Where The Magic Happens

The latest Dharma Special Access video has been posted, this one introducing the writers of LOST. Apart from the Twilight Zone pinball machine, the most interesting detail is when Christian Shepherd, Eko’s brother and the horse are classified as “undead”, in contrast to characters who are currently living or have left the show. [Read more...]

Music and Mathematics: The Dyson Legacy

I was struck yesterday to discover that a composer whose music I enjoy, George Dyson, was the father of physicist Freeman Dyson, whose writings on science and religion I value. I can’t speak for the Dysons, but for me personally, music is a better vaccine against reductionism than anything else I know of. (If you’re [Read More...]

Can Protestants be orthodox?

Today in Sunday School we arrived at the last of our classes on the ways Jesus is presented in the canonical Gospels, focusing on the Gospel of John with its unique features such as the notion of Jesus as the Word-become-flesh and the pre-existence of the Son of Man. I gave a brief overview of [Read More...]

Evidence for Evolution around the Blogosphere

Nature has made available a helpful resource about 15 gems of evolution. Meanwhile Ken Miller (HT AIG Busted, see also John Pieret) takes on disinformation about ID and the Dover trial. Sandwalk picks his top 10 articles on evolution from New Scientist. Michael Dowd has a list of evolutionary resources. Mike Beidler blogs about a [Read More...]

Still Third on the Third

For those who noticed a lull in my blogging activity, my family and I had a nice brief getaway in Chicago. We got to enjoy the bitterly cold wind off Lake Michigan, as well as swimming, visiting some relatives and doing some shopping for those Eastern European products that are that little bit harder to [Read More...]

Keith Ward, Big Questions in Science and Religion 9: Has Science Made Belief in God Obsolete?

I did not finish my review of Keith Ward’s The Big Questions in Science and Religion last year, but at least I can get it done early in 2009. The subtitle to this chapter is “Are there any good science-based arguments for God?” Ward begins by surveying the once-popular (and in some circles still-popular) notion [Read More...]

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! An nou fericit! La multi ani! Welcome to 2009! (Hope you enjoy your stay) [Read more...]

Klaatu’s Ark

I finally watched the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still, starring Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connoley, and of course GORT. The allusions to the story of Noah and the ark were explicit, but I wonder how many who are familiar with both stories will really think about both the similarities and differences. For one [Read More...]

The War on New Year

Apparently the forces of darkness are mounting an attack, this time on the Christian holiday of New Year’s Day, which commemorates and worshipfully celebrates the anniversary of the day on which a Romanian monk miscalculated the year in which our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was born. In addition to the anticalendricals, it seems that [Read More...]

Christology and the Brain of Jesus

I have not yet read the book Christology and Science that has made some ripples in the blogosphere lately. I certainly hope to do so in the near future. The subject definitely interests me. Here are some questions one might ponder about Christology. If one believes that God is omnipresent, then in what sense if [Read More...]

Fundamentalism’s Cannons vs. the Church’s Canon

Reflecting further on the tendency of fundamentalists and inerrantists to flatten the voices of Scripture, to blend them or select from among them in order to reduce them to a single voice, it became apparent to me that the early church chose a different path, consciously trying to avoid this. Matthew rewrote Mark, adding to, [Read More...]