Why Evolutionary Theory Cannot Survive Itself – Evolution News & Views
Astonishingly, many prominent thinkers have embraced the theory without detecting the logical contradiction. Philosopher John Gray writes, “If Darwin’s theory of natural selection is true,… the human mind serves evolutionary success, not truth.” What is the contradiction in that statement?
Gray has essentially said, if Darwin’s theory is true, then it “serves evolutionary success, not truth.” In other words, if Darwin’s theory is true, then it is not true.
Every time I set down to seriously consider evolution, I run into this wall – If evolution is true, then I can never know anything. I can only believe that which promotes my survivability and the propagation of my genes.
“Do You Have Blind Faith that Faith is Blind?”.
You might be wondering, “Why does it matter?” The answer is that whether you believe faith is blind or based on evidence, there is no escaping the fact that it is indispensable to Christianity. While there are different ways of understanding the passages mentioned above, it is hard to escape the meaning of Hebrews 11:6: “without faith it is impossible to please God.” So it is vitally important to know what the biblical view of faith is.
I think that this is the right way to frame this discussion. My question is, “how do we know what love looks like if we do not have knowledge of what it looks like?”
Posted on May 28, 2013 by mikewittmer
I am put off by the title of a Christianity Today interview with Jamie Smith. The title is “You Can’t Think Your Way to God: Christian Formation means shaping our loves, says Jamie Smith, not just educating our minds.”
The title is true enough, but I wonder why it singles out “thinking” as the way we can’t work our way to God. Scripture is clear that we can’t love our way to God either. We can’t anything our way to God. The title makes it sound like there is something particularly deficient with thinking, when actually there is something deficient in any method of getting to God. Continue reading
Nicodemus, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them, “Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?” They replied, “Are you from Galilee too? Search and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.” John 7:50-52 (ESV)
Are you a back-woods hick, too?
Sometimes I get frustrated by my friends and family who live in the various big cities Continue reading
Repentance versus Defensiveness:
Our default mode – in and out of the church – seems to be defensiveness. I know mine is. Nothing is more natural when we feel threatened by a criticism than to divert, distract, and downplay. Its as instinctive as flinching when a punch is coming. In my experience, a heart of repentance is something I have to work at. I have to say things like, “wait a minute. Think this through. Why does this criticism hurt you the way it does? Remember your identity is in Christ. Remember you’re identity is not at stake. Relax! Is there something you can learn here?” Its a counter-intuitive feeling, like learning to use a muscle we didn’t know we had for the first time. Or better: learning to relax a muscle for the first time that we’ve always kept tight. Its a kind of paradox: an effort at relaxing, a striving to cease striving, a struggle to give up.
I pulled the following quotes from the ESV Study Bile notes section on “Biblical Doctrine: An Overview, True Theology: Knowing and Loving God”:
Any theological system that distinguishes between “rational propositions about God” and “a personal relationship with God” fails to see this necessary connection between love and knowledge. The capacity to love, enjoy, and tell others about a person is increased by greater knowledge of that person. Love and knowledge go hand in hand. Good lovers are students of the beloved. Knowledge of God is the goal of theology. Continue reading
“Just don’t bring up creationism with Jody.”
Those were the first words of advice my friend said to my new pastor about me.
So, now the topic is taboo, and we have had one discussion and it was forced. Barriers are established before the conversation started. Trenches were dug. Fences erected. Lanes mined. Grenades stockpiled.
Other than that topic, we mostly have a really great friendship… other than that deadly no-man’s land between us. Continue reading
(Reposted from 20.Jan.2011)
All men by nature desire to know.
– Aristotle, Metaphysics, Book I.I
It is true that, “all men by nature desire to know,” but it is sad that all men do not desire knowledge or wisdom.
Many people will often criticize people who seek knowledge Continue reading