WASHINGTON – The ideas behind individual freedom, personal responsibility, and basic human rights require something more than materialism, a Christian scholar argued.
"The easiest way to avoid sawing off the branch you sit on as a libertarian is to be a theist," Jay Richards, distinguished fellow at the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics and author of the book Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism is the Solution and Not the Problem, told an audience of about 80 people at Ebenezer's Coffeehouse near Capitol Hill on Thursday.
Richards argued that the basic truths behind the Declaration of Independence and the political theory of libertarianism require a theistic worldview. Materialism, by contrast, fails to provide the necessary foundation for freedom, responsibility, reason, and moral truth, he contends. These four bedrock beliefs – that human beings have free will and are responsible for their actions, that they can reason and come to a knowledge of truth, and that there is objective morality in the world – are fundamental to a libertarian understanding, he claimed. more >>
The scientific discovery of the Higgs Boson, also known as the "god particle," has produced a new theory about the end of the universe, and a prominent Christian Bible scholar says it might shed light on how God will bring about the new heavens and the new earth.
"Maybe there is an implication of Higgs Boson in terms of how the universe will end," Hendrick (Hank) Hanegraaff, president and chairman of the board of the North Carolina-based Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man radio broadcast, told The Christian Post in an interview on Tuesday. Hanegraff compared a Higgs Boson End Times theory to the theory of the Big Bang, which "seems to correspond to reality but doesn't in any way undermine a biblical worldview."
"Taken at face value, the result implies that eventually (in 10100 years or so) an unlucky quantum fluctuation will produce a bubble of a different vacuum, which will then expand at the speed of light, destroying everything," wrote Joseph Lykken, a theorist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and Maria Spiropulu of the California Institute of Technology. more >>
Ken Ham has spoken out against a Halloween-themed Washington Post article that said his Creation Museum in Kentucky is "one of the scariest places" for rejecting the real science of evolution and embracing creationism.
"As you read through this, it stands out she is mischaracterizing true Christianity, misquoting (or probably more likely she just doesn't understand) the Bible's teaching on various matters. She has no clue about what science is and isn't!" Ham wrote on Tuesday on his Facebook page, linking to the WP article which was posted on Oct. 28.
The piece, which lists what the author, Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, identified as five Christian theologies "scarier than Halloween," puts "God vs Evolution" at number 4 on the list, writing: more >>
Roman Catholic priests and science experts have said that recent discoveries suggesting that humans evolved from one species is compatible with the Christian faith.
"Certainly, confirmation of humanity's origin in one single lineage, just like modern humanity belonging to one species (as is proposed by the recent study), fits better with the understandings of the faith," said Msgr. Fiorenzo Facchini, an expert paleontologist and anthropologist and a priest of the Church of Bologna, according to Catholic News Service.
Recent research published in the journal Science of an ancient human skull unearthed in 2005 at the site of modern day Georgia in Europe has suggested that humans might have evolved from a single source rather than branching from a tree of multiple species. The skull, named "Skull 5," is believed to be 1.8 million-years-old. more >>
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 >>