Archive for the ‘Ray Comfort’ Category

Response to JaclynGlenn’s Response to Ray Comfort

October 7, 2013

JaclynGlenn attempts to respond to Ray Comfort (link – caution, profanity and blasphemy). Once you weed through the profanity, blasphemy, and assorted name-calling and insults, there is actually very little to JaclynGlenn’s comments, aside from an unsubstantiated assertion that Mr. Comfort is somehow opposed to logic.

Let’s address her points:

1) Alleged Evidence of Speciation

JaclynGlenn complains that birds and salamanders changing into other kinds of birds and salamanders is an example of speciation and consequently it should be accepted as evidence of Darwinian evolution. What JaclynGlenn seems to be missing is that if this is the best evidence for speciation, we’re not very impressed. Part of that is because “species” lines tend to be drawn pretty fluidly, and these variations could easily be seen as variation within species, rather than generation of new species.

2) “Nothing Made Everything”

JaclynGlenn says she does not “believe” this, and she would change her mind if scientists told her something else. It’s not really clear whether JaclynGlenn just doesn’t understand that she’s placing her trust in scientists, or whether she only uses “believe” pejoratively.

3) “Long Term Changes Not Observable”

JaclynGlenn’s point is well taken – but it cuts the opposite of the way she thinks. It doesn’t provide an excuse for scientists – it simply underscores the fact that Darwinian evolution is not scientific.

4) “Tiny Differences Between Humans and Chimps”

JaclynGlenn thinks Ray Comfort should have said “tens of millions of bases” instead of “hundreds of millions of bases” of differences. JaclynGlenn responds that this is still only a 1.5% (rounding up) difference. JaclynGlenn seems to think this is significant, suggesting that the genetic difference between humans and chimps is 10 times less than between a rat and a mouse.

Again, I’m not sure JaclynGlenn realizes the problem. The problem is not simply the magnitude of the differences as a percentage of the whole, but the magnitude of the differences in absolute terms.

Keep in mind also that genetics is still a young field. One frequently cited number says that about 98% of the human genome is “non-coding” or “junk” DNA. While the 1% number was previously used, other studies suggest 4% (see here). Moreover, it is sometimes unclear whether the 1% is as fraction of the whole genome or only of the coding part (i.e. the part thought to be functional). Finally, newer studies are casting doubt on the idea that the “non-coding” DNA is not functional.

5) “Fossil in the Wrong Geological/Geographical? Location”

JaclynGlenn refers to the possibility of evolution being proven wrong by a fossil being found in the wrong “geographical position” (I assume she means the wrong geological position in the rock layers). She claims this hasn’t happened yet.

Apparently, JaclynGlenn is unaware of the coelacanths, which were thought to have been extinct for 65 million years based on the fossils, but were discovered to be still living today. Of course, for philosophical naturalists, this didn’t blow evolution out of the water – and it won’t for JaclynGlenn when she reads this, because she’s committed to trying to explain everything without reference to the Creator.

Advertisements

Ray Comfort Tells it Like it Is!

April 22, 2010

I think it is straight-shooting like this: “Response of a Jerk” that makes me really appreciate the work that Ray Comfort does. I don’t know all of his theology, but what I’ve seen I like.

-TurretinFan

Praising Ray Comfort

November 1, 2009

The “Seeking Disciple” at Arminian Today has some good thoughts and praise of Ray Comfort (link). May God continue to use Mr. Comfort to bring people out of atheism and to Christ.

Ray Comfort’s (and my) Agenda Revealed!

April 16, 2009

As is often the case, Ray Comfort has found a succinct way of putting the matter of my objective as an evangelistic apologist (link). The goal is to drive people toward the gospel, toward faith in the crucified and risen Christ alone for salvation.

-TurretinFan

I’ll Debate Richard Dawkins for $100,000

February 26, 2009

If he’ll pay me $100,000, I’ll engage him in a debate. The money won’t come to me, it will go to two or three charitable organizations. I’m not in it for money, I just want to get Dawkins to part with $100,000 of his money so that the money will not be available for mocking Christianity or other similar nonsense. Sounds pretty silly of me, no?

Well, swap in world-famous Christian apologist Ray Comfort for Mr. Dawkins and give Mr. Dawkins my spot, and you’ve got yourself the stranger-than-fiction true account of an atheist who is so afraid to debate that he’s unwilling to accept $20,000 – twice his usual speaking fee of $10,000. (link)

-TurretinFan

30 Seconds to Think About the Moon

December 22, 2008

It is Monday still in much of the world, and by coincidence, Ray Comfort has a very brief but interesting blog post on the moon, which I think is 30 seconds of reading well spent (link).

-TurretinFan

Contest For Atheists

October 15, 2008

Are you an atheist? Would you like to make $100? Ray Comfort is holding a writing contest, in which all you have to do to enter is provide an essay on “Why I don’t believe in God.” (link to contest) Details at Mr. Comfort’s blog – this blog is not affiliated in any formal way with that blog.

-TurretinFan

Omni-benevolence Summarily Refuted

July 16, 2008

I enjoyed the short work Ray Comfort made in this article (link) of the idea of divine omni-benevolence.


%d bloggers like this: