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  • Who Do You Say I Am?: Cluing in the Critics

    April 1, 2002

    People today ask the same provocative question that Jesus once asked his disciples, “Who do you say I am?”[1] Modern historians present Jesus as a cynic, reformer, revolutionary, mystic, and even a radical feminist. Their particular interpretive criteria result in these options. Such researchers frequently scoff at the idea that Jesus saw himself as the Messiah, Savior, and Son of God and claim such thinking to be unhistorical. And yet, if the critics consistently applied their own criteria, an image of Jesus compatible with that of the Gospels would emerge.

    • Incarnation
  • Let the Music Play

    April 1, 2002

    The way some of my friends make sense of the big questions in life fascinates me. The method by which they process reality and make decisions about what is real and true often teaches me lessons of great value. Justin is one such friend.

    • General Apologetics
  • If Christ Has Not Been Raised: Reasoning Through the Resurrection

    April 1, 2002

    From a historic Christian perspective, both the nature and truth of Christianity rest upon Jesus Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead.

    • Resurrection
  • Book Review - Engaging Unbelief: A Captivating Strategy from Augustine and Aquinas

    April 1, 2002

    Shifting times with their accompanying norms have unsettled the Christian church. According to author Curtis Chang, InterVarsity campus minister and apologist, postmodernism “now challenges all norms and truths." This philosophical outlook is characterized by views such as religious pluralism, multiculturalism, relativism, and literary skepticism. All of these views collide with Christian truth-claims to present the church with an "epochal challenge."

    • Historical Apologetics
    • Historical Theology
    • Church Fathers
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  • Book Reviews: Unmasking Misconceptions

    April 1, 2002

    The Human Genome Project (HGP) and affiliated technologies, such as cloning and stem cell research, elicit both confusion and concern. Advances in biotechnology may promise cures for many horrible diseases, but they also seemingly place scientists in the position to play God. As society stands at the threshold of this “brave new world,” Christian apologists can help chart a path through the encroaching bioethical maze. Four recently published books equip the Christian community to influence the future direction and application of biomedical research.

    • Stem Cells/Cloning
    • Biochemical Design
  • Fantasy's Fertile Field

    April 1, 2002

    Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars. The American public seems to be under siege from the world of fantasy. Once relegated to a small group of people stereotyped by an eccentric appearance and poor social skills, fantasy has soared into the purview of mainstream America. The furor in the Christian community nearly matches the profusion of the commercial marketing campaigns. But is all this controversy justified, or is it a matter of "sound and fury, signifying nothing?"[1]

    • General Apologetics
  • FYI: I.D. IN DNA Deciphering Design in the Genetic Code

    January 2, 2002

    A pilot flying his plane over the South Pacific sees an uncharted island in the distance and circles downward to take a closer look. As the plane descends, the pilot spots large rocks on the island's shore arranged to spell out SOS. Beyond the reach of waves, he notices a grass hut. Without hesitation, the pilot radios for help.

    • Biochemical Design
  • Telltale Rocks

    January 1, 2002

    Research conducted by scientists from Denmark and Australia has uncovered new evidence for the metabolic complexity of early life on Earth.1 This team studying 3.5-billion-year-old rocks from northwestern Australia recovered sulfide deposits that represent the activity of ancient sulfate-reducing microorganisms. The sulfide deposits' association with organic carbon residue further supports their biological origin, meaning that complex sulfate-reducing pathways existed. In the words of the researchers, "Sulphate reduction is a complex metabolic process requiring advanced membrane-bound transport enzymes, proton motive force generation by ATPase and other charge separation proteins, and the genetic regulation of protein synthesis through DNA and RNA."2

    • TCM - Life Design
    • First Life on Earth
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  • Tolman's Elegant Test

    January 1, 2002
    • Origin of the Universe
    • TCM - Big Bang
    • Universe Design
    • Biblical Evidence for an Old Earth
    • Scientific Evidence for a Young Earth
    • Scientific Evidence for an Old Earth
    • TCM - Origin of the Universe
    • Big Bang
    • Astronomy and the Bible
  • Anthropic Principle: A Precise Plan for Humanity

    January 1, 2002

    Human beings climb. Always have, always will. First hills, then mountains, then pinnacles so high they're called "death zones." That's as high as legs could carry them, but not high enough. So people invented balloons, blimps, airplanes, and spacecraft, the higher the better—to a point.

    • Life on Other Planets
    • Life Design
    • Philosophy of Science
    • Geophysical Design
    • Worldviews
    • Universe Design
    • Two Creation Model
    • TCM - Two Creations
    • TCM - Life Design
    • TCM - Cosmic Design
    • Naturalism
    • Laws of Physics
    • Galaxy Design
    • Earth/Moon Design
    • Solar System Design
    • Scientists
    • Constants of Physics
  • A Comment on Humility Theology

    January 1, 2002

    The anthropic principle faces serious challenges from outside the disciplines of astronomy and physics. Many scholars in the humanities and social sciences fear that the anthropic principle will somehow legitimize false notions of human supremacy, justifying exploitation of the environment to the detriment of other species. Similarly, Christian scholars worry that the anthropic principle could inflate human ego to disastrous proportions, propelling humanity once again down the path toward Babel.

    • General Apologetics
    • Kids
    • Ethics
    • Intelligent Design Movement
    • Worldviews
    • Universe Design
    • Solar System Design
    • Religious Pluralism
    • Philosophy of Religion
    • Naturalism
    • Galaxy Design
    • Earth/Moon Design
    • Postmodernism
    • Philosophy of Science
    • Creation Passages
  • The Physics of Sin

    January 1, 2002

    "I never loved my wife. Don't I deserve to be happy?" "I needed that money more than he did, so it's okay that I took it. Besides, he owes me for the time when…" Justification for sin comes easily to most people—including Christians. However, conscience has an ally: physics. Observation and personal experience suggest that physical laws work on the side of obedience to God's laws.

    • End Times
    • Historical Theology
    • Philosophy of Science
    • Heaven and Hell
    • Constants of Physics
    • Universe Design
    • Two Creation Model
    • TCM - Two Creations
    • Salvation
    • Problem of Evil
    • Philosophy of Religion
    • Moral Evil
    • Garden of Eden
    • Extra/Trans Dimensions
    • Creation Passages
    • Christian Life
    • Laws of Physics
    • Image of God
    • Astronomy and the Bible
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  • Do All Religions Lead to God?

    January 1, 2002

    During the days following the catastrophic terrorist events of September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush called for a national day of prayer.

    • Religious Pluralism
    • World Religions/Cults
  • Body and Soul Part 3 - More Than Meets the Eye: A Response to Physicalism

    January 1, 2002

    As Megan stood in the checkout line at the grocery store, a magazine caught her eye. On its cover a voluptuous blonde posed nude, certain body parts concealed only by strategic positioning. Sharp anger mixed with grief at the display of "just a body" provoked Megan to complain to the manager. The words "just a body" echoed in her thoughts all the way home.

    • Consciousness
  • A Focused Force for Faith: Interview with Leslie Wickman

    January 1, 2002

    Thriving on adventure, Dr. Wickman's exploits take her places most people don't even dream about––bungee jumping off a bridge in New Zealand, kayaking the waters of Alaska, and lecturing at the International Space University in France. Her love for discovering the unknown has taken Wickman not only around the world, but also above the world. Strong, intelligent, and resilient, Wickman became one of the first women astronauts-in-training while working at Lockheed Martin in Northern California. With a twinkle in her eyes, she relates stories of reduced gravity—even weightlessness—in the KC-135 research aircraft.

    • Philosophy of Science
    • People of Faith
  • Unmasking Misconceptions: Book reviews of The Hidden Face of God and Darwin's God

    January 1, 2002

    An underlying wisdom and unity pervade the universe, life, and the human mind. Scientists exposed this discovery in their quest to uncover the ultimate nature of reality. Such a discovery, asserts Gerald Schroeder in The Hidden Face of God, makes a powerful case for faith in God.

    • Philosophy of Science
    • Philosophy of Religion
    • Religious Pluralism
    • Intelligent Design Movement
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  • Anthropic Principle: A Precise Plan for Humanity

    December 31, 2001
    • TCM - Two Creations
  • Repeatable Evolution or Repeated Creation?

    October 1, 2001
    • Convergence
  • Biodiversity Peaked Early

    October 1, 2001

    In 2001 an international “dream team” of twenty-five leading paleontologists representing more than fifteen institutions completed the first stage in assembling a massive database of fossils spanning the last 550 million years of Earth’s history.1 The goal: a comprehensive record of terrestrial and marine fossils for all geographical regions of Earth. These scientists anticipate that the paleobiology database will be an important resource for discerning trends in life’s history.

    • Cambrian Explosion
  • Exotic Life Sites: The Feasibility of Far-Out Habitats

    October 1, 2001

    People often joke about the certainty of death and taxes. Astronomers can add another certainty to that short list: Sooner or later someone will ask, “What do you think about the possibility of life out there?”

    • Einstein / Relativity
    • Habitable Planets
    • Extremophiles
    • TCM - Life Design
    • SETI
    • Life on Other Planets
    • Life Design
    • Extrasolar Planets
    • Earth/Moon Design
    • Solar System Design
    • Laws of Physics
    • Constants of Physics
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