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Hip and Thigh: Smiting Theological Philistines with a Great Slaughter. Judges 15:8

Friday, April 07, 2006

Apologetic Opportunities in the News


Testing Darwin's Teachers

The LA Times ran a report on March 31st about beleaguered high school teacher, Al Frisby, who teaches biology in Liberty, Missouri. Mr. Frisby represents a growing number of concerned high school teachers who are both shocked and dismayed that high schoolers are no longer sitting back and drinking in the philosophical swill of materialistic naturalism without question when they are taught Darwinian evolution.

"The children actually use their minds to think logically," Frisby stated disapprovingly, "Before when I taught evolution, they would all nod with agreement. Sure, there was the occasional Bible thumping Pentecostal who came from one of those "snake handling" Churches that would attempt to quote the Bible, but I would just tell the kid this wasn't Sunday School class and he would shut up. Now the kids are asking thoughtful, intelligent, and even probing questions that I have never even thought about."

In all seriousness, the article is really a fun read, because for the first time in American culture, kids are offering a sophisticated challenge to the philosophical framework used to promote evolution. A lot of this, I believe, is due to the information age of the Internet that allows for quick and easy access to information on such subjects as evolution and creation. This is also the chickens coming home to roost for the 60s hippy liberal activists who insisted on passing laws protecting the free speech of children in public schools. Their objective at the time was to protest the Vietnam War, however, those free expression laws extend to any so-called "free speech" including religious, or in this case, dissenting criticism of Darwinianism. Naturalistic educators are disparate, because they are loosing the battle of the minds, so to speak. People are beginning to recognize the snow job of evolutionary propaganda and how Darwinian proponents are selective in what they teach so as to hide the dirty laundry of Darwinianism that manifests itself in calling the person to believe irrationally absurd notions about reality and the origins of life.

One good example of this was the email exchange between atheistic Darwinian philosopher, Michael Ruse, with barking at the moon crack pot Darwinian apologist, Richard Dawkins:

HIGHLIGHT OF THE EXCHANGE: "I think that you and Richard [Dawkins] are absolute disasters in the fight against intelligent design - we are losing this battle, not the least of which is the two new supreme court justices who are certainly going to vote to let it into classrooms." "what we need is not knee-jerk atheism but serious grappling with the issues"– "neither of you are willing to study Christianity seriously and to engage with the ideas "it is just plain silly and grotesquely immoral to claim that Christianity is simply a force for evil, as Richard claims more than this, we are in a fight, and we need to make allies in the fight, not simply alienate everyone of good will."

The rest can be found at IDer Bill Dembski's Uncommon Descent site.

See Al Mohler's comments, too.

Gospel of Judas found after 1,700 years

The N.Y. Times reports about the publication of an early manuscript claiming to have been written by Judas Iscariot. Yes, the Judas who went out after he betrayed the Lord, hanged himself, and then fell into a field where he died.

The operative words in the article are in the opening paragraph "an early manuscript." Note that there is just one as compared to the 5,000 plus other real NT manuscripts, as well as the thousands of translations, patristic citations, etc., that testify against the authenticity of this "Gospel of Judas" and its ridiculous "new agey" gnosticism. There are also other crack pot gospels like the Gospel of Peter and Jesus Seminary favorite, the Gospel of Thomas, but no honest textual critic is going to claim them as being genuine, let alone even worthy of being part of the NT canon.

No explanations as to when or how Judas wrote it. I figured he must have faked his death or something after Jesus was crucified, and then escaped to the south of France with Mary Magdalene to live out the rest of his life as a goddess worshipper and managing a bar on a local nude beach.

See James White's comments and Steve Hays

Fish Walks Out of Water

I am sure many have seen the screaming headlines in the Thursday morning papers proclaiming how scientists have found an alleged "missing link" between fish and lizard, and by extrapolation, mankind.

Steve Hays has some good remarks as does Dr. David Menton. Both worth the read.

Atheists and Free Will

Then finally, for some enlightening weekend reading, print out Evan May's dissection of how atheists view the philosophy of libertarianism. A good read for the lay person so as to get a better grasp on the deplorable philosophy of free willism.

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