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Has the Big Bang recently been proven?

[Warning:  This is a bit technical, but then again, many of you would probably like more detail from time-to-time.  I just have to be careful not to lose the rest of my readers!  I usually have a knack for making complex things simple, but I fear that this is not my "knackiest" attempt.] The origin of the universe has long been a controversial subject and certainly a point of contention between atheists and Christians.Atheists and many other skeptics generally hold to the “Big Bang” view re… Continue Reading

Does every question need an answer?

(This month’s article was submitted by Paul Taylor, a very gifted biblical apologist, author, international speaker and a good friend of mine.)Richard Dawkins once said, “Some questions simply do not deserve an answer.”  Of course, his particular ire was directed at creationists, so that he could claim that creationists were not worth answering. But does this assertion work in reverse? Are there questions asked by atheists, which do not deserve an answer?A large part of my work is answering ques… Continue Reading

What is the “elephant in the living room”?

Let’s say you recently moved into a new neighborhood and the couple next door invites you over for dinner, along with other families in the immediate area in order for everyone to get to know each other. When you arrive, you begin to mingle with other couples and watch all of the kids running around in the backyard. Then, the last couple arrives and the husband is wearing swimming goggles, a snorkel and fins. You start to smile and anticipate hearing interesting comments from the other cou… Continue Reading

Should you rush out to see the new Noah movie?

If you want to know how to best handle your money, go to a professional investment advisor.  If you are not feeling well at all and want to know what’s wrong, you’ll seek out a good doctor or nutritionist.  And if you want to learn more about the Bible… well, just watch a good movie!Many people who do not consider themselves to be very religious (or not religious at all) are very uncomfortable going to church, but they are often curious about the Bible or Christianity in general.  It’s fairly ty… Continue Reading

Does the fossil record support evolution?

When people who believe in evolution are asked for evidence supporting their belief, they often refer to the fossil record.  Many of these people, however, when pressed, cannot explain what it is about the fossil record that defends their view.  They’ve just heard it stated over and over that “Evolution is a fact and the fossil record is proof!” Hitler is claimed to have said, “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.&rdq… Continue Reading

Evolution: Just a theory?

Many bold, dogmatic claims have been made over the years regarding the validity of evolution. Consider the following as just a few examples: “Evolution is a fact, fact, FACT!” [Michael Ruse, Darwinism Defended: A Guide to the Evolution Controversies, 3d ed. (Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1983), 58.] “No educated person any longer questions the validity of the so-called theory of evolution, which we now know to be a simple fact.” [Ernst Mayr, “Darwin’s Influ… Continue Reading

How can I learn to think more critically?

I recently received an email from a good friend of mine, in which he asked me about critical thinking. I will include it here, because I think many of you might relate to his plight and have similar questions: What is the process you personally utilize for critical thinking? Is there some magical formula or process out there that I'm not aware of, or do you just naturally think differently than most people? I mean, when you read an article or take on arbitrary questions, I've noticed you always… Continue Reading

What is a living fossil?

We’ve all heard of them, seen them and maybe even have some… I’m referring to fossils. I just turned 50 this year, so now my kids think that I am an “old fossil”! What exactly is a fossil? There are various definitions, but according to Merriam-Webster, it is: “a remnant, impression or trace of an organism of past geological ages that has been preserved in the earth’s crust.” I don’t want to stray too far off topic, but there is a hidden … Continue Reading

Does evolution TRY to do anything?

Evolutionary news stories and articles are often over hyped, dogmatic and virtually always laced with numerous “fuzzy” words and phrases. For example, this “may have happened”, “could have occurred”, “scientists believe it is possible”, etc. Many readers do not consciously notice this tendency and feel like each publication is just another example of scientific proof for evolution. However, if they were to go back and re-read the article looking for these “fuzzy phrases”, they would most likely … Continue Reading

How do you tell if someone is a ‘real’ scientist?

 Consider the following exchange: Skeptic:      Evolution is a fact! Christian:   How do you know evolution is a fact? Skeptic:      Because all the scientists believe it! Christian:   How do you know all the scientists believe it? Skeptic:      Well, all the REAL scientists believe it! Christian:   How do you define a REAL scientist? Skeptic:      Anyone who be… Continue Reading

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