Articles on Explanatory Power

“Compared to Bach, We All Suck”

“Compared to Bach, We All Suck”

I love writing about God’s creation, and how in Paul’s words, that “God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.” However, there is always a moral quality to God’s revelation of himself...

Have You Ever Tried to Kill a Fly?

Have You Ever Tried to Kill a Fly?

I'm not sure there is anything more annoying then a pesky fly, other than maybe a pesky mosquito. Recently one of those pesky flies somehow made its way into my office, and didn't want to leave. Eventually, swatting it withy my hand wasn't going to dissuade it from...

Are We Mere Matter? Logic and Mind Proves We Are Not

Are We Mere Matter? Logic and Mind Proves We Are Not

It's amazing to me how many Christians in the 21st century live in a state of insecurity about their faith and the nature of reality. I'm not myself immune to the secular temptation that wafts unseen through the secular culture pushing material reality as the only...

Agnostic Explains His “Taking Leave of Darwin”

If you've ever had any kind of conversation with a hard core Darwinist, especially of the most ignorant kind, you'll have heard the phrase, "Evolution is a fact." This statement is affirmed in the most cocksure way, as if nobody with half a brain would question it. Or...

Nancy Pearcey on the Meaningless of Materialism

Nancy Pearcey on the Meaningless of Materialism

I'm reading a wonderful book by Nancy Pearcey called Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, & Meaning. You can tell she was deeply influenced by the great Francis Schaeffer as she weaves the implications of thought through history...

A Porn Star and the Awesome Power of the Gospel

I've been a Christian for more than 42 years, and I am more blown away by the grace, mercy, and love of God in Christ than I have ever been. It continually astounds me how God in Christ can take lives wrecked by sin and guilt and shame, and turn them into something...

How Do You See God In Everything? See God In Everything!

How Do You See God In Everything? See God In Everything!

Well, that wasn't so hard now, was it. This thought came to me as I was reading an article yesterday about "How the body builds a healthy relationship with 'good' gut bacteria." There is only one explanation, only one, for the preposterous complexity of the human...

God Exists! Who Knew! The Return of the God Hypothesis

God Exists! Who Knew! The Return of the God Hypothesis

For the last couple hundred years in Western culture Christianity has been on the defensive. The 20th century saw the full flowering of militant and confident secularist materialism to the point where our cultural elites see Christianity not just as wrong and backward...

Say it Ain’t So, Ravi!

Say it Ain’t So, Ravi!

As everyone in the Evangelical world, and many beyond, know by now, evangelist and apologist Ravi Zacharias was a phony and serial sexual abuser. Those are words I never thought I'd write, to say the least, but they also don't surprise me. Christianity assumes and...

The Gospel: The Only Thing That Makes Sense of Anything

The Gospel: The Only Thing That Makes Sense of Anything

Ideas for blog posts often seem to come when I start praying in the morning. As has been my habit for almost seven years, every morning I wrestle my way through a text of Scripture and write my thoughts in my uncreatively named Walk Through the Bible blog....

Happy New Year! Another One Closer to Death!

Happy New Year! Another One Closer to Death!

I'm such a Debbie Downer! I can't help it. After I became a Christian when I was 18, I haven't been able to attend or see a New Year's celebration with out being struck by how ridiculous it all is. Do not these people, I always think, realize that they are celebrating...

The Human Heart: There Absolutely *HAS* to be a God!

The Human Heart: There Absolutely *HAS* to be a God!

Living in a culture that is so suffocatingly secular, we are programmed to think that life explains itself. Whether we think of evolution or Darwinism, or not, the tendency for most people is not to see God in everything, as we should, but to see things in and of...

Watch This Movie, and be Freed from Practical Atheism!

Watch This Movie, and be Freed from Practical Atheism!

On Friday I came across an article at Breakpoint about a movie called The Master Designer—the Song, and I, my wife, and son watched it in dumbfounded awe. It's so refreshing to watch a documentary about the wonders of the natural world and not be told over and over...

What’s the Benefit of a Virus? Death

What’s the Benefit of a Virus? Death

I can imagine that the title of this post would make people think there is something seriously wrong with me. There is! I've been afflicted most of my life with contemplating my own death, and, as I hit my early teen years, obsessing over what in the world it might...

What do YOU See in a Romaine Leaf?

What do YOU See in a Romaine Leaf?

This appears to be a strange question. You might answer, I see a leaf of Romaine lettuce, and of course you would be right, but you would also be wrong. Am I contradicting myself? No. The leaf, as with all created things, points beyond itself. So yes, the leaf is a...

Philip Johnson Unmasked Darwinism: RIP

Philip Johnson Unmasked Darwinism: RIP

Phillip E. Johnson, a Berkeley law professor whose book Darwin On Trial launched the Intelligent Design movement, died last weekend at 79. I remember reading it back in the early 90s when it came out, and being thrilled that someone was so effectively exposing that...

The Pac Man Called Time, and The Great Question Mark

The Pac Man Called Time, and The Great Question Mark

If you're young, say south of 40, stop now; you'll think these the irrelevant musings of an old man (middle aged nowadays, but whose counting). If you're in your 40s you're starting to relate to what I'll have to say (whatever I end up saying), and if you're in your...

Where Did The Idea of a Personal, Creator God Come From?

Where Did The Idea of a Personal, Creator God Come From?

Being a person of extreme apologetic bent, I'm always looking to validate Christian truth claims. Apologetics is critical in a Western culture drenched in secularism, where most people fit into one of the Triple A categories: Atheist, Agnostic, or Apathetic. For them...

Mommy, Mommy! Watch Me!

Mommy, Mommy! Watch Me!

Human nature is one of the most powerful apologetics for the veracity of the Christian faith. What else can explain so well the glory and mess that is humanity, but that man was made perfect in God's image, a glorious creature capable of the most exquisite heights,...

Are You Saying There’s an Oak Tree in that Acorn?

Are You Saying There’s an Oak Tree in that Acorn?

Our family moved from Illinois (thank God!) to Florida in June of 2017. Talk about a contrast, one that doesn't have to be explained. We moved to the Tampa area, and the first thing I noticed is that oak trees and their moss are practically ubiquitous. They evoked in...

Apollo 8 and Our Privileged Planet

Apollo 8 and Our Privileged Planet

When I was eight years old the Apollo 8 astronauts took the first ever trip around the moon. The trip was launched on December 21, 1968, and became the first manned spacecraft to leave low Earth orbit, reach the Moon, orbit it, and return. Even as an eight-year-old I...

Darwin Ain’t So Great After All

Darwin Ain’t So Great After All

If you have ever had any kind of interaction with an atheist/materialist/skeptic, etc., one of the things they hang their hat on is that evolution is a "fact." Darwin was a genius, and only a benighted, troglodyte, imbecile would argue with the scientific "consensus."...

Why Is Homosexuality Unnatural in Addition to Sin?

Why Is Homosexuality Unnatural in Addition to Sin?

Given this is ostensibly a blog about parenting, and that I soon have a book about parenting to be published, and we live in the 21st century, I can't escape commenting on homosexuality. As you know it is ubiquitous in our culture, and if you have children you won't...

No, Death is Not Natural

No, Death is Not Natural

Death is an underrated tool in the apologists's toolbox. Put another way, we can use death more often and more effectively to defend the veracity of the Christian faith. Christians are usually put on the defensive when the subject of death (and suffering) comes up...

Telos: The Secularists’ Worst Nightmare

Telos: The Secularists’ Worst Nightmare

Back in 1968 as the sexual revolution was raging, Pope Paul VI wrote a profoundly counter-cultural encyclical called Humanae Vitae. One of the things that made it so profound (and something completely missed by the Evangelical leaders of the day) was its appeal to...

“Conspiracy” and the Longing for Justice

“Conspiracy” and the Longing for Justice

In the soon to be blockbuster best-seller, The Persuasive Christian Parent, I tell the story of "the clicker." Yes, that clicker, more commonly known as the remote control. As you'll read in the book, the clicker is a great tool for engaging popular culture with our...

Science: We’ll Never Know For Sure How Everything Began

Science: We’ll Never Know For Sure How Everything Began

According to the current secularist worldview the only sure epistemological foundation (basis for knowing) is science. At some point in the last hundred or so years through popular culture, education, and media, science replaced religion in the modern imagination as...

When In Doubt, Open Your Eyes

When In Doubt, Open Your Eyes

If you're like every human being on the face of the earth, you sometimes doubt what you think you know. It's part of what's known as the human condition, and being finite. We can only know so much. There is in fact much more that we don't know, way much more, than we...

Nabeel Qureshi, RIP

Nabeel Qureshi, RIP

Death is ugly. Jesus himself agreed, as we can surmise from his response to the death of his friend Lazarus. Standing before the tomb where his dead friend had been buried four days Scripture says, "Jesus wept." Why in the world would Jesus cry when in moments he was...

Dunkirk and the Wages of Sin

Dunkirk and the Wages of Sin

When we came out of the movie theater having just watched the very intense and entertaining hit movie Dunkirk, all I could think of was the Apostle Paul's phrase in Romans 6:23 that "the wages of sin is death." This phrase about sin's ultimate consequences points back...

Eulogy from a Physicist and the Power of Self-Delusion

Eulogy from a Physicist and the Power of Self-Delusion

My daughter recently went to a funeral for a teenage girl who tragically died from meningitis. Also, tragically from my perspective, her family is part of the Unitarian Universalist faith. As such, they don't believe in a personal God, let alone anything to do with...

Notable Quotations – Explanatory Power

Notable Quotations – Explanatory Power

In an inversion of the ancient dictum, we might say: “As below, so above.” What we experience of space “out there” will reflect our inner spiritual state. Perhaps this is why, as glorious as the modern discoveries of the heavens are, they often leave us cold. This is...

The Human Circulatory System – There is a God!

The Human Circulatory System – There is a God!

I recently finished reading a book called The Genesis of Science: How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution by James Hannam. The title appealed to me when I first heard of the book because of a fiction that has been promulgated since the...

Praise Chance! Can It Really Do What Evolutionists Claim?

Praise Chance! Can It Really Do What Evolutionists Claim?

In my last post I discussed how evolution as an unguided, impersonal, and material process cannot do what evolutionists claim it can do; it cannot create anything. A much better explanation, infinitely so in my estimation, is an omniscient, omnipotent, wildly creative...

What does evolution DO? Nothin’!

What does evolution DO? Nothin’!

In a recent conversation with an agnostic, I was consistently amazed by this person's insistence that intimate objects have "purpose." He didn't use the word, but that was what he described. The cell,  he averred, does such and such, and creates this and so, all with...

Jesus’ View of Death Might Not Be What You Think

Jesus’ View of Death Might Not Be What You Think

I wrote in previous posts about how human beings have a visceral revulsion toward death. We hate it. You might be surprised to learn that Jesus hated death too. How do we know? First, Jesus wasn't exactly thrilled to have to be tortured and endure a Roman cross to...

Why Death????

Why Death????

In my last post on the nature of plausibility structures, I used a movie with death as a central character to show how subtle messaging in movies leads to making God seem more or less real to people, thus more or less plausible. As I said, death never caused one of...

Notable Quotation

Notable Quotation

In her fiction, O’Connor deliberately tried to alter her readers’ perception, to get them to notice what she called the “distortions” of modern life and to look at the created world closely enough that they might perceive in its depths proof of a creator. For secular...

The Non-Religious Person Does Not Exist

The Non-Religious Person Does Not Exist

If we're to raise our kids in a hostile 21st Century secular culture so that they maintain their Christian commitment throughout their lives, we need to continuously show them how reality affirms what they believe. This sounds so ridiculously obvious, but I think many...

Notable Quotation

What is the materialist creed? Modern materialism denies that we have a soul and reduces us to a mere body. In doing so, it assumes that all our actions are determined by physical forces, and therefore denies that we have free will. It therefore declares to be unreal...

Science is Becoming God’s Best Friend

Science is Becoming God’s Best Friend

We live in a secular age, at least in the West, in which the dominion of science for all the good it has done has essentially replaced God for many people who find religion untenable. If "Science" says it, people believe it, few questions asked. In a little discussion...

Notable Quotation

[T]he disciples of scientism had a material explanation for the universe that they thought was rock solid. Now that explanation has collapsed, and we have the discovery of fine tuning pointing toward intelligent design strongly enough that it has convinced several...

#ShoutYourAbortion

#ShoutYourAbortion

The Planned Parenthood videos (see a "Quick and Easy Guide" to them at the Federalist) have put the pro-abortion movement on the defensive unlike at any time in the sordid history of legal abortion in America. Of course many abortion defenders have just attacked the...

Ashley Madison: Men Acting Like (Sinful) Men

Ashley Madison: Men Acting Like (Sinful) Men

As shocking as it may seem, a website dedicated to helping people find extra-marital dalliances is used almost only by men! Who could have seen that coming. The tag line for the Ashley Madison website, much in the news this past week or so, is, "Life is Short. Have an...

What the Heck is Natural Law Anyway?

What the Heck is Natural Law Anyway?

At the website of the Theopolis Institute a piece was recently posted by Mark Horne with the curious title, "If There is 'Natural Law' How Can People Believe in Same-Sex Marriage?" I say curious because I'm not sure why five lawyers in black robes declaring gender...