“Pleasant to the sight”

In our Bible class, we were studying stewardship.  I know, not the most exciting of topics, but this one was really interesting, beginning with the Creation and making the point that God is the true owner of all things, which, He, however, gives to us to manage.  We looked at Genesis 2:9 and were asked what were the two purposes that God had for the trees in Eden:

And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.  (Genesis 2:9)

“Good for food” I knew.  But I had never noticed the other quality:  The trees were to be “pleasant to the sight.”  That is to say, God made the trees to be beautiful.  Thus beauty and aesthetic considerations are part of God’s design in His creation. [Read more…]

Sex & child-bearing to be obsolete in 20 years?

[NOT AN APRIL FOOL’S JOKE!]   A Stanford professor of law and genetics is maintaining that within as few as twenty years, the connection between sex and procreation will come to an end.  No longer will sex have anything to do with reproduction.  According to Henry T. Greely, reproductive engineering will be such that men will donate sperm and women a patch of skin, whereupon babies will be produced to order in artificial wombs. Government health plans will no longer be able to afford caring for sick babies, so “designer babies” will become the norm.

Recreational sex will continue, he says, but why?  Won’t virtual-reality pornography finish that off too?

Prof. Greely has a book about all of this coming out from Harvard University Press entitled The End of Sex and the Future of Reproduction.  

Prof. Greely seems to assume that there will be no more Catholics in 20 years, or other Christians who agree with them about nature and natural law. [Read more…]

Unthinkable experiments

Theologians have long talked about the limits of our finite human reason when it comes to comprehending the infinite God.  Now scientists are up against the limits of our finite human reason when it comes to comprehending finite nature.

Scientific American has a fascinating survey of facts that are “unthinkable” in quantum physics:  particles that are in two places at the same time; objects that spin in two opposite directions at the same time; objects that are entangled with each other, so that what happens to one affects the other, no matter how far apart they are; etc.

This is part of an account of how scientists are using computers to propose “unintuitive configurations” that the human mind would be unlikely to come up with. [Read more…]

A medical statement about gender confusion in children

The American College of Pediatricians, a conservative medical organization, has issued a statement entitled Gender Ideology Harms Children, exposing the fallacy that children can be “born the wrong sex” and detailing the medical harm that can be done by “treatments” such as puberty-blocking and cross-sex hormones.

The report says that 98% of gender-confused boys and 88% of girls accept their biological sex after puberty.  And it notes that suicide rates are 20 times greater for adults who have had sexual reassignment surgery.  The report concludes, “Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.”

Read the statement after the jump. [Read more…]

Scientific outrage!

A paper on the workings of the human hand published in a scientific journal uses the term “creator” and “design,” sparking sputtering outrage and calls for boycotting the publication.

The authors, most of whom are Chinese, say the apparent reference to Intelligent Design was a mistake due to a mistranslation.  Chinese writing does tend to be much more lyrical and metaphorical than the generally dull Western academic prose.

But it’s interesting how so many scientists are set off by words and are so eager to silence people. They do not want themselves to be exposed to anything incompatible with their materialistic worldview, not allowing anything to the contrary to be so much as uttered.  Even the news account from a British publication, excerpted after the jump, feels that it must refer to Intelligent Design as a “pseudo-science.” [Read more…]

A cat trapped inside a human body

We have women born in a man’s body, and men born in a woman’s body.  Now there is a case in which supposedly a cat was born in a human body.  After the jump, read the article and watch the video of the young woman meowing, hissing at dogs, and grooming herself.

Notice the neoplatonic worldview here, as well as in the rhetoric of transgenderism, which suggests that we have an identity prior to our birth, a sort of  pre-existing spirit that is then embodied when it enters the world.  But the “soul,” the seat of one’s personal essence and identity, is separate from the “body.”

Many of the Greeks and Romans believed this, as did various Renaissance mystics.  The Mormons believe in something like this.  So do some Eastern religions.  Christianity, though, has always had a higher view of the body.  But it’s certainly hard to understand how scientific materialists can buy into this sort of thing, and yet they do.

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