Thanks, Ian Luxmoore… …for a friendly, respectful, engaging and thoroughly enjoyable conversation about life, god, the universe, morality and all the rest.
Ken Perrott recently drew attention to a new book called The Six Ways of Atheism: New Logical Disproofs of the Existence of God by Geoffrey Berg. At the site related to the book, there are summaries of the (as the site says) “six improved arguments for atheism”. Now, I’m terribly sorry, but if these are… Continue reading illogical atheism
…and that is one of the first ‘things’ I believe about God.
The word ‘teleology’ (from Greek τελος ‘telos’ – meaning ‘goal’, ‘end’, ‘purpose’ or ‘that toward which things tend’) is not a street-level term. However, the concept of a purpose, goal, function or ‘end’ to things most certainly is. It’s a common as anything. Teleology is blindingly relevant.
…a somewhat better way to phrase the question (remember, words matter!) about god and reality, etc. would this: Why does existence exist? Answering the question by reference to any particular ‘thing’ that exists (a ‘force’, ‘singularity’, ‘multi-verse’, ‘string’, etc.) is to completely not pay attention to the question. The answer cannot be in terms of… Continue reading god and reality 2
Mark your calendars and register! TANSA (Theology and the Natural Sciences Aotearoa) presents: The Theological Meaning of Evolution Conference to celebrate and interact with Darwin. Thursday June 25th at 7pm to Saturday June 27th at 6pm Key Note Speaker: Dr. Christopher Southgate, author of The Groaning of Creation University of Exeter Local Speakers: Assoc. Prof. Ruth… Continue reading evolution conference: june 25-27
omni (all) + potent (powerful) All red herrings about making rocks too heavy to lift or making a 5-sided triangle aside, the notion of God’s omnipotence at least implies that God has the potential to do literally anything.
The 2009 Gifford Lectures, “A Fine-Tuned Universe: Science, Theology and the Quest for Meaning”, presented by Alister McGrath, are all up online in PDF format. Lecture 1: Yearning to make sense of things – 2009 Gifford Lecture 1.pdf Lecture 2: Why we still need natural theology – 2009 Gifford Lecture 2.pdf Lecture 3: The mystery of the… Continue reading 2009 gifford lectures
The problem with questions like is God “real?” or does God “exist“? is that the most basic understanding of God (let’s assume monotheistic belief for the moment) is that the sum total of existing reality (the Bible says ‘all things’) was created (caused, desired, effected, brought about) by Him. If this stretches the mind (not… Continue reading god and reality
miscellaneous thoughts… if the time we spend is to be at all worthwhile, we need to accept that words matter enough to use them and work at our use of them (some key words in science/faith include: ‘knowledge’, ‘evidence’, ‘explanation’, ‘natural’, ‘reality’, etc). it occurs to me that aiming for mutual understanding is infinitely more… Continue reading on science/faith blogging…