The Nativity: Take Another Look

This Christmas season, we invite everyone to reread and reconsider the Nativity story (Matthew 1:18-24; Luke 1:26-38, 2:1-20) from a fresh perspective.  Since Christians are familiar with the birth narratives, we can sometimes take them for granted, missing key truths.  So, take a few extra minutes this year, reread these amazing accounts and marvel at the lessons they reveal about God and our Savior, Jesus. Continue reading

Should Christians Vote for the “Lesser of Two Evils”?

It seems that more and more in modern politics, voters are faced with choosing between the “lesser of two evils.”  In such instances, how should a Christian vote?  Should we follow the advice of famed Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon who says that “of two evils, choose neither.”  Or, in this case, does the lesser evil represent the greater good?

No Clear Answer

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The Virgin Birth: Invented, Copied, or the Real Deal?

As Christmas approaches, Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus.  While Christmas is typically thought of as a time of rejoicing and being with family, there is one aspect of Jesus’ birth that brings ridicule from some.

 “I no more believe that Jesus was born of the virgin Mary than I believe that Krishna was born of the virgin Devaka, Horus was born of the virgin Isis, Mercury was born of the virgin Maia or Romulus was born of the virgin Rhea Sylvia… Christianity insults our intelligence as well as our innate morality by insisting that we believe absurdities that are drawn from the mythology of paganism and barbarism.”1

Christopher Hitchens

The Virgin Birth is an important Christian doctrine.  But is it actually true?  Or did Christians simply borrow it from other, pagan myths and use it as their own?  As we head into the Christmas holiday, let’s take a look and find out. Continue reading

Are Right and Wrong Actually Right and Wrong?

America is increasingly embracing “Moral Relativism.”  This philosophy is the belief that moral judgments are only true or false in relation to subjective standards like culture, tradition, or individual preference, and that no standard is inherently better than another.  This is contrasted to “Moral Absolutism” which contends that there are absolute, objective standards of morality and that certain actions are always right or wrong, regardless of the circumstances or context. Continue reading

Is the Watchmaker Blind? – Part I

Richard Dawkins, The Blind WatchmakerRichard Dawkins wrote The Blind Watchmaker to provide a “non-miraculous account of the existence of complex adaptations.”1  The Economist magazine says it is “as readable and vigorous a defense of Darwinism as has been published since 1859.”  Logic & Light has addressed the theory of evolution before, but it makes sense for us to review and critique this book to ensure both sides of the debate are adequately considered.

We will do so in a two-part series.  This first section will address the high-level arguments Dawkins makes and the problems with them.  The second article will go into some of Dawkins more specific claims. Continue reading

Three Simple Truths

There are countless attacks critics use to try and discredit Christianity.  Logic & Light has addressed dozens of them and will continue to do so.  However, it is also important to realize that many, if not most, of the critics’ attacks actually do nothing to jeopardize the truth of Christianity.  This fact is because the foundation of Christianity is surprisingly simple and is ultimately based on three central truths.  We must remember that regardless of whatever a critic may say, if these three points are correct, Christianity stands as an unassailable certainty.  What are these three truths? Continue reading

Teleological Argument Refuted?

The Teleological Argument is a cornerstone of Christian apologetics and claims that the strong appearance of design in the universe indicates a divine designer.  One of the key evidences of the Teleological Argument is the low likelihood of such appearance of design having occurred by chance.  Given that this likelihood is statistically zero, the case for intentional design is strongly supported. Continue reading

The “Hiddenness” of God

In addition to the “Problem of Evil,” one of the most common objections to the Christian faith is the supposed “hiddenness” of God.  If God is real, and desires a relationship with mankind, why is He not more evident?  Why can we not see clear, compelling evidence of His existence so that everyone will follow Him?  As famed atheist Bertrand Russell reportedly remarked when asked what he would say to God to justify his unbelief if they met in the afterlife:  “God, you gave us insufficient evidence.”1 Continue reading

Evolution, Part VI: Even More Challenges for Evolution

Read Part IPart IIPart IIIPart IV, Part V

Irreducible complexity

Another hurdle for evolution is to explain so-called “irreducible complexity.”  The challenge is how evolution, through small, incremental steps can explain complex systems with many intricate, interdependent parts. Continue reading