Clean Up After Your Worldview

All worldviews leave “crumbs.” Bits that don’t fit, that won’t stick. There is nothing wrong with that. All our worldviews are human constructs, imperfect attempts to do justice to a reality more complex than they are. They crumble, and break, and in other ways show their imperfections. But what is a problem is when people [Read More...]

The Machine

Existential comics has a nice comic strip dealing with the philosophical issues related to teleportation and imaginary technology like the transporter on Star Trek. Click through to read the rest. [Read more...]

The Hummingbird and the Parasite

Open Parachute shared the above image with a quote from David Attenborough. This illustrates well the theological objection that is raised not by atheists and agnostics in the first instance, but by liberal religious believers. And it relates not just to matters of creation but to the implications of thanking God for the good as [Read More...]

Could the Problem of Evil Become a Thing of the Past?

Students in one of my classes wrote about the problem of evil this semester, and some chose to do their final paper on that topic. For many of them, the problem of evil seems to be something simple. Sure, there may be suffering, but all the joys and pleasures of life make up for them. [Read More...]

Machine-Making Minds Made by Mind-Making Machines

I happened across another iteration of the design argument in its modern-day form, the essence of which can be boiled down to the following: All machines we know of are made by minds; DNA is like a machine; Therefore DNA was intelligently designed. The person who made the argument said they thought this worked with [Read More...]

Harry Plato

Tom Bolin shared a link on Facebook to a Tumblr page with this observation: DISCOVERY: that the addition of “Harry” to almost any Plato quote makes it seem legitimately like a nugget of wisdom out of the mouth of Albus Dumbledore. “Death is not the worst that can happen to men, Harry.” “Harry, good actions [Read More...]

Is God an Economist?

First, here’s a cartoon from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal: Now, let’s note what the cartoon doesn’t show. At the end of the Book of Job, Job receives back double of every type of property he owned. But he only receives the same number of children as he previously had. I suspect that, if anything, this [Read More...]

No Good Without Evil?

My students recently submitted assignments on the problem of evil. The reading on this topic included J. L. Mackie’s famous essay “Evil and Omnipotence” (not “Evil and Impotence,” as a student wrote in an essay for a colleague of mine). Mackie discusses the argument that good is a statement of contrast, and thus that there [Read More...]

Job Notwithstanding

That the view that suffering is due to sin is still prevalent, even in traditions that have the Book of Job, just goes to show how tenacious that way of viewing things is. It is easier to accept the view of Job's friends (even if one accepts as authoritative the Book of Job, which condemns [Read More...]

Engineers vs. Philosophers

My religion and science fiction class will be discussing clones next time. If this SMBC comic is anything to go by, it shouldn't take too long…   [Read more...]

Safer than with a Volcano?

Today’s Bizarro comic addresses an interesting theological point. As human beings have found themselves seemingly under assault from forces of nature – volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, storms, etc. – they have sought ways to appease those forces. The idea that they might act mindlessly, that there might be no justice or injustice involved in the destruction [Read More...]


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