Religion: Powerful and Dangerous Medicine

The purveyors of religion insist that their product is so powerful it can transform a life, but somehow, magically, it has no risks. In reality, when a medicine is powerful, it usually has the potential to be toxic, especially in the wrong combination or at the wrong dose. And religion is powerful medicine! – Marlene [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Brain of Morbius

The “brain in a vat” scenario is a famous philosophical thought experiment, as well as a recurrent feature in science fiction. Given its title, it may be no surprise that The Brain of Morbius features that scenario. Morbius describes his situation, having been given voice and hearing but otherwise no sensory inputs, and thus he describes [Read More...]

Another Way Young-Earth Creationism is Unbiblical

Young-earth creationism takes it upon itself to do something that none of the Biblical authors does. Even though there were lots of different views in Mesopotamia and Egypt, and later in Greece and Rome, about the processes involved in nature, we never see a Biblical author challenge any of those views. Not one. Sometimes, however, [Read More...]

Bible for Brains

It saddens me to realize that some may see David Hayward's latest cartoon and think that what it depicts, having a head filled only with a Bible, is a good thing. But to think that is to demean the Creator, suggesting that the fact that we have brains which can discern and reason, if we [Read More...]

Adam: Assumed or Accentuated?

The attempt at an alliterative title hopefully will not obscure what this post is about, which is an attempt to clarify my thinking about Adam in Paul’s letters. This is a follow-up to my earlier post, in which I explained some of the reasons for concluding that Jesus and Paul were not literalists, which in turn emerged [Read More...]

Fringe: Can You Change Your Mind?

I’ve been wanting to blog about Fringe this season, but the relative paucity of explicit God-talk meant that I often didn’t have a clear topic to focus on in posts. But even the new intro is worth focusing attention on. In place of the paranormal fringe science or pseudoscience of the previous seasons, it substitutes [Read More...]

Missing Alcatraz? What if you could take a pill to forget that you’re missing it?

Alcatraz isn’t on tonight, but I’ve been meaning for some time to discuss one of the interesting ideas raised on the show. It’s one that other sci-fi has explored before: the idea that memories make us who we are, and that there could be a treatment for twisted thinking or simply intense sadness or anger [Read More...]

How Young Earth Creationism Denies The Creator (1 Picture = 1000 Words)

I thought the picture above (which a friend shared with me on Facebook – since it was done privately, I won’t attribute it to him unless he says it is OK to do so) said everything that needs to. The young-earth creationist denies God in many ways: twisting the Bible when it suits them; demeaning [Read More...]

More of Your Brain on Inerrancy

As a follow up to the last post and the video I shared in it… [Read more...]


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