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
Here is a link that provides the topics as well as a quick bio of the speakers.
“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.” (Genesis 7:11 – NKJV)
One of the things that many people forget, or just plain out never knew, about the Bible’s account of the global flood is that the scriptures recount how water not only came down from the sky – it came up from the depths of the earth.
I know, I know…a global flood survived by eight people and a whole lot of animals on a big boat. That’s ridiculous mythological kid stuff, right? After all, it’s impossible! There isn’t enough water on the Earth to flood the Earth. At least that’s how most “intellectuals” treat the story of the world’s accountability for sin and God’s ability to judge both.
And yet, the Bible never ceases to amaze me when it comes to the little details which were recorded long, long before “modern-day” science even thought of knowing such, much less observing it.
For example, remember those fountains of the great deep that were broken up? Listen to this excerpt from a newly published study entitled, Deepest water found 1000km down, a third of way to Earth’s core: Continue reading
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 >>
Paul warned: “O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge– by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith (1 Timothy 6:20-21 NKJV). “Climate Change” is one of the recent “contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge.” Science can only deal in what may be demonstrated, and the age of the Earth and weather patterns cannot be demonstrated but merely “guesstimated.” “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV). “Climate Change” has no “evidence,” but only wild guesses and estimates to support it. “Climate Change” is founded upon “blind faith” but the Bible faith has factual “evidence” to support it! If “the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch” (Matthew 15:14).
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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.
Scientific conclusions stated as fact can be a matter of “faith” because “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV). Science says “no two snowflakes are alike.” Have they examined every snowflake that has fallen on us this week? No. But every snowflake they have examined is different, therefore a reasonable conclusion is “no two snowflakes are alike.” The evidence they have points to a conclusion beyond their sight. That’s exactly how we know God exists: the overwhelming evidence we have demands the conclusion that only God could have done it. “He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV). Make sure your “faith” has facts first.
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The Bible is the most popular book that has ever been printed. It was one of the first books mass produced on Gutenberg’s printing press in 1455. To estimate a total number of Bibles and portions of it that have been produced and distributed worldwide throughout history would be virtually impossible, but the number stands well over 10 billion, since the United Bible Society alone has distributed over nine billion in the past 70 years (“God Facts,” n.d.). Without dispute, the Bible is the best selling book of all time worldwide (“Best Selling…,” 2014).
QUESTION: What’s your view of Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris?
ATHEIST: I am not sure who Harris is. Dawkins and Hitchens are brilliant minds who have studied extensively and who present their concerns passionately.
CHRISTIAN: Whatever capability these men have (or might have had) is thrown away because of a willful acceptance toward a naturalistic ideology. It can be said: there are no dead atheists. They went into the realm of death as an atheist, but on the other side of life they are not!
A very plain but excellent article that addresses the “elephant in the room” when it comes to the theory of naturalism:
The McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms defines “natural science” as, “Collectively, the branches of science dealing with objectively measurable phenomena…” (2003, p. 1402). A naturalist, then, is a person who believes everything in the Universe must be able to be explained through purely naturalistic processes–with no supernatural help. Everything believed must be based on empirical evidence that is “measurable.” According to the National Academy of Sciences, “The statements of science must invoke only natural things and processes. The statements of science are those that emerge from the application of human intelligence to data obtained from observation and experiment” (Teaching About Evolution…, 1998, p. 42, emp. added). Read >>
An interesting read from the latest AP Newsletter:
|Bill Nye: The (Pseudo-)Science Guy
|In light of the coming debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham on February 4th, we wish to recall your attention to Bill Nye’s statements several months ago regarding Creation and evolution.
Many of us who are scientists grew up watching “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” and learned to love science in the process. Sadly, Bill Nye came out in 2012 with a video that indicates he is vehemently opposed to parents who teach children that evolutionary theory is false. In a YouTube video posted by BigThink.com, Nye said:
Here’s a good article from the church in Wise, Virginia called “Atheistic Propaganda Machine“. I’m using it in next week’s bulletin at Keltonburg and I thought some here might find it useful too.
“So when someone excludes supernatural causes from science on the basis of that they cannot be observed, yet include the vast multitude of natural causes that cannot be observed as science, what they are really doing is practicing philosophical naturalism (PN).
This assumption of PN essentially means that science is no longer looking for the best explanation or ‘the truth’, but instead merely looking for the best naturalistic explanation. The once noble aim of science is reduced to an atheistic propaganda machine.”
—posted by Alan Grey; September 20, 2007
There is no observable cause of the so-called “Big Bang”. Thus, it is merely an unobserved naturalistic theory, and it is offered because the Philosophy of Naturalism calls for only a natural explanation or cause. God cannot be allowed to be the cause, even though He gave His testimony. There is no observable cause for the origin of life. Thus, the evolution of life from random chemical processes is merely an unobserved naturalistic theory, and it is offered because the Philosophy of Naturalism calls for only a natural explanation or cause. God cannot be allowed to be the cause, even though He gave His testimony. So, even if it is TRUE that God created the heavens and the earth, it is not TRUTH that the scientific method really wants. It wants only the best naturalistic explanation even if it is not actually TRUE. So, as Grey points out, the sciences are good for certain observable causes and repeatable things that pan out into practical things we can enjoy, but the sciences have been hijacked by the Philosophy of Naturalism when trying to explain the origin of the universe, the origin of our Solar System, the origin of life, and the origin of man. The hijacked sciences have been duped and deceived into accepting the Philosophy of Naturalism without the slightest bit of proof. You can look for truth or you can look for the best naturalistic explanation of things, but unless you can prove naturalism is all there is, truth and naturalistic explanations are NOT the same thing. — Terry Benton
It’s from the “Know Your Bible” email; Volume 12, Number 4; February 24, 2013
The headline read: “Science and religion are not friends!” The author, Jerry Coyne, declared “science and faith are fundamentally incompatible.” Coyne is one of a new breed of atheists who have united in a campaign to destroy Christianity. He would call me an “irrational faith-head” and announce that I am the enemy. Well, I am a faith-head all right but I believe because there is reason to believe the reasons multiply as time goes on. Over and again scientific research proves that people who believe and practice the teachings of Christ are happier with a higher degree of satisfaction in life. They are healthier physically, mentally and emotionally, and they live longer. As far as I am concerned science and faith are not in competition. This is Just-A-Minute
In 2006 Time magazine conducted a poll that found 64% of Americans declared that if science disproved one of their religious beliefs, they would reject that science in favor of their faith. This makes absolutely no sense to unbelievers. But it makes sense to me. Why? First, how many things has science proved true, only to later recant and declare the opposite is true. Is coffee good for you or harmful to you? Second, why should I give up on something that has helped me through the toughest and most difficult of life situations? Faith has proven itself in my life over and over again. It has blessed me and my family multiple times and continues to do so. Why should I give up on it? This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess
October 11th (2010) the Forum section of the USA Today carried an article by Jerry Coyne, entitled “Science and religion aren’t friends”. In it Coyne claims that the two are at opposite poles antagonistic to each other, sworn enemies! He quotes noted atheist Stephen Hawking’s declaration: “Science wins because it works!” As far as winning is concerned, I didn’t know we were in a contest. Personally, I believe in the facts that science demonstrates as truth but I also proclaim to anyone who will listen: Faith works. Just ask the 33 Chilean miners who after ten weeks trapped deep underground were rescued. See them fall to their knees and give thanks to God. Hear them affirm that without God’s help they could not have escaped. In everything give God the glory! This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess