From Princeton University:
Gotta love this, and of course Dawkins’ honesty about where the materialistic worldview naturally leads. And if rape is not wrong, but just a personal preference, then why is anything else wrong?
It gets worse. In a radio interview with Justin Brierley, after his debate with John Lennox in London a few years ago, the following exchange took place between Dawkins and Brierley (starting at 4:57):
Brierley: “But if we had evolved into a society in which rape was considered fine, would that mean that rape is fine?”
Dawkins responded, “I don’t want to answer that question…it’s enough for me to say that we live in a society where it’s not considered fine. We live in a society where selfishness, where failure to pay your debts, failure to reciprocate favors is regarded askance. Ah, that is the society in which we live. I’m very glad…that’s a value judgment, I’m very glad that I live in such a society.”
Brierley: “It is …. But when you make a value judgment don’t you immediately step yourself outside of this evolutionary process and say … the reason this is good is because it’s good, and you don’t have any way to stand on that statement.”
Dawkins: “But my value judgment itself could come from my evolutionary past.”
Brierley: “So, therefore it’s just as random as any product of evolution.”
Dawkins: “Well, you could say that…uh, but it doesn’t in any case…nothing about it makes it more probable that there is anything supernatural.”
Brierley: “OK, but ultimately, your belief that rape is wrong is as arbitrary as the fact that we’ve evolved five fingers rather than six.”
Dawkins: “You could say that, yes.”
(Emphasis from source.)
Exploring the Best Evidence for Christ’s Resurrection and the Historical Reliability of the New Testament.
Sponsored by the C. S. Lewis Society and Trinity College.
Featuring talks by renowned scholars on the resurrection and NT historicity, Dr. Gary Habermas and Dr. Daniel Wallace. Trinity Research Professor Tom Woodward will present “C. S. Lewis and Christ’s Victory” and live music will be provided by Michael Card.
ALIVE!—held in Clearwater, Florida at the Countryside Christian Center—has both a February 8th Friday night session (concert with Michael Card and a short talk by Dr. Habermas) and a Saturday, February 9th session, running from 10 am Eastern to 4 pm Eastern, with a lunch break at noon.
The Saturday session’s live streaming, continuously from 10 to 4 (with Christian music and interviews during lunch), will be provided in English through WTBN radio station in Tampa, and WLCC will carry the conference in Spanish with simultaneous translation.
There are two ways this audio streaming outside of Tampa Bay can be accessed.
(1) For English streaming, log on to WTBN’s bayword.com website and click on the “Listen Live” icon.
(2) Both English and Spanish streaming will flow through the “iheartradio” system, using WTBN for English and WLCC for Spanish.
Each language stream can be caught globally, at no charge, through internet-connectable cell phones, by simply downloading the free “iheart” ap, then putting in the station call letters (WTBN for English; WLCC for Spanish) into iheart’s link-up screen. You will be listening to the conference within a few seconds, anywhere on planet earth!
7-9 February 2013
Exploring the best evidence for Christ’s resurrection and the historical reliability of the New Testament.
We’re getting ready for “Alive,” our national conference which kicks off with our 25th Anniversary Banquet on Thursday night, Feb. 7th. On Friday night and Saturday (Feb 8-9), our conference will focus on the resurrection of Christ, along with the strong basis for the historical credibility of the New Testament.
Our two great speakers are top experts in the world on these two topics: Dr. Gary Habermas of Liberty University focuses his research on Christ’s conquest of death; Dr. Dan Wallace of Dallas Seminary is a leading authority on the New Testament manuscripts, and on two occasions has successfully debated the famous skeptic Bart Ehrman.
Michael Card! This leading Christian artist and Dove Music Award winner will present a live concert on Friday night, Feb. 8th, with a short talk from Dr. Habermas. Michael will also provide music during the conference on Saturday, Feb. 9th. His richly biblical music always magnifies the Lord!
Reservations for the banquet on Feb. 7th will begin January 1st!
Tickets for the conference on Feb. 8 – 9th can be purchased by clicking on this link: www.Alive-Conference.com.
The ALIVE conference will be live streamed internationally through “iheart radio,” which can be found at www.iheart.com. This amazing live radio feed can be listened to online as you type in WTBN or can be downloaded free as an app on your smartphone or tablet. Just download the app and search for WTBN in order to listen to the conference live.
Is the Bible full of contradictions? Were the biblical authors confused about the historical details they report? In this podcast, I interview leading New Testament scholar and New York Times best selling author Dr. Darrell Bock on whether the Gospels contradict one another as skeptics like Bart Ehrman claim.
Here is the MP3.
Free for PDF download is the latest Ravi Zacharias Ministries Just Thinking eMagazine with articles from a number of top authors. It can be printed or read on various electronics devices such as your computer or iPad.
Just Thinking is a teaching resource of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and exists to engender thoughtful engagement with apologetics, Scripture, and the whole of life.
Well, kind of. Read it here.
Stepping Up to the Plate: The Call for Community Apologists
by Greg West
World renowned philosopher William Lane Craig says that,
“It’s not just Christian scholars and pastors who need to be intellectually engaged with the issues. Christian laymen, too, need to be intellectually engaged. Our churches are filled with Christians who are idling in intellectual neutral. As Christians, their minds are going to waste. One result of this is an immature, superficial faith. People who simply ride the roller coaster of emotional experience are cheating themselves out of a deeper and richer Christian faith by neglecting the intellectual side of that faith. They know little of the riches of deep understanding of Christian truth, of the confidence inspired by the discovery that one’s faith is logical and fits the facts of experience, of the stability brought to one’s life by the conviction that one’s faith is objectively true.”
“In high school and college Christian teenagers are intellectually assaulted with every manner of non-Christian worldview coupled with an overwhelming relativism. If parents are not intellectually engaged with their faith and do not have sound arguments for Christian theism and good answers to their children’s questions, then we are in real danger of losing our youth. It’s no longer enough to teach our children simply Bible stories; they need doctrine and apologetics. It’s hard to understand how people today can risk parenthood without having studied apologetics.
Unfortunately, our churches have also largely dropped the ball in this area. It’s insufficient for youth groups and Sunday school classes to focus on entertainment and simpering devotional thoughts. We’ve got to train our kids for war. We dare not send them out to public high school and university armed with rubber swords and plastic armor. The time for playing games is past.”
The time for playing games is past indeed. The statistics tell us that 60-70% of young people who were raised as church goers wave goodbye to Christianity before hitting their mid-twenties, as did I before returning to the faith in my mid-thirties, but unlike myself, most of these ‘leavers’ will never return to the faith.
The Bethinking National Apologetics Day Conference, ‘Countering the New Atheism’, took place during the UK Reasonable Faith Tour in October 2011. Christian academics William Lane Craig, John Lennox, Peter J. Williams and Gary Habermas lead 600 people in training for how to defend and proclaim the credibility of Christianity against the growing tide of secularism and New Atheist popular thought in western society.
In this second session, John Lennox delivers his critique of Stephen Hawking’s arguments in The Grand Design and explains why, despite its media hype, neither God nor philosophy is dead. The lecture is followed by questions and answers from the audience.
It is rare to see C.S. Lewis books on sale on Kindle. In fact, this is the first time we have seen them in the last 5 years. The good news is however that there are some on sale right now:
Going for $1.99 each
- Out of the Silent Planet: (Space Trilogy, Book One) (Amazon)
- Perelandra: (Space Trilogy, Book Two) (Amazon)
- That Hideous Strength: (Space Trilogy, Book Three) (Amazon)
- A To Z With C. S. Lewis (Amazon)
Going for $3.99
- The Screwtape Letters (Enhanced Special Illustrated Edition) (Amazon)
Going for $4.99
- C.S. Lewis: His simple life and extraordinary legacy (Christianity Today Essentials) (Amazon)
And as a bonus, James Spiegel’s excellent little book The Making of an Atheist: How Immorality Leads to Unbelief is on sale at $0.99 (Amazon)
There’s an old Italian proverb that warns translators about jumping in to the task: “Traduttori? Traditori!” Translation: “Translators? Traitors!” The English proverb, “Something’s always lost in the translation,” is clearly illustrated in this instance. In Italian the two words are virtually identical, both in spelling and pronunciation. They thus involve a play on words. But when translated into other languages, the word-play vanishes. The meaning, on one level, is the same, but on another level it is quite different. Precisely because it is no longer a word-play, the translation doesn’t linger in the mind as much as it does in Italian. There’s always something lost in translation. It’s like saying in French, “don’t eat the fish; it’s poison.” The word ‘fish’ in French is poisson, while the word ‘poison’ is, well, poison. There’s always something lost in translation.
But how much is lost? Here I want to explore five more myths about Bible translation.
Myth 1: The Bible has been translated so many times we can’t possibly get back to the original.
Myth 2: Words in red indicate the exact words spoken by Jesus of Nazareth.
Myth 3: Heretics have severely corrupted the text.
Myth 4: Orthodox scribes have severely corrupted the text.
Myth 5: The deity of Christ was invented by emperor Constantine.
Read the full article here.
And here are a couple of really humorous and educational lectures by Dr. Dan Wallace that we highly recommend:
720 pages……….. Doug Groothuis’ book Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith is a bargain on Kindle —
Get it here on Amazon: amzn.to/SSZYpQ
Nice big list from Ratio Christi here.
Intelligent Design scholar Dr. Thomas Woodward (Wikipedia) will be visiting New Zealand in the second week of December 2012.
Dr. Woodward is the author of Darwin Strikes Back: Defending the Science of Intelligent Design, is also coauthor with Dr. James Gills of The Mysterious Epigenome: What Lies Beyond DNA (2012). A graduate of Princeton University (in History), he received a Th.M. from Dallas Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of South Florida. His doctoral specialty was in the “Rhetoric of Science,” and his research focus has been the history of the scientific controversy over intelligent design and neo-Darwinism.
Dr. Woodward is Research Professor at Trinity College of Florida in Tampa Bay, where he has taught for 23 years. He has spoken on the topic of evolution, intelligent design and the existence of God at over 80 colleges and universities in 25 countries. His campus presentations include a lecture series at Princeton University and Dartmouth College, and an intelligent design seminar at Cambridge University (UK) hosted by Ranald Macauley, son-in-law of L’Abri founder Francis Schaeffer. Church presentations have included Calvary Chapel of Ft. Lauderdale, Westminster Chapel in London, Surfers’ Paradise Church in Gold Coast, Australia, and Mision Mundial Church in Lima, Peru. He was featured on “Janet Parshall’s America” and Hank Hanegraaff’s program, “The Bible Answer Man.”*
Lehigh University biochemist Michael Behe (author of “Darwin’s Black Box”) has described Dr. Woodward as the “premier historian of intelligent design.” He was invited by CNBC TV Network to engage Dr. Brian Alters of McGill University in an “evolution debate” moderated by Carl Quintanilla on the popular Squawk Box morning program. He has also engaged in three university debates: at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida with renowned Darwinist Michael Ruse, at Michigan State University with Dr. Donald Weinshank, and at La Sapienza University in Rome with Italy’s premier evolutionary biologist, Dr. Boncinelli.
CS Lewis Society
Tom Woodward is the founder and director of the C. S. Lewis Society, which hosts lectures, conferences and debates on university campuses and in heavily secular countries.
Woodward’s 2002 book Darwinism Under the Microscope, was co-edited with Dr. James Gills. He is the author of two books which trace the debate between Darwinism and intelligent design. His first book, Doubts about Darwin (Baker 2003), won a national book award from Christianity Today. His second book on the “design controversy,” Darwin Strikes Back (Baker 2006), was released in a Spanish translation (“Darwin Contraataca”) by Portavoz in 2008.
Dr. Woodward hosted a weekly radio program since 2006: “Darwin or Design.” In December, 2011 it took on a new name: The Universe Next Door. It is aired on WTBN in Tampa, and on The Bridge FM in the greater New York City metro area, along with stations in eight states. It is accessible on the internet at Bayword.com each Saturday at 5:05 p.m. Eastern time.
You can listen here to his friendly debate / discussion with Peter Hearty on the Unbelievable radio program from the UK.
Well known USA Intelligent Design advocate Tom Woodward takes on the National Secular Society’s science representative Pete Hearty. Does the new evidence in biological science point towards an ultimate creator? Other guests also join the fray…