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-Easter Week 2018: Celebrating The Resurrection of Jesus

by Dr. D ~ March 26th, 2018

Here’s some links to a video and a few of the best articles featured on our Apologetica page about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the celebration of Easter:

-Resurrection of Christ: Wright On! Listen to this! New Testament scholar N.T. Wright is right on in this short video on the Resurrection (2:23):

 

-Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? Yes! If not, as Paul says (I Cor. 15:14) the entire Christian faith is in vain. Here’s a link to a great article on all of the facts concerning the resurrection of Jesus–a timely pursuit for the Easter season:

Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?

by William Lane Craig, professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. This is the best and most concise article that I have found on the Resurrection of Jesus. 

 

-Was Easter Really Borrowed From a Pagan Holiday? Here’s a good article by Anthony McRoy that contradicts the popular notion that the Christian celebration of Easter was borrowed from pagan sources:

“Was Easter Borrowed from a Pagan Holiday?”

McRoy provides historical evidence that the name ‘Easter’ was actually derived from the Old High German ‘eostarum’ which meant "dawn" and not from the name of a supposed pagan goddess.

 

Finally, here’s a link to our most popular article of all time during Easter week and one we traditionally post on Good Friday:

-“It’s Friday But Sunday’s Coming”

May you and yours be blessed this Easter season.                 *Top

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-Christian Venue’s Creative Response to Forced Hosting of Same-Sex Weddings

by Dr. D ~ March 24th, 2018

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A wedding venue in New York, Liberty Ridge Farm, lost a 3 1/2 year legal battle after they declined to host a same-sex wedding. The Christian owners, who support traditional marriage, have found a creative way to discourage potential same-sex customers. They make it very clear that part of their fees and profits will be going to organizations that support traditional marriage. From Faithwire:

Displayed at the bottom of each page in the “Weddings” section of its website is a clearly marked disclaimer that reads:

     “At Liberty Ridge Farm, our deeply held religious belief is that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and the Farm is operated with the purpose of strengthening and promoting marriage. In furtherance of this purpose and to honor and promote our moral and religious beliefs, we donate a portion of our business proceeds to organizations that promote strong marriages such as the Family Research Council.

The patronage of all potential clients for all services offered is welcome regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex, disability or marital status. All couples legally permitted to marry in the state of New York are welcome to hold their wedding at Liberty Ridge Farm. We serve everyone equally.”

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Response: One would hope that religious liberty as defined in the First Amendment of the Constitution would be enough to support the religious convictions of Christian business owners. But that no longer seems to be the case in America, especially since the Supreme Court has made same-sex marriage legal. There are some cases still proceeding through the different gauntlets of our legal system so hope is not completely lost yet.

Nevertheless Christian business owners, like those at Liberty Ridge Farm, are left with very few options after they have lost a lawsuit. None of which are all that satisfactory: 1.Continue the legal battle, which could continue for years and result in huge legal costs with a possible unsatisfactory ending after all and in the process ruin the business anyway. 2. Sell or close the business. 3. Cave-in and go against their religious convictions.

Some might say they they have chosen #3 but that would not be fair to the legal position that they have found themselves in nor the creative way that they have responded to it. Even though they have opened up their venue to all comers, the Christian couple who owns Liberty Ridge Farm clearly make their religious beliefs known to all potential customers and have also made it very clear that part of their fees would be going toward organizations supporting traditional marriage.

The article doesn’t say whether this has eliminated all same-sex marriage customers. But it is my sense that most folks would not want to give business to some place where they are really not wanted, especially if some of their money would be going to organizations which might be working against their own interests and views. What do you think?                *Top

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-Saying ‘God Bless You’ Is Microaggression Against Muslims?

by Dr. D ~ March 22nd, 2018

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According to a college guide, saying ‘God bless you’ is considered a ‘microaggression’ against Muslims and should be avoided along with many other greetings like ‘Merry Christmas.’ From the Christian Post:

A college in Boston has prepared an "Anti-Oppression Library Guide" so that no one is offended on campus. It lists "saying ‘God bless you’ after someone sneezes" as a "microaggression" against Muslim people, and "Merry Christmas" as an offensive phrase.

The guide, prepared by college librarians at Simmons College, "is intended to provide some general information about anti-oppression, diversity, and inclusion as well as information and resources for the social justice issues key to the Simmons College community."

It states that "Islamomisic Microaggressions are commonplace verbal or behavioral indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults in relation to the beliefs and religious practices of Muslims."

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Response: So now traditional cultural responses like ‘God bless you” and ‘Merry Christmas’ must be eliminated in order to accommodate Muslims? At least by the students going to Simmons College.

The imperative here goes beyond combating Islamophobia. So now even vestiges and examples of the Christian faith in this culture, that might be offensive to Muslims, are designated by this college guide to be ‘Islamomisic Microaggression’ or in plain language- ‘hate speech.’

This demand does not merely combat offensive language. It places Islam, Muslims, and Muslim culture in a dominant position over everyone else to dictate what is offensive, blasphemy, and hate speech. So the Muslims are now to be the arbiters of what is acceptable and what is wrong in America?

Meanwhile, Christians saying a very traditional American greeting like ‘Merry Christmas’ are cast as haters and promoters of ‘Islamomisic Microaggression.’ I am offended by this guide because conservative Christians and traditional Christian speech are obviously not part of the ‘diversity and inclusion’ that it intends to accomplish but the target it is trying to eliminate and demonize.                *Top

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-Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2018

by Dr. D ~ March 16th, 2018

Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2018. Here’s our traditional post for this holiday- “The Real Story of St. Patrick”:

The Real Story of St. Patrick

image Happy St. Patrick’s Day! A day to go to your favorite pub, eat corned beef and cabbage and wash it all down with plenty of green beer. Oh yes–a day of parades and celebration of Irish nationality.

But who was this St. Patrick anyway? A man born into a Roman Christian family in Wales around 385 AD with a given name of Macwyn Succat. He didn’t make it to Ireland until he was kidnapped at 16 and enslaved by Irish bandits. After six years of service he heard a voice from God instructing him to escape slavery and make it back home.

He did miraculously escape and went on to study at a Christian seminary to become a Priest. Then had a vision from God to return to Ireland as a missionary.

There were really no Christians at the time in Ireland and he singlehandedly established the church in that country while refusing tribute and support from the noblemen and kings. He converted and baptized thousands of pagans, and ordained hundreds of Priests and set up an untold number of Christian communities and churches.

He is recognized by all major Christian churches–Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, and Anglican since he ministered before the church divided into all the different denominations we have today. So Protestants have just as great a claim on him as Catholics. And those of us who have Welsh blood running through our veins have as much right to claim St. Patrick as any Irishman.

Rather than a day with a built-in excuse to get drunk, I believe that it is a day for Christians to celebrate the reality and continual miracles of the Christian faith. A day to celebrate that God continues to give visions and directions to missionaries even today.

St. Patrick transformed an entire nation bringing the Gospel to an Island in darkness. Missionaries today continue to leave the comforts of home and family to spread the word of Jesus Christ to every nation in the world.  That is the real legacy of Macwyn Succat also known as St. Patrick.                *Top

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-Making Human-Chimp Hybrids to Contradict The Bible?

by Dr. D ~ March 16th, 2018

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion… over all the earth…” -Gen. 1:26 (ESV)

A psychologist is pushing for the making of human-chimp hybrids in order to discount and overcome the Bible teaching that humans are unique and created to rule. From PJ Media:

…psychologist David Barash proposes that society should sanction the making of human-chimp hybrids. “… After all, human and chimp (or bonobo) share, by most estimates, roughly 99 percent of their nuclear DNA."

His main argument for pursuing the creation of a human-chimp hybrid is based on the belief that humans have an unwarranted belief that we are special creatures. As Barash puts it,

"Moreover, I propose that the fundamental take-home message of such creation would be to drive a stake into the heart of that destructive disinformation campaign of discontinuity, of human hegemony over all other living things."

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Response: I really don’t think that Barash or anyone else has really thought this thing through. Exactly what would it prove except that it could be done and probably shouldn’t have. Would the hybrid even be an actual new species if they could not reproduce? Scientifically ‘creating’ a new half human hybrid would not contradict what the Bible says about the place of humanity in God’s creation. Actually it would demonstrate it.

In the article, Barash is quoted as saying that a human-chimp hybrid would somehow combat racism. I am certain that the opposite would be the case with discrimination following a new half human target. Would the "humanzee" have anything close to human rights and citizenship or would they be the property of the scientists and companies who ‘created’ them or the servant/pet of any who later ‘bought’ them?

To be real, they would be costly to produce and take care of. Who’s going to pay for it all and what would they do and become? Servants, workers, soldiers, criminals, or pets? Does it really make any sense to create a new dependent underclass just to ‘prove’ that humans are nothing special but just another animal subject to evolution?

But what other animal on earth could do such a thing? ironically a ‘humanzee’ would not be the product of any kind of ‘natural selection’ but a  dependent scientific creation that would actually demonstrate humanity’s prowess and intelligent domination over the rest of creation. Just like God in the Bible said it should be.                *Top

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-Student Claiming Only Two Genders is Kicked Out of Class

by Dr. D ~ March 13th, 2018

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

 

**UPDATE: Student reinstated in the class along with an impartial observer.

A senior university student saying that there are only two genders was kicked out of a class he needed for graduation. From the Daily Wire:

Lake Ingle, a religious studies major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was kicked out of Professor Alison Downie’s Christianity class on February 28 for telling her that "biologists don’t agree that there’s more than two genders" and that the supposedly sexism-caused 23-cent "gender wage gap" is a myth. …

This did not sit well with the feminist professor. She booted Ingle from her class for his WrongThink and "referred him to the public university’s Academic Integrity Board (AIB)," reports Fox.

The class Ingle has been barred from is one he needs to pass by the end of the semester if he wishes to graduate in May.

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Response: Colleges and universities which use to champion free speech and a diversity of views are increasingly becoming places where only popular progressive ideas are tolerated. ‘Safe places’ are now maintained on many campuses which restrict any kind of ‘hate speech’ which is usually defined as viewpoints which do not square with the prevailing progressive majority notions. Traditional Christian views are increasingly assigned to this ‘hate’ designation.

The fact that the university administration backed the professor in this case shows how tenuous free speech and the exchange of differing views can be in our current institutions of ‘higher learning.’ Well at least at this school. Especially if in the sharing of different ideas and inconvenient evidence, facts are presented that challenge prevailing popular progressive activist notions and platitudes. It obviously doesn’t matter whether the student was right or wrong, he is condemned and guilty of ‘WrongThink’’ for contradicting the views of the professor.

In this case, the purveyor of the unpopular information and views was silenced and punished. It appears that as a result of his banishment from this class he will not be able to graduate in May. This injustice could be reversed by the Academic Integrity Board in a hearing on May 19. Nevertheless, that late of a date probably means that the student will not graduate at the end of the semester as originally planned.               *Top

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