Science

Philosophical Naturalists Can’t Condemn Criminals

Posted by on April 9, 2017 at 9:49 pm

“Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together.”  — Daniel Webster, early American politician When a wrong has been committed, it’s a normal, healthy human desire to want to see justice done. I am defining “justice” here as fair punishment that […]

Motivations for Atheism

Posted by on April 2, 2017 at 8:36 pm

“In studies on college students, atheists and agnostics reported more anger at God during their lifetimes than believers. A separate study also found this pattern among bereaved individuals.”  — CNN’s Elizabeth Landau reporting on Case Western Reserve University research (Jan. 2011) When asked why they are atheist/humanist/naturalist, most people will tell you that it’s only […]

Another Historic SpaceX Launch

Posted by on March 19, 2017 at 8:23 pm

“Governments can develop new technology and do some of the exciting early exploration but in the long run it’s the private sector that finds ways to make profit, finds ways to expand humanity.”  — Dr. S. Pete Worden, director at NASA Ames Research Center OK, I might be a tad late in reporting on this, […]

The “Two-Books Doctrine” and the Belgic Confession

Posted by on March 5, 2017 at 7:31 pm

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1 (ESV)) Have you heard of the “two-books doctrine” before? The short version is that God has given us two books: the “book” of nature (aka general revelation, available for all to see) and, of course, the book of Scripture/Christ […]

Is the Bible History?, part II

Posted by on February 12, 2017 at 9:54 pm

“If archaeologists and historians could not find correlation between archaeology and the biblical text, there would be no such thing as ‘biblical archaeology’. But of course they do find such correlation, and lots of it.”  — Dr. Craig A. Evans, author of Jesus and His World: The Archaeological Evidence This is a sequel of sorts […]

Blinded by the Light

Posted by on January 15, 2017 at 8:54 pm

If you watch a lot of cop shows like I do, you may have noticed how often facial recognition software provides the good guys with crucial images for identifying criminals, victims, and even witnesses. Though the real thing probably doesn’t have quite the success rate as its fictional counterpart, it really is amazing technology. However,… […]

Pure Fantasy

Posted by on January 14, 2017 at 10:23 pm

“[A]fter many decades of trying to comprehend the gender confusion that persisted even after my sex transition, I came to understand that my grandmother’s cross-dressing of me was emotional child abuse. The psychological harm grew as years went by.” — Walt Heyer You probably saw it — the recent National Geographic cover featuring a “transgendered” […]

Top 10, Again

Posted by on December 18, 2016 at 10:17 pm

It’s that time, again. Time for another year-end list of “top posts” on various topics from preceding years (including the one just ending). I try to pick those that are “evergreen”, though, or at least still interesting/entertaining. In case you’re curious, here are the previous lists: “Celebrating 5 Years of AVftR (plus a Top 10)!”, […]

Godspeed, John Glenn

Posted by on December 11, 2016 at 10:25 pm

“Zero G, and I feel fine.”  — Col. John Glenn On December 8, 2016, America and the world lost a hero and, some might even say, a “living legend”, when former Marine aviator, astronaut, and U.S. Senator John Glenn passed away at the age of 95. He will be laid to rest at Arlington National […]

Truth and Compassion: A Christian Response to Transgenderism

Posted by on October 9, 2016 at 11:40 pm

“The legal/cultural battle over whether biological males who have a female gender identity (or vice versa) can use the public bathroom, spa facility, or school showers reserved for the opposite sex is consuming the attention of the national media and the national conscience. Christians find themselves caught in an awkward situation, facing another obstacle they […]

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