We’ve Moved!

Find us at our new home at ABitOfOrange.com! Same Biblical worldview, great new flavor!

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I want to thank of my regular readers and subscribers for the years you’ve followed me here, and I warmly invite you to continue the journey over at the new web site.

I’ll be making lots of new content, and in addition to regular articles, we’re switching our focus to short, educational videos hosted on our youtube channel. We’ll be making big theological issues easy and fun by stealing from the great minds of the past, including but not limited to C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, the Marx Brothers, Abbot and Costello, Monty Python’s Flying Circus and the Muppet Show.

I’m also going to be taking the show on the road as a traveling speaker/teacher, so if you want to invite me to your to your church, school, small group, pizza party, or chili cook off, just send an email to:
CreationSoapBox@gmail.com

A list of the presentations I am prepared to deliver is on the new website. Check it out.

What’s with the name?
The phrase “A Bit of Orange” originates in the writings of C.S. Lewis (See below). In this opening section of Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis is arguing for the universal knowledge that objective morality is real, thereby make a case for the fact that we all know God is real. To prove that we all know this, he doesn’t dig through history into the philosophers of the past, nor scale the ivory towers of academia to quote the scholars of his own day. He shows us some ordinary people talking about something as ordinary as a bit of orange, and from there be builds his case.

This is the philosophy of A Bit of Orange: The average person doesn’t need a PhD in biochemistry, genetics, or Quantum Mechanics in order to understand why they can trust the Bible. If you can understand a rubber duck, or a toaster, or a bit of orange, you can be very confident that the Word of God is true, the Gospel is certain, and Jesus is Lord. We thank God for the men and women who do search the deep history of the church or scale the towers of academia in order to defend the Bible, but we find that most people, at least at the very start, just need a bit of orange.

The following is from Mere Christianity, By C.S. Lewis

The Law of Human Nature

EVERY ONE HAS HEARD people quarreling. Sometimes it sounds funny and sometimes it sounds merely unpleasant; but however it sounds, I believe we can learn something very important from listening to the kinds of things they say. They say things like this: “How’d you like it if anyone did the same to you?”–‘That’s my seat, I was there first”–“Leave him alone, he isn’t doing you any harm”–“Why should you shove in first?”–“Give me a bit of your orange, I gave you a bit of mine”–“Come on, you promised.” People say things like that every day, educated people as well as uneducated, and children as well as grown-ups.

Now what interests me about all these remarks is that the man who makes them is not merely saying that the other man’s behavior does not happen to please him. He is appealing to some kind of standard of behavior which he expects the other man to know about…

Read/Listen to Mere Christianity Here.

Learn more about the book and the author here.

Rent-A-Friend Recommends: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

A classic work of Christian thought by one of the giants of Christian apologetics. This book has helped countless people develop an intellectually honest faith in Jesus by showing how rational the Christian worldview is. CS Lewis explains how anyone can follow the evidence to faith in Jesus.


Learn more about C.S. Lewis here:
https://www.cslewis.com/us
Hear C.S Lewis’s surviving BBC radio address, which became part of this book:

Learn about Lewis’s life though this one man show:

Learn about his friendship with Tolkien (author of Lord of the Rings):

Listen to Lewis’s words from this book as the concepts are illustrated brilliantly by CSLewisDoodle’s channel:

Do you know something awesome which everyone else needs to know? Let me know in the comments below! And thanks for letting me be your Rent-A-Friend.

Theists, Agnostics, and Atheists, OH MY!

Your Rent-A-Friend starts a long walk through the Metaphysical Map starting with God. When it comes to God, there are only three positions anyone can take: They know He’s there, they don’t know, they pretend He isn’t. Every religion on earth, from Atheism to Zen fits in here somewhere. But your view of the world will remain cloudy, and your metaphysical map will lead you astray unless you begin with the true God, Jesus Christ.

Come Learn stuff, and get Smarter! And thanks for letting me be your Rent-A-Friend.

Read more on these topics at the Rent-A-Friend Blog:
https://rentafriend2000.wordpress.com/2010/01/02/the-start-of-the-metaphysical-journey/
https://rentafriend2000.wordpress.com/2010/01/22/the-nerd-to-metaducky-dictionary/
https://rentafriend2000.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/the-metaphysical-map-or-the-truth-of-the-duckie/

Defining Evolution Ch 7 Summary: Behaviors and Losing Genes

We recently defined Darwinian Evolution as  an unguided, Natural process which increases the genetic information in an organism; Creating new Genes which did not previously exist.
These new genes then cause an increase in physical complexity and associated behavior, Both of which increase the organism’s ability to survive and pass on these traits to offspring.

In this video your Rent-A-Friend will explain why the definition must include the creation of new behaviors, and the gain of new genes as opposed to the loss of old ones.

Read Defining Evolution Ch 7 Summary: Behaviors and Losing Genes at:
https://creationsoapbox.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/defining-evolution-7-gaining-behaviors-and-losing-genes

Rent-A-Friend Recommends: The Bible for Kids App

Your Rent-A-Friend recommends a great app for kids. Cute cartoons, LOTS of stories from New and Old Testament, and all free.

Learn more about it here:
https://www.bible.com/kids

Do you know something awesome which everyone else needs to know? Let me know in the comments below! And thanks for letting me be your Rent-A-Friend.

The NERD to Metaducky Dictionary 2016!

In the video below, your Rent-A-Friend takes you for a walk down the metaphysical map by explaining what “Metaphysical” means, and defining each stop on the map. Soon, cool, good looking people like you will know all of the wild things in philosophy and theology which nerds have been hording for themselves!

In the near future, I will be explaining each stop on the map one at a time, ultimately to show you why the Christian worldview is so rational and different from any other worldview.If you can understand a runner duck, you can understand all of this. So CHECK IT OUT!

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Also, check out the links below for related content, and thanks for letting me be your Rent-A-Friend.

https://rentafriend2000.wordpress.com/2010/01/22/the-nerd-to-metaducky-dictionary/

Defining Evolution Ch 6 Summary: Creating New Genes

Recently I defined Evolution as

An unguided, Natural process which increases the genetic information in an organism; Creating new Genes which did not previously exist.

These new genes then cause an increase in physical complexity and associated behavior, Both of which increase the organism’s ability to survive and pass on these traits to offspring.

Now we must ask, “Why does there need to be NEW genetic information in every step?” The simple answer is, because you can’t add without adding. In this video your Rent-A-Friend will make clear why Darwinian Evolution has to add new genes at every new limb of the Tree of Life. Enjoy!

 

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