Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Addendum: In My Humble Opinion: Evolution and the Young Adult Exodus

Humble? I guess we should all become Muslims so the Muslims will join our church as well? The sloppy logic of this post at the Aquila Report is inexcusable. If reason and so-called "objective" science trumps revelation, we should just all become atheists. As Gordon H. Clark put it: "We shall eiher deny God and accept atheism, or we shall have to try revelation." Christian Philosophy, page 300. PCUSA? Christian Reformed Church? Both denominations are liberal. The PCUSA now will ordain practicing homosexuals. Human reason ultimately fails and leads to irrationalism, liberalism, and immorality.

To read the article click here: In My Humble Opinion: Evolution and the Young Adult Exodus

Addendum:  First, it seems to me that this article presupposes that the cause of the exodus of young people is that the conservative churches somehow force young people to leave because those churches stand on the doctrine of creation ex nihilo rather than a creation by "theistic" evolution.   Both science and theology reject theistic evolution.  Science rejects theism in favor of materialistic atheism because of the metaphysical presuppositions of science.  Theology rejects the idea that science can speak authoritatively on metaphysical issues when science is restricted to empirical evidences.  Secondly, it has not been established that the rejection of the metaphysical assertions of science by the church is the actual cause of the alleged "exodus of young people" from the churches.  It might be that the atheistic and materialistic worldview of the wider culture is responsible for the unbelief of younger generations.   After all, the state has virtually outlawed any response of the churches in the public education system.  That means that students who have no religious affiliation have had no opportunity to hear any response from a theological or philosophical point of view.  Instead they are given the state politically correct party line or propaganda that "evolution is a fact". 

That amounts to a secular and atheistic dogma enforced by the law of the state.  Such dogma has by no means been empirically verified since the evolutionary process takes place on such a grand scale in both geographical extent, geological extent, and in the length of temporal time that such an assertion amounts more to a presupposed dogma than to pure empirical science.  Science should stick to what it can actually demonstrate firsthand.  Evolution cannot be reduplicated in a laboratory.  Pointing to the many errors in interpreting the fossil evidence in the past it is certain that "scientific facts" will change in the future.  How it is that entirely new species can be invented from a few sparsely scattered fragments of bones dated to a million years ago is perplexing.  That is especially true when in one decade the Neanderthal is supposed to be a pre-human species linking the primates to modern civilized homo sapiens only to discover that the two allegedly different species interbred and lived in the same time periods.  Might it not be just as possible that the two are both human and simply have different racial features?  How can science absolutely prove any of these wildly contradictory speculations when the evidence available is fragmentary at best?

Historiography, archeology and science are all open to these same criticisms.  These "sciences" are approximations at best.  When the government starts making theories and speculation state dogma it is not long before religion is either annihilated by totalitarianism or rendered mute by state propaganda.  One needs only to observe communist China to see the results of such state oppression and suppression of theological sciences.  As Gordon H. Clark said, reason unaided leads to irrationalism and by no means can lead to knowledge.  That is why the revelation of God in the inspired verbal propositions of Scripture ought to be at least considered.

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