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Apologist Francis Schaeffer has been insightful in many ways concerning our contemporary time even though he has been dead for a few decades.

Here below is a message by Francis Schaeffer titled “The Watershed of the Evangelical World.”  I think the message is classic Schaeffer with many of his motifs mentioned in the presentation such as the importance of Scripture, the dichotomies of unbelief, values and worldviews.

I also found a PDF outline online that one can look to go along with the message.

Enjoy!

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Obama has an interesting double standard concerning those who mock Muhammad and Islam.

On the one hand Obama is supportive of expressions that is against Islam.  He also does not condemn expressions against Islam but instead is support of the right of expression against Islam. With the recent terrorist attack related to Charlie Hebdo, Huffington Post reported Obama’s statement:

“The fact that this was an attack on journalists, attack on our free press, also underscores the degree to which these terrorists fear freedom of speech and freedom of the press,” Obama said from the Oval Office during a meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden.

“But the one thing that I’m very confident about is that the values that we share with the French people, a belief — a universal belief in the freedom of expression, is something that can’t be silenced because of the senseless violence of the few,” he added.

(Source)

Note above how Obama believes freedom of expression is something Obama believes is a universal belief and one that ought not to be silenced which in the immediate context of the terrorist act against Charlie Hebdo include the magazines’ mockery against the prophet Muhammad and the religion of Islam.

In the same speech Obama also goes on to say the following about Paris, the city that the terrorist attack took place:

“What that beautiful city represents — the culture and the civilization that is so central to our imaginations — that’s going to endure,” Obama said. “And those who carry out senseless attacks against innocent civilians, ultimately they’ll be forgotten.”

(Source)

Note that Obama thinks those who are terrorists will be forgotten but the city of Paris that allows the freedom of expression to mock Islam and which Charlie Hebdo works out of–it will endure.  Remember this point.

Obama has also emphasized that the French values (including those of allowing Charlie Hebdo to express itself against Islam) reflect American values and ultimately enduring “universal values” elsewhere in his condolences:

France is America’s oldest ally, and has stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the fight against terrorists who threaten our shared security and the world. Time and again, the French people have stood up for the universal values that generations of our people have defended.

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Yet on the other hand Obama is against expressions against Islam.  In 2012 when the US Consulate in Benghazi was attacked, the Obama administration initially blamed it on Nakoula Basseley Nakoula who made a movie mocking Muhammad and Islam.  As an example of this we find what former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated two days after the terrorist attack on September 13th, 2012:

I also want to take a moment to address the video circulating on the Internet that has led to these protests in a number of countries. Let me state very clearly – and I hope it is obvious – that the United States Government had absolutely nothing to do with this video. We absolutely reject its content and message. America’s commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. And as you know, we are home to people of all religions, many of whom came to this country seeking the right to exercise their own religion, including, of course, millions of Muslims. And we have the greatest respect for people of faith.

To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose: to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage.

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Note how Hillary openly condemned the video.  Note also how she questioned the motive of the video maker and speculated that the purpose was merely to provoke rage.  Hillary, as a representative of the Obama’s administration, does not approve of attacks against Islam.  Apparently Obama himself also presupposes this narrative that the video caused the Benghazi attack and implicitly rejected the video’s attack on Islam since the day before Hillary’s speech Obama stated in his own “Remarks by the President on the Deaths of U.S. Embassy Staff in Libya” the following:

Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths.  We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.

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For several days following Benghazi Obama publicly stated his disapproval and condemnation against the video and its anti-Islamic content.  He did this on September 18th during the“Late Show with David Letterman:”

OBAMA: “Here’s what happened. … You had a video that was released by somebody who lives here, sort of a shadowy character who – who is extremely offensive video directed at – at Mohammed and Islam…”

LETTERMAN: “Making fun of the Prophet Mohammed.”

OBAMA: “Making fun of the Prophet Mohammed. And so, this caused great offense in much of the Muslim world. But what also happened was, extremists and terrorists used this as an excuse to attack a variety of our embassies, including the one, the consulate in Libya.”

(Source)

And also a statement on September 19th:

The message we have to send to the Muslim world is that we expect you to work with us, to keep our people safe, and as offensive as this video was – and obviously we denounced it, the United States government had nothing to do with it – that’s never an excuse for violence.

(Source)

And climaxing with Obama’s speech to the UN:

The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.

(Source)

What is it going to be: Will mockers of the prophet of Islam and Islam itself have a future or not?

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Here are Presuppositional apologetics’ links between January 1st-7th, 2014.

1.) Rage Against the Machine

2.) Even With all the Time in the World – Monkeys typing aimlessly Results in No Shakespeare

3.) Comic: Four Blind Men are Walking When they Come Upon an Elephant

4.) Reformed Theologians on Innate Knowledge of God

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6.) You are my sunshine, my only sunshine

7.) Pardon Me, Your Presuppositions Are Showing | Answers in Genesis

Mirror site of our Last Installment: Late December 2014 Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links

 

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Newsweek attacking the Bible pretty serious

Earlier in December I wrote a piece concerning the recent Newsweek article attacking the Bible titled “.”  Originally I was going to write a series of posts responding to Kurt’s hit piece but the Holiday season made it difficult.  But alas, there is nothing new under the sun and fortunately there have been many Christian responses to the article already.  Rather than be redundant, I thought I share in this post some of the responses out there available online already.

I think Christians responding to the article is good; it’s sad for me seeing how some people would only look up to these routine sensational pieces from Time and Newsweek and think it is serious scholarship against Christianity when there are scholarly responses out there.  I think the ignorance and pseudo-scholarship is so bad it’s a sin.

1.) New Testament Scholar Dan Wallace’s Predictable Christmas fare: Newsweek’s Tirade against the Bible

2.) Apologist James White’s “Eichenwald and Newsweek Refuted” Videos:

3.) New Testament professor Michael Kruger’s “A Christmas Present from the Mainstream Media: Newsweek Takes a Desperate Swipe at the Integrity of the Bible Part 1 and (Part 2)

4.) Seminary President Al Mohler’s  Newsweek on the Bible — So Misrepresented It’s a Sin

 

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Christian Bioethics A Guide for Pastors, Health Care Professionals, and Families

C. Ben Mitchell and D. Joy Riley.  Christian Bioethics: A Guide for Pastors, Health Care Professionals, and Families. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group, 2014. 197 pp.

This is a wonderful book on bioethics from a Christian perspective.  I have felt for years that there is a need for more works on Christian bioethics and no doubt this book makes a contribution.  The book exceeded my expectation.  I appreciated the fact that both authors’ background helped in making a contribution to the book:  C. Ben Mitchell has a PhD in medical ethics in addition to his pastoral background while D. Joy Riley is a physician with a masters in bioethics.  Both Mitchell and Riley serve in hospital ethics committee and have written previous on bioethical issues.

The book is divided into four parts.  The first part is an introduction with chapter one on doctors and medicine and chapter two on how to apply the Bible for the Twenty First century.  The “meat” of the book is in part two through four which adopts the bioethics rubric by theologian Nigel Cameron of “taking life, making life and remaking/faking life.”  Under “Taking Life” there is a chapter each on abortion and human dignity in death.  Under “Making Life” the authors discusses the topic of assisted reproductive technology, organ donations, transplantation, cloning and human-animal hybrids.  Part four consist of one chapter on the topic of aging and life extension technologies with a significant discussion on Transhumanist movement.  General readers will learn a lot from these chapters concerning these controversial issues.

I also appreciated the format of the book.  Each chapter opens up with a case study followed by some discussion questions based upon the case study.  The heart of each chapter is a dialogue discussion between the two authors.  At first I wasn’t sure whether it would work having the book set up as an “interview” but I was pleasantly surprised that it worked out well and brought out the authors’ particular knowledge and specialty.  The interview format allows us to see two experts dialoguing on the issue with the readers being able to “listen in.”

It was thoughtful of the authors to have helpful summary in the back of some of the chapters; for instance, there is an outline for the “Process for Medical Ethical Decision Making” after the chapter on how the Bible communicate to the Twenty First Century and a helpful list of suggestions of practical ways the church may help with the issue of abortion.  In fact, the book was constantly giving practical advice to the readers.  For instance I found the chapter on human dignity and dying to be very practical as a pastor to think about how to minister to those who are dying—and also got me thinking about my own death as well.  As the book documented, we are in an interesting age in history in which many people in the West have the privilege of not having to constantly think about death as many people in the past have to face.

I would encourage that if one were to read this book to read it with a highlighter since there are a lot of information.  I learned a lot reading this!  I enjoyed learning the historical background of the Hippocratic Oath, its pagan origin and how it was later adapted to reflect a Christian worldview.  I was also surprised to learn how it is not an administered oath for doctors today.  The book also discussed about the Christian origin of hospitals and historic precedence for caring the sick.  The book did a good job defining terms and my only criticism of the book is that it would be nice to see a glossary given the many acronym and medical terms used it could be easy for a general audience to forget them.   One helpful discussion about defining terms is the book’s discussion about the problem of defining death in terms of brain activity or the lack thereof.  The book mentioned that there has been documented case of over 175 “brain dead” long term survivors which should definitely serve as a caution.  I also appreciate the book’s discussion about the mechanics of cloning and embryonic stem cells.

I highly recommend this book.

NOTE: I received this book for free from the publisher B&H Publishing Group  through Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for my honest opinion. The thoughts and words are my own and I was under no obligation to provide a favorable review.

Purchase: Amazon

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I reviewed nearly 90 books on Veritas Domain this past year in 2014.  Some stood out more than others.  Below are some of the books  that really stood out in how it edified me or taught me something profoundly important.

The order are in the appearance in chronological order from January 2014-December 2014.

1.) Hitler’s Philosophers by Yvonne Sherratt

Hitler's Philosophers

Description: Fascinating look at the role of philosophy and philosophers behind Hitler’s Nazi Germany.  Ideas do have consequences!

My Review

Purchase: Amazon

 

2.) Jonah: The Scandalous Love of God by Kevin J. Youngblood

Jonah The Scandalous Love of God Youngblood

Description: In my opinion one of the best critical commentary on the book of Jonah.  I’m looking forward to this series given how good this volume was!

My Review

Purchase: Amazon

 

3.) What He Must Be: If He Wants to Marry My Daughter by Voddie T. Baucham Jr.

What He Must Be If He Wants to Marry My Daughter Bauchman

Description: A very good book on father’s role in a daughter’s courtship.  Very good for young men also.

My Review

Purchase: Amazon

 

4.) Warfare in the Old Testament by Boyd Seevers

Warfare in the Old Testament The Organization, Weapons, and Tactics of Ancient Near Eastern Armies

Description: A very good book on the topic of warfare in the Old Testament!

My Review

Purchase: Amazon

 

5.) The Doctrine of the Christian Life (A Theology of Lordship) by John Frame

Doctrine of Christian Life John Frame

Description: I enjoyed this book as a text on Christian ethics that utilize the Bible, philosophy, apologetics and comes from a Reformed Van Tillian perspective!

My Review

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

 

6.) The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008 by Thomas E. Ricks

The Gamble General David Petraeus

Description: I have really enjoyed the author’s insight into the military and this books goes into the details of the Surge in Iraq and the Generals who led it.  Very informative and insightful, a must read for every military officer.

My Review

Purchase: Amazon

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Here are links on Presuppositional apologetics gathered between December 21st-31st, 2014.

1.) My Concerns with Popular, Christian Worldview Apologetics

2.) Bill Nye’s New Book ‘Undeniable’ Denied

3.) Apologetics for the Average Christian: Saying “I Don’t Know”

4.) God’s Sovereignty Over Man’s Mind: A Look At Daniel 1-5 (Pt.1)

5.) Pushing the Antithesis – Book Review

6.) Atheism, consequentialism, and torture

7.) How Can I Know The Bible Is True?

Last installment (mirror site)

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