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Archive for 2014
An Accurate Parody: On Andrew Wilson and Matthew Vines – Mere Orthodoxy | Christianity, Politics, and Culture.
New documentary, Privileged Species, features biochemist Michael Denton’s research | Uncommon Descent.
Concise explanation of several of the most common logical fallacies, by Lenny Esposito.
Some say “people don’t come to God through arguments”. Well, I guess that depends on how you define “arguments”, but there’s no getting around the fact that seeing bad arguments destroyed (via good arguments) seems to help:
Reasonable Faith Testimonial | Peter | 2014 – YouTube.
Evolution beliefs still lag in Britain | Uncommon Descent.
From the gold mine to the sewer, I’m sure!
Elephants Paid Their Respects to Late “Elephant Whisperer” Lawrence Anthony-Reported to be Truth!.
How can anybody not dig elephants?!!! This makes me want to retire and start an elephant farm ;^).
Trip to Lafayette, Louisiana to meet with Louisiana Baptist Foundation | Counting to God.
Survival of the Fakest v3.0 – survivalOfTheFakest.pdf.
Of course I don’t agree with the ungrounded multiverse speculations here, but the fact that The Higgs Boson is finely-tuned at about 125 GeV is an interesting fact.
I don’t pretend to have double-checked his math, but his conclusions make sense. Seems like he schools Sean Carroll a bit, which is fun.
It pretty much ends at 55:20, after which he takes an unmiked question which is hard to hear.
Hat-tip: Tim Stratton
“It falls to us Christian theists, then, to hold them accountable for their abuse and misrepresentation of science. And that means telling the story of the progress of science accurately, and accurately calling out the religion of naturalism for what it is – a religion rooted in blind faith and ignorance that has been repeatedly and convincingly falsified by the progress of science in the modern era.
Positive arguments for Christian theism:
The kalam cosmological argument and the Big Bang theory
The fine-tuning argument from cosmological constants and quantities
The origin of life, part 1 of 2: the building blocks of life
The origin of life, part 2 of 2: biological information
The sudden origin of phyla in the Cambrian explosion
Galactic habitable zones and circumstellar habitable zones
Irreducible complexity in molecular machines
The creative limits of natural selection and random mutation
Angus Menuge’s ontological argument from reason
Alvin Plantinga’s epistemological argument from reason
William Lane Craig’s moral argument
Connecting the dots between Darwinism, Fabian Socialism, Eugenics and Racism.
Survival of the Fakest v3.0 – survivalOfTheFakest.pdf. By Jonathan Wells:
*Note: Don’t trust him!
This is a good, Dembski-derived piece on the nature of information from “Salvo” mag.
More food for thought from Allen Hainline.
More food for thought.
Good advice from Lenny Esposito.
Excellent advice from a mom, Natasha Crain.
E.O. Wilson Disavows His Own Kin Selection – Evolution News & Views.
“Specifically, Nowak explained, the critics don’t understand the math, and moreover, they don’t realize that the math is the most important part.”
Definitely not meant as a compliment!
Is it a careful view?
Science vs. Religion: What do scientists say? – Rod Dreher.
Another good one by Lenny Esposito.
The ad hoc Darwinian explanations for everything under the sun range from the sublime to the ridiculous.
To be perfectly clear, this doesn’t mean it’s impossible to be saved without knowing the NAME “Jesus” (the Old Testament saints, for example), but you cannot be hostile to His character, which is identical to His Father’s.
If I was Richard Carrier’s mother, I’d be ashamed of him ;^).
Another sort of random article. I disagree with a lot in it, but some of the speculation is interesting, and seems possible.
Random, but interesting, in terms of exploring how God may have set things up.
“God is not… a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life,” Francis said. “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”
I believe the Catholic church became hyper sensitized to issues of science vs. religion as a result of the Galileo debacle. This became a huge embarrassment to Catholicism. It was a clash that no pope wished ever to repeat. Post Galileo the church moved ever closer to uncritical acceptance of scientific theories. This accommodation posed no problems so long as the theories were actually physical rather than metaphysical. Thus Newton’s mechanics, Boyle’s law, and Lavoisier’s oxygen theory of combustion meshed uncontroversially with church doctrine.
Unfortunately Darwinism appeared mid 19th century posing as a normal physical theory about how the world works when in fact it was metaphysical speculation. Gun shy Catholicism accepted its claims at face value without doing the careful study that discernment demanded. As a result it was saddled with a fundamental contradiction: belief in a creator god who science had divested of all creative power. To say that science was wrong was to align the church with Protestant fundamentalists who protested in a style that was unseemly and tainted with an anti-science stance the church had long abandoned. Yet to unreservedly endorse evolution was clearly to abdicate all authority to an atheistic secularism.
So the church in its struggles to avoid the two ends of the spectrum eventually cobbled together a compromise solution perhaps best exemplified by Teilhard DeChardin’s The Phenomenon of Man. God let things run their course according to the “laws of evolution” interfering only on three occasions—the beginning of life, the creation of man, and the birth and resurrection of Jesus.
Though DeChardin did not receive official approval of that book, it now seems to have become the defacto stance of the Catholic church. The pope genuflects to Darwin because not to do so is to seem irrelevant and foolish in a world which has accepted Darwin as the Messiah. Yet the pope also reserves a few strongholds for god in a self-referentially incoherent system known as “theistic evolution.”
J.P. Moreland: “A religion’s diagnosis of and solution for the human condition should be more profound than its rivals.”
If you don’t know, you should.
Cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace droppin’ science on the “copycat savior” claim:
Legendary Cosmologist George Ellis to the Atheism-of-the-Gaps crowd: “don’t hold your breath waiting”.
In San Francisco, at the Bad Ad Hoc Hypothesis (BAHfest):
The premise is simple: Six finalists are chosen out of hundreds of submissions every year to present a well argued, but completely incorrect, evolutionary theory in front of a live audience. The most creative presentation wins. While the science is bunk, the judges are not. The festival began as part of the Cambridge Science Festival in Boston, and as a result, members of the judicial panel include both Harvard and MIT staff members and working scientists.”…
TBioMed | Full text | The Universal Plausibility Metric (UPM) & Principle (UPP).
Apparent answer? “Yes”.
A good free resource.
Issa, Jesus, The “Akashic Record”, and Aquarian gibberish.
BUDDHISM AND CHRISTIANITY: HOW SIMILAR ARE THEY?
I can’t believe people still peddle the “Jesus was a Buddhist” line.
Strange that Americans would allow themselves to be billed in order for this failed atheist propaganda film by a known liar to be stuffed into their kids school curricula:
Rob Sheldon comments on Peter Woit on science journalists | Uncommon Descent.
Bob Marks on apologetics | Uncommon Descent.
EQUIPPED 1.1 2014-10 – EQUIPPED-1.1-2014-10.pdf.
The High God of Random strikes at hazard | Uncommon Descent.
I’ve heard this guy’s lecture, and it’s good.
Answer: “Very trustworthy”. If the original Hebrew behind the book of Genesis required a young earth, this would create a riddle, but it doesn’t, so it don’t. I wish the YEC’s would stop flogging the dead horse of wooden literalism and catch up.
Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: The Rosetta Stone, SETI, and the Existence of God.
I don’t think we’ve heard the last about this one.
Immaterial Evidence by Denyse O’Leary.
Would We Give Up Naturalism to Solve the Hard Problem of Consciousness? – Evolution News & Views.
So-Called ‘Biblical Scholar’ Says Jesus A Made-Up Myth – The Daily Beast.
Mission Trips and Volunteering in the Third World has become a selfish status symbol for Christians. What a massive waste as the US goes down the tubes!
There are plenty more, but these are a few nice examples.