The Faith of Science

BY RON BARTANEN — I should probably have entitled this article, The Faith of Pseudo-Science. In an age when science is looked to as the answer for about everything, we need to remind ourselves that in addition to real science there is, and always has been, a “science falsely so-called” (1 Timothy 6:20).

There was a time—which now seems to us to have been in the ancient past—in which scientists readily perceived God’s hand in creation. Isaac Newton was just such a scientist. In his older years he wrote in the second edition of Principia, a publication of his discoveries in physics: “The true God is a living, intelligent and powerful being. His direction reaches from eternity to eternity, His presence from infinity to infinity. He governs all things.” Due to his great discoveries, he was described by Albert Einstein as “this brilliant genius who determined the course of Western thought, research, and practice to an extent that nobody before or since his time can touch” (Essays in Science by Einstein). Continue reading

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An atheist who gets it

Richard Dawkins actually gets it.

Talk to “evangelical” atheists and it does not take very long before the “Christianity is a dying religion” card is happily played.

My answer to that “card” is Christianity is only “dying” in Western cultures, not worldwide. And I’ll add, from time-to-time, that atheism will miss Christianity when it is gone, because the alternative will not be as accepting of their intolerance. Something else will fill the spiritual vacuum!

The cultures of mankind (and womankind, contrary to the thoughts of this Massachusetts “college” for women) have an unbroken habit of looking to a “higher-power” to worship: religion, politics, or self. It’s unavoidable! When something spiritual is gone, something spiritual will take its place. The “soul” of humanity craves it. Even atheism must admit this, because, according to atheism itself, God is not “real” and all people are born atheists – so where did religion come from?

So go to the “funeral” of Christianity and laugh. But it won’t be long before you go to a “wedding” and mourn.

The prophet visited the king of Israel and said, “This is what the LORD says: ‘Because the Syrians said, “The LORD is a god of the mountains and not a god of the valleys,” I will hand over to you this entire huge army. Then you will know that I am the LORD.'”” (1 Kings 20:28 NET)

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Letter to editor: Secularism and theism on campus

There are some who think there is no God (Movement on the move, B-6, Dispatch, 7.21.2017), but the evidence for such is overwhelming. Nevertheless, they hold onto that belief because it gives liberty to hedonism. Hedonism is rejected by many atheists, but for no good reason. Bertrand Russell once wrote, “We feel that the man who brings widespread happiness at the expense of misery to himself is a better man than the man who brings unhappiness to others and happiness to himself. I do not know of any rational ground for this view…” (Katharine Tait, My Father Bertrand Russell, p. 182).

Russell was a secularist; what values did he hold and, for that matter, those values that he held, for what reason did he hold them? His daughter, Katharine, took these words from his autobiography, thus an accurate conveying of a despairing sentiment, suggesting the values of a secularist have no foundations and are fluid.

In the battle of ideas, especially on college campuses, secularism and theism should be made available to each student to choose on their own. Let the debates begin, and let not the campuses shut them down because one might be conservative and the other progressive/liberal.

Printed in the Columbus Dispatch on 7.24.2017. Unfortunately, the editorial board signed my name “The Rev. Ron Thomas, Sunrush Church of Christ.”

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Atheistic argument proves too much

“Proving too much” is a philosophical phrase applied to an argument that seems to make a valid point until you realize the point is so broad that it is not able to remain true when the obvious is pointed out. There are variations on the exact phrasing of the definition, but the point is always the same – you prove too much and the result is you prove nothing.

I recently read an on-line article that discussed the feelings of some atheistic parents after one of their children embraced religion. As with most on-line stories there was a comment section, and as with most on-line stories involving atheism and any form of faith the comments were predictable to say the least.

Out of all the comments, one stood out to me – but it wasn’t original to the commenter. I have seen roots of the comment (which was presented as a passive argument in this case) used multiple times. And unfortunately I am sure it will continue to be used despite the fact the comment proves nothing by proving too much. In fact, the “challenge” of the comment can be logically answered with fewer words than it takes to propose the argument.

The argument under consideration is Continue reading

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One liberal tires of the emptiness

That leads me to . . . drum roll . . . the Christian Right. It is no small feat, switching tribes. It feels stressful and weird to abandon your tribe for the Detested Other Side.

Since November 8, my husband and I have been taking the kids to church. (He is politically conservative with a religious bent, so no argument there.) I have come this close to buying a giant poster of the American flag for the living room. I may do it still.

Right now, I am struggling to accept the basic Christian doctrines (virgin birth, resurrection, second coming) because I feel the Christian tribe may be the right tribe for my family.

via ‘My Fellow Liberals, I’m Tired Of You’ | The American Conservative

The entire letter this California lady wrote to a blogger can be read at the link above. It deserves a careful read, and an approach by faithful Christians that might help people like her to make the jump from the emptiness of a godless life to the abundant life in Christ.

Her language about “tribe” has been imported by progressives among us to make the church of our Lord into just another denomination. But she means something different by this.

Obviously, the writer has been attending some denomination. But nothing keeps those who hold to NT faith from making a strong appeal—in fact, ours is stronger than the so-called “Christian right”!

It’s a shame that we can’t get some WVBS videos and books like Dick Sztanyo’s book, Graceful Reason, on Christian apologetics, in her hands.

Though she doesn’t mention it in her letter, there’s no doubt her husband’s “religious bent” had some influence over her. Here is evidence for the power of example.

#atheism, #liberalism, #morality

One thing that “American Atheists” and several Protestant churches will have in common this holiday season

The title of this post may sound a little weird, but assure you that “American Atheists” and several Protestant churches will have something in common this holiday season that you may never fathomed.

What is it?

They think you Continue reading

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Do Atheists Believe in Miracles?

Atheism’s Contradictory Supernatural “Natural” Explanations

Atheism contends that a supernatural Creator does not exist. Allegedly, a supernatural Being is unnecessary in our material Universe. Everything can be explained purely naturally through a study of the natural world. In short, nature exists “naturally,” not supernaturally.  Read >>

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Neat Reverse Paragraph Article

You may have seen this before, but it was new to me and I thought it was worth passing along.

I read it in the email bulletin sent out by the Wise church of Christ.

AN ATHEIST’S VIEW ON LIFE

I will live my life according to these beliefs

God does not exist.

It is just foolish to think

That there is a God with a cosmic plan

That an all-powerful God brings redemption and healing to the pain and suffering in the world

Is a comforting thought,

However

It

Is only wishful thinking.

People can do as they please without eternal consequences.

The idea that

I am deserving of Hell

Because of sin

Is a lie meant to make me a slave to those in power

“The more you have, the happier you will be.”

Our existence has no grand meaning or purpose

In a world with no God

There is freedom to be who I want to be

But with God

Everything is fine.

It is ridiculous to think

I am lost and in need of saving

A CHRISTIAN’S VIEW ON LIFE

(reread from bottom to top)

—Anonymous

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A link to a video you’ve probably heard about

This young lady shows great composure while describing the interaction she had with her 7th grade (atheistic) teacher that basically gave her, and her class, an ultimatum: Deny that God is real or fail the assignment

After clicking on the picture’s link (which takes you to the school’s site), click on “Item 8 – Open Forum” to watch the original footage in full length.

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‘I never wonder if I’m wrong.’ Where did Bart go amiss?

“The truth of the matter is I never do wonder if I’m wrong.” So ends Bart Campolo, son of famous evangelical Tony, an interview on World Mag. A few years back he rejected his father’s religion and turned to atheism.

Below, a few thoughts of mine after reading the interview. Continue reading

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A Loving God and an Eternal Hell–Video: (Part 6)

This video, along with the rest of the series, can be found by visiting this link.

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I have written quite a number of letters…

I have written quite a number of letters to editor in our local newspaper (Decatur and Mattoon, IL) through the years. I have been somewhat of a broken record, but this is by design on my part. I want to underscore the empty atheistic moral code that many in society seem to want to adopt.

On occasion I will go to the newspaper website and peruse the comments to my letters. Today (3.3.2015) I looked to see the following replies to what I most recently wrote. So readily are they willing to accept some moral standard that has an objective quality to it, but so “emptily” are they able to put forth a moral code that is obligatory for others to follow!

Since they have failed to do so, comments that illustrate this follows.

****So tell me Mr. Thomas, how is it that our moral code based on religion did not prevent our invasion of Iraq and inflicting massive casualties, war crimes, and misery on a country which did not attack us? How was this not “evil”? Our moral code did not prevent this country from committing a large number of atrocities. It seems “thou shall not kill” has a few loopholes in which you can fly a B52 through.

***Religion isn’t responsible for creating moral code, society is my friend. If religion was the source of all morals we would never have had slavery. Which commandment was it that said, “Thou shalt not own or enslave another person”??? Which one? Oh, that’s right…none of them. It’s because society tells us what’s right and wrong, not religion. Society advanced and gave women the right to vote, not religion. Society gave and is still trying to give equal rights to all, not religion. –oblivious

***Show me what part of the bible endorses democratically elected governments? Democracy and republicanism is a pagan invention discovered by the intellectual enlightenment. . Christianity was an enemy of democratic rule. The divine right of kings was their standard.

***Mr. Thomas pretends to know the workings of the mind of an atheist. Shall we then conclude that dishonesty is morally permissible to the theist? There is no written rulebook for the atheist, and yet all the ones in my acquaintance, and there are many, observe the practice of treating others as they, themselves, would wish to be treated. How does a theist, whose handbook sanctions genocide, incest, cannibalism, and slavery, among other atrocities, find the nerve to criticize anyone else?

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Atheists may end up believing in an eternal creator after all

There was no big bang that created the universe.

That’s not a Christian saying that either (although I agree with the statement on its surface). According to this proposed scientific theory, the universe is eternal!

All that scientific cozying up to the big bang for nothing!?

But the greatest irony of the story’s conclusion, at least to me, is that atheists may end up believing in an eternal creator after all. How interesting.

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5 Reasons Racism is Ridiculous

Atheism has no rational basis upon which to call anything objectively just or unjust, including racism. If mankind is merely the result of billions of years of mindless evolution and is nothing more than animals (as atheistic evolution contends; Marchant, 2008), then man can logically make evolutionary-based racist remarks that are consistent with the godless General Theory of Evolution. In fact, Charles Darwin’s “Bulldog,” atheist Thomas Huxley, did just that in his 1865 essay, “Emancipation–Black and White.” He alleged, for example, “no rational man, cognizant of the facts, believes that the average Negro is the equal, still less superior, of the white man.” In truth, if there is no God, mankind could just as easily look down upon and mistreat others (whom he deems are less evolved), as he does roaches, rats, and orangutans (Lyons, 2011; Lyons and Butt, 2009). Those who are Christians, however, logically contend that since (1) God exists, and (2) the Bible is the Word of God, racism is morally wrong–and completely ridiculous for the following five reasons. Read >>

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Atheism and a meaningless word ('evil')

Since there are no absolute moral values to the atheist, agnostic, or even the secularists, then all values a person has is relative to that person. There is nothing obligatory in the values of one to be followed by another. This is the case because, as one atheist wrote, “Claiming that there is any standard that is objective and transcendent of man, set forth by God, is plain and simply a lie.”

Yet, this empty statement is one that can’t win the day, and is self-defeating. For instance, in an article dated February 15 (A-3, Herald & Review), a humanist chaplain felt compelled to rewrite the ten commandments for the 21st century. Why would such a one (or ones) need to do something like this if values are relative to the individual? This is done because of the moral bankruptcy of a subjective/relativist moral code that has origin in man.

The statement is also empty for another reason. In a news report the evil Islamic State captured 90 Christians (A-2, Journal Gazette, 2.26.2015). An atheist ascribes the meaningless word “evil” to something that they can’t objectively say is evil at all! The best they can do is say it is “evil” to them. To an atheist, one’s moral code is subjective and relative to oneself. If the community of the Islamic State (a collection of individuals) condones and participates in the beheading of innocent people, then that “moral” behavior is codified (written or unwritten), thus becoming sort of a subjective “moral” law. What can atheists say to judge it as immoral, since they don’t believe in a moral code higher than man? Only that they think it is immoral.

Finally, the statement is empty of substance because there is no way to judge as immoral a Catholic priest for possessing child pornography (A-3, Journal-Gazette, 2.27.2015). On what basis would the priest, or anyone, be wrong when an individual “valued” it to be acceptable?

The atheistic moral code is a lot like one who asserts that life can come from non-life. This is a physical/material impossibility. Think about that for just a moment. An atheist wants a moral code that can successfully judge between right and wrong – but they have none. An atheist also wants life from non-life – but they can’t get that either.

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