Saturday, December 22, 2012

God and Science

As someone who majored in a hard science (physics) in college and who also holds to a Biblical worldview, I find it interesting how post-modern Western society has bifurcated scientific knowledge from a theological understanding truth. One of the best treatments of this topic in print that I've read is Nancy Pearcey's Total Truth. I was also greatly impacted by two of her other co-written works many years ago, and I highly recommend The Soul of Science and How Now Shall We Live.  The recurring metaphor in all these works by Pearcey is borrowed from her mentor Francis Schaeffer.  The two story bifurcation of truth prevents a wholistic understanding of reality. I recently ran across a web site that helps restore a more wholistic understanding of God and science.  Check it out here:

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Another View on Sandy Hook

Last Friday Adam Lanza fatally shot twenty children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The 24 x 7 news cycle has been churning out stories about the shock and outrage over this terrible tragedy. And it is a terrible tragedy.  However, I'm wondering where the shock and outrage is for the 491 children born alive then left to die in Canada between 2000 and 2009. Almost nobody heard about this decade long slaughter of babies. Twenty murdered children is a tragedy, but why isn't an average of more than 49 intentionally killed babies every year for a decade not newsworthy? We rightfully mourn for the 20 small children killed by a deranged gunman in Connecticut. But where is the mourning for the 491 children born alive and then left to die because they were the product of a failed abortion?

Is the only difference between the 20 and 491 that the 20 were fortunate enough to have families that wanted them? Do we mourn the 20 because they were loved, but neglect the 491 because they were targeted for destruction before they crossed the birth canal? President Obama gives a moving speech and wipes a tear from his eye over the 20 while simultaneously supporting the continued murder of millions by funding Planned Parenthood and promoting a "health care" program that intends to provide free abortions. How is that not a death sentence rather than health care for the babies? If we are killing our own children as a matter of policy, why are we surprised when some lone gunman does it too?

As a society we ask ourselves why school shootings and mass murders are on the increase. We blame the guns, and call for better regulation. Perhaps we should consider outlawing the scalpel and suction machines which have sown into our social conscience a disregard for human life. I mourn for the families who have lost children in this terrible shooting, but I mourn even more for the millions of men and women who have been deceived into participating in the genocide of abortion in North America that has killed 55 million innocent babies. We know about 491 live born babies who were left to die in failed abortions in Canada. How many more do we not know about who have died in failed late term abortions since 1973 in the USA?

Science tells us that life begins at conception, yet North Americans have legislated a morality that makes it socially acceptable to kill a baby before it crosses the birth canal. Why are we surprised when God allows such awful tragedies like Sandy Hook? Perhaps God is just giving us a small glimpse of what we are already doing to ourselves.

The Santa Myth

I wrote about this back in April in the Christian Traditions post.  Dr. Lydia McGrew, who holds a PhD from Vanderbilt University, seems to agree in her article on "Why I Don't Teach My Kids That Santa Claus Is Real."  And here is an article in The Washington Post by one of my favorite preachers, Mark Driscoll, on the same topic:  "What We Tell Our Kids About Santa."  So, my general exhortation to all parents everywhere is to be truthful with your children. If I had it to do over again, I'd do it differently, so I certainly cannot judge others who have perpetuated the Santa myth.