Saturday, November 27, 2010

Series: The First Principles, The Foremost Law of Science

WHAT IS THE FOREMOST LAW OF SCIENCE?

The second law of thermodynamics. This law states that the amount of usable energy in a closed isolated system runs down. (A closed isolated system is a finite system that has no interference from the outside).

Biblical References: This law is clearly seen throughout the Bible. As we move away from the source of all energy and life, God, we experience degeneration.The universe is also subjected to this law. A few biblical references are as follows:

1. The “fall of humanity” resulted in the uncontrolled increase of disorder, a movement towards to chaos. In Genesis 3:17-19 we read, “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” 

Humanity, on its own, will always struggle against the second law until God recreates a new heaven and earth under the fullness of His order (Revelation 21:1).

2. When the king (Adam) fell, the kingdom (creation) fell with him. In Romans 8:19-22 we read, “ The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration [the uncontrolled second law], not by its own choice [because nature is impersonal] , but by the will of the one who subjected it [God cause it as a consequence of the sin of Adam and Eve], in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay [second law].”

Debate: Does God Exist? William Dembski v. Christopher Hitchens

Here is the first segment off of YouTube showing the debate between Bill Dembski and Christopher Hitchens.  If you click on the title or click on the Eye on Apologetics blog site to see the entire debate in one setting.  The debate was held at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano TX.  Those in the audience were a good portion of the Prestonwood Christian Academy.  It was a practice session for the students to tweak their "baloney detectors", watching a Christian scholar and one of the most popular atheists around. 



(Update: The original full length debate was removed, here is Part 1)

Prestonwood should be commended for their mindset in equipping their students and their approach to engaging the minds that took part in this debate.


For the time being, I wanted to get this debate online so you could view it as well.  I hope to have my review of this debate in the near future.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Series: The First Principles, The First Principle of Origin Science

It is rather ironic that the previous post on the Real Issue is a debate on whether or not the universe has a purpose.   This week's posting on the First Principles falls in line with the subject matter of the debate with dealing with the First Principle of Origin Science.  So in order to give an answer, we pose the question...

WHAT IS THE FIRST PRINCIPLE OF ORIGIN SCIENCE?

It is essential to understand that operation and origin science are connected by a philosophical principle called uniformity (or analogy). With respect to origin science, the uniformity principle states that the present is the key to understanding the past. If present observations indicate that it always takes a certain kind of cause to produce a certain kind of effect, the principle of uniformity tells us that the same kind of event in the past must have had the same kind of cause as observed in the present.

Biblical References: This principle is implied throughout God’s Word with respect to linking present cause and effect to past similar cause and effect. A few examples are as follows:

Luke 17:26 – “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.”

2 Peter 3:4 – “Everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation” (there is uniformity in the world because there is design in the universe).

The past cause (God) of all life and the moral law can be observed through present effects. 


Romans 1:20 – "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."

Friday, November 19, 2010

Debate: Does the Universe Have a Purpose?

If you are into debate, here is a three on three debate/discussion concerning the purpose of the universe.  On one side we have the skeptic/atheist side with debaters, Michael Shermer, Matthew Ridley, and Richard Dawkins.  On the theistic side debating for the affirmative, we have Douglas Geivett, Rabbi David Wolpe, and William Lane Craig.  This debate took place in Mexico and is a fun view.

Oh, I almost forgot, the video does start out in Spanish, being that there is a Mexican audience. However the debaters do speak in English so those of us who are challenged by the Spanish language will get the fruit of the discourse.

Let us know what you think of the debate after watching it.  It is roughly an hour and three quarters in duration.  Enjoy and I look forward to your feedback.  


If you have any questions, this posting will entertain them as long as they are well thought out and cordial.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Series: The First Principles, The First Principle of Operation Science

This entry in our series on the First Principles moves from the First Principles of logic and truth to those of science.  This week, we pose the question...

WHAT IS THE FIRST PRINCIPLE OF OPERATION SCIENCE?

The first principle of operation science (investigations of observable and repeatable present events or effects) is a philosophical assumption known as the principle of causality. The entire discipline of science rests upon this principle, which states that every event, effect or finite thing, must have an adequate cause. This principle is firmly coupled to searching for explanations.

Biblical References: The principle of causality with respect to God as the First Cause of the universe and life is found in Genesis 1:1; 1:3 and 1:27, respectively: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth"; "And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light." "God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Series: The First Principles, First Principle of Truth


WHAT IS THE FIRST PRINCIPLE OF TRUTH?

The first principle of truth is a knowable, transcendent and unchanging reality (fixed point or referent). In this respect, it can be demonstrated that the truth about reality can be known or discovered.



Biblical References

There are only two sides with respect to statements about reality, the side of error and the side of truth. 

John 18:37 – “For this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” 

By definition, truth is a statement or idea that corresponds to reality (God). The Spirit of God is the fixed point of reality (1 John 5:6 “The Spirit is the truth) and God’s Word is truth because it matches reality (In John 17:17 Jesus said, “your word is truth.”). 

Jesus is the truth because he perfectly corresponds to God  In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the truth.” 

In Hebrews 1:3 we read, “The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being.”

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

What is the difference between Christ's exclusivity and religious bigotry?

The question posed here is one that harbors an exclusive tone. “What is the difference between Christ’s exclusivity” implies that the burden of proof is put on Christ over and above some other religious view.

Let us not forget, contrary to popular belief, that all religions are exclusive by their very nature. One of the current candidates for the highest office has said that he believes all religious traditions are just different paths to the same place [destiny]. Nothing could be furthest from the truth.

Do you know what you would get if you were to put a Muslim cleric in the same room with a Christian, Mormon defender and other philosophers from the other religions? You would find very quickly that all those scholars would make their cases why their faith is right and the others are not as right or totally wrong. Each religion has their tenets that make it set apart from the others. While each religion embraces a moral law of some kind, they all differ in areas of man’s nature, view of God, view of salvation, post mortem survival dogmas, and their sacred books.

The other side of the question is regarding religious bigotry. It is not correct to call a person a bigot if they espouse their religion to be true and another’s false. It is bigotry when you do not allow the person from another faith the opportunity to share why their faith may be true against all others.

All religions are exclusive by their very nature. If you look at any of the major religions, you would find that there are certain tenets that make it unique to itself in contrast to the other religions. Although there is an exclusive nature to Hinduism that sets it apart from Islam, and to Islam which sets it apart from Judaism and Christianity, the issue of religious tolerance is one that runs roughshod into the face of religious bigotry.

The test as to who is right and who is wrong comes in evaluating the claims of Jesus Christ versus all the other religious leaders. If Jesus made some claims, and possessed attributes that set him apart from Muhammad, Moses, and the gurus of Hinduism and the monks of Buddhism. If these attributes set him apart from any other religious leader, would you be willing to consider his claims and his life, and respond to what he desires for you?

Is this bigoted? I think not. When you set your presuppositions aside and wrap your mind around the reality of Christ’s claims, you will be confronted with having to make a decision. Are you willing to do that?