Wizard, Time Lord – Same Difference?

I saw this image on Facebook, and it reminded me of a point I have made several times before. Some people are adamant about the difference between science fiction and fantasy. But the truth is that the dividing line is at best blurry, and perhaps non-existent. If Doctor Who featured a wizard with a magical [Read More...]

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The Bible and Science

A Facebook friend shared this image: There is a lot here that is problematic. Let’s just focus on one example, and begin with the very first claim, namely that the Bible “foresaw” the near-spherical shape of the Earth. The truth is that the Hebrew Bible uses the term circle – in other words, it says the [Read More...]

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Fringe: Are Emotions Our Strength Or Our Weakness?

The episode of Fringe “The Human Kind,” which aired this past Friday, involves a lot of discussion that intersects with faith, doubt, reason, intuition, emotion, and even God and providence. Before getting into the spoiler-containing part of the post, let me say something that I think could already be said based on previous episodes. Joshua [Read More...]

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We Know in Part

Via Facebook. A scientific reminder of our limits human perspective on existence. The title of the post alludes to 1 Corinthians 13.   [Read more...]

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Truth in Education

Indiana State Senator Dennis Kruse is the man behind several past attempts to pass creationist legislation in Indiana. Having been unsuccessful, he is trying something else, which ironically highlights the challenges for science educators. He says of his newly proposed “Truth in Education” legislation, “If you’re teaching something, then a student could question that and say, [Read More...]

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From the Dust

I had the movie From the Dust drawn to my attention yesterday. It focuses on the creation-evolution controversy, but with attention primarily focused on how the various viewpoints of our time are reading and interpreting the Bible. The web site for the movie has some bonus clips, including this one with several New Testament scholars talking [Read More...]

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Heaven is Hotter than Hell (a Cautionary Example)

  I think the graphic above  illustrates very well how approaching the Bible expecting scientifically factual information that is literally true leads to dubious conclusions. Thankfully, most so-called literalists and promoters of creation “science” don’t go to these extremes – but if they would exercise the same common sense more consistently when approaching the Bible, [Read More...]

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Talking about Einstein’s God

About a week and a half ago, I did an interview with WIBC news radio on the subject of the letter that was up for auction on eBay, in which Albert Einstein commented candidly about his religious beliefs – including some statements that were rather negative about the Bible and Judaism, which was his own [Read More...]

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Religion and Science: The Bigger Picture

The blog of the British Center for Science Education shared slides from a recent talk which make a really important point about the way young-earth creationists want people to think about evolution, and a different and arguably more accurate perspective. Here is how young-earth creationists (and some atheists) try to depict the situation: Here is a [Read More...]

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Congressman Paul Broun’s Lies from the Pit of Hell

The news has been circulating for several days that congressman Paul Broun described evolution, the big bang theory, and embryology as “lies from the pit of hell.” Here is the video: In terms of initial plausibility, which is more likely: that the vast majority of the world’s scientists (including many Christians among them) who have [Read More...]

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Doctor Who: Ghost Light

The Doctor Who episode “Ghost Light” is the penultimate episode from the classic series. For those interested in the intersection of religion and Doctor Who, the episode is full of food for thought and discussion. Early in the episode we are treated to a visit to a house by one Rev. Ernest Matthews, Dean of [Read More...]

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