Really Recommended Posts

Really Recommended Posts 5/31/13

postHow often do you go searching the internet for great posts? Well, I have just saved you the trouble! Check out this week’s Really Recommended Posts, which include abortion, Star Trek, Bible contradictions alleged by Muslims, young earth interpretations of genetics, and Yoga.

The Pro-Abortion Rhetoric Primer Poster– One of my all-time favorite sites, No Apologies Allowed, features apologetics-related cartoons which are often thought-provoking. Check this one on the rhetoric of “pro-choice.”

Star Trek’s Prime Directive and Moral Relativism– I found this post on Star Trek at large to be fascinating. It analyzes Trek’s mandated morality and finds it to be somewhat wanting. Also check out my post on Star Trek: Into Darkness.

101 Cleared-up Contradictions in the Bible– I found this post unique because it focuses on answering Bible contradictions specifically charged by Muslims. Although many of these are rehashed from atheists, the answers given focus upon the apologetic aspect relating to Islam. I would list this post as a must-read.

Horsing Around with Genetic Sorting– How does the use of “kind” within YEC work in their own paradigm? Over at the Natural Historian, some young earth claims regarding genetic sorting are investigated.

On Yoga: A Call for a Christian Imagination– How should CHristians think about Yoga? Is the answer simple or complex? I found this post insightful in leading discussion on the topic.

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About J.W. Wartick

J.W. Wartick has an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. His interests include theology, philosophy of religion--particularly the existence of God--astronomy, biology, archaeology, and sci-fi and fantasy novels.

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2 thoughts on “Really Recommended Posts 5/31/13

  1. Whew! Still trying to get through your last “Really Recommended”. Hit one link and another world opens up. You’ve got quite the expansive mind there brother….
    Where you get the time? God knows.
    Thank you.

    Posted by katachriston | May 31, 2013, 7:10 AM
  2. As always, an interesting selection of links. While I’m an unabashed Trekkie, I have always thought that the Prime Directive is problematic, mostly because in “The Next Generation” it became an excuse for Starfleet to be like the priest and Levite from the parable of the Good Samaritan: the Federation can “warp by on the other side” (so to speak), even in the face of injustice and suffering.

    There was a whiff of that in “Into Darkness,” when Pike suggests that the Nibiru’s “destiny” may have been to perish in the volcanic explosion. This is not the Starfleet I knew and admired from the Original Series, where the Prime Directive really was limited to interfering with cultural development. It was never an excuse to let whole worlds of people die (e.g., “The Paradise Syndrome,” in which the 1701 is on a mission to push a deadly asteroid out of a planet’s orbit).

    For all its problems, though, and for all that it is at odds with Christian faith, I do think there is some wisdom codified in the Prime Directive; namely, you cannot *force* your morality on others. I do believe we Christians should witness to Christ, and actively share our beliefs and our morality; but, in the end, conversion is the work of the Spirit, and not forcing others to convert (as in the days of Western colonialism and imperialism, which I think is what the Prime Directive was intended as a reaction against, and rightly so) is a way of leaving room for the Spirit to work. (Not that the free and sovereign Spirit *needs* us to “make room for” him… but hopefully you catch my drift!)

    Just my two quatloos. šŸ™‚

    Posted by Michael Poteet | May 31, 2013, 8:43 AM

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