Category Archives: Science

A God Particle?

You’re probably just now coming off a spontaneous and rousing celebration sparked by the apparent discovery of the elusive “God particle.”  Okay, maybe not. But the particle, more formally known as the Higgs boson, is an important scientific discovery that has been in the news of late. And there’s got to be an unwritten rule

An Unreasonable Reason Rally

On March 24th, it is expected a large collection of secular atheists will descend on the National Mall in Washington D.C. to champion a “secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values”. I personally think that is all fine and good. In fact, I hate to add even more pen to

White Lies / Black Sin

I read a recent article about a study that found a strikingly large number of health care providers are not completely honest with their patients when it comes to mistakes. The study also found doctors frequently tell white lies when it comes to full disclosure of test findings and diagnoses. You can read the article

Are Naturalism and Evolution Incompatible?

Alvin Plantinga, emeritus John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, is often described as one of the world’s preeminent philosophers. In the course of his long and decorated career, he has consistently sought to commend Christian belief and address challenges to the same. One of his most recent efforts along

FIve Good Reads

A well-known critic of the Bible has to grapple with a few challenges himself. Intelligent Design proponents have some surprising new allies. How the Muppets reflect a Christian worldview. Three questions to ask every time you read the Bible. How to restore a culture in one step. All this in these worthwhile samplings from around

To Justify Without End

Last October it was revealed that the U.S. government knowingly and deliberately infected at least 696 Guatemalans with sexually transmitted diseases between 1946 and 1948 without information or consent. The more astute historian might recognize those dates as the same approximate time the United States tried, convicted and sentenced a score of Nazi doctors for

Turning A Blind Eye?

This morning, I ran across an article from yesterday’s New York Times entitled “Social Scientist Sees Bias Within.” John Tierney, the article’s author, began the piece with an unusual account of a man willing to issue a bracing critique to his own profession: Discrimination is always high on the agenda at the Society for Personality

All Hail King Science, or, Another Response to Ricky Gervais

Last week, Dave responded to comedian Ricky Gervais’ explanation of/argument for why he’s doesn’t believe in God. Today, I thought I’d add a few thoughts of my own. My reason for doing so isn’t that I think Gervais is especially skillful or persuasive in his argument or even widely known for his atheism specifically. Atheism

Evolution at The Smithsonian

“In seventh grade, however, the teacher presented the theory of evolution, and like the clear-sighted child in The Emperor’s New Clothes, young Patrick immediately recognized that it contradicted all his prior religious teaching. “I stood up in class and asked the nun, If Darwin’s theory is true, then how can the creation story in the

Two Items on Science and Christianity

A couple of recent items to pass along regarding the relationship of science and Christianity: The first comes from prominent sociologist and historian Rodney Stark. Stark has a reputation for producing work that debunks conventional wisdom in matters of history and religious faith, a trait on full display in this wide ranging recent interview. While