First Review of Touching the Face of the Cosmos

The first review of Touching the Face of the Cosmos: On the Intersection of Space Travel and Religion has appeared, written by Robert A. Lee for National Space Society Review. Here is an excerpt: Readers who wish to explore the implications of space travel on Christian and personal spirituality will find much in this anthology [Read More…]

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Happy Darwin Day!

Happy Darwin Day! Thank you to Biologos for sharing the above video on the evidence for evolution. And don’t forget to celebrate Evolution Weekend in your religious community! If you need some inspiration, click through for a Darwin Day/Evolution Weekend reflection from Grace Unlimited, the Lutheran-Episcopal campus ministry organization at Butler University. The image above [Read More…]

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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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Pondering the Stars We’re Made From

The image and quote come from Oné R. Pagán’s blog BaldScientist. The quote really is a great one. There is no approach to reality that bypasses mystery. Whether one posits that the ultimate first cause is a divine mind that simply exists, or a law of physics that simply exists and which keeps bringing universes into [Read More…]

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Anti-Evolutionism as Stumbling Block

This came to my attention via the Facebook page Science Meets Faith, and I thought it worth sharing here. “I am a Christian and recognize that the evidence for evolution is overwhelming. It is a discovery, much like Copernicus’ theory of heliocentricity, Newton’s theory of gravity and Einstein’s theories of relativity, and definitely not a [Read More…]

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Ten Commandments to Avoid Extinction

A provocative video by Michael Dowd. Don’t just fast forward to the commandments, as interesting and as important as they are. The introduction is also full of great insights and memorable quotes. [Read more…]

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More Textbook Disclaimers

For those who live in an area where disclaimer labels are added to science textbooks, you might find a way to protest by asking that some of the additional stickers below be added to a variety of textbooks, including but not at all limited to those dealing with evolution. These come from Colin Purrington’s blog. [Read more…]

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Simple but Wrong

Several bloggers have drawn attention to the cartoon above, including PZ Myers and Gavin Rumney. It is interesting to take a closer look at it in view of the recent attempts at discussion with atheists around a post on this blog. There have been a few individuals who’ve wanted to reduce discussions of “God” to one [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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Presenting Your Findings

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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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