Ten questions to ask your biology teacher about evolution: ORIGIN OF LIFE. Why do textbooks claim that the 1953 Miller-Urey experiment shows how life’s building blocks may have formed on the early Earth — when conditions on the early Earth were probably nothing like those used in the experiment, and the origin of life remainsContinue reading “10 Questions for Your Biology Teacher”
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Why Am “I” Not My Brain?
I am not my brain. In our world, psychology, neuroscience, and secular philosophy say that I am my brain. To modern science, everything I think, all my memories, pleasure, pain, and everything about me that I understand as “me” is somehow made up of my brain and nervous system. Therefore, “I am my brain.” CognitiveContinue reading “Why Am “I” Not My Brain?”
Can Lies Protect Us?
Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” explores how a family conspires to deceive its beloved matriarch about a diagnosis of terminal cancer. Only after seeing the movie did I discover that Wang’s own family actually lived the real-life drama that is the basis of the film. Billi, the protagonist, is a Chinese American granddaughter to her NaiContinue reading “Can Lies Protect Us?”
Moral Relativism Doesn’t Make Sense
Morality is built into the human person. Human language is infused with terms that convey moral truth, and we can hardly express ourselves without revealing it. Yet, in recent decades many have sought to revise thousands of years of moral wisdom. Moral relativism holds that no objective, universal moral truths exist, but only preferences basedContinue reading “Moral Relativism Doesn’t Make Sense”
How Do I Know I’m Saved?
In 23 years as a Christian, I have struggled at times with assurance of salvation. In my personal experience, it’s so easy to slip into doubting my salvation because (at least in my part of the world) there is no real cost for believing—that is, there is no persecution. Therefore it’s hard to see theContinue reading “How Do I Know I’m Saved?”
Chapter 7: Wasn’t There Another Way?
Couldn’t God have given us free will while also preventing evil? But we aren’t omniscient. To answer such a question, we would have to know what God knows. To illustrate how God might prevent free creatures from doing evil, Eleonore Stump says that God might cause dreams that vividly show the consequences of our evilContinue reading “Chapter 7: Wasn’t There Another Way?”
Chapter 6: Is Free Will Worth It?
Updated: Jun 9, 2019 God has given human beings the capability to choose for ourselves. But to freely choose means that if we can choose good, we must also be able to choose evil. If free will is to exist, God can’t make Himself too obvious. Otherwise, His mere presence will be sufficient to compel ourContinue reading “Chapter 6: Is Free Will Worth It?”
Chapter 5: How Can Eternal Punishment Be Fair? (continued)
“Whatever we think hell might be like or why eternal punishment might be fair, we should always remember that the God who created hell also allowed His Son Jesus to be tortured to death on the cross to pay for our sins so that we don’t have to go there. When people complain about hell,Continue reading “Chapter 5: How Can Eternal Punishment Be Fair? (continued)”
Chapter 5: How Can Eternal Punishment Be Fair?
If it seems unfair that hell awaits those who reject the good news, we should consider that our emotions are an unreliable guide to truth. We look at the idea of hell from the only perspective we have known: from this temporal world where we have lived for only a few years. We minimize theContinue reading “Chapter 5: How Can Eternal Punishment Be Fair?”
Chapter 4: What is the Destiny of the Unevangelized?
The Gospel has been spread throughout the world, but the word is suppressed. In surprising ways, God propagates the Gospel, but even so, most refuse God’s message as if He had not provided a way of salvation. But people who reject God are without excuse because the intricacy of nature’s designs shows that a DesignerContinue reading “Chapter 4: What is the Destiny of the Unevangelized?”