Supernaturals: Missionary Tongues

Hey everyone, sorry I’ve been scarce lately — the play I’m in just opened and we’ve had a full week of nightly tech rehearsals and performances.  When I was in my teens and twenties I could do that sort of thing no problem, but I’m starting to feel my age a bit I suppose and it’s really taking a lot out of me, leaving very little energy for writing (much less writing creatively).  Come this time next week, I’ll be back to my normal self (which I guess can be taken as good or bad news, depending on your opinion of me I suppose) — and will be able to tackle my backlog of unanswered comments.  Thank you all for your patience!  I haven’t forgotten about you 🙂

Anyway, today I thought I would share a brief account from yesterday’s sermon, in which our associate pastor shared some first-hand accounts of some of the miraculous occurrences that he has witnessed throughout his life in the church and in ministry.  I think it would be interesting to recount here, since so much of our discussion lately has been on the evidence (or lack thereof) of supernatural effects in our world — in fact, I intend to start a series where I collect a few of these accounts from people I know.  And, since one of the Greek words used in the New Testament to refer to the spiritual gifts (pneumata) can be perhaps best translated as “supernaturals”, I thought it was a fitting title for this series. (more…)


Miracles Contradict Science

I came across this post by The Poised Atheist in my reader last week, which goes down a bunch of the miracles and signs recounted in Exodus.

Now, I have full respect for The Poised Atheist, and I actually applaud what the writer is doing in this blog by going critically through the Bible, actually reading what is in there and thinking it through methodically.  How could this not be a good thing?  However, in the spirit of full disclosure, the style of rhetoric the writer employs is not really my cup of tea — I liken it to a machine-gun, putting out a fast barrage of talking points without necessarily going into the deeper issues and logic behind the stated conclusions, but rather regarding them as self-evident.  Nothing wrong with that, it’s a matter of preference and style — for my computer nerds out there, I’m just more of a depth-first guy than a breadth-first guy.

So, I’d like to unpack some of the logic implicitly employed in this writer’s reasoning, and go a little deeper into what the premises may be that would lead to the stated conclusions.  The following quote from this post is pretty characteristic of the writer’s response to each cited event from the applicable Bible passages (specifically such instances as Moses’ staff turning into a snake, his hand becoming instantly leprous, and water turning into blood): (more…)

Response to Comment: Evidence for miracles

In my recent post about naturalism, I mentioned a debate where blogger Matthew Ferguson defended naturalism to a Christian radio host — and doggone it if he didn’t respond to my post!  I was honored to attract the attention of such a learned and established writer, but perhaps more than that I was impressed with the clarity and thoroughness of his case. I figured such a response deserved a whole post of its own in answer to it 🙂

The rest of this post will be in response to Matthew’s most recent comment: (more…)

“Yellow-dog” naturalism

Mr. Lake was a great teacher, one of my all time favorites — he taught my A. P. Physics class in high school.  He once described himself as a “yellow-dog Democrat,” explaining that he would vote democrat “even if the only Democratic candidate in the running were a yellow dog.”

In this post (inspired by this debate where blogger Matthew Ferguson defends naturalism to a Christian radio host), I would like to challenge what I call yellow-dog naturalism, which is illustrated in the following statement: “A naturalistic explanation — even a far-fetched one — is always better than a supernatural explanation.” (more…)