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Who Made God? Searching for a Theory of Everything

Who Made God? Searching for a Theory of Everything

Why should the Devil get all the good scientists? It sometimes seems that way, doesn’t it? We hear of scientists like Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins and others who are acclaimed as being at the top of their field and almost inevitably it seems that they are...

Coming to Peace With Science

Coming to Peace With Science

by Darrel Falk, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL, 2004  Buy on Amazon Written with the undergraduate student in mind, Coming to Peace balances the claims of science and the truth of Christianity. Description "Is a thoroughly Christian and biblically informed...

How I Changed My Mind About Evolution

How I Changed My Mind About Evolution

Many evangelicals have come to accept the conclusions of science while still holding to a vigorous belief in God and the Bible. How did they make this journey? Here are the stories of 25 people who have come to embrace evolution and faith. Available now from IVP...

Why evolution is still a theory in crisis

Why evolution is still a theory in crisis

Michael Denton’s Evolution: Still a Theory in Crisis (Discovery Institute Press, £16.80). A sequel to his 1985 book — Evolution: A Theory in Crisis — this takes us up to date with the dazzling developments of life sciences over the past 30 years. Denton is a sceptic...

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist

To some, the concept of having faith in a higher power or a set of religious beliefs is nonsensical. Indeed, many view religion in general, and Christianity in particular, as unfounded and unreasonable. Norman Geisler and Frank Turek argue, however, that Christianity...

Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical

Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical

We live in an age of skepticism. Our society places such faith in empirical reason, historical progress, and heartfelt emotion that it’s easy to wonder: Why should anyone believe in Christianity? What role can faith and religion play in our modern lives? In this...

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism

Timothy Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics and non-believers bring to religion. Using literature, philosophy, anthropology, pop culture, and intellectual reasoning, Keller explains...

‘Miracles’ by Eric Metaxas

‘Miracles’ by Eric Metaxas

Miracles from the unfathomable to the banal are carefully studied by Eric Metaxas in his new book. What makes “Miracles” special is Metaxas’ personal recounting of stories from his life or the lives of his friends or professional acquaintances. Those looking for proof...

Star Wars: Spiritual Education

Star Wars: Spiritual Education

I could feel the excitement and enthusiasm all around me as I sat in the cinema packed with young people ready to watch the new Star Wars film. From the opening scenes they were clearly gripped by the story and impressed by the cinematography, as indeed was I. But, as...

Why the Critics Are Attacking “Ben-Hur”

Why the Critics Are Attacking “Ben-Hur”

The new Ben-Hur is a terrific movie. It is exciting, suspenseful, filled with clashes of spirit, interest, and personality, and offers a story of brotherly love, conflict, revenge, and redemption. Religious faith and the spirit of forgiveness are at its core, though...

Risen

Risen

RISEN is a powerful must see film, that will inspire, entertain and impact through its gripping and unique telling of Jesus’ death and resurrection. The film follows Clavius, a high-ranking Roman military tribune and his aide Lucius, who are instructed by Pontius...

Feeling The Force – Star Wars and Spiritual Truth

Feeling The Force – Star Wars and Spiritual Truth

It’s 30 years since George Lucas first brought Star Wars to our cinema screens. Lifelong fan John C. McDowell hails a blockbuster rich in spiritual truth. Feeling the Force A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, there was no God. Or not, at least, the walking,...

The Truman Show

The Truman Show

“The Truman Show” presents a television mogul’s dream. Reality television is a guaranteed audience pleaser today. Shows like “America’s Funniest Home Videos” have been followed by police and crime dramas about real fugitives and for the younger generation there’s...

The Matrix

The Matrix

“Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was for real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream, Neo? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?” The year is around 2199, although we think...

NIH Director: ‘We’re on an Exponential Curve’

NIH Director: ‘We’re on an Exponential Curve’

MARCH 17, 2020 Francis Collins speaks about the coronavirus, his faith, and an unusual friendship. There are estimates that if nothing goes right and if we fail to flatten the curve and if health systems are overwhelmed, we might see the deaths of as many as a million...

Geneticist Francis Collins ponders peril of biotechnology

Geneticist Francis Collins ponders peril of biotechnology

Francis Collins, bottom left, compares the beauty of a rose window, left, with DNA, right, while speaking at the “Moving Beyond Conflict: Science and Faith in Harmony” event in Washington on June 18, 2018. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks WASHINGTON (RNS) — To geneticist...

The Story of Ben

The Story of Ben

Studying in a new country is a privilege. At times, the challenges may seem to be overwhelming, but you will have the joy of surrounding yourself in a new and vibrant culture, while having experiences you could not have had in any other setting. It can be difficult to...

Fluctuations Show Radioisotope Decay Is Unreliable 

Fluctuations Show Radioisotope Decay Is Unreliable 

Radioactive isotopes are commonly portrayed as providing rock-solid evidence that the earth is billions of years old. Since such isotopes are thought to decay at consistent rates over time, the assumption is that simple measurements can lead to reliable...

How should we then live?

How should we then live?

Recently I was cleaning out an old box full of articles when I stumbled across a dated cassette and workbook packet that was designed for church groups. The cassette tapes (published by Gospel Films) were recordings of Francis Schaeffer’s teaching series, “How Shall I...

Humility in the wrong place

Humility in the wrong place

“What we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction, where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth;...

A gadget may be wonderful – but it’s just a gadget

A gadget may be wonderful – but it’s just a gadget

Being iTuned day and night diminishes our humanity. It does not enhance it. I have very little of Mr Blake’s company, the wife of the poet William Blake is reputed to have told visitors. “He is always in Paradise.” When the artist George Richmond called on Blake,...

You Can’t Friend Me, I Quit!

On Facebook’s fifth anniversary, a not-so-fond farewell. I was a late convert to Facebook, the social-networking site that turned five years old Wednesday. I joined about a year ago at age 47, swept up in the massive wave of people turning the corner to the back nine...

Everything is borrowed!

Everything is borrowed!

Sir John Robert Madejski (born Robert John Hurst on 28 April 1941 in Stoke-on-Trent) is an English businessman, with a raft of commercial interests, spanning property, broadcast media, hotels, restaurants, publishing and football. He changed his name when his...

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