We Live in a Very Fortunate Universe

The fine-tuning of the universe for the existence of life is fascinating to me. That’s why I was so excited to find A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely Tuned Cosmos, co-authored by astrophysicists Geraint Lewis and Luke Barnes, under my Christmas tree. This book provides the most up-to-date scientific evidence for the fine-tuning of the universe for life. But what is truly unique about this book is that it presents the data at a popular level so that the material is accessible to anyone interested in this topic.

As I read the book, I was awestruck by the finely-tuned constants and conditions that had to be just right to get a universe that would permit life. I’d like to give you a taste of some of this evidence. Specifically, I want to show you how the masses of three fundamental particles of the universe are set for life. If they were changed by the slightest amount, there could be no life anywhere in the universe. Unfortunately (at least for some), this requires you to understand a little particle physics.

Now stay with me. The reward at the end is worth it. Trust me. Here we go.

Particle Physics 101

Go to: https://www.str.org/article/we-live-very-fortunate-universe#.WLIJARIrJgi

“Counting To God”: How Science & Maths Convinced Atheist Douglas Ell That There Is A God

https://jamesbishopblog.com/2017/02/22/counting-to-god-how-science-maths-convinced-atheist-douglas-ell-that-there-is-a-god/

A Curious Clue About the Origins of the New Testament Canon

http://michaeljkruger.com/a-curious-clue-about-the-origins-of-the-new-testament-canon/

Deadly Doctrines: Facing Evil Like Snakes and Doves

~ Challies

ince its earliest days, the church has been plagued by false teachers and deadly doctrine. Never has there been a period of rest, a time when Christians could relax their guard. Satan has opposed the church since the day of its founding, and he will continue to oppose her until the day of his destruction.

Naturally, then, Paul was seriously concerned about false teachers and deadly doctrine, warning of them in almost every one of his letters. As he comes to the end of his letter to the Romans, he reminds the church to be on guard, since false teachers are skilled at using flattery and smooth words to deceive even believers. Paul loves this church and wants them to be aware of the challenges they will face from predatory teachers. But his solution may strike us as surprising. He tells these Christians “to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil” (Romans 16:19b).

Read more: http://www.challies.com/articles/deadly-doctrines-facing-evil-likes-snakes-and-doves

5 Apologetics Questions Every Christian Should Learn How To Answer

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In my years of studying apologetics, several themes tend to pop up over and over again. This post will address the 5 questions I think every Christian needs to be aware of, and be able to answer.

All of these questions require further commentary, and I plan to write a blog post to respond to each one individually in the future. (As I post them, I will link them below.) For now, I will offer some “barebones” quick answers that can easily be committed to memory.

Question #1: Have the New Testament Documents been corrupted?

Chart on Approaches to the Existence of God

https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/chart-on-approaches-to-the-existence-of-god/

Eye Evolution: A Closer Look

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2017/02/eye_evolution_a103490.html