Jesus’ Illegitimacy and the Gospels

The question of whether Jesus was, or at least had the status of, an illegitimate child is one that has been widely discussed in recent scholarship, including by me (in an article published in the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus). Today I received an e-mail from someone who had read my article [Read More...]

The Spiritual Brain

I had to force myself to pick up The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Case for the Existence of the Soul by Mario Beauregard and Denyse O’Leary, since my expectations were not high, largely because I was not impressed with the views O’Leary has expressed, and the way she has expressed them, on her own blogs [Read More...]

When Cosmologists and Biologists Speak of God

In my religion and science class yesterday, we compared the different feelings that scientists seem to have about the appropriateness of bringing God-talk into the discussion in cosmology and in biology. Has anyone else noticed that it is relatively uncontroversial for Einstein, Hawking, Davies, Peacocke, Polkinghorne and many others to mention God in discussions of [Read More...]

History: Playing By The Rules

I had a letter to the editor published in today’s issue of a local newspaper, NUVO. It was in response to a letter to the editor that appeared the previous week, claiming that Christianity was invented in the time of Constantine. Here’s the letter I wrote: I certainly agree that “faith” cannot and should not [Read More...]

Intelligent Design and Gnosticism

I thought it might be fitting to offer a few brief words of appreciation for that ancient movement, which has not entirely disappeared even today, which took the argument from design completely seriously. I am thinking, of course, of the Gnostics. They were Biblical literalists to boot, taking at face value the references to God’s [Read More...]

What Do You Love More Than Life?

In the Sunday school class I teach at Crooked Creek Baptist Church, we found ourselves spending much time on a single verse, John 12:25, “Whoever loves his life will lose it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it unto eternal life”. For my wife, when she lived in Romania during the [Read More...]

Has Creationism’s Appendicitis Been Cured?

An interesting piece of science news in recent days was the proposal of a plausible function for the appendix. Clearly this clinches the argument about its design by a supernatural being. Just consider all these characteristics of the appendix: It apparently reboots the good bacteria in the gut if they are wiped out by another [Read More...]

Genesis (the band as well as the book)

Last night I had the chance to watch Genesis – The Video Show. The first album I ever bought was Duke on cassette, and I decided to learn to play keyboards after seeing the video for “Follow You, Follow Me”. (I even attended Bible college with the drummer in the band that eventually split to [Read More...]

May The Zero-Point Field Be With You

I just finished reading Bernard Haisch’s book The God Theory: Universes, Zero-point Fields, And What’s Behind It All. I must confess that I was a bit concerned before I started (and for a little while after that, too) that this was going to be one of these kooky, New Agey types of books blending scientific [Read More...]

The Dangers Of Dihydrogen Monoxide

Sometimes it takes a young, independent thinker to really make us aware of scientific issues in our country. Student Nathan Zohner decided to devote his science fair project to the circulation of a petition to band Dihydrogen Monoxide. As the web page which made him aware of the issue points out, Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) is [Read More...]

Savants and the Mysteries of Mind

I’ll comment at some later point on the book that led me to this topic – The God Theory by Bernard Haisch. In the book, Haisch brings up Savant Syndrome as evidence that the mind seems to be something that ‘shines through’ the brain rather than merely an epiphenomenon thereof. Or, as someone at the [Read More...]