Cardinal: Western Society has ‘Embraced the Craziest Ideologies’ and is ‘More Destructive Than the Terror of the Islamists’
The Guinean prelate of the Catholic Church, Cardinal Robert Sarah, has made some bold remarks at a mass which formed part of the annual Paris-Chartres pilgrimage. Speaking on the moral and spiritual decline of the West to some 15,000 Catholics at Chartres Cathedral, Sarah said our modern culture .....MORE
Trapped Kachin Christians reach safety in dramatic elephant escape in Myanmar
Barnabas Fund contacts report that although they are now free and safe, many are still in desperate need and thousands of Kachin have taken
shelter in churches. There is also the threat of further attacks by the military: “Please continue to pray for the Kachin....More
Turkey Returns Confiscated Syriac Church Property Deeds
Syriac Orthodox Christians have welcomed the Turkish government’s return of 55 title deeds, representing nearly half of their ancient church
properties in southeast Turkey, which had been confiscated by the state in recent years. .....More
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What is the secretive Bilderberg gathering? Are they plotting the New World Order?
The secretive Bilderberg Group gathers for its annual meeting next week, which this year takes place in Turin, Italy. A collective of elite North American and European politicians, business leaders, financiers and academics, the group has attracted a good deal of suspicion.....More
Are You a Worrier or a Warrior? (Here’s How to Tell)
My oldest daughter, Kate, is a lieutenant in the US Army. As her mom, I love that my oldest girl is both a woman and a warrior. One of the things I admire most about her life as a soldier is the daily discipline in preparing for battle. Her life as a soldier has ...More
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Nationalism: religion as a form of belonging – and exclusion
Amid rapid, transformative globalisation, many Asian nations have in recent decades found nationalist voices coming to the fore. Religion can
be co-opted into national identity. But where any one religion is made part of national identity......More
Generation Z, Social Justice, and the Gospel
Many members of Generation Z are choosing justice over the gospel, but
they don't have to. They can choose both. Generation Z—roughly those young
people born between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s—is known for a lot of
things: its technological savvy, its commitment to social justice,....More
Senior Christian leaders meet to discuss Code of Conduct
At a meeting convened by The Evangelical Association of South Africa (TEASA) and South African Council of Churches ( SACC) on Wednesday May 23, a broad cross-section of senior Christian leaders met in Kempton Park to discuss the key issues raised by the CRL Rights Commission’s Report on the “Commercialisation” of Religion and Abuse of People’s Belief Systems. This meeting followed meetings....More
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Biblical Principles Pay Off
At Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission, I've met many men and women
who've traded the freedom of God-given work for the chains of government
-sponsored welfare. Decades of failed welfare policies have led many of them to believe they are better off not working, ....... More
NEW ZEALAND: Same-sex blessing vote could split Anglican church
Conservative Canterbury Anglicans could leave the church after it voted to allow blessings of same-sex married couples. Rakaia vicar Al Drye, of St Mark's church, and Shirley vicar Jay Behan, of St Stephen's church, have both resigned from the Anglican general synod and are looking at ways to leave the church. The synod last week voted to pass a motion allowing same-sex blessings in Anglican churches. The motion was was an attempt to compromise on the issue in order to keep the church united..........More
“Suffering for Christ is Part of Our Faith”
—Vladyka, tell us please, how and when you did you learn that the Church of the Archangel Michael in Grozny had been attacked? I was in the Republic of Ingushetia Saturday night, in our New Sinai-Holy Protection Monastery, serving the All-Night Vigil. They came up and told me during the service that a shootout was going on in Grozny....More
GOD AND SCIENCE ARE NOT ENEMIES - PART II
A bit more from the book I read recently – “The Case for a Creator” by Lee Strobel. In my last post, I quoted some of the scientific evidence contained in the book for the universe being caused by something.
In the arena of physics, something called the Anthropic Principle points to not only a cause, but to intelligent design of the universe. The book says “all the seemingly arbitrary and unrelated constants in physics have one strange thing in common – these are precisely the values you would need if you want to have a universe capable of producing life.” The probability of all these values occurring by chance are so huge that they boggle the mind.
For example, the force of gravity is precisely set to allow life – a breathtaking image given in the book, is that of a massive ruler that is the length of the whole universe, and is marked out in inches. The length of the ruler represents the range of force strengths existing in nature. Gravity is quite weak, while the strong nuclear force is 10 thousand billion billion billion billion times stronger. Increase the force of gravity by just one of those gazillions of inches on the intergalactic ruler, and life would not be supportable.
The cosmological constant, or the energy density of empty space, has to be fine-tuned – too strong, and matter would be repulsed so strongly that galaxies, stars, planets could not be formed – too weak, and the big bang would have been quickly reversed as all matter became subject to an immense attractive force. The fine tuning is estimated to be 1 part in 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000!!!
In physics, a phase space is a space in which all possible states of a system are represented, with each possible state of the system corresponding to one unique point in the phase space. The original phase space is the phase space for the properties of the universe immediately after The Big Bang. Eminent physicist Roger Penrose estimates that the accuracy required to fine tune the original phase space to the conditions that actually existed (and which went on to support life) is 1 part in 10,000,000,000^123. He goes on to say you can’t even write that number out in full – there are more zeroes in it than there are particles in the universe!
There are many more constants that need to be precisely tuned to an accuracy that, even taken in isolation, seriously challenge the idea of our universe being created by random chance.
As I said last time, there is no proof of the existence of God. Personally, having read this book and others by both Christian and atheist authors, neither do I see any proof of the non-existence of God. I am fascinated by the wonder of our universe and the beauty of our planet, and reading about all these conditions that need to be set just so, strengthens my faith. The apostle Paul wrote: “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.” Romans 1:20.