Entries by Jonathan McLatchie

The Origin of Life: An RNA World?

Previously on ENV, I published a review of a recent article that appeared in New Scientist concerning the RNA world scenario with regard to the origin of life. Nick Matzke at Panda’s Thumb has since responded with a critique of my argument. This is my response to his remarks. Click here to continue reading>>>

New Scientist Weighs in on the Origin of Life

This week’s issue of New Scientist contains an interesting article bearing the headline “First Life: The Search for the First Replicator.” As a means to circumvent the chicken-and-egg problem pertinent to the relationship of DNA and proteins, author Michael Marshall attempts to revive the fashionable (but scientifically bankrupt) scenario of an RNA world. Read the […]

A Substantial Conundrum Confronting The Chemical Origin Of Life

In ID circles we often discuss the sheer rarity of biologically relevant polypeptides with respect to combinatorial sequence space (and the related conundrum of macromolecular interdependence). It has often been argued that this represents a potent challenge to chemical origin-of-life models of an order substantially greater than the challenge it presents to biological evolution. There […]

What's Wrong With The Zeitgeist Movie?

The Zeitgeist movie has been circulating on the internet since 2007. In the video its director, Peter Joseph, seeks to persuade viewers that the authors of the New Testament essentially plagiarized the concept of the virgin birth, December 25 as Christ’s birth date, the twelve disciples, the miracles, the crucifixion, and the resurrection from astrological sources and pagan […]

A Case For The Resurrection: Part 6

In previous posts in this series, we have discussed some of the evidence for the historical veracity of the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus to the disciples and others, including an examination of some examples of the martyrdom of Jesus’ followers and the counter-Judaic nature of the Christian claims concerning the resurrection. In this blog entry, […]

A Case For The Resurrection: Part 5

In my previous blog entry, I started to discuss the testimony of first century Christian martyrs (specifically those who claimed to be eyewitnesses to the resurrection) as part of my cumulative argument for the bodily resurrection of Jesus. In this blog post, I will discuss the evidence and circumstances surrounding the martyrdom of the apostles Peter […]

A Case For The Resurrection: Part 4

In previous blog posts (part 1; part 2; part 3), I began to examine the evidence for the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus, building a cumulative argument based on ancient Hebrew and pagan beliefs regarding the resurrection, in addition to the Jewish Messianic expectations and the early oral creed which I discussed in part 3 of […]

A Case For The Resurrection: Part 3

In previous posts (one; two), I explored the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus in the context of the Jewish Messianic expectations and the prevailing concepts regarding resurrection in the first century world. Over the course of the next few blog entries in this series, I want to consider some of the circumstantial historiographical evidence for […]

A Case For The Resurrection: Part 2

In my previous blog entry, I discussed the resurrection in the context of ancient Jewish Messianic expectations. In this blog post, I will discuss the ancient Jewish and pagan understanding of resurrection and how it relates to the resurrection of Jesus. The Lack of Initial Theological reflection on the resurrection The Gospel resurrection narratives contain certain […]

A Case For The Resurrection: Part 1

What do you think was the most significant event in human history? Unquestionably, the greatest event was the faint sound of a heartbeat in a cold lifeless body in a tomb two thousand years ago. The sound of blood rushing through the heart of Jesus of Nazareth is a sound which will undoubtedly thunder throughout […]

Is Macroevolution True? A Response To Tim D.

When Frank recently informed me that he planned to publish a guest article by atheist Tim Duck on the scientific evidence for neo-Darwinian evolution, I was immediately intrigued. As someone with some background and academic training in biology (I hold a degree in the field), I looked forward to reading what Tim had to say. […]

Lost Scriptures Of The New Testament?

In a previous blog, I discussed the textual integrity of the documents which comprise the new testament, and addressed the often-raised claim that the new testament has been substantially edited over the intervening centuries with doctrines being added and removed at the church’s will. As I argued in my previous blog, such ill-informed assertion is pure fantasy. […]

When Were The Gospels Written?

When were the gospel biographical accounts of Jesus written? One popular claim by skeptics is that the gospels were written so long after the events which they narrate that their historical and biographical value is suspect. While virtually all scholars maintain that all of the gospels were written in the first century, within liberal scholarship […]

Has The New Testament Been Substantially Edited Since It Was First Penned?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions I encounter when attempting to explain to people the massive evidence which stands in support and corroboration of the Christian worldview. I probably actually get this question more frequently from the Muslim/Islamic community than I do from atheists, agnostics and other non-believers. The reason for this […]

You Need The Box Top To Make Sense Of The Jigsaw Of The Old Testament: The Abraham Affair

When asked for what I consider to be the most compelling argument for the truth of Christianity, I often offer the cumulative force of the argument from prototypic foreshadowings of Christ and the new covenant which are so delicately interwoven into the Old Testament fabric.  Just as one needs the Box Top to make sense […]