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Army Ant Death Circle

Point: Many in our world today are going through life without a purpose or following God’s purpose.  I thought a fitting illustration of what people are like can be gleamed from Army Ants.

Picture: Animal behaviors fascinate me.  Earlier today I read of a phenomenon known as Ant Death Circles or Death Spirals.  Here’s a description of it over at NPR:

This is a species of army ant, Labidus praedator. These ants are completely blind so they get about by sniffing trails left by the ants in front of them. They, in turn, leave chemical trails of their own. The system works smoothly when everybody’s going in a straight line in one direction…

But when the lead ants start to loop, bad things can happen (and remember we humans loop too, we can’t hold a straight course over long distances without external points of reference). If the ant-in-front loops and intersects with its old trail, the whole crowd then turns in on itself and everybody gets caught in the endless circle.

Eventually these Army Ants walking in circles would die from exhaustion.  Here’s a short video and explanation from an expert:

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These are links concerning Presuppositional apologetics gathered from May 16th-21st, 2016.

1.) Inerrancy & Apologetics — K. Scott Oliphint

2.) Classic Apologists and Their Facepalm Misuse of Scripture

3.) The sense of deity weighs him down

4.) Atheists, Secularists, and Nihilists Recently Defend Irrationality

5.) WILLIAM LANE CRAIG’S INCONSISTENT OBJECTIONS TO PRESUPPOSITIONAL ARGUMENT

6.) Unpacking Common Grace

7.) Are miracles antecedently improbable?

8.) The presupposition of God

9.) “God In Mathematics

10.) I Don’t Apologize for my Apologetics

 

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend

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Huffington Post Muslim logical fallacy Argumentum ad populum

This is part 3 of my response to a Huffington Post Religion piece titled “Did Jesus Predict Muhammad?”

Here’s the first two responses:

 

Since my time is short in light of sermon preparation this post will respond to a shorter quote from the Huff Po writer who is trying to demonstrate that Jesus predicted Muhammad.  The quote is as follows:

When we look at Islam as a world religion, and see that 1.6 billion people and growing are following in the way of Muhammad, the time has surely come to recognize him as a prophet. If Muhammad is not a prophet, who is?

Is this argument logically sound?  Here’s my response:

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Huff Po Jesus predicted Muhammad Veritas Domain show it is a lie

Over at liberal Huff Po Religion there is a piece I want to respond to that’s titled “Did Jesus Predict Muhammad?”  This is part 2 of my response and earlier I wrote .  In this post I will start to look at the bad exegesis found in part 2 of the article “Did Jesus Predict Muhammad?”  Obviously Huff Po makes this out to be a great article.  One starts wondering if there’s great exegesis going on here.  But what I learned about Huff Posts Religion is that there’s a lot of huff and puffs, but no bites as far as exegesis or sound thinking is concerned.  For instance, half a year ago they have on their website another piece that I responded to titled “

While it isn’t the main focus of the writer’s core argument that Jesus predicted Muhammad, we see right off the bat that the writer’s first effort in looking at a Biblical passage results in a bad interpretation.  It’s like a sign of things to come.

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John Frame Selected Shorter Writings Volume 3

John Frame. Selected Shorter Writings, Volume 3.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, March 31st, 2016. 400 pp.

This is the third volume of John Frame’s selected shorter writings.  Dr. Frame is a Christian systematic theologian, apologist and author who has written extensively on theology, philosophy, Christian epistemology, ethics and worship.  His works have impacted a generation of Calvinistic pastors and teachers. This particular book is a collection of various essays, speeches and articles written by John Frame over the years.  Most of the chapters haven’t been previously published in book form even though some have appeared in theological journals or his website while the remainder appeared in print for the first time. This book is divided into six sections.  The first looks at the nature and method of theology, the second looks at theological issues, then the third looks at epistemology and apologetics, while the fourth focuses on the church, the fifth on ethics and the last part are generally sermons and addresses.  Like the previous two volumes I enjoyed reading this book as a theological devotional daily each morning.  It helps me start thinking theologically as I start the day which warms me up to study other areas of theology or sermon preparation.  Whether you are new to John Frame or want to refresh your studies of some of his insights, I do recommend the book.  The following are the highlights of what I enjoyed and constructive criticisms I have for the book.

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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered from May 8th-14th, 2016.

1.) The indirect method

2.) The Problem with Cultural Relativism

3.) Man Will Necessarily Have a God

4.) Some Notes on Scriptural Epistemology Pt. 7

5.) Christians Are ALWAYS On HIGHER Ground!

6.) The foundations of the house

7.) Talking Apologetics with John Frame

8.) John Frame Interviewed at Herman and Sharron Bailey Show on Western Philosophy and Theology

 

Miss our previous round up?  Here’s a link to a friend’s reblog of the last round up!  OR that of Another REBLOG HERE

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John Frame is probably one of my favorite living theologians today.  He’s also someone who advocate and have made positive contribution towards Presuppositional Apologetics’ as well.

Here’s an interview with John Frame on one of his recent book on “Western Philosophy and Theology.”  This 700 page work is one of my favorite survey of philosophy from a Christian and a Presuppositionalists’ perspective.  My own review of the book can be found here: Review: A History of Western Philosophy and Theology by John Frame.

Here’s the two part video in which the hosts interviewed Dr. Frame:

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