, non-misleading medical and legal information doctors were required to disclose, the South Dakota statute requires abortion doctors to enunciate the state’s viewpoint on an unsettled medical, philosophical, theological and scientific issue — that is, whether a fetus is a human being.” I decried the display of common ignorance by a federal judge on the matter of when a distinct human life begins.

Now it’s New Jersey’s turn. A woman sued a doctor for not telling her the baby she was about to abort was a human being. He told her it was “only blood.” She claims that had she known it was a human being she would not have aborted it, and would have avoided the emotional trauma the abortion caused her.


The case went all the way to New Jersey’s Supreme Court. They ruled that a doctor has no responsibility to tell a woman that the unborn is a distinct human being. Why? Because nobody knows when life begins. Common ignorance strikes again. If we can’t trust supreme court justices to get basic biology right, what can we trust them with?

Last year scientists were able to reprogram adult mouse stem cells so that they revert back to their embryonic form (pluripotent, rather than multipotent). Now, scientists have made the process more efficient. So far it has only been attempted in mice. Learning how to do it with adult human stem cells may take several years, but it is a promising area of research. If successful, there will no longer be a need to destroy embryos (indeed, I don’t think there is a need even now given the success of adult stem cells).

The Fertility Institutes of Los Angeles not only performs embryonic sex selection, but advertises it. Babies…custom ordered. I thought this sort of thing was illegal in this country, but apparently not.

It’s been awhile since I posted pics of my little angel. Sareya is 7 1/2 months old now, and owns my heart!

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