Friday, January 25, 2013

Philosophical Friday: The "God of the Gaps" vs The God of the Bible

In crossing a heath, suppose I pitched my foot against a stone, and were asked how the stone came to be there; I might possibly answer, that, for anything I knew to the contrary, it had lain there forever: nor would it perhaps be very easy to show the absurdity of this answer. But suppose I had found a watch upon the ground, and it should be inquired how the watch happened to be in that place; I should hardly think of the answer I had before given, that for anything I knew, the watch might have always been there. (...) There must have existed, at some time, and at some place or other, an artificer or artificers, who formed [the watch] for the purpose which we find it actually to answer; who comprehended its construction, and designed its use. (...) Every indication of contrivance, every manifestation of design, which existed in the watch, exists in the works of nature; with the difference, on the side of nature, of being greater or more, and that in a degree which exceeds all computation. —   William Paley, Natural Theology (1802)

The most famous example of the argument for God’s existence on the basis of design is Paley’s “watchmaker” illustration. The assumption of such an argument is that there are certain complex systems in the natural world that cannot be explained by natural means and therefore require a super-natural designer.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Introduction to Jeremiah

-Jeremiah, son of a priest, from Anathoth (1:1), a Levitical city in the territory of Benjamin (Josh. 21:18; 1 Chr. 6:60).
-Assisted by Baruch (36:4, 32; 45:1-2).

Notes on Jeremiah 1:1-3:5

The opening chapters of Jeremiah set the tone for the mission and message of the prophet.

Jeremiah’s Commission (1:4-19)
 Many of the prophets in Scripture recount a formal calling or commission (such as Moses in Ex. 3-4; Isaiah in Isa. 6; Paul in Acts 9). Jeremiah’s call is reminiscent of these other prophetic commissions.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Traditional Conservativism, the Second Amendment, and Gun Laws

The horrific shooting at Newtown, CT, has renewed the debate over gun control measures. I have noticed lots of my friends who consider themselves conservatives posting a lot of FB status updates on this issue, so I thought I would weigh in on the issue from my perspective of traditional conservativism.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sermon: The Christian Basis of Human Dignity

Here is a link to the audio of the sermon I preached this morning on The Christian Basis of Human Dignity (it was given a slightly different title by our webmaster). Feel free to leave your comments here on my blog.