Erwin Schroedinger Quote

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My latest meme of people way smarter than me attesting to the concept that science is understandable because of God, not in spite of Him. If we are made in His image, then the way he designed everything should make sense to us.

To the best of my knowledge the picture this meme is based on is in the public domain. If I am infringing on anyone’s copyright I will be happy to remove it if you send me proof of ownership.

Feel free to use this meme without giving me any credit or recognition.

Thanks so much to Tihomir Dimitrov for the great anthology of quotes that he compiled. Find his free eBook at nobelists.net.

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Sir Michael Faraday Quote

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My latest meme of people way smarter than me attesting to the concept that science is understandable because of God, not in spite of Him. If we are made in His image, then the way he designed everything should make sense to us.

To the best of my knowledge the picture this meme is based on is in the public domain. If I am infringing on anyone’s copyright I will be happy to remove it if you send me proof of ownership.

Feel free to use this meme without giving me any credit or recognition.

Thanks so much to Tihomir Dimitrov for the great anthology of quotes that he compiled. Find his free eBook at nobelists.net.

Rene Descartes Quote

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My latest meme of people way smarter than me attesting to the concept that science is understandable because of God, not in spite of Him. If we are made in His image, then the way he designed everything should make sense to us.

To the best of my knowledge the picture this meme is based on is in the public domain. If I am infringing on anyone’s copyright I will be happy to remove it if you send me proof of ownership.

Feel free to use this meme without giving me any credit or recognition.

Thanks so much to Tihomir Dimitrov for the great anthology of quotes that he compiled. Find his free eBook at nobelists.net.

Sir Robert Boyle Quote

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Two posts in two days. A new record for me. I noticed on the stats that this blog is still getting a few hits a day even though I have not posted this year. I think I will go ahead and post all of the memes that I have ready. No use having them sitting on my Google Drive when they can be out and about.

To the best of my knowledge the picture this meme is based on is in the public domain. If I am infringing on anyone’s copyright I will be happy to remove it if you send me proof of ownership.

Feel free to use this meme without giving me any credit or recognition.

Thanks so much to Tihomir Dimitrov for the great anthology of quotes that he compiled. Find his free eBook at nobelists.net.

(un)Biblical Archaeology

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Red Sea: Archaeologists Discover Remains of Egyptian Army From the Biblical Exodus

Recently I have seen this article popping up on numerous social sites from a variety of sources. At first I was disappointed in the gullibility of my fellow Christians to accept this whole-cloth without taking the time to research it. I can understand the excitement of apparently finding more hard evidence of events described in the Bible, but I was shocked at the eagerness to accept something so fantastic without a hint of skepticism. This website doesn’t try to hide that it is a satire site. A few minutes examination of the site will lead you to their disclaimer.

Every time I saw this pop up I became more and more saddened, until I started noticing something. Inevitably, within a few comments, this article was revealed to be fictitious. Even if the poster did not realize this the other Christians reading the post were quick to point this out. Instead of starting a fight this lead to a realization of the truth for the poster. Instead of dogmatically sticking to an untruth because they liked the way it sounded, they accepted correction and thanked the commenter for setting them straight. This actually renewed my faith in my fellow Christians, that they would be excited about a new find, but willing to accept correction.

This is in stark contrast to many anti-theist articles I have seen posted that celebrate myths like the un-historicity of Jesus, that the Bible is the umpteenth interpretation of an interpretation of an interpretation, Alexander’s Nicean canonization of the books of the Bible, or the ever-popular Mithra comparison. These people seem to revel in their ignorance and flatly refuse to accept any refutation, even ones offered by secular scholars. They seem to trust the Da Vinci Code more than any Princeton history professor. These are suppose to be the “enlightened” ones, the “brights”, the skeptical ones that refuse to accept anything that science can’t prove, yet they dogmatically repeat these myths that have been refuted time and time again, without bothering to research the claims themselves.

To all the Christians out there, embrace your skepticism! Don’t be afraid to “test everything; hold fast what is good” (1 Thes 5:21).

To all the skeptics out there, be skeptical of your skepticism! Don’t’ automatically accept something as fact just because someone you may admire or trust tells you it’s true. The Bible says of those who suppress the truth, “claiming to be wise, they became fools” (Rom 1:22).

The truth is out there.

It will set you free.

Rules of Engagement

man-390339_640In the last year or so I have been involved in quite a few theistic/atheistic debates on social network sites, and have followed the back-and-forth on many more. One thing that has never failed to shock me is the ridicule, belittling and all-out hatred expressed during these exchanges. I see complete disregard for any respectful discourse. I see contempt and condescension towards people that do not hold the same views. I see ganging-up on people who are asking legitimate questions.

You might assume that I am talking about anti-theists or militant atheists. I’m not.

I’m talking about Christians.

In a certain sense an atheist has no compunction to abide by any rules of engagement. They are not governed by any body or required to subscribe to any code of conduct or objective moral guidelines. Even though it is hard to accept this, it is part of the price for interacting with a militant atheist, or anti-theist. They are free to make up their own rules. There is no reason to expect them to abide by yours. This is one of the few benefits that their world-view offers them, and you cannot blame them for taking full advantage of it.

I’m not accusing all atheists of being rude or of not following assumed social contracts. I have had very enjoyable and informative dialogs with people who are completely opposed to my point of view. As long as there is mutual respect two people can talk about anything, while still not coming to an agreement. What I am talking about is the ridicule and abuse tactics advocated by atheist leaders like Richard Dawkins or Peter Boghossian. There is a mind-set out there that considers this a completely legitimate way of treating those with alternate views of the world. The tenacity of the Internet troll is seen as an end in itself. If they can get you to loose your cool, or to just throw you hands up and walk away, they have “won”.

A Christian, on the other hand, does have a set of rules they are expected to recognize, and instructed to observe. I don’t know how many times I have heard 1st Peter 3:15 quoted as the Apologist’s key verse, but normally it is only the first half of the verse that you hear. You do not hear the part about doing it with “gentleness and respect” quoted nearly as frequently.

I freely admit that I am as guilty of this as anyone else. I have done my share of flaming. I have also seen the opportunity for a snide remark designed to cut, and have often taken it, but I am trying to change. My current favorite verse to guide my apologetic approach is, “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16, ESV). This is in the middle of a passage where Jesus instructs the Apostles to spread the Gospel, and warns them about how they are going to be mistreated. He does not tell them to take on the attributes of the wolves, to beat them at their own game, but to present the Truth boldly and unselfishly. They were told to heal the sick. They were instructed to endure in the midst of beatings, torture and being run out of town. If they were called to withstand all of that for the sake of the Message, how can I dare to claim offence against a name-caller, and lash out in some sort of self-serving “righteous anger”?

I am not advocating some sort of wishy-washy, I’m OK you’re OK type of approach. We need to stick to our convictions and state the truth, but we also need to present that truth in an attractive manner. It is possible to either wield it as a sledgehammer to beat them into submission, or as a cool glass of water to offer them refreshment. Recently I have been trying to ignore any insulting rhetoric and only respond to the actual talking points. I rarely feel that I am getting through to the person I am in a direct conversation with, but I am a strong believer in “ricochet witnessing”. I feel that if I can get the opportunity to present my point in the most Christ-like way possible, I have accomplished my goal, whether or not the point is acknowledged in the exchange.

What I don’t understand is the downright vicious remarks that are sometimes posted by my “fellow Christians”. I have lost count of the times I have seen things like “All atheists must die!” and “Go to hell and good riddance!” What are they trying to accomplish? They not only are loosing that particular battle, but are also reinforcing their opponent’s appraisal of Christians in general as bigoted and hateful, causing any future efforts of believers to fall on deafened ears.

Sometime you can tell very quickly that the person you are debating is not interested in rational discourse. If you find you are caught up with a troll, forget about trying to win the argument, you never will. The only win/loss option you have left is how you represent Christ. Are you going to win by displaying Christ’s nature, or will you loose by allowing the other person to goad you into displaying your own human nature? The way you behave is the only thing you have any control over, and in many circumstances it is quite possibly the most important thing. The final instruction Paul gives the Colossians, in a letter he writes from prison, is to “Walk in wisdom towards outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” (Colossians 4:5-6, ESV) This specifically says to not waste your time. It implies that sometimes the best thing you can do is to politely bow out. Remember that if you decide to stay and engage you are acting as an ambassador for Christ. You need to represent Him in an attractive, intelligent, honest manner. Though anger has its place, its place is usually not during an online dialog with a stranger.

I once heard an axiom that said, “What you call a person with is what you call them to”. Are we calling them to Christ, or to Westboro Baptist Church?

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