Picturing Gravitational Waves

NASA must have a significant announcement to make in the press conference they will be holding later this morning. As a Facebook friend pointed out, this is probably the first time that they have ever taken the step of replacing the Astronomy Picture of the Day with a text placeholder. I am including that placeholder [Read More...]

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Heliocentrist Propaganda

Here’s another problematic image I came across on Facebook. It was accompanied by the statement, “Heliocentrism is not necessarily the only perspective, but it is certainly the simpler one. When explanatory power is equivalent, simplicity is a powerful deciding factor.” Can you see what is wrong with the picture? Here’s what I wrote in a [Read More...]

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Religion and Spaceflight

Paul Levinson recently shared the video above on his blog, which is a lecture explaining the rationale for the forthcoming book, Touching the Face of the Cosmos: On the Intersection of Space Travel and Religion. This is the collection that my science fiction short story, “Biblical Literalism in the New Jerusalem,” will be published in. [Read More...]

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First Mandaean on Pluto

Jim Davila noticed before I did that Charles Häberl‘s social media campaign to get part of Pluto named after Krun – the Mandaean lord of the underworld – was successful. The designation of one of Pluto’s recently-revealed land features with the name Krun marks the first time that a celestial body has been given a Mandaean name [Read More...]

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Jesus: Out Of This World

This cartoon by Spike Davis seems perfect for Ascension Day. It raises lots of interesting questions, related to topics such as inclusiveness and revelation, and not only about the meaning of the story in Acts depicting Jesus ascending into the sky, headed in the direction of what we today think of not as “heaven” but [Read More...]

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Biblical Geocentrism

The above photo appeared on Reddit. I was going to post it without much comment, but Lydia Allen wrote a post of related interest, trying to get past an unhelpful and inaccurate view of religion and science as always in conflict, based on a particularly simplistic view of the Galileo story. She writes: If we are going [Read More...]

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Red Moon Rapture

This came to my attention on Facebook: If you have never seen one, or even if you have, it is worth getting up to see the lunar eclipse in the early hours of tomorrow morning. But if you are prone to end-times thinking, you would do yourself and those around you a favor to stay [Read More...]

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Richard Dawkins Interviews Father George Coyne

It was pointed out that a quote from Father George Coyne which I shared recently doesn’t quite put things accurately. I was able to track down some of the sources that were drawn on to make the composite quotation. The more problematic part comes from the interview with Richard Dawkins given above, in which Coyne [Read More...]

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Geocentrism is Better than Young-Earth Creationism

I recently had a comment left on my blog by what appears to be a bona fide geocentrist. I had been planning on blogging about the topic, since it had come up on a couple of other blogs I read. Brandon Withrow blogged about a movie called “The Principle” which promotes geocentrism. It appears to [Read More...]

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Review of Seven Glorious Days, by Karl Giberson

There are many books about the early chapters of Genesis, and many books introducing readers to the scientific understanding of the cosmos and our place in it. But there are few which actually try to combine the two aims into one. Karl Giberson’s book, Seven Glorious Days: A Scientist Retells the Genesis Creation Story, and [Read More...]

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The God of the Bible and the Genome

I came across this quote from Francis Collins on Reddit: I am sharing it because I thought it might lead to some interesting discussion. On the one hand, Collins’ perspective is an important and helpful one, since it illustrates that it is possible for people of faith to embrace mainstream science. And yet I don’t [Read More...]

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