Information Report – 2/28/2020

Gather ’round, troops. Here’s a gathering of resources I’ve found online this week.

The Danger of Just Watching and the Power of Being Seen from Covenant Eyes – A short article on the danger in a relationship that can come not only from use of pornography, but the humiliation and damage that can come from the spouse discovering it. For me, I thought it was worth noting how the husband, over the use of pornography, found himself judging his wife unfairly, and seeing her differently. A good example of how you cannot share two loves in your life. On another note, there’s a petition to shut down Pornhub that you should totally sign.

Connection: A Vital Part of Raising Happy, Healthy Kids from Covenant Eyes – A good article on the importance of connecting with your kids. This goes beyond knowing their names or doing things with them every now and then, but also connecting with them emotionally. For Covenant Eyes, of course, the benefit to highlight is a decreased chance for the child to turn to pornography. A quote from the article: “A study conducted by counselor Jay Stringer of thousands of his clients found that most people who struggled with pornography as adults had parents who were distant or overly strict. They didn’t feel love and acceptance from their parents, so they turned to porn instead.”

Neo-Darwinism and the Big Bang of Man’s Origin at Evolution News & Science Today – Many of us have heard of something called “the missing link” – that is, the evidence for the transformation between ape and modern man. This is especially troublesome since, as the article points out, while many authors are “almost totally focusing on similarities between humans and apes,” they’re doing so as they would “prefer to overlook the enormous differences between humans and the problematic ape-like links.” This gets even more problematic when one looks at the actual science behind Neo-Darwinian evolution and realizes that, contrary to the idea of there being one potential missing link, many admit to there being an enormous amount of “missing links.” The article quotes Darwin himself as saying “the number of intermediate and transitional links, between all living and extinct species, must have been inconceivably great.” The article goes into greater detail on this and the biological uniqueness of man’s standing among animals.

The Beneficial Functions of Endogenous Retroviruses from Answers in Genesis – Here’s a conundrum: if God made all things good (Gen 1:31), then what was the point of creating viruses? This article goes into detail not only on how certain traits of viruses point towards a more Creationist model, but likewise some of the benefits that viruses may have or may have formerly had.

Is the Earth Flat? from Answers in Genesis – The answer to this question is probably obvious, but with the Flat Earthers wandering around the internet, it doesn’t hurt to have a refresher course.

What Christians Need to Know About the Multiverse from Tent Making Christianity – An interesting article that discusses the idea of “multiverses” (ie., alternate universes existing at the same time as ours). It presents a link to a positive case for their existence, and discusses how it relates to the arguments regarding existence and creation. I feel like certain other elements could have been explored (how does justification occur in multiverses, for example), but it’s obviously meant to be more of a summary article than an in depth one.

Why We Know the New Testament Gospels Were Written Early from Cold Case Christianity – A video showcasing a summary of many of J. Warner Wallace’s common arguments in favor of dating the Gospels early and seeing the witnesses as reliable.

Resources On LGBTQ And Revoice from The Heidelblog – The good folks at the Heidelblog have put together some various resources on the infamous Revoice Conference and LGBTQ issues in general.

Reflections from the Daughter of Bertrand Russell from Sean McDowell – A short article that provides some quotes from a book written by Katharine Tait, daughter of Bertrand Russell. Most interesting is a quote pertaining to whether or not her father permitted a fair representation of Christianity: “My father did not intend his education to be propaganda; he always wanted us to consider both sides and then make up our minds. ‘Considering both sides’ meant hearing the opinions on both sides as well as studying the facts…In practice, at Beacon Hill, ‘making up our own minds’ usually meant agreeing with my father…There was never a cogent presentation of the Christian faith, for instance, from someone who really believed in it”

Dr. Michael Brown in Full Damage Control Mode After NAR Debate from Pulpit and Pen – This article summarizes, with links provided, the recent debate Michael Brown had with some scholars who have actually studied and written responses to the NAR, which he often claims doesn’t exist and is merely a straw man to use against Charismatics. As the debate showed, there’s a reason why, beforehand, Michael Brown only talked about the NAR on his show (where he could control the discussion) or on the Dividing Line (where James White would serve him softball questions). For an added bonus, here’s a video with Chris Rosebrough examining Michael Brown face-planting with Jen Hodge and what amounts to Christian fortune telling.

The Blasphemy of the Mass from Grace to You – An article from John MacArthur on the theological problems of the Roman Catholic mass, as regards Christ’s sacrifice and our atonement. For most people reading this blog, this will just be preaching to the choir, but sometimes it’s good to have a reminder.

You say potato, I say potato: Feminism and the Younger Teaching the Elder from The End Time – An article detailing the little spat between Beth Moore and Rachel Janovic regarding the latter’s statement about fighting feminism, and name-dropping Beth Moore in the process. Most interesting is the quotations from an article on Beth Moore’s life: “The Atlantic’s lengthy story on her stated flatly that Moore is ‘obsessively focused on writing’, traveled so much when her children were little that her children ‘ate a lot of takeout’, and that her husband picked up home duties. They mention her ‘publishing career’ and her ‘writing career’, but not her ‘mothering career’. Instead, the writers noted that Moore ‘balanced motherhood with demanding professional ambitions.'” It doesn’t sound like she “balanced” them very well.

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