Evolution’s Place? 3 (RJS)

Chapters 2-5 of Simon Conway Morris’s book Life’s Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe ramble through a description of the rather tight constraints required for the formation of life and the lack of current understanding as to how life appeared.There are many interesting ideas, but the general point or direction is a little obscure. [Read More...]

Atheist Delusions 8

David Bentley Hart, a historian of ideas, Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies , puts the New Atheists — Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris — to the test in the theories that are at work to prop up their own theories. What about those inquisitions and burnings of witches? Hart brings his considerable expertise [Read More...]

Genesis One 11

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Proposition 11: “Functional cosmic temple” offers face-value exegesis. In John Walton’s view, his reading of Genesis 1 as as God’s setting up the world as his temple with [Read More...]

Atheist Delusions 7

David Bentley Hart, a historian of ideas, Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies , examines how “faith and reason” were related in the Medieval Age in order to provide historical context for what has happened with New Atheists. Hart’s approach is to quote yet one more example of the myth-making tendency to [Read More...]

Genesis One 9

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Proposition 9 is another big one: The seven days of Genesis 1 relate to the cosmic temple inauguration. Put this differently: the seven days are not about the [Read More...]

Evolution’s Place? 2 (RJS)

Today I start in earnest a series focused on Simon Conway Morris’s book Life’s Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe. This book is an exploration of the evidence for evolutionary convergence – the idea that there are islands of stability and that evolution will identify these islands. Conway Morris is  Professor of Evolutionary Paleobiology [Read More...]

Genesis One 8

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Proposition 8 of Walton’s book, and one that can reorient everything one sees in Genesis 1: The cosmos is a temple. The ancient near east creation narratives drew [Read More...]

Genesis One 7

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Each chp in Walton’s book is a “proposition” and today we look at Proposition 7: divine rest is in a temple. Question: What do you think of Walton’s [Read More...]

Genesis One 6

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Proposition 6: Days 4 to 6 install functionaries. “… in most cases the functionaries simply carry out their own functions in the spheres delineated in the first three [Read More...]

Evolution’s Place? 1 (RJS)

What place can evolution have in a world created by a personal God? The Darwinian paradigm of random mutation and natural selection seems to suggest that the development of life in the universe and sentient beings on our planet is a process dependent upon highly contingent improbable events.  We are a product of blind cosmic [Read More...]


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