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“Deepest Feelings” or Right and Wrong?

“Deepest Feelings” or Right and Wrong?

I didn’t catch this exactly enough to quote it all, but it went something like this. Mark Halperin was on one of the morning shows this morning, discussing the (apparently) surprising pushback the Obama administration has been getting this week, since announcing there would be only narrow exceptions to the new federal requirement that insurers give away contraceptives and abortifacient drugs. The effect of the ruling is that many Christian organizations, especially Catholic ones, will be required by law to…

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Jerry Coyne: “Why you don’t really have free will” – USATODAY.com

Jerry Coyne: “Why you don’t really have free will” – USATODAY.com

Jerry Coyne, who knows a lot about biology, doesn’t know nearly enough about other things on which he claims to be an authority. If what had written were only on his blog I would ignore it, but USAToday published it online: “Why you don’t really have free will.” It includes, Now there’s no way to rewind the tape of our lives to see if we can really make different choices in completely identical circumstances. But two lines of evidence suggest…

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Something In the Air: Science’s Supposed Superiority To Religion

Something In the Air: Science’s Supposed Superiority To Religion

I got an email recently from “Loren,” who sought to inform me, Science is knowledge of proven facts, religion is a belief system based on unproven theory. The matter is closed, science is alive and growing where as religion is based on ancient history. That’s all she wrote. (I know both men and women named Loren, so I’ll take a random guess at it and use female pronouns. If I’m wrong on that I’ll make the correction, with apologies.) I’ll…

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Is It Rational To Believe In Spiritual Battle? (Part 1)

Is It Rational To Believe In Spiritual Battle? (Part 1)

It’s been just over a year since I began working with BreakPoint/The Colson Center for Christian Worldview. (I’m still on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ, soon to be named Cru, and this is my current assignment.) The year has been remarkably intense. We’ve made significant progress toward high-impact ministry goals, yet meanwhile our family has had a very difficult year of illness, injury, financial challenges, and above all my mother-in-law’s extended illness and her passing away last spring….

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Disentangling Beliefs About Knowledge and Beliefs

Disentangling Beliefs About Knowledge and Beliefs

Geoff Arnold had some very significant trouble with my recent statement about the Noachian flood. He said, Do you actually, literally, believe this? The complete lack of any physical evidence for this amazing claim doesn’t trouble you? Do you reject all of science, and if not, how do you disentangle the bits you accept from the bits that are contradicted by your religious beliefs? Good grief. If this is a thinking Christian position, I shudder to think what an unthinking…

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Where Can the Small Things Take You?

Where Can the Small Things Take You?

Where can the small things take you? Responding to my last point on the distinction between magic and supernaturalism, doctor(logic) offered this: When you make a voodoo doll, don’t you have to follow a recipe and include one of the victim’s hairs or possessions? That would mean that there’s a very specific relationship between the actions of the voodoo practitioner and the pain or death of the victim. There are laws that control the magic. Voodoo is predictable. Scientifically falsifiable,…

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“Science and Religion are Not Compatible” — Discover Magazine

“Science and Religion are Not Compatible” — Discover Magazine

Sean Carroll, physicist at CalTech, says science and religion are incompatible—not that they couldn’t be compatible, somewhere, though: It’s not hard to imagine an alternative universe in which science and religion were compatible — one in which religious claims about the functioning of the world were regularly verified by scientific practice. We can easily conceive of a world in which the best scientific techniques of evidence-gathering and hypothesis-testing left us with an understanding of the workings of Nature which included…

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Knowledge and Evidence: Third Response to Tom Clark

Knowledge and Evidence: Third Response to Tom Clark

In this third look at Tom Clark’s paper, Reality and Its Rivals: Putting Epistemology First, I have just one topic to address: Most thoughtful religionists, paranormalists, New Agers, or adherents of other non-science based worldviews feel, at least to some extent, the force of the empirical imperative: that beliefs need validation independent of one’s subjective convictions. There are two main ways that they attempt to satisfy this requirement. One is to claim to be doing science, the other is to…

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