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The myth of race, debunked in 3 minutes: http://youtu.be/VnfKgffCZ7U

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Creating Symphonies
We can read Truth, and recite Truth, but to live Truth~is the sympony of life.  -adapted from S. Frances Foote

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Tell me who Jesus Christ is...
A question posed and answered in part by Napoleon Bonaparte Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I myself have founded great empires; but upon what did these creations of our genius depend? Upon force. Jesus alone founded his empire upon love, and to this ver...

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Really know God
Imagine how it feels to know confidently, that there is a God. Imagine if you will how you would feel if you knew God, personally. A knowledge that could change the world, and bring joy not only to yourself but to those around you, especially to those you l...

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NPR Interview of Christian Philosopher Alvin Plantinga on the alleged conflict between science and religion analyzed by William Lane Craig
http://www.rfmedia.org/RF_audio_video/RF_podcast/An-Interview-with-Alvin-Plantinga.mp3

"We have not been able to show that reason requires the moral point of view, or that all really rational persons should not be individual egoists or classical amoralists. Reason doesn't decide here. The picture I have painted for you is not a pleasant one. Reflection on it depresses me...Pure practical reason, even with a good knowledge of the facts, will NOT take you to morality." [Atheist Philosopher Kai Nielsen on (trying to) arrive at morality without God]

In order for Objective Morality to exist, God must exist....Objective Morality DOES exist, therefore....God exists.

Five reasons why I think we ought to assume that the gospels are reliable until proven wrong:

1. There was insufficient time for legendary influences to expunge the historical facts. The interval of time between the events themselves and recording of them in the gospels is too short to have allowed the memory of what had or had not actually happened to be erased.

2. The gospels are not analogous to folk tales or contemporary "urban legends." Tales like those of Paul Bunyan and Pecos Bill or contemporary urban legends like the "vanishing hitchhiker" rarely concern actual historical individuals and are thus not analogous to the gospel narratives.

3. The Jewish transmission of sacred traditions was highly developed and reliable. In an oral culture like that of first century Palestine the ability to memorize and retain large tracts of oral tradition was a highly prized and highly developed skill. From the earliest age children in the home, elementary school, and the synagogue were taught to memorize faithfully sacred tradition. The disciples would have exercised similar care with the teachings of Jesus.

4. There were significant restraints on the embellishment of traditions about Jesus, such as the presence of eyewitnesses and the apostles’ supervision. Since those who had seen and heard Jesus continued to live and the tradition about Jesus remained under the supervision of the apostles, these factors would act as a natural check on tendencies to elaborate the facts in a direction contrary to that preserved by those who had known Jesus.

5. The Gospel writers have a proven track record of historical reliability.

-WLC

There are 4 established facts constituting evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
1. After his crucifixion, Jesus was buried by Joseph of Arimathea in the tomb.
2. On the Sunday morning following the crucifixion, the tomb of Jesus was found empty by a group of his women followers.
3. On multiple occasions and under various circumstances, different individuals and groups of people experienced appearances of Jesus alive from the dead.
4. The original disciples believed that Jesus was risen from the dead despite their having every reason not to.

Any responsible historian, then, who seeks to give an account of the matter, must deal with these four independently established facts: the honorable burial of Jesus, the discovery of his empty tomb, his appearances alive after his death, and the very origin of the disciples’ belief in his resurrection and, hence, of Christianity itself. I want to emphasize that these four facts represent, not the conclusions of conservative scholars, nor have I quoted conservative scholars, but represent rather the majority view of New Testament scholarship today.

-WLC

"Men became scientific because they expected law in nature and they expected law in nature because they believed in a law-giver" [C.S. Lewis]
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