All posts tagged science

What’s in the gaps?

The Apologetics 315 blog quoted William Dembski of the Discovery Institute not too long ago, making what I’m sure he and they thought was a clever argument: “Scientists rightly resist invoking the supernatural in scientific explanations for fear of committing a god-of-the-gaps fallacy (the fallacy of using God as a stop-gap for ignorance). Yet without […]

Simply because it was written in a book

The Google Doodle today (replacing the usual Google logo) commemorates Nicolas Steno, one of the 17th century founders of modern geology and specifically stratigraphy. As it happens, Steno was also a Catholic bishop who was actually beatified — yes, he’s on the path to sainthood — by Pope John Paul II in 1988. Now, plenty […]

Compatibility, or compartmentalization?

Thanks to vjack at Atheist Revolution for bringing this image and compelling quotation to my attention. One friend of mine has actually (actually!) cited Francis Collins to try to convince me that I could believe his religion while still being a scientist, and then immediately clarified that even though Collins accepts evolution, he just didn’t […]

Help a student researcher

Lorri Macklin is a psychology student at the University of Derby, and she’s looking for volunteers to take part in a survey for her undergraduate thesis research. She’s investigating the relationship between religiosity and critical thinking skills. The questionnaire is short and confidential, and both theists and atheists are needed and welcome to participate. If […]

Who’s getting expelled, again?

Inside Higher Ed reports on an incident stemming from two articles written by professors at Calvin College and published in what is apparently a scholarly journal, the American Scientific Affiliation‘s Perspectives on Science & Christian Faith. (I have never heard of the American Scientific Affiliation or any of its journals, but then I am not […]

Convinced by fine-tuning?

Cosmic fine tuning was one of the arguments put forward to me as evidence in favor of a god’s existence, in that epic comment thread a while back. Jojo the hun wrote, I’m very interested in the observation that the values of a number of independent physical constants have a highly unlikely combination of values […]

Review: Ghost

I’m really a fiction-reader at heart. I love getting lost in a good story. I can read non-fiction when I’m trying to learn something, but for my leisure reading I prefer novels. I picked up Alan Lightman’s Ghost after I had collected those four other books about Christianity and the Bible and I realized I […]

Review: Jesus Under Fire

At last. The book I originally went to the library to find (because I sure as anything wasn’t going to pay real money for it): Jesus Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents the Historical Jesus, edited by Michael J. Wilkins and J.P. Moreland. A Christian friend of mine kept citing it in our conversations about the […]

Review: Science and the Bible

Ted Burge’s Science and the Bible: Evidence-Based Christian Belief is another book I found for myself at the library. It sounded like exactly what I was hoping my Christian friend would have recommended to me. I thought, “All right, if someone’s going to answer my problems with the bad science in and lack of trustworthy […]

The wisdom of the crowd?

I’m sure I often sound hypocritical when I talk about my perspective on scientific inquiry and my skepticism of religion. On the one hand, I believe that something is more likely to be true when the consensus among people points to that fact — for example, when many different people have performed an experiment and […]