You Can Now Touch the Face of the Cosmos

Although it will be a few more months before it is out in print, the Kindle edition of Touching the Face of the Cosmos: On the Intersection of Space Travel and Religion is now available. Take a look at the table of contents on Amazon's preview, if you aren't sure why I am so very [Read More...]

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Do the Fundamentalist Rocks Cry Out?

Fundamentalists say that the Bible must be trustworthy in everything it says – about nature, science, history, or any other topic – or else it isn’t trustworthy in what it says about God. Let’s see what happens if we apply the same logic to the natural world. The Bible says that the created things give [Read More...]

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The Cosmos as Group Project

The suggestion that the cosmos might have multiple creators, and/or one or more bungling ones, is voiced in David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. This cartoon from SMBC updates the image to one that is particularly appropriate for the end of the semester. Do click through and push the red button for the final punchline. And [Read More...]

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Heavenly Hierarchy

This past Sunday in my Sunday school class, we dived back into the Letter of James after a long break. We didn’t get far. We were up to James 1:17, and I decided not to let the cosmological and theological assumptions behind the notion of good gifts coming down from above, and God as the [Read More...]

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Kepler the Young-Earth Creationist?

I’ve been meaning for a while to blog about an article by Hank Campbell which reflected on an episode of Cosmos. He notes the tendency to poke fun at Archbishop Usher’s calculation of the age of the earth, so badly wrong from our perspective, while never poking fun at Johannes Kepler, who held a similar [Read More...]

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Trusting Science

OK, so I admit that this gif made me laugh: But with the recent eclipse, I am reminded of something nonsensical that I heard a preacher say once, it was around the time of a total solar eclipse, and the individual said that the eclipse was a supernatural event, because if it had been natural, [Read More...]

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Ancient Cosmologies and Modern Cosmologists

A talk offering visualizations of ancient cosmologies came to my attention. I will embed the first part below, but click through to see the rest, including the slides posted separately. IO9 (among others) raised the question once again of how some top-notch physicists – and a starship captain! – came to be involved in a [Read More...]

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Cosmos Quotes

I have mentioned both these details in the second episode of Cosmos here on the blog before. And so, having come across meme images with them (both came to my attention on Facebook yesterday), I thought I would share them. [Read more...]

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Cosmos Episode 2: Survival of the Friendliest

I am almost two weeks behind in my watching of and blogging about Cosmos. The second episode does a great job of introducing evolution, beginning with the shift from natural to artificial selection that turned wolves into dogs. DNA is depicted visually in a way that some have not appreciated, but who knows what a [Read More...]

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What is the Universe?

A student shared the following with me. First, Through the Wormhole asks whether the universe could be alive: IS THE UNIVERSE ALIVE?(2012) by costello74 Second, Seth Lloyd talking about the universe as a quantum computer: And finally, here’s Catherine Keller talking about quantum theology. [Read more...]

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Nuance Needed

Jason Rosenhouse posted on the series Cosmos and some reactions to it. In it, he complains about what he calls “the script,” an emphasis that the conflict model of the view of the relationship between religion and science is not the only or even the predominant one, historically speaking. He writes: “Prior to reading any [Read More...]

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