You’ve heard it before: “Is God the same as Allah?” or “Is Allah the same as the God of the Bible?” You’ve also probably heard both simple ‘yes’ answers and possibly simpler ‘no’ answers. My response would be to answer with a question: “Is ‘god’ the same ‘god’ as ‘god’? Words are incredibly slippery little… Continue reading is ‘god’ the same ‘god’ as ‘god’?
Before we knew that galaxies tend to form the familiar fractal shape, we perhaps should have rightly expected this from the persistence of this pattern in the parts of nature we do observe. Indeed, I’m curious if we will observe a fractal pattern in sub-atomic phenomena at some point in the future (or if we… Continue reading parallel
Words are only so good. What words do we use to distinguish the kind of cause God must be from the kind of causes we see in nature and cosmology, etc.? As long as we have the ability, resources, time, interest and basic assumptions about nature, we will always be able to look ‘further out’… Continue reading distinguished Cause
If we take words patiently and technically, asking if God ‘exists’ or not is like asking if God is physically alive or dead, moving or still, blind or seeing, takes up space or not, heavy or light, hot or cold, tall or short, hard or soft, or any other question which could be asked about… Continue reading fundamental distinction
The word ‘produced’ carries around a bag loaded with connotations of intentionality or goal-endedness. Is there a teleologically indifferent word for ‘produce’? Because if it is utterly wrong (which, biologically/scientifically speaking, it necessarily is) to say that evolution ‘had humans in mind’ (or any particular species for that matter), then this word would be nice… Continue reading teleological indifference