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Feature | Salvo 41

Eye Openers

Eight Common Factors for Atheists Changing Their Minds About God

by Matt Nelson

. . . When Cardinal Ratzinger was once asked how many ways there are to God, he replied, "As many ways as there are people. For even within the same faith each man's way is an entirely personal one." Of course, the future pope was not endorsing the view that "all religions are equal" but rather that there seems to be a unique combination of factors, or steps, that moves each convert towards belief in God. Nevertheless, there are some factors that show up so frequently in individuals' conversion stories that they merit attention. Here are eight of the most common factors that lead atheists to change their minds about God. . . . ►►►

Basic Training | Salvo 41

Improbably So

Fine-Tuning Is Unlikely, but Unlikely Things Happen All the Time

by Tim Barnett

. . . There is an important distinction between the unlikelihood of your existing and the unlikelihood of dealing myself five royal flushes. It's the availability of a better explanation. In the case where I deal myself five royal flushes, it is better explained by the fact that I am cheating rather than that it just happened by chance. In the same way, the fine-tuning of the universe for life is better explained by a cosmic Designer. . . . ►►►

Feature | Salvo 40

Champ Change

Darwinism's Rumble in the Jungle

by Regis Nicoll

For years, Darwinists have been touting the fossil record, drug-immune bacteria, anatomical similarities between species, "junk" DNA, and the like, in the fashion of Don King hyping the indomitability of a heavyweight champ. However, a champ's greatest strength can also be his greatest weakness, as George Foreman learned from Muhammad Ali in their 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle." While Ali's "rope-a-dope" strategy was criticized by many fans, others recognized the wisdom of letting an opponent defeat himself by his own strength. The same is true with respect to a giant of science that has been pounding its chest for over 150 years. . . . ►►►

Feature | Salvo 41

Eye Openers

Eight Common Factors for Atheists Changing Their Minds About God

by Matt Nelson

. . . When Cardinal Ratzinger was once asked how many ways there are to God, he replied, "As many ways as there are people. For even within the same faith each man's way is an entirely personal one." Of course, the future pope was not endorsing the view that "all religions are equal" but rather that there seems to be a unique combination of factors, or steps, that moves each convert towards belief in God. Nevertheless, there are some factors that show up so frequently in individuals' conversion stories that they merit attention. Here are eight of the most common factors that lead atheists to change their minds about God. . . . ►►►

Scientia | The Science & Faith Issue

What Are the Dangers Posed by the Misuse of Science?

by John G. West

The benefits of science are so amazing that they can seem almost magical. There is more to the comparison than mere whimsy. In his classic book The Abolition of Man (1944), Oxford don C. S. Lewis claimed that "the serious magical endeavour and the serious scientific endeavour are twins." At first glance, Lewis's observation might seem nonsensical. Science is supposed to be rational, skeptical, and objective. Magic, by contrast, is supposed to be the domain of the dogmatic, the credulous, and the superstitious. Yet as strange as Lewis's observation might first appear, I think he correctly ascertained three key similarities between science and magic—similarities that highlight the growing dangers that are posed by the misuse of science in today's society. ►►►

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. . . . ►►►

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. ►►►

Deprogram | Salvo 41

Tuning Out the Universe

How Naturalism & Post-Fact Science Ignore the Evidence We See

by Denyse O'Leary

. . . Strings would also provide evidence that our universe is but one among an infinite number of universes. String theory requires ten dimensions to be viable. That, we are told, entails 10500 different universes. Hence, our universe is not fine-tuned, as our ancestors fondly supposed. By mere tautology, we could only have lived in a universe that met our needs. Evidence of fine-tuning can be dismissed, not because it is false, but because it is beside the point. . . . But what if actual evidence now matters? . . . ►►►

Logistics | Salvo 41

Deep-Seated Rights

What They Are & Why You Have Them

by Steve Jones

. . . Until we recover an authentic understanding of the natural law, [Jacques] Maritain warned, all our discussions about rights will ultimately fail. Concepts once understood to have their origin in the natural law—concepts like human dignity, rights, and freedom—will become very difficult if not impossible to define and thus will be very difficult to defend. Even sincere appeals to "human dignity" will run the risk of becoming hollow and unstable. . . . ►►►

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. . . . ►►►

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? . . . ►►►

Feature | Salvo 14

Baby Freeze

Is Population Control the New Solution to Global Warming?

by Robin Phillips

. . . Following the huge birth explosion that occurred in the decades after World War II, the issue of population control gradually returned to the national limelight. But this time, instead of being explicitly linked to theories like eugenics and social Darwinism, it was propelled by the emerging ideology of environmentalism. ►►►

Great Escapes | Salvo 14

Twice Convicted

The Story of Mike Adams, Atheist Criminologist

by Terrell Clemmons

. . . In hindsight, he calls the four years following that prison visit, where his atheism, along with any delusions of moral relativism, had died in the span of about three hours, his "floating period." The Christianity of his youth still lay beneath the ruins, but returning to church was another matter altogether. His heart felt shame over his past life, while his head (he'd been a very outspoken atheist) imagined people snickering, "What is Mike Adams doing here at church?" It took another prison visit to propel him out of the water and onto solid ground. . . . ►►►

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