HBO host Bill Maher has said that Josh Duggar asking Jesus for forgiveness over the incident where he molested five girls when he was a teenager is a "cop out" and not real forgiveness, with Maher arguing that forgiveness can only be asked from the victims.
Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald have said that their brother has indeed asked each of them for forgiveness, however.
Editor's note: The following is a chapter from When God and Science Meet: Surprising Discoveries of Agreement. Published by the National Association of Evangelicals, the book has 12 authors total, discussing areas of agreement between science and Christianity. You can get a free download or order hard copies at the NAE website. You can watch a video about the book below.
Is science the only way to reliably know something?
Because science has made such amazing progress in fields like medicine and technology, some people claim that the scientific method is the only way to reliable knowledge. This belief is sometimes called "Scientism." Cambridge University physicist and Anglican priest Sir John Polkinghorne offers a helpful illustration in response: more >>
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist group committed to maintaining the separation of church and state in the U.S., says it will consider filing a lawsuit against a Florida sheriff if he doesn't stop preaching at churches while wearing his uniform and using his official government title at the pulpit.
The group sent Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd a letter this week threatening legal action if he doesn't comply with their demands, according to WFLA.
"We don't have any problem with him preaching in church and we don't have any problem with him teaching Sunday school, he's free to do that," said Andrew Seidel, attorney for FFRF. "What's he's not allowed to do is use the public government office and title and uniform to promote his personal religion." more >>
Christians have lost the art of persuasion and they need to get it back, Christian author Os Guinness argues in his new book, Fool's Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion.
Balaam's ass is the patron saint of apologetics, Guinness likes to say, because the story from Numbers 22 illustrates that the key to being a good apologist is obedience to God.
In the story, Balaam is a prophet being disobedient to God. Several times, his donkey tries to turn him around, to put him on the correct path, but he is still resistant. Balaam only corrected himself when, in verse 28, "the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey," and the donkey talked to him. more >>
Atheist groups have denounced a recently published column by Transhumanist Party presidential hopeful Zoltan Istvan calling for atheists to be granted right to skip airport security.
Istvan, a futurist and author who's running for president on a third-party ticket, is calling for atheists to be exempted from airport security.
HBO host and outspoken atheist Bill Maher has responded to what he says are conservative politicians "whining" about Christianity being under attack in America, and said that Christians are not being persecuted. He also took a shot at the Duggar family from the "19 Kids and Counting" reality TV show and the recent molestation scandal, by calling them "the biggest freaks in the world."
He said on Friday on "Real Time with Bill Maher" that "conservatives who constantly whine that Christianity is under attack from liberals have to explain why there are over 300,000 churches in the U.S., but only 400 Whole Foods."
Maher added: "Clearly, your side is winning." more >>