I Don't Have Enough FAITH to Be an ATHEIST

By Dr. Frank Turek

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 Jan 24, 2021
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Cross Examining ideas against the truth and Christianity.

Episode Date
The Ravi Zacharias scandal and the truth of Christianity
48:04
The report is out, and it is devastating.  Many of the facts have come from the victims themselves and have been verified by looking at Ravi’s own smartphones, which included text messages, emails, and pictures.  For several years Ravi Zacharias had been living a double life; on one hand as a respected Christian apologist, evangelist, and ministry leader; on the other as a serial sexual predator—a man who used his reputation to groom women, many of them massage therapists, to engage in immoral behavior against their will. Frank comments on Ravi’s unconscionable behavior and addresses several questions including: Why did no one notice this earlier? Why didn’t the Holy Spirit prevent this and other high-profile falls? Does this disprove Christianity? What can we do to prevent this from happening again? Frank also cites 10 ways that such evil behavior is actually a reminder to us that the Christian worldview is true and opposing worldviews are not. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher    
Feb 19, 2021
Do Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence?
49:52
If you believe in the Resurrection or the biblical miracles, skeptics will often dismiss your beliefs by saying that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”.   Is that claim true?  What does “extraordinary” mean?  Do skeptics and atheists apply that standard to their own beliefs?  In this show, Frank lays out some of the evidence for Christianity— some of which is extraordinary— and then examines the counterclaims of atheists.  It turns out that atheist claims are extraordinary, yet they have no evidence for them!  Frank also addresses these questions:  Why is there evidence for anything?  Why is does this orderly universe exist and why can our minds gather and understand that evidence?   What best explains ordinary cause and effect? You might become amazed at the ordinary all around you. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Feb 12, 2021
Racism Doesn’t Explain Everything
49:51
Why are women paid less on average than men for the same job? Is it sexism? Why do certain ethnic groups have worse outcomes than others?  Is it racism?  Why did Alberto Salazar beat Frank Turek by 43 minutes in the 1981 New York City Marathon?  Was it discrimination?  How do you discover the causes for different outcomes in life?   Frank shows that true cause and effect regarding outcomes in our society is much more difficult to establish than those who chant slogans.  There are hundreds of reasons why people wind up where they are.   Discrimination may explain some of it, but our country has made great progress away from racism despite what current woke people say.  Racism does not explain everything.   If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Feb 06, 2021
Tactics for People who Won’t Listen
49:50
Greg Koukl, the author of the great book Tactics (the 10th Anniversary edition), joins Frank to discuss tactical ways you can have conversations with people who won’t listen— people who claim that they reject the use of reason.  In fact, if you use reason, that’s just a cover for your racism!   They also discuss the hazards of using the term “social justice”, and how to respond to those who do. As always, Greg provides helpful insights on how a Christian can effectively navigate this increasingly hostile culture. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Jan 29, 2021
EVIL NEVER RESTS
49:49
Proverbs 18:17 says, “The one who states his case first seems right until the other comes and examines him.”   Yet, there’s an expectation that you’re supposed to have an informed opinion on an event the second a story breaks.  And if you don’t say something, you’ll be accused of not caring:  Silence is violence!  Silence is compliance! Frank applies this insight to a question about the riots and then addresses questions related to: Is there ever a justification for using violence against your government? Are biblical prohibitions about homosexual behavior really about pedophilia? How can we be sinless in heaven if we have free will?  Won’t there be the potential for sin? How can prayer work if God knows all things in advance? Is recreational marijuana biblical? If God designed DNA, then why are there birth defects? If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher EvilNeverRests-IDHEFTBAAPodcast1.23.21
Jan 22, 2021
“Immortal: How Death Drives Us” with Clay Jones
49:51
Are you happy or sad about current events?  Don’t get too happy or sad because the things of this world are temporary.  The state is temporary, but you are eternal. Solomon said that God has put eternity on our hearts.  But unless we accept God’s gracious offer of Heaven, we will try to find substitutes for God in an attempt to satisfy our desire for immortality.   Join Frank as he welcomes Dr. Clay Jones to share findings from his new book, Immortal:  How the Fear of Death Drives Us and What We Can Do About It.  Clay and Frank have an insightful conversation about many related issues, including philosophy, C.S. Lewis, why some Christians fear death, and whether or not true meaning can be found without God. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher ImmortalHowDeathDrivesUs-IDHEFTBAAPodcast1.16.21
Jan 15, 2021
The Roots of Riots
49:49
Why was there a riot at the Capitol by Trump Supporters?  Why have there been riots across America this year by Leftists?  What are the roots of these riots?  Frank exposes the underlying problem in our country that has led to violence.  There is plenty of blame to go around, including the church. There is no excuse for this violence but there are plenty of explanations. Along the way, he distinguishes between causes and conditions and what Christians should do to help our country. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher RootsOfRiots-IDHEFTBAAPodcast1.9.21
Jan 08, 2021
Using Beauty to Deceive
49:51
If you want to deceive someone to believe a falsehood, dress up the falsehood to look beautiful or at least more attractive.  This deception occurs every day in our culture, and sometimes the church when people use language as a beautiful cover for sin.  In this show, Frank looks at how people do this by using attractive words— such as Love, tolerance, justice, equality, progressive, and the like— to make you feel better about doing something wrong.  Listening might help you discern truth from deception and avoid sin and pain. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Dec 31, 2020
Of Infinite Importance
49:50
How many of the objections did you hear about Christianity strike at the heart of Christianity? In other words, if you couldn’t answer them would that mean that Christianity is false?  Frank has discovered that the answer is no.   Christianity is still true even if such objections or questions remain unaddressed.  In this show, Frank unpacks that point and C.S. Lewis’s maxim that Christianity, if true, is of Infinite Importance.  Why? Because how you respond to the true meaning of Christmas will determine your eternity. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Dec 23, 2020
Critical Theory with Dr. Neil Shenvi
49:50
Why are people being canceled for recognizing clear biological facts?  Why are all white people being declared racist regardless of their behavior?  Why are people being ordered to repent for sins they never personally committed?  Dr. Neil Shenvi explains that these and other shocking phenomena in our culture are the results of a growing view of the world called “Critical Theory.”  He joins Frank to answer questions such as:  What is Critical Theory?  What does it get right, and what does it get wrong?  How does it line up with the Bible?How does it oppose what Martin Luther King taught? What are some signs that it is seeping into your church?   What questions should you ask people who believe it? What practical steps should we take to improve race relations in America?  As you’ll see, Neil is very clear and concise about this growing movement in our culture.  If you don’t care about this now, you will be made to care.  See much more about this topic on Dr. Shenvi’s website:  www.ShenviApologetics.com If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Dec 18, 2020
“Chasing Love” by Sean McDowell
49:50
Almost everyone is in love with love. But what is love and how does it relate to sex? Dr. Sean McDowell joins Frank to offer insights from his new book 𝘾𝙝𝙖𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙇𝙤𝙫𝙚: 𝙎𝙚𝙭, 𝙇𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙍𝙚𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙝𝙞𝙥𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙛𝙪𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝘾𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚. Frank and Sean discuss everything from the purpose of life to the purpose of sex, as well as issues such as singleness, pornography, cohabitation, and transgenderism. These issues are overtaking our culture, and Christians must be able to understand them and help the people they impact. This podcast will help! If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Dec 11, 2020
How Should Christians Disagree About Important Things?
49:49
By Richard Land   This past week the Evangelical world has reverberated with a debate by two of Evangelicaldom’s most illustrious, influential, and popular theologians: John Piper and Wayne Grudem. On October 22, John Piper wrote an article, “Policies, Persons, and Paths to Ruin: Pondering the Implications of the 2020 Elections.” In which he explains why he would not be voting for Biden or Trump and noted in a tweet that “the reasoning really matters.” Piper’s article ignited a firestorm of discussion on social media. On October 27, Wayne Grudem wrote an in-depth response to Piper, “A Respectful Response to My Friend John Piper about Voting for Trump,” which appeared in The Christian Post.  I won’t try to summarize what they said. They did that themselves, succinctly and with clarity and passion. They were both clearly aware that they were in disagreement about profoundly important issues. And yet, they were respectful and well-mannered. They did not allow their substantive disagreements to escalate to rancor and to degenerate into personal attacks. In fact, prior to Grudem publishing his response, he sent a copy to his friend of many years, John Piper, for comments. Piper responded that Grudem “had represented him fairly” and “that he counted me as a dear friend.” Grudem explained that then Piper in a pure “Piperesque” touch “pointed out how I could make one of my arguments stronger.” Piper and Grudem do have very significant and differing points of view on the issue of the 2020 election (and in the interest of full disclosure, I think Grudem gets by far the better of the argument). You can read these positions for yourselves and draw your own conclusions. The most important part, however, of this Piper-Grudem debate is that it models how Christian brothers and sisters should be able to debate and discuss substantive and important issues of disagreement (“iron sharpeneth iron,” Prov. 27:17) and do so in a manner that honors Christ. Unfortunately, this model of civility and respect for differing viewpoints is far rarer than it ought to be in today’s Christendom. Once again, in the interest of full disclosure, I have met both men, but I have a far more developed relationship with Dr. Grudem. I do try to read everything they both write since both are such excellent writers, even though my theological perspective is somewhat different than theirs. One of the most interesting things about the Piper-Grudem debate is that both men’s theology tells them that God “decreed” or “ordained” who was going to win next Tuesday’s presidential election before the foundation of the world, while I merely believe that He always knew the outcome as a function of His omniscience, not necessarily His omnipotence. In conclusion, I am extremely grateful to Dr. Piper and Dr. Grudem for providing such an inspiring model of how Christian brothers can disagree in a way that honors our Savior and His Kingdom. I must confess that I had started to pen a response to Dr. Piper’s piece before I read Dr. Grudem’s response. Alas, my column was not as elevated in tone as Dr. Grudem’s, and so I am grateful to have this positive influence on my attitude. Finally, let us always remember that even if the candidate we support does not win next Tuesday, God is still on His throne. God may send judgment to America, but God’ church will continue on “and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18). Recommended resources related to the topic: How Philosophy Can Help Your Theology by Richard Howe (MP3 Set), (mp4 Download Set), and (DVD Set)  Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Greg Koukl (Book) Richard Land, D. Phil, Professor of Theology (A.B., 1969; Th.M., 1972; D.Phil., 1980; Honorary D.D., 2009). Prior to becoming the president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in 2013, Richard Land served as the President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern B...
Dec 07, 2020
“How (Not) to Read the Bible” with Dan Kimball
49:50
A popular meme says that reading the Bible is the fastest way to become an atheist! On the face of it, the Bible does seem to have some verses that are pro-slavery, pro-violence, anti-women, and anti-science. Leaving aside the fact that atheists have no objective moral standard by which to judge anything wrong, these verses do seem to present a problem for Christians. Young people see these memes and are cast into doubt. That’s why you need to get the excellent new book by pastor and seminary professor Dan Kimball called 𝑯𝒐𝒘 (𝑵𝒐𝒕) 𝒕𝒐 𝑹𝒆𝒂𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑩𝒊𝒃𝒍𝒆: 𝑴𝒂𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑺𝒆𝒏𝒔𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑨𝒏𝒕𝒊-𝑾𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒏, 𝑨𝒏𝒕𝒊-𝑺𝒄𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆, 𝑷𝒓𝒐-𝑽𝒊𝒐𝒍𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆, 𝑷𝒓𝒐-𝑺𝒍𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑶𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝑪𝒓𝒂𝒛𝒚-𝑺𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑷𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝑺𝒄𝒓𝒊𝒑𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆. Dan clearly answers these charges and shows us how to properly interpret these passages. This is a MUST read/listen! If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Dec 04, 2020
No one can be Happy without this
49:50
Unhappy?  It’s impossible to be happy unless you are thankful.  Frank uses the book of Romans and common sense to show why. Along the way, Frank addresses the politically incorrect passages in Romans 1 and asks questions to people who disagree with Paul and Jesus. Frank also addresses the following questions listeners have:  Why isn’t Jeremiah 29:11 a promise to us? Does God condone concubines and polygamy? Does God speak to Christians directly?  Why doesn’t He speak to me? If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Nov 25, 2020
Live Not by Lies with Rod Dreher
49:54
For years, émigrés from the former Soviet bloc have been telling New York Times best-selling author, Rod Dreher they see telltale signs of "soft" totalitarianism cropping up in America. In his new book, Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents, Dreher amplifies the alarm sounded by these brave men. “America is sleepwalking into soft totalitarianism. If we ignore the prophetic voices of those who survived Communism, we deserve what we get,” says Dreher.  We are walking into a trap, and the solution is much more than politics.    Mr. Dreher joins Frank to expose this encroaching problem and offer some solutions.  All Christians need to listen to this!  If you begin to live by lies now, you will not resist when you’re pressured to deny Christ.   If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Nov 20, 2020
Challenging Conversations with Jason Jimenez
49:53
Are you afraid to have conversations about controversial issues?   Some are even controversial in the church!  Then join Frank as he welcomes Jason Jimenez, author of the new book Challenging Conversations.  The book gives practical advice on how to have productive conversations on 9 issues:  Depression and mental illness, addiction, pornography, pre-marital sex, divorce and remarriage, LGBT issues, abortion, politics, and racism.  On the show, Frank and Jason cover three of these issues.  After the show, check out Jason’s ministry www.StandStrongMinistries.org If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Nov 13, 2020
The Fire-Breathing Dragon in The Garage vs God
49:41
In the year 2018 the debate “What Best Explains Reality: Theism or Atheism? (Frank Turek vs. Michael Shermer)” took place. Frank presented his case for the existence of God as the best explanation for some facts about reality, such as the origin and fine-tuned of the universe and the objective moral values and duties. One of Shermer's arguments to demonstrate the deficiency of the hypothesis of God was to present the famous analogy of "The Dragon in The Garage", used for the first time by Carl Sagan in his book The Demon-Haunted World. This is the original analogy: Suppose I seriously make such an assertion to you. Surely, you'd want to check it out, see for yourself. There have been innumerable stories of dragons over the centuries, but no real evidence. What an opportunity!"Show me," you say. I lead you to my garage. You look inside and see a ladder, empty paint cans, an old tricycle--but no dragon."Where's the dragon?" you ask."Oh, she's right here," I reply, waving vaguely. "I neglected to mention that she's an invisible dragon." You propose spreading flour on the floor of the garage to capture the dragon's footprints."Good idea," I say, "but this dragon floats in the air."Then you'll use an infrared sensor to detect the invisible fire."Good idea, but the invisible fire is also heatless."You'll spray-paint the dragon and make her visible."Good idea, but she's an incorporeal dragon and the paint won't stick." And so on. I counter every physical test you propose with a special explanation of why it won't work.Now, what's the difference between an invisible, incorporeal, floating dragon who spits heatless fire and no dragon at all? If there's no way to disprove my contention, no conceivable experiment that would count against it, what does it mean to say that my dragon exists? Your inability to invalidate my hypothesis is not at all the same thing as proving it true. Claims that cannot be tested, assertions immune to disproof are veridically worthless, whatever value they may have in inspiring us or in exciting our sense of wonder. What I'm asking you to do comes down to believing, in the absence of evidence, on my say-so. Shermer's version has some variants to ridicule Frank's stance on the existence of God as an explanation of the origin of the universe, the objective moral values, ​​and duties and the fine-tuning of the universe. The main objective of Shermer is to prove that the existence of God is impossible to refute in the same way that theists can't refute the existence of the dragon in the garage. But is this a good argument? Not really. Let me explain why. The first thing that Shermer wants us to believe using Sagan's analogy is that the properties of God that the theists attribute to him are mere gratuitous affirmations without any evidence. Here Shermer has in mind the revealed theology, those attributes that we know that God possesses through his word revealed to us. But in the debate with Frank one does not affirm the attributes of God as in the case of the dragon in the garage. And although it is not necessary, let me compare the fire-breathing dragon and God with their respective attributes. The case for the Fire-Breathing Dragon in The Garage Invisibility. This attribute is granted without any evidence. Floating in the air. Neither is inferred based on any evidence. Cold Fire. Like the previous ones, there is no argument to attribute this property to the dragon; moreover, the property is self-contradictory. Immateriality. Zero arguments, and like cold fire-breathing, this is a contradictory property of a dragon. For a dragon to be a dragon, it must have a body with certain essential properties of a dragon, it can't be incorporeal. The case for God Creator, metaphysically necessary, self-existent. These attributes are inferred through the argument of contingent beings and the ontological argument. Transcendent, personal cause, beginningless, uncaused, timeless,
Nov 07, 2020
The Election and Why Socialism Doesn’t Work
49:45
How should Christians react to an election that they think may be fraudulent, regardless of who they support?  How should we treat those who disagree with us politically?  Despite the political upheaval, what will, thankfully, never change in the Christian’s life?  Frank addresses those questions and then offers a short primer on economics which shows why socialism doesn’t work— in fact, it can’t work because it misdiagnoses human nature and economics 101.  Young people especially need to listen to this.  If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Nov 07, 2020
How Do I Know that I Know?
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By Richard Howe In 2013, I had the privilege of participating in both a written and panel dialog/debate with K. Scott Oliphint of Westminster Seminary and Jason Lisle founder of the Biblical Science Institute. Oliphint is a theologian and Lisle is an astrophysicist. Both are proponents of the apologetic method of Presuppositionalism in the tradition of Cornelius Van Til. Recently a student of mine asked me how I would respond to one of Jason Lisle’s challenges to me. I contend that all knowledge begins in the senses and is completed in the intellect. (Lest the reader misunderstand what I specifically mean by my use of the term ‘knowledge’ in this context, he is encouraged to read my blog article titled “Discussing Aquinas” here.) Lisle asked: “How does he know that he’s not in the ‘Matrix’ and that his sensory experiences have nothing to do with the real world?”[1] In helping the student by answering Lisle’s question directly, I also wanted to take the occasion to set Lisle’s question in a broader philosophical context to see how his question conceals certain philosophical assumptions that need to be surfaced and examined. Lisle’s question is ultimately impossible. I claim that it is undeniable that one can know reality through the sensory faculties—seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, smelling. The reader should note the subtle shift here. Above, I said that all knowledge begins in the senses. Lisle’s challenge is in effect asking how any knowledge can arise from the senses. More to the point, Lisle is asking how I can know that my senses are reliable—how can I “know” that I “know.” Lisle’s challenge is less complicated to answer than my original contention is to defend. I will take the less complicated route here. It remains that the fact that any knowledge can arise from the senses is a necessary condition for the claim that all knowledge arises from the senses (and is completed in the intellect).[2] The most common responses or challenges to my claim are this one that Lisle poses (how do you know your senses are reliable?) and questions to the effect of how can one acquire knowledge about non-physical truths like logic, morality, metaphysics, and God by means of the senses. He makes the charge (in teeing up his challenge) that I have “tacitly presupposed (among other things) that our senses correspond to reality.”[3] As we shall see, I have done no such thing. Lisle’s question implies that I could know that I know reality only if I know that my senses are reliable. Let’s momentarily grant his point for the sake of argument. I’ll come back to answer it directly. For now, consider what questions one would need to ask about Lisle’s challenge. Since my senses are themselves part of reality, how could I know that my senses are reliable when I claim that it is in them that my knowledge of reality has its origin? In other words, whatever means (be they other faculties besides the sensory faculties or something else) I use to deliver to me the conclusion that my senses are reliable, I would then have to ask how I know that this means was itself reliable. By whatever means #2 I might offer as to how I would answer that, how could I know means #2 is reliable when it tells me that the first means was reliable in telling me that my senses were reliable in telling me about reality? If I posit means #3 to tell me that means #2 is reliable when it tells me that the first means is reliable when it tells me that my senses are reliable in telling me what reality is, then …. You get the picture. You have an infinite regress. Lisle thinks that he doesn’t have an infinite regress because he thinks he knows that God has told him about reality (or, more strictly, that God has told him that his senses are reliable). But how does Lisle know that God told him that? He thinks it’s because he has the Bible. He says, “Sensory experience is only reliable if our senses correspond to reality; and only the Christian ...
Nov 04, 2020
Should Christians be one-issue voters? with Scott Klusendorf
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The creator of VeggieTales, Phil Vischer, just put out a video causing some Christians to doubt the importance of voting for pro-life candidates.   Frank wrote a response to the video that you can access at Crossexamined.org.  On this show, pro-life author and trainer, Scott Klusendorf, joins Frank to discuss the flaws in Mr. Vischer’s video and to make the case for life in a concise way.  They also respond to some of the most prominent pro-abortion objections and show that Christians do not qualify a candidate on one issue, but we rightfully disqualify a candidate on one issue.  Just watch the one minute video at caseforlife.com to see why (this is a video that YouTube tried to censor). If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Oct 30, 2020
The Price of Panic, with Dr. Jay Richards
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What have we learned from the COVID pandemic and our response to it?  Does the data show that the lockdown worked?  What was the total human cost of the lockdown?   What steps did the media take to disseminate “panic porn”?  Why were the models so wrong?  Why do we have conflicting scientific opinions? How many people really did die from COVID?  Is the current increase in cases really something to worry about?  What is the death rate and are deaths going up or down?   How should we respond to this time?  Dr. Jay Richards joins Frank to discuss those and other questions related to his timely new book “The Price of Panic:  How the Tyranny of Experts Turned a Pandemic into a Catastrophe”.  If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Oct 21, 2020
Another Gospel with Alisa Childers
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There is a far deeper problem than atheism infecting the church. Alisa Childers, a Christian singer with ZOEgirl, almost got infected herself. She was challenged to renounce the true gospel and adopt another gospel—that of progressive Christianity. She joins Frank to tell her story and discuss her fabulous new book “Another Gospel,” which is part autobiographical and part apologetics. Among the issues they cover: How did your pastor try to convert away from the true Gospel?What is progressive and Christian about progressive Christianity?What are the basic beliefs of progressive Christianity?What the signs of a person or church-going in that direction?Why do people become progressive Christians?How is progressive Christianity more intolerant than true Christianity?What are its racist and Marxist roots?  What evidence do we have that the early Christians were conservative, not progressive?How do you reach out to those who consider themselves progressive Christians? Get the book! Here’s Frank’s endorsement: "I love this book! Alisa Childers takes you on a captivating journey from her unreflective conservative Christian faith to the cliff of another gospel and then back home to the true Jesus. Along the way, she deconstructs progressive Christianity with wit, insight, and easy-to-remember evidence. Another Gospel? will inoculate you from a temptation far more seductive than atheism. And it’s an enjoyable read too!" If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Oct 16, 2020
Every Black Life Matters
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What is critical race theory? What does BLM stand for as an organization? Can Christians support it? Frank interviews Neil Mammen and Kevin McGary, co-founders of EveryBLM.com. Here are some of the questions they discuss:  What is critical race theory?What is intersectionality?How many races are they?Are there still systematic injustices in American Law?  If so, where are they?Should reparations be paid for past injustices?What is the BLM organization for and against politically?Is There a Non-Marxist Biblical Alternative to ‘Black Lives Matter?’Does EVERY Black Life matter?How can you fruitfully interact with BLM protestors? What can you do to help minorities in America? Mr. McGary makes a startling proposal regarding reparations that will certainly generate some email! This is a fascinating conversation. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Oct 09, 2020
The arising of our Universe: Design or Chance?
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By Julie Hannah How likely is it that our universe is the result of random physical operations? Scientists point out that shaping the universe into its present form required a very precise balance of many finely-tuned physical constants such as these: Gravitational attraction—This had to be in perfect balance with the rate of expansion to enable structures to form.The ratio of gravitational force to electromagnetic force—A slightly different ratio would have created stars that were either white dwarfs or blue giants, neither of which can support complex life.The electrical charge of electrons—If this were even slightly different, stars would not be able to burn hydrogen and helium, or would not explode to distribute heavy elements.The strong nuclear force—A slightly weaker force would have prevented the formation of heavy elements, but a slightly stronger force would have converted all hydrogen into other elements, resulting in no water and no fuel for stars to burn.Formation of carbon—Stars are only able to produce carbon from helium because the carbon nucleus has very specific values of spin and resonance energy.Initial entropy (disorder)—The entropy of our universe continues to increase, but it is still not at its maximum. Its initial value must therefore have been exceptionally small, with an extremely low probability of 1 out of 10^(10^123 ). This ridiculously large number has more zeros than the total number of protons and neutrons in the entire universe! For carbon-based life such as ours to be possible, approximately twenty-six such physical properties had to have extremely precise and statistically improbable values. In addition, pairs of matter-antimatter particles annihilate each other, and matter only exists because one extra matter particle somehow came to be formed for every billion pairs. Scientists still do not understand how this imbalance could have arisen. What about the theory of an infinite number of universes? To avoid the implication of design, some scientists propose that there is an infinite number of universes with different physical laws. In that case, it is to be expected that ours could arise by chance with the specific properties necessary for human life. But there are problems with this theory. Paul Davies writes: “It flies in the face of Occam’s razor, by introducing vast (indeed infinite) complexity to explain the regularities of just one universe. I find this ‘blunderbuss’ approach to explain the specialness of our universe scientifically questionable” (Mind of God, 218–19). (According to the principle of Occam’s Razor, the most likely explanation should have the least number of assumptions and conditions.)The multiverse theory cannot be scientifically proven because it does not provide testable predictions. In the opinion of physicist Peter Woit, the theory, therefore, does not lie within the domain of science: “Maybe we really live in a ‘multiverse’ of different possible universes . . . [But] this way of thinking about physics does not seem to lead to any falsifiable predictions, and so is one that physicists have traditionally considered to be unscientific” (Not Even Wrong, xi).Cosmologist George Ellis, co-author with Stephen Hawking, is critical of the theory. He argues that universes which actually exist, rather than merely being theoretically possible, would still require specific laws and would probably share a common causal connection. (See “Multiverses and Physical Cosmology.”)Any inflationary universe must have a beginning in time, which would still need an explanation. (See Borde and Vilenkin, “Eternal Inflation,” 1.)There are serious difficulties with trying to apply the mathematical concept of infinity to a physical situation. As mathematician David Hilbert pointed out, “The infinite is nowhere to be found in reality” (“On the Infinite,” 151). George Ellis and others argue that an infinite collection of universes is highly problematic and does not solve th...
Oct 03, 2020
Why is our Country Split?
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Why can’t two men running for President debate respectfully?  Maybe it’s because our entire culture—which includes you and me—can’t debate respectfully.  Why can’t we?  Way back in 1978, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, the Russian dissident, and author who spent eight years in a Russian Gulag, gave a prophetic speech at Harvard’s graduation.  It could have been written today because Solzhenitsyn nails the problems in our culture that have led to the divide.  Frank recites highlights of the speech, the problems Solzhenitsyn identifies and offers what we can do to solve them.   If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Oct 02, 2020
Reaching Gen Z with Dr. Sean McDowell
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Are you having trouble reaching your children—elementary school through college—with the truth of Christianity?  If so, maybe it’s because you haven’t considered what really motivates Gen Z.  Dr. Sean McDowell joins Frank to discuss How to Reach and Equip Gen Z, which is also the title of Sean's brand new online course starting this week (go to Crossexamined.org and click “Online Courses).   Among the questions they discuss on this show:   Who is Gen Z?Why did you write a book about reaching them?What are some misconceptions about this generation?What is the defining factor of Gen Z?What is their emotional state?How does technology shape the way they think?How is social media affecting them, especially on sexual issues? What are the biggest questions being asked by young people today?Do students care about the truth?What is one thing parents can do to better reach them?  If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Sep 25, 2020
Evangelicals, Trump and the Election with Dr. Michael Brown
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Evangelicals today are deeply divided over Donald Trump. Some see him as a savior figure, anointed by God to protect the church and make America great again. Others see him more like the antichrist, doing great harm to the nation and bringing embarrassment to the church.  Who’s right?  Might they both have good points?  What should we do to move forward? Dr. Michael Brown, author of Evangelicals at the Crossroads: Will We Pass the Trump Test?  joins Frank as the 2020 election approaches.  Among the questions they address are: Evangelicals have been known as the “values voters” who are always proclaiming, “Character counts! Morality matters!” Have we been hypocritical in our support of Trump? Are Christians losing their ability to witness if they support Trump for president? During the 2016 primaries, you strongly opposed Trump before voting for him vs. Hillary. What changed your mind, and why do you plan to vote for Trump in 2020? Should we be voting more for personality or policy? Jesus scolded the politicians of his day for "neglecting the more important matters of the law” (Mt. 23:23). What are the most important matters of the law upon which we should base our vote in this election? How do the two parties differ on the most important policies? What do you say to pro-lifers who say that health care and poverty and climate change are pro-life issues and they outweigh abortion? You state that “Jesus is my Savior, Trump is my president.” Why is that distinction so important? What should Christians be doing in this election season regardless of who ultimately wins the presidency? If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Sep 18, 2020
Las contradicciones filosóficas de la cosmovisión transgénero
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By Ryan T. Anderson El pensamiento de los activistas transgénero es inherentemente confuso y lleno de contradicciones internas. Los activistas nunca reconocen esas contradicciones. En su lugar, de manera oportunista se basan en cualquier afirmación que sea útil en un momento dado. La gente dice que vivimos en una era posmoderna que ha rechazado la metafísica. Eso no es del todo cierto. Vivimos en una época posmoderna que promueve una metafísica alternativa. Como explico en Cuando Harry se convirtió en Sally, en el corazón del momento transgénero hay ideas radicales sobre la persona humana, en particular, que las personas son lo que dicen ser, independientemente de la evidencia contraria. Un niño transgénero es un niño, no simplemente una niña que se identifica como un niño. Es comprensible por qué los activistas hacen estas afirmaciones. Un argumento sobre las identidades transgénero será mucho más persuasivo si se refiere a quién es alguien, no simplemente a cómo alguien se identifica. Y así la retórica del momento transgénero viene con afirmaciones ontológicas: las personas son el género que prefieren ser. Esa es la afirmación. Los activistas transgéneros no admiten que se trata de una afirmación metafísica. No quieren tener el debate sobre el nivel de la filosofía, así que lo visten como una afirmación científica y médica. Y han cooptado muchas asociaciones profesionales para su causa. Así, la Asociación Americana de Psicología, en un folleto titulado “Respuestas a sus preguntas sobre las personas transgénero, la identidad de género y la expresión de género”, nos dicen: “Transgénero es un término general para las personas cuya identidad de género, expresión de género o comportamiento no se ajusta a lo que normalmente se asocia con el sexo al que fueron asignados al nacer”. Fíjense en el lenguaje politizado: el sexo de una persona es “asignado al nacer”. En 2005, incluso la Campaña de Derechos Humanos se refirió en su lugar al “sexo de nacimiento” y al “sexo físico”. La frase “sexo asignado al nacer” ahora es favorece porque deja espacio para la “identidad de género” como la base real del sexo de una persona. En una declaración de expertos ante un tribunal federal de distrito en Carolina del Norte en relación con H.B. 2, la Dra. Deanna Adkins declaró: “Desde una perspectiva médica, el determinante apropiado del sexo es la identidad de género”. La Dra. Adkins es una profesora en la Escuela de Medicina de la Universidad de Duke y directora del Duke Center for Child and Adolescent Gender Care (que abrió sus puertas en 2015). Adkins argumenta que la identidad de género no es sólo la base preferida para determinar el sexo, sino “el único determinante médicamente apoyado del sexo”. Todos los demás métodos son mala ciencia, afirma: “Es contrario a la ciencia médica usar cromosomas, hormonas, órganos reproductivos internos, genitales externos o características sexuales secundarias para anular la identidad de género con el fin de clasificar a alguien como hombre o mujer”. Esta es una afirmación notable, sobre todo porque el argumento recientemente fue que el género es sólo una construcción social, mientras que el sexo es una realidad biológica. Ahora, los activistas afirman que la identidad de género es el destino, mientras que el sexo biológico es la construcción social. Adkins no dice si aplicaría esta regla a todas las especies de mamíferos. Pero, ¿por qué el sexo debería determinarse de manera diferente en los seres humanos que en otros mamíferos? Y si la ciencia médica sostiene que la identidad de género determina el sexo en los seres humanos, ¿qué significa esto para el uso de agentes medicinales que tienen diferentes efectos en hombres y mujeres? ¿La dosis adecuada de la medicina depende del sexo del paciente o de su identidad de género? Pero, ¿qué es exactamente esta “identidad de género” que se supone que es el verdadero determinante médico del sexo? Adkins lo define como “el sentido interno de una persona de pertenecer ...
Sep 14, 2020
Last Call: Addressing the Problem of Suicide
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On August 1, 2007, Pastor John Mark Caton of Cottonwood Creek Church in Allen, Texas, got a phone call from his brother.  It was his last call.  His brother took his life the next day.  Dr. Caton joins Frank to discuss this very difficult topic.  They address these among other questions: What can we do to prevent suicide? How should parents talk to their kids about it? (Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among young people.) Why is isolation such a problem? How does social media contribute to the problem? What does the Bible say about suicide? Can a person who commits suicide go to Heaven? How can we minister to those who are left behind? To get a free copy of Dr. Caton’s new book, Last Call, text BOOK to 77978.   If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher LastCall-AddressingSuicide-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(9.11.20)
Sep 11, 2020
Does the Bible Condone Slavery?
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Passages in the Old Testament mention buying “slaves” or servants.  One even states “If a man sells his daughter as a female slave (Ex. 21:7) ….”  What?  Buying and selling slaves?  Selling your daughter?  This is crazy and obviously immoral!   But are we understanding the passages correctly?  Are people really considered property in the OT?   Was “slavery” in the OT the kind of institution we had in America up to the Civil War?   No.  Dr. Paul Copan, author of Is God a Moral Monster? joins Frank and sets the record straight.  They cover many of the objections that skeptics raise in Frank’s answer to the slavery question in this short video from the University of Nebraska. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher DoesBibleCondoneSlavery-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(9.4.20)
Sep 04, 2020
How Should The Church Engage Those With Same-Sex Attraction Or Gender Dysphoria?
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By Ryan Leasure How should the church engage those who experience same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria? In response, I want to highlight seven basic principles that the church must embrace. Affirm The Divine Image Genesis 1 is clear that everyone, without qualification, is made in God's's image. That is to say; whether someone is attracted to the opposite sex or the same sex, they are equally image-bearers of God. The same goes for individuals who experience gender dysphoria. One's's feelings or attractions in no way mitigates against this universal status. As Christians, we should enthusiastically embrace this truth. Nobody — not the government, the church, or anyone else — can bestow a higher status on each person than God already has. Moreover, not only did God create all people in his image, he thought so much of his people that he paid a steep price for their redemption by shedding his own blood for their sins. Acknowledge Our Collective Sinfulness While God created everything good, we all possess a sin nature because of the fall. David acknowledges that he inherited this sin nature from the time of his birth (Ps. 51:5). Romans 3:23, likewise, affirms that we have all sinned and fallen short of God's glory. And lest we think we're just a little sinful, Scripture paints a much gloomier picture than this. Sin pervades our entire being (Rom. 8:7-8). One of the ramifications of our fallenness is that we have a tendency to minimize our own sins while maximizing the sins of others. Yet, Jesus clearly condemns this hypocrisy (Mt. 7:1-5). Instead, we must take a realistic assessment of our own hearts. And when we do, we realize that if it weren't for the grace of God, we would all die in our sins. All that to say, just because we may not experience homosexual or transgender temptations doesn't mean that our sin isn't just as wicked. Lusting after other women, harboring bitterness, lashing out in anger, and spreading gossip are all acts of rebellion against God. It's's unbiblical to treat others as if they have a log in their eye and pretend we only have a speck. When we do this, we're being judgmental hypocrites. Know Jesus's Universal Expectation Jesus preached "Repent and believe the gospel" (Mk. 1:15). To claim Christ as Lord, one must abide by these words. Unfortunately, many have watered down this message by excluding repentance. Yet, Jesus never suggested that we could follow him without turning from our sins. Elsewhere, he states, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me" (Mk. 8:34). In other words, whether you self-identify as gay, transgender, or as straight, Jesus demands that you deny yourself daily. And the reason we are called to deny ourselves is because we don't actually own ourselves. We belong to Jesus. Not only did he make us, he bought us with his blood. The very message of repentance and denying oneself daily implies that ongoing temptations and struggles will persist throughout the Christian life. But the true sign of a Christian is that they recognize their temptations as contrary to the will of God, repent if they succumb to those temptations, and seek to obey Jesus moving forward. Recognize That Holiness Is The Goal First, Peter 1:16 states, "You shall be holy, for I (God) am holy." Holiness is the calling for all believers. But this raises the question: "What does holiness look life for those with same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria?" Does holiness mean they will stop being attracted to members of the same sex or that their gender dysphoria will disappear? I believe holiness can manifest itself in different ways for people with these struggles. One way is living a celibate lifestyle. British pastor Sam Allbery, and author of Is God Anti-Gay? Has chosen this path. Even though Allberry continues to experience same-sex attraction, he knows that pursuing those attractions would be sinful and so chooses to remain celibate.
Sep 02, 2020
The Strongest Argument for God
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There is an argument for God that works even if the universe is eternal, even if macroevolution is true, even if a person believes that science is the supreme source of knowledge. It’s an argument that is as old as Aristotle, yet few talk about it today. Tricia Scribner, co-editor of the new book, Answering the Music Man, joins Frank for a fascinating discussion that unpacks this ancient argument in modern terms. Frank and Tricia show that science wouldn’t even work unless the premises of this argument were true. This is Tricia: https://bit.ly/3gG9lsa If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   StrongestArgumentForGod-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(8.29.20)
Aug 29, 2020
Does Abortion Trump Everything Else?
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Does Abortion Trump Everything Else? Have you heard people say that you’re just a one-issue voter? You’re pro-life on abortion but you need to be pro-life until natural death.  You need a more biblically balanced view and address other issues that are just as important, such as racism, poverty, and healthcare.  Dr. Ron Sider, a politically liberal evangelical, makes that case in a new blog. Frank responds that equating all those issues makes four major mistakes, including ignoring the teaching of Jesus.  This is an important show as we enter the home stretch of the election season. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher AbortionTrumpEverything-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(8.21.20)
Aug 21, 2020
Too Good to be False with Tom Gilson
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Are you skeptical that anyone could present fresh insights about Jesus after two thousand years?  Tom Gilson has done just that in his new book, Too Good to Be False: How Jesus' Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality.  Tom does this by highlighting what Jesus didn’t say and do, which is almost as shocking as what Jesus did say and do. Tom joins Frank and reveals these new insights about Jesus.  He also helps you realize how feeble the arguments against the biblical Jesus are. Too Good to Be False: How Jesus' Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality: https://amzn.to/2PVSh6E   If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher TooGoodToBeFalse-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(8.14.20)
Aug 14, 2020
What Does Paul Say About Homosexuality?
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By Ryan Leasure In this post, we’re asking the question: What does Paul say about homosexuality? To find out, we need to investigate Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, and 1 Timothy 1:9-10. Let’s consider each text in turn. Romans 1:26-27 This passage is probably the most significant biblical text addressing homosexuality. In the broader context, we read that God reveals his wrath from heaven against all ungodliness. Even though people know God exists through natural revelation, they have suppressed the truth and worshipped idols instead. Therefore, God hands them over to their depraved minds. Verses 26-27 give us an example of this depravity: For this reason, God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature (para physin); and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. So what exactly does Paul condemn here? Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian notes, “Paul wasn’t condemning the expression of same-sex orientation as opposed to the expression of an opposite-sex orientation. He was condemning excess as opposed to moderation.“1 Elsewhere he states that Paul “explicitly described the behavior he condemned as lustful. He made no mention of love, fidelity, monogamy, or commitment.”2 That is to say, and Paul doesn’t condemn homosexuality in general. He merely condemns the excesses or abuses that were common in the ancient world. These excesses included pederasty, master/slave rape, or prostitution. If Paul, according to Vines, would have seen examples of committed, monogamous same-sex partners, he would have celebrated them. In response to Vines, I simply note that nowhere does Paul limit his condemnation to specific types of homosexuality like master/slave relations, pederasty, or prostitution. Rather, he condemns homosexuality in general terms. If he wanted to condemn pederasty, for example, he could have simply used the Greek word paiderastes. If he meant to condemn a master appeasing his sexual desire with his male slave, then why state that they were “consumed with passion for one another?” Doesn’t that sound like two consenting adults? Furthermore, why mention the women engaging with one another when we have no record of female master/slave or pedophilia relations from the ancient world? Contrary to Vines, Paul condemns homosexuality in general (not limited to specific abuses) and roots his condemnation in creation itself. This explains why he writes that homosexual activity is an “exchange of natural relations that are “contrary to nature” (para physin in the Greek). Other revisionists (not Vines) take this to mean that some men’s sexual appetites were so insatiable, that they went against their heterosexual nature to have sexual relations with other men. In other words, “going against nature” simply means going against one’s heterosexual orientation. Thus, the text doesn’t condemn those with a homosexual orientation engaging in sexual activity. But this explanation fails on multiple fronts. Not only do ancient authors repeatedly use the phrase “para physin” to refer to homosexual activity (not going against one’s orientation), Paul goes to great lengths to state that his position is rooted in the creation narrative of Genesis 1-3. In the surrounding context, he uses phrases such as “creation of the world” (1:20), “creator” (1:25), “birds and animals and creeping things” (1:23), “women” and “men” (1:26-27), “image” (1:23), “lie” (1:25), “shame” (1:27), and “death” (1:32). These allusions to the creation narrative indicate that Paul sees homosexuality as an affront to God’s design for marriage as outlined in Genesis 1-2. Self-professed lesbian Bernadette Brooten writes in her scholarly book Love between Women: I believe that Paul used the word “exchanged” to indicate that...
Aug 08, 2020
Those that have never heard? And a COVID Update
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Frank shares a passionate reaction to the death of Mike Adams and then tackles the COVID situation, including the idea that churches and schools should reopen. If you can only school remotely, Frank recommends the online classes at CrossExamined.org he’s teaching this Fall. Frank also gives robust answers to the following listener questions: Why did God allow Adam and Eve to be tempted when He knew what would happen? What about those that have never heard about Jesus? What about those who think they are good people and don’t need forgiveness? If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher ThoseNeverHeard-CovidUpdate-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(8.7.20)
Aug 07, 2020
The Mike Adams I Knew and Loved
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Our friend Dr. Mike Adams has died.  He was a UNC Wilmington Criminology Professor, a Summit Professor, a columnist, and author, a Free Speech and Pro-life Warrior, a fellow instructor with Frank and J. Warner Wallace on our Fearless Faith seminar, and most importantly, a born again Christian.   Authorities are ruling it a suicide.  Is that really what happened, and if so, why? Frank has some answers as he honors a man of love and courage whom many misunderstood and vilified. Beware: this tribute is direct and raw. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher MikeAdams-Podcast(7.31.20)
Aug 01, 2020
Combat Operations and Christianity with Jason Sweet, Veteran USAF Special OPs
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“If men were angels, no government would be necessary,” said James Madison, Father of the U.S. Constitution.   Since our natures are bent toward evil, someone must have the authority to protect innocent people from those who want to do evil.  God gave the government that authority.  Is it Christian to use force to restore the peace? Frank invites former USAF Pararescue jumper (PJ), Jason Sweet, on the show to discuss how special forces training and combat operations provide parallels to the Christian life.  Jason, who now trains special forces candidates through socomathlete.com, shares his experience in PJ training and in combat in Afghanistan.  This is a fascinating show. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher CombatOperationsChristianityJasonSweet-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(7.24.20)
Jul 24, 2020
An Accurate Picture Of The World
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By Bob Perry Jesus is the Logos. The Logos is a combination of truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are the references that give us a grounded Christian spirituality. That’s the True Horizon model — spirituality based on an accurate picture of the world. But what does a spirituality grounded in the real world look like? More Than An Analogy I have used an aviation analogy as a model for visualizing what it means to be spiritual. But an analogy is just a way to represent something real. And analogies can only go so far. Please don’t miss the purpose behind it. My point is simply that the culture has convinced too many of us that spirituality is disconnected from reality. That it is some free-floating source of emotional comfort. What I’m suggesting is that that is not what Christianity teaches. Christianity is grounded in the Logos. It produces a spiritual life that is attached to, and reflects, the real world. Grounded In Truth The dictionary definition of truth is “correspondence to reality.” In other words, if what you believe about something matches the way the world actually is, then what you believe is true. Again, truth doesn’t exist in our minds. To seek truth is to want to believe things about how the world is, not about how we would like it to be. Christianity matches what we find in the world in several different ways. Common Observations and Experiences Here are a few things that every one of us can see when we look at the world around us: Human life is inherently unique and valuable.  This matches our common experience of the human condition. We don’t need anyone to teach us to respect and value human life. The universe we live in owes its existence to an external source. The universe had a beginning that requires an explanation. This is a conclusion that both science and philosophy lead us to. Lies and deception are destructive. We see this all around us every day. No one wants to be lied to. Everyone recognizes the harm that lies can bring to us individually and as a society. Evil repulses us. Goodness attracts us. Remember, we are talking about a feature of reality here. This is not about how we know good and evil. It is about the fact that both exist. There is an order, intelligence, and purpose to the universe. There are laws of logic and mathematics that describe the universe. Our location in time and space is fine-tuned to an incomprehensibly unlikely level. There is a digital code more complex than any computer algorithm ever written that controls and sustains every form of life on the planet. There are many more examples, but all of these are different forms of truth, goodness, and beauty. And here’s the point… A Grounded Spirituality Based on just these things, a grounded spirituality should: Pursue a life that values other human life. Recognize that we are created beings, not gods unto ourselves. Make us truthseekers and truth-tellers. Understand that goodness, and the morality it demands is not based on our feelings and experiences, but in the nature of the Creator who made us. Stand in awe of the miraculous nature of our very existence. And each of these holds three things in common: We can learn them directly from our observations and experiences in the world. We don’t need the Bible to know any of them. They are perfectly consistent with Christianity. This is what I mean by a “grounded spirituality.” It matches what the Bible says — and it is supported by reality itself. Common Ground Don’t misunderstand. When I say, “we don’t need the Bible to know any of them,” I am not diminishing the importance of the Bible in our spiritual life. I am simply pointing out that this gives us confidence that truth is grounded in the Bible — and that the Bible is grounded in the truth. Both come from the same Source. When we understand that, it gives us common ground for discussing spirituality with everyone. Whether they are a hardcore atheist or a spiritually disor...
Jul 22, 2020
2084 with Dr. John Lennox
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“Summoning a Demon” is how Tesla CEO Elon Musk referred to Artificial Intelligence.  Is he right?  Artificial Intelligence is here, and more is coming.  Will it bring us utopia or dystopia?  Should we be enthralled or afraid?  What are the ethics of AI?  Will AI machines ever become conscious?  What does the Bible have to say about AI?  Could AI actually be predicted by the book of Revelation? Frank interviews the great John Lennox, who has written a provocative new book on AI. It’s fittingly called 2084, and he is the guest for the entire program. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher 2084DrJohnLennox(7.17.20)
Jul 17, 2020
How Jesus “Emptied Himself”
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By Ryan Leasure Few biblical texts receive as much attention as Philippians 2:5-8. It reads: Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Theologians have spilt much ink over this text. After all, it’s a rich Christological text which proclaims significant truths about the nature of Christ. But far and away, the most controversial part is the phrase “but emptied himself.” What does this statement mean? The Dilemma Does this mean that Jesus emptied himself of his deity, thus ceasing to be God during his incarnation? After all, if he was fully God, how could he also be a human at the same time? This seems like a logical contradiction. Or, perhaps the phrase means that he set aside certain divine attributes while maintaining others. In other words, he still kept some of his divine nature — holiness, love, wisdom — but willingly set aside other parts of his divinity — omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience — in order to be human. This view has attracted many supporters because it seeks to reconcile how an all-powerful, all-knowing, and present everywhere God could also possess qualities such as limited wisdom and limited spatial presence. Or, does this phrase mean something else entirely? In fact, I do believe it means something else entirely, and I think I have good reasons for believing this. Allow me to explain. The Deity Of Christ There’s little doubt that this text proclaims Jesus as the pre-existent God of the universe. This text gives us two reasons for reaching this conclusion. First, it states that Jesus was “in the form of God.” The word for “form” in the Greek is morphe, which denotes the exact substance or nature of something. Therefore, by declaring that Jesus was “in the form of God,” Paul emphatically states that Jesus shares the exact same nature as God. He is eternal, self-existent, all-powerful, all-knowing, holy, love, and so forth. Second, Paul tells us that Jesus was equal with God when he wrote, “though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God something to be grasped.” Nothing, however, is equal to God except God. God even declares in Isaiah 46:9, “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.” If what God says in Isaiah is true, how then could Paul make Jesus out to be God’s equal? It must be that Jesus himself is also God. The Meaning Of “Emptied Himself” We now come to the most controversial part of the text. What does Paul mean when he says Jesus emptied himself? I believe he tells us in the next part of the text when he asserts, “[Jesus] emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” Here, Paul indicates that the emptying of Christ doesn’t include losing any of his deity. Rather, the emptying includes adding a human nature to himself. In other words, it’s the formula of subtraction by addition.1 Notice the text doesn’t state that Jesus emptied “part of himself.” That would indicate that he set aside portions of his divine nature in order to become a human. No, it simply states that he “emptied himself” by taking on the nature of a human. Paul expresses that, even though Jesus had a divine nature and an exulted status in glory, he willingly chose to “empty himself” by coming to earth to experience all the limitations and sufferings of a human, ultimately culminating in his death on the cross. This view is consistent with the historic orthodox view of the nature of Christ. At the Council at Chalcedon (AD 451), the church declared that Jesus was one unique person who possessed both a human and divine nature. That is to say; he was fully God and fully human, not part God part man. And for clarification,
Jul 15, 2020
Are you a Selective Moralizer?
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What makes you think that your moral views are correct?  If you were a white person in the Southern U.S. in 1840, what would you think of slavery?  If you lived anywhere in the U.S. in 1840, what would you think of abortion?  How about homosexual behavior and same-sex marriage? Are you just a product of your culture?  Is morality just a product of your culture?  Frank delves deep into current events and philosophy to discover what the real truth is, and to expose the selective moralizing that infects cancel culture advocates.  He also proposes what is the most egregious injustice by race and the biggest reason for unequal results by race.  Lots of important ground is covered here.  Don’t miss this one! If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher AreYouASelectiveMoralizer(7.10.20)
Jul 10, 2020
What I learned from my Father’s Death
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In this very personal podcast, Frank reveals the lessons he’s learned from his Father’s recent death. He also reflects on C.S. Lewis’s argument from desire, and how Christianity makes the best sense of our intuitions. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   WhatILearnedFromMyFathersDeath-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(7.3.20)
Jul 03, 2020
A Conversation About Racism Between Black and White Christians
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Detective J. Warner Wallace hosts a former gang member, now Christian apologist, Vada Hedgeman, to discuss racism.  What experiences with cops did Vada have growing up?  What is systematic racism?  Are there more prominent causes than racism for inequalities between blacks and whites?   Does grouping people by race or ethnicity actually feed racism?  Where do we go from here?   This is just the start of a long but important conversation. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher AConversationAboutRacismPodcast-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(6.26.20)
Jun 26, 2020
What does sex mean?
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What does sex mean according to the Supreme Court?  Frank identifies and expounds upon 5 Casualties in the Court’s LGBTQ Sex Ruling: We the People Women LGBTQ People 96% of the Population Religious Freedom Frank reveals the sixth casualty as well, one for which the original civil rights law was made. He then offers some solutions and traces the absurd ruling—which rationally nullifies the basis for any human rights—back to a rejection of Aristotle.  Listen to find out how. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher WhatDoesSexMean-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(6.19.20)
Jun 19, 2020
Defund the Police?
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Defund the police is one of the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement.  Is that the right solution to racism in the police force?  Should we defund all doctors if some commit malpractice? What does BLM believe?  How do they compare with the teaching of Christ?  Can you believe that black lives matter yet oppose some of BLM’s political goals?  Frank looks at human nature, crime stats, and the scriptures to get some answers.  He also addresses some of the contradictory assertions we hear from Left.  This is an important show for these tense times!  If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher DefundThePolice(6.13.20)
Jun 13, 2020
Does Paul’s Silence About Jesus Prove That He Didn’t Exist?
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By Erik Manning Over 99% of historical scholarship acknowledges that Jesus was a real person. It doesn't matter if that scholar is liberal or conservative, or Christian, atheist, agnostic or Jewish. The <1% of historians that believe Jesus is a myth are mostly atheists or agnostics. And it's only the 'internet infidel' crowd that takes their arguments seriously. One of the arguments that Jesus mythicists will often push is that Paul was mostly silent about the historical Jesus. Here's GA Wells, one of the minority voices, who writes: "Paul's letters have no allusion to the parents of Jesus, let alone to the virgin birth. They never refer to a place of birth…. They give no indication of the time or place of his earthly existence. They do not refer to his trial before a Roman official, nor to Jerusalem as the place of execution. They mention neither John the Baptist, nor Judas, nor Peter's denial of his master…. These letters also fail to mention any miracles Jesus is supposed to have worked, a particularly striking omission, since, according to the gospels he worked so many." (The Historical Evidence for Jesus, 22) And why didn't Paul quote Jesus' praise of celibacy in 1 Corinthians 7? Or why not quote the Sermon on the Mount when Paul was teaching the Romans to bless their persecutors to give his message more authority? (Romans 12:14) Or why did Paul say, "we don't know how to pray as we ought" (Romans 8:26-27) when Jesus taught his followers how to pray in Matthew 6:8-13? One of those famous internet atheists, Dan Barker, sides with the Wells, writing: "The earliest Christian writings, the letters of Paul, are silent about the man Jesus: Paul, who never met Jesus, fails to mention a single deed or saying of Jesus…and sometimes contradicts what Jesus supposedly said. To Paul, Jesus was a heavenly disembodied Christ figure, not a man of flesh and blood." At first glance, the mythicists seem like they have a point. But there are a few problems here. Arguing From Silence Is Usually A Poor Way To Prove Your Point For starters, arguing from silence is usually a terrible way to argue. For example, Union General Ulysses S Grant says nothing about the Emancipation Proclamation. The famous explorer Marco Polo traveled to China but never mentions the Great Wall. The archives of Portugal do not allude to the travels of Amerigo Vespucci. An estimated 16,000-60,000 people died in 79 AD due to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. But we only hear about this event in a personal letter of Pliny's. The relative silence of historians we'd expect to mention these events doesn't cause scholars to doubt their occurrence. Regarding arguments from silence, philosopher Tim McGrew writes: "Such arguments from silence are pervasive in New Testament scholarship, but they are tenuous at best….it is a risky business to speculate upon the motives of authors for including or omitting various facts. To create an appearance of inconsistency by this device…is methodologically unsound." (Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology) Paul's Letters Were Occasional There's also the fact that most of Paul's letters were occasional. Paul often wrote to combat error, or to provide specific guidance to churches. So, for example, Paul writes his entire letter to the Galatians to fight the doctrine of the Judaizers. Or there are the specific answers Paul gives about marriage, meat sacrificed to idols, spiritual gifts, and public worship in 1 Corinthians. And think about it for a minute. If there weren't some false teachers in Corinth saying there's no resurrection, the great resurrection teaching in 1 Corinthians 15 would be missing from our Bibles! Jesus' miracles, parables, virgin birth, arguments with the Pharisees, and so forth weren't relevant to Paul's purposes in writing those particular letters. The Silence Of Paul…About Paul In his book Did Jesus Exist?, agnostic Biblical scholar Bart Ehrman points out that Paul wasn't just silent about some historical facts abo...
Jun 06, 2020
The Cure for Racism
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Frank and J. Warner Wallace address the racism issue head-on by answering: How can two white guys talk about this, especially when one is a cop? How has the debate about racism changed in the social media age? How has the use of data increased our polarization? Regardless of quarrels over data, what is true about the vast majority on both sides? What is the real root of racism? What can the government do about this? What is the real cure for racism? If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher TheCureForRacism(6.6.20)
Jun 06, 2020
Does The Cambrian Explosion Disprove Darwinism?
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By Ryan Leasure In The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin argued that “all the organic beings which have ever lived on this earth have descended from some one primordial form.”1 Darwin suggested that this primordial life form gradually developed into new life forms, which subsequently developed more life forms, eventually producing all the complex life forms we see today. In short, Darwin asserted that all life descended from a common ancestor. And starting from that original ancestor, he believed nature selected the fittest species which would survive, reproduce, and last for generations. At the same time, nature would sift out the weaker species. Darwin famously pictured the history of life as a tree. The first life form was the trunk, and all subsequent life forms are the branches. He was certain that the progression of life takes no sudden leaps, but evolves gradually with small-scale variations. There was one small problem, though. When Darwin proposed his theory, some of the leading paleontologists rejected his theory based on the fossil record. More specifically, they didn’t believe Darwin’s theory could be reconciled with the Cambrian Explosion. The Cambrian Explosion The Cambrian Explosion refers to the abrupt appearance of animal life forms in the geological strata without any trace of prior transitional fossils. During this phenomenon, most of the major animal phyla appear in the strata in a geological blink of an eye. Darwin was aware of the Cambrian Explosion. He noted, “If my theory be true, it is indisputable that before the lowest [Cambrian] stratum was deposited, long periods elapsed, as long as, or probably far longer than, the whole interval from the [Cambrian] age to the present day; and that during these vast, yet quite unknown, periods of time, the world swarmed with living creatures.”2 Meaning, if he’s right, we should find not just a few missing links, but innumerable links preceding the Cambrian era. After all, Darwin adamantly declared that his theory could take no sudden leaps. He knew that large-scale variations inevitably resulted in deformity or death. Louis Agassiz, the leading paleontologist of Darwin’s day, put it this way: “It is a matter of fact that extreme variations finally degenerate or become sterile; like monstrosities, they die out.”3 Yet these Cambrian animals seemingly came out of nowhere. Of our twenty-seven different phyla — or macro-level animal classifications — at least twenty of them appear in the geological strata suddenly, not gradually as Darwin’s theory demands.4 Hence the name “Cambrian Explosion.” So how did Darwin respond to this dilemma? He acknowledged, “To the question why we do not find rich fossiliferous deposits belonging to these assumed earliest periods prior to the Cambrian system, I can give no satisfactory answer... The case at present must maintain inexplicable, and may be truly urged as a valid argument against the views here entertained.”5 Darwin, however, was confident that future discoveries would vindicate his theory. Future geological discoveries have since come. Yet these discoveries continue to present fatal objections to his theory. The Tree Turned Upside Down Darwin’s tree of life suggests that small-scale differences among species would precede large-scale differences, eventually resulting in different phyla categories altogether. That is to say, as time progressed, and the branches formed, wholesale diversity would result among living species. Phyla categories would only emerge after lower classifications of animals — like species, orders, and families — evolved so much as to warrant macro-level distinctions. Richard Dawkins put it this way: “What had been distinct species within one genus become, in the fullness of time, distinct genera within one family. Later, families will be found to have diverged to the point where taxonomists prefer to call them orders, then classes, then phyla.”6 Yet, the Cambrian Explosion turns this pattern on its h...
May 25, 2020
Principles to Keep in Mind When Evaluating COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories
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J. Warner Wallace guest hosts for Dr. Frank Turek and describes several principles to help evaluate COVID-19 Conspiracy theories based on his casework as a cold-case detective. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher PrinciplesToKeepInMind-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(5.16.20)
May 16, 2020