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Lunch With Bradley Monton, “Intelligent Design’s Unlikely Defender”

Lunch With Bradley Monton, “Intelligent Design’s Unlikely Defender”

I just had lunch with Bradley Monton, the University of Colorado philosopher who has stepped up as “Intelligent Design’s Unlikely Defender.” He and his friend/colleague Robert Pasnau were on their way to the Poudre River in northern Colorado for a kayaking trip, I’m in Fort Collins for a conference, and the three of us met for lunch at an excellent Japanese restaurant in Old Town Fort Collins. The first thing I want to say is how gracious they both were…

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Intelligent Design’s Atheistic Defender

Intelligent Design’s Atheistic Defender

BreakPoint has just published my review of Bradley Monton’s new book, with the unexpected but highly intriguing theme expressed in its title: Seeking God in Science: An Atheist Defends Intelligent Design. Monton is a philosopher on the University of Colorado faculty, and he is indeed an atheist who defends Intelligent Design. He has been the subject of considerable pressure from ID opponents like Robert Pennock, and as I said in the review, readers may decide for themselves which of the…

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“Fine Tuned Cosmos” by David Heddle (Faith and Science Part 2)

“Fine Tuned Cosmos” by David Heddle (Faith and Science Part 2)

David Heddle, Ph.D., physicist at Jefferson Laboratory and Christopher Newport University and a fellow blogger, was Seaford Baptist Church’s guest speaker for Part Two of the series, “Does Faith Make Sense In An Age of Science?” (Part One was posted here; Part Three had to be canceled because the presenter had scheduling conflicts.) David’s topic was “A Fine Tuned Cosmos: Illusion, God, or Multiple Universes?” He has made the PowerPoint available for you to view as you listen.

Does Faith Make Sense In An Age of Science? (2009 Version)

Does Faith Make Sense In An Age of Science? (2009 Version)

Does faith make sense in an age of science? Multiple myths surround the historical relationship between Christianity and science. This talk, given at Seaford Baptist Church on July 12, 2009, explores some of these misunderstandings. Documentation for the talk has already been posted, with an extended list of resources also available. [display_podcast]

Science and Religion: Reason vs. Authority?

Science and Religion: Reason vs. Authority?

A while ago Geoff Arnold pointed out several “oddities” in my view of science and religion. Some of it I responded to on that thread. (The original post was one I had written about Sean Carroll’s Discover Magazine blog entry, “Science and Religion Are Not Compatible.”) I responded further on an entry titled “Explaining Souls,” and the remainder of my response I am adding here. I had written, The Christian response to that is that even though there are competing…

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But Corrective Punishment Makes Perfect Sense, Right?

But Corrective Punishment Makes Perfect Sense, Right?

I was listening to Reasonable Doubts on the way to work this morning. Reasonable Doubts is a strictly atheistic blog with an associated weekly podcast it, and this episode was to have Tom Clark, of the Center for Naturalism, as a special guest. Tom and I have our strong disagreements, yet I would regard him as a kind of Internet friend in view of the cordial way we’ve been able to exchange opinions. I’ve only heard about 25 minutes of…

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Explaining Souls

Explaining Souls

In response to one part of a comment from Geoff Arnold: Geoff, the following is apparently your expansion of an assertion you had made earlier of “profound metaphysical problems” with the existence of the soul. [The “Dan” Geoff is speaking of here is the prominent philosopher of mind, Daniel Dennett.] I remember attending a class with Dan in which he was discussing Descartes. There has always been this big problem with the causal relationship between a putative “soul” and the…

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Resource List: Faith In An Age of Science

Resource List: Faith In An Age of Science

Resources related to today’s seminar on Faith In An Age of Science. I’m working on making the notes web-friendly. In the meantime you can see or join in a discussion begun yesterday on one of the talk topics, Sean Carroll’s claim on the Discover Magazine blog that religion is incompatible with science. Essential List Historical Perspective (Non-Technical) Book: Rodney Stark, For the Glory of God: How Monotheism Led To Reformations, Science, Witch-Hunts, and the End of Slavery, Chapter 2 Internet…

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