Ben Witherington III on the virgin birth / conception – it has huge theological implications
The reason Jesus’ death was sufficient to atone for the sins of the world, is because his was a perfect self-sacrifice, an unblemished sacrifice. And in the Jewish schema of things, in the Biblical scheme of things, this was exactly what was necessary, and all that was necessary to atone for sins. So way back at the beginning, the Son of God came into the world by means of virginal conception, by passing our fallen human nature passed from one generation to the next by normal human intercourse.
Also see The Virgin Birth – it still matters, a piece I did a couple of years back.
Interestingly, theologically liberal Christians typically deny the virgin birth and even seem embarrassed by it (as if the creator of the universe couldn’t do such a thing!), yet cults like Mormonism and false religions like Islam do believe it is true.
Do unemployment benefits encourage people to avoid working? – of course they discourage some people from seeking jobs. I’m very sympathetic to people being unemployed, but unlimited unemployment benefits will send the wrong message and harm the economy further.
Fred Phelps, Democrat – yep. The Westboro “Baptist” pastor ran as a Democrat several times, among other things. Be sure to note that when you refer to him. As one commenter noted:
. . . if this Phelps [“character”] had even voted republican ONCE for local dog catcher it would be the lead story for NYT, WP, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, et al. The headline would read: REPUBLICANS SPREAD HATEFILLED MESSAGE WHILE PICKETING ELIZABETH EDWARDS FUNERAL.
Ethanol Subsidies Show Why Washington Is Broken – even Al Gore knows these are not only ineffective but counterproductive, yet we keep wasting billions of dollars on them. Billions!
Coming soon to a country near you: Belgian archbishop targeted by gay activists over AIDS remarks – Even though the CDC reports that the risk is nearly 50 times higher for gays, the archbishop is accused of being a “homophobe” for stating the obvious.
Edgar’s book review on “Why Evolution is True” – good stuff (the review, not the book).
Evolutionary Theory is Lacking
Having read Coyne’s Evolution, I’m still not persuaded naturalism (i.e. Darwinism) is true. If anything, Darwinism as defined by Coyne might be a way of trying to explain how diversity (common ancestry) evolved on planet earth. That is, how we went from a single living cell to a full grown man.
We’re still missing lots of details. Consider these four points:
- Origin: How did we get to the 1st living cell? From inOrganic to Organic?)
- Morality On page 230 – Coyne, speaking of humanity says, “The world still teems with selfishness, immorality, and injustice), but in a Darwinian world absolute moral values do not exist. If what he says is true, there most be an absolute moral code giver.
- Meaning Why me? Why now? Think: How do we counsel a young victim of rape? should we lie to the child? or should we tell the truth? Well that’s how nature works. Sorry. NEXT.
- Destiny Where did we get this idea that we’re going to die (self-awareness)? And why do we care that we die anyway? why is life preferred over non-existence?
Ten Things You Need To Know About ‘DREAM Act’ S.3827
Kinda convicting – Why are Christians so reluctant to share the life saving and life changing truth of the Gospel?