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What Did Ancient Israel’s Neighbors Think about the Origins of the World?

| August 29, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Ancient Israel was immersed in two dominant cultures, that of the Egyptians and that of the Mesopotamians. The Hebrew accounts of the origins of the universe stand in contrast to these ancient cultures, so it would be interesting to see a summary of what these other cultures believed. Jim Adams provides […]

Is God a Creator or Just an Organizer?

| August 4, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In Christian theology, God created everything that exists out of nothing (ex nihilo), simply by speaking the universe into existence. When we turn to Mormon theology, we find a very different concept of creation. Mormons deny that God created the universe ex nihilo. What do they believe? According to the editors […]

Why Is the Doctrine of Creation Ex Nihilo So Important?

| July 28, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Creation ex nihilo is the Christian doctrine that God created the universe and everything in it out of nothing. He spoke all that exists, besides himself, into existence. Why does this doctrine matter? Francis Beckwith, Carl Mosser, and Paul Owen, editors of the The New Mormon Challenge: Responding to the Latest […]

Who Made God? (Again)

| May 21, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  If God created everything, then who created God? The Christian answer to this question is that nobody created God because He is the one self-existent, uncaused, uncreated, eternal Being. Only things that come into existence need a cause, but God never came into existence. He has always existed and will always […]

What Is the Age of the Earth?

| May 19, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  There is much debate among Christians about whether the universe was created in six literal days about 10,000 years ago, or whether the universe came into existence about 13.5 billion years ago, and the earth about 4.5 billion years ago, through the creative acts of God. Who is right? We just […]

#10 Post of 2013 – How Do We Know the Universe Hasn’t Existed Eternally?

| December 9, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt For those of you who look to science to answer every question, cosmologists are pretty unanimous in agreeing that our universe is not eternal, and in fact begun about 14 billion years ago. You may not like this answer, and so go running toward alternative cosmologies to escape the standard big […]

Has God Dealt Justly with the Human Race? Part 1

| January 21, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt So many people complain that God, if he exists, is a tyrant who expects too much of human beings. To ask that we trust only his Son for salvation is unfair and exclusive. How do Christians respond to these accusations? Pastor R. C. Sproul once spoke about God’s fairness in his […]

Which Evolution Debate Will Soon Be History?

| June 6, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt In a recent USA Today article, the headline read “Scientist: Evolution debate will soon be history.”  The first line of the article is, “Noted paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey predicts skepticism over evolution will soon be history.”  What do we make of this article? The first thought that should come to your mind […]

What Is Nothing?

| May 23, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt There seems to be a lot of confusion over the word nothing, when scientists and philosophers are talking cosmology.  Philosophers, when speaking about the origin of the universe, will ask questions like, “Why is there something rather than nothing?” or “Did the universe come from nothing?” When philosophers ask these questions, they have a […]

What Is the One True Christian View on Evolution?

| June 27, 2011

Post Author: Bill Pratt Trick question!  There isn’t one, despite what some people will tell you.  You see, the issue of exactly how God brought forth life on earth is just not something that is part of the essential teachings of Christianity.  What are the essential teachings of Christianity?  Those doctrines that were elucidated by […]

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