May 5, 2016
Many scientifically-minded atheists claim that science can explain or has explained everything that God was once invoked to explain, and thus there is no more room for belief in God. But when theists point to gaps in scientific knowledge and argue that God best explains that gap, atheists accuse us of committing a God-of-the-gaps fallacy. If the discovery of natural processes to explain some phenomena counts as evidence against God, how can it also be that the lack of a naturalistic explanation cannot count as evidence for God’s existence when God is the best explanation for the phenomena? Heads I win, tails you lose.
Obviously the lack of a naturalistic explanation for some phenomenon in and of itself is not evidence for theism, but it does show that (1) science has not explained everything that needs to be explained or that the God hypothesis has been invoked to explain, and (2) it shows that there is still explanatory power in theism.
May 4, 2016
Posted by Theosophical Ruminator under Uncategorized
Why is Jesus the only way to God/heaven?
Alan Shlemon has answered that question in the space of a tweet: “There’s only one way to Heaven because there’s only one God that exists who’s made only one offer of forgiveness through His only one Son.”
Well put. He unpacks the statement as well in a short article.
April 26, 2016
ESPN fired commentator Curt Schilling because he posted a meme to his Facebook page that was critical of transgender people using the bathroom of their choice. A short statement was issued by ESPN that read in part: “ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”
ESPN says they are an “inclusive company.” Hogwash. They are an exclusive company using word manipulation to make people think they are something they are not. An inclusive company is one that hires those who affirm the normality of transgenderism and those who don’t. An exclusive company is one that fires any of their employees who do not share the company’s view on transgenderism.
April 22, 2016
Georgia’s Department of Public Health hired a distinguished California doctor, Eric Walsh (Walsh served on the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS under Bush and Obama), as a district health doctor. Georgia officials heard about some controversy over comments Walsh made regarding human sexuality, Islam, and evolution in messages he had preached over the years. They tasked government workers with listening to his sermons, and then decided to fire him because they did not like what he had to say. One official called Walsh and told him “you can’t preach that and work in the field of public health.” Here’s a well-qualified man who is fired for his personal religious beliefs expressed in a private setting on his own time. Just remember, gay rights and same-sex marriage won’t affect anyone.
April 14, 2016
The Guttmacher Institute released the latest data for teen (age 15-19) pregnancy and abortion rates (for the year 2011). Teen abortion and pregnancy rates have dropped to their lowest point in 40 years. Here’s a summary of the data:
- Pregnancies: 553,000 pregnancies (52.4 pregnancies p/ 1,000 teens – approximate 5%), which is 23% lower than 2008 (68.2 pregnancies p/ 1,000 teens). If we consider just 15-17 year old teens, the pregnancy rate is just 26.7.
- Births:3 births p/ 1,000 teens (down from 40.2 in 2008)
- Abortions:5 abortions per 1,000 teens (down from 18.1 in 2008). This is a 69% drop from the peak rate of 44.0 in 1988. The overall percentage of pregnancies that end in abortion dropped from 46% in 1985 to 31% in 2007, and remained the same in 2011. So while the abortion rate dropped since 2007, the percentage of abortions is the same because the pregnancy rate has dropped since 2007.
This is welcome news! You can read the full report here.
April 14, 2016
If you don’t agree with the progressive Left, then you don’t deserve an education or a career in social work. A Christian man in his second year of studies for a degree in social work at Sheffield University in England was dismissed from the program because he quoted a Bible verse against homosex and same-sex marriage on Facebook.
Oh, the tolerance of the Left. If you don’t agree with our moral point of view, we’ll exclude you. Such hypocrites.
Just keep repeating what you’ve been told: “Homosexuality and same-sex marriage won’t affect you.”
This isn’t the first time something like this has happened. See here and here.