Saturday, October 31, 2009
The Legacy of Darwin and Intelligent Design
Steve Meyer present the essence of his information argument the first night, covering a huge range of material in an approachable, but challenging way. He thus outlined the major argument of his magisterial work, Signature in the Cell. (Amazingly, we had met in 1986 in Dallas. I forgot; he remembered!) On Saturday morning, Michael Behe winsomely explained the nature of ID and illustrated it with material from Darwin's Back Box and (to a lesser degree) The Edge of Evolution. Then Steve Meyer interviewed the inimitable David Berlinski on Berlinski's life and his take on Darwinism. (I was able to give Dr. Berlinski a copy of my book, On Pascal.) John West gave a stellar presentation on the social and political implications of Darwinism. The conference ended with a panel discussion moderated by Craig Smith that included myself (the minor leaguer), Mike Behe, Steve Meyer, and John West. We discussed how to take the ID message to "the next generation."
Despite the attacks on the web page and the attempts to jam their phone lines, the conference was very well attended. The Douglas County Events Center was perhaps 70% filled, not counting the bleachers. There were perhaps 1000 people. I was heartened to see many Denver Seminary students. Many books and DVDs were available and seemed to be selling well.
I encourage you all to visit Shepherd Project web page (when it is de-hacked) and pick up these DVDs or audio files. All the presenters did an excellent job. I was honored to play a small part in this and to get to hang out with these folks for two meals and some other informal time. It was a near-heaven experience for me.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Attend, Learn--Despite the Attacks
Colorado-Based Shepherd Project Ministries Announces the Legacy of Darwin Intelligent Design Conference for Oct. 30-31, 2009.
This year marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his culture-shaking book, The Origin of Species. What has been the impact of a century and a half of the theory of naturalistic evolution dominating our universities and secondary education systems? As even secular researchers have discovered, the answer is frightening. Recent films like Ben Stein’s Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed have contributed to a growing awareness in the non-Christian world that the implications of embracing naturalistic evolution as a culture have been destructive and far-reaching.
On October 30-31 at the Douglas County Event Center in Castle Rock, CO, Shepherd Project Ministries will offer a revolutionary conference featuring scientists, researchers and speakers from the Discovery Institute. The conference will explore the cultural impact of Darwinism and the ground-breaking new evidence for Intelligent Design that is changing the shape of this crucial conversation today.
With presentations by some of the world's foremost Intelligent Design experts, this conference will equip Christians to understand the key issues and be able to speak effectively into a culture that is foundering in the sea of meaninglessness that is Darwin's most lasting legacy.
The world-class line-up of presenters includes Dr. Stephen Meyer (author of The Signature in the Cell), Dr. Michael Behe (author of Darwin's Black Box), Dr. David Berlinski (featured prominently in the recent film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed), Dr. John G. West, Dr. Craig A. Smith, Dr. Douglas Groothuis and more!
Presentations will include:
· Signature in the Cell: DNA Evidence for Intelligent Design
· Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution
· Darwin Day in America: The Impact of Darwinism on Our Culture
· Training the Next Generation: Practical Strategies & Resources
Because Shepherd Project Ministries is dedicated to touching both the head and the heart, we have also asked nationally known singer/songwriter Danny Oertli to lead times of worship before each main session.
No scientific background is necessary! This conference is designed to equip ordinary Christians to have an extraordinary impact on our culture.
Space is limited.
Oct. 30-31 (7-9:30 pm Friday & 9:15 am – 3:30 pm Saturday)
Douglas County Event Center, 500 Fairgrounds Dr., Castle Rock, CO 80104
Cost: $10 (single), $20 (family), $5 (student)
Silence Dissent, Don't Refute It
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Welcome to the official website of the event Intelligent Design: Is it Viable? A debate between Dr. Francisco J. Ayala and Dr. William Lane Craig. Moderated by Dr. Bradley Monton. The debate will occur on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 7 p.m. EST at Indiana University Auditorium. This debate is sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ at Indiana University.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Crying to Jesus: Urgency in Prayer
How many of us throw our entire personality intro prayer? Most put more effort into rooting for sports teams or television programs or other lesser goods.
Debate on God's Existence at ACC
A Philosophical Debate about God
Is morality possible without God?
Is proof of God’s existence evident?
Robert Casteline: Denver Seminary
and Mark Gowan: ACC philosophy faculty
Thursday, November 5, 7-9:30 p.m.
Goodbye to TV Cable
This is good. I savor it. And we save $200 a year. Follow us.
On Criminalizing Dissent Against Islam
Sunday, October 25, 2009
The Call to Anguish
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Calm, Rational Discourse
In any event, we may be in for a wild ride.
What "Banned" Means
It matters not what you post; it will be deleted unread--as I have been doing for months now. Do not waste your time sending anything in, please.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Updated Reviews from Amazon
What an Image
Today, out of nowhere, a young woman at my church told me that she heard that sermon from 2005 and had since then banished TV from her life. She now has a young family and was thankful that her home is a TV-free environment. "It clicked for me," she said, after I told her how challenging the message was to give in that environment.
Once in a while, a weary and battle-scarred old curmudgeon needs to hear things like that.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Another Groothuis Review
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Groothuis on Pascal
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Your Taxes for Abortions
My Abortion Essay Published in Anthology
From the Metro State Philosophy Club
"Christianity and Gender
On The Equality of Women and Men
in Marriage and Ministry"
"Some claim Christianity is male-centered and
oppressive to women. I will challenge this claim
and sketch out a Christian view of the metaphysics
of gender equality and identity."
-Dr. Doug Groothuis, Ph.D.,
Professor of Philosophy at Denver Seminary,
Affiliate Faculty in Philosophy at Metro State College of Denver
Thursday, October 15th @ 7pm
Refreshments will be served.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Wake Up, Please
Veiled and Influential
As Francis Schaeffer said thirty years ago, don't pray for justice for America. Pray for mercy (and revival).
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Who to Trust?
"Christianity and Gender"
Some claim that Christianity is male-centered and oppressive to women. I will challenge this claim and sketch out a Christian view of the metaphysics of gender equality and identity. Those attending will receive a detailed lecture outline and a short article by me called, "Is Christianity Sexist?"
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 09, 2009
We are at War!
Troy Nunley on Fine Tuning of the Universe for Life
From The Discovery Institute
Let your voice be heard! In a clear act of government censorship, the California Science Center-a "department of the State of California"-has canceled the Los Angeles premiere of the pro-intelligent design film Darwin's Dilemma: The Mystery of the Cambrian Fossil Record. A private group, the American Freedom Alliance, had rented the California Science Center's IMAX theater for the screening. But after the screening attracted public attention, the Science Center decided to pull the plug on the event in clear violation of the freedom of speech and equal protection. Please contact the Science Center immediately to respectfully urge the Center to support free speech and allow the original screening to go forward.
Contact the California Science Center now:E-Mail: email@example.com
Stay tuned to Evolution News & Views as this story develops.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Suvival of the Nastiest?
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Two Sermons on Spiritual Warfare
Groothuis in Dutch
Monday, October 05, 2009
Comment on Part of "Jesus Manifesto"
–Jesus does not leave his disciples with CliffsNotes for a systematic theology. He leaves his disciples with breath and body.
Jesus does not leave his disciples with a coherent and clear belief system by which to love God and others. Jesus gives his disciples wounds to touch and hands to heal.
Jesus does not leave his disciples with intellectual belief or a “Christian worldview.” He leaves his disciples with a relational faith.–
These sound bites or factoids, while catchy, are misleading at best and just false at worst.
Jesus called us to love God with all our minds. To do that, we need to work our entire lives to develop a biblical theology, worldview, and morality. Yes, the living Christ is at the center; but to put the living Christ at odds with intellectual sanctification and the desire for intellectual consistency, coherence, and cogency is nothing less than a travesty.
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Viola: Not So Sweet
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Unreality Alert: You are Like None of the Apostles
These questions trade on the pseudo-participatory phantasms of popular culture. It is like "air guitar." You don't play, but pretend--to stir a feeling. So, what person "are you"? None of them, of course--and nothing like any of them; but we like the fleeting feeling of association (I suppose).
But consider the apostolic question. Who among us, in God's name, even approaches the faith, courage, and cross-bearing virtues of any of the Apostles?! The best church planter or missionary is a pale shadow of the Apostles Paul or Peter, for example. Yes, the Apostles were flawed (consider Peter's initial unwillingness to associate with Christian gentiles--Acts 10), but their submission to Christ, their embracing of suffering for the Cross of Jesus Christ and the furtherance of his kingdom puts all of us, I wager, to deep shame.
I challenge you with what Paul challenged his readers with: Follow Paul as Paul follows Christ. If we do, then there will be no more idiotic and blasphemous Facebook trivia about Apostles.
Friday, October 02, 2009
Need More Intellectual Seriousness
My conservatism was formed by the like of folks that are lamentably absent from the scene, William F. Buckely, Ronald Reagan, Richard John Neuhaus, Francis A. Schaeffer, and others. My reading of Commentary, The Freeman, National Review, and First Things nurtured my judgments and sentiments. The new populist conservatives, while far more correct than contemporary liberals, do leave something to be desired. Part of the problem is the nonstop news and entertainment cycle.
The conservative movement needs some large, solid, and much-read treatises (and shorter manifestos) sparkling with intelligence, wit, and wisdom. (I do like Liberty and Tryany by Mark Levine as a smart manifesto.) Protracted study time in the woodshed is the order of the day. Then go on stage and show your chops. After that, go back and study some more, instead of posing for photographs.