In discussing the theory of evolution, I have often mentioned the fact that processes of organic evolution are all random events. Contrary to the idea of a Creator who designed the cosmos, evolution is squarely based on chance. However, I have been taken to task for this assertion. The objection I have heard is this: Natural Selection is not a random process. This is the position of noted scientist (and atheist) Richard Dawkins. Dawkins asserts that natural selection is a “non-random force.” He says there is an inherent determinism in natural selection. Multitudes of generations of genetic selection have caused the inevitable survivability of a species. There is a natural design and order in this process. My question is this: Is natural selection, and thus Darwinian evolution itself, something that is deterministic and non-random or is it truly random? Continue reading
What do you do when a Jehovah’s Witness shows up on your doorstep? Do you turn the TV off, close the curtains and pretend that you are not home? Instead of going into a “raise the drawbridge” mode, how about sharing your faith with the Witness knocking on your front door? Here are some tips on how to do this effectively.
- Focus on essential doctrines: The Trinity, the nature of Christ (especially His deity), the bodily resurrection, and salvation by grace.
It is not often that I am draw to the field of political science. For me, that is basically like eating liver—it might be good for you, but it is not very palatable. So it was with a great deal of surprise that I discovered (and thoroughly enjoyed) The Founder’s Key by Larry P. Arnn. Arnn, president of Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, is a professor of politics and history. As P. J. O’Rourke says in his endorsement of this book: “The Founder’s Key is not just brilliant but—in a shock to political science—a pleasure to read.” And indeed, it is a pleasure to read this very important book.
Did I say important? Well, I meant it. This is one of those books that you really wish everyone would read. In a culture that has both forsaken and forgotten the very principles and ideals that our nation was built upon, this book offers insight into how it might just be possible to find our back—at least in the governmental and political sphere. The basic thesis of the book is this: Our rights and freedoms are codified in the both the Declaration and the Constitution together. Continue reading
Question: If God is really a Trinity, then why is the word “trinity” not found in the Bible?
Answer: A common argument against the doctrine of the Trinity is that the very word “trinity” is not found in the Bible. This is often used by Jehovah’s Witnesses. Yet they are not alone. You hear this line of reasoning quite often from various sources.
Now we admit that the word “trinity” is not found in the Bible. It is a post-biblical word coined by Christian writers. However, the concept of the Trinity is definitely found in Scripture. In fact, a careful study of both Old and New Testaments reveals a wealth of Bible passages that present the Trinity to us. It is a solidly biblical concept.
Using a term such as “Trinity” for describing the Godhead came about because as the early followers of Christ examined the Scriptures, they were confronted with the reality that God is both One and Three. For centuries they struggled with how to understand this truth. In their attempts to discuss and explain the nature of the Deity, they developed a vocabulary that while not found in the Bible is still firmly rooted in the Sacred Writings. Continue reading