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Christianity and the Birth of Science

Myths abound concerning Christianity and the early development of science. You’ll find the truth to be quite a surprise. This talk, delivered at a Cru student conference in Albany last Thursday, is the third in a series I’m posting this week on faith and science. Related Resources: Books: The Genesis of Science: How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution by James Hannam For the Glory of God: How Monotheism Led to Reformations, Science, Witch-Hunts, and the End of Slavery by…

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Christianity, Science, and Materialism

“Religious people believe the most ridiculous things.” So says P.Z. Myers, the preposterous atheist of Pharyngula. He’s at least partly right: there are ridiculous religions everywhere you look. But when science gets married to atheism, such as P.Z. Myers, Jerry Coyne, and others do, the offspring of that marriage includes a lot of ridiculous beliefs as well. Science is not the problem, and never has been. There is a myth afloat that science provides evidence for atheism, but it’s just not…

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Christianity and the Nature of Science

Science and Christianity–are they at odds with each other? Is science the kingly road to knowledge, and is religion a matter of mere belief? Do they speak to each other, or do they occupy (as Gould said) non-overlapping magisteria? To the heart of the point: can a Christian really take her faith seriously in this scientific age? Can a scientifically-minded person take religion seriously? I’m convinced the answers to these questions all point in positive directions for both Christianity and…

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Fine-Tuning and the Mistaken Atheists’ “God’s Eye View”

It’s been too long since I’ve done a good old-fashioned fisking. Today, though, I ran across an article by a pair of apparent geniuses writing about the fine-tuning argument for God, unfortunately without knowing anything of what they were writing about. So here goes. These very bright gentleman are: Jérémie Harris, a Ph.D. student in quantum photonics under the Canada Excellence Research Chair in quantum nonlinear optics, at the Max Planck University of Ottawa Centre for Extreme and Quantum Photonics….

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John Loftus’s God-Answer to Animal Suffering: A World Without Nature, Science, Human Freedom, or Moral Significance

Book Review The Problem of Animal Suffering In a chapter of his own in his edited book The Christian Delusion, John Loftus says there is no possible justification for God to have allowed all the enormous suffering that animals in our world have experienced. It’s a question on which I have done no study at all, so I found his survey of eight Christian answers quite informative — albeit with some cracks in his logic I don’t have space for here — until answer seven. There’s no…

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Booking: Seminars, Retreats, Training Sessions on Apologetics, Morality, and Christian Living

For churches, retreats, leadership training sessions, youth groups… Topics Christianity in Today’s Culture: Training and teaching for youth on contemporary challenges relating to morality, science, relativism, pluralism — and how the Christian faith is still the most reasonable, satisfying answer, the true answer. Critical Conversations: Your Guide to Discussing Homosexuality With Your Children, based on my Kregel Publications book of (almost) the same name. Ask Me Anything! For teens or adults. Got a tough question about the faith? Need an answer? Do…

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Chemistry, Not Character, and Why Is No One Suing Ohio Over This?

Driving on I-75 in Cincinnati the other day I passed a billboard telling people with a gambling problem, “It’s not your character, it’s your chemistry.” The web link on the billboard took me to a site put up by the state of Ohio that leads after a couple clicks to the same slogan. And the Freedom from Religion Foundation hasn’t sued the state for it. This saying isn’t unique to Ohio or specific only to gambling. Christian pastor Rick Warren…

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Atheism and Evidence: Self-Defense Against Belief?

I’m in a Facebook dialogue today (visible to friends) with an atheist, Spencer Hawkins, who says, The methods of science and history are not able to verify supernatural causation…. It is possible that these historical claims are all true, yet some other God exists, leaving the metaphysical claims of Christianity false…. the central problem that I have is an epistemological one: there is no reliable procedure to either confirm or disconfirm claims of supernatural causation. Demanding Incontrovertible Evidence Here’s what…

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