Faith vs. Fact? No, Jerry Coyne’s Theology vs. Whatever

Book Review With all its sloppiness, error, and bias, it’s hard to know where to start in on evaluating Dr. Jerry Coyne’s latest book, Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible. Throughout the book I highlighted sentences and paragraphs where his facts were dubious or his reasoning questionable. My impression (I didn’t count) […]

“The Magician’s Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society”

Book Review The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, edited by John G. West. This had to have been a labor of love. That’s the way I’ve always felt about C.S. Lewis: from fiction to philosophy, he’s a delight to read. And even though “serious” philosophers have pooh-poohed him as not […]

Stenger Should Stick To Physics

Victor Stenger, atheist physicist, emeritus professor at the University of Hawaii, writes in New Scientist of why scientists ought to stick to their own competencies. Well, no, he doesn’t say that in so many words, in fact he tries to say the opposite, that science can judge against the existence of God. He tries, but […]

Rejecting Knowledge for the Sake of Science?

Jerry Coyne and others may think it makes sense to reject knowledge for the sake of science. They’re wrong. Here’s a great case in point, though, from a transcription Coyne provided of a talk given by Michael Gazzaniga. “If you think about it this way, if you are a Martian coming by earth and looking […]

“Singing Hymns to Gravity”

I thought you might enjoy this, from Tom Graffagnino: Stephen Hawking has been talking, Hawking Faith in what’s unseen; Rub the lamp and there you have it! We can see just what he means! … Watch!….. Spontaneous Creation! All from Nothing like we thought… “POOF!”…… String Theory’s “multiverses” All strung out in Godless Noughts. Mental […]

Is It Rational to Believe in Spiritual Battle? (Part 2)

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Spiritual Battle Polls consistently show that most Americans believe in the existence of a devil. (Though I haven’t checked, I expect that number would be lower in other Western countries.) Belief in a devil is less frequent than belief in a God, and less respectable […]

The Will to Power–Is “Free Will” All in Your Head?: Scientific American

This from Scientific American raises interesting questions regarding knowledge: The Will to Power–Is “Free Will” All in Your Head? The author, Christof Koch, apparently wants to balance philosophical questions with scientific ones. I appreciate his trying—but he doesn’t succeed. Not even if we ignore the oddly inappropriate allusion to Nietzsche in the title (for which […]