Evolutionary biologist and atheist author Richard Dawkins has revealed in an interview why he doesn't debate people who believe in the Young Earth creation theory, stating that simply engaging them on a platform allows them to get what they want.
"When the debate is with someone like a Young Earth creationist, as the late Stephen Gould pointed out – they've won the moment you agree to have a debate at all. Because what they want is the oxygen of respectability," Dawkins told Seth Andrews of "The Thinking Atheist" in a recently-published interview about his latest book, An Appetite for Wonder.
"They want to be seen on a platform with a real scientist, because that conveys the idea that here is a genuine argument between scientists," Dawkins continued. "They may not win the argument – in fact, they will not win the argument, but it makes it look like there really is an argument to be had." more >>
The head of a creationist organization that recently posted several billboards in the United States meant to reach out to atheists has said the response "has exceeded our expectations."
Earlier this month the group Answers in Genesis posted billboards and a digital ad at Times Square that included a link to their websites and the statement "Thank God you're wrong" which was directed at atheists.
Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, told The Christian Post that since the ad campaign began the group has seen a 30 percent increase in viewing traffic for their website and increased social media activity. more >>
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – Christian apologist and co-founder of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) Norman Geisler took the stage at SES's 20th annual Christian Apologetics conference on Saturday to speak on theistic evolution and the biblical and scientific challenges that it poses on evangelical Christianity.
Geisler, a renowned philosopher, theologian and evangelist, addressed the crowd of pastors, scholars and attendees and began by explaining the in-depth details of theistic evolution while emphasizing that evolution is not compatible with Christian beliefs.
At its essence, theistic evolution is the belief that God used evolution as His means of producing the various forms of physical life on earth, including human life. In general, theistic evolutionists believe that God performed at least one supernatural act – the act of creating the physical universe from nothing. more >>
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – A "young earth" creationist, who also believes the universe is much younger than many astronomers calculate, says once people begin to rely on science rather than the Bible to answer questions about our origin, even for just parts, they are asking for trouble.
"It's a very slippery slope when you decide that there are some sections of the Bible that you are going to allow the secular scientist to tell you what it really means," said Dr. Jason Lisle, during an interview with the press shortly after his debate at the National Conference on Christian Apologetics with astronomer and pastor Dr. Hugh Ross, who argued for a universe that is nearly 15 billion years old.
"You've opened a very dangerous door," Lisle continued. "Basically, you've decided to say that 'I'm going to make the secular scientist my ultimate standard by which I interpret the scriptures' and if you are consistent with that, and most people are not, thank goodness, but if you are well, hey, most scientists don't believe the resurrection of the dead is possible." more >>
University of Southern California professor and author of the book Planet Without Apes, Craig Stanford, says evangelicals who don't accept Darwinian evolution are being intellectually dishonest and dismissed evangelist Ray Comfort's recent film "Evolution vs. God" as nothing but "biblical porn."
Stanford, who appears in the 36-minute film, noted in a There Is No God podcast that Comfort, although a congenial guy, used dishonest tactics to lead four evolutionary scientists from leading universities to say what he wanted but cut them off in the film before they could get into a more comprehensive discussion of the topic.
He said the end result is a film that won't win any new converts and argued that people should ignore it. more >>
The Southern Evangelical Seminary is partnering with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries to deliver what promises to be an exciting series of presentations by many prominent apologists during the 20th annual Christian Apologetics conference in Charlotte, N.C., starting Friday. Dr. Richard Land, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, will be inaugurated as the fourth president of Southern Evangelical Seminary prior to the conference Thursday evening.
The premise of the two-day event titled, "Reasons for the Hope," is designed to deepen participant's understanding of subjects related to science, culture, and other religions.
"I think the single greatest factor has to be that we as Christians are seeing how we are losing the culture to anti-Christian worldviews," said Eric Gustafson, director of Development Southern Evangelical Seminary. more >>