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 III
A final look at the fascinating book “The Case for a Creator,” by Lee Strobel. This time in the field of biology.
One of the biggest discussion points is the issue of how life actually started. How did we get from lifeless chemicals, to the simplest single-cell organisms? One famous experiment, by Stanley Miller in 1953, claimed to have simulated the creation of life by “zapping” an approximation of the primordial soup with electricity. This formed amino acids, which are the raw material of protein molecules, which in turn are the building blocks of cells. For a while, this experiment was held to provide solid evidence that life could have been the result of random chemical interactions, thereby removing the need for a Creator.
When the dust settled however, it was discovered that Miller’s recipe for the primordial soup was almost definitely wrong, and that if we were to replay the experiment with a more accurate recipe, no amino acids would be formed. The levels of nitrogen required to form amino acids were most likely not present in the soup. Additionally, Miller’s experiment produced only 2 or 3 of the protein-forming amino acids out of the 22 that exist. Yet another problem was that the amino acids that did develop, promptly reacted with other chemicals in the soup to form a brown sludge that was very unfriendly to the development of life.
It has been calculated that, for one protein molecule to form by random chance, the odds would be 1 in 100,000 trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion! And a single, minimally complex cell requires somewhere between 300 – 500 protein molecules!
This led biochemist Franklin M. Harold to say “We should reject, as a matter of principle, the substitution of intelligent design for the dialogue of chance and necessity; but we must concede that there are presently no detailed Darwinian accounts of the evolution of any biochemical system, only a variety of wishful speculations.” As a sidebar, I have to say I admire the man’s faith! By his own description, you need a lot more faith to believe in pre-biotic natural selection, than to believe in God.
Let’s just say we get over the hump of life actually starting, there remains another fascinating hurdle for Darwinian evolution – something called irreducible complexity. Think of an eye. It has thousands of working parts. And the eye will not work at all without a large number of those parts. Darwinian evolution states that random mutations occur in life forms all the time, and those that are beneficial to the mutant give it an increased chance of survival, therefore an increased chance of procreating its own (mutated) genes, therefore spreading its mutation out into the species, thereby making the mutation mainstream. The problem is this – the chances of a life form without an eye, mutating an entire eye all at once, are so astronomical as to be safely in the realms of fantasy. The thousands of components that make up an eye would need to be mutated separately – and no single part of an eye is beneficial to a life form by itself. A mutation that was just one part of an eye would not give the creature a survival advantage, therefore it is highly unlikely that the mutation would be perpetuated into the mainstream of the species. A mutation of one part of an eye would die out before a second part of an eye was mutated, let alone the thousands of parts required for an eye to actually work and become an advantage for the life form. It is impossible for an eye to evolve under the rules of natural selection.
And it doesn’t just apply to incredibly complex things like eyes. The example of a flagellum is quoted in the book. This little thingy acts like an outboard motor for bacteria, and requires 30 – 35 proteins to form. Some of these proteins form the propeller (which, incidentally, can rotate at 10,000rpm – try getting the family sedan up there and see what mess you make!), others attach the propeller to the driveshaft, and others act as bushes, so that the driveshaft can penetrate the bacterial wall and connect to a “motor” inside! Each of these proteins would need to form by evolutionary mutation, and would be useless without the other proteins. It seems that natural selection is not really viable at the molecular level either.
I’ll finish with three great quotes contained in the book:
Darwin himself was honest enough to say in The Origin of the Species, “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.”
George Sim Johnson, writing in the Wall Street Journal, said “Human DNA contains more organised information than the Encyclopaedia Britannica. If the full text of the encyclopaedia were to arrive in computer code from outer space, most people would regard this as proof of the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence. But when seen in nature, it is explained as the workings of random forces.”
Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the double-helix structure of DNA, said “An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to have been satisfied to get it going.”
And finally, a MISQUOTE from the December 31, 1999 issue of Time Magazine, and a quote from the Bible:
“Charles Darwin didn’t want to murder God, as he once put it. Don’t worry, Charlie, you’re off the hook!”
“The wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.” Isaiah 29:14.