But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Thursday, 20 June 2019 22:00

Animal Death – God’s Fault or Man’s Fault?

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There is something wonderful about having a pet, these cute wiggly little balls of fur that give us unconditional love.  They just want to be near their human, often to the point that they practically jump out of their skin to greet us as we return home from time away.  But we only have...

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Thursday, 06 June 2019 22:00

Science vs. Pseudoscience

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Evolutionists sometimes call biblical creation a pseudoscience.  Is such a claim defensible?  Could it be that evolution is in fact pseudoscience while creation makes science possible?

Definitions

Defining key terms is always helpful in any rational discussion.  The Merriam-Webster...

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Thursday, 16 May 2019 22:00

“To be” or not “to be”

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The gap theory is the erroneous belief that there is an unmentioned gap of time between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2.  We have already seen that Hebrew grammar disallows any gap of time of between verse 1 and verse 2 because verse 2 is a waw-disjunctive – providing background information...

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Thursday, 09 May 2019 22:00

Formless and Void

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Our critic this week is Joel who has responded to my article on the gap theory.  Joel argues that there must be a gap of time between verses one and two of Genesis 1 on the basis of the phrase “without form and void” used in Genesis 1:2.  Although I already refuted that claim...

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Thursday, 25 April 2019 22:00

A Big Bang – Part 3

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In our previous article, we investigated the standard model (the big bang) on scientific grounds.  We found that the big bang is not scientific in the sense that none of its major steps have been verified by the scientific method.  However, there are things that are reasonable and true...

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Thursday, 11 April 2019 22:00

A Big Bang – Part 2

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The big bang is a secular story of the origin of the universe.  It was designed to explain the origin of stars, planets, galaxies, and even the universe itself without any need for God.  The big bang is not compatible with the history recorded in Genesis.  But if we didn’t have...

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Thursday, 04 April 2019 22:00

A Big Bang – Part 1

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How did the universe begin?  In almost all public schools and universities, the most commonly promoted idea of universal origins is the big bang.  The idea is that the universe began billions of years ago as a point of infinitesimal size which sprang from nothing and began...

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 22:00

More on the Bible’s Historicity

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Our feedback this week is from Colin who had previously claimed that the Bible was not historically reliable.  He continues his case here, along with my responses in purple.  He made a lot of assertions and copied various internet links.  But did he present any actual evidence for...

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 20:00

Pluto and the Young Solar System

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The outer solar system continues to confirm the biblical timescale.  When the New Horizons spacecraft flew past the Pluto system in July 2015, its findings challenged secular expectations.  In the standard old-universe model, Pluto formed about 4.5 billion years ago.  Yet, New...

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 20:00

The Gap Theory

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From time to time, we receive questions about various aspects of Genesis.  One that comes up frequently is the gap theory which asserts that there was an enormous gap of time between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2.  The gap theory was one of the earlier attempts to reconcile the secular...

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 20:00

Is Genesis Historic and Reliable?

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Our feedback this week comes from Colin who believes that the Bible is “historized” fiction and not reliable in terms of science.  Here are his comments in purple text along with my response.

Dr. Lisle: Hi Colin.  I will try to answer your questions here.

Colin> For Dr Jason...

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Thursday, 24 January 2019 20:00

Evolution vs. Science

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Evolution is fundamentally incompatible with the scientific method.  That is, if neo-Darwinian evolution is true, then there would be no rational basis for trusting in scientific procedures.  Conversely, if science is a reliable tool for understanding how the universe works, then...

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Thursday, 03 January 2019 20:00

Ultima Thule

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A few days ago, the New Horizon’s spacecraft flew past the small trans-Neptunian object, 2014 MU69.  At a distance of over 4 billion miles from earth, MU69 is the most distant object ever visited by a manmade instrument.  Congratulations to the New Horizon’s team on a...

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 20:00

Darwin’s Trap

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When Charles Darwin wrote “On the Origin of Species” in 1859, he employed an ingenious trick to persuade people of evolution.  He linked evolution to natural selection, implying that natural selection was the mechanism of evolution.  This was a clever trap because when...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 20:00

William Lane Craig on Genesis

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Our critic this week is Dr. William Lane Craig, a philosophy professor and Christian apologist.  Although Craig defends Scripture in some areas, he adamantly denies literal (6-day) creation in favor of the big bang and secular timescale.  Last week he responded to a question posted on his...

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Thursday, 22 November 2018 20:00

Understanding Bahnsen… Again

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Our feedback this week once again comes from Peter who is still convinced that I have misrepresented the presuppositional method.  Peter claims that (1) all forms of circular reasoning are fallacious and (2) that the presuppositional method as advanced by Bahnsen and Van Til does not involve...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 20:00

Bahnsen on Circular Reasoning

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Our critic this week, Peter, is not a critic of Christianity.  Rather, he has criticized my previous article in which I show the difference between vicious (arbitrary) circular reasoning and virtuous (rationally necessary, or “spiral”) circular reasoning.  Peter has an...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 20:00

The Ultimate Standard

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We previously covered the Münchhausen trilemma: an argument that knowledge is impossible because it can never be ultimately justified.  Any (true) belief must be based on a good reason in order to be considered knowledge.  But the reason is only good if it also is based on a good...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 22:00

The Chain of Reasoning

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Knowledge begins with God (Proverbs 1:7).  But what is the mechanism by which we reason to have knowledge of other things?   How does our knowledge that the “sun is bright” depend on revelation from God?  By what chain of reasoning are we able to know anything about...

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 22:00

Biblical Epistemology

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“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7).  The fact that knowledge begins with God and that everyone has some degree of knowledge can be used in apologetics to expose the unbeliever’s suppressed knowledge of...

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 22:00

Biblical Authority Apologetics

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What is presuppositional apologetics?  The word ‘apologetics’ refers to giving a rational defense of the faith – in this case, the Christian Faith.[1]  It is a way of demonstrating that Christianity is true, and refuting allegations to the contrary.  The importance...

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 22:00

The Canon

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The books that comprise the Bible are referred to as the canon.[1]  But how do we know that the early Church got the canon correct?  Perhaps you have heard the myth that certain early Christians got together and voted on which books should be in the canon, and that some books only passed...

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Thursday, 20 September 2018 22:00

The Bible vs. other Holy Books

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Many books state who wrote them.  Unless we have good reason to think otherwise, we accept their claim of authorship.  The Bible claims to be written by God who moved men to pen His Word.  We have seen that we have every reason to accept this claim.  But we must eventually ask...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 22:00

Origin of the Bible: Part 3 – Accurate and Divine

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We have seen that the Bible has been meticulously transmitted and accurately translated so that what we hold in our hands today is extremely faithful to the original texts.  But how do we know that the original texts are true?  And how do we validate the Bible’s claim that it is the...

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Thursday, 23 August 2018 22:00

Origin of the Bible: Part 2 – Translations

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Previously we found that the Bible is the most authentic collection of books from the ancient world.  In terms of the number of manuscripts and the shortness of the time between the writing of a biblical book and its discovery, the Bible is more authentic than any ancient text by far. ...

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