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...]

Circular Sea Lion

IO9 has shared illustrations of fallacious arguments with animals. Above is the one for circular reasoning, which obviously relates to how some use the Bible. Click through to see the others.   [Read more...]

A Skeptic’s Wisdom

The consistently thought-provoking Sabio Lantz posted this image on his blog: I could respond with a Venn diagram of my own, one that depicts the intersection of liking the image and feeling I’ve understood it. I am not sure that I truly am in the overlap of the two. I instinctively like it. But what [Read More...]

Free Will

I guess I just wasn’t predestined to be a Calvinist. It isn’t that I didn’t try. In my teens, I encountered some very staunch Calvinists who persuaded me that God didn’t simply foreknow everything, but foreordained it. Nothing was outside of God’s sovereignty, nor could anything thwart the divine will. But however much I thought [Read More...]

God is Not an Explanation

Ian recently wrote a post on his blog, “Why God Doesn’t Explain Anything.” It reminded me of a post I wrote quite a number of years ago, and reposted a couple of years ago, with the title “God is a Mystery, Not an Explanation.” It starts off like this: The world we live in is [Read More...]


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