Latest Blog Posts on the Evolution Debate
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 ...
Although science prides itself on objectivity, it has some cherished articles of belief, and if you question them, however reasonably, you can expect ire and raised hackles. Bruce Lipton has discovered this after posting " Has Modern Science Bankrupted Our Souls ?" In it he challenges basic assumptions of modern science, such as the pre-eminence of a Newtonian physical universe and the conception ...
A ccording to scripture, upon returning to heaven after his death and resurrection, Jesus sat down in a chair next to God. I imagine them sitting like this often, watching the events on Planet Earth and making commentary. My guess would be that, after lengthy dialogues regarding natural disasters, poverty, disease, and whether or not to keep Bono on retainer, God and Jesus might discuss mo ...
I too am one of the many people who chuckled at news stories about Harold Camping’s prediction that the world was going to end on May 21st. As a Bible believer, it was clear that his predictions were more science fiction meets Beautiful Mind than anything Biblical or historical. I was shocked that educated people could fall for such nonsense. As today becomes “Make-fun-of-all-Christians’-vi ...
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