teleology and stuff

The term ‘teleology’ comes from the Greek term ‘telos’, meaning a ‘goal’, an ‘end’, or that toward which a thing tends. We often skip over or assume (or ignore?) the notion of teleology.  But without it, we cannot say that something is ‘wrong’ with anything.  We cannot speak of anything functioning ‘poorly’ or ‘well’, or… Continue reading teleology and stuff

tansaa events in 2009

TANSAA (Theology and Natural Sciences Aotearoa Auckland – a group emerging from Laidlaw–Carey Graduate School) is finalising their programme for 2009, and it’s looking great. I’m particularly chuffed about the Conference planned for August 1, hosted by my church, Northcote Baptist.  Details:

flew’s brain still works

{***EDIT: The review discussed below – allegedly by Antony Flew of ‘The God Delusion’ by Richard Dawkins – is of uncertain origins.  I’m awaiting an email response to clarify the source.  Discerning how much Flew’s age is affecting his critical thinking is a difficult thing.  Poor memory doesn’t – automatically – mean poor logical thought. … Continue reading flew’s brain still works

gould: science a natural venture

Here Gould threatens a ‘knuckle-rapping’ to both theists and atheists who would try to use science (in general) or the theory of evolution by natural selection (in particular) to butress their worldview. People familiar with Gould will detect the scent of N.O.M.A. (Nonoverlapping Magesteria – don’t ask me why it’s not N.M. or N.O.M.) in… Continue reading gould: science a natural venture

recent book purchase

Many books are on my desk at the moment.  Books for my theological study, and books for my personal interest.  I have too many books on my desk.  I cannot read them all… Yet this did not prevent me from picking up 7 more books on our recent trip to the states…

is anything significant?

This question (‘Is anything significant?’) can be fleshed out a bit… We could ask, “Is everything equally in-significant?”, or we could ask, “Is everything equally highly-significant?” What makes something (an event or object [which can quite rightly be said to be ‘events’ in themselves]) significant, and another thing not so?

from abiogenesis to evolution

Many a debate could (and should) be cut short by a simple observation: On one hand, evolution deals with how life has evolved and/or changed over time, while on the other hand, abiogenesis deals with how life began in the first place. Theists (more specifically, the young-earth creationist kind) often use the mystery of abiogenesis… Continue reading from abiogenesis to evolution

the ‘science’ of intelligent design

I must thrive on controversy or something. I’ve got posts on speaking in ‘tongues‘, sexual ethics and now –if those weren’t enough– I’m posting on the evolution/creation debate… Sigh… Where to begin!!?? Where I’ve come from Since I like honesty, I’ll start with a very short (and therefore un-detailed) review of how I’ve thought in… Continue reading the ‘science’ of intelligent design