The United Methodist Church has rejected an Intelligent Design group's request to have an information table at the denomination's 2016 General Conference.
Reaffirming a decision from December, the UMC's Commission on the General Conference decided last week to not allow the Seattle-based Discovery Institute an information table at the Mainline Protestant denomination's gathering in Portland, Oregon.
"Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." (Heb. 11:1)
Most people recognize this text of Scripture. Christianity, however, isn't the only worldview which requires faith.
Christianity relies upon a written record given to man over a period of about 1500 years. The theory of evolution, on the other hand, calls for blind faith in something that supposedly happened over billions of years. more >>
Atheist author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins says the best argument for God he's ever hard has to do with a deistic God as the fine-tuner of the universe.
Dawkins visited Google's office in Kirkland, Washington, to discuss his book, Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science, after which he took a couple of readers' questions. He was asked in a video published on Monday what is the best argument in favor of God and the best argument against evolution that he has heard.
Dawkins prefaced his answer by making it clear that he is not "in any sense admitting that there is a good argument," and insisted that "there is no decent argument for the existence of deities." more >>
Creationist Ken Ham has hit back against atheist author Richard Dawkins' claim that the idea of God can be disproved in five steps, posting his counter-arguments for each reason.
Dawkins appeared earlier in December on a Norwegian-Swedish television show, where he gave five main reasons for why he believes that no God exists.
Dawkins admits that although it is the job of believers to prove that there is a God, rather than atheists to disprove one, a universe without a deity would indeed be very different from a universe with one. more >>
Following the recent historic International Summit on Human Gene Editing, held in Washington DC, it has become clear that humanity is on the verge of experiencing a radical technological transformation that will challenge our preconceptions as to what it means to be human. And while these advancements rightly raise questions regarding the ethical application of these emerging technologies they are also challenging preconceived notions regarding theological belief. One place in theology where such technological developments will certainly have a dramatic impact is on the current Christian concept of spiritual gifts.
The present understanding of the theological concept of "spiritual gifts" derives from the Greek words pneumatika (spirits) and chrismata (gifts) that are found in the Bible. These words are plural forms of the words pneumatikon, which means "expression of Spirit," and charisma, which means "expression of grace." The general Christian understanding is that the Holy Spirit gives God's people particular spiritual gifts (special abilities, offices, or manifestations) as a means of grace meant for works of service and to build up the body of Christ.
It is of theological note that most Christians believe that spiritual gifts are God given. Generally, Christians believe that they have no authority over who gets what gifts. But with gene editing becoming widely available in the future such a perception may quickly change. more >>
Televangelist Brad Shockley told viewers during a televised sermon on Sunday that dinosaurs and humans co-existed 6,000 years ago and claims that God created dinosaurs on the sixth day of creation.
Shockley, an evangelist who preaches at two Church of Christ congregations in Southwest Missouri and speaks at various gospel revivals across the United States, spoke on an episode of Let the Bible Speak, paid programming that airs on over 30 television stations across the U.S., as a fill-in for the show's regular host Brett Hickey.
Shockley used the airtime to decry the theory of evolution that is being taught to children in schools, colleges and on their television sets. He asserts that dinosaurs are being used by evolutionists to indoctrinate children with an evolutionary theory that is "dangerous" for Christianity. more >>