(HT: Uncommon Design)
Short of invoking a benevolent creator, many physicists see only one possible explanation: Our universe may be but one of perhaps infinitely many universes in an inconceivably vast multiverse. Most of those universes are barren, but some, like ours, have conditions suitable for life.
The idea is controversial. Critics say it doesn’t even qualify as a scientific theory because the existence of other universes cannot be proved or disproved. Advocates argue that, like it or not, the multiverse may well be the only viable nonreligious explanation for what is often called the “fine-tuning problem”—the baffling observation that the laws of the universe seem custom-tailored to favor the emergence of life.
File this under example of insanity:
ScienceDaily (Nov. 3, 2008) — Adolescents who have high levels of exposure to television programs that contain sexual content are twice as likely to be involved in a pregnancy over the following three years as their peers who watch few such shows, according to a new RAND Corporation study.
The study, published in the November edition of the journal Pediatrics, is the first to establish a link between teenagers’ exposure to sexual content on TV and either pregnancies among girls or responsibility for pregnancies among boys.
"Adolescents receive a considerable amount of information about sex through television and that programming typically does not highlight the risks and responsibilities of sex," said Anita Chandra, the study’s lead author and a behavioral scientist at RAND, a nonprofit research organization. "Our findings suggest that television may play a significant role in the high rates of teenage pregnancy in the United States."
Researchers from RAND Health say that exposure to sex on television may influence teen pregnancy by creating the perception that there is little risk to engaging in sex without using contraceptives and accelerating the initiation of sexual intercourse.
"The amount of sexual content on television has doubled in recent years, and there is little representation of safer sex practices in those portrayals," Chandra said. "While some progress has been made, teenagers who watch television are still going to find little information about the consequences of unprotected sexual practices among the many portrayals promoting sex."
She said that the findings hold implications for broadcasters, parents and health care providers.
Broadcasters should be encouraged to include more realistic depictions of sex in scripts and to portray consequences such as pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Parents should consider limiting their children’s access to programming with sexual content and spending more time watching programs with their children so they can explain the consequences of sex. Pediatricians should ask adolescents about their media use and discuss with them both contraception and the consequences that may accompany sexual activity.
Let’s briefly recap this–
Adolescents who have high levels of exposure to television programs that contain sexual content are twice as likely to be involved in a pregnancy over the following three years as their peers who watch few such shows.
1. Broadcasters should have more realistic depictions of sex
2. Parents should limit viewing (not eliminate but limit) the access of children to pornographic content
3. Parents should validate the viewing of pornography by watching it with their children
4. Pediatricians should remind children about the pornographic content of programs they view and then provide children with contraception.
The non-insane remedy is actually found in the problem statement – read it again if you missed it the first time. I’d love to get my hands on the underlying data of that study, the probability is high that the children who watch few such shows also come from families with a strong Christian background.
Q I loved Kirk Cameron on TV’s Growing Pains, but now he just does Christian-themed movies. Is he serious about his faith? —Barbara M., Cincinnati, Ohio
A Very. Cameron, 38, is a partner in an evangelical ministry and is unapologetic about doing movies like his recent hit Fireproof. “I’ve been in cheesy movies,” he admits, “but an inspirational message doesn’t make a movie cheesy—not if it’s well done.” What some reporters found less than inspirational was Kirk handing out fake money bearing a warning to sinners while he publicized Fireproof. (Q&A from the Oct 26, 2008 issue of Parade Magazine, emphasis added)
A committed and “unapologetic” Christian who is also “a partner in an evangelical ministry” handing out tracts about sin and judgment while publicizing a movie with a Christian message. I guess the reporters would have been more inspired if Kirk had actually preached a sermon after the movie. Oh, wait, he did that too.
We are supposed to proclaim the Gospel in all the world. It is not an option but a command. Sharing the faith is not just the job of ordained ministers but an obligation of every Christian. In this two part audio series Don Green explains why every Christian has the freedom and competence to share the Gospel confidently with the lost.