Showing posts from December, 2011

Food For Thought: Darwin On God and the Universe

I found an old biography about Charles Darwin at a rummage sale a while back. I wasn't very interested in it, since it was mostly information that I had already heard, and it was told in a rather uninteresting way. This morning, I was wondering what it was still doing on my bookshelf. As I began to flip through it, this statement caught my attention (but it's really not that surprising considering that Darwin was once attending seminary to be a minister): "Another source of conviction in the existence of God, connected with the reason and not with the feelings, impressed me as having much more weight. This follows from the extreme difficulty or rather impossibility of conceiving this immense and wonderful universe, including man with his capacity for looking far backwards and far into futurity, as the result of blind chance or necessity. When thus reflecting I feel compelled to look to a First Cause having an intelligent mind in some degree analogous to that of man; and

Yearly Tradition: My Favorite Christmas Songs

Every year I have a tradition for this blog: I post my favorite Christmas songs for your listening enjoyment! :) This year, I have added a few new songs to the original list . Enjoy, and Merry Christmas! This first one is from an Oregon-based band called Sixteen Cities. My family has traveled through rain, sleet, snow and "dark of night" (no joke) to see these guys in concert more than once and we were not disappointed; the worship is phenomenal and they are such genuine, Godly people. This song is called "Morningstar." I stumbled upon this next song by accident, but I instantly loved it. Sung by Francesca Battistelli, this gorgeous song is called "Be Born In Me." And lastly, this one is from Aaron Shust's Christmas EP . It's entitled "God Has Come To Earth." I'm pretty excited about this one, because I made the video myself... enjoy! Merry Christmas from the DCFblog!

Atheists, Santa Claus, and CHRIST-mas?

The American Humanist Association has once again embarked on a campaign to place ads in strategic locations for the holidays. This time around, they have two themes, one of which shows Santa Claus checking his list for naughty and nice with a message that reads "Bias Against Atheists Is Naughty, Not Nice." Here is the reasoning behind the billboards , according to the AHA: "Humanists get their knowledge from science rather than ancient texts and divine revelations," Speckhardt said. "This is the first time we've called out those prejudiced against us to rethink that prejudice. I hope people take them to heart and treat everyone as equally as they can this holiday season."   Now, while the AHA claims they are not undertaking this campaign to offend anyone or spoil "holiday" cheer, I do have my suspicions... especially if they are going to accuse Christians of simply believing "ancient texts and divine revelations" which supposed