Pope Francis, Anti-Science Creationists, and the Gnostic Demiurge

I am grateful to Joel Watts for pointing out the original Italian text of something that the Pope recently said, which had puzzled me in the English translations I had encountered: Dio non è un demiurgo o un mago, ma il Creatore che dà l’essere a tutti gli enti. L’inizio del mondo non è opera del [Read More...]

Evidence for Evolution

HT Hemant Mehta, PZ Myers, and IO9.       [Read more...]

Extraterrestrials and Human Religions

Hemant Mehta shared the above video, which is based on a new book by  astronomer David Weintraub, Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal With It? . It might be one to incorporate into a class of mine on either religion and science, or religion and science fiction (the subject spans the two, not yet [Read More...]

Lunar Eclipse

I didn’t get a very good photo, but I got a wonderful view of the lunar eclipse this morning. Now I just have to make sure I get outside (if the sky is clear) on Friday night to see the ISS pass overhead, since I neglected to last night. Did you see the eclipse this [Read More...]

Not Qualified to Comment

  The image above came to my attention via the blog God of Evolution. The sign really does help make an important point about scientific matters. If you not only aren't sufficiently informed about biology to know that evolution does not claim that humans descended from babboons or any other species currently in existence, but [Read More...]

Science vs. Certainty

The New Republic featured an article by theoretical physicist Carlo Rivelli, about science and its relationship to certainty. This is the best part, in my opinion: What, then, are the aspects of doing science that I think are undervalued and should come up front? First, science is about constructing visions of the world, about rearranging our conceptual structure, about [Read More...]

David Wilkinson’s ASA Lectures

St. John’s College in Durham shared links to the ASA Lectures by David Wilkinson, the college principal. That includes lecture 1 in mp3 format with accompanying pdf, and lecture 2 with accompanying pdf. Of related interest, the Templeton Foundation drew attention to the James Gregory Public Lectures on Science and Christianity. And God of Evolution shared [Read More...]

Crocoduck Discovered

It turns out that I was wrong and Kirk Cameron was right. Evolution should be able to produce a crocoduck. And it did. Hemant Mehta pointed out on his blog that a paleontologist Paul Sereno described the recently-rediscovered Spinosaurus aegyptiacus as “a chimera — half duck, half crocodile.” See Science magazine for more details. And [Read More...]

The Unity of Truth

The quote comes from a blog that I had drawn to my attention for the first time yesterday, and more specifically a post on it with the title “Evil-ution (Part 1).” For those interested in the intersection of science and Christianity, it is a blog that looks like it will be worth keeping an eye [Read More...]

Natural Living

This came my way via Facebook. I’ve often thought it ironic that people in a time when modern medicine has eliminated so many diseases that are part of nature, have the luxury of talking about living in harmony with nature. Nature provides things which we have evolved to eat, and so can be better for us [Read More...]

Michael Dowd in Indianapolis

A colleague sent me the following information about an upcoming event, a talk by Michael Dowd at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis: FREE Program: “The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness: Coming Home to Reality“, (alt title: “Evidential Inspiration and Realistic Hope”) with Rev. Michael Dowd: Monday, Sept 8, 7:00pm – 8:45pm, Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis, 615 W. 43rd St., Indianapolis, IN 46208 [Read More...]


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