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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Denying What You Don’t Understand

The quote from Hemant Mehta in the image above comes from a post of his, discussing how young-earth creationists reacted to the announcement yesterday that ripples of gravitational waves from cosmic inflation soon after the Big Bang had been detected and confirmed. It is ironic that anti-science creationists now oppose a scientific view which atheists [Read More...]

Neil deGrasse Tyson Sermon

If you saw the first episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, you’ll probably have been impressed with Neil deGrasse Tyson’s testimony about the impact of Carl Sagan on his life. This reminded me of a powerful “sermon” he “preached” at the Beyond Belief 2006 conference, which is the video embedded above. His account of being [Read More...]

Cosmos for Creationists

HT Hemant Mehta I found this funny. But there is a serious side to it. The truth is that young-earth creationists really do redact and selectively quote scientists to try to support their own bogus claims. And the substitution of “God” in the place of a lengthy summary of scientific evidence, in addition to being [Read More...]


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