Professor James M. Tour is one of the ten most cited chemists in the world…He is currently a Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Computer Science, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Rice University. He has authored or co-authored 489 scientific publications and his name is on 36 patents.
On Professor Tour’s Website, there’s a very revealing article on evolution and creation, in which Tour bluntly states that he does not understand how macroevolution could have happened…
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A world-famous chemist tells the truth: there’s no scientist alive today who understands macroevolution | Uncommon Descent.
(HT: Greg West at The Poached Egg of Ratio Christi)
The answer depends on how a person defines evolution. Its meaning is very elastic. In one sense it may be widely held, but in no sense does it seem to be widely understood in a common way.
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Why Is Evolution So Widely Believed? | ClearThinking Christianity. [Editorial note, September 27, 2015: Apparently, this site no longer exists. You can at least still see the beginning of the article at the Ratio Christi link below.]
(HT: Greg West with The Poached Egg of Ratio Christi)
This is the first of a series of three articles on this subject. (Links for the other two will be found at the first one.)
How Not To Argue Against Evolution – Thinking Christian.
(HT: The Poached Egg of Ratio Christi)
Can We Still Believe the Bible? An Evangelical Engagement with Contemporary Questions was published in April 2014. There are six chapters in it. The first two chapters are on the New Testament text, canon, and translation respectively.
- Aren’t the Copies of the Bible Hopelessly Corrupt?
- Wasn’t the Selection of Books for the Canon Just Political?
- Can We Trust Any of Our Translations of the Bible?
- Don’t These Issues Rule Out Biblical Inerrancy?
- Aren’t Several Narrative Genres of the Bible Unhistorical?
- Don’t All the Miracles Make the Bible Mythical?
As you may have surmised, Blomberg has framed his chapter titles as challenges to the position he defends.
Nick Peters of the Deeper Waters podcast (on-demand radio) interviewed Blomberg about this book on April 26, 2014. The episode takes its title from the book “Can We Still Believe the Bible?” Peters’ show last two hours and is divided into six 20-minute segments. They spent one segment on each of the six chapters. Therefore, you can get the material on text and canon in the first 40 minutes. To listen to the podcast, find the date and title of the episode on this list: Deeper Waters Podcast Schedule
Nick Peters’ blurb about this podcast episode:
Join us this Saturday as Craig Blomberg comes on to talk about his newest book “Can We Still Believe The Bible?” We’ll be discussing the text of the Bible, questions about what books made it into the canon and what books didn’t, questions about why there are so many translations of the Bible, how it is that a Christian should understand the topic of Inerrancy, how genre consideration plays into our understanding of the Gospels, and finally whether the Bible can be believed since it contains miracles in it.
Some interesting data here, including information about both Galileo and Copernicus being Christians, and in more than a nominal way. The article is an excerpt from a forthcoming book
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The Always Be Ready Apologetics Ministry Blog: How Critics of Christianity Often Distort the Story of Galileo.
(ht: Greg West at The Poached Egg of Ratio Christi)
Cornelius Hunter succinctly explains that many evolutionists are making claims for the theory of evolution that just don’t stand up to sustained thought. Specifically, he examines the folly of claiming that evolution is as certain as gravity. Even if the theory of evolution were true, it could not be experimented with and experienced in the same way that gravity can.
(2 min read; 525 words)
Darwin’s God: Comparing Evolution to Empirical Observations Such as Gravity.
(HT: The Poached Egg: Ratio Ratio Christi’s Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network)
Jim Wallace cogently and succinctly explains that “theistic evolution” is an oxymoron.
(2 min read; 541 words)
Why I’m Not a Theistic Evolutionist | Cold Case Christianity.
(HT: The Poached Egg)
Tom Foreman of CNN moderates this debate on the origin of the universe between Bill Nye (“The Science Guy”) and Ken Ham (president of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum). The debate was held on February 4, 2014 at the Creation Museum, in northern Kentucky near Cincinnati.
In this column (3 min read; 858 words), Charles Krauthammer exposes political religion being put forth as science. Along the way, he says:
There is nothing more anti-scientific than the very idea that science is settled, static, impervious to challenge.
The issue of global warming is thus another example of scientism versus science.
via Charles Krauthammer: The myth of ‘settled science’ – The Washington Post.
HT Twitter: @Between2Worlds (Justin Taylor of The Gospel Coalition)