The WOW Signal

As the start of the semester approaches, I may find less time for blogging, and make shorter entries when I do. Today I wanted to make sure I shared Jerry Ehman’s account of the famous “Wow! signal”, one of the best candidates for a radio signal detected from outer space that is of intelligent, deliberate [Read More...]

LITERALLY Exploring Our Matrix?

When I chose the name for my blog, the Matrix films were still a hot topic for discussion. But because our context can be designated a ‘matrix’ in other senses as well, it seemed that it would be appropriate even in the longer term and from other perspectives. It seems, however, that there are some [Read More...]

Religion and Science Fiction

I watched Masters of Science Fiction on ABC for the first time this past weekend. Featuring not only Terry O’Quinn (who plays John Locke on LOST) but also the cigarette-smoking man as the U.S. president and narration by Stephen Hawking, I was quickly hooked. The episode that aired this past Saturday, “The Awakening”, was based [Read More...]

The Unicorn Museum

In a splendid parody of the “if it’s in the Bible, it must be true” viewpoint that lies behind such institutions as the Creation “Museum”, someone has created the Unicorn Museum. [Read more...]

Childlike Faith

It has often struck me that many people assume that “faith like that of a little child” is one that simply accepts what is said, without questioning. This interpretation assumes that the child in question is of a certain type and age. However, more common to our experiences of childhood (whether our own or that [Read More...]

Tasty Revelations With Cheese

It was just after midnight when the Flying Spaghetti Monster (parmesan and heapings of sauce be upon him) appeared to me in a dream (or I dreamed he appeared to me – who can tell the difference?). He said that if I went quickly to the kitchen and boiled pasta for 7 minutes until it [Read More...]

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Intelligent Design vs. Quantum Computation

I think it was Van Till who called creationist views just another variation on the old trick ‘heads I win, tails you lose’. If the universe has characteristics that can lead to life and complexity coming about through natural processes, this is taken as evidence that the universe is designed and fine-tuned by a creator. [Read More...]

The New Perspective on Paul

In the latest issue of Christianity Today, Simon Gathercole offers a somewhat appreciative but also critical evaluation of the new perspective on Paul. For me, the new perspective’s major conclusions (such as that “the works of the Law” in Paul’s writings were not good works in general but symbols of the separateness of the Jews [Read More...]

Michael Behe on The Colbert Report

Those who interested in intelligent design will want to see Michael Behe’s appearance on The Colbert Report… [Read more...]

Intelligent Design and its Critics

Metanexus has made available a wide selection of articles on intelligent design representing key supporters and critics’ views. Those unfamiliar with this web site will find much more on it that is interesting and useful. [Read more...]

The Heart Of The Matter: What Does God Do?

I’ve been reading several books on evolution, intelligent design, and related subjects, as I seek to decide on representative readings to assign for my religion and science course this Fall. It seems to me that the differences between many viewpoints centers around the question of what God does. Naturalistic explanations of various things in the [Read More...]