Latest Blog Posts on the Evolution Debate
I love science. And of course Darwin — like Da Vinci, like Einstein, like Copernicus — dominates it. Yesterday was his birthday (sorry about the tardy Congrats! , Mr. Darwin). So here is a bit of Darwin reflection ~ and bear with me: I promise it has to do w/ beginner's heart...:) One semester -- and one only -- I tried to teach Darwin in a lit class. We do a lot of nonfiction in literature ...
[caption id="attachment_340" align="alignright" width="300" caption="There are different ways to look at things"] [/caption] There have been a handful of times in my life when I felt like certain things were 'given' to me by a higher power, and all I had to do was get it out and written down. This is one of those pieces. I originally 'received' this, right after my 'Gnostic Theism; Or, Digi ...
Because suffering is part of human life, everyone asks why it exists, and the answers we give to ourselves make a great deal of difference. Explanations lead to action, for one thing. Billions of people choose religion as a way to accept suffering or to try and escape it. In the first post of this series we began with the opposite of religion, however. The modern tendency, deeply influenced by sc ...
In our touring debates on science versus spirituality, Caltech physics professor Leonard Mlodinow and I take turns claiming to be the underdog. This is never more confusing than when it comes to debating Darwinism. Evolution has been a wedge issue for a century and a half. Biologists consider Darwin's concept of the evolution of species incontrovertible; indeed, it may be the single greatest idea ...
Students have a right to question "evolutionary pseudo-science" and "evolutionary dogma," according to the "Question Evolution" campaign and should be encouraged to do so, says Louis Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition. The coalition is offering brochures, caps and t-shirts announcing kids' opposition to Charles Darwin and the theories of evolution. Kids should be challenged to questio ...
Sometimes, I look back on the survival of my personal faith within the crucible of a liberal arts college education as nothing less than a miracle. Like many preachers kids, I came out of a sheltered, fundamentalist Christian (and Pentecostal at that) upbringing unprepared, spiritually and intellectually, for the maelstrom of questioning that awaited me on campus. So, it may sound strange ...
Having just returned from Israel, I found NBC's "Pledge of Allegiance" debacle extra-fascinating. I also just finished reading an absolutely extraordinary book, Banquet at Delmonico's, by Barry Werth. The visit, NBC, and Werth's book all dovetailed for me, as I have listened to folks all over the country question, with outrage, how a major network could "edit-out God" from the Pledge of Allegian ...
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