Monthly Archives: December 2015

From Global Warming to Climate Change

NOAA_logo“Atmospheric satellite data, considered by many to be the most objective, has clearly showed no warming for the past two decades. This fact is well documented, but has been embarrassing for an administration determined to push through costly environmental regulations.” Lamar Smith

“As a self-proclaimed ‘environmental intelligence agency,’ NOAA’s reports should be based only on the best available science that takes into account all sources of data. Unfortunately, NOAA continues to rely upon biased science in pursuit of a predetermined outcome. That’s not good science, it’s science fiction.” Ibid

 

NOAA’s climate change science fiction

The environmental intelligence agency ignores satellite data

Lamar Smith,  The Washington Times, November 30, 2015, p. 28

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the nation’s leading collector of climate data. Every day, NOAA analyzes vast amounts of data to predict changes to our climate, weather, oceans and coasts. The agency also publishes monthly temperature averages across the nation and compares those numbers to historical temperature records.

As the nation’s self-proclaimed authority on “environmental intelligence,” NOAA should be held to the highest scientific standards. This means their conclusions should be objective, independent of political consideration and based on all available sources of information. Continue reading

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King Hezekiah Lives Again

220px-Åhus_kyrka-10“A dump site is the last place you would expect to find an 8th century B.C. seal for a papyrus document signed by one of the kings of Judah. Perhaps that’s why it has taken 2,700 years for the piece of clay inscribed with King Hezekiah’s seal to be discovered in Jerusalem.” Will Heilpern

“The rest of the history of Hezekiah, and all his might, how he constructed the pool and the conduit to bring water into the city, is not all this recorded…?” 2 Kings 20:20

“This same Hezekiah blocked the outlet of the water of the Upper Gihon and channeled it smoothly downward and westward to the city of David.” 2 Chronicles 32:30

“Judean King Hezekiah was thirty-nine years old when Sennacherib, King of Assyria, (that is northern Iraq in our day) invaded Judea in 701 B.C…he commissioned is engineers to secure his water source by building a tunnel to divert the water from the Gihon spring over to the southwestern part of the city…It’s believed that the tunnel could have been constructed within eight months, with one shift of tunnelers working by day and another by night.” Gila, Pilgrimage Panorama

The Hezekiah or Siloam Inscription was chiseled into the rock by Hezekiah’s engineers, about 20 feet from the end of the tunnel. That inscription was discovered by accident in June 1880 by a 16-year old boy named Jacob Eliahu…A translation of the inscription which was written in the ancient Hebrew alphabet was first published by the Palestine Exploration Fund Quarterly Statement in July 1881. Ibid

Archaeologically speaking, the recent find of Hezekiah’s seal could well be second in importance to the Hezekiah Inscription…

Biblical King’s seal discovered in dump site

Perhaps that’s why it has taken 2,700 years for the piece of clay inscribed with King Hezekiah’s seal to be discovered in Jerusalem.

It is believed to be the first-ever seal — also referred to as a “bulla” — from an Israeli or Judean King to be discovered by archaeologists.

“The seal of the king was so important. It could have been a matter of life or death, so it’s hard to believe that anyone else had the permission to use the seal,” Eilat Mazar, who directs excavations at the City of David’s summit, told CNN. Continue reading

The Inklings

“And when you turn from the New Testament to modern scholars, remember that you go among them as a sheep among wolves. Naturalistic assumptions, beggings of the question such as that which I noted on the first page of this book, will meet you on every side—even from the pens of clergymen.” C. S. Lewis

“Christianity does not involve the belief that all things were made for man. It does involve the belief that God loves man and for his sake became man and died.” C.S. Lewis

“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.” C. S. Lewis

The “Inklings” — Providing Hope Against a Culture of Despair

By  ,  The New American, December 21, 2015, p.34f

The “Inklings” — Providing Hope Against a Culture of Despair

The grand sweep of history is often presented as an account of nations and even entire civilizations upon which the religious beliefs and ideologies of different ages have their impress on vast and faceless multitudes. Nearly lost in that vast expanse of time are the moments in which the individuals who shape the character of their ages are brought to the convictions that order their existence.

One such moment occurred as three men walked together and debated long into the night on September 19, 1931. The content of their conversation — the nature of myth and its relationship to Christianity — might seem abstract or at least “academic,” but the outcome of that conversation had profound significance for countless numbers of Christians for decades to come, for it was the night when J.R.R. Tolkien (shown on right) finally broke through C.S. Lewis’ (left) passionately argued opposition to Christianity. As Philip and Carol Zaleski report the encounter in their recent book, The Fellowship:

Lewis insisted that myths are essentially lies; Tolkien countered that myths are essentially true, for they reflect and transmit, in secondary form, the primary and primordial creative power of God….

Moreover, Tolkien argues — and this was the crux of the matter — that in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus we discover a myth that has entered history. Here God tells — indeed, enacts — a tale with all the beauty and wonder and symbolic power of myth, and yet a tale that is actually true. It was a strange thought, but it reminded Lewis of an off-hand remark he had heard five years before from the atheist Harry Weldon. “Rum thing,” Weldon had said, “All that stuff of [James] Frazier’s about the Dying God. Rum thing. It almost looks as if it had really happened once.” It looked as if it had really happened once — and yet it lost none of its mythic power for having become fact.

The realization of Christianity as the “myth that became fact” overcame Lewis’ long-held opposition to the faith. According to Lewis, approximately a week later, as he rode with his brother to the Whipsnade Zoo, the full import of the conversation crystalized in faith: “When we set out I did not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and when we reached the zoo I did.” Continue reading