Why do People Reject Darwinism?

Alex, Rosenberg, a philosopher of science and author of An Atheist’s Guide to Reality says this in his book Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Introduction:

Many biologists and not a few philosophers have held that after Darwin, evolutionary biology took back from philosophy the problems of explaining human nature or identifying the purpose or meaning of life. These biologists and philosophers hold that Darwinism shows that man’s nature differs only by degrees from that of other animals. They argue that Darwin’s great achievement was to show that there is no such thing as purpose, goals, ends, meaning or intelligibility in the universe, that its appearance is just an “overlay” we confer on the adaptations we discern in nature. Adaptations are really just the result of the environment’s persistent filtration of blind variations creating the appearance of design. It is for this reason that evolutionary theory is so widely resisted. Some people reject the answers biology gives to questions about purpose, meaning and human nature. (p. 4)

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Calvin on Doctrine

“Doctrine is not an affair of the tongue, but of the life; is not apprehended by the intellect and the memory merely, like other branches of learning; but is received only when it possesses the whole soul, and finds its seat in the innermost recesses of the heart.” (John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, 3.6.4)

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Recipe: Chili

minced garlic (about 2 T)
onion (at least 1/2 an onion, chopped and sauteed)
green pepper (1, chopped and sauteed)
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Grant Osborne on the Importance of Historical Theology

Here is a great quote from Grant R. Osborne’s book The Hermeneutical Spiral on the importance of historical theology (p. 266):

Historical theology technically belongs between biblical and systematic theology. It studies the way later paradigm communities understood the biblical doctrines and enables us better to understand current theological debates by placing them in bold relief within the history of dogma. Continue reading

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My View on Christianity and Politics

How should a Christian view politics? While I don’t have the definitive answer to that question, here are a few basic principles that I hold to in light of Scripture and the Christian tradition that I embrace. Here are three basic principles that I believe can help us to interact with the political situation in a way that pleases God: Continue reading

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Typology in the New Testament

Kostenberger and Patterson, on page 704 of Invitation to Biblical Interpretation say the following about the use of the Old Testament in the NT:

Beginning students of Scripture sometimes assume that there is only one way in which the New Testament writers use the Old Testament. (Most commonly, the assumption is that this one way is prediction-fulfillment, that is, a New Testament writer citing an Old Testament passage to show that a given passage has been fulfilled in Christ.) Nothing could be further form the truth. While it is true that the prediction-fulfillment pattern accounts for a significant number of New Testament references to the Old (such as Matt. 2:6 citing Mic. 5:2), it is by no means the only type of usage.

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The Importance of Communication for Relationships

As I took a brief walk today, I was about to cross and intersection when a car approached. Since the driver had the turn signal on, I felt comfortable crossing the street on the other side of the intersection, but I kept my eye on the car in case they had accidentally left the turn signal on by mistake. I thought about this for a couple minutes and it seemed to me to be an interesting metaphor for the importance of communication. The turn signal is the driver’s way of communicating to the pedestrians and the other drivers on the road what the driver intends to do. If the driver forgets to communicate their intentions, or communicates the wrong intentions, an accident can be the result. The same thing is true in relationships. Communication is one way that we can avoid relational accidents. If my wife, children or other people understand what I am up to, it is less likely that we are going to have a “relational collision.” Continue reading

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