Science Saints

A while back, Nerdist shared some stained-glass images of scientists. I think the depiction is worth reflecting on. Are scientists the saints of the modern era? In your opinion, is the contribution of scientists greater than, comparable to, or beneath the contribution of people whose lives were characterized not by discoveries about the natural world, but [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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Proportional Time and False Dichotomies

  Hemant Mehta shared the above as well information about a Kickstarter campain for the comic strip series it is from. Some years ago I explored a different approach to “proportional time” for evolution and young-earth creationism. I would point out, however, that not all religion is committed to the false “teach both sides” dichotomy. Unfortunately, [Read More…]

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The Goal of Human Evolution

Scientists, working within the framework of scientific methods, cannot see that the universe, or processes within it like biological evolution, have a goal or purpose. But there are metaphysical stances which lead some people to view evolution in teleological terms – in other words, as having a goal. Theism is one such perspective. Cat ownership (the status of being owned [Read More…]

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Not Anti-Science

This cartoon from today’s New Yorker puts a positive spin on opposition to mainstream science, one which might actually be just as honest, when we consider what people want to substitute in the place of scientific conclusions. It is either myth in the classic sense of pre-scientific cosmology, or it is myth in the sense of [Read More…]

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Vote for Donuts

This Pearls Before Swine comic offers a different perspective on creationism and evolution. Often people debate big picture worldview questions, and don’t realize that neither appeals, because both seem irrelevant to real life and its daily concerns. Like donuts. [Read more…]

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Religion in the Multiverse

IO9 recently shared a list of the nine weirdest implications of the many worlds viewpoint. One is that you are, in essence, immortal. I’ve blogged before about ways that parallel universes might provide some of the comfort traditionally offered by hope for an afterlife. But immortality comes with a price: there are countless different versions [Read More…]

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Tom Oord Fired

It has been almost a week since the news broke that Thomas Jay Oord has been fired from his tenured position at Northwest Nazarene University. Ken Schenck and Ryan Scott have blogged about it. Christianity Today is among those who’ve suggested that Oord’s acceptance of evolution is a key reason for his dismissal. Tim Suttle pointed out that the [Read More…]

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God So Loved The World

This came to my attention recently. You can purchase the bumper sticker and other items with this design via CafePress. And along the same lines, there’s this cartoon:   [Read more…]

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Those Arrogant Scientsts

I’ve seen the image above in several places, including Open Parachute. I think there is a more widespread cultural issue behind this. Boasting that your child is a successful athlete or a beauty pageant winner is not viewed in the same way as boasting that your child is an intellectual genius, is it? I wonder [Read More…]

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BioLogos on Patheos

Patheos has partnered with BioLogos to offer a number of videos on topics related to religion and science. Here is one example, about the ways those people who promote pseudoscience in the name of protecting children actually set them up to lose their faith when they discover they’ve been lied to: When I was up in [Read More…]

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