We detect design when something matches a specific recognizable pattern, and the probability it occurred by chance is too low to be plausible.
For everyday events, 1 chance in a trillion might be sufficiently implausible to infer design. But for scientists, the implausibility cutoff, or universal probability bound, is on the order of 1 chance in 10^150. When the probability of an event is less than this cutoff value, the event is considered impossible to occur by chance. Read More
EVERYTHING is caused by one of three possibilities: Necessity, Chance, or Design. Read More
How can Christians demonstrate the love of Jesus to those with whom we disagree?
We must seek to build relationships, accept people where they are at, and boldly love others as we humbly speak truth.
Marriage has long been viewed as a means to ensure that children are conceived by a mother and father committed to raising them in the stable conditions of a lifelong relationship.
But no longer. The Supreme Court redefined marriage as simply the government's way of acknowledging feelings of love and affection between any two people. Read More
"Is there anyone in the world right now doing things you believe they should stop doing no matter what they personally believe about the correctness of their behavior?"
What about poachers slaughtering animals to extinction? Or psychopaths torturing babies for fun? The Nazi genocide against the Jews? Trafficking women as sexual slaves? Attacking homosexuals simply because of their beliefs? Allowing mega-corporations to profit by polluting the earth?
If, like most people, you answer "yes," doesn't that mean you believe that there is some kind of moral reality not defined by us -- an objective moral -- that we are all obliged to follow regardless of what any of us feels or thinks? Read More
“If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” That Bible quote makes it clear that the Christian faith is worthless unless Jesus was actually resurrected from the dead.
Fortunately, the resurrection is an historical event that can be tested with methods that objective historians use to assess any historical event. What we find is that only a supernatural resurrection of Jesus adequately explains the three basic historical facts that are regarded as virtually indisputable by nearly all historians. Read More
While some individuals question his deity, and others argue about the veracity of the resurrection, and still others contend that miracles cannot occur, only a quite small minority holds the position that Jesus did not even exist.
Why is this so? Because the evidence in support of Jesus’ historicity is reliable, diverse, persuasive, and, if objectively considered, nearly overwhelming. Read More
The January 2, 2015 issue of Newsweek magazine featured on its cover an article in which the author states that we can't possibly know, today, what the authors actually said in the original bible documents. The premise is that the bible we have today is not an accurate representation of what the original authors wrote. But is this claim true? Read More