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Feature | Salvo 37

You Gotta Believe

Atheist or Not, You Already Have More Faith Than You Realize

by James S. Spiegel

. . . You might say that your belief in the reliability of your senses is an article of faith. After all, it is something that you hold to be true without conclusive proof. Moreover, it is a conviction that has practical consequences for every moment of your waking life. Wherever you go and whatever you do, you conduct yourself according to this conviction that your senses are reliable. In short, you devoutly trust your senses. This is just one of the ways that all of us live by faith, regardless of what our particular worldviews happen to be. . . . ►►►

Headquarters | Salvo 34

Cosmic Seer

Georges Lemaître, the Catholic Priest Behind the Big Bang

by Ray Cavanaugh

. . . Lemaître presented this theory in writing to Einstein in October 1927, when the two first met at a conference in Brussels. As the priest later recalled, Einstein's response was, "Your calculations are correct, but your physics is abominable." Lemaître's work was more or less dismissed by the New York Times, which called his theory "highly romantic." The encyclopedia Notable Scientists said that Lemaître's main problem was that his theory "lacked sufficient mathematical backing for widespread acceptance." Such backing would arrive in the fullness of time. ►►►

Feature | Salvo 35

Sure Signs

How to Understand the Degree of Certainty in Key Discoveries

by Hugh Ross

. . . Hopefully in what follows, readers will gain a better understanding of how to evaluate the scientific claims made here and elsewhere and will become equipped to communicate that understanding to others. Let me use for my illustrative example a new measurement that provides (additional) evidence for a cosmic creation event and implies the existence of a cosmic Creator. . . . ►►►

Parting Shot | Salvo 39

Love, Rhetorically

Using a Powerful Word Doesn't Mean Your Argument Is Logical

by Tom Gilson

Another Christian celebrity has forgotten to put on her thinking hat. Religion News Service reports that popular Christian author Jen Hatmaker has said this about gay marriage: "From a civil rights and civil liberties side and from just a human being side, any two adults have the right to choose who they want to love. And they should be afforded the same legal protections as any of us. I would never wish anything less for my gay friends." I read that on Facebook, and I decided it needed a bit of analysis. . . . ►►►

Undercover | Salvo 36

Vacating Freud

Recovering Soul Identity in Light of the Gospel

by Terrell Clemmons

. . . According to Dr. Rosaria Butterfield, who specialized in Queer Theory as a lesbian English professor at Syracuse University, the idea that one's identity is tied to sexual desires is a product of the Freudian paradigm, which has thoroughly permeated our culture. In her first book, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor's Journey into Christian Faith, she detailed the inner landscape of her conversion to Christianity in her thirties, an experience she described as a mix of an alien abduction and a train wreck. In her second book, Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ, she proposes a more biblically faithful concept of identity as it relates to the Christian and sexuality. . . . ►►►

Feature | Salvo 33

World War Sex

A Global Revolution Imperils Men, Women & Children

An Interview with Gabriele Kuby
by Benjamin J. Vail

In early April 2014, German author and sociologist Gabriele Kuby visited the Czech Republic to give a number of public presentations promoting her new book, The Global Sexual Revolution: The Destruction of Freedom in the Name of Freedom, recently translated into Czech (ed. and very recently into English). During her visit to Brno, I had a chance to interview Kuby about one of the most important issues of our time: the continuing sexual revolution that is leading not only to private lifestyle changes but also to a new legal understanding of sexuality and the family. Kuby warns that the global trend of "gender mainstreaming" threatens the fundamental understanding of our very human nature, with dire consequences for children, families, and society as a whole. . . . ►►►

Parting Shot | Salvo 36

Our Quantum Leap

There Is a Huge Chasm Between Humans & Nonhuman Animals

by Michael Egnor

. . . Nonhuman animals are purely material beings. They have no concepts. They experience hunger and pain; they don't contemplate the injustice of suffering. A human being is material and immaterial—a composite being. We have material bodies, and our perceptions and imagination and appetites are material powers, instantiated in our brains. But our intellect—our ability to think abstractly—is a wholly immaterial power, as is our will, which acts in accordance with our intellect. Our intellect and will depend on matter for their ordinary function, but are not themselves made of matter. . . . ►►►

Basic Training | Salvo 40

The Good Life

It's to Know, Serve & Love the Truth, Not the Pursuit of Happiness

by James Altena

What is a life well lived? What is an exemplary life—a life that I would wish to strive for, to emulate, to have others remember as worthy of admiration? What principles ought to guide me in living such a life? . . . ►►►

Salvo 26 | The Science / Faith Issue

Can Science Explain "Origins"?

by Patrick Henry Reardon

. . . Fortunately, we live in a more enlightened age, don't we? Modern people invariably rest their cases on well-founded and proven facts, don't they? You never hear anybody nowadays adhering to exotic and improbable theories about the origins of nature and the structure of the universe. Indeed, what do modern people believe on these subjects? Let us take an outstanding example of modern enlightened thought. Let us consider Dr. Lawrence Krauss, head of the "Origins Project" at Arizona State University. . . . ►►►

Collateral Damage | Salvo 40

Morality as Story

The False Charity of Modern Journalism

by Rebekah Curtis

. . . This sympathetic pull of one human heart toward another is noble and good, but it cannot be our schema for dealing with immorality. Justice also has a claim. Moreover, it is a false charity that cultivates sympathy toward those who flout the moral framework on which a just and secure society is built. Loving the sinner does not mean enabling his recidivism and putting a new line of potential victims in his path; nor is it loving to create public farces under which historical, measurable misdeeds can appear to have no historical, measurable consequences. . . . ►►►

Deprogram | Salvo 40

Taking Polls Apart

Human Complexity Foils Electoral Predictions

by Denyse O'Leary

. . . Pew's response the morning after the election is worth pondering. "A likely culprit," we were informed, is nonresponse bias: "We know that some groups—including the less educated voters who were a key demographic for Trump on Election Day—are consistently hard for pollsters to reach."7 Again one wonders, if pollsters knew that, why did they not make a greater effort to reach these people? Were there no rewards for getting it right? . . . ►►►

Family Briefing | Salvo 33

Passion Plays Out

Marital Fidelity Alone Deeply Satisfies

by Nicole M. King

. . . It's all a bit 50 Shades of Grey-ish, with the notion that female fulfillment is found through weird sex. Not through God, relationships, or even work, but sex. And sex is all about exploring options, having a good time, finding yourself. It certainly isn't about the other person, and his joy or wellbeing, and it most certainly isn't about the bearing of children. Those are old-fashioned notions. In reality, however, what non-marital sex brings is anything but glamorous. . . . ►►►

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