Category: Answering Critics

“A PLACE FOR THE CAMELS” (Genesis 24:31b): Refuting the Claim That There Were No Domesticated Camels in the Holy Land at the Time of the Patriarchs

© 2014, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction The liberal Biblical scholarship Emperor has new clothes.  This particular new suit is the “Bible’s Phantom camels,”[1] a claim by two Israeli archaeologists[2] that domesticated camels first came to Israel in “the last third of the 10th century B.C.,”[3] which means that the Bible’s account in …

“NATIVITY LEGENDS” OR HISTORICAL FACTS? A Response to Free Inquiry

© 2013, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction It’s that time of year again.  Christmas is approaching, and with it a bevy of annual traditions: Christmas carols, decorations, coloured lights on houses, shopping for gifts – and, of course, the farrago of assaults by atheists and liberal scholars on the historical truth of the …

“THEY TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH”: Does John 3:16-17 Record the Words of Jesus or of John the Evangelist?

© 2013, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. One sometimes has to wonder if the raison d’être of Bible scholars is to “spen[d] their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing” (Acts 17:21).  How else can we account for the bizarre idea championed by some of them that …

WHY I AM NOT AN ATHEIST: A Response to Gil Gaudia’s “Why I am an Atheist” (American Atheist, 3rd Quarter, 2013)

© 2013, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. I have long been searching for a coherent and sound reason for believing in atheism, and so when I came across “Why I am an Atheist,” by Gil Gaudia, in the current issue of American Atheist,[1] I was interested.  After all, Gaudia, who holds a Ph.D., is …

AN IMPOSSIBLE ENTITY: A Refutation of “The Thinking Atheist’s” Unthinking Attack on Creationism

© 2013, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction There is a video posted on YouTube called “Top Ten Creationist Arguments”[1] that was produced by someone calling himself “The Thinking Atheist.”  This intrigued me, as I have long sought to find an actual “thinking” atheist[2], but without success.  After viewing the video, I have to …

EVIDENCE OF DIVINE AUTHORSHIP IN THE BIBLE: Job 26

Text © 2012, John Tors. All Rights Reserved.  (Images from NASA) He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing. He binds up the water in His thick clouds, Yet the clouds are not broken under it. He covers the face of His throne, And spreads His cloud over it. …

CAN A CHRISTIAN VOTE FOR A MORMON?

© 2012, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. With the U.S. Presidential election a few days away, the question of whether a Christian can and should vote for a Mormon has been raised by more than one person.  The latest is Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion professor and author of a number of books …

“HENDERSON HAS SCORED FOR CANADA!” What the 40th Anniversary of the Canada/USSR Summit Series Can Tell Us about the Gospel Books

© 2012, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Today, September 28, 2012, is the fortieth anniversary of Game 8, the final and deciding game of the 1972 Canada/USSR hockey “Summit Series.”  It was an event that captured the attention of Canadians as very few other things ever have.  Hockey was our game, the one thing …

IS CREATIONISM NOT APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN? Exposing the Muddled Thinking of Bill Nye “the Science Guy”

© 2012, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Bill Nye, the mechanical engineer and well known host of the 1990s Disney/PBS educational show “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” is an ardent advocate of the theory of evolution.  On August 23, a video was posted on YouTube titled “Bill Nye: Creationism Is Not Appropriate for Children.”  …

CHEATING THEMSELVES THROUGH PHILOSOPHY: A Demolition of “The Rights and Wrongs of Alan Dershowitz” in Claremont Review of Books (Fall, 2005)

© 2011, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. As a salvo in the debate over natural law versus revelation, the article “The Rights and Wrongs of Alan Dershowitz” by Hadley Arkes, published in the Fall 2005 issue of Claremont Review of Books[1], is a noteworthy contribution.  It is noteworthy, however, because it does such a …

DO YOU HAVE TO STOP THINKING TO BE A CHRISTIAN? A Response to Charles Lewis (National Post, January 26, 2011)

© 2011, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. In an opinion piece titled “Less God, more excuses” in this day’s National Post newspaper (p. A15), Charles Lewis writes the following: The most popular objection to religion is that it replaces thinking with sets of unproveable truths – and that the rules flowing out of those …

WHAT IS FAITH?

© 2010, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. First, faith is defined as “complete trust or confidence” (Webster’s), “complete trust, unquestioning confidence” (Oxford), and as such it is something everyone practises, including your atheist friend, in ways both profound and mundane.  For example, which of us would approach a complete stranger and ask him to …

ATHEISM

© 2010, by Ruth Lee. All Rights Reserved. Introduction According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, ‘Atheism’ is defined as a disbelief in the existence of deity (God or a supreme being) or the doctrine that there is no deity.  Atheism is from the Greek, ‘a’ – without – and ‘theos’ – god.  Throughout history and in the …

A PRIMER ON ENTROPY (THE SECOND LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS)

© 2009, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. The significance of the Second Law of Thermodynamics (the Law of Entropy) for the question of the origin of life is profound, yet it is not well understood by the general public as it is a field of specialized study in engineering and physics; it is not …

PROBABILITY AND THE ORIGIN OF LIFE

© 2009, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. It is the common belief that the mechanism for evolution is natural selection acting on random mutations.  This means that evolution is fundamentally dependent on chance.  This also applies at the pre-biotic stage, which is known as chemical evolution: Simple chemicals, we are told, combined to form …

DEBUNKING SKY & TELESCOPE MAGAZINE’S ATTEMPT TO GET AROUND EVOLUTION’S THERMODYNAMIC PROBLEM

© 2009, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. In the article “The New Habitable Zones” in Sky & Telescope 118(4). Posted on October 2009, Chris Impey writes Life exists because we live in a universe where energy flowing through a system tends to organize that system, into ever more complex and unpredictable forms.  (The Second …